Sony SLT-A57 Review

Overall Score

72

Main Features

  • 16 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • 100 - 16000 ISO
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3" Articulated Screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 1440k dot Electronic viewfinder
  • 12 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 132 x 98 x 81 mm, 618g.
  • Price Category:
  • Replaced: SLT-A55
  • Replaced by: SLT-A58

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Sony SLT-A57 Overview


First introduced in September, 2012, Sony SLT-A57 is a 16 MP DSLR with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor. Sony replaced the older Sony A55 with SLT-A57. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Sony A57 with Sony A55

Sony replaced SLT-A57 with Sony A58. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Sony A57 with Sony A58


Sony A57 comes with a 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 28.21 mm (1.1").

- Full Frame
- Sony SLT-A57

Sensor resolution of Sony A57 ~ 4915 x 3255 pixels.

Sony A57 has Crop Factor: 1.53

The sensor has a surface area of 366.6 mm².

There are approximate 15,998,325 photosites (pixels) on this area.

Sony A57 Series History
Model Year $ Sensor ISO Weight Dimensions
Sony SLT-A58 Sony A58 2013 20MP 100 - 16000 492g 129 x 95 x 78mm
Sony SLT-A57 Sony A57 2012 16MP 100 - 16000 618g 132 x 98 x 81mm
Sony SLT-A55 Sony A55 2010 16MP 100 - 12800 500g 124 x 92 x 85mm

Proc and Cons of Sony A57


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Sony SLT-A57 with competitors in entry-level dslr cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Articulating Screen
AF Face Detection
16000 Max Native ISO
12.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
Microphone Port
15 Focus Points
±3 AE Bracketing Range
Selfie Friendly Screen
Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
External Flash
RAW Support
921k dots Screen Resolution
1/4000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
1440k dot Viewfinder Resolution
3 Cross Focus Points
Flash Sync Port
Focus Bracketing
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
Weight: 618g
No Articulating Screen
No Environmental Sealing
Low Battery Life: 550 shots
Type Scores

Sony SLT-A57 has an Overall Score of 72/100 and ranked #54 out of 206 in DSLR cameras, and ranked #156 out of 1222 in all cameras.

Sony A57 Scores
Imaging score
55
Features score
78
Value for money score
85
Portability score
76
Overall score
72
Average Scores in Entry-Level DSLR
Imaging Score
52
Features Score
59
Value For Money Score
75
Portability Score
79
Overall score
61

Physical Dimensions of Sony A57


Sony SLT-A57 weighs 618g and has external dimensions of 132 x 98 x 81mm (5.2 x 3.86 x 3.19"). Considering that the average weight of Entry-Level DSLR cameras is 538g, Sony A57 is 80 grams more than the average weight of cameras in this category.

Weight Comparison
Entry-Level DSLR Cameras


Sony A57
618g
Average weight
538g
Min weight
365g
Max weight
690g

Thickness Comparison
Entry-Level DSLR Cameras


Sony A57
81mm
Average Thickness
73mm
Min Thickness
53mm
Max Thickness
86mm

Here is the front and top view image of Sony SLT-A57 with the dimensions:

Sony SLT-A57

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight SLT-A57 Dimensions SLT-A57
Sony SLT-A58 Sony A58 492 g 618 g 129 x 95 x 78 mm 132 x 98 x 81 mm
Sony SLT-A55 Sony A55 500 g 618 g 124 x 92 x 85 mm 132 x 98 x 81 mm
Sony SLT-A65 Sony A65 622 g 618 g 132 x 97 x 81 mm 132 x 98 x 81 mm
Sony SLT-A37 Sony A37 506 g 618 g 124 x 92 x 85 mm 132 x 98 x 81 mm
Sony SLT-A68 Sony A68 610 g 618 g 143 x 104 x 81 mm 132 x 98 x 81 mm
Sony SLT-A77 II Sony A77 II 647 g 618 g 143 x 104 x 81 mm 132 x 98 x 81 mm
Sony SLT-A77 Sony A77 732 g 618 g 143 x 104 x 81 mm 132 x 98 x 81 mm
Nikon D3300 Nikon D3300 430 g 618 g 124 x 98 x 76 mm 132 x 98 x 81 mm

Specifications of Sony SLT-A57


General
Brand Sony
Model SLT-A57
Announced September, 2012
Body Type Compact SLR
Lens
Lens Mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 1.5
Number of Lenses 143
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Articulated
Screen Resolution 921k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution 1440
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.7
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 15
Number of Cross Focus Points 3
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/30 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
Continuous Shooting 12.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 10.00
Flash Modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±3 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area 366.6 mm²
Sensor Resolution 16 MP
Max Image Resolution 4912 x 3264
Max Native ISO 16000
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 25600
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 550 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model NP-FM500H
Physical
Weight 618 g
Physical Dimensions 132 x 98 x 81 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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