With its 16.1-million-pixel sensor, 15-point AF and 10fps with continuous AF, Sony’s Alpha 57 may suit aspiring wildlife and action photographers

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Sony Alpha 57

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Sony Alpha 57 review


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It is a year and a half since the Sony Alpha 55 hit the market, and the Sony Alpha 57 is more of a refresh than a new model. However, there are enough features to separate it from the entry-level Alpha 35, particularly the angled LCD screen, improved EVF and wider ISO range.

The Alpha 57 stands up well against the competition. In several areas its features are class-leading at this price point, and the camera is very capable of producing crisp images with bold colours.

If the choice comes down to the Alpha 57 and Alpha 65, it is definitely worth spending a little extra for the improved sensor and viewfinder of the more expensive model, but there is no denying that at its price point the Alpha 57 provides value for money.


Video:1920x1080 pixels (at 50fps, 25fps or 24fps), 640x480 pixels (at 25fps), AVCHD 2 with MPEG-4 AVC H.264
White Balance:Auto, 6 presets, Kelvin, plus custom setting
External mic:Yes
Built-in Flash:Yes – GN 10 @ ISO 100
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Output Size:4912x3264 pixels
Viewfinder Type:Electronic LCD, with 1.44 million dots and 100% frame coverage
White Balance Bracket:Yes, 3 exposures
AF Points:15-point with 3 cross-type, auto or manual selection
LCD:Articulated 3in LCD with 921,600 dots
Focal Length Mag:1.5x
Sensor:16.1-million-effective-pixel APS-C (23.5x15.6mm) CMOS sensor
Exposure Modes:iAuto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, scene selection, sweep panorama, 3D sweep panorama
Weight:618g (with battery and card)
File Format:Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion NP-FM500H battery, up to 550 shots
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus bulb
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Drive Mode:12fps in tele-zoom mode, 10fps in continuous advance priority AE, continuous 8fps high or 3fps low, single-shot, self-timer
Lens Mount:Sony Alpha mount
RRP:£749 (with 18-55mm kit lens)
ISO:100-16,000 (expanded to ISO 25,600 in multi-frame NR mode)
Focusing Modes:Manual, single-shot AF, automatic AF, continuous AF, face detection
DoF Preview:Yes
Metering System:1,200-zone evaluative metering, centreweighted and fixed centre spot
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HDMI
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Exposure Comp:±3EV in 1⁄3EV steps
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. White balance and colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Dynamic range
  8. 8. Noise, sensitivity and resolution
  9. 9. LCD, viewfinder and video
  10. 10. Verdict
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