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4.0 out of 5 stars Great update to a55, worth upgrading or Starting with Sony, April 19, 2012
This review is from: Sony Alpha SLT-A57 16.1 MP Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor DSLR with Translucent Mirror Technology and 3D Sweep Panorama (Body Only) (OLD MODEL) (Electronics)
I have been using Nikon for years but got interested in Sony after a friend showed me some pictures he took with Panorama.

I tested a55 and even though its now available for $499, i though it was worth going for a57.
I just bought yesterday at a local Bestbuy and was surprised as the launch date was April 22 but it was avail in store on 18th & at $40 discount after you checkout

-a57 has same body size as a65 so hand fits well. On a55 felt small with pinky hanging

-Some great features that are unique to Sony: Panorama, auto smile, 10-12 frames per second
-Looking to test Auto portrait that creates a copy that crops using rules of 1/3s. Although read that it cant be used in RAW mode (bit of bummer)

Coming from Nikon, its taking a bit getting used to.
The menu is not the best but works

I dont like the kit lens much and instead bought a 18-250mm - SAL18250
Sony SAL18250 Alpha DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens w/Lens Hood

At first when you place your eye on viewfinder, its a bit of delay and getting used to. Also its quite bright in Sunny outside. At one point while testing at Sony store, I thought something was wrong but then realized i had put aperture of 1.8 which was too much light and couldnt see anything.

I will update after using a bit.

Update:
1. Pictures come out great. In some cases I have noticed that the white balance between pictures taken at same place is quite different. Havent figured it out yet why. Some pictures came out right while others are blueish.
2. A bit of bummer, I knew about it: I like to take pictures in RAW - none of cool features HDR, portrait etc are avail in RAW mode.
3. I read that the contrast and colors are much nicer + low light is better in a57 vs a65 - Mainly because of JPEG processing improvements. So again if you use RAW mode the software would help.
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Initial post: Apr 22, 2012 1:51:40 AM PDT
tuspan says:
Hi there, I am looking at purchasing the new A57 too. But was unsure about the kit lens. Can I ask which 18-250mm you bought and where did you buy it from? I am new to DSLR and am a little scared buying a lens that may not fit it. Thanks in advance.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2012 4:24:58 AM PDT
J. Singh says:
Hi,
I really like the 18-250 and am very happy with it. Its around $650 still cheaper than Nikon and Cannon. I like the build quality and feel quality. It takes good pictures so far from little time with it. I really enjoy the range.

I bought the Sony SAL18250
Sony SAL18250 Alpha DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens

Also i have had Nikon d7000 and the Nikon 18-200. I have also tested Canon D60 with 18-200. Unless you are a true professional Sony comes out better with some non professional features which come handy.

Sony a55 might be discontinued but other option is you can find a55+18-250 for $999. I had found it even lower last month.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 1:28:54 PM PDT
yuri says:
How long can you shoot in video mode? Does it have the problem with sensor overheating like its predecessor Sony a55?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 2:05:20 PM PDT
J. Singh says:
i havent seen the issue so far with short movies I have made.

Do you know what was the time limit on a55? I remember reading about it that camera would shut down etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 1:02:51 AM PDT
yuri says:
From what people say, the camera shuts down after 3-5 minutes of video shooting with SteadyShot setting and a little longer without it but it depends on ambient temperature. Here is what Sony support says about it http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/news-item.pl?news_id=424&mdl=SLTA55V Could you do us all a favor and see if anything like that happens in a57? Thanks.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 2:58:07 AM PDT
yuri says:
Its predecessor a55 had an issue with noise of the zoom motor being clearly heard in video mode. Does a57 has this issue?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 5:24:41 AM PDT
S. Konrad says:
No, the A57 doesn't have this problem anymore, since it uses a different technique for image stabilization in video.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 8:30:28 PM PDT
J. Singh says:
Yip No issue so far for me
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