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Sony SLT-A57Y Digital Camera

SLR 16.1MP CMOS Sep 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
Powerful creative features, flawless images and high speed shooting 16.1 effective megapixels: High resolution Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor for very low noise still images and Full HD video. BIONZ... More
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33 Reasons For

Nine Industry Awards

This Sony camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by CNET.co.uk, Photoreview.com.au and Log.com.tr all of whom wrote that this camera was fantastic.

The experts at two other expert review sites both concluded that they would endorse this Sony digital camera. This camera received a "Recommended" award from both Ephotozine and Hi-tech.mail.ru/.

The editors of two additional expert review sites both wrote that this SLR digital camera was exceptional and gave it one of their highest awards. What Digital Camera and DP Review both gave this camera a "Gold" award.

3dGameMan.com gave this Sony camera a "100% Kickass" award and it received a "Best Product" award from Kamerabild.se.

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Good Expert Reviews

Thirty-four experts from sites including What Digital Camera, DP Review, Ephotozine and Techradar have rated this camera on average 82%.

Good Quality Pictures

Some Sony SLT-A57 reviewers agreed that the Sony SLT-A57 was able to produce good images. Pcmag.com gave it a score of 70 out of 100 and mentioned in their review “Sony's Alpha 57 digital SLR is capable of producing excellent images and video.”. Expert review site Goodgearguide.com.au wrote in their review of this digital camera “It's a camera that can capture wonderfully clear and vibrant images without you having to fiddle around with the settings too much”.

A few people considered that the Sony SLT-A57 had a good picture resolution. Expert review site Ephotozine.com said “Features a 16.2 megapixel sensor, 1.44 million dot electronic viewfinder, full HD video and 12fps continuous shooting”. Gadgetshow.channel5.com scored the product 5 stars and mentioned “It can suck down full HD 1080p resolution video.” in their Sony SLT-A57 review. Expert review site Hardwarezone.com.ph said “It should prove a capable entry-level camera which comes with an impressive list of features like Auto-HDR and Sweep Panorama, while keeping shooting easy with th”.

One Sony SLT-A57 owner wrote that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Expert website Photoreview.com.au said in their Sony SLT-A57 review “Where the A65 has the same 24.3-megapixel sensor as the flagship A77 model” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.

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Good Technical Features

Five customers who reviewed the product considered that it had good features. Five years ago Techradar.com gave the product a score of 4 stars and said on Techradar “With a strong feature set and the ability to deliver high quality images, this camera can certa”. Also five years ago expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk rated this digital camera 4 stars and wrote “However, there are enough features to separate it from the entry-level Alpha 35, particularly the angled LCD screen, improved EVF”. Expert website Hardwarezone.com.ph mentioned “The A57 leads with rich features”.

Good Product Quality

Three Sony SLT-A57 reviewers concluded that it was good quality. Five years ago Digitalversus.com said on expert review site Digital Versus “Picture quality is excellent, so long as the lens you're using is up to scratch.” in their Sony SLT-A57 review.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of Sony SLT-A57 owners mentioned in their reviews that the Sony SLT-A57 had a good viewfinder. Whatdigitalcamera.com mentioned “An electronic viewfinder immediately polarising opinion”. One customer considered that it had an electronic viewfinder.

Good Video Capture

Three people said that the product was good for video recording.

Sony Cameras Have Good Reviews

Sony SLR digital cameras have good reviews on average and across all cameras Sony is one of the better rated brands.

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Nice Design

One person who reviewed this digital camera thought it was a good design. 3dgameman.com said on expert website 3dGameMan.com “The Sony A57 16.1MP DSLR Camera is loaded with with features, performance, has excellent build quality and a stunning initiative design” in their review of the Sony SLT-A57.

One customer thought the product was neat. Five years ago expert website Gadgetshow.channel5.com rated this digital camera as very good and said “The Sony SLT A57 DSLR is a tidy still snapper with its 16.1 megapixel sensor.”.

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Easy to Use

A few customers wrote in their reviews that the Sony SLT-A57 was easy to use. Expert review site Wired.com mentioned “The camera delivers some high-powered DSLR features in a package that’s intuitive enough for less-experienced shooters” in their review of this digital camera. Five years ago expert website Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Sony's Alpha SLT-A57Y is a 16-megapixel, mid-class interchangeable lens camera that's designed to appease users who want something relatively easy to use, yet also capable of capturing very clear”.

Reasonably Priced

One customer who purchased it concluded that it was good value for money. Expert website Ephotozine.com said in their review “It offers a more affordable entry into high speed photograph” and rated the product 80 out of 100.

Good Quality Lens

One customer who purchased it reckoned that it had a good lens.

Robust

One Sony SLT-A57 owner said that the product was well made.

Good Size

One Sony SLT-A57 reviewer who bought the product concluded that it was a good size. Photoreview.com.au mentioned “It has the same dimensions as the A65's” in their review.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The SLT-A57 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the SLT-A57 which do not support Full HD video.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the SLT-A57, the SLT-A57 has a built-in flash.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

SD compatible memory cards

This digital camera supports an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon 1 J1[plb_1657791_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price], and the Pentax 645Z[plb_2522250_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The SLT-A57 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This Sony digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SLT-A57. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this camera.

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Electrical Viewfinder Type

Most compact cameras do not have enough space to accommodate an optical viewfinder and use the display screen on the back as an electrical viewfinder.

An electrical viewfinder type is in fact the best viewfinder across all cameras of a similar spec and age to the SLT-A57.

Across comparable types of camera the worst viewfinder is Electronic.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

At 36, the Sony SLT-A57 has a quite small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The biggest maximum aperture number of comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago is 5.5, the smallest is 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 20.

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The Sony SLT-A57 has a fairly high ISO sensitivity (max) (25,600) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age. The lowest ISO sensitivity (max) of SLR digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SLT-A57 is 1,600 and the highest is 210,000.

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the SLT-A57 is more than most SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most frequently found photo effects is Neutral, but this photo effects is not found on this camera. The photo effectss Black&White and Vivid are also found on this digital camera.

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Has One Image Editing

The number of image editing modes found on the SLT-A57 is more than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This Sony digital camera has a Rotating image editing, which is the most frequently found image editing found on digital cameras of a similar type and age to the SLT-A57.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The SLT-A57 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on SLR digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Sony camera.

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This digital camera supports an AVCHD|H.264|MP4|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is the most commonly supported video formats supported on SLR digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Features Two Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The SLT-A57 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on digital cameras of this spec and age. The auto focusing (AF) modes "Continuous Auto Focus" is also featured on this Sony camera.

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Supports Five Camera File Systems

The SLT-A57 has a greater number of camera file systems than most cameras of this age and type. This camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The camera file systems "DPOF 1.1", "Exif 2.3", "MPF" and "RAW" are also supported by this Sony camera.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the SLT-A57 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by SLR digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto / Manual focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to it.

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16 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

The SLT-A57 does not support video capability. Most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the SLT-A57 do support video capability.

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Not 3D

Most cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SLT-A57 are not 3D. The SLT-A57 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the Nikon D800[plb_1347009_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most digital cameras that are a similar age to the SLT-A57 do not have a GPS (satellite). The SLT-A57 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the D800[pl_1347009_price], or the Df[pl_1740408_price] both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Sony SLT-A57 does not support wi-Fi, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of this spec and age also do not support wi-Fi.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a wi-Fi and we think the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price], or the Nikon D800[plb_1347009_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The SLT-A57 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the SLT-A57 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Sony SLT-A57 does not have an image stabilizer, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SLT-A57 also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The SLT-A57 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the SLT-A57. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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Only 2560 X 1920 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The SLT-A57 has a higher image resolution than most cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Sony camera has a 2560 x 1920 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the SLT-A57 the worst image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Quite Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

Cameras that are a similar age to the SLT-A57 have motion JPEG frame rates of between 3fps and 60fps. With a motion JPEG frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the SLT-A57 has a fairly low motion JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the SLT-A57.

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Only Supports Two Audio Formats Supporteds

The SLT-A57 has a greater number of audio formats than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is PCM, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camera. The audio formats supporteds AAC and AC3 are also supported by this digital camera.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modess

The Sony SLT-A57 has a greater number of shooting modes than most cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most frequently found shooting modes is Manual, but this shooting modes is not found on this digital camera. The shooting modess Auto, Movie and Scene are also found on this Sony digital camera.

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Only 2448 X 1624 Still Image Resolution(s)

The SLT-A57 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera has a 2448 x 1624 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 2736 x 1824 still image resolution(s). In addition, this digital camera have a still image resolution(s) of 3568 x 2368 and 4912 x 3264. The best still image resolution of all comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Only Has One Camera Playback

The SLT-A57 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. The most frequently found camera playback is Single image, but this camera playback is not found on this digital camera. The camera playbacks Movie are also found on this camera.

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Only Ten Flash Guide Numbers

The Sony SLT-A57 is a ten flash guide number camera. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the SLT-A57 have between 6 and 23 flash guide numbers.

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Quite Long Flash Sync-Speed

The Sony SLT-A57 has one of the longer flash sync-speeds (1 second) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras of a similar type and age to the SLT-A57 the flash sync-speeds range from 0.0031s to 3s, and the average flash sync-speed is 0.61s.

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Very Small Viewfinder Screen Size

The average viewfinder screen size of digital cameras of a similar age and type to the SLT-A57 is 0.49", and the viewfinder screen sizes range from 0.46" to 0.5". The SLT-A57 has one of the smaller viewfinder screen sizes (only 0.46 inches) amongst SLR digital cameras of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony SLT-A57Y

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this Sony digital camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

The SLT-A57 has a relatively standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the SLT-A57.

Other 3" screen cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sony NEX-6Y[plb_1609287_price].

If you want a digital camera with a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the Nikon Df[plb_1740408_price] (3.2" and higher rated).

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Average Weight

The SLT-A57 has a relatively standard weight (539 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the SLT-A57.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 16.1 megapixels, the Sony SLT-A57 has a fairly standard megapixel compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

We compared this camera to all the other 16.1MP cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony NEX-6Y[plb_1609287_price] is also worth considering.

If this Sony digital camera megapixel is too low for you then you might also want to consider the Df[pl_1740408_price] (16.2MP), or the D4S[pl_2203498_price] (16.2MP) both from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Lens Mount Interface
Number of Aspheric Elements
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Recharging Time
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Magnification
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Brightness Adjustment
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Panorama
Camera Shutter Speed
Aperture Priority AE
Manual Exposure
Auto Exposure
Shutter Priority AE
Colour Temperature
Effective Megapixels (image)
Display Tilting

Expert Reviews

(2)
27 August 2012

Der er ikke meget at trække ned for ved Sony SLT-A57. Billedkvaliteten er i topklasse, det banker alt og alle på hastighed og er godt fyldt op med funktioner. Prisen kan synes lidt i overkanten...

Good high ISO performance
Quick burst shooting
Fast autofocus for stills and video
Seamless Live View experience
Good control layout
Slow to start and shoot
EVF sluggish in low light
Only a single control dial
Menu not that clear
Some functions unavailable in some modes
6 February 2014
Image clarity
Quick performance
Good high ISO capability
Not hard to use
God skarphed og hj oplsning
Battery life not great
Some chromatic aberration
Aggressiv stjdmpning
Mrk sger
No um upgrade significativo em relao ao modelo anterior, a Sony STL 55

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