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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.
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This item: Sony Alpha SLT-A57K 16.1 MP Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor DSLR with Translucent Mirror
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|Photo Sensor Size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)||Information not provided||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)|
|Megapixels||16.1 MP||20.1 MP||18 MP||16.1 MP|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000 (25600 with boost)||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000 (25600 with boost)||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, (12800 with boost)||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600|
|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||2.7 inches|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||12||5||3.7||5.5|
|Wireless Communication Technology||EyeFi||EyeFi||EyeFi||EyeFi|
|Weight||1.4 pounds||1.1 pounds||1.3 pounds||1.1 pounds|
|Dimension||3.9 x 5.2 x 3.2 inches||3.7 x 5.1 x 3.1 inches||3.9 x 5.2 x 3.1 inches||3.6 x 4.9 x 3.4 inches|
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Style: With 18-55mm lens
Translucent Mirror Technology
Other DSLRs can shoot. Or they can focus with the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF. They cannot do both at once. The SLT-A57, with Translucent Mirror Technology, directs light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor simultaneously.
Up to 12 fps Tele-Zoom High Speed Shooting
By capturing the center 2/3 of the image sensor (8.4MP), Tele-zoom high speed shooting brings the action closer with a 1.4x effective increase of focal length. Shoot up to an incredible 12 frames per second with continuous auto focus and auto exposure to capture the decisive moment.
Up to 10 fps @ 16.1MP capture
Shoot up to 10 frames per second in incredible detail with the 16.1 megapixel Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, the camera achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light sensitivity or sensor noise.
Clear Image Zoom
Utilizing Sony's exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of your lens up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of your image with nearly imperceptible degradation. It virtually doubles the effective focal length of whatever lens you're using providing greater shooting flexibility.
Auto Portrait Framing
Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly balanced full resolution portraits.
Full HD 1080/60p/24p mov
Experience the Alpha SLT-A57, Sony's newest addition to their Alpha DSLR series. As the successor to the SLT-A55, the new SLT-A57 includes advanced features such as translucent mirror technology, a 16.1 MP resolution and BIONZ processor, 12 fps continuous shooting1, Full HD movie at 60p (50p)2, and the world's first3 Auto Portrait Framing. Standard zoom lenses become like telephoto zoom lenses thanks to Clear Image Zoom, which realizes a high-resolution look even when shooting with digital zoom making it dramatically easier to get the best shot.
Every second, you can capture up to 12 dynamic close-ups of subjects in motion. Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE magnifies the center of the action 1.4x to bring subjects closer at a clear 8-megapixel resolution. You can also team Smart Zoom with 2x magnification for super zoomed shots (4MP, S size). The a57 also supports 10 fps continuous shooting at the camera’s highest resolution (16.1 megapixels)4.
The renowned precision of Sony’s 15-point AF system, previously reserved for higher grade models, ensures fast and accurate TTL phasedetection autofocusing wherever and whenever you shoot. Even when capturing moving subjects in dim lighting, the three vertically aligned cross sensors deliver accurate and reliable tracking. You can choose any of four AF area modes (Wide, Zone, Spot or Local) depending on your needs.
My husband and I both bought one. Great cameras, we love them. I upgraded from an a57, and he upgraded from an a390. They still work great. Awesome cameras.Published 1 month ago by Rebecca
Does perfect HD videos and stills. Excellent autofocus in videoPublished 1 month ago by Arnold Segal
So far I love it, I was forced to switch from my old Minolta 35mm camera as it was getting hard to find 800 film locally, and the places that I used to get film developed refused... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Earl C. Macfarland
Get the body only, the 18-50 lens that's optional is not good at all in my opinion. Just skip it entirely and spend $20 more total for a sigma or something. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christos G
Cant use on body flash with manual lenses.
Lenses that i use from CANNON and older lenses with adapters to fit the camera. Read more
I purchased this camera a couple of years ago as an upgrade to my Sony A350 photo cam, and to finally get into the Full HD DSLR video boom that recently took off worldwide. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Francisco Galárraga
Well the electronic viewfinder and fast shooting are great options to have. I have Nikon D700 and was looking for something with solid video. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joe
I had a Nikon D5000, but ordered this one when I heard about the video capabilities. I love video taping my three young sons, and the HD, continuous focus, and awesome sound makes... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Natalie Howald