Summary: I consider myself an amateur photographer. I don't go into manual modes and tweak a million times before I take a shot. I take shots using the ready-tailored modes and auto modes, expecting that they look professional. In this department, the camera does not disappoint.
Summary: Much lighter than my previous Canon 7D, produces very nice images. It does not allow you to use the auto ISO feature when in manual mode, so I ultimately returned it because that is a feature I needed. Otherwise, the A57 is a good choice and easy to carry.
Summary: I have two of these cameras. The first one I picked up almost a year ago. The second a few weeks ago. The first one was put through it's paces. I take pictures for my school's yearbook and website. I have taken thousands of pictures with it.
Summary: If you can get past the viewfinder, this is a great camera. I also have a Nikon D90 and bought this as a second camera, planning to use it when I wanted the features that the D90 does not have including auto HDR, panorama pictures and 12 frames per second.
Summary: The A57 is one of the newer examples of the Sony "SLT" camera concept. The controls are easy to use, and the camera is a delight to work with. Static images are extremely detailed and the autofocus is great. Video is awesome and easy to work with.
Excerpt: This camera is amazing. In my appinion that it's great camera to step up to. And I does aloow you to shoot 8fps in Live view mode. I'm not sure where dpreview got this idea from. I'm still figuring it out. But you get more than what you pay for with this camera.