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Sony Alpha 57 camera, what you need to know

 

Sony has added the Alpha 57 (A57) to its growing list of single Lens Translucent (SLT) digital cameras, is a mid-range shooter in their full-size, A-mount, interchangeable-lens lineup. This new model replaces the A55 picking up some of the features of the A77 and A65 model and will sit in the middle of the Sony SLT range.

The Alpha 57 model is compact and light weight built around 16.1 megapixel APS Exmor R CMOS sensor, with the latest generation of Bionz image processor.

The unique feature, the translucent mirror allows access to some fairly individual options. It also has a 12fps shooting with continuous autofocus. It is reported to have ISO modes of 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 and 16000 and a 1.44 million dot electronic viewfinder.

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In addition to capturing JPEGS at various resolutions and quality setting the A57 will also allow lossless raw capture for more effective digital darkroom processing. Alpha 57 also offer a regular creative quartet of exposure models-program, Aperture-priority, Shutter priority and Manual alongside an iAuto scene Recognition mode, eight individual selectable scenes modes, a sweep panorama mode, and aforementioned continuous Advances priority AE-shooting models.

All this features appeal to those who want great results. The A57 will also have a selection of digital filters that can be used to add fun effects to your image.

Sony A 57 can record a maximum quality of 1080/50p full HD movies, with sound being recorded in stereo by default and saved in AVCHD format. The A57 can shoot much faster than my EOS 60D: 10 fps. vs. 5.3 fps. Ouch, that’s a big difference

The A57 performs better in low light. I often shoot at events – film festivals, foodie events, inside theaters – where light is sparse. Flashes to me are the enemy; almost more so than complete darkness. The a57 tempts with its impressive (at least by the specs) ISO limit of 16,000. Holy smokes. 60D maxes out at 6,400

It has a 3in,921k-dot Xtra fine LCD monitor which is attached to the camera via a rotating hinge on the bottom of the camera body, which allows the monitor to be pulled away from the body and rotated for easier use.

The view finder has a 1440k-dot resolution and 100% field view which offers a digital level to keep things straight for those who prefer to hold the camera to their eye.

There is no word on pricing of the new model, but we expect it to launch at the same price as the A55, so that is £699 which will be available from early April 2012

 

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