Pros

  • Super-fast phase detect autofocus available at all times, even shooting video; faster burst shooting than any camera in its class
  • Focus peaking and focus magnification for manual focus
  • Very good EVF and tilt-swivel LCD with Tru-Black display
  • Auto Portrait Framing and other creative effects such as Toy Camera and Soft Focus

Cons

  • No GPS
  • Can’t set parameters for Auto ISO
  • can’t turn high ISO noise reduction off

Manufacturer’s Description

Never Miss The Moment.

Even when shooting in challenging conditions, the accelerated speed, supreme sensitivity and cutting-edge functionality of the a57 ensure beautiful results. Capture the decisive moment with up to 10 fps with continuous auto focus, and lock in every detail with the 16.1MP Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor-the ultimate for gorgeous, high-resolution image quality, even in low lighting conditions. Whether you're stepping up to your first DSLR, or an avid enthusiast adding to your arsenal, discover the pleasure and creativity of class-above interchangeable lens photography and HD moviemaking.

The Specs

Battery Information
Number of Batteries Supported 1
Battery Size Supported Proprietary Battery Size
Battery Built-in No
Battery Included Yes
Battery Rechargeable Yes
Battery Life 590 Shot
Interfaces/Ports
USB Yes
HDMI Yes
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 3.00 "
Touchscreen No
Effective Camera Resolution 16.1 Megapixels
Image Sensor Size 0.93" x 0.61"
Image Sensor Type Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
Exposure
Shortest Shutter Speed 1/4000 Second
Longest Shutter Speed 30 Second
Flash
Flash Modes Auto Flash, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction, Fill Flash, Rear Flash Sync, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Corporation
UPC Code 027242847552
Manufacturer Part Number SLTA57
Brand Name Sony
Product Name A57 Translucent Mirror Interchangeable Lens Camera
Marketing Information

Never Miss The Moment.

Even when shooting in challenging conditions, the accelerated speed, supreme sensitivity and cutting-edge functionality of the a57 ensure beautiful results. Capture the decisive moment with up to 10 fps with continuous auto focus, and lock in every detail with the 16.1MP Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor-the ultimate for gorgeous, high-resolution image quality, even in low lighting conditions. Whether you're stepping up to your first DSLR, or an avid enthusiast adding to your arsenal, discover the pleasure and creativity of class-above interchangeable lens photography and HD moviemaking.

Product Model A57
Product Type Digital SLT Camera
Image
Maximum Image Resolution 4912 x 3264
Lens
Image Stabilization Optical, Electronic
Autofocus Points 15
Focus Modes Auto, Manual
Memory
Memory Card Supported Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Eye-Fi Card
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • A57 Translucent Mirror Interchangeable Lens Camera
  • Battery Charger (BC-VW10A)
  • Body Cap
  • CD-ROM
  • Rechargeable Battery (NP-FM500H)
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • Shoulder Strap
  • USB Cable
Features Face Detection, Smile Detection, Orientation Sensor, Live View, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, 3D Panorama
Network & Communication
GPS No
Physical Characteristics
Camera Assembly Body Only
Height 3.8"
Width 5.2"
Depth 3.2"
Weight (Approximate) 19.04 oz
Video
Video Formats AVCHD, MPEG-4 AVC
Maximum Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate 60 fps
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Warranty
Limited Warranty 1 Year

Performance

Performance (New)
Exposure Good
Color Fair
Sharpness Very Good
Distortion Fair
Video Quality Good
Video Sound Quality Very Good