a57 v d5100 for first DSLR

Started Apr 6, 2013 | Questions thread
Bjorn_L Veteran Member • Posts: 5,770
Re: a57 v d5100 for first DSLR

peevee1 wrote:

kangaroo in oz wrote:

Hi guys

Besides the faster frame rate in the a57  i was just wondering if there is much difference in these cameras which would sway you to go one way or the other if you were recommending a DSLR for a first time buyer..

Price seems on par


Video. A57 can AF in video, and you can use viewfinder when shooting video. Also it has 1080p60 option. No contest here.

They use the same sensor, but due to fixed semi-transparent mirror in A57, high ISO is somewhat worse.

But D5100 produces worse colors in JPEG. Use their image comparison to see for yourself:



I see smearing and loss of detail.  I believe the a57 was just using a higher level of ISO noise reduction.  This is an in camera setting which can be adjusted up on most cameras.

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