Rated 5 out of 5 by Domnatr20 Sony A57
After reading a lot of reviews and asking questions in the store the A57 was the best bang for my budget. No matter how much or little you spend on a camera its only as good as the person who uses it.
My first lens I bought for this camera is a prime lens SAL50F18 it takes great pictures and you have to move around if you want to be closer or farther away this makes you really think about the shot your about to take. When I am out on the go and need to be able to zoom from a distance I use the SAL18250. It gives me great versatility. For anyone that wants proper white balance and color never trust any camera entirely. Cameras come with presets for example white balance tungsten, cloudy etc they are never correct. Lighting situations are constantly changing. I recommend purchasing an xrite color checker passport when used correctly youll always have the correct white balance and the very best color your camera is capable of taking.
February 26, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Species8472 Sony a57
Overall the camera is great!
The HD videos are very clear and crisp. The area in which the a57 fails, is in video mode. The micrphones picks up the sounds of the camera auto focusing during recording. I have an 18-250mm sony lens without SAM and it is loud. SAM lenses perform a little better, but the noise is still there. I Did not have an SSM lens to try, but I can only guess that using an SSM lens would be the solution. This camera is going back. I will purchase again (a59?) when the sound problems have been resolved.
June 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by marcrnsm camera body and optional lens
whether your a professional or amateur this cmera works for both, I like to talk to the people getting into DLSR's this camera has a help button that anything you do and don't understand all you have to do is press the (?) button and you'll get a description of whatever function your working with including a how to guide in the camera. I bought the body and ordered the 55mm- 200mm lens for $249, great overall lens, great auto focus, the zoom along with the digital zoom is excellent on color and distance, however for pics in small areas you have to back up quite a bit as this is a lens starting at 55mm. I really wish Sony would let us post more than 2 pics to show different aspects of this camera. The best video format is the AVCHD very silky smooth videos, but I have found no media players that will open or view the video as this format is so new media players haven't caught up with the technology yet. Only solution is to convert the video to mp4 which is really easy even for the novice using a program called Handbrake which can be downloaded for free. Over all nobody could possibly be unhappy with this camera.
May 13, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by falconwhisper Wonderful camera
Bought this as an upgrade from the a380 and couldn't believe the difference in picture quality, especially at high ISO. Less noise @ ISO 3200 than the a380 had a ISO 800. Easier to handle (larger grip), much longer battery life (almost twice as long), and love the Sweep Panorama. Have even been able to take hand-held shots as slow as 1/5 of a second shutter speed.
The only worry I had when I bought this was whether my Sigma lenses would work, especially the older ones, but they work perfectly.
Sony has really hit a home run with this camera.
May 18, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by elgregor Over Delivers on Just About Everything!
Going on four weeks with the camera and it never leaves my side.
This review may not end up being as extensive as some of the other excellent reviews that have been written, but I can confirm that this is a superb camera. It was amazing features that allow you to do some truly incredible things. First, what kind of consumer am I? I would consider myself an enthusiast photographer, I love having a DSLR (in this case a DSLT), composing my own photographs, but I am not about to start charging people for my services and unrefined skills. It is a great hobby of mine. I spent the equivalent of a few days (over several weeks) reading reviews, comparing, and learning about technologies before making my purchase.
Sony really has been making leaps and strides in the their higher-end cameras, both the Alpha and the NEX lines. When considering cameras I was actually leaning towards the NEX-5N. I have had a Sony A100 since they were first released and, while I love it, I was very drawn to the small and sleek form factor of the NEX. It wasn't until I got a store and handled each of them and tested some of their abilities up-close that I (without any warning or looking back) chose the A57 over the NEX-5N. I am VERY satisfied with my choice.
I have had the A57 for about a week now and have been blown away. The Multi-frame NR, Auto HDR, DRO, Panorama, and 12 FPS features of the camera are my favorites so far. They make taking photographs that you may not otherwise get, or have the time to properly compose/post produce SO easy! It is amazing how many useful features this camera has, ones that are far more refined than just a bunch of cheap point & shoot gimmicks for casual picture takers. The image quality of the camera is fantastic, colors are faithfully reproduced. The Auto WB may need a little tweaking now and again, but for the most part, that works great as well. The camera itself feels solid and of quality construction. Having a larger body, over the A55, is a very welcomed change.
One thing that I am getting used to is having to frequently check to see if I have any of the many multi-frame functions turned on. The first couple days I kept forgetting that I had turned on the HDR or Multi-frame NR (through the ISO) for a previous shot and would end up finding out the camera again wanted to take six shots when I was only ready for and expecting a single shutter release. I have had to be constantly aware of the settings I am using; when I turn them on, and when i turn them off.
Overall, I am extremely happy with this camera and with Sony. I plan to stick with them over Canon, Nikon, or Pentax for the next long while. Sony really has been raising the bar on what it means to be a truly DIGITAL-SLR and they are doing a fantastic job. I have and will continue to recommend this camera over its competitors, even those in the prosumer and semi-professional categories.
June 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by AlanPS satisfied customer
This is my first DSLR. I bought it for video. Being a noob to this level of technology I'm happy there are so many automatic settings.
I prefer manual focus but as for the rest I let the camera handle it--ISO, white balance, all that jazz which I hardly understand.
So far I've only shot indoors and once outdoor at night to see how it handled low light.
I paired it with a 35mm f1.8 lens hoping for better low light. I guess I was hoping it to be as good as my eyes but not quite. Still, with a little outdoor light nearby it looks great. Maybe I just need to learn a bit more about low-light shooting.
Anyway, I highly recommend this camera. I also purchased Sony's Vegas 11 Platinum HD Movie production suite, which so far has been very user-friendly. Next move will probably be a field sound recorder.
August 14, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by crzypopmac Time will tell
After over 20 years with my old Minolta 35mm, I found I was having problems finding places to get film developed, even buying 35mm was getting hard (Walmart usually has both 400 and 800, but sometimes they did not have the 800). Anyway, the place I usually took my exposed film for developing started not returning my negatives, so I was forced to switch. I wanted to keep my 3 Quantaray lenses, and seems Sony bought Konica-Minolta, my lenses work great with this camera.
August 13, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by rbphoto A great step up
I am 2 months in to using this camera and I still haven't run through all the features. It is very easy to pick up and shoot after having the a200. The speed of focusing and shooting is amazing. Using 2 sony flashes in wireless is very easy and produces great photos. Just starting to do studiowork with it. So far it works great with my flash triggers and studio lighting. This was the perfect combination of features for my use. I have not found much opportunity to use the video features, just not a video person. I have a video camera for that. Time will tell if I find video a useful feature for me.
August 1, 2012