Summary Sony SLT A57

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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
Screen resolution
Help 921k dots
Help 16 MP
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 60fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 16,000 ISO
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Sony SLT A57


Sony has replaced the SLT A57 with the A58.

Sony SLT A58
Sony SLT A58 announced February 2013
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Lowest price Much cheaper
Size Smaller

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The Sony SLT A57 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
12 fps
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies


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The Sony SLT A57 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
921k dots
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
16,000 ISO
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
16 MP
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
550 shots
Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available Help
126 lenses
Announced Old Help
March 2012
Size Slightly large Help
Professional size (132×98×81 mm)
Lowest price Very expensive Help
Weight Heavy Help
618 g
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Screen size Below average sized screen Help
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Viewfinder Uses battery, see less detail Help
Missing geo-tagging
Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
Won't autofocus with all lenses
Thickness Thick Help
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second




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Avatar for Giulio Cantarella Giulio Cantarella (10:20 PM, April 05, 2013)
The A58 belongs to the series A3X. It is not a a57 replacement
Guest (6:01 AM, April 05, 2013)
Sony alpha 58 in reality belong to a3x series. It Is not a replace of a57
Hec (1:42 AM, August 20, 2012)
I just got mine today!!, i Love It!!!!
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:40 AM, June 12, 2012)
Thanks, they're up now!
Miguel Oliveira (11:07 PM, June 10, 2012)
DXO Mark Scores are out !
Wakaas Dr (4:51 PM, June 10, 2012)
DxO Mark score is out now. Plz update.
Wakaas Dr (10:09 AM, June 10, 2012)
 DxOMark score is out now
Masterlegato30 (2:09 PM, May 25, 2012)
one slot for memory stick..?? poor 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (7:00 PM, May 24, 2012)
DxOMark scores hasn't been released yet for this camera, when they do we will have them on @snapsort:disqus 
Aliqamar_101 (6:56 PM, May 24, 2012)
DXO picture Quality of the Camera ?
Avatar for Daniel Carvão Daniel Carvão (7:28 PM, April 25, 2012)
When can we expect the DXO Mark Scores to come out ?
Jim (3:19 PM, April 01, 2012)
Can't wait to see the specs for low-light performance.
bprabawabr (3:33 AM, March 29, 2012)
That would be two *types* of memory card supported, but the actual slot is only one, i.e. you cannot have two cards at the same time in the camera, for backup purposes and whatnot.
geoge (2:09 AM, March 15, 2012)
I own now A55V and I really need the GPS :))

So... A57 can't completely replace A55...
Neilq (1:06 AM, March 15, 2012)
 no, if you want GPS you need the A65/77  (but really, why would you?)
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (7:51 PM, March 14, 2012)
No they took it out of this model 
geoge (7:43 PM, March 14, 2012)
Fewer storage slots: 1; Memory Stick + SD = 2 :))
geoge (7:42 PM, March 14, 2012)
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (6:23 PM, March 14, 2012)
Oups, we will fix that up. Thanks for letting us know. 
Avatar for Mochammad Kurniawan Mochammad Kurniawan (4:48 PM, March 14, 2012)
All Sony SLT use continues phase detection, not contrast detection.