Sony Alpha A57 DSLR Camera with Translucent Mirror

Sony Alpha A57 DSLR Camera with Translucent Mirror angle

Sony Alpha A57 DSLR Camera with Translucent Mirror

Sony adds to its Alpha DSLR camera line the latest Alpha A57 camera with Translucent Mirror technology. replacing the one-and-a-half year old Alpha A55. According to Sony, the Translucent Mirro design directs incoming light to the CMOS image sensor and the AF sensor at the same time, allowing full-time continuous AF during both still and video shooting. The DSLR packs a 16.1 Megapixel APS-C Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and  a latest-generation BIONZ engine. It offers an ISO range from 100 to 16,000 and extendable to up to ISO 25,600.

Sony Alpha A57 DSLR Camera with Translucent Mirror angle

Sony’s new A57 features the 15-point AF system with 3 cross sensor, the newly-enhanced Object Tracking AF that keeps faces or other selected objects in sharp focus and SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization. The camera is capable of up to 12fps high-speed shooting in the new Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE mode. There is 2x Clear Image Zoom technology to doubles the effective magnification of your lens, which is coupled with Sony’s By Pixel Super Resolution Technology that maintains superb image details, allowing users to get closer to the subject. The A57 is the world’s first camera to feature Auto Portrait Framing, in which the camera uses face detection and the compositional ‘rule of thirds’, and identifies your subject’s position, trimming the scene to create tightly-framed, professional looking pictures in vertical (portrait) or horizontal (landscape) orientation.

Sony Alpha A57 DSLR Camera with Translucent Mirror front no lens

The Aplha A57 features the Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder with 1440k dot resolution and a 100% field of view, and a 3-inch Xtra Fine LCD display. The shooter comes with a range of in-camera Picture Effect modes with 11 different effects and 15 total variations, and users can preview results directly in live view mode on the LCD screen or in the new Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder while shooting either Full HD video or stills. It records Full HD video at 60p, 60i or 24p frame rates and provides mini HDMI connector. “Movie-making options are enhanced further with full control over P/A/S/M shooting modes for virtually limitless creative expression.”

The new Sony Alpha A57 will be available in April as body-only (model SLT-A57) for $699 or with an 18-55mm kit zoom lens (model SLT-A57K) for $799.

Sony Alpha A57 DSLR Camera with Translucent Mirror side

Sony Alpha A57 DSLR Camera with Translucent Mirror back

Sony Alpha A57 DSLR Camera with Translucent Mirror swivel display

Sony Alpha A57 DSLR Camera with Translucent Mirror swivel display 1

Key Features SLT-A57
Type Interchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash
Lens Compatibility Sony A-mount lenses. Operation also confirmed with Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lenses
Image Sensor APS-C type (23.5 x15.6 mm), Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with RGB primary colour filters
Processor BIONZ™ image processor
ISO Sensitivity Range AUTO (ISO 100 – 3200), ISO 100 – 16000 selectable, Multi Frame NR (extendable up to ISO 25600)
Image Quality Modes RAW, RAW&JPEG, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
HDMI Connector and BRAVIA Sync HDMI mini connector (Type-C), BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV HD
Image Size: 3:2 (pixels) L: 4912 x 3264 (16M)M: 3568 x 2368 (8.4M)S: 2448 x 1624 (4.0M)
HD movie record Recording format: AVCHD 2.0 / MP4Video compression: MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)Image size (pixels) (PAL): AVCHD: 1980×1080 (50p / 28M / PS, 50i / 24M / FX, 50i / 17M/FH, 25p / 24M / FX, 25p / 17M / FH), MP4: 1440×1080 (25fps / 12M), VGA: 640×480 (25fps / 3M)
Electronic Viewfinder SVGA 1.2 cm (0.46 type) electronic viewfinder (colour), Xtra Fine (1,440,000 dots effective resolution (when viewfinder magnification is set to maximum setting), with 100% frame coverage, five display modes and grid line display modes.
LCD 7.5 cm (3.0-type) wide type Xtra Fine LCD with 921k dot resolution; Tilt angle: downward 180 degrees. Rotation angle: leftward 270 degrees from position in which LCD is facing forward.
Other features Face Detection, Auto Portrait Framing, Smile Shutter, Shooting Tips, Help Guide
Clear Image Zoom Yes
Digital zoom Smart Zoom, Digital Zoom
SteadyShot™ INSIDE YES
Anti-dust System Charge protection coating on low-pass filter and image-sensor shift mechanism
Focus Modes AF/MF selectable.AF modes: Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF
Autofocus System TTL 15-point phase detection AF system with 3 cross sensors
Exposure Modes iAUTO, Flash Off, Superior Auto, Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, Continuous Advance Priority AE, Movie, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M)
Exposure Metering System 1200-zone evaluative metering
Exposure Metering Modes Multi-segment, Centre-weighted, Spot
Scene Selection Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Hand-held Twilight
Picture Effect 11 modes (15 effects): Posterization (Colour, B/W), Pop Colour, Retro Photo, Partial Colour (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature
Creative Style Settings Standard, Vivid, Portrait , Landscape, Sunset, Black & White[Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation (-3 to +3steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3steps)]
Sweep Panorama YES (2D and 3D)
Auto HDR YES (available in P/A/S/M modes)
Shutter Speed (stills) 1/4000-30sec, Bulb
Exposure Bracketing 1/3EV, 2/3EV increments, 3 frames
White Balance Settings Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm white/Cool White/Day white/Daylight), Flash, C. Temp 2500 to 9900K, C Filter G7 to M7, 15-step, Custom, AWB micro adjustment
Continuous Advance Shooting Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE: Maximum 12 images per secondContinuous Advance Priority AE: Maximum 10 images per secondContinuous shooting: Hi: Maximum 8 frames per second / Lo: Maximum 3 frames per secondTele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE mode: Fine: 23 images, Standard: 25 imagesContinuous Advance Priority AE mode: Fine: 23 images, Standard: 27 images, RAW & JPEG: 18 images, RAW: 21 images

Continuous shooting: Fine: 25 images, Standard: 29 images, RAW & JPEG: 19 images, RAW: 21 images

Approx. no. of Shots Approx. 550 shots with Tru-Finder, approx. 590 shots with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)
Built-in Flash Auto pop-up, GN10 (in metres at ISO 100), FOV coverage up to 18mm
Flash Modes Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable), Wireless*, Hi-Speed Sync.** With external Flash HVL-F58AM, HVL-F56AM, HVL-F43AM, HVL-F42AM, HVL-F36AMFlash control (ADI flash/ Pre-flash TTL)
Media Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo; SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card
Dimensions (WxHxD) Approx. 132.1 mm × 97.5 mm × 80.7 mm
Weight Approx. 539g (body only)Approx. 618g (with battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo)