wadap0: I swear Nikon has discovered some alien technology!
Yes, it's from planet Sony! ;)
Music Hands: Very sad that they did not retain the compact size of the A55 in the 57. It was quite compact, wonderful value for the size and price. So for the "replacement" Sony makes it bigger, takes away GPS, no sensor improvement, and adds some Bionz chip features?I won't be "upgrading" my A55 anytime soon. I can only hope that the future leads to a more compact SLT design that, again, sets the trend.
@ Bo Begole: no, it's just improvements to the sensor itself and the AA filter
BeanyPic: For this price I'd expect more.
Like what? A built-in PS Vita, microwave oven and coffee machine, and instant free photo printer?
Deeso: At high ISO settings (6400 12800) the d5100 still offers the best balance between resolution and low noise. The a57 is too taxed by agressive NR as most Sony Alphas. Shooting in RAW seems a must for this camera when working with low light.
Totally disagree Deeso - I'm seeng the A57 even beat the D7000 at high ISO (3200) and the 5100 is not even close.
RaZZ3R Death: Never really like the entry level and mid-range Sony DSLR because of lack of controls, badly placed buttons and a LOT of WASTED space on the top of DSLR (where they keep painting that useless AVCHD and other craps), wouldnt be more usefull an aditional mode dial (AF/Metering/Drive Mode) or a few more buttons like the ones menttiond before.To me the controles layout is the most disapointing of Sony's DSLR.
Normal for DSLRs at this price point. If you want more controls, buttons, etc, buy a more expensive model.
jonikon: " Making practical use of this ability, the A57 also has a mode that will re-process your people pictures with what it thinks is a better composition." -DPReview
Seriously? A camera that overrides your own thinking for you. How nice is that! Leave it to Sony to make a camera that is idiot-proof! No doubt it will become a "must have" camera feature for the Sony crowd!
And once Nikon or Canon copy it, it will be the "must have" feature for you too! ;)
"No sensor improvement"? In the samples you can see it's improved over the A55.
Bigger = thank god!!!!
naftade: This thing offers nothing new. I don't need a machine to crop portraits for me.
And why the made it that big is beyond me as well ! The biggest advantage of the slt 55 sacrificed for nothing!
For me, the "smallness" of the A55 was not the biggest advantage, it was it's biggest weakness.
Jokica: On page 1: ...'Clear Image Zoom' digital zoom mode that uses an image database...On page 2: Digital zoom: No
There is a pretty clear difference I'd say.
srados: that electronic viewfinder is a deal breaker...Good old prism where are you?
Get over it, it's not coming back.
Wow. The image quality vs the Nikon D7000 even at ISO 3200 and 6400 is noticeably better. Far more detail is resolved.
lifeispixels: Nice strategy from Sony side to sell this sensor to Nikon. Remember how some people have been bitching about 24MP sensors being too dense and that Nikon & Canon know better about cameras, etc.
Not only Sony makes some big $$$ selling the sensors to Nikon, this breaks the barrier and shuts the mouths of those fanboys. Now Nikon is leading Sony in higher mega pixel full frame. Nobody would complain anymore about 24MP being too high in A850, A900, A77, A65. We can point finger to Nikon D800. And when Sony come out with their own 36 MP full frame machine next year, no troll would have an excuse to bitch about this LOL.
Hi point is still valid for the A900/A850 though. A lot of those people who slammed the A900/A850 for succumbing to the "megapixel race" are now singing the praises of the D800. :P
Prakash Heda: its been a while, DPreview is expected to post full review by now.....
Not until the camera is officially released, as always.
Rashkae: When did the D3X re-take the "resolution baton"? That still belonged to the A850/A900, right?
I know they are the same sensor. However, this preview states that Nikon re-took the resolution crown from Canon, totally ignoring that the A900 was already around.
My point is that this is, true to DPR style, only about Canon and Nikon and they are once again forgetting the competition.
When did the D3X re-take the "resolution baton"? That still belonged to the A850/A900, right?
mantra: but is a sony sensor?does someone know?thankscheersamazing camera
They always say it's "Nikon developed" but it fact it's the Sony 16MP sensor upsized to FF size.
Why on earth would Nikon ever say "Sony developed" in their own press release? :P
Taikonaut: Have you ever been stopped or asked what you are doing when using your dSLRs at an event while hundreds of others using P&S and phone cameras don't get hasselled? This is the reason to go mirrorless.
Fully agree, I can bring the NEX into concerts and it doesn't get stopped. DSLRs have to stay at the gate.
Auke B van der Weide: impressive for its size, nice build, compact. Why cant Nikon do this with its FX sensors? The D3 sensor is now about 4 years old, still better then this Sony sensor. So go mirrorless compact with the F-mount Nikon!
Why not the F-mount? FLANGE DISTANCE. It would make any mirrorless camera the size of a DSLR. Defeats the purpose...
@krikman: You never actually read the preview and the reviews out there, right? The A77 has this BUILT IN as an EFFECT you can select.
SHAME on you for not reading before blabbing your mouth off!!!
Hi Simon, The "Quick Navi" menu can be enabled. It's one of the Disp menu options in the main menu.