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Sony a57 Black Digital SLR Camera And 18-135mm Lens - SLT-A57M

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Sony a57 Black Digital SLR Camera And 18-135mm Lens - SLTA57M

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
  • 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens

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: Standard Zoom
  • Lens Mount Type: Sony A-mount
  • Aperture (Max.): f/3.5 - 6.3
  • Aperture (Min.): f/22 - 40
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent): APS: 27-300mm (35mm Equivalent: 18-200mm)
  • Filter Diameter: 62mm
  • Lens Groups-Elements: 13 groups, 15 elements
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1'6" (45m)
  • Aperture Blade: 7 blades (Circular aperture)
  • Aspheric Elements: 3
  • Distance Encoder: Yes
  • Distance Scale: Yes
  • Lens Weight: 14 oz (405g)
  • Magnification: x 0.27

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 18-135mm Lens
 
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Appealing but expensive technology showcase

It's been a long and at times painful 4+ year wait for Sony fans looking for an update to the classic but clearly aging A900/850 full frame professional cameras, with many hoping that...Read complete review

It's been a long and at times painful 4+ year wait for Sony fans looking for an update to the classic but clearly aging A900/850 full frame professional cameras, with many hoping that Sony would finally become a significant factor in the professional full frame market. The promise of a serious full frame camera was clearly seen in the predecessor model - the Sony A900 undercut the Nikon D3X by almost $5000, while offering similar resolution and features, albeit poorer low light performance at least in JPEG (not in RAW) - and with no video capability at all - making the camera a real throwback to pure stills photography, a feature that inspired more loyalty than aversion among its loyal user base. This is also the first full frame camera Sony has put out in the last four or five years - in that same interval Canon and Nikon together have put out at least eight. This suggests that Sony is taking some risks by moving into areas where it frankly has not been terribly successful or perhaps terribly interested/motivated. Does it live up? Well, based on my admittedly brief and limited experience with this model with production firmware (1+ hour of shooting of both stills and video and then hours of hi-res monitor time on color corrected monitor) mostly yes, but there are some issues . . . . including where Sony has set its price point on this. Overall, this is an appealing choice for individuals looking to upgrade from Sony APS-C models or other subframe DSLRs to full frame cameras - provided they are willing to pay the hefty cost and modest weight penalties, in order to get the extra picture quality at high ISO, along with somewhat better speed of operation and an improved autofocus system. Dynamic range may also be somewhat better than corresponding APS C models - hard to say if dynamic range equals the current very high benchmark set by the Nikon D800. But . . . .Is it really worth the $2000 premium on the already excellent Sony A65 or the nearly $1200 premium on the Sony A77? That's actually a tough question, and mostly for a typical consumer, the answer is probably going to be 'no' - but for professionals (or enthusiasts with lots of money that they are eager to part with) needing the high ISO capabilities of a full frame model, the answer is probably 'yes', given that picture quality on the APS-C chips can't compete with a full frame chip of the same resolution as light declines. But in bright light, the differences are going to be probably too subtle to see, even for the most obsessional pixel peeper. At ISO 100 in RAW with comparable lenses, I really can't tell the difference between the picture this camera generates (even blown up to 100%), and what a Sony A65 can generate - and this was going over identical scenes shot with both cameras at 100% view. But at ISO 1600, the difference is fairly clear, and by 3200, it's not even close - the A65 is a pretty noisy mess, and prints are only usable at small sizes like 4x6. At ISO 3200, the A99 is capable of generating remarkably clean and smooth pictures with minimal noise and much detail. ISO 6400 on the A99 is roughly equivalent to ISO 1600 on the A65 (the last really useable RAW setting for the A65 before being forced to use heavy-handed post-processing NR). So it's way better in low light - but it should be with the much bigger pixels. Usable 6400 is really a plus - esp. when you want to use telephoto to shoot action and need high shutter speeds. Sports shooting will be worlds better compared to even the best m4/3 and APS-C sensor performance at high ISO and long telephoto. But again, this is what a FF sensor should deliver for its cost (and weight) penalties. But one basic question facing the professional user is still "why buy this camera" given the better developed and established pro-camera ecosystems of Canikon? That's also a tough question. I believe the answer is not one single overwhelming advantage, but you have to like the SLT environs and value what it might offer over more traditional DSLR technology. One aspect of this might be the better video due to full time PD (phase detection) auto focus, already demonstrated in several APS-C models like A65 and A77. Another selling point might be just the overall excellence of both video and stills combined. I believe this camera will probably have as good if not better video than anything else in the 35mm DSLR world due to the better autofocus system (PD on both the chip and from the light directed to the AF sensor) - and Sony built-in lots of high-end video features and thoughtful support for all kinds of video accessories that would appeal to the professional videographer or the primary stills photographer looking to occasionally shoot the best possible (broadcast quality) video. First of all, its 1080 60p specification right now puts it ahead of Canon and Nikon, and its full-time phase detection (including phase detection functionality on the sensor itself) means that the camera can continually autofocus using the more accurate PD approach (vs. the slower contrast detection method) while taking movies - something no other DLSR can do. Here's my parsing of the pros and cons of this new camera - again based on limited shooting experience and hands-on time - I probably will change this list as I get a production model I can spend much more time with (just put in my order for one!): Pros: 1) Probably the best video this side of a professional broadcast video camera - and likely well ahead of Canon and Nikon on this one. Video shot in 60p is typically spectacular, and the camera appears particularly good at maintaining tight focus on high-speed subjects and challenging scenes with minimal to no hunting. Uncompressed HDMI output to external recording devices is another plus (shared with D800 but not on the 5DMIII). 2) Great overall image quality for photos - esp. as light declines - equals the great low light performance of the Canon 5DMIII and just a touch more noisy than the Nikon D600. 3) High-resolution EVF gives the photographer lots of relevant control information (but see cons for flip side of this). 4) High resolution 24 MP sensor with good to excellent dynamic range and very accurate color (but again see cons). 5) Able to use Alpha mount APS-C lenses (via sensor crop - but see cons again). 6) At least equal low light performance compared to its two main FF competitors. Comparisons that I did of identical scenes head-to-head with the Canon 5D Mark 3 suggest that the Sony at least equals that camera's truly great low light noise performance. It might be just a nose ahead in this area of low light noise compared to the Nikon D800. Credit extra work on the micro-lenses and getting as much light as possible to each pixel in the sensor - apparently a big focus for Sony in developing this particular sensor. Even ISO 6400 was pretty clean. 7) Configurable menu system similar to Sony's popular A77. 8) With two phase detection systems (one on the chip and one receiving light from the fixed mirror) this offers probably the fastest and most reliable autofocus of any DSLR. In my one hour of shooting with the camera, I was never able to get an out of focus shot either with video or stills, even though I tried (fast-moving subjects, panning, etc.). 9) Having image stabilization built into the sensor instead of the lens has some major advantages - making lenses potentially less expensive and lighter, and giving you the full advantage of IS all the time with any lens in your bag. 10) SLT approach enables full-time live view and phase detection autofocus even when shooting movies, and saves weight too, compared to more conventional DSLR technology. 11) Many neat touches and thoughtful extras, with abundant options for direct control (3 dials and a host of buttons dedicated to a single function (five of which are customizable) and a slick and smoothly silent control wheel in the front of the camera that allows quick access to video settings). Cons: 1) Price - at least $400 above where it should be. 2) EVF is not for everybody - some people simply can't transition from optical viewfinders (what do they know :-) !) 3) EVF really needed a contrast adjustment on A77/65, as images sometimes either had blown highlights in the viewfinder or areas where image too dark to see details - Sony failed to include this badly needed contrast adjustment in their new flagship camera - a major omission in my judgment. 4) only 24 MP - clearly out-resolved by Nikon D800. 5) only 6 FPS with autofocus is really disappointing for a SLT design - their APS C designs were all class-leading in terms of frames per second in high-speed shooting. Canon does the same 6 FPS number while still having to move the mirror up and down, and even the D800 manages 4 frames per second with its much higher megapixel throughput demands on the imaging pipeline, while the $800 Sony A65 does 10 FPS . . . . so what happened here? 6) APS-C lenses will automatically result in a significant drop in resolution - no option to simply allow full frame vignetting (which some users might not mind in some contexts). 7) Shorter battery life relative to its two main competitors (the cost of the excellent EVF) 8) Despite all the emphasis on video, maximum bit rate is only 28 Mb per second, significantly under the new Panasonic GH3 and the Canon 5D Mark 3. 9) Despite the flagship technology (and price!), the A99 still has too shallow a buffer for much high-speed shooting - if shooting RAW plus JPEG, buffer fills up in 18 images or just 1.5 seconds. Can't believe that with all the noise about this issue in previous APS-C models that Sony did so little differently in their flagship camera. 10) Disappointment that USB 3.0, Wi-Fi support and at least some kind of built-in flash all not included in feature set. 11) Price?

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WORST Flash System ever

I'm so disappointed with the flash system of this camera, to write a correct review. The only thing I want to say is; If you are a serious photographer, and your field is...Read complete review

I'm so disappointed with the flash system of this camera, to write a correct review. The only thing I want to say is; If you are a serious photographer, and your field is wedding, or any events involving the use of flashes (not studio flash), please stay away from this camera. I own an a700 and a900, so I know what I'm talking about and I can tell you this camera has a SERIOUS FLASH ISSUE, and it's not new. You can just Google "a77 flash overexposure" or "a77 flash inconsistency". I STILL DON'T GET IT, WHY SONY DIDN'T ADDRESS THAT ISSUE YET. This is an inexcusable failure for a professional camera, and for SONY not even acknowledged it and fix it.

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5.0

GREAT CAMERA

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THIS IS MY FIRST CAMERA BUT AFTER DOING EXTENSIVE RESEARCH BETWEEN SONY, CANON AND NIKON IVE CHOSEN SONY. IT WAS THE ONLY CAMERA THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE SETTINGS WHILE ADJUSTING THE APERTURE, ISO, SHUTTER SPEED, AND WHITE BALANCE. THIS IS HUGE FOR ME SINCE I AM A NEW COMER TO PHOTOGRAPHY. IN FACT, THIS HAS HELPED ME UNDERSTAND AND APPLY THE NECESSARY SETTINGS TO TAKE A PICTURE. I WENT SHOOTING WITH A FRIEND WHO IS AN ADVANCED HOBBY PHOTOGRAPHER AND USES A CANON 5D MARK III AND AFTER SHOOTING WITH MY SONY A99, HE IS NOW TRYING TO SELL HIS CAMERA IN ORDER TO BUY A SONY A99 OR A SONY A7S. I ATTEMPTED TO UPLOAD A PHOTO TO SHOW RESULTS BUT IMAGES WERE TOO LARGE.

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5.0

A99 is superb!

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I've had my Sony A99 for eleven months now, and have shot more than 13,000 frames with it. At the time of my purchase, I was at a major decision point with my gear. I researched all the systems, and shopped the A99, Canon 6D & 5DmkIII, and Nikon D600/D800. Ultimately, it was the A99's EVF that won me over (I love it#, along with the Carl Zeiss 24-70/2.8. The rest of the A99's features are superb, too. Combined with the CZ 24-70, I couldn't be happier with the A99. Still being able to use my old Minolta lenses is a bonus. Here is a more detailed explanation of the A99's features #both good & bad): Things I love: Full frame: the large sensor gives improves low light capability, and shallow depth of field--great for separating a sharp subject from a blurry background. Yes, you can get great shots with an APS-C (crop# sensor, but the full frame sensor is wonderful to work with. 24MP: this seems like a sweet spot--it's plenty for high resolution files that are 4000x6000, yet without getting massive file sizes. 16x20 prints are incredibly detailed, even if cropped. Electronic Viewfinder #EVF): it's bright, clear, and shows accurate exposure. Make an exposure compensation adjustment (I have the rear control wheel programmed for this# and you'll see it instantly in the EVF, all without taking your eye away from the viewfinder. Too dark? Too light? Dial in the desired compensation till you like what you see in the EVF--then click the shutter. Yes, you see your "picture" before you even take it. If you want, you can program the A99 to give you an image review on the EVF, and double check your image without moving your eye away from the viewfinder. I have this turned off, as the EVF already shows me what I'm going to get as I press the shutter. I prefer to just keep shooting and then look at them later. AF: it's fast and accurate, especially using the Carl Zeiss 24-70/2.8 with its SSM focus motor. I've programmed the AF/MF button on the back of the body for "back-button focus". I have the focus mode set to AF-C #continuous#. Thus, when I back-button focus I have instant, continuous focus #great for sports/action/kids#. Let off the button and the focus stops, allowing you to recompose #great for landscapes, portraits#. I can also use Direct Manual Focus to fine tune the focus if need be #but I rarely need to.# Even with my 25 year old Minolta 75-300 zoom and it's screw drive focus, I've been able to turn out some very sharp sports photos with Sony's AF system. Articulating LCD screen: this is great for shooting at ground level without laying on your belly, or shooting with the camera over your head. It's also very helpful when the camera is on a tripod pointing upward #such as shooting moon shots at night#. Articulate the screen to your liking and the camera can look upward while you look down #comfortably# at the screen. 6fps, with full AF & exposure capability: serious sports shooters may claim you need higher FPS, but I don't think so. Fire off 6fps during an athletic event and you'll come away with tons of shots. I have learned to rely less on fast FPS and more on my eye so I can capture decisive moments instead of instead of the spray & pray method. The A99 can go higher than 6fps, but you give up continuous focus & exposure adjustment capability between shots. Things that take a little getting used to: The "slideshow" effect in the EVF: generally speaking I think this concern is overstated. Shooting portraits or landscapes one at a time, the slideshow effect is a non-factor. Go to 6fp during sports, especially while tracking or panning with a subject, and it takes some getting used to. But you do get used to it, and once you learn what it is, it's far less of a factor than I originally thought it would be. Remember, even a traditional DSLR loses its optical viewfinder momentarily as the mirror flips up and down. Battery life: with an EVF being a constant drain, the battery will deplete faster than one in a traditional DSLR with OVF. But again, I think this concern is generally overstated. For example, at my son's soccer game last weekend I took 362 shots without depleting it #or even coming close#. Yes, I have the battery grip with the second battery #one in the camera and one in the grip# for long days of shooting. But for casual shooting you won't need more than a single battery. For a long day, the extra battery in the grip has you covered. For really long shoots without recharging you can put an additional battery in the grip #for a total of three#. Want to save power? You can turn off the LCD screen by flipping it inward toward the body. Also, if you aren't going to be shooting for a while, simply turn the camera off, then turn it back on when you want to shoot. It'll "wake up" between the time I turn it on and the time I lift it to my eye. Things that could be improved: AF points: the AF points are clustered near the center of the frame. Put simply, it would be nicer if they were spread out a little further, to cover more of the frame. The joystick: I actually love the joystick control on the back of the body. But I'm a left-eye shooter, and my nose often bumps the joystick, shifting my selected focus zone. I have adjusted to this now, and it rarely happens any more. If you're a right-eye shooter, this is a non-issue. The Carl Zeiss 24-70mm/f2.8: put simply, it is amazing. It's built like a tank, zooms smoothly and focuses quickly and accurately. It's very sharp, and I have no complaints. Yes, it's heavy! But if you're buying a top of the line, constant f/2.8 zoom such as this one, you have no business complaining about the weight. Good glass is heavy. The Sony HVL-F60M flash: I have found this to be easier to use than my F58. I use both--the F60 on camera as the controller, and the F58 wireless, off camera. Both the F58 and the F60 have Sony's "quick shift" bounce head. It took a little getting used to at first, but the quick shift head is great for shooting portraits while switching from landscape to portrait orientation. Simply "flop" the flash head sideways. Even when bouncing the flash off the ceiling, the quick shift is great. Compared to traditional swivel flash heads, I'll take the quick shift any day. I have read complaints about the F60 overheating, but I have not experienced it at all. However, while I use flash frequently, I am not a heavy flash user #such as a wedding photographer might be#. There is also a small delay when using Sony flashes wirelessly, such as I do. It is a small delay, but a bit unsettling when you're first getting used to it. Once you are used to it, it is much less of a concern #although it would be nice if they could make this go away altogether.# Lastly, Sony has switched from the Minolta-style flash hot shoe to Sony's new Multi-Interface shoe. While we all gripe about stuff like that, I suppose it was a necessary move to consolidate all their systems #A mount, E mount, video# to one type of shoe. I have no particular issue with the new shoe, although I happened to like the usability of the old Minolta-shoe #it was faster to slide it on and off, and it clicked #locked# into position. The new shoe takes a fraction longer to slide into positions, and although it locks, it's not as "positive" as the old style shoe. By the way, I have the Minolta-style shoe on my F58 and Maxxum 7D, and the Sony-style shoe on my F60 and A99. I have adapters to go both ways #I can use either flash on my Minolta Maxxum 7D, and either flash on my A99#. The adapters work well and are a non-issue for me. The Sony Vertical Control Grip: I initially bought the grip for the A99 because of the extra battery capacity. On long shoots I'd add the grip #with second battery#, and on short shoots I'd go without the grip. I soon found that in the vast majority of cases I didn't need the capacity of a second battery--but I really liked the ergonomics of the grip. When using a heavy lens, such as the CZ 24-70/2.8, or the Sony 70-400/4-5.6, the extra surface area of the grip is helpful for hand-holding the set up. It gives my hand some extra leverage against the torque of the heavy lenses. I now leave the grip on all the time. When using the grip for vertical shooting, I have found that the AF/MF button #which I have programmed for back button focus, and use a lot# is in an ever-so-slightly different position on the grip compared to the body. This took a little getting used to #I used to pull the camera away from my face to have a look and find the button!# but I am used to it now. Actual shooting with the grip in the vertical position is delightful. The shutter on the grip is at the same height #relative to the lens# as the regular shutter on the body, so vertical shooting is identical to horizontal shooting #except for the aforementioned issue about the AF/MF button placement. One more word on the grip: if you hope to quietly shoot pictures without being noticed, the grip will blow your chances. The A99 is large. The CZ 24-70 is large. Add the grip and the combo becomes huge. One more word about the weight--yes, again, it's heavy. The A99 + 24-70 + grip are close to five pounds. The F60 is another pound. That's serious weight--but if you are serious about image quality, it's worth putting up with it. Over eleven months and 13,000 frames, the A99 & CZ 24-70 have proven to be an excellent combination. They offer top image quality, good ergonomics/usability, they're well built, and I've had no quality problems or glitches at all. There will always be things to improve in a product as complex as a DSLR/DSLT, and I'm sure Sony will offer an upgraded model at some point. But if you're considering the A99 you shouldn't hesitate. It offers excellent image quality combined with a user friendly interface, making it an excellent choice.

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5.0

My first DSLR

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from Dearborn Hts, MI

Comments about Sony a57 Black Digital SLR Camera And 18-135mm Lens:

Great camera with ton of capabilities

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4.0

Good camera for wedding

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from Los Angeles, CA

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a99 with 24-70 lens A good camera can beat Canon for wedding performance. I give 4 stars, for less options of lens.

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5.0

Great purchase

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from Cincinnita, Ohio

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A broad range of features make it the ideal camera, my tripod and monopod has given me the ability to explore the a99.

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5.0

Excellent Full-Frame SLT

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from Island Falls, ME

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Hands down the best upper-end digital camera I've used (and I've used just about all of them; Canon, Nikon, Fuji, etc.). The pictures are clean and crisp right out of the box, even using standard lenses. The ability to use older Minolta lenses is a plus as well! Would highly recommend this camera to any enthusiast or pro shooter, and have already done so!

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5.0

I Love It

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from Indianapolis

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I wanted to upgrade from my a350 to a newer camera, if possible a full frame. After doing some research, I decided on the a99. I like how it takes still shots. The view finder is clear & easy on my eyes. I like how easy it is to see all the info in the view finder. All the choices are great helps, like the: level, rule of thirds grid, etc. It's easy to handle. I am still learning what this camera will do. I haven't tried the video yet, but that is not important to me at this time.

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4.0

just keeps getting better.

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from Providence, RI

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My first SLT the a55. Loved the camera but, it was to small for my hands and no battery grip in sight. Moving on to the a77 kit. What a sweet 16-50 mm lens. I was disappointed that it was FF and could not shoot the same number of frames per sec. Now my a99. I was a skeptic on making the jump but, I'm happy I did. Is it perfect? No camera will ever be but, what the SLT camera can do leaves my Canon and Nikon users looking at the a99 with respect. If you do not have this camera and are waiting, wait no more. I love making adjustments without taking my eye off my subject. Adjusting color in the viewfinder is great. So many advanced features that make the a99 the best ever todate. Now Sony it is time for the A1S that medium format camera that I've been reading about. Make like the SLT.

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5.0

Beast of a Camera

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from Denver, CO

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I upgraded from the Sony a57 to this camera at the beginning of December, and so far I am blown away. I had demo'd my friends Canon 5D Mark III before purchasing this camera, and I feel that, while the Canon does a little better on the higher ISO's, this camera's features are on a completely different scale. A main selling point for the Sony line is their inclusion of Image Stabilization within the body, making nearly any lens viable in a professional setting. I don't have to worry about IS in any lens that I buy because it is built into the body. Also, while not nearly as fast as my Sony a57, this body really utilizes the 35mm Full Frame sensor to produce high quality and sharp images. I have recently purchased the Carl Zeiss f2.8 24-70mm Lens, and that lens plus this body produces some amazing, nearly 3D photos. Overall, while I sometimes get pressure from the market for not using the Canon or Nikon lines, I feel sorry for people that spend this amount of money on a camera of this quality, and then have to worry about whether or not the lens comes with IS. I am extremely pleased by the build quality of the Sony a99, and look forward to this years projects using this camera.

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5.0

Liked so much, I bought two A-65's

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from Newport, Minn.

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No need to ever buy a new camera. Works well with 70/400 telephoto lens. Works good with 2.8/20 fisheye lens. It gives me total control, I call it real time photography. Sony has great gear. I will buy the Sony name every time because Sony says to me; real, really good stuff!

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