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Sony a57 Black Digital SLR Camera And Lens - SLT-A57K

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Sony a57 Black Digital SLR Camera And Lens - SLTA57K

Shoot like you mean it with top-of-the-line Translucent Mirror Technology that makes it possible to focus and shoot simultaneously for fast, precise performance, while continuous auto focus makes the shots you're getting at up to 10 fps worthy of the inspirational moments they capture. Switch it up Tele-zoom High Speed mode and get up to an even faster 12 fps with continuous AF. Achieve stunning stills that can be blown-up to beautifully frame worthy enlargements thanks to the 16.1MP Exmor® APS HD CMOS sensor. Choose to record precious memories in either 1080/60p/24p AVCHD™ format or a more web-friendly 1080/30p MP4 format and relive the moment for years to come.1 Tru-Finder™ electronic viewfinder makes it easy to view setting adjustments in real time, resulting in better shot composition and better photos.

Key Features:

  • 16.1MP
  • Translucent Mirror Technology™
  • Up to 12 fps
  • Clear Image Zoom
  • Auto Portrait Framing
  • 1080/60p/24p Full AVCHD™ or 1080/30p MP4 movies
  • 3.0" LCD TruBlack™ tilt/swivel screen

Features:

  • Translucent Mirror Technology
    Other DSLRs can shoot. Or they can focus with the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF. They cannot do both at once. The SLT-A57, with Translucent Mirror Technology™, directs light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor simultaneously.
  • Clear Image Zoom
    Utilizing Sony’s exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of your lens up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of your image with nearly imperceptible degradation. It virtually doubles the effective focal length of whatever lens you’re using providing greater shooting flexibility.
  • Eye-Level Electronic Viewfinder
    The Tru-finder™ Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) is super bright, easy to see with 1.04x magnification, ultra-sharp with 1.44 million dots (effective) and provides 100% frame coverage. Exposure preview and informative overlays make operation easy.
  • SteadyShot INSIDE™ stabilization
    Image stabilization reduces blur by compensating for camera shake. SteadyShot INSIDE™ image stabilization is built into the camera body itself. You'll reduce blur with every A-mount lens because it provides compensation equivalent to approximately 2.5 – 4.5 steps in shutter speed, allowing for more hand held opportunities in low light or longer focal lengths.
  • Multi-frame NR
    Experience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity. Sensitivity selectable up to ISO 25600. (Recommended for still subjects.)
  • 3D Sweep Panorama™ Mode
    Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television.3 Records both JPEG and MPO file formats.
  • Up to 10 fps @ 16.1MP capture
    Shoot up to 10 frames per second in incredible detail with the 16.1 megapixel Sony® Exmor® APS HD CMOS sensor, the camera achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light sensitivity or sensor noise.
  • Full HD 1080/60p/24p movies
    This is one of the very few DSLRs with super smooth 1080/60p/24p Full HD recording capability. Records in your choice of 1080/60p AVCHD™ format or in PC-friendly 1080/30p MP4 format.
  • Auto HDR built into camera
    Captures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle—and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot. Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)
  • Object Tracking AF
    Using the 15-point autofocus sensor and Sony’s subject recognition technologies, Object Tracking AF can maintain accurate focus on your subject even when it changes position in the frame.
  • Sweep Panorama™ Mode
    Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter and sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size.
  • Up to 12 fps Tele-Zoom High Speed Shooting
    By capturing the center 2/3 of the image sensor (8.4MP), Tele-zoom high speed shooting brings the action closer with a 1.4x effective increase of focal length. Shoot up to an incredible 12 frames per second with continuous auto focus and auto exposure to capture the decisive moment.
  • Auto Portrait Framing
    Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly balanced full resolution portraits.
  • Tilt/swivel 3” LCD screen
    Tilt it up or down to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss. Tilt and swivel under the camera for self-portraits. Fold it flush to the camera with the LCD exposed for shooting or protected for travel.
  • 15-point Auto Focus
    To maximize the value of Translucent Mirror Technology, Sony incorporates Phase Detection AF of great sophistication. Three cross sensors maximize precision.
  • Hand-held Twilight
    Get cleaner and sharper nighttime pictures—beyond the capability of traditional cameras—without using flash or a tripod. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data with separate algorithms for still and moving parts of the picture reduces blur, minimizes noise and enables extraordinary detail.
  • Picture Effects
    Ordinary scenes become extraordinary photos and movies with Picture Effects. Choose from 11 modes and 15 effects that significantly increase visual impact by adjusting camera parameters and applying advanced processing techniques.

Specifications:

Camera

  • Lens Compatibility: Sony A-mount lens
  • Lens Mount: Sony A-mount
  • Camera Type: Sony A-mount interchangeable lens digital camera

Optics/Lens

  • Lens Type: A-mount 18-55mm zoom lens
  • Lens Mount Type: Sony A-mount
  • Aperture (Max.): f/3.5 - 5.6
  • Aperture (Min.): f/22 - 36
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent): APS-C 35mm eqv. 27mm to 82.5mm
  • Filter Diameter: 55mm
  • Lens Groups-Elements: 8 elements, 7 groups
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 0.82ft (0.25m)
  • Aperture Blade: 7 blades (Circular aperture)
  • Aspheric Elements: 2
  • Lens Weight: 7.4 oz (210g)

Focus Control

  • Focus System: TTL phase detection AF (CCD line sensors)
  • Focus Points: 15 points (3 points cross type)
  • AF Modes: Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF, Manual Focus
  • Focus Area: Wide, Spot, Local (15 local areas selectable)
  • Focus Sensitivity: -1 EV to +18 EV (at ISO100 equivalent)
  • Focus Features: Predictive Focus Control, Focus Lock
  • AF Illuminator: Built-in flash, Range: approx. 3' - 15' (1m-5m)

Flash

  • Flash Compensation: +/-2EV in 0.3EV steps
  • Flash Coverage: 18mm (focal-length printed on the lens body)
  • Recycling Time: Approx. 3 sec.
  • Flash Bracketing: 3 exposures in 0.3/0.7 EV steps
  • Flash Metering System: ADI, Pre-flash TTL
  • Flash Modes: Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Hi-speed sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable for Autoflash and fill-flash mode), Wireless
  • Flash Type: Built-in, Pop-up Auto
  • Guide Number: 10 (in meters at ISO100)

Imaging Sensor

  • Imaging Sensor: Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)
  • Processor: BIONZ™ image processor
  • Anti Dust: Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and Image Sensor-Shift mechanism
  • Pixel Gross: Approx. 16.7 megapixels
  • Effective Picture Resolution: Approx. 16.1 megapixels
  • Focal Length Conversion Factor: 1.5x
  • Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters

Viewfinder

  • Type: 0.46" Xtra Fine EVF (Electronic viewfinder) (1,440,000 pixels)
  • Diopter Adjustment: -4.0 to +3.0m-1
  • Field of View: 100%
  • Magnification: 1.04x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 )

Exposure System

  • Metering: Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
  • Metering Modes: Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
  • Metering Sensitivity: -2EV to 17EV (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/1.4 lens)
  • Exposure Compensation: +/-3.0EV?1/3EV steps)
  • Exposure Settings: iAuto (AUTO), Superior Auto (AUTO+), Program Auto (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama (2D/3D), Continuous Advance Priority AE, Movie, Scene Selection
  • Scene Mode(s): Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Hand-held Twilight
  • Picture Effect(s): 11 types (15 variations): 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
  • D-Range Optimizer: Yes: (Auto, Level, Off)
  • Auto Exposure Lock: Yes (AE Lock button)
  • Color Temperature: 2500 - 9900 k with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7)
  • Creative Style: Standard, Vivid, Portrait , Landscape, Sunset, Black & White, (Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps))
  • Exposure Bracketing: Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, /1/3EV, 2/3EV increments, 3 frames
  • ISO: Still images: AUTO (ISO 100 - 3200)/ISO 100 - 16000 (1 EV step), Movies: AUTO (ISO 100 - 3200 equivalent)/ISO 100 - 3200 equivalent (1 EV step) ; Multi Frame NR (up to ISO 25600)
  • Noise Reduction: Long exp. NR: (On/Off, available of shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.) High ISO NR: (High, Normal, Low) Multi Frame NR: (Auto/ISO100-25600)
  • White Balance Mode: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Flash, Setting the color temperature, Custom

Advanced Features

  • Advanced User Interface: Easy-to-understand Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide User-friendly function menu
  • Anti Motion Blur: 6-image layering
  • Auto High Dynamic Range: Yes, (Off/On, Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step)
  • Sweep Panorama: Yes (2D/3D)
  • Face Detection: Off, Auto, Child Priority, Adult Priority (up to 8 faces detectable)
  • Smile Shutter™ technology: Yes - Off, Slight, Normal, Big
  • Tracking Focus: Yes
  • Image Stabilization: SteadyShot INSIDETM image stabilization

Recording

  • Media Type: Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™ media; SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
  • Color Space: sRGB, AdobeRGB
  • Still Image Mode: JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
  • Still Image Size 16:9: L size: 4912 x 2760 (14M) M size: 3568 x 2000 (7.1M) S size: 2448 x 1376 (3.4M)
  • Still Image Size 3:2: L size: 4912 x 3264 (16M) M size: 3568 x 2368 (8.4M) S size: 2448 x 1624 (4M)
  • Panorama Still Image Size: Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M) Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M) Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M) Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M) 3D Sweep Panorama: Horizontal Wide: 7152 X 1080 (7.7M) Horizontal Std.: 4912 X 1080 (5.3M) 16:9: 1920 X 1080 (2.1M)
  • Video Format: AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
  • Video Mode: AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28Mbps/PS, 60i/24Mbps/FX, 60i/17Mbps/FH, 24p/24Mbps/FX, 24p/17M/bps/FH) MP4: 1440 x 1080 (30fps/12Mbps), VGA: 640 x 480 (30fps/3Mbps)
  • Video Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Video Signal: NTSC color, EIA standards
  • Audio Format: Stereo Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
  • Microphone/Speaker: Built-in Stereo Microphone

LCD Display

  • LCD Type: 3.0” TFT Xtra Fine™ LCD (921,600 pixels) w/TruBlack™ technology
  • Angle Adjustment: 180 degrees from the camera back, leftward rotation in 270 degrees with LCD monitor facing forward
  • Brightness Control: Auto/Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)
  • Coverage: 100%
  • Live View: Continuous Live View (LCD/EVF Auto, selectable)
  • Real-time image adjustment display: Yes(On/Off)
  • Histogram: Yes (On/off)
  • Grid Display: Yes (On/off)
  • Customization: Grid, Histogram display, Digital Level Gauge, Grid Line, Magnified display for playback

Drive System

  • Burst Buffer: [Tele-zoom] Fine: 23 images/Std: 25 images [Priority AE] Fine: 23 images/Std: 27 images/RAW & JPG: 18 images/RAW: 21 images [Cont.] Fine: 25 images/Std: 29 images/RAW & JPG: 19 images/RAW: 21 images
  • Continuous Shooting Speed: Tele-zoom Cont. Advance Priority AE: Up to 12 fps; Cont. Advance Priority AE: Up to 10 fps; Cont. shooting Hi 8 fps/ Lo 3fps (Speed may vary depending on shooting conditions and memory card in use)
  • Drive Mode: Single-shot, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Bracket: Cont./Single, White Balance bracket, Remote commander (RMT-DSLR1 Sold Separately)
  • Flash Sync Speed: 1/160 seconds
  • Self-timer: 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay,
  • Shutter Speeds: Still:1/4000 to 30 seconds, bulb Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4 (1/3 step), up to 1/60 in AUTO mode
  • Shutter Type: Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter

Interface

  • Microphone Input: Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
  • Accessory Shoe: Yes (Alpha)
  • BRAVIA® Sync™: Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
  • DVDirect: Yes, via USB
  • HD Output: HDMI (TypeC mini)
  • Memory Card Slot: Single card slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™ media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
  • PhotoTV HD: Yes, with BRAVIA Sync™ enabled HDTV and HDMI cable
  • USB Port(s): USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP)

Software

  • Supplied Software: PlayMemories Home, Image Data Converter Ver. 4
  • Operating System Compatibility: Windows XP SP3 (64-bit and Starter Editions are not supported,Windows Image Mastering API(IMAPI)Ver.2.0 or later is required to use the function for creating discs.) Windows Vista SP2 (Starter Edition is not supported) Windows 7 SP 1; Mac OS X(v10.5-?10.6) (Image Data Converter only, PlayMemories Home is not Mac compatible)

What's In The Box:

  • Battery Charger (BC-VW10A)
  • Body Cap
  • CD-ROM
  • Rechargable Battery (NP-FM500H)
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • Shoulder Strap
  • USB Cable

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Width: 5.25in.
  • Height: 3.88 in.
  • Depth: 3.25 in

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 0.95 lbs (exluding battery, lens & media) 1.36 lbs (w/battery & media)
  • Shipping: 3 lbs.

Warranty Information:

Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts And Labor

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TypeDSLR
Red Eye ReductionYes
Effective Pixels16.1 Megapixels
Records VideoYes
Records HD VideoYes
Height (inches)3.88"
Width (inches)5.25"
Depth (inches)3.25"
Built-In FlashYes
Image StabilizationYes
LCD Screen Size (inches)3"
LCD TypeTFT Color
Red-Eye ReductionYes
Self TimerYes
Self Timer Delay2-sec. or 10-sec.
Shutter Speed1/4000 to 30 seconds
Storage MediaMemory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™ media; SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
Power SourceRechargable Battery (NP-FM500H)
White BalanceAuto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Setting the color temperature, Custom
  

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Sony a57 Black Digital SLR Camera And Lens
 
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(based on 13 reviews)

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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...Read complete 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.

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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....Read complete 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.

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5.0

HAVING FUN

By Mooch

from Pa

Comments about Sony a57 Black Digital SLR Camera And Lens:

It took a lot of time to decide, but very happy with the purchase. This is my first dslr so I am still learning. I bought this in November. Cant wait till summer for nature trips. Sony made a nice product.

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3.0

great features, poor cam execution

By newtosony2013

from chicago

Comments about Sony a57 Black Digital SLR Camera And Lens:

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.

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4.0

Great Camera

By aiphotos

from jacksonville, fl

Comments about Sony a57 Black Digital SLR Camera And Lens:

I bought this camera after having the common debate about a Canon and a Nikon, and in the end I went in a totally different direction and got the A57. I LOVE IT. The shutter speed is amazing fast, and the camera is very easy to use. Also I love the fact that I can see what the image will look like before I take it when I adjust the ISO and F-stop. Over all, LOVE THIS CAMERA. I am a Sony photographer for life!

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4.0

Sony A57 - Best Bang For The Buck

By JasonB

from New Delhi, India

Comments about Sony a57 Black Digital SLR Camera And Lens:

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.

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4.0

SLT-A57K

By Nono

from San Diego

Comments about Sony a57 Black Digital SLR Camera And Lens:

I ordered the bundle in fast focus you cannot miss a shot even in low light. The intelligent auto plus will decide the scene mode I love it. Color view finder with magnifying looks a 3D.Battery life is amazing . I do recommend this camera even though it is pricey.

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5.0

I love this camera!!!!!

By Stacy

from Oelwein, IA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Sony a57 Black Digital SLR Camera And Lens:

    I love this camera!

    Service and delivery comments:

    It arrived 2 days after I placed my order online.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great, great camera!!

    By GeoffreyMac

    from Akron, Ohio

    Comments about Sony a57 Black Digital SLR Camera And Lens:

    This camera is wonderful! Does great for portraits and the video is spectacular! Does great in low light and captures everything wonderfully! A must have!

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    5.0

    You get what you pay for..and it's A LOT!!

    By ciusbius

    from Southern California

    Pros

    • Will track a Indy Car at 200mph+

    Cons

    • Thumb pad is coming off

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony a57 Black Digital SLR Camera And Lens:

      Let me tell you. This camera Rocks!! My first DSLR was the awesome A200 RIP. The bag and gear was stolen in April 2012 at the LBGP. I was devastated. Thank goodness for insurance. This camera has taken some time to get used to. But let me tell you. When I get dialed in to what the camera can do..I know I will take even better pictures.

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      5.0

      satisfied customer

      By AlanPS

      from Undisclosed

      Pros

      • easy for beginners/dummies

      Cons

      • no xlr input

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony a57 Black Digital SLR Camera And Lens:

        This is my first DSLR. I bought it for video. Being a noob to this level of technology I'm happy there are so many automatic settings. I prefer manual focus but as for the rest I let the camera handle it--ISO, white balance, all that jazz which I hardly understand. So far I've only shot indoors and once outdoor at night to see how it handled low light. I paired it with a 35mm f1.8 lens hoping for better low light. I guess I was hoping it to be as good as my eyes but not quite. Still, with a little outdoor light nearby it looks great. Maybe I just need to learn a bit more about low-light shooting. Anyway, I highly recommend this camera. I also purchased Sony's Vegas 11 Platinum HD Movie production suite, which so far has been very user-friendly. Next move will probably be a field sound recorder.

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        4.0

        A great step up

        By rbphoto

        from Chicago burbs

        Comments about Sony a57 Black Digital SLR Camera And Lens:

        I am 2 months in to using this camera and I still haven't run through all the features. It is very easy to pick up and shoot after having the a200. The speed of focusing and shooting is amazing. Using 2 sony flashes in wireless is very easy and produces great photos. Just starting to do studiowork with it. So far it works great with my flash triggers and studio lighting. This was the perfect combination of features for my use. I have not found much opportunity to use the video features, just not a video person. I have a video camera for that. Time will tell if I find video a useful feature for me.

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