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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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
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.