Summary: I had a Nikon D5000, but ordered this one when I heard about the video capabilities. I love video taping my three young sons, and the HD, continuous focus, and awesome sound makes it so real! I highly recommend for anyone wanting to record things they never want to forget, either in video or photo.
Summary: Received camera shortly after purchase! the only thing wrong that was not mentioned was that the rubber on the electronic view finder was missing. other than that this was perfect camera with a better than average battery charger.
The A57 may be the best of the Alpha series cameras.
Daniel Rich, Amazon
16 February 2014
Summary: I selected the A57 out of all of the Alpha series cameras and believed that this model is the flagship model, the best of the series. I also compared it to other popular SLR cameras. I believe that the quality and sharpness of photographs taken with this camera are top notch, a result of the large 23 X 15mm CMOS sensor. Both the LCD and the EVF displays are also top notch, and live view is very convenient.
Summary: A great camera that looked brand new and has been working great for now. I did a lot of research before purchasing the camera, I was specifically looking for a $400 -ish camera which would shoot good video and from what I ready the sony SLT technology does just that.. so I'm loving it..
Summary: I bought this Camera, because I own several Lenses from my former Minolta Dynax 7007i, and I wanted to use them in future, which only is possible in using Sony-Cameras, as Sony merged with Minolta (as far as I know). And it works wonderful, the Lenses I own fit perfectly for the A 57; the Camera itself has lots and lots of other possibillities which I just began to explore, and so it was a very good compromise to buy and use this formidable Camera body with the Lenses I...
Summary: I started using Sony DSLRs because I had invested in Konica Minolta SLRs and I did not want to trash my lenses and invest in another manufacture's ecosystem. I love the built-in image stabilization on the Sonys. I made the choice to pay more for the A57 as compared with the newer A58 because of overwhelming opinions about the superior quality of the A57. I wondered about Sony's mirrorless offerings but I considered them too expensive for my tight budget.
Cons: anti reflective coating on the monitor wore off after 1,500 pictures & 16 months. 30 percent worn off, no abuse. Per internet numerous complaints about this problem. When I contacted Sony they there was no known problems with the camera - HA!
Summary: i use this camera like a camcorder, as a video camera, i shoot wedings whith this cemera and all gear of filmaking. tripods prime lenses etc. This camera has a nice ISO perfomance with 3200 iso in video mode, i love this, to get any light and it has a excelent colors. I love this video shooting machine ! (I use A77 and A65 for photography ) but for photography this is a great camera to, i prefer this over T5i and nikon D5100 !!!