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Sony Alpha SLT A57K DSLR Kit 18-55mm Black
  • Sony Alpha SLT A57K DSLR Kit 18-55mm Black
  • Sony Alpha SLT A57K DSLR Kit 18-55mm Black
  • Sony Alpha SLT A57K DSLR Kit 18-55mm Black

Sony Alpha SLT A57K DSLR Kit 18-55mm Black

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  • Type DSLR
  • Optical Sensor Resolution 16.1 MP
  • Optical Zoom 4x
  • Built in Flash Yes
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Sony Alpha SLT A57K DSLR Kit 18-55mm Black - Expert Reviews

Overall Review

Alpha A57K SLT SLR is the new interchangeable lens device fancied by probably the most stylish gadget company in the world “Sony.” The device uses translucent Mirror Technology to offer great speed shooting and a smaller body size. As such, Sony Alpha A57K SLT SLR features a 16.1 megapixel sensor in parallel with 12 frames per second burst speed shooting, Full HD 1080p video at 50 frames per second with control over exposure and continuous autofocusing, ISO range of 100-16000, 15-point phase-detection autofocus system with 3 cross sensors, a 3-inch free-angle LCD screen, a high-resolution Tru-Finder (Electronic Viewfinder) with 100% coverage, Auto HDR, 3D Sweep Panoramas and Multi-frame Noise Reduction. When you compare a conventional DSLR camera, the Translucent Mirror Technology totally utilises a fixed translucent mirror which breaks the optical passage between the main image sensor and another phase-detection AF sensor. Hence, offering a simplified design of a machine which enables the cameras to come out smaller.

Design and Build Quality

The exact dimensions of Sony Alpha SLT A57K measure 132.1mm x 97.5mm x 80.7mm and the weight of this device is 539 grams, these are the same specifications that were earlier seen in Sony A65. Only difference is that the body of Sony Alpha A57K is made of plastic and hence cheaper and is more mass-market replacement to the devotee targeted Sony Alpha A65 and Sony Alpha A77. This device is a clear step beyond model from the equally new Sony ALPHA A37 and in terms of its size and construction; it fits very neatly right between the cameras mentioned. Although the plastic body gives the feel of a budget device for Sony Alpha A57K but still the very feel of the device is strong and the quality of build is genuinely neck to neck with all its competitors in the same price range.

Focus and Face Detection

When you talk about the focussing capacity of Sony Alpha A57K, in addition to the traditional continuous and manual AF, the selected AF Area can be changed along the frame so as to easily create the professional “rack focus” effect, where the focus ensures movement between the background and foreground subjects. Also, a joy to watch is Sony Alpha A57K SLT SLR ability to change the shutter speed and aperture while recording with Program, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority, and fully Manual recording modes all on offer. When you focus manually though, Sony offers two Focus Magnifier zoom levels in order to conclude the exact point of focus which is either 5.9x or 11.7x. And additional addition is the “focus peaking” display which was introduced first with the launch of NEX-C3 camera.

Lens and Image Stabilization

Sony SLT A57 features the exciting new SteadyShot Inside Sensor shift image stabilisation by use of which it can work with almost any lens you attach with it, which includes the new 16-50mm f2.8 kit lens which sports a number of features that put it a notch above what you might expect from a kit lens in terms of build quality and performance.

Screen and Menus

Almost the entire rear of Sony Alpha A57K is covered by an adjustable 3 inch LCD which is still a rare feature on a budget DSLR. The screen is hinged at the bottom and can be tilted down and the rotated to left or right making an angle of 270 degrees, and can also be flipped such that the face of the screen is facing the body of the camera to avoid any kind of scratches. Sony Alpha A57K also features a clever eye level sensor which generally switches off the info on the rear screen to bring your eye up close to form a really excellent optical viewfinder in addition to a facility to automatically flips the same display through 90 degrees so that you turn the camera on its side so as to shoot directly in a portrait fashion.


All the power of Sony Alpha A57 is drawn out of a Lithium-Ion battery which supplies a highly impressive life-span of a huge 550 images with the viewfinder and in Live View mode, this increases to 590 images, additionally there is a metal tripod socket which is in line with the centre of lens mount. There are two partly recessed metal eyelets on both the sides of the body of this camera which allows the supplied camera strap to be attached. The bottom compartment of Sony Alpha A57 is also a shared compartment which shares the SD card or the Memory stick and the batteries. On the left of Sony Alpha A57K is an HDMI output which is used in order to hook the camera up with a HD TV and yes, the HDMI cable is not included in the box. Along with the HDMI port is the USB connection which is protected by the same rubber flap and a DC in port. Above are ports for a remote control and an external microphone, the latter potentially allowing better sound quality to be recorded than via the camera's built-in stereo microphones.

Video Mode

Sony Alpha A57K has full capabilities to record videos at a maximum of 1080p HD 1920 x 1280 pixel movies at either 50fps or 25fps (PAL), or 60fps and 24fps (NTSC) in the AVCHD format, or 1440 x 1080 pixels at 30fps/25fps in the MPEG-4 format, useful as this format can currently be shared more easily. There's also a 640 x 480 VGA mode at 25fps, but no 720p mode. There's a limitation of up to 29 minutes, or 9 minutes if SteadyShot is turned on, for the AVCHD format, and a 2Gb file size for MP4 video. Stereo sound is recorded during video capture, and you can fit an optional external stereo microphone to further improve the quality. The HDMI port allows you to connect the A57 to a high-def TV set, but only if you purchase the optional HDMI mini-cable.


Sony Alpha A57K SLT SLR works on a  APS-C sized CMOS sensor which works on 16 megapixels.



1. Continuous shooting at a fast pace

2. Great performance even in low light

3. Fast HD video autofocus

4. Overall manual control



1. Hazy menu, lacks clarity

2. Some functions unavailable in some modes

3. Lacks in-built GPS

4. Price: too high


Sony Alpha SLT A57K DSLR Kit 18-55mm Black - User Reviews

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Best SLR of the year 2012-13 as per EISA
by Manoj Chaturvedula on 2012-11-28

I purchased this camera despite some strong recommendations from Canon/Nikon fanboys to stick to their preferred brand. The main reason I was tilted in favour of SLT was... ah.. I need to compile a list of features now!

Sony has done a good job in creating a beast to fight against the likes of Canon/Nikon. No wonder European Image and Sound Association (EISA) has ranked Sony SLT A57 as the "Best European SLR 2012-13". After almost one month of usage, here is complete review:

1) Continuous autofocus as there is no flipping mirror and excellent image quality with sharp, brighter colors
2) High burst of 12 fps in continuous AE mode is not only "class-leading" but industry leading
3) Autofocus in movie mode is a breeze (you have to see it to believe it)
4) Auto HDR mode saves you the effort of taking 3 individual shots at different exposures (no need to take 3 shots at different exposures; Sony does it perfectly in one shot... that too with auto-scene detect) No other SLR can boast of this intelligent feature.
5) Sweep panorama (My personal choice is that I don't want to spend time after returning from a vacation in stitching multiple photos in Photoshop to create a panorama. I prefer an automated job done)
6) Dolby sound recording in movie mode with wind filter
7) In body stabilization against lens stabilization offered in Canon/Nikon. So, no need to worry about purchasing Image Stabilized lenses. (Googling further would prove that lens stabilization offers no much tangible benefit against in-body stabilization)
8) Autofocus motor built into the body
9) Lens correction features built into the firmware (not sure whether this is a scoring point over competition, i.e. Canon, Nikon)
10) Decent build quality with rubberized grip (and recycled materials were claimed to be used... For those who advocate going green :) )
11) TruBlack LCD is pretty good even under sunlight
12) Electronic viewfinder overlays the information (incl. camera horizontal level indicator which is akin to bubble level) very well onto the image
13) High number of autofocus points enable quicker and efficient focusing on your subject
14) Apart from complete customization level, there are a myriad of other features like auto protrait framing, super clear zoom, etc.
15) Class leading battery life, as on date, of 550-590 shots (CIPA)
16) Proximity sensor that switches between EVF and LCD screen automatically (also has a dedicated button as found in other SLRs)
17) Detailed help guide for each menu with a dedicated help button (same button has other function too)

1) Translucent mirror is extremely delicate thin sheet of plastic (patented materials used by Sony) and it is rather tough to remove dust from the mirror. Even a mild touch with a soft cloth can cause dents/scratches. Better to get a hurricane blower to clean the mirror and sensor. This happens when you change lenses in a dusty region. Replacing this mirror is costly too.
2) LCD screen was also prone to easy scratches. Better to get a screen protector for Rs.400 from eBay or get a hard screen protector from Sony (not sure about the price)
3) LCD screen should have been hinged onto the side so that it is easier to place the SLT on a tripod and still look at the screen while the image is shot
4) No panning during burst shoot due to which you would be able to see only the shots that were taken but not the actual scene as it happens in front of the camera (I would rather ignore this for the 12 fps record breaking burst mode)
5) Higher asking price for the (excellent) set of features
6) I would have personally liked a higher megapixel sensor

Others which I really didn't care about much were the high ISO range (doesnt matter above 6400 for me), lack of optical viewfinder (its a matter of choice between OVF and EVF), 3D photos (I don't have a 3D LCD TV in my house... yet) and less number of lenses available for Sony compared to Canon/Nikon.

But my question to those who argue about the last point to score over Sony SLT is - how many lens do you seriously plan to purchase, considering that many of them in the product range cost more than your SLR? According to me, a good 35mm prime (Sony 35mm f/1.8) and a good telephoto lens (Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 or TAMRON 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD) should be sufficient for most occasions. You also have options to choose from Carl Zeiss range.

P.S.: This review is not meant to bash Canon or Nikon SLRs. They really make excellent cameras and have more experience in camera-making than anyone else. But discrediting Sony due to obssessive love for Canon/Nikon is nothing short of being narrow-minded.

Excellent; but...
by Anand Babu on 2012-12-16

I used my SLT A55 for almost an year now, and I can tell that SLTs (All of them!) are excellent. I don't see any reason to upgrade to A57 yet, though I was very tempted when it appeared. The improved grip and battery of A57 is still very tempting!

I had shot under various conditions, gardens, wildlife, plantations hill stations... and A55 performed very well.

But, the problem is LENS.

Where are good affordable lenses? Seriously good lenses are really costly, beyond the reach of enthusiasts.

Is there any used G / ZA available in market?
Is there any equipment rentals providing Sony lenses?

NO and NO.

Is this a deal breaker?

May be YES...

A57 is next god of SLR cameras
by Anand Bhargava on 2012-11-14

Bought it despite strong protests from Canon/Nikon owners and can proudly declare that i own a winner of this class. Things which I like most are:-
* Its lens are cheaper.
* It has better/more options & functions that are user friendly.
* HDD & Auto ISO feature rocks.
* Clarity is good.
* Screen could have been better & twist side ways (Like Canon)would have made taking self shots easier.
* Grip is over claimed to be better on this one (Canon still leads).
* Price could have been lesser as the MP are a little less in comparison to others in the same family.
* Video features are the best and no other camera in this category can beat it at the moment.

by RAHUL SINGH on 2012-10-27

I have this a57, giving me excellent , excellent image Quality,and 1080p video Quality, and easy to has great view finder and sweep paronoma which takes long width pictures, which nikon and canon does not have, and it have body motor which easily fit any lenses, nikon d5100 does not have.You will fall in love with this high Performance SLR Camera.

sony blows nikon and canon both out of the water.
by nikhil acharekar on 2012-09-19

the a57 has the best auto-focus in videos (quick and accurate), EVF so what you see is what you get in the film, in-body stabilization for every lens you attach, peaking function for manual focus in video and 1080p at 60fps. The cons is that the camera crops the video a bit to compensate? for stabilization. The canon has a touch screen, manual audio control, auto-focus in video but its a bit slow.

SUPERB ERGONOMICS - if that matters anymore to people these days ;P
by vinuiyer on 2013-12-27

A57 or D5200 or 650D or K30... One can argue forever which camera is better. But as Chase Jarvis said 'The best camera is the one that's with you' holds true.

Choosing a camera in the end comes down to which one 'feels' right... and the A57 surely does.

No point in blabbering away about the specs, lets talk ergonomics:

+ Solid build quality (not weatherproof though)
+ Very ergonomic 'grippy' grip
+ Little finger has enough to hold onto and does not pinch the grip
+ Well balanced for one-handed use
+ Sensibly placed button layout

I travel a lot and mainly use it for street photography. Pair it with the cheap little brilliant Sony 50mm-F1.8 lens

...and you have a gear comfortable and agile enough to carry around town.

Optionally, to get some blazing performance outta this body, recommend investing in Sony's Class10-32GB-94mbps SD card

good cam....
by jes jose on 2013-05-23

im not an owner but have used this model for a bit of night photography with 18-250mm lens...pretty decent pics for apsc sensor thing is Electronic VF that is never as good as Optical view finder...but i felt no lang while shooting using electronic view finder....i would have prefered OVF though....makes a big difference if you are used to OVF which is faster and brighter!!!

Excellent alternative to Canikons
by Abhishek Agrawal on 2013-02-21

This is an excellent starter SLR/SLT camera, especially if paired with fast lens (SAL 35, Tamron 17-50, Tamron 70-200). It's not really the best choice for low-light, fast-action sports - a weak point of all cropped sensor SLRs.

Excellent camera compared to Nikon 5100 or 5200
by John P on 2013-12-31

I went with the intention of buying a Nikon 5100. But the guys in the shop asked me to try the alpha 57. I compared pictures from both the cameras and found alpha 57 was much superior. In fact the alpha 57 should only be compared to Nikon D90.

Compare the alpha with nikon before buying. The alpha even has a bigger sensor. I also got a macro lens for free from Sony worth 7000Rs. Value for money. Excellent buy.

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Sony Alpha SLT A57K DSLR Kit 18-55mm Black Specifications

General Features
  • Brand Sony
  • Model Name Alpha A57K SLT
  • Type DSLR
  • Color Black
Camera Features
  • Optical Sensor Resolution 16.1 MP
  • Sensor Type Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor
  • Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.6 mm
  • Shutter Speed Range 1/4000 sec. - 30 sec., bulb
  • Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
  • Minimum Shutter Speed 30 sec
  • Optical Zoom 4x
  • Digital Zoom 4x
  • Auto Focus TTL Phase Detection
  • Manual Focus Yes
  • Color Filter Primary (RGB) Color Filter
Convenience Features
  • Microphone Built-In Stereo Microphone
  • Continuous Shots Up to 12 fps (Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE Mode), 10 fps (Continuous Mode)
  • Self Timer 2 sec, 10 sec
  • Delete Function Yes
  • Metering 1200 Zone Evaluative
Image Enhancements
  • ISO Rating Auto / (ISO 100-12800)
  • White Balancing Auto, Cloudy, Colour Filter, Colour Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade
  • Red Eye Reduction Yes
  • Face Detection Yes
  • Dust Reduction Anti-Dust Charge Protection Coating
  • ViewFinder Electronic View Finder
  • Display Type TFT XtraFine LCD TruBlack Technology
  • Screen Size 3 Inches
  • Image Display Resolution 921600 dots
  • Video Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD)
  • Supported Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
  • Bluetooth No
  • HDMI Yes; HDMI Mini Connector
  • USB USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Images & Video
  • Image Format JPEG (DCF 2.0, EXIF 2.3, RAW (ARW 2.3), MPO)
  • Video Format MPEG-4
  • Audio Formats AAC-LC
Media & Software
  • Memory Card Type Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • External Memory Yes
  • Upgradeable Memory Yes
  • Built in Flash Yes
  • External Flash Yes
  • Flash Modes Auto (Flash-Off), Fill-in, High-speed Sync, Rear Sync, Slow Sync Flash
Power Source
  • Battery Type Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (NP-FM500H)
  • Dimensions 132.1 (W) x 97.5 (H) x 80.7 (D) mm
  • Weight 539 gms
Other Features
  • In The Box Data Cable, Charger, Battery, Software CD, User Manual, HDMI Cable
  • Additional Features 1.0 EV step)), 15-point AF System with 3 Cross Sensor, 16.7 Total MP, 25 fps), 30 fps), 50p), AVCHD Ver 2.0 (Progressive Full HD Movie at 60p, Auto High Dynamic Range (Auto Exposure Difference, Auto Portrait Framing, B, B/W, B/W), Brack, Clear Image Zoom, Compatible Lens: Sony A-mount Lens, Creative Style: Standard, D-Range Optimizer: Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto, Exposure Difference Level (1-6 EV, Fine, G, HDR Painting, High Contrast Monochrome, High ISO: High, Image Quality Mode: Standard, Image Size (MP4) (NTSC): 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), Image Size (MP4) (PAL): 1440 x 1080 (25 fps), Konica Minolta Lens, Landscape, Level (1-5)), Low, Miniature, Minolta, Noise Reduction: Long Exposure: Shutter Speeds Longer than 1 sec, Normal, Partial Color (R, Picture Effects: Posterization (Color, Pop Color, Portrait, RAW, RAW+JPEG, Retro Photo, Rich-tone Monochrome, Saturation, Sharpness, Soft Focus, Soft High Key, Sunset, Toy Camera, Tru-Finder, VGA (640 x 480, VGA (640 x 480, Vivid, Y)
  • Warranty 2 years Sony India Warranty
Sony Alpha SLT A57K DSLR Kit 18-55mm Black Sony Alpha SLT A57K DSLR Kit 18-55mm Black
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