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Sony Alpha 57 Interchangeable Lens Camera with 18-55 Lens Kit - Black (16.1MP) 3.0 inch LCD

by Sony
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)



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  • 16.1 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS, Full HD AVCHD, 25/50p, up to 12fps, 7.5cm LCD. With 18-55mm lens.
  • High-speed shooting up to 12fps with Tele-zoom
  • Full HD video with tracking autofocus
  • High quality electronic viewfinder
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 13.2 x 9.8 cm ; 540 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.3 Kg
  • Item model number: SLTA57K.CEH
  • ASIN: B007IU3WPU
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 13 Mar 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,130 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

Product Description

Speedy shooting plus limitless creative options

Serious quality and powerful creative options have never been so accessible. The SLT-A57 shares many features found in range-topping cameras from Sony, including super-fast shooting with continuous autofocus. Explore the possibilities of flawless images and Full HD video.

Overview

It's all in the detail
It's all in the detail

The high-resolution CMOS sensor assures detail-packed pictures with excellent contrast and gorgeous colours. Exmor technology cuts noise while signals are converted to digital form. The result? Flawlessly beautiful images.

Zoom in on the action
Zoom in on the action

Get close to fast-moving action with a continuous burst of sharply-focused images at up to 12 frames per second. It's a great way to grab that decisive moment, from dynamic sports to wildlife.

Discover the artist within you
Discover the artist within you

Create a range of artistic styles, with no PC needed. Picture Effects offers a rich palette of options including posterise, partial colour, retro, high-key, mono and toy camera. Preview results in live view mode while shooting stills or movies.

Amazing HD movies
Amazing HD movies

Capture smooth, detailed Full HD videos with accurate phase-detection autofocus of moving subjects. Produce beautiful background defocus effects, and enjoy full manual control over focus and exposure modes. Create a cinematic mood with progressive shooting.

Edit photos and videos with PlayMemories Studio
Edit photos and videos with PlayMemories Studio

When purchasing this product from Sony, get the full version of PlayMemories Studio for no additional cost. With PlayMemories Studio, take control of your photos and videos through your PlayStation3. Add sound effects or edit your videos to make the perfect home movie.

Features

16.1 effective megapixels - High resolution Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor for very low noise still images and Full HD video

BIONZ processor - Optimised processing engine handles large amounts of sensor data, allowing very high-speed shooting and powerful noise reduction

Translucent Mirror Technology - Replaces DSLR moving mirror with fixed translucent mirror: enables ultra-fast shooting with speedy, accurate phase detection AF

High-speed continuous shooting with Tele Zoom - Capture fast-moving action at up to 12fps (Priority AE) with continuous autofocus and 1.4x digital zoom for clear, sharp close-ups

Up to 2x Clear Image Zoom - Double your zoom range; By Pixel Super Resolution Technology boosts magnification while maintaining superb image quality

Quick AF Full HD movie - Shoot 1920x1080 video with full-time AF tracking of moving subjects: with 25p/50p progressive shooting for cinematic results

Creative Full HD movie functions - Manual focus allows beautiful defocus effects (bokeh) during HD video shooting; PASM exposure modes offer total creative control

Advanced Quick AF Live View - Real-time full-resolution image display from main sensor on LCD or in TruFinder with fast, accurate phase-detection autofocus

Object Tracking AF - Keeps faces or other selected objects in sharp focus, even if the target is obscured momentarily by another passing object

Sweep Panorama with 3D Sweep Panorama - Press the shutter and sweep the camera to capture extra-wide panoramic images: also capture 3D panoramas to view on 3D TV

Wide sensitivity range from ISO 100-16000 - High maximum sensitivity allows natural, low-noise images, even in low light

15-point phase-detection AF system - With 3 cross sensors for accurate, non-stop autofocusing - effective with TruFinder or live view on LCD

Adjustable 7.5 cm (3.0") Xtra Fine LCD - 2-way adjustable high resolution (921k dot) widescreen LCD: with TruBlack technology for superb detail and contrast

High-performance TruFinder - Precision electronic viewfinder with 1440k dot resolution and wide field of view for precise framing, focusing and shot review

High-resolution information display - Select from a choice of digital levelling gauge, shooting parameters, grid lines and graphic exposure display options

Smart Teleconverter - Digitally zooms centre portion of image for high-resolution images with 1.4x or 2x magnification

Shot Result Preview - Touch a button to preview effects of adjusting aperture, shutter and DRO settings on depth of field, motion blur and dynamic range

Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto - Automatically analyses scene and shooting conditions, adjusting camera parameters for excellent results with any scene

Face Detection with Face Registration - Recognises up to 8 faces in a scene, optimising optimum exposure, white balance, flash and other settings for beautiful portraits

Smile Shutter - Automatically fires shutter when subject smiles with an adjustable smile detection sensitivity

Picture Effect Modes - Produce impressive creative effects with no PC needed - including Posterise, Partial Colour, HDR Painting, Soft Focus, Miniature

Enhanced HDR Auto - Automatically merges three successive exposures to create a single image with an effective dynamic range even wider than film

Multi-Frame Noise Reduction - Automatically combines a burst of six exposures to create a single ultra-low noise image

Handheld Twilight Mode - Automatically combines a burst of six exposures to create a single image with supressed blur and reduced noise in low light

Creative Styles - 6 selectable image finishing options to suit range of shooting situations - can be customised for even greater creative control

D-Range Optimiser - Analyses image in real time, adjusting brightness and contrast for more natural, evenly exposed backlit scenes

Versatile drive modes - Drive modes include Continuous advance, Self-timer, exposure bracketing and White balance bracketing

Customisable buttons - AEL, ISO, and AF/MF buttons can be reassigned for quick access to a choice of 24 functions

SteadyShot INSIDE - In-body image stabilisation offers 2.5-4.0 steps anti-shake performance with A-mount lenses by Sony or Konica Minolta

Dual anti-dust system - Reduces build-up of dust on sensor during lens exchange

HDMI output - HD connector for image display on HD TV (requires optional cable). Photo TV HD enhances still image viewing on compatible BRAVIA

BRAVIA Sync - Allows direct control of camera playback functions via BRAVIA TV’s remote

PlayMemories Home - Supplied software for easy PC image transfers, browsing and uploads

Image Data Converter SR - Supplied software for powerful processing and conversion of RAW camera image files to JPEG with very low noise

Box Contains

  • Lens cap
  • Power cable
  • SAL-1855
  • Battery charger
  • Body cap
  • CD-ROM
  • Rechargeable battery
  • USB cable
  • Eyepiece cup
  • Shoulder strap


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    4.9 out of 5 stars
    4.9 out of 5 stars
    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A57 leaves the competition standing... 4 Jun 2012
    Colour Name:Black - 18-55 Lens Kit|Verified Purchase
    I have recently purchased this camera from Amazon which arrived promptly and in good order. I have just upgraded from the excellent SONY a33 which has served me very well, but I was needing a little more creativity in the settings. I was not expecting however to be blown away by this camera! The handling and build quality are very good, being chunkier than my previous model and having more hand-grip real estate. The screen is beautiful and bright, and the EVF, offering real-time exposure and reviews etc is fantastic, even better than the older a33.
    Button placement is very good and all are within easy reach, and some can be programmed to do what you want them to do. I do feel there could have been an extra button or two on the top-plate, but the quick fn menu gives fast and responsive access to pretty much everything.
    There are so many features this camera has I can hardly list them all here, but lets say the art and creative styles are just outstanding, and all done in-camera and give a superb, sharp result; no need for post-processing to get fancy effects! There is color select, art, retro, miniature, soft, high contrast b&w, HDR-painting, panorama, 3D, sunset and many more creative modes!
    I like to shoot air shows and birds and other moving subjects and the speed of the a57 really is amazing. The shutter operates so fast you barely realise the picture has been taken. Burst mode in full resolution at 10 fps is very impressive. Coupled with my TAMRON 70-300 SP, this camera becomes a formidable sports snapper giving razor sharp images (even at big apertures) and bullet-like speed. For some reason that particular lens didn't perform quite as well on my a33.
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    50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I'm struggling to find any fault... 17 July 2012
    By John TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Colour Name:Black - 18-55 Lens Kit|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    First of all I'm comparing this camera against a D7000 and I'm probably what you can describe as an enthusiastic amateur when it comes to cameras so I'm also writing the review from that aspect.

    This camera is a very good mid-price camera. If, like me, you have a number of Sony/Minolta mount lenses and accessories (I've still got an A200 series that was my first DSLR) then this camera takes them all and works with them perfectly and as a result saves you money. It's very easy to set up and all the guides and software are contained on the camera and accessible through the large clear LCD screen on the back of the camera, and also through the viewfinder.

    The translucent mirror system (TMS) means that shooting speed increases so you can shoot (allegedly) 12 frames per second in burst mode as the mirror doesn't move, I didn't achieve that when I tested it out; best I got was 10fps, but then I'm not sure that I had it set up correctly. This TMS is used in the A65 and A77 and means that the camera body can be smaller and lighter as the mirror stays in place and so you don't need the mechanics that go with a moving mirror system and this size/weight difference is borne out when compared to My A200 and the D7000. It has the added advantage that the autofocus isn't interupted whilst shooting and this use of a fixed TMS means that you also get much faster autofocussing speeds and this is important if you're shooting in burst mode or shooting HD video, the only problem with using the continuous phase auto focus feature in video is that unless you've got an external mike you can hear the motor driving the focussing on playback.
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    33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Are you thinking of using the video function? 10 Jun 2013
    By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Colour Name:Black - 18-55 Lens Kit
    The tech spec of the these cameras are well covered in other reviews so I thought I would add a bit of a different perspective. I use my dslr mainly for video and if that is something you are thinking of doing there are a few things you should definitely know.
    I know that you have probably read so many comments and reviews that your head is spinning but fear not. What people like myself often want to know when reading a review is confirmation that they are about to make a "good buy". Good news you are. I recently bought the Sony and have a canon 650d, they are similarly priced cameras. I can say the Sony is far ahead in all respects bar one. There are lots of good used canon fit 2nd hand lenses. You will have to shop around for the sony fit lenses only because they are the new boys to the dslr market. That is the caution out of the way.
    Everything else about the sony is miles better. Did you know that Sony make the sensors (which are the important bit of a dslr) then after a year or two of using the sensor sell it to Canon etc. So the technology is newer in the Sony.
    Now the video bit. This camera just feels made for video. Canon and Nikon are both very flawed for video in the hands of normal people. With my canon I need to use a loupe to get it half nice to use. This Sony has an excellent evf and autofocus. Exposure , framing and focusing is so much better for video on this camera than on any other make in this price range. Do not listen to EVF (eltronic view finder) doubters on here. It is the way forward. If I had to buy another 400 camera for video tomorrow it woul be this one. As a photographers tool it obviously excellent.
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