Sony SLT-A57

Announced Mar 13, 2012 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
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Announced Mar 13, 2012

Sony's SLT-A57 is the replacement for the original A55 fixed-mirror, electronic viewfinder SLT. The A57 still features a 16MP sensor and LCD viewfinder but incorporates them into essentially the same body as the more expensive A65. Use of the latest Bionz processor means the A57 offers a wider-than-ever selection of photographic features and image processing modes. There's also an optional HVL-LE1 video-lighting LED panel.

At its core, the A57 is a well put-together compendium of Sony's technological advances since the introduction of the A55 two years ago. This makes it a solid and proven performer for anyone stepping up to a DSLR from a compact camera or ILC, and one that concedes little in terms of either value or performance to its competitors from Canon, Nikon and Pentax.

Quick specs
Body type Compact SLR
Max resolution 4912 x 3264
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000 (25600 with boost)
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Focal length mult. 1.5×
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 618 g (1.36 lb / 21.80 oz)
Dimensions 132 x 98 x 81 mm (5.2 x 3.86 x 3.19)
GPS None

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Our review

The A57 combines a high-quality 16 MP sensor, easy access to shooting parameters, and class-leading video performance. And does this while providing an equivalent shooting experience, whether composing images via the EVF or rear LCD.

Good for: Users who frequently switch between EVF and rear LCD viewing and video-shooting enthusiasts.

Not so good for: Dedicated sports shooters and those who prefer an optical viewfinder.

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