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Sony Alpha a57

alaTest has collected and analyzed 913 reviews of Sony Alpha a57. The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the lens and price. The image quality and usability are also appreciated. Many are negative about the memory, while reviews are divided on the software.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Alpha a57 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Alpha a57

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 user reviews of Sony Alpha a57 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the lens and price. The image quality and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the zoom and portability, and some have doubts about the memory and shutter.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Alpha a57

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 218 user reviews of Sony Alpha a57 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Opinions about the lens and price are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability also get good comments. There are some critical views about the software.

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99% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Amadou Diallo , Richard Butler , Lars Rehm (dpreview.com)

Sony SLT-A57 In-Depth Review

 

The Sony SLT-A57 shares the majority of its specs and features with the SLT-A65, NEX-5N and other recent Sony cameras for which we have provided in-depth reviews and analysis. Sections of text are therefore adapted from those earlier reviews and where...

Very good Raw file output up through ISO 6400 Dynamic range at the top of its class High magnification EVF with comprehensive information display Manual focus 'Peaking' option for both stills and video modes 10fps shooting in full resolution mode...

Mediocre JPEG processing with mushy detail and visible artifacts LCD viewfinder (vs OLED panel in other Sony models) AF not compatible with manual exposure control in video mode No live view in 8 or 10 fps continuous shooting modes makes accurate...

The Sony SLT-A57 has the unenviable task of replacing the

Sep, 2012

GOLD AWARD!

Expert review by (dpreview.com)

Sony SLT-A57

 

The Sony SLT-A57 shares the majority of its specs and features with the SLT-A65, NEX-5N and other recent Sony cameras for which we have provided in-depth reviews and analysis. Sections of text are therefore adapted from those earlier reviews and where...

Very good Raw file output up through ISO 6400 ; Dynamic range at the top of its class ; High magnification EVF with comprehensive information display ; Manual focus 'Peaking' option for both stills and video modes ; 10fps shooting in full resolution...

Mediocre JPEG processing with mushy detail and visible artifacts ; LCD viewfinder (vs OLED panel in other Sony models) ; AF not compatible with manual exposure control in video mode ; No live view in 8 or 10 fps continuous shooting modes makes accurate...

The A57 combines a high quality 16MP 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.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Sony Alpha 57 (SLT-A57)

 

Sony's Alpha 57 digital SLR is capable of producing excellent images and video, but its EVF has some issues, and the camera is a little slow to start and shoot.

Good high ISO performance. Quick burst shooting. Fast autofocus for stills and video. Seamless Live View experience. Good control layout. 1080p60 video support. Articulating rear LCD.

Slow to start and shoot. EVF sluggish in low light. Only a single control dial.

Sony clearly put some thought into the Alpha 57's control layout. The camera has a mode dial on its top left side, a front control dial, and Exposure Compensation and ISO buttons on the top of the grip, directly behind the shutter and On/Off switch....

Aug, 2012

Expert review by : Grayson Schaffer (wired.com)

Review: Sony Alpha a57

 

Sony's new α57 DSLR camera is aimed at serious enthusiasts who are more interested in the outcome than the process.

Saves you a bundle on software. Pro-level functionality at rookie prices. Higher frame rate than all but the top-shelf HDSLR cameras

The bells and whistles come at the expense of image quality; low-light, high-speed, and digitally zoomed photos will be noisy. If you ever upgrade to a full-frame HDSLR, it likely won’t be a Sony, so you’ll need all new lenses

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Michael Palmer (steves-digicams.com)

Sony Alpha SLT-A57 Preview

 

Meet the newest A-mount camera from Sony, the Alpha SLT-A57, or α57, which employs Translucent Mirror Technology to direct light into a 16.1 megapixel CMOS image sensor and the Auto Focus sensor simultaneously to allow continuous auto focus while...

Mar, 2012

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Sony A57 Review

 

The Sony A57 is a new interchangeable lens camera that uses Sony's unique Translucent Mirror Technology to offer high-speed shooting and a smaller body size. The 16.1 megapixel A57 features 12fps burst shooting, full HD 50p video with control over...

The new Sony A57 is a compelling intermediate SLT/DSLR camera that has a list of features and performance that few other rivals can match. The Sony A57 essentially offers the same excellent handling and features of the more expensive A65 model, but...

Jun, 2012

Expert review by : George Schaub (shutterbug.com)

Sony A57 SLT: Lab Test Results & Comments

 

The Sony (alpha) A57 is based on Sony's SLT viewfinder system that uses a fixed and semi-translucent mirror. This enables viewing via a live preview on the LCD screen on the back or through the electronic viewfinder. In addition, the mirror reflects...

Very fast mid-level system ; Compact body ; Swivel LCD screen ; High-resolution ELV

Swivel monitor is not totally articulated (on a tripod)

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : cgarrard (alphamountworld.com)

Sony A57 Review Posted

 

it's about balance. Feature set, price, handling, buttons and controls.... I love mid range DSLRS, seem to have a sweet spot most of the time. The A57 gives a fast AF system with 10fps, a nice viewfinder, comfortable and sensibly designed body for a...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (techreviewsource.com)

Sony Alpha 57 (SLT-A57)

 

The Sony Alpha 57 is one of four APS-C D-SLR cameras in Sony's current lineup. It's one step up from the entry-level Alpha 37, and like its siblings sports a fixed mirror design and an electronic viewfinder, a departure from classic SLR cameras that...

Good high ISO performance. Quick burst shooting. Fast autofocus for stills and video. Seamless Live View experience. Good control layout. 1080p60 video support. Articulating rear LCD ; Cons: Slow to start and shoot. EVF sluggish in low light. Only a...

Slow to start and shoot. EVF sluggish in low light. Only a single control dial. Editor Rating: 3.50 ; By Jim Fisher

Sony's Alpha 57 digital SLR is capable of producing excellent images and video, but its EVF has some issues, and the camera is a little slow to start and shoot. Pros: Good high ISO performance. Quick burst shooting. Fast autofocus for stills and video....

Aug, 2012

Expert review by : cgarrard (alphamountworld.com)

Sony A57 Announced

 

Sony's Alpha A57 is basically a Sony A65 with the better 16mp sensor of the A55/A580/NEX5N, with a couple more and a couple less bells and whistles for around$699.00 body only. The EVF is not OLED but the same panel as the A55 yet with improved optics...

Mar, 2012

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