Summary: Wow! Stepped up to this camera from an alpha A500. All my lenses work great. It was like going from a bike to a car! Incredible camera. I got a used one in "very good" condition and everything works great.
Summary: This camera performs, and exceeds my expectations in countles ways, and still does 2yrs later. I won't go into details of every aspect this camera is capable of, mainly because I'm not as advanced as some reviews with in depth reviews are, you can read those.
Summary: Replaced my Canon T3i with the a57 after traveling with a friend who had the a57. This works so much better for my needs than the T3i. For my use I like the EVF. The controls and menus are much easier to use on the a57 than the Canon T3i or my old Nikon D40.
Summary: This camera is a serious contender for my Nikon D5100...there are 3 features that I found better than my Nikon, 1- DR... excellent! a lot of details at the shadows without blowing the highlights, if you shoot a lot of landscapes this camera is for you. 2-shutter mecanism.
Summary: I have been using digital cameras for a long time (including superzooms) and some SLR cameras back in my high school days, so i have had some experience with cameras. It took me awhile to decide if i wanted a canon or nikon camera. I then saw the reviews for some of the sony cameras.