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Excellent camera , even if...
on 14 December 2014
Excellent , even if...
Upgrading from an SLT A-33. it s obvious that I noticed a change between both camera.. First, The A57 is bigger that the A33, it s size is quite similar to its rival Canon EOS 600D . The A57 is packed with features, extremely fast autofocus, high res LCD, excellent digital viewfinder, ... it is also extremely easy to use, for someone like me, who is by far NOT a professional photographer . I do love taking pics, but hey, i m no artist, and i just focus on sceneries, people, events etc.. no art pictures and nothing that requires some long and fastidious work on a photo editing program after that..
I ve been told the A57 is excellent is you use RAW format.. in my case, i m a JPEG guy and the result is more than perfect in my eyes.. .., it is amazing in low light, the colours are top class, i like mine on the soft side so, I reduced the saturation level a bit, but that s absolutely something personnal. I ve had the chance to use as well an A37, the smaller equivalent of the A57, and I was really turned off by the desastrous quality of the LCD screen on the A37..... it s almost not usable in broad day light..
all in all the A57 is a really good camera.
so, why only 4 stars and not 5 ???
Well. I m not sure whether this is a common issue with the A57 or not, but mine is an absolute battery guzzler ... It just sucks up the juice of my battery in 5 days... i go from 100% to dead flat ... even when the camera is switched off. I first thought that there was something wrong with the camera and popped in a SONY store... but apparently the seller was not surprised and told me it was normal.. ... he managed to sell me another battery full price indeed.. just in case there was a battery issue.. well. it did not sort the problem out and my A57 is still draining battery off like mad, even when it is switched off. .. so, now, I just remove the battery when the SLT A57 is not in use..and i manage to get 400 pics out of my batteries.. Not sure whether all SLT A57 have that problem or not... so.. I just let you know about that..