Sony Alpha DSLR SLT A57 Translucent Mirror Digital Camera with DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens

Sony
Sony SLT-A57: Picture 1 thumbnail Sony SLT-A57: Picture 2 thumbnail Sony SLT-A57: Picture 3 thumbnail Sony SLT-A57: Picture 4 thumbnail Sony SLT-A57: Picture 5 thumbnail

This item is no longer available.

Sony SLT-A57: Picture 1 regular

About Sony SLT-A57

Even when shooting in challenging conditions, the accelerated speed, supreme sensitivity and cutting-edge functionality of the Sony Alpha SLT-A57 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm lens ensures beautiful results. The Translucent Mirror technology simultaneously directs light to the image sensor and AF sensor on a full-time basis to realize full-time live view shooting and accelerated full-time continuous face-detection autofocusing even during HD movie shooting.

The large Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor provides an extremely wide sensitivity range of 7 1/3 steps. You can use AUTO ISO (100-3200) for outstanding results in most lighting conditions or manually raise sensitivity up to ISO 16000 when lighting is low. Even at high sensitivity settings, the alpha 57 captures every detail with natural tonal gradations and extremely low noise. This makes the alpha 57 perfect for shooting indoor athletes at high shutter speeds without a tripod or reproducing the mood of candlelit rooms without supplemental lighting.

When you press the shutter button, the alpha 57 responds in 0.05 second - a blazing speed that rivals professional cameras. Made possible by an innovative electronic front curtain shutter, this accelerated response lets you capture decisive moments with utmost confidence. The electronic front curtain shutter also produces less shutter noise and vibration than a mechanical front curtain shutter (which can be activated if desired through the MENU).

The Sony SLT-A57 is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Wildlife and more.The Sony SLT-A57 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer among others.The Sony SLT-A57 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sony SLT-A57: Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast shutter speed, Good image quality, High ISO performance, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD, Quiet and Tilt /swivel LCD

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Image stabilization (15),Fast / accurate auto-focus (14),Good image quality (13),Large clear LCD (13),Easy to use (12),Fast shutter speed (11),Tilt /swivel LCD (10),Quiet (9),High ISO performance (8)
Best Uses:
Family photos (11),Sports/action (11),Travel (11),Landscape/scenery (10),Video (9),Low light (8),Wildlife (6),Weddings (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual photographer (10),Photo enthusiast (4)

Sony SLT-A57 Features

  • From corner to corner, every detail of your scene is beautifully captured by Sony's proprietary Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
  • Create movies of amazing clarity that play extra smoothly by recording them at Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) in the AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive) format - at the extremely high frame rate of 60 -NTSC (50 PAL) fps
  • P/A/S/M modes (Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual) let you flexibly adjust aperture and shutter speed to modify the depth of field and achieve effects like defocused backgrounds when shooting movies in the manual focusing mode
  • Sound is captured clearly with minimal noise thanks to a high-performance stereo microphone on the mirror housing and advanced noise reduction that effectively suppresses AF lens drive noise via innovative NR algorithm
  • With one press of the Movie button, the alpha 57 is ready to roll. The camera immediately enters movie recording mode even if you were shooting photographs continuously or in single-frame mode. It's the quick and easy way to capture every moviemaking opportunity
  • Face Detection technology ensures that facial features are clearly focused and skin tones are accurately reproduced by fine-tuning parameters such as exposure, white balance, flash and D-Range Optimizer
  • Smile Shutter captures smiles at just the right moment by automatically releasing the shutter when smiles reach the desired level. And Face Registration lets you register up to eight people for the camera to prioritize when detecting faces in groups
  • Dramatically enhanced Clear Image Zoom utilizes proprietary By Pixel Super Resolution Technology to zoom the center of your image up to 2x with nearly imperceptible degradation
  • Give your photos and movies a creative look with Creative Style settings. Depending on the scene and your creative intentions, select any of 6 customizable settings (Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Black/White) and the camera will adjust color and other image parameters accordingly
  • Ordinary scenes become extraordinary photos and movies with Picture Effect. Choose from 11 customizable modes and 15 effects that significantly increase visual impact by adjusting camera parameters and applying advanced processing techniques
  • The Tru-finder electronic viewfinder delivers class-leading viewing ease thanks to sharp 1440k-dot (SVGA) resolution, a 23.1mm eye-point and a notably wide 31.9deg. viewing angle that leaves competing optical viewfinders behind
  • The brightness and clarity of Sony's big Xtra Fine LCD monitor brings out every detail of your scene, setting you free to clearly shoot in challenging shooting environments
  • You can preview the depth of field, motion blur and other effects of your camera settings by pressing the Preview button. The Tru-Finder and monitor display the scene almost exactly how it will appear in your photos and movies
  • Two buttons can be customized to enhance shooting convenience. You can reassign the AEL or ISO button to activate any of 24 assignable functions, including Drive Mode and Flash Mode
  • Two finder magnification ratios are selectable, allowing you to switch from the default (max.) mode to the standard (lower ratio) mode to support an extended eye-point. At the maximum 23.1mm eye-point, the entire frame is easy to see even when wearing glasses
  • Essential shooting information can be displayed in the viewfinder and monitor at high SVGA resolution for confirmation at a glance. Simply press the DISP button to display the information you desire
  • Simply sweep the camera to capture breathtaking vistas. The alpha 57 automatically records and seamlessly stitches a sequence of photos to create a spectacular image. 3D Sweep Panorama records separate right- and left-eye images to bring scenes alive when viewed on an HDMI-compliant 3D television
  • With one press, the instant High Dynamic Range mode takes three exposures at different settings and composites the best details from each - in the highlights, mid-tones and shadows - to create a single image with wider dynamic range than any single exposure could possibly capture
  • By suppressing noise, the Multi Frame NR mode lets you clearly capture scenes that would normally be challenging even for seasoned professionals
  • DRO uses proprietary Sony technology to bring out details in the highlights and shadows and deliver naturally bright images. It can be used during continuous shooting and provides five user selectable levels of compensation
  • Relax and enjoy the convenience of point-and-shoot operation. Superior Auto mode automatically detects and analyzes shooting conditions and adjusts camera settings accordingly to achieve optimal results
  • Simply choose one of 8 Scene Selection modes (Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Handheld Twilight or Night Portrait) & the camera will automatically optimize aperture, shutter speed, white balance & other settings to provide the best overall image quality for the scene
  • Photos can be taken in your choice of four drive modes (single-shot, continuous, bracketed or self-timer shooting), which are selectable via user-friendly icons. You can shoot continuously at 8 or 3 fps, shoot with a 2 or 10-second delay, or bracket your choice of exposure, white balance or DRO
  • The alpha 57 compensates for the shading and aberration characteristics of the lens you mount. This includes vignetting, lateral chromatic aberration and optical distortion, which can each be activated or deactivated through the MENU as desired
  • The powerful built-in flash unit automatically pops up to illuminate dark scenes. It offers various modes, a guide number of 10 (ISO100 m), an irradiation angle that covers the angle of view of a wide 18mm lens and a maximum sync speed of 1/160 sec

Sony SLT-A57 Specifications

Camera type
Interchangeable-lens digital camera with built-in flash
Lens compatibility
Sony A-mount lenses, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta lenses confirmed
Image sensor Type
APS-C size (23.5 x 15.6 mm), Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with primary color filters
Number of pixels (effective)
Approx. 16.1 megapixels
Number of pixels (total)
Approx. 16.7 megapixels
Image sensor aspect ratio
'3:2
Anti-dust system
Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and Image Sensor-Shift mechanism
Recording format: Still
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format), 3D MPO (MPF Extended compliant)
Image size: Still (3:2 aspect ratio)
L: 4912 x 3264 (16M), M: 3568 x 2368 (8.4M), S: 2448 x 1624 (4.0M)
Image size: Still (16:9 aspect ratio)
L: 4912 x 2760 (14M), M: 3568 x 2000 (7.1M), S:2448 x 1376 (3.4M)
Image size: Still (Sweep Panorama)
Wide: horizontal 12,416 x 1,856 (23M), vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M), Standard: horizontal 8,192 x 1,856 (15M), vertical 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)
Image size: Still (3D Sweep Panorama)
Wide: 7152 x 1080 (7.7M), Standard: 4912 x 1080 (5.3M), 16:9: 1920 x 1080 (2.1M)
Image quality modes
RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
Picture Effect
11 modes (15 effects): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature
Creative Style
Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W (Contrast -3 to +3 steps, Saturation -3 to +3 steps, Sharpness -3 to +3 steps)
Dynamic range functions
Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level), Auto High Dynamic Range: Off, Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1-6 EV, 1.0 EV step)
Color space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Recording format: Movie
AVCHD 2.0 (Progressive) / MP4
Video compression
MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
Audio recording format
Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Image size (movie): NTSC
AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28Mbps/PS, 60i/24Mbps/FX, 60i/17Mbps/FH, 24p/24Mbps/FX, 24p/17Mbps/FH)
MP4: 1440 x 1080 (30fps/12Mbps), VGA: 640 x 480 (30fps/3Mbps)
Image size (movie): PAL
AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (50p/28Mbps/PS, 50i/24Mbps/FX, 50i/17Mbps/FH, 25p/24Mbps/FX, 25p/17Mbps/FH)
MP4: 1440 x 1080 (25fps/12Mbps), VGA: 640 x 480 (25fps/3Mbps)
Media
Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Slot
Memory Stick Duo/ SD memory card
Noise reduction
"Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.
High ISO NR: High/Normal/Low
Multi frame noise reduction
Auto/ISO 100 to 25600
White balance mode
Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm white/Cool white/Day white/Daylight), Flash, C. Temp 2500 to 9900K, C Filter G7 to M7, 15-step, Custom, AWB micro adjustment
Two-axis fine adjustment
Available in all modes
Bracketing
3 frames, H/L selectable
Focus Type
TTL phase-detection AF
Focus sensor
CCD line sensors
Focus point
15 points (3 points cross type)
Sensitivity range
EV -1 to 18 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
Focus mode
Autofocus, Manual Focus
AF mode
Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Automatic AF (AF-A) selectable
Focus area
Wide (auto,15 points), Zone, Spot, Local
Metering type
1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering sensor
Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
Metering sensitivity
EV -2 to EV 17 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F1.4 lens attached)
Metering Modes
Multi segment, Center weighted, Spot
Exposure modes
iAUTO, Flash Off, Superior Auto, Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, Continuous Advance Priority AE, Movie, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M)
Scene Selection
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Hand-held Twilight
Exposure compensation
±3.0 EV (1/3 EV steps)
AE bracketing
Bracket: Cont., Bracket: Single, with 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV increments, 3 frames
AE lock
Available with AE lock button. AE is also locked when focus is locked in multi-segment metering mode
ISO sensitivity (Exposure Index)
ISO 100-16000 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 100-3200 )
Viewfinder Type
SVGA 1.2 cm (0.46 type) electronic viewfinder (color), Xtra Fine
Viewfinder: Total number of dots
1,440,000 dots equivalent
Effective number of dots
Maximum: 1,440,000 dots equivalent, Standard: 1,253,280 dots equivalent
Viewfinder: Brightness control
Auto / Manual (3 steps between -1 and +1)
Viewfinder: Field coverage
100%
Magnification
Maximum: Approx. 1.04x, Standard: Approx. 0.97x
Diopter adjustment
-4.0 to +3.0 m-1
Eye point
"Maximum: 23.1mm from the eyepiece, 18 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter (CIPA standard)
Standard: 25.2 mm from the eyepiece, 20.1mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter (CIPA standard)
Viewfinder Display
Histogram Display, Graphic Display, Digital Level Gauge, Shooting Data Display, Simple Display, Grid Line
Real-time image adjustment display
Exposure Comp, White Balance, Creative Style
LCD Type
Xtra Fine, 7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT drive with TruBlack technology
LCD: Total number of dots
921,600 dots
LCD: Brightness control
Auto/Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)
LCD: Field coverage
100%
Adjustable angle
Tilt angle: Downward 180 degrees. Rotation angle: Leftward 270 degrees from the position in which the LCD monitor is facing forward
Display Selector (finder/LCD)
Auto/Manual
LCD Display
Histogram Display, Graphic Display, Digital Level Gauge, Shooting Data Display, Simple Display, Shooting Information For Viewfinder, Grid Line
LCD: Real-time image adjustment display
Exposure Comp, White Balance, Creative Style
Focus Magnifier
4.8x, 9.5x
Peaking MF
Yes (Level: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Zoom
Clear Image Zoom: Still images 2x
Smart Zoom (still images) M: 1.4x, S: 2x
Digital Zoom (still images) 4x
Digital Zoom (movie) 4x
Shutter Type
Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter speed
1/4000 second to 30 seconds, Bulb
Flash sync. speed
1/160 second
Electronic front curtain shutter
Yes, On/Off
SteadyShot INSIDE: System
For still images: Image Sensor-Shift mechanism, For movies: Electronic
SteadyShot capability
For still images: Approx. 2.5-4.5 EV decrease in shutter speed (varies according to shooting conditions and lens used)
Flash Type
Auto popup, built-in
Guide No.
10 (in meters at ISO 100)
Coverage
FOV coverage up to 18 mm (in the focal length)
Control
ADI flash / Pre-flash TTL
Compensation
±2.0 EV (1/3 EV steps)
Flash Bracketing
1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps, 3 frames
Modes
Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off)
Recycling time
Approx. 3 sec
External flash
Sony alpha System Flash compatible with Auto-lock accessory shoe
Wireless control
Yes (wireless flash with lighting ratio control)
Drive modes
Single Shot, Continuous (Hi/Lo), Self-timer (10/2 sec. delay), Bracketing (Cont., Single, White Balance), Remote Control (with optional RM-DSLR1)
Continuous shooting speed
Hi: Maximum 8 frames per second, Lo: Maximum 3 frames per second
Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE: Maximum 12 images per second
Continuous Advance Priority AE: Maximum 10 images per second
Max. continuous shots
Tele-zoom Continuous Advance priority AE: Fine: 23 images, Standard: 25
Continuous Advance Priority AE mode: Fine: 23 images, Standard: 27 images, RAW & JPEG: 18 images, RAW: 21 images
Continuous shooting: Fine: 25 images, Standard: 29 images, RAW & JPEG: 19 images, RAW: 21 images
Playback mode
Single (with or without shooting information), RGB histogram and highlight/shadow warning, 4/9-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (L: 13.6x, M: 9.9x, S: 6.8x), Auto Review (10/5/2 sec, Off), Image orientation (On/Off), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (still), Forward/Rewind (movie), Delete, Protect
PC interface
Hi-speed USB (USB 2.0): Mass-storage, MTP
HD output
HDMI mini connector (Type-C), BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV HD
Other interface
Sync. Terminal, Auto-lock accessory shoe, Microphone jack, DC IN terminal, Remote terminal
Compatible OS (USB connection)
Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X (10.3-10.6)
Microphone
Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-ALST1 / ECM-CG50 (sold separately)
Speaker
Built-in, monaural, volume settings in 8 steps
Print Compatible standards
Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting
Battery
Rechargeable battery pack NP-FM500H
Still images
Approx. 550 shots with viewfinder and 590 shots with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)
Movies
Approx. 180 min. with viewfinder and 180 min. with LCD monitor
Operating temperature
0deg.C to 40deg.C (32deg.F to 104deg.F)
Dimensions
Approx. 132.1 x 97.5 x 80.7 mm (5-1/4 x 3-7/8 x 3-1/4 in.)
Weight
With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo: Approx. 618 g (1 lb 5.7 oz)
Body only: Approx. 539 g (1 lb 2.9 oz)
Mfr #
SLT-A57K
SKU
ISOSLTA57K

Sony SLT-A57 Reviews Powered by TurnTo®

Review Snapshot®

 
4.6

(based on 21 reviews)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sony A57 - Best Bang For The Buck

This is my first DSLR and I actually took a long time deciding which camera to go for. My budget was around $1000 and the list of cameras shortlisted was exhaustive (in my opinion at least). From Nikon's D5100 and Canon's Rebel series (incl the 650D) upto Nikon's D7000, I looked at all. At first, I was quite intent on going for the Nikon D90. Being almost like a benchmark for beginners, I almost went ahead and purchased it until an acquaintance suggested I look at the Alpha series from Sony t

View full Review

This is my first DSLR and I actually took a long time deciding which camera to go for. My budget was around $1000 and the list of cameras shortlisted was exhaustive (in my opinion at least). From Nikon's D5100 and Canon's Rebel series (incl the 650D) upto Nikon's D7000, I looked at all. At first, I was quite intent on going for the Nikon D90. Being almost like a benchmark for beginners, I almost went ahead and purchased it until an acquaintance suggested I look at the Alpha series from Sony too. The first Alpha I looked at was the A37. The size itself out me off. Too small in my opinion. The next was the A57 which met my requirements perfectly. So I went ahead and did a feature to feature comparison and it beat the D90 hands down (in my opinion). The fact that it was an SLT (not SLR) with Mirrorless technology and it possessed class leading features such as 12 FPS Burst Mode, upto 16000 ISO (25600 with Boost), in-built IS (Body), was quite enough for me. I do quite a bit of low light photography at higher ISO's and also like to Zoom in on objects to capture detail. With the in-built image stabilization, I knew I would never need to splurge on lenses with IS. The 12 FPS Burst is an added advantage, though wouldn't be used much. Other features I liked over the D90 were the better color depth, flip out screen, higher resolution LCD, more dynamic range and the higher number of focus points. Not to forget the 16MP sensor. Though I am not a video freak, its always good to have Full HD capabilities & auto focus in video mode. All these features truly sold me on this camera in comparison to the Nikon D90. I then looked at the A65 and truly didn't feel the 24MP sensor & in-built GPS justified the extra $200. Similarly, the prices for the Nikon D700 & A77 were slightly beyond my comfort, however, and more importantly, their feature set never really pushed me into spending that amount of money. I have had the Sony SLT A-57 for almost 3 weeks now and have shot approximately 2000 frames in mixed environments. The image quality is fantastic. I tried my hand at a few macro shots and the detailing is brilliant. I also took some wide angle shots of monuments and the colors are very well balanced. The camera is fast in shooting with very little time lag between shots. Battery life is surprisingly good as I took around 480 frames with 52% battery life still remaining. All my shots were through the viewfinder. The in-built effects (Pop, Selective Color etc.) are nice to have for the imaginative kind. The functions are very easy to understand and manual adjustments are a breeze once you are used to the layout of each function. The switch from LCD to EVF and vice-versa is automatic and quite fast too. The EVF, though criticized by purists, is quite large and clear. Images look stunning when reviewed on the LCD and I just wish they would look the same on my computer. Even though quite a few of my friends taken pot shots at me for going with Sony, instead of Nikon or Canon, I have to say that I am thoroughly satisfied with this product and its capabilities especially at the price it is available at. It keeps surprising me with its image quality and I am certainly a very content Sony customer. With this series, Sony has truly set the cat among the pigeons and it will be interesting to see Nikon & Canon's response to this.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

great features, poor cam execution

Cant say enough good about the features offered on this line of cameras. Sony is setting hte standard high in this realm. However, the camera picture taking performance seems way immature to me. The jpeg engine is a joke relative to its peers, even relative to cheap P&S cams and there hv been a ton of complaints on this aspect but sony does little to address it, if at all. Noise abatement is overly agressive. The metering system is amateurish compared to more mature rivals. It often overexpos

View full Review

Cant say enough good about the features offered on this line of cameras. Sony is setting hte standard high in this realm. However, the camera picture taking performance seems way immature to me. The jpeg engine is a joke relative to its peers, even relative to cheap P&S cams and there hv been a ton of complaints on this aspect but sony does little to address it, if at all. Noise abatement is overly agressive. The metering system is amateurish compared to more mature rivals. It often overexposes and clips sky details and other hi contrast scenes. Should be way better at metering these relatively common but tough exposures and at least not clipping anywhere near as much as it does. The auto and auto+ modes are completely worthless in my 1.5 months of experience with this cam. In auto (or auto+), the a57 rarely identifies the proper scene, rarely meters correctly except for really simple scenes, rarely gets the iso right on indoor shots (often chooses a really hi iso which will result in terrible noise, rather than pop the flash or lower the shutter speed), and rarely uses the flash with proper exposure (almost exclusively is too hot---not overexposed, just no background subtleties retained. Their metering seems to be, "make it bright to capture the subject, and lets not worry about the overall scene!"). Some affecionados may gripe that anybody uses the auto mode at all. Tough----sony offers it, i paid for it, i use it, and i EXPECT it to work far better than it does. Its really poor in this regard #and i've compared to nikon, canon, pentax systems and my comments are based on comparing to the competition, and are not personal based on my emotions#. In general, and in all modes, flash often tends to be too bright in nearly every use, even in program or A or S or whatever---at least in these modes, its compensation can be backed off to acceptable levels, but really no reason they can't get this right out of the box. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this cam line is sony's poor support in correcting these problems---there's a ton of commentary along the lines i've mentioned here,and sony doesnt appear to be very responsive to the criticism or suggestions, continuing to push these, shall we say, immaturities on a loyal buying public. They better wake up and deal with this stuff or they will find themselves losing market share as fast as they've gained it. Their features wont carry the day forever, afterall, its a camera and will ultimately be judged on its picture quality and performance relative to its peers. Overall, the features are great, as i've said, however, cam performance is 90% of what it should be in my opinion. sry, just how it comes down for me given the 8000 picts i've taken. Cant recommend it and I've returned it.

Reviewed by 21 customers

 
5.0

Great Camera That Competes with $$$

By

from Iowa  -  Casual Photographer

Since I didn't have an A77 in hand to compare to I had to go off images from reviews. What I found was the A57 had better image quality than the newer A77. If I wanted to spend the extra I could have got the Canon T5i but even that one seemed to have about the same image quality even up at iso 3200 and 6400. I could have spent more yet and got the A99 which is a very nice camera with excellent images. In the end I landed on the Sony line because only Sony seems to have a full frame sensor camera, the A99, that has a swivel screen. At least I didn't see any in the Cannon or Nikon line up that did. So if I decided to upgrade I have a path to follow since the swivel screen is a requirement for me. I was truly amazed that the A57 performed(performs) so well.

 
5.0

great value

By

from miami, fl  -  Photo Enthusiast

Extremely happy with the purchase. All my minolta bear works wonderfully. Amazing at a bargain price!

 
5.0

Sony is leading the Pack !!!!

By

from Birmingham, AL.  -  Casual Photographer

After all of the research I put into finding the perfect camera in this price range,I could not be more happier with the performance of the A57 !!! You will not be disappointed with your purchase... I ordered on a Monday and got it on Thursday !!!! I will be going back for Lenses and accessories in the near future...

 
5.0

Sony is leading the Pack !!!!

By

from Leeds, Ala.  -  Casual Photographer

The A57 is a great product at a very good price point. I ordered this on Monday and it was delivered on Thursday.I will be buying my lenses and accessories from Adorama!!!!! This was the Best online purchasing experience to date......

 
4.0

Good Camera

By

from South Dakota  -  Casual Photographer

I'm a beginner DSLR user. At this point, I primarily use the two "auto" modes. Keep this in mind. When buying this camera, it came down to the Sony A57 or the Nikon D5100. I like the camera, but I don't have much to compare it to, other than raw data. The price was good, and I like the speed component of the camera. I also wanted to be able to do solid HD video. I only have two real issues with the camera at this point. 1)The LCD swivels on the bottom. I thought I might not like it, but noone else mentioned it. I don't like it. I prefer the side swivel (I have used it before). 2)The microphone picks ups an lot of noise when the autofocus is functioning. I could use manual focus, and avoid this to some degree, but it's difficult and you end up making other noises as you handle the camera. I'm experimenting with external microphones, but the proprietary hot shoe is a headache. Also, I don't know how much of a difference it will make. There is a video review of this camera, which briefly addresses this issue. Check it out if you have time, and you will hear what I'm talking about. Other than that, I don't have any complaints. I wish it had come with a power cable, so I didn't have to run it off the battery during video playback. This isn't specific to this product, but I also wish I had bought the body only, and then bought a different lens. The stock lens only has 5x zoom, which isn't even enough to zoom across your back yard. I'd get a 18-200 or 18-300 if I could do it over. You can save $100 initially, and then spend $200 to get the other lens. In the end, I have a little buyers remorse with this purchase. I kindof wish I had gone with the Nikon, given the better photo quality and the little LCD swivel issue. I'd be willing to bet that you will get the same autofocus noise with the video mode, but I honestly don't know. It's probably six of one... half a dozen of the other. I'd trust what some of the more experienced reviewers have to say, if pro-quality photos are your only need. Hope this helps.

 
4.0

love camera

By

from chicago il  -  Casual Photographer

great camera, great pictures, awesome video

 
5.0

Believe the hype !!!

By

from Madison,Wi  -  Photo Enthusiast

Easy to use and produces fast and beautiful images.

 
5.0

Sony SLT A57 - Great value

By

from Texas  -  Casual Photographer

This is my first SLR/SLT (non P&S) camera. I studied a lot of products and finally determined that this is the camera that gives best value for my money. Unique features that I like are: proximity sensing view finder, highly flexible LCD, auto-cropping, and light sensing LCD. I am very happy with my purchase.

 
5.0

Best price available on a great camera!

By

from Southern California  -  Casual Photographer

The Sony SLT a57 is an excellent entry or higher level camera. The kit lens is good for what it is, but should be the first item you find alternatives to. With higher quality lenses, the photos taken with this camera are up there with some of the "pro" models. I would recommend this camera to anyone who is interested in a DSLR.

 
5.0

Recommend

By

from Tonawanda, NY  -  Casual Photographer

This camera is great for the novice, like me. There is some to learn with all the dials and buttons but is simple to use especially with auto mode. Pictures even with kit lense look fantastic. Highly recommend.

Q&A

Questions & Answers Powered by TurnTo®

Questions about this item:

Shopper  is this brand new in sealed box?
MARK D  Yes - this camera came in a brand new box (as if directly from Sony). I will add that I am very satisfied with the camera.
Shopper  is this brand new in sealed box?
MARK D  Yes - this camera came in a brand new box (as if directly from Sony). I will add that I am very satisfied with the camera.
Shopper  is this brand new in sealed box?
MARK D  Yes - this camera came in a brand new box (as if directly from Sony). I will add that I am very satisfied with the camera.
See more questions and answers

Related Articles & Videos

top
Share this item:
Adorama.com is top rated for customer serviceHACKER SAFE certified sites prevent over 99.9% of hacker crime.
Feedback