Sony A57 Mark Peters : March 16th 2012 - 09:50 CET
Sony Alpha 57 Digital SLR Camera : Sony has introduced a new digital SLR camera to its popular Alpha series. The Sony A57 (model: Sony SLT-A57) is the successor to the successful Sony A55. The Sony Alpha 57 shares premium features found on the enthusiast-focused Sony A65. For the first time, amateur photographers can capture pictures and Full HD video with sharp responses and creative flexibility you’d expect from a camera in the class above. Ensuring high-quality photos, the 16.1 Megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor is combined with a latest-generation BIONZ engine. Refined by Sony during development of the flagship Sony A77 and A65, this processor handles large amounts of data for flawless, low-noise photographs and HD video.
Sony A57 camera features
The new Sony A57 Translucent Mirror camera allows shooting speeds of up to 12 frames per second in new Tele-Zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE mode. Magnifying the central portion of the sensor’s image by 1.4x, it’s perfect for capturing split-second action close-ups with a burst of sharply-focused images, even when your subject’s moving. Shared with the Sony A65, the 15-point AF system with 3 cross sensors assures fast, accurate TTL phase detection autofocus. New enhanced Object Tracking Auto Focus keeps faces or other selected objects in sharp focus - even if your target’s obscured momentarily by another passing object.
HD video recording with the Sony A57
The Sony A57 digital SLR camera also lets you capture Full HD movies. Responsive full-time continuous phase detection AF ensures that moving subjects stay sharply focused, just like with still shooting. AVCHD (2.0) Progressive compatibility means that Full HD resolution videos can be captured at up to 50p (progressive) frame rate. 25p recording is also selectable for giving your footage that rich, cinematic look. Sony A57 movie making options are enhanced further with full control over P/A/S/M shooting modes for virtually limitless creative expression.
Sony A57 offers electronic viewfinder
Framing, focusing and real-time preview of exposure adjustments are a pleasure with the new Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder. With ultra-detailed 1.440.000 dot resolution and a 100% view, it rivals quality optical viewfinders. There’s a choice of selectable high-resolution information displays with a wide viewing-angle to help you shoot with confidence, including a digital level gauge and framing grid. Information can be displayed in the Tru-Finder or on the angle-adjustable 7.5cm Xtra Fine LCD.
Sony A57 price & availability
The Sony A57 Translucent Mirror camera will be available in April 2012. The Sony A57 body carries an estimated retail price of $699 USD / €750 Euro. Prices may vary from country to country.