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Sony SLT-A57 Digital Camera

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SLR 16.1MP 3x Sep 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser 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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Nine Industry Awards

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

This Sony camera was given a "Recommended" award by both Ephotozine and Hi-tech.mail.ru/, both of which thought that this SLR camera was good.

This SLR camera was given a "Gold" award by both What Digital Camera and DP Review, both of which decided that this camera was excellent.

The experts at two additional expert review sites both concluded that this camera was good. This Sony camera received a "100% Kickass" award from 3dGameMan.com and it received a "Best Product" award from Kamerabild.se.

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Good Expert Reviews

Based on thirty-four expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, DP Review, Ephotozine and Techradar this Sony digital camera has an average expert rating of 82 out of 100.

Good Quality Pictures

Several people who bought it thought it was able to produce good images. Pcmag.com wrote in their review of the Sony SLT-A57 on expert review site PC Mag “Sony's Alpha 57 digital SLR is capable of producing excellent images and video.”. Expert review site Goodgearguide.com.au said “It's a camera that can capture wonderfully clear and vibrant images without you having to fiddle around with the settings too much” in their review of the Sony SLT-A57.

Several customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert website Ephotozine “Features a 16.2 megapixel sensor, 1.44 million dot electronic viewfinder, full HD video and 12fps continuous shooting”. Gadgetshow.channel5.com said “It can suck down full HD 1080p resolution video.”.

One person who purchased it reckoned that it had a good image sensor. Four years ago Photoreview.com.au mentioned “Where the A65 has the same 24.3-megapixel sensor as the flagship A77 model” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Technical Features

Several Sony SLT-A57 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it had good features. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk scored 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” in their Sony SLT-A57 review. Expert review site Hardwarezone.com.ph said in their Sony SLT-A57 review “The A57 leads with rich features” . Hardwarezone.com.ph also mentioned “It should prove a capable entry-level camera which comes with an impressive list of features like Auto-HDR”.

Good Product Quality

A number of customers concluded that this digital camera was good quality. Techradar.com mentioned in their review on Techradar four years ago “The ability to deliver high quality images, this camera can certa” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Expert review site Digitalversus.com said in the same month “Picture quality is excellent, so long as the lens you're using is up to scratch.” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website 3dgameman.com said “The Sony A57 16.1MP DSLR Camera is loaded with with features, performance, has excellent build quality and a stunning initiative design”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A few people mentioned that it had a good viewfinder. Whatdigitalcamera.com wrote on expert review site What Digital Camera four years ago “An electronic viewfinder immediately polarising opinion” in their review of this digital camera.

One person mentioned in their reviews that it had an electronic viewfinder.

Good Video Capture

Three Sony SLT-A57 reviewers who bought the Sony SLT-A57 concluded that it was good for video recording.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

On average Sony SLR cameras have good reviews compared to other brands as do all cameras produced by Sony.

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Nice Design

One person who bought the product said that it was neat. Expert website Gadgetshow.channel5.com said in their review “The Sony SLT A57 DSLR is a tidy still snapper with its 16.1 megapixel sensor.”. One Sony SLT-A57 reviewer who bought it concluded that it was a good design.

Easy to Use

Two Sony SLT-A57 owners who reviewed the Sony SLT-A57 thought it was easy to use. Expert review site Wired.com mentioned in their Sony SLT-A57 review four years ago “The camera delivers some high-powered DSLR features in a package that’s intuitive enough for less-experienced shooters” and rated it 80 out of 100. Also four years ago expert review site Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned in their review “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”.

Good Quality Lens

One Sony SLT-A57 reviewer thought it had a good lens.

Robust

One Sony SLT-A57 owner who bought this digital camera said that it was well made.

Good Size

One customer who bought it thought it was a good size. Four years ago Photoreview.com.au wrote in their Sony SLT-A57 review “It has the same dimensions as the A65's”.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the SLT-A57, the SLT-A57 supports Full HD video.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The SLT-A57 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the SLT-A57.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This camera supports an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many SLR cameras that were released around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to look at the Nikon Df[plb_1740408_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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

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Electrical Viewfinder

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.

This camera's viewfinder (electrical) is in fact the best viewfinder across all SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as the SLT-A57.

An Electronic viewfinder is the worst viewfinder across similar types of camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the SLT-A57 is more than most SLR cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by digital cameras of this spec and age. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture

At 36, the Sony SLT-A57 has a fairly small maximum aperture compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. The biggest maximum aperture of cameras that were released more than two years ago is 3 and the smallest is 38.

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Fairly High Maximum ISO Speed

The maximum ISO speeds of SLR cameras that came out around the same time as the SLT-A57 range from 1,600 to 210,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 18,000. With a maximum ISO speed of 25,600, the SLT-A57 has one of the higher maximum ISO speeds amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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4912 X 3264 Still Image Resolution

The Sony SLT-A57 has a 4912 x 3264 still image resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution found on most SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as it. In addition, this Sony digital camera have a still image resolution of 2448 x 1624 and 3568 x 2368. SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SLT-A57 still image resolutions range from 480 x 480 to 6000 x 4000.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The SLT-A57 has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras of this type and age. The most frequently found photo effect is Neutral, but this photo effect is not found on this camera. The photo effects Black&White and Vivid are also found on this Sony camera.

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Has One Image Editing Mode

The number of image editing modes found on the SLT-A57 is more than most cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This digital camera has a Rotating image editing mode, which is the most frequently found image editing mode found on digital cameras of this spec and age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The SLT-A57 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. In addition, this camera support a video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels. 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.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SLT-A57.

The worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Features Two Auto Focus

The SLT-A57 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most SLR cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on SLR cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus" is also featured on this Sony camera.

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Supports Five Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Sony SLT-A57 is more than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This digital camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by cameras of this spec and age. The camera file systems "DPOF 1.1", "Exif 2.3", "MPF" and "RAW" are also supported by this camera.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto / Manual focus, which is the most frequently found focus on SLR cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

The SLT-A57 does not support video recording, unlike most of the other SLR cameras that came out around the same time as the SLT-A57 which support video recording.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a video recording and we think the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other SLR cameras that came out more than two years ago, the Sony SLT-A57 does not have a GPS.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also have a GPS that you might also want to consider including the D3200[pl_1947140_price], or the D3300[pl_3289888_price] both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most cameras of this age and type are not 3D compatible. The SLT-A57 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The SLT-A57 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the SLT-A57 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth considering alternative digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the D3200[pl_1947140_price], the D5200[pl_1829432_price], or the D750[pl_2497138_price] all from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony SLT-A57 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of this type and age are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The SLT-A57 does not have an image stabiliser, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The Sony SLT-A57 has a greater number of flash modes than most SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the SLT-A57. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony camera.

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Only 2560 X 1920 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The SLT-A57 has a 2560 x 1920 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. Across all digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the SLT-A57 the image resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The SLT-A57 has a greater number of shooting modes than most SLR cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on SLR cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The shooting modes "Movie" and "Scene" are also found on this digital camera.

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Only Supports Two Audio Formats

The Sony SLT-A57 has a greater number of audio formats than most SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most frequently supported audio format is PCM, but this audio format is not supported by this digital camera. The audio formats AAC and AC3 are also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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Quite Long Flash Sync-Speed

With a flash sync-speed of 1 second, the Sony SLT-A57 has one of the longer flash sync-speeds amongst SLR cameras of this age. Across all the SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SLT-A57 the flash sync-speeds range from 0.0031s to 3s, and the average flash sync-speed is 0.6s.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony SLT-A57

Released Over Three Years Ago

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

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the SLT-A57 has a relatively average screen size compared to most of the other SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as the SLT-A57.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen cameras currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 60D[plb_1503709_price].

Digital cameras with a larger screen size that might also be worth looking at include the Nikon Df[plb_1740408_price] (3.2" and higher rated).

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Average Weight

The SLT-A57 has a pretty standard weight (539 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

Other digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Canon EOS 550D[plb_1446732_price] (530g).

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Average Megapixel Count

The SLT-A57 has a relatively average megapixel count (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SLT-A57.

Other 16.1MP digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sony NEX-6[plb_1609287_price].

If this Sony camera megapixel count is too low for you then you might want to look at the Df[pl_1740408_price] (16.2MP), or the D5100[pl_2120682_price] (16.2MP) both from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Filter
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Weight
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Colour Temperature
Image Effective Megapixels

9 Awards

log.com.tr Editor's Choice CNET.co.uk Editor's Choice 3dGameMan.com 100% Kickass Ephotozine Recommended DP Review Gold kamerabild.se Best Product What Digital Camera Gold photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice hi-tech.mail.ru/ Recommended

Expert Reviews

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31 January 2013

As an everyday camera for most casual shooting situations, the A57 leads with rich features. It should prove a capable entry-level camera which comes with an impressive list of features like...

21 January 2013

3dGameMan.com

Video Review: The Sony A57 16.1MP DSLR Camera is loaded with with features, performance, has excellent build quality and a stunning initiative design. It comes with Translucent Mirror Technology... Read more…

10 December 2012

The Sony SLT A57 DSLR is a tidy still snapper with its 16.1 megapixel sensor, but it also pulls double duty as an HD camcorder: it can suck down full HD 1080p resolution video. But is it a jack of... Read more…

30 October 2012

The Sony Alpha SLT-A57Y is an interchangeable lens camera that's well worth considering. It's a camera that can capture wonderfully clear and vibrant images without you having to fiddle around... Read more…

23 October 2012

The Sony Alpha SLT-A57Y is an interchangeable lens camera that's well worth considering. It's a camera that can capture wonderfully clear and vibrant images without you having to fiddle around...

21 August 2012

Sony's Alpha 57 digital SLR is capable of producing excellent images and video, but its EVF has some issues, and the camera is a little slow to start and shoot...

20 August 2012

Sony's Alpha 57 digital SLR is capable of producing excellent images and video, but its EVF has some issues, and the camera is a little slow to start and shoot...

19 July 2012

In spite of a few handling quirks and an ageing menu system that could do with ironing out, the Sony Alpha a57 delivers an overall very favourable impression. With a strong feature set and the...

19 July 2012

Costing £700 in the UK or $800 in the US, with a kit lens, the launch price of the Sony Alpha a57 seems a little steep, particularly given that you can pick up the 24.3MP, GPS-enabled Sony Alpha...

12 July 2012

Sony?s new ?57 is aimed at serious enthusiasts who are more interested in the outcome than the process. The camera delivers some high-powered DSLR features in a package that?s intuitive enough for... Read more…

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