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Digital SLR

16.1 MP Digital Camera

DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens

Full-time Continuous AF

AVCHD Full HD Movie at 60p


Audio Noise Reduction

12 fps tele-zoom high-speed shooting:

Every second, you can capture up to 12 dynamic close-ups of subjects in motion

Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE magnifies the center of the action 1.4x to bring subjects closer at a clear 8-megapixel resolution

You can also team Smart Zoom with 2x magnification for super zoomed shots (4MP, S size)

The A57 also supports 10 fps continuous shooting at the camera's highest resolution (16.1 megapixels)

15-point AF system with 3 cross sensors:

Ensures fast and accurate TTL phasedetection autofocusing wherever and whenever you shoot

Even when capturing moving subjects in dim lighting, the three vertically aligned cross sensors deliver accurate and reliable tracking

You can choose any of four AF area modes (Wide, Zone, Spot or Local) depending on your needs

High sensitivity (ISO 100-16000):

Large Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor provides an extremely wide sensitivity range of 7 1/3 steps

You can use AUTO ISO (100-3200) for outstanding results in most lighting conditions or manually raise sensitivity up to ISO 16000 when lighting is low

Even at high sensitivity settings, the A57 captures every detail with natural tonal gradations and extremely low noise

This makes the A57 perfect for shooting indoor athletes at high shutter speeds without a tripod or reproducing the mood of candlelit rooms without supplemental lighting

Full-time Continuous AF:

Even at maximum continuous shooting speed and during live-view movie shooting, accelerated full-time continuous phase-detection autofocusing keeps your subject in sharp focus without the slightest delay

This remarkable AF performance, made possible by Translucent Mirror Technology, lets you effortlessly capture dramatic moments and expressions in all types of situations with professional-looking results

Class-leading release time lag:

When you press the shutter button, the A57 responds in 0.05 second - a blazing speed that rivals professional cameras

Made possible by an innovative electronic front curtain shutter, this accelerated response lets you capture decisive moments with utmost confidence

The electronic front curtain shutter also produces less shutter noise and vibration than a mechanical front curtain shutter (which can be activated if desired through the MENU)

Enhanced Object Tracking:

Object Tracking utilizes powerful predictive focusing algorithms, 15 AF points in a wide focus area, blazing-fast BIONZ image processing and Sony's original subject recognition technologies to track subjects with speed and precision

When your subject is a person, it automatically switches between face detection tracking and object tracking, depending on whether your subject is facing the camera

Quick AF Full HD Movie:

Even when shooting movies at Full HD resolution, the A57 employs speedy full-time continuous phase-detection autofocusing

Most interchangeable lens cameras revert to contrast-detection AF that slowly hunts for the correct focus when shooting movies

But the A57 delivers the same swift, accurate focusing as during still photography to capture even fast-moving subjects with clarity

You can even lock exposure, switch the focus point, enjoy digital zooming and more while shooting movies for expanded creative control

Large image sensor:

From corner to corner, every detail of your scene is beautifully captured by Sony's proprietary Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor

In addition to offering impressive 16.1-effective-megapixel resolution, its extra-large dimensions deliver supreme sensitivity in lowlight conditions and gorgeous background

defocusing effects beyond the capabilities of conventional camcorders

Moreover, dual noise reduction and enhanced BIONZ image processing ensure smooth gradations with minimal noise in low-light conditions

This means you can add a cinematic sense of drama to virtually any scene

AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive) Full HD 60p (50p) movies:

Create movies of amazing clarity that play extra smoothly by recording them at Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) in the AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive) format - at the extremely high frame rate of 60 (50) fps

You can easily download the movies to your computer for editing and recording to Blu-ray media, which is highly compatible with the AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive) codec

Sony's lightning fast Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and Full-time Continuous AF ensure flawless capture even at accelerated 60 (50) fps

Full manual movie shooting:

The A57 frees you to realize your creative moviemaking vision

P/A/S/M modes (Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual) let you flexibly adjust aperture and shutter speed to modify the depth of field and achieve effects like defocused backgrounds when shooting movies in the manual focusing mode

On-screen prompts provide assistance to make full manual operation quick, easy and comfortable

Audio noise reduction:

Sound is captured clearly with minimal noise thanks to a high-performance stereo microphone on the mirror housing and advanced noise reduction that effectively suppresses AF lens drive noise via innovative NR algorithm

24p (25p) cinema-like expression:

Movies played at theaters are traditionally captured at 24 (25) fps, creating a subtle but unmistakable look that film lovers everywhere associate with the cinema

Simply by capturing your movies at the same frame rate, inthe progressive format at 24p (25p), you can recreate this look and endow your movies with an added sense of quality and drama

This feature, together with interchangeable-lens flexibility, exceptional image quality and advanced A57 capabilities, makes it easy to achieve your moviemaking aspirations

Interchangeable-lens freedom:

Like a movie director, you can use whatever lens most effectively brings out the moment

Whether fisheye, telephoto, macro, fixed focal length or zoom lens, the A57 lets you take advantage of almost any system A-mount lens

Moreover, all of these lenses are compatible with the highspeed phase-detection AF system in the A57, enabling clear results in the most challenging conditions

One-touch movie access:

With one press of the Movie button, the A57 is ready to roll

The camera immediately enters movie recording mode even if you were shooting photographs continuously or in single-frame mode

It's the quick and easy way to capture every moviemaking opportunity



Camera type: Interchangeable-lens digital camera with built-in flash

Lens compatibility:

Lens compatibility: Sony A-mount lenses, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta lenses confirmed

Image sensor:

Type: APS-C size (23.5 x 15.6 mm), Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with primary color filters

Number of pixels (effective): Approx. 16.1 megapixels

Number of pixels (total): Approx. 16.7 megapixels

Image sensor aspect ratio: 3:2

Anti-dust system: Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and Image Sensor-Shift mechanism

Recording system (still image):

Recording format: JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format), 3D MPO (MPF Extended compliant)

Image quality modes: RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard

Picture Effect: 11 modes (15 effects): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone

Monochrome, Miniature

Creative Style: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W (Contrast -3 to +3 steps, Saturation -3 to +3 steps, Sharpness -3 to +3 steps)

Dynamic range functions: Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level), Auto High Dynamic Range: Off, Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1-6 EV, 1.0 EV step)

Color space: sRGB, Adobe RGB

Recording system (movie):

Recording format: AVCHD 2.0 (Progressive) / MP4

Video compression: MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)

Audio recording format: Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC


Media: Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card

Slot: Memory Stick Duo/ SD memory card

Noise reduction:

Noise reduction: Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.; High ISO NR: High/Normal/Low

Multi frame noise reduction: Auto/ISO 100 to 25600

White balance:

Modes: Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm white/Cool white/Day white/Daylight), Flash, C. Temp 2500 to 9900K, C Filter G7 to M7, 15-step, Custom, AWB micro adjustment

Two-axis fine adjustment: Available in all modes

Bracketing: 3 frames, H/L selectable

Focus system:

Type: TTL phase-detection AF

Focus sensor: CCD line sensors

Focus point: 15 points (3 points cross type)

Sensitivity range: EV -1 to 18 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)

Focus mode: Autofocus, Manual Focus

AF mode: Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Automatic AF (AF-A) selectable

Focus area: Wide (auto,15 points), Zone, Spot, Local

Other features: Tracking Focus, Predictive control (AF-A,AF-C), Focus lock, Eye-start AF, AF illuminator (built-in flash type)

Exposure control:

Metering type: 1200-zone evaluative metering

Metering sensor: Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor

Metering sensitivity: EV -2 to EV 17 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F1.4 lens attached)

Modes: Multi segment, Center weighted, Spot

Exposure modes: iAUTO, Flash Off, Superior Auto, Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, Continuous Advance Priority AE, Movie, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M)

Scene Selection: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Hand-held Twilight

Exposure compensation: +-3.0 EV (1/3 EV steps)

AE bracketing: Bracket: Cont., Bracket: Single, with 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV increments, 3 frames

AE lock: Available with AE lock button. AE is also locked when focus is locked in multi-segment metering mode

ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index): ISO 100-16000 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 100-3200 )


Type: SVGA 1.2 cm (0.46 type) electronic viewfinder (color), Xtra Fine

Total number of dots: 1,440,000 dots equivalent

Effective number of dots: Maximum: 1,440,000 dots equivalent, Standard: 1,253,280 dots equivalent

Brightness control: Auto / Manual (3 steps between -1 and +1)

Field coverage: 100%

Magnification: Maximum: Approx. 1.04x, Standard: Approx. 0.97x

Diopter adjustment: -4.0 ~ +3.0 m-1

Eye point: Maximum: 23.1mm from the eyepiece, 18 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter (CIPA

standard); Standard: 25.2 mm from the eyepiece, 20.1mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter (CIPA


Display: Histogram Display, Graphic Display, Digital Level Gauge, Shooting Data Display, SimpleDisplay, Grid Line

Real-time image adjustment display: Exposure Comp, White Balance, Creative Style

LCD monitor:

Type: Xtra Fine, 7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT drive with TruBlack technology

Total number of dots: 921,600 dots

Brightness control: Auto/Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)

Field coverage: 100%

Adjustable angle: Tilt angle: Downward 180 degrees. Rotation angle: Leftward 270 degrees from the position in which the LCD monitor is facing forward.

Display Selector (finder/LCD): Auto/Manual

Display: Histogram Display, Graphic Display, Digital Level Gauge, Shooting Data Display, Simple Display, Shooting Information For Viewfinder, Grid Line.

Real-time image adjustment display: Exposure Comp, White Balance, Creative Style

Focus Magnifier: 4.8x, 9.5x

Peaking MF: Yes (Level: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)


Clear Image Zoom: Still images 2x

Smart Zoom (still images) M: 1.4x, S: 2x

Digital Zoom (still images) 4x

Digital Zoom (movie) 4x


Type: Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type

Shutter speed: 1/4000 second to 30 seconds, Bulb

Flash sync. speed: 1/160 second

Electronic front curtain shutter: Yes, On/Off

SteadyShot INSIDE (image stabilization):

System: For still images: Image Sensor-Shift mechanism, For movies: Electronic

SteadyShot capability: For still images: Approx. 2.5-4.5 EV decrease in shutter speed (varies according to shooting conditions and lens used)


Type: Auto popup, built-in

Guide No.: 10 (in meters at ISO 100)

Coverage: FOV coverage up to 18 mm (in the focal length)

Control: ADI flash / Pre-flash TTL

Compensation: +-2.0 EV (1/3 EV steps)

Bracketing: 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps, 3 frames

Modes: Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off)

Recycling time: Approx. 3 sec

External flash: Sony System Flash compatible with Auto-lock accessory shoe

Wireless control: Yes (wireless flash with lighting ratio control)


Drive modes: Single Shot, Continuous (Hi/Lo), Self-timer (10/2 sec. delay), Bracketing (Cont., Single, White Balance), Remote Control (with optional RM-DSLR1)

Continuous shooting speed: Hi: Maximum 8 frames per second, Lo: Maximum 3 frames per second; Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE: Maximum 12 images per second; Continuous Advance Priority AE: Maximum 10 images per second

Max. continuous shots: Tele-zoom Continuous Advance priority AE: Fine: 23 images, Standard: 25; Continuous Advance Priority AE mode: Fine: 23 images, Standard: 27 images, RAW & JPEG: 18 images, RAW: 21 images; Continuous shooting: Fine: 25 images, Standard: 29 images, RAW & JPEG: 19 images, RAW: 21 images


Modes: Single (with or without shooting information), RGB histogram and highlight/shadow warning, 4/9-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (L: 13.6x, M: 9.9x, S: 6.8x), Auto Review (10/5/2 sec, Off), Image orientation (On/Off), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (still), Forward/Rewind (movie), Delete, Protect

Other features:

Auto Portrait Framing, Face Detection (up to 8 faces detectable automatically), Face Registration, Face Selection, Smile Shutter (selectable from 3 steps), In-Camera Guide, Custom Function


PC interface: Hi-speed USB (USB 2.0): Mass-storage, MTP

HD output: HDMI mini connector (Type-C), BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV HD

Others: Sync. Terminal, Auto-lock accessory shoe, Microphone jack, DC IN terminal, Remote terminal

Compatible OS (USB connection):

Windows XP 4 SP3, Windows Vista 5 SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X (10.3-10.6)


Microphone: Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-ALST1 / ECM-CG50 (sold separately)

Speaker: Built-in, monaural, volume settings in 8 steps


Compatible standards: Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting

Custom function:

Type: Custom key settings


Battery: Rechargeable battery pack NP-FM500H

Still images: Approx. 550 shots with viewfinder and 590 shots with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)

Movies: Approx. 180 min. with viewfinder and 180 min. with LCD monitor

External power: AC Adaptor AC-PW10AM (optional)


With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo: Approx. 618 g (1 lb 5.7 oz)

Body only: Approx. 539 g (1 lb 2.9 oz)

Dimensions (W x H x D) (excluding protrusions):

Approx. 132.1 x 97.5 x 80.7 mm (5 1/4 x 3 7/8 x 3 1/4 in.)

Body material:

High-grade plastic exterior

Operating temperature:

Range 0 degrees C to 40 degrees C (32 degrees F to 104 degrees F)

Sony DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens:

Lightweight Standard Zoom Lens

Smooth, Silent Auto Focus

Versatile, All-purpose Range

Filter Diameter: 55mm



Aperture (Max.): f/3.5 - 5.6

Aperture (Min.): f/22 - 36

Filter Diameter: 55mm

Lens Groups-Elements: 8 elements, 7 groups

Minimum Focus Distance: 0.82 ft (0.25m)

Aspheric Elements: 2

Aperture Blade: 7 blades (Circular aperture)

Focal Length (35mm equivalent): APS-C 35mm eqv. 27mm to 82.5mm

Lens Weight: 7.4 oz (210g)

Focus Control:

Focus System: Front focus SAM (Smooth AF motor)

Weights and Measurements:

Dimensions (Approx.): 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" (69x69mm)

Weight (Approx.) : 7.4 oz (210g)

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