3 years ago – The Sony SLT-A57


On todays blogpost i look back 3 years ago when i had the Sony SLT-A57 which i really loved for how quick it was, the steady shot and the tiltscreen.

The feature list of this Sony camera was quite impressive allready 3 years ago and was also an important step in devoloping technology for mirrorless A7 series cameras. It allready had a good electronic viewfinder and the camera was light and small.

About the Sony Alpha 57

The Sony Alpha 57 is a digital camera that replaces the A55 in 2012. The camera features an electronic viewfinder and a translucent mirror. The main advantage of a translucent mirror is that it needn’t flip up out of the way when taking a picture in order to expose the sensor, but the camera can focus and capture images simultaneously. The camera’s 15-point autofocus system can be set to single, continuous or automatic and is arranged towards the centre. The 12 fps burst mode is available only in “speed priority” mode but can reach up to 5.5 fps burst rate in combination with any other settings.

Feature list

  • 16.1-megapixel Exmor™ CMOS sensor (4912 × 3264)
  • Updated BIONZ™ image processor
  • ISO 100 – 16,000 (25,600 with multi-image combination)
  • Auto ISO with customizable lower and upper limits
  • Pull-out three-hinge tilt/swivel 921K dot TruBlack™ LCD screen
  • Stereo microphone and external mic socket
  • Dust shake sensor cleaning
  • second-generation Translucent Mirror Technology™
  • 12 fps burst mode at full 8-megapixel resolution
  • Tru-Finder™ XGA electronic viewfinder with 1440K dots resolution with full 100% frame coverage.
  • AVCHD video recording at 1920 × 1080 (50p (1080p) @ 28 Mbit/s, 50i (1080i) @ 24 Mbit/s, 50i (1080i) @ 17 Mbit/s, 25p (1080p) @ 24 Mbit/s, 25p (1080p) @ 17 Mbit/s, 25p (1080p)) @ 12 Mbit/s)
  • MPEG-4 video recording at 1440 × 1080 (approx. 25 fps @ 12 Mbit/s (average bit-rate)
  • Live View with full-time Phase Detection AF
  • 15-point autofocus sensors.
  • SteadyShot™ image stabilization system in body
  • 3D Sweep Panorama™
  • Full tilt/swivel LCD screen
  • Multi-frame noise reduction
  • Object tracking AF

The Sony A57 was my last APSC camera, but looking back at my favorite pictures from that time i still love the IQ you could get out of it and also the ISO performance and dynamic range was quite good. With my lenses i had at that time the Sony 35mm 1.8, Zeiss 16-80mm, Minolta 50mm 1.4 this was my best APSC camera i had so far.

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