|USED SONY DSLR-A57 Camera Body|
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|Well-suited for high-speed sports photography or just for catching a unique sequence, this Sony 16.1 MP camera features Sony's popular Translucent Mirror Technology, which enables the Sony alpha a57 to shoot at 10 fps with continuous auto-focus and auto-exposure control. Additionally, the Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor at the core of this digital SLR camera brings high resolution with reduced noise, even in low-light situations. To rapidly zoom in on a scene, this Sony 16.1 MP camera deploys tele-zoom high-speed shooting with a 1.4x increase of focal length. Sony's exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology enhances the Sony alpha a57, doubling the effective focal length, therefore providing greater shooting flexibility. Other features of this digital SLR camera include an eye-level electronic viewfinder with an easy-to-use interface, SteadyShot INSIDE stabilization, and a tilt-and-swivel 3-inch (7.62-cm) LCD screen. The black body of this Sony 16.1 MP camera weighs about 539 g, and its approximate measurements are 132 mm wide by 97 mm high by 80 mm deep.|
|Camera Type||Digital SLR|
|Sensor Resolution||16.1 MP|
|Lens For SD||Body Only|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||Memory Stick DUO PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Card, SDXC Memory Card|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Additional Features||HDMI, Interchangeable Lenses, USB 2.0|
Average review score based on 16 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
In early 2006, Digital SLR sales were one of the fastest growing markets in all of consumer electronics. Sony made sure to jump on it with as much speed as possible, but where to start? By buying out an already successful and well loved brand, Konica Minolta. By basing their designs on Minolta technology, Sony introduced themselves in the market quickly and effectively. They have become a gamechanger. They aim to take down the other big names like Canon and Nikon. In my opinion, they have succeeded further than any other company in providing a QUALITY product for an extremely reasonable price.
The T4i might have smoother looking video, but it's auto-focus is S-L-O-W compared to the A57. The D3200 might have 24 megapixels, but more megapixels = more noise at high ISO! And Sony have multitudes of unique features to offer, built in stabilization, auto framing portraits, sweep panorama, and a blazing fast TWELVE frames per second! This camera is also by far the easiest DSLR to learn on. There is an entire built in help manual that provides relevant info with the click of one button. Just highlight a setting (oh, flash compensation, what's that?) and hit the question mark. It will tell you what it is, how to use it, when to use it, and even have sample photos.
Not only is it phenomenal for the beginner, seasoned pros will love the backwards compatibility of the Minolta AF lenses. If you are shopping on Ebay you might have noticed the massive used market on these old Minolta lenses labeled 'for Sony'. Pick up a portrait lens for 80 bucks! Just make sure its the AF mount, not the older FD.
The image quality is superb. I shoot primarily bands in low light situations, so I'll regularly be shooting under ridiculous colored lights or no lights at all. Trust me, nobody's standing still enough to use a tripod. The camera is lightning fast, and produces very low noise up to ISO 3200. By day I work in camera sales, so I am always exposed to the latest and greatest. Nothing has left me more impressed than the new line of Sony DSLRS. This is a company doing it right. You will find more bang for your buck here than anywhere else.
5/5 on all fronts.
Pros: Low noise @ high ISO, well balanced body, clear image zoom, excellent battery life
Cons: EVF is a little hard to get used to
Bought this as an upgrade from the a380 and couldn't believe the difference in picture quality, especially at high ISO. Less noise @ ISO 3200 than the a380 had a ISO 800. Easier to handle (larger grip), much longer battery life (almost twice as long), and love the Sweep Panorama. Have even been able to take hand-held shots as slow as 1/5 of a second shutter speed.
The only worry I had when I bought this was whether my Sigma lenses would work, especially the older ones, but they work perfectly.
Sony has really hit a home run with this camera.
Played with many cameras and like them but one has fallen in love with the Sony SLT system. There are so many things you can do with this camera once you are creative.If not you can pull somethings off. I purchased it for video purposes. Unlike Canon which records 60fps at 720p, it records 60fps at 1080p. You can't go wrong with that. I will be purchasing minolita lens to rock on this bad boy. It's cheaper. No optical view finder.(I think you'll survive). It is electronic. Overall the camera is great!
I have had Nikon and Canon DSLRs and they were both great cameras, but the Sony Alpha a57 is the best I have had so far. The shot rate at full 16mp is second to none at 10f/s and 12f/s at 8.?. The clarity and fast, fluid, crisp, auto focus is amazing during all shots but is really shows its true abilities during high speed sports shots (try it at a football or basketball game with the Sony 75-300mm auto focus zoom lens!). I can't say enough good things about this camera. I will say, however, Sony has discontinued the a57 and replaced it with the a58. The a58 has a newer, supposibly better sensor, though it's hard to imagine, but I haven't tried it. If you can find a new a57, snatch it up, it is at a reduced price now everywhere you look which makes it WELL worth the money, and it on paper offers perks over the newer a58. If you can't find the a57, I would recommend moving up to the a65. It is slightly more expensive than the a58, but blows it out of the water in almost every bracket. This review is for the Alpha a57 though, and I give it 5 stars across the board. Check out the specs, it will certainly live up to or exceed expectations if you can still find one. Mine set the new bar for me.
Great Camera for the money. Very easy to use for a DSLR.
I also brought a 75-300mm Sony lens. Took some pictures of the moon using the 300mm lens, set the Sony A57's 4x digital zoom (that's equivalent to 1200 mm). It came out awesome!