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Sony SLT-A57
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Sony SLT-A57 Digital Camera

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SLR 16.1MP 3x Sep 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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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32 Reasons For

Nine Industry Awards

This Sony camera received an "Editor's Choice" from CNET.co.uk, Photoreview.com.au and Log.com.tr all of whom said that this digital camera was brilliant.

The writers at two additional expert review sites both concluded that they would recommend this camera. Ephotozine and Hi-tech.mail.ru/ both gave this digital camera a "Recommended" award.

This Sony camera was given a "Gold" award by both What Digital Camera and DP Review, both of which thought that this SLR digital camera was brilliant.

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

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

Good Quality Pictures

A few customers wrote that the Sony SLT-A57 was able to produce good images. Five years ago expert website Pcmag.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Sony's Alpha 57 digital SLR is capable of producing excellent images and video.”. Expert review site Goodgearguide.com.au scored the Sony SLT-A57 4 stars and wrote “It's a camera that can capture wonderfully clear and vibrant images without you having to fiddle around with the settings too much”.

Several Sony SLT-A57 reviewers who purchased this digital camera considered that it had a good picture resolution. Ephotozine.com wrote in their review of the Sony SLT-A57 on expert review site Ephotozine “Features a 16.2 megapixel sensor, 1.44 million dot electronic viewfinder, full HD video and 12fps continuous shooting”. Expert website Gadgetshow.channel5.com said “It can suck down full HD 1080p resolution video.” . Expert review site Hardwarezone.com.ph mentioned in their review of this digital camera four years ago “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 who reviewed it concluded that it had a good image sensor. Expert review site Photoreview.com.au gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars and wrote in their Sony SLT-A57 review “Where the A65 has the same 24.3-megapixel sensor as the flagship A77 model”.

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Good Technical Features

Some Sony SLT-A57 owners said in their reviews that the product had good features. Expert review site Techradar.com wrote five years ago “With a strong feature set and the ability to deliver high quality images, this camera can certa” in their review. 3dgameman.com wrote on 3dGameMan.com “The Sony A57 16.1MP DSLR Camera is loaded with with features, performance, has excellent build quality”. Amateurphotographer.co.uk scored the Sony SLT-A57 4 stars and mentioned “However, there are enough features to separate it from the entry-level Alpha 35, particularly the angled LCD screen, improved EVF” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Product Quality

Several customers said in their reviews that the product was good quality. Expert website Digitalversus.com mentioned “Picture quality is excellent, so long as the lens you're using is up to scratch.” in their review.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A few Sony SLT-A57 owners agreed that the product had a good viewfinder. Whatdigitalcamera.com said on expert website What Digital Camera “An electronic viewfinder immediately polarising opinion”. One Sony SLT-A57 reviewer who reviewed it said that it had an electronic viewfinder.

Good Video Capture

A number of Sony SLT-A57 reviewers who reviewed the Sony SLT-A57 mentioned that it was good for video recording.

Sony Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

Sony has good average ratings for its SLR cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other brands.

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Nice Design

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

Easy to Use

Several customers who reviewed the Sony SLT-A57 thought it was easy to use. Expert website Wired.com wrote “The camera delivers some high-powered DSLR features in a package that’s intuitive enough for less-experienced shooters” in their review of the Sony SLT-A57. Expert website Goodgearguide.com.au said “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” in their Sony SLT-A57 review.

Good Quality Lens

One Sony SLT-A57 owner concluded that this digital camera had a good lens.

Robust

One Sony SLT-A57 reviewer who reviewed the product reckoned that it was well made.

Good Size

One Sony SLT-A57 reviewer who reviewed it wrote that it was a good size. Expert review site Photoreview.com.au mentioned “It has the same dimensions as the A65's” .

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Unlike most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SLT-A57 which do not support Full HD video, the Sony SLT-A57 supports Full HD video.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of this spec and age, the SLT-A57 has a built-in flash.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

SD compatible memory cards

This camera supports an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many SLR cameras that were launched 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 the memory card type of this digital camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Nikon D3200 + 18-55VR II + SD 8GB+ Dongle[plb_1947140_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many SLR cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

Other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 700D - Rebel T5i[plb_1609405_price], or the Pentax 645Z[plb_2522250_price].

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

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

This camera's viewfinder (electrical) is actually the best viewfinder across all cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SLT-A57.

An Electronic viewfinder type is the worst viewfinder amongst comparable types of camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is the most frequently found camera shutter type on comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

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

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Sony SLT-A57 is more than most digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most frequently found photo effects is Neutral, but this photo effects is not found on this Sony digital camera. The photo effectss Black&White and Vivid are also found on this Sony camera.

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Has One Image Editing

The Sony SLT-A57 has a greater number of image editing modes than most SLR cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera has a Rotating image editing, which is the most commonly found image editing found on SLR cameras that are a comparable age to the SLT-A57.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SLT-A57 have minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 18mm and 75mm. With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 27 millimeters, the SLT-A57 has one of the shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s amongst SLR cameras of this age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This digital camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of this age and spec. 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 SLR cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The SLT-A57 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SLT-A57. 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 camera supports an AVCHD|H.264|MP4|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Features Two Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Sony SLT-A57 is more than most similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years. This Sony digital camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on SLR cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SLT-A57. The auto focusing (AF) modes "Continuous Auto Focus" is also featured on this camera.

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Supports Five Camera File Systems

The SLT-A57 has a greater number of camera file systems than most SLR cameras that have been available for more than two years. This digital camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by cameras of a similar type and age to the SLT-A57. The camera file systems "DPOF 1.1", "Exif 2.3", "MPF" and "RAW" are also supported by this camera.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the SLT-A57 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Sony digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by SLR cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the SLT-A57.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto / Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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15 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

The SLT-A57 does not support video capability, unlike most of the other cameras of this age and spec which support video capability.

It is worth considering other cameras which also support video capability including the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

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

If you would prefer a digital camera that is 3D then you might want to consider the Nikon D800[plb_1347009_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The SLT-A57 does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the SLT-A57 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) which you might also want to consider including the D3200 + 18-55VR II + SD 8GB+ Dongle[pl_1947140_price], or the D7100[pl_2082345_price] both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most SLR cameras that were released around the same time as the SLT-A57 do not support wi-Fi. The Sony SLT-A57 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

It is worth also looking at other cameras which also support wi-Fi including the D3200 + 18-55VR II + SD 8GB+ Dongle[pl_1947140_price], or the D7100[pl_2082345_price] both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SLT-A57, the Sony SLT-A57 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SLT-A57, the SLT-A57 does 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 of this age and type. This Sony digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on cameras of this age and spec. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this 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 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. Across all cameras of a comparable age and spec to 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

The average motion JPEG frame rate of cameras that came out around the same time as the SLT-A57 is 38fps, and the motion JPEG frame rates range from 3fps to 60fps. With a motion JPEG frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the Sony SLT-A57 has a quite low motion JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Only Supports Two Audio Formats Supporteds

The number of audio formats supported by the SLT-A57 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is PCM, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this Sony digital 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 number of shooting modes found on the Sony SLT-A57 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. The most frequently found shooting modes is Manual, but this shooting modes is not found on this Sony digital camera. The shooting modess Auto, Movie and Scene are also found on this digital camera.

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Only 2448 X 1624 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Sony SLT-A57 has a 2448 x 1624 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras that are a similar age to it. Most digital cameras that are a similar age to it have a 2736 x 1824 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Sony digital camera have a still image resolution(s) of 3568 x 2368 and 4912 x 3264. Similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the SLT-A57 still image resolution(s)s range from 384 x 480 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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Only Ten Flash Guide Numbers

Most cameras of a similar age and type to the SLT-A57 have between 6 and 23 flash guide numbers, including the SLT-A57 which has ten flash guide numbers.

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Fairly Long Flash Sync-Speed

With a flash sync-speed of 1 second, the SLT-A57 has one of the longer flash sync-speeds amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. The flash sync-speeds of SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SLT-A57 range from 0.00012s to 3s, and the average flash sync-speed is 0.56s.

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Very Small Viewfinder Screen Size

Cameras that are a similar age to the SLT-A57 have viewfinder screen sizes of between 0.46" and 0.5". The Sony SLT-A57 has a quite small viewfinder screen size (only 0.46 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the SLT-A57.

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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 Sony released the SLT-A57.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Sony SLT-A57 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the SLT-A57.

Other 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at include the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price], or the Sony NEX-6L/B[plb_1609287_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Df[pl_1740408_price] (3.2" and higher rated), or the D610[pl_2024275_price] (3.2" and higher rated) both from Nikon.

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Average Weight

The SLT-A57 has a relatively average weight (539 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the SLT-A57.

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Average Megapixel

The SLT-A57 has a relatively average megapixel (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 16.1MP digital cameras currently available including the Sony NEX-6L/B[plb_1609287_price] which has better reviews.

Cameras with a higher megapixel that might also be worth looking at include the Df[pl_1740408_price] (16.2MP), or the D4S[pl_2203498_price] (16.2MP) both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Type
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
Normal Focusing Range
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Guide Number
Flash Sync-Speed
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Magnification
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Connection to PC
HDMI
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Dioptre Correction
Anti-Dust Function
Image Quality Adjustment
Image Editing
Camera File System
Live View
Camera Playback
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 Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Voltage
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Weight
Face Detection
Panorama
Camera Shutter Speed
Aperture Priority AE
Manual Exposure
Manual Focus
Auto Exposure
Shutter Priority AE
Electrical Viewfinder
Colour Temperature
Effective Megapixels (image)
Display Tilting

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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