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Sony SLT-A57Y Digital Camera

SLR 16.1MP CMOS Sep 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Full HD Video Release Date
Nine industry awards
Good quality pictures
Good product quality
63 Reviews + 9 Awards
3dGameMan.com 100% Kickass Ephotozine Recommended DP Review Gold What Digital Camera Gold

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Reviews

Nine Industry Awards

Amongst cameras of this spec and age, this camera is one of the most highly awarded by experts.

This medium megapixel camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from review sites CNET.co.uk, Photoreview.com.au and Log.com.tr all of whom decided that this digital camera was exceptional.

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

The editors of two additional expert review sites both thought that this medium megapixel camera was outstanding and gave it one of their highest awards. What Digital Camera and DP Review both gave this Sony camera a "Gold" award.

This camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from websites 3dGameMan.com who thought that this Sony camera was great.

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Good Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this medium megapixel camera is 82% based on thirty-four expert reviews from sites including DP Review, What Digital Camera, Ephotozine and Techradar. Digital camera experts think this camera is one of the better medium megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Sony Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

We checked 23,045 expert and user reviews (including 401 verified purchases) for Sony digital cameras and found that on average Sony has good reviews. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically within its medium megapixel digital cameras range. 93% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Camera

Has a Dioptre Correction

The SLT-A57Y has a dioptre correction. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also have a dioptre correction.

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Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Sony SLT-A57Y has an anti-dust function, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The SLT-A57Y features voice recording, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Sony SLT-A57Y has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer reckoned that it was noisy. Five years ago Wired.com wrote “Digitally zoomed photos will be noisy”.


Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The SLT-A57Y has a battery charger included. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also have a battery charger included.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Sony SLT-A57Y has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has a Hand Strap

The SLT-A57Y has a hand strap. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera also have a hand strap.

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Has a Batteries Included

The SLT-A57Y has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also have a batteries included.

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Ports & Interfaces

Features Connection to PC

The Sony SLT-A57Y features connection to PC. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also feature connection to PC.

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Has an HDMI

The SLT-A57Y has an HDMI, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The SLT-A57Y has a flash exposure compensation. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago also have a flash exposure compensation.

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Quite Fast Flash Recharging Time

When compared to other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera, the Sony SLT-A57Y's flash recharging time of only 3 seconds is one of the fastest. The flash recharging times of digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera range from 3s to 15s.

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Viewfinder

Fairly Large Viewfinder Screen Size

The viewfinder screen sizes of medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 0.2" to 0.5". The Sony SLT-A57Y has one of the larger viewfinder screen sizes (0.46 inches) amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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Lens System

Very Small Maximum Aperture Number

At 36, the Sony SLT-A57Y has a very small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. The maximum aperture numbers of digital cameras of this spec and age range from 2.5 to 38.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the cameras of this age and type the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 18mm to 1,500mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 350mm. The Sony SLT-A57Y has a very short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 82.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of 5.6, the SLT-A57Y has one of the larger minimum aperture numbers amongst cameras of this age. Digital cameras of this age and spec have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.7 and 22.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Sony SLT-A57Y has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think the Canon A3300 IS, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Features Face Detection

The Sony SLT-A57Y features face detection. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also feature face detection.

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Has an HDMI Port

The SLT-A57Y has an HDMI port, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The SLT-A57Y has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Good Quality Pictures

Seven Sony SLT-A57Y reviewers who bought the Sony SLT-A57Y reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Quick burst shooting” and rated it 70 out of 100. Five years ago expert website Ephotozine.com mentioned in their Sony SLT-A57Y review “Features a 16.2 megapixel sensor, 1.44 million dot electronic viewfinder, full HD video and 12fps continuous shooting”. Dp Review gave it a rating of 78 out of 100 and said “10fps shooting in full resolution mode”.

Several customers who purchased the product reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Expert website Pcmag.com gave the product a rating of 70 out of 100 and said “Sony's Alpha 57 digital SLR is capable of producing excellent images and video.” in their review of the Sony SLT-A57Y. Expert website Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned “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 Sony SLT-A57Y review.

A few customers thought it had a good ISO range. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “Good high ISO performance” in their review of the Sony SLT-A57Y. Good Gear Guide.com.au wrote “Good high ISO capability” in their review. One customer said in their reviews that the product had a good image sensor. Photoreview.com.au said in their review of the Sony SLT-A57Y “Where the A65 has the same 24.3-megapixel sensor as the flagship A77 model”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of people said in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Whatdigitalcamera.com said five years ago “An electronic viewfinder immediately polarising opinion” in their review of the Sony SLT-A57Y. Several Sony SLT-A57Y owners who reviewed the Sony SLT-A57Y considered that it had an electronic viewfinder. Techradar rated this digital camera 4 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Decent EVF”.

Good Quality Lens

Some customers reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Pc Mag wrote in their Sony SLT-A57Y review five years ago “Fast autofocus for stills and video” . Digital Versus said in their Sony SLT-A57Y review “1080p HD video at up to 50 fps, stereo sound and effective autofocus”.

One customer concluded that the Sony SLT-A57Y had a good lens. One Sony SLT-A57Y reviewer who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Digital Versus rated it 80 out of 100 and said “Builtin stabilisation” in their Sony SLT-A57Y review.

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Good Video Capture

Several people thought it was good for video recording. Dp Review mentioned “Class-leading 108060p video resolution with manual exposure control” . Expert review site Gadgetshow.channel5.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It can suck down full HD 1080p resolution video.”.


Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony SLT-A57Y has an image stabilizer. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other cameras with an image stabilizer to this camera and we think the Canon A3300 IS, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Only 2560 X 1920 Pixels Image Resolution

The Sony SLT-A57Y has a higher image resolution than most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This Sony camera has a 2560 x 1920 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 3264 x 2448 pixels maximum image resolution. Digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera maximum image resolutions range from 640 x 480 pixels to 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The SLT-A57Y supports Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Sony NEX-6Y.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The SLT-A57Y supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by digital cameras of this spec and age. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this digital camera. In addition, this Sony digital camera supports a video resolutions of 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution across all similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

The worst supported video resolution across similar types of camera is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the SLT-A57Y is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution across all digital cameras of this age and type.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of cameras of this type and age range from 2" to 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". At 3 inches, the SLT-A57Y has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared all the other 3" screen digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon A3300 IS, and the Nikon Coolpix D7000 is also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth looking at include the Df ($1,995.95) (3.2" and higher rated), or the D4S ($4,489.00) (3.2" and higher rated) both from Nikon.

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Fairly Wide Field of View

Across all the cameras of this type and age the field of views range from 95% to 100%, and the average field of view is 99%. With a field of view of 100 percent, the SLT-A57Y has one of the wider field of views amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Power

Good Battery Life

One person who purchased it thought it had a good battery life. Digital Versus mentioned “Battery runs down more quickly than in 'genuine' SLR cameras” and scored it 4 stars.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

One customer who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was a good size. Photoreview.com.au mentioned “It has the same dimensions as the A65's” in their review of the Sony SLT-A57Y.

One person said in their reviews that the Sony SLT-A57Y was thin. Dp Review said on DP Review “The Transit by Soen is a welldesigned wireless Bluetooth speaker that delivers decent sound in a slim package that's travelfriendly” in their review and gave the Sony SLT-A57Y a score of 78 out of 100.

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Heavy

Across all the comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera the weights range from 20g to 1.3kg. With a weight of 539 grams, the SLT-A57Y is fairly heavy compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

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Features

Good Technical Features

A number of customers considered that the product had good features. Expert website 3dgameman.com wrote in their review “The Sony A57 16.1MP DSLR Camera is loaded with with features, performance, has excellent build quality” . Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk 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-A57Y review. Hardwarezone.com.ph mentioned in their review of the Sony SLT-A57Y “The A57 leads with rich features”.


Design

Good Product Quality

Four Sony SLT-A57Y owners who purchased it concluded that it was good quality. Techradar.com said in their review “The ability to deliver high quality images, this camera can certa”. Techradar mentioned “Good build quality”. Digitalversus.com mentioned on Digital Versus “Picture quality is excellent, so long as the lens you're using is up to scratch.”.

Easy to Use

Three customers reckoned that the product was easy to use. Pc Mag said “Good control layout” in their review. Expert review site Wired.com said in their review of this digital camera “The camera delivers some high-powered DSLR features in a package that’s intuitive enough for less-experienced shooters”. Five years ago Goodgearguide.com.au wrote 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”.

One Sony SLT-A57Y owner who bought it mentioned that it was easy to use the menus. Dp Review gave this digital camera a score of 78 out of 100 and wrote in their review eleven years ago “Useful function menu provides access to shooting parameters”.

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Nice Design

One Sony SLT-A57Y reviewer who reviewed the Sony SLT-A57Y considered that it was a good design.

One customer who purchased the Sony SLT-A57Y reckoned that it was neat. Five years ago expert review site Gadgetshow.channel5.com rated the product 5 stars and wrote “The Sony SLT A57 DSLR is a tidy still snapper with its 16.1 megapixel sensor.” in their review.

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Robust

A number of Sony SLT-A57Y owners who bought it concluded that it was well made.


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Poor Connectivity

Two customers who bought the product considered that it did not have gps. Techradar mentioned “No built, in GPS” but they still scored it 80 out of 100.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers slta57vy.cee5, slta57y.cee5, sony slta57k, sonyslt-a57y, sony slta57m
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