- 16MP - APS-C Sensor
- 3" Fully Articulated Screen
- ISO 100 - 16000 (Push to 25600)
- Sensor based Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
- 618g - 132 x 98 x 81mm
- Introduced September 2012
- Old Model is Sony A55
- New Model is Sony A58
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Sony A57 summary
Sony A57 is Sony's Entry-Level DSLR digital camera initially revealed on September of 2012. The camera includes a 16MP, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4912 x 3264.
Sony released this model in an effort to replace the older Sony A55 (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently introduced the updated Sony A58 (Read Full Comparison) in order to update this model.
The A57 is scored #22 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras and over-all #191 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our collection. Please test our Smart camera filter to find camera rankings based on your personalized criteria.
Here is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.
Sony A57 history
The Sony A57 is part of a family of products. You can see the complete range underneath.
A57 vs A6824MPAPS-C8.0 fps2015
A57 vs A5820MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
A57 vs A3716MPAPS-C6.0 fps2012
A57 vs A6524MPAPS-C10.0 fps2011
A57 vs A3516MPAPS-C6.0 fps2011
A57 vs A58016MPAPS-C7.0 fps2011
A57 vs A3314MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
A57 vs A56014MPAPS-C5.0 fps2010
A57 vs A5516MPAPS-C10.0 fps2010
A57 vs A39014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
A57 vs A29014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
A57 vs A45014MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
A57 vs A55014MPAPS-C7.0 fps2009
A57 vs A50012MPAPS-C5.0 fps2009
A57 vs A38014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
A57 vs A33010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
A57 vs A23010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
A57 vs A20010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
A57 vs A35014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
A57 vs A30010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
A57 vs A10010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Sony A57 Gallery
You can check the A57 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Sony A57 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of benefits and drawbacks of the Sony A57 based on criterias which are often regarded as crucial in a digital camera.
Sony A57 Sensor info
The sensor measurement in the Sony A57 is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4912 x 3264 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor based). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter may lead to cropping.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 100 - 16000. This ISO can also be widened electronically to a high of 25600. RAW format is supported which means that you have wider room to maneuver in post.
The graphic underneath shows the A57's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The A57 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is shown in green.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Sony A57 dimensions
Sony A57 weighs 1.36 lb (618 grams / 21.80 ounces) and the volume of the camera is 132mm x 98mm x 81mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.2"). The weight of average Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540 grams so the Sony A57 is heavier in comparison with various rivals.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Here is a picture of the Sony A57 with a softdrink so you're able to have a feel for its scale.
The top view under will illustrate the button arrangement on the A57.
Sony A57 Lens info
The A57 works with the Sony/Minolta Alpha mount and has 145 lenses available to buy. Below is some of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the A57.
Sony A57 Connectivity
The A57 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy files and at times change settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.
Some applications even stream a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.
Sony A57 Video info
The highest possible video quality in the Sony A57 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 file format. 1080p quality provides a good balance in video quality versus file sizes but 1080p will not leave you with much room to crop. Although the camera includes a mic jack, it is sadly missing a headphone jack which means that you won't have the capability to check your audio levels.
Sony A57 Weather Sealing
Sony A57 does not include environment proofing so damp conditions might affect the camera.
Sony A57 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony A57 includes a 3 inch fully articulated display supporting a resolution of 921 thousand dots.
It has got a selfie friendly screen to get self portraits and even group shots when needed. Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder specifications regarding Sony A57 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- ViewFinder Resolution 1,440 thousand dots
- ViewFinder Coverage 100%
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.7x
Viewfinders can be very helpful in sunny outdoor conditions which might make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.
Sony A57 Shutter info
Sony A57 continuous shooting rate is 12.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Sony A57 Flash and Hot shoe info
Sony A57 includes both built-in flash plus external flash support. The highest flash sync is 1/160 sec.
Sony A57 Autofocusing info
Sony A57 includes both Phase Detect AF and Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & precise in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera includes Face detection which makes it helpful for portrait photography.
It includes 15 focus points to choose from. It also comes with Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Sony A57 has manual focus in case it is needed in low light situations or you need to have more accurate control on focus.
Sony A57 Battery life
The battery life (NP-FM500H) in the Sony A57 is designed to last for 550 shots as per the CIPA specifications making it about average when compared to its competition. The average Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x has got the best (1900) battery life in this kind of cameras.
Underneath is a listing of Entry-Level DSLR cameras which have the strongest battery life:
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Sony A57 for various styles of photography
The following illustration presents a outline of the Sony A57 for various styles of photography. To look at more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.
Sony A57 Portrait photography information
The Sony A57 receives a score of 74 which is above average, and means the camera is a good fit for portrait photos. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support and option to work with off-camera lighting.
Street photography with Sony A57
With a superb score of 76, the Sony A57 is a fantastic choice to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.
Sony A57 Sports photography highlights
A great sports photography score of 79 suggests the Sony A57 is a outstanding choice for shooting sports. A camera needs good autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony A57 Travel photography advice
Portability is extremely important when picking a camera for travel. In general, the Sony A57 gets a very good 67 as a travelling camera which is a respectable option to purchase for your trips.
Landscape photography with Sony A57
If you're planning to buy a camera for landscape photographs, the most essential aspect is going to be image quality. The Sony A57 at it's nice score of 73 as a landscape camera is a very decent fit among its competition.
Sony A57 Vlogging highlights
A camera for vlogging should come with a articulating display, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering everything, the Sony A57 is a brilliant fit as a vlog camera as it comes to a terrific score of 77.
Sony A57 Alternatives
If you are searching for replacements to the A57, here is a range of the top rated cameras which fall under the category of Entry-Level DSLR.
The diagram here provides you a bird's eye view of the A57 compared to it's top scoring rivals mentioned previously.
Here are a handful of other cameras you might check out as alternate options. To check out a extensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.