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Sony Alpha a57 review

The sharp-shooting DSLT that clocks up 12fps

Sony Alpha a57 review

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Sony's high-speed 12fps Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE - coupled with subject tracking - makes light work of freezing action.

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In Standard colour mode, JPEGs straight out of the camera are imbued with faithful hues and a pleasing level of saturation.

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The ability to fine-tune the AF point prioritised by the responsive 15-point system allows for more precise focusing.

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The Sony Alpha a57's metering system generally copes well - even with trickier lighting situations such as this.

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JPEGs taken straight out of the camera display a pleasing level of detail and sharpness, with scope to improve performance further by investing in additional high-quality lenses.

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The Sony Alpha a57 is capable of capturing highly detailed landscapes with a wide dynamic range.

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Sony's superb Sweep Panorama mode makes a welcome addition to the Sony Alpha a57's feature set, and is capable of producing excellent results.

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The Sony Alpha a57's easy-to-use HDR Auto mode takes several shots in quick succession and automatically combines them to produce a final shot with an expanded dynamic range.

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Even when shooting with the kit lens, an impressive amount of background blur can be achieved.

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A good level of detail is captured by the camera, even in mixed lighting situations.

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This image was captured just as sun was about to set - at around 7.50pm. You can see that the camera has coped well in the low light situation, but it has been slightly underexposed.

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This is the same image as the above shot, but we have made some simple edits in Photoshop Elements to show you what can be achieved with the images taken from the camera. We have adjusted Levels and increased Saturation.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLT Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
PictBridgeNo
Product Familyalpha A
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3.1x, 3.1x (Lens 1) - 3.6x (Lens 2)
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameSony
FeaturesLive View, Self-timer, Face Detection, Face Recognition, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, 3D Panorama
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)539 g
Maximum Image Resolution4912 x 3264
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.7 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNP-FM500H
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Eye-Fi Card
Height97.5 mm
Width132.1 mm
Depth80.7 mm
Autofocus Points15
Product SeriesA
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1) - 55 mm to 200 mm (Lens 2)
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO, RAW
Audio FormatsAC3, AAC
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Fill Flash, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Flash Exposure Compensation, Rear Flash Sync, High Speed Sync
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelSLT-A57
Product NameA57 Translucent Mirror Interchangeable Lens Camera
Product Linealpha
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberSLTA57Y.CEH
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing InformationSpeedy shooting plus limitless creative options

Serious quality and powerful creative options have never been so accessible. The SLT-A57 shares many features found in range-topping cameras from Sony, including super-fast shooting with continuous autofocus. Explore the possibilities of flawless images and Full HD video.

Battery Life590 Shot
Package Contents
  • A57 Translucent Mirror Interchangeable Lens Camera
  • SAL-1855 Lens
  • SAL-55200 Lens
  • NP-FM500H Battery
  • Software Media
Display Resolution921600 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker