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Sony Alpha SLT-A57
8.5 out of 10

Sony Alpha SLT-A57

Model Features: 16.1MP, Translucent Mirror Technology™, up to 12 Read more

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Overall 7

Sony Alpha 57 (SLT-A57)

PC Magazine
1 September 2012
  • Conclusion: Sony's Alpha 57 digital SLR is capable of producing excellent images and video, but its EVF has some issues, and the camera is a little slow to start and shoot.
  • Pros: Good high ISO performance. Quick burst shooting. Fast autofocus for stills and video. Seamless Live View experience. Good control layout. 1080p60 video support. Articulating rear LCD.
  • Cons: Slow to start and shoot. EVF sluggish in low light. Only a single control dial.
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Overall 9

Sony Alpha SLT-A57 ( Body Only)

14 August 2012
  • Summary: The Sony Alpha SLT-A57 really delivers when paired with the 18-55mm kit lens. With bright, vibrant colours, plenty of fine detail and super-fast underlying hardware, it's easy to get great shots in practically any condition.
  • Pros: Punchy colours; Plenty of sharp detail; High-speed burst mode.
  • Cons: A little pricey.
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Overall 6

Sony SLT-A57 Review

Digital Photography School
3 May 2012
  • Conclusion: top of the class, excellent definition, accurate colour.
  • Pros: great quality at a decent price; to shoot top video.
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Overall 9
Design 9
Value for money 9
Features 10
Performance 9
Picture quality 9

Sony Alpha A57 Review

What Digital Camera
2 April 2012
  • Summary: With its 18-55mm kit lens the A57 is currently priced at just under £700, and around £80 less for just the body. With the outgoing A55 being less available, the closest model for comparison would be the A65 which is only around £70 dearer. Reflected in this premium is the A65’s 24.3MP sensor, 2.36million dot OLED viewfinder and GPS system, alongside a handful of smaller differences, all of which makes the A65 appear as the better value model.
  • Pros: Focusing performance, electronic level indicators, class-leading burst rate
  • Cons: Handful of operational grievances, dated menu system, occasional underexposure
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Overall 8

Expert Review

DP Review
18 March 2012
  • Summary: The A57 combines a high-quality 16 MP sensor, easy access to shooting parameters, and class-leading video performance. And does this while providing an equivalent shooting experience, whether composing images via the EVF or rear LCD.
  • Pros: Very good Raw file output up through ISO 6400, Dynamic range at the top of its class, High magnification EVF with comprehensive information display, Manual focus 'Peaking' option for both stills and video modes, 10fps shooting in full resolution mode, Class-leading 1080/60p video resolution with manual exposure control, Useful function menu provides access to shooting parameters, Two customizeable buttons (AEL and ISO) with wide range of options, Fully articulated rea...
  • Cons: Mediocre JPEG processing with mushy detail and visible artifacts, LCD viewfinder (vs OLED panel in other Sony models), AF not compatible with manual exposure control in video mode, No live view in 8 or 10 fps continuous shooting modes makes accurate panning very difficult, Counter-intuitive setting of aperture in manual mode, Awkward to navigate between stills and movie playback modes, Main menu system is tedious to navigate, Clear Image Zoom offers no IQ benefits ove...
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Sony releases Alpha SLT-A57, a starter DSLR camera featuring CMOS and an electronic viewfinder

14 March 2012
  • Conclusion: The low price-point of SLT-A57 places it on the entry level category of DLSRs. It’s a great starter camera before moving up to full-featured professional cameras like EOS 5D Mark III . People learning photography will appreciate the simplicity of this camera’s features.
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Overall 8
Features 8
Build quality 8
Autofocus 8

Sony Alpha 57 review

Amateur Photographer
3 April 2014
  • Summary: It is a year and a half since the Sony Alpha 55 hit the market, and the Sony Alpha 57 is more of a refresh than a new model. However, there are enough features to separate it from the entry-level Alpha 35, particularly the angled LCD screen, improved EVF and wider ISO range. The Alpha 57 stands up well against the competition. In several areas its features are class-leading at this price point, and the camera is very capable of producing crisp images with bold colours.
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Overall 8

Sony Alpha SLT-A57Y review

PC Advisor
28 August 2012
  • Summary: The Sony Alpha SLT-A57 is a mid-level camera that can produce fantastic results. Read our review to find out more.
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Overall 8

The Sony Alpha A57 is a mid-level camera that can produce fantastic results

Good Gear Guide.au
21 August 2012
  • Summary: The Sony Alpha SLT-A57Y is an interchangeable lens camera that's well worth considering. It's a camera that can capture wonderfully clear and vibrant images without you having to fiddle around with the settings too much. We think you can have a lot of fun with it, especially if you go for the twin lens kit that has the 55-200mm lens in it.
  • Pros: Image clarity, Quick performance, Good high ISO capability, Not hard to use
  • Cons: Battery life not great, Some chromatic aberration
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Overall 10

Expert Review

Photo answers
11 August 2012
  • Excerpt: Key features The Sony a57 represents what could be the next generation of DSLRs. It is in fact an SLT (single lens translucent) camera, so it uses a fixed translucent mirror that allows extremely fast shooting speeds. The a57 features a 16.1MP sensor powered by the Bionz processor, and the ISO range covers an impressive 100-16,000. The 3in LCD screen on the back is extremely clear thanks to a whopping 9216k dots.
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