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 !!!
Summary: I seriously love this camera. This is my first DSLR and I found it so easy to pick up and use. Spent good deal of effort researching before taking the plunge on this one. Very "user friendly" and the auto settings were great to get me started. Now, with more experience, I am doing alot with the manual settings.
I've had this camera for six months and enjoy it very much!
B. L. Ward "Pleased Amazon.com customer", Amazon
16 September 2013
Summary: It's a great camera for me, very fast and offers so many ways that it can be used that I'll probably be learning more about it for a long while. My previous camera was good for landscape scenes and still life, but anything with much action would be blurred unless there was a lot of sunlight. This camera captures action very well unless the light is very dim and I'm avoiding use of the flash to not disturb others. I'm quite pleased with this purchase.
Summary: The A57 camera has some excellent features that make it quite a contender for the low to mid level DSLR market. Unfortunately its now no longer being produced but is still available. The camera offers great video and still frame image capabilities especially for fast action shots. While its jpeg engine is ok but not great, its RAW format provides great picture colors.
Summary: I tried the camera for a week. Great pictures....one of the best video focus and lock features. However, it was a compromise to carry it to the park for some photos.....great camera, but a bit too big for practical daily use.
Summary: I got this camera as replacement for SLR-A300 that I've been using for about 4 years. I must say this product is by far more superior in every way, except perhaps for size and battery life. Shutter speed is incredibly fast, shutter mechanism is smooth and shock reduction technology works perfectly. Sensor is amazing in all light conditions as it generates amazing colors. Image quality is amazing, far more superior to more expensive NEX-6, which I also use.