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  • Sony A57 - A Smarter Imaging Solution



    Sony takes another stab at the DSLR market with another addition to its Sony SLT (Single Lens Translucent) camera series the A57.
    The Sony A57 follows their line of enthusiast DSLRs that combine high versatility with beginner friendly features such as their new Auto Portrait Framing feature that lets anyone who picks up the camera make good pictures with the A57. The

    It continues to use the same Electronic Viewfinder as the A55 that may turn off some users, but in exchange the Sony A57's Single Translucent Lens system allows its users to shoot at a higher frame-rate than typical DSLRs and allows quick autofocusing even when shooting continuously or in video mode. The A57 also incorporates several in-camera image processing enhancements such as Sony's Clear Image Zoom technology that, according to Sony, uses an algorithm that allows up to 2x zoom on images with minimal loss of image quality.


    One welcome feature of the Sony A57 is that it uses the NP-FM500H battery, the same battery as the A65, A77 and A700, making it easier for users to share their equipment as well as buy and use the older batteries.

    The Sony A57 will be available from April 2012 onwards.

    Full press release and technical specifications after the jump.

    Key Features
    • High speed 12 fps shooting with full-time continuous autofocus (in Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE mode)
    • Full HD 50p video with full P/A/S/M control
    • World’s first Auto Portrait Framing
    • New high-resolution Tru-Finder™ with 100% coverage
    • 15-point AF system with 3 cross sensors
    • Clear Image Zoom for detail-packed close-ups
    • 16.1 effective megapixels Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor plus BIONZ processor
    • Extended sensitivity range ISO 100 – 16000











    SINGAPORE, 13 MARCH 2012
    Sony’s new 57 (SLT-A57) adopts the Translucent Mirror Technology, which directs incoming light to the CMOS image sensor and the AF sensor at the same time, allowing full-time continuous AF during both still and video shooting. Framing, focusing and real-time preview can be achieved on the high-resolution Tru-Finder™ that offers a wide viewing angle and 100% field of view. This allows photographers to capture exactly what they see on the screen.

    Utilising the Translucent Mirror Technology, the 57 features 12fps Tele-zoom High Speed Shooting, high quality, high-sensitivity image performance, as well as full HD video recording (60p). The 57 also features various unique features such as Auto Portrait Framing, enabling anyone passionate about photography the opportunity to take amazingly sharp, vibrant images with every snap.

    Cutting-Edge Functions Make it Easier to Capture Beautiful Professional Images
    Sony’s revolutionary Translucent Mirror Technology™ offers even greater performance in the 57 thanks to Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE mode, which gives a 1.4x magnification boost by cropping to a “close-up” in the centre of the image area, enabling continuous shooting of dynamic, impressive images at up to 12fps. This shooting mode also features sophisticated tracking technology that ensures subjects stay in focus whether they are at rest or moving about, delivering high-speed, class-above response, which makes the 57 perfect for sports and kids photography.

    The 57 also lets you create powerfully expressive Full HD movies. Responsive full-time continuous phase detection AF ensures that moving subjects stay sharply focused, just like with still shooting. AVCHD (Ver. 2.0) Progressive compatibility means that Full HD resolution movies can be captured at up to high 50p (progressive) frame rate: ideal for capturing silk-smooth, blur-free action. 25p shooting is also selectable for giving your footage that rich, cinematic look. Movie-making options are enhanced further with full control over P/A/S/M shooting modes for virtually limitless creative expression.

    Helping Beginners Shoot like Professionals
    Portrait photographers will especially love Auto Portrait Framing; another world’s first from Sony that helps users effectively compose scenes like a professional photographer by proposing alternative compositions, in addition to the original photo. The feature identifies the subject’s face via face detection technology and automatically trims parts of the scene to create a well-balanced composition based on the time-tested rule of thirds. The Auto Portrait Framing also helps users effectively compose scenes by proposing alternative compositions.

    Cropped images will also maintain virtually all of their resolution thanks to Sony’s proprietary By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, and copies of the cropped and original photos are saved giving users total freedom to edit their images later.

    Get closer with Clear Image Zoom
    The 57’s Clear Image Zoom also enables users who are not quite ready to invest in expensive telephoto lenses to explore zoom photography with impressive results. Clear Image Zoom analyses every pixel in an image and optimally processes them in accordance with Sony’s unique database, allowing users to achieve up to 2.0x zoom on a standard single focus lens with image quality that remains almost indistinguishable from an optical zoom lens.

    Unparalleled Features, Performance and Design
    Sony has also brought its acclaimed Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder technology to the 57 with an upgraded 1440k dot EVF that provides 100 percent field of view, exceptional clarity even in low light situations and -4.0 to +3.0 dioptre adjustment – rivalling quality optical viewfinders. Other professional features include Shot Result Preview and shading and aberration compensation to minimise vignetting, lateral chromatic aberrations, and lens distortion. 

    In addition, there is 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 either in the Tru-Finder™ or on the angle-adjustable 7.5 cm (3.0-type) Xtra Fine LCD.

    Showcasing a sophisticated design based on the recent 77 and 65, the 57 shares their sharply defined accents, gentler curves, and improved grip that firmly supports one’s thumb for easier operation, creating a sense of luxurious quality and durability seldom found in a camera of this class. This ingenious design also simplifies operation, allowing all features to be controlled with ease.

    Superior Technology Produces High Image Quality and Sensitivity
    The 57 brings together a 16.1 mega pixel Exmor® APS HD CMOS sensor and the latest generation BIONZ™ engine by Sony to reproduce remarkably accurate images with extremely quick speed and stunningly low noise across a wide ISO 100–16,000 range. Meanwhile SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilisation delivers astonishingly blur-free images at shutter speeds approximately 2.5 to 4.5 stops lower than otherwise possible, enabling photographers to shoot excellent images when shooting indoors or in other low-light situations.

    First time users will appreciate the Intelligent Auto mode on the 57, which automatically distinguishes shooting conditions, and the type of scene and subject, and adjusts settings accordingly including aperture, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity and white balance to deliver optimal results. Superior Auto mode goes a step further, automatically activating advanced functions such as Continuous Shooting, Auto HDR, or Handheld Twilight based on the scene and subject. Indicators tell the user what functions are being used, helping beginners learn what functions and settings are appropriate for different types of scenes.

    “Sony continues to lead the way in developing new products that meet the needs of aspiring photographers who are passionate about their work, and the 57 is doing just that by bringing professional-class features and design elements to this fast growing group of users,” said Mr Taisuke Nakanishi, Managing Director, Sony South East Asia. “Advanced features such as Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE and Clear Image Zoom let users explore their creative potential like never before at a price point that’s tough to match.”

    A successor to the highly popular 55, the 57 is a new addition to Sony’s series that combines the sophisticated design of the 65 with new shooting advances, making professional specifications affordable to price-conscious consumers who see price as a major obstacle to owning a good camera.

    A range of optional accessories makes an ideal match for the 57. The battery-powered HVL-LE1 LED video light broadens options for recording video indoors or in low light. Ideal for active shooters, the ACC-FM1A accessory kit bundles a spare NP-FM500H rechargeable battery with the versatile LCS-AMB travel case that can be carried on a belt, over a shoulder or by hand.

    Sony and the Environment
    Sony is consistently engaged in a review of our manufacturing operations and business practices to ensure products are developed in an environmentally responsible manner. The 57 uses recycled plastic in its chassis (recycled material rate: 10%).

    The 57 will be available in Asia Pacific at all Sony stores and authorised outlets from April 2012.

    Technical Specifications

    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="631"><tbody><tr><td width="132"><p><strong>Key Features<u></u><u></u></strong></p></td><td width="499"><p>SLT-A57<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Type<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>Interchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Lens Compatibility<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>Sony A-mount lenses. Operation also confirmed with Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lenses<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Image Sensor<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>APS-C type (23.5 x15.6 mm), Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with RGB primary colour filters<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Processor<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>BIONZ™ image processor<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>ISO Sensitivity Range<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>AUTO (ISO 100 – 3200), ISO 100 – 16000 selectable, Multi Frame NR (extendable up to ISO 25600)<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Image Quality Modes<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>RAW, RAW&amp;JPEG, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>HDMI Connector and BRAVIA Sync<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>HDMI mini connector (Type-C), BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV HD<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Image Size: 3:2 (pixels)<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>L: 4912 x 3264 (16M)<u></u><u></u></p><p>M: 3568 x 2368 (8.4M)<u></u><u></u></p><p>S: 2448 x 1624 (4.0M)<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>HD movie record<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>Recording format: AVCHD 2.0 / MP4<u></u><u></u></p><p>Video compression: MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)<u></u><u></u></p><p>Image size (pixels) (PAL): AVCHD: 1980x1080 (50p / 28M / PS, 50i / 24M / FX, 50i / 17M/FH, 25p / 24M / FX, 25p / 17M / FH), MP4: 1440x1080 (25fps / 12M), VGA: 640x480 (25fps / 3M)<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Electronic Viewfinder<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>SVGA 1.2 cm (0.46 type) electronic viewfinder (colour), Xtra Fine (1,440,000 dots effective resolution (when viewfinder magnification is set to maximum setting), with 100% frame coverage, five display modes and grid line display modes.<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>LCD<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>7.5 cm (3.0-type) wide type Xtra Fine LCD with 921k dot resolution; Tilt angle: downward 180 degrees. Rotation angle: leftward 270 degrees from position in which LCD is facing forward.<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Other features<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>Face Detection, Auto Portrait Framing, Smile Shutter, Shooting Tips, Help Guide<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Clear Image Zoom<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>Yes<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Digital zoom<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>Smart Zoom, Digital Zoom<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>SteadyShot™ INSIDE<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>YES<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Anti-dust System<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>Charge protection coating on low-pass filter and image-sensor shift mechanism<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Focus Modes<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>AF/MF selectable.<u></u><u></u></p><p>AF modes: Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Autofocus System<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>TTL 15-point phase detection AF system with 3 cross sensors<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Exposure Modes<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>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)<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Exposure Metering System<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>1200-zone evaluative metering<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Exposure Metering Modes<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>Multi-segment, Centre-weighted, Spot<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Scene Selection<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Hand-held Twilight<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Picture Effect<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>11 modes (15 effects): Posterization (Colour, B/W), Pop Colour, Retro Photo, Partial Colour (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Creative Style Settings<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>Standard, Vivid, Portrait , Landscape, Sunset, Black &amp; White<u></u><u></u></p><p>[Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation (-3 to +3steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3steps)]<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Sweep Panorama<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>YES (2D and 3D)<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Auto HDR<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>YES (available in P/A/S/M modes)<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Shutter Speed (stills)<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>1/4000-30sec, Bulb<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Exposure Bracketing<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>1/3EV, 2/3EV increments, 3 frames<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>White Balance Settings<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>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<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Continuous Advance Shooting<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE: Maximum 12 images per second<u></u><u></u></p><p>Continuous Advance Priority AE: Maximum 10 images per second<u></u><u></u></p><p>Continuous shooting: Hi: Maximum 8 frames per second / Lo: Maximum 3 frames per second<u></u><u></u></p><p>Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE mode: Fine: 23 images, Standard: 25 images<u></u><u></u></p><p>Continuous Advance Priority AE mode: Fine: 23 images, Standard: 27 images, RAW &amp; JPEG: 18 images, RAW: 21 images<u></u><u></u></p><p>Continuous shooting: Fine: 25 images, Standard: 29 images, RAW &amp; JPEG: 19 images, RAW: 21 images<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Approx. no. of Shots<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>Approx. 550 shots with Tru-Finder, approx. 590 shots with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Built-in Flash<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>Auto pop-up, GN10 (in metres at ISO 100), FOV coverage up to 18mm<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Flash Modes<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable), Wireless*, Hi-Speed Sync.*<u></u><u></u></p><p>* With external Flash HVL-F58AM, HVL-F56AM, HVL-F43AM, HVL-F42AM, HVL-F36AM<u></u><u></u></p><p>Flash control (ADI flash/ Pre-flash TTL)<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Media<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo; SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Dimensions (WxHxD)<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>Approx. 132.1 mm × 97.5 mm × 80.7 mm<u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="132"><p>Weight<u></u><u></u></p></td><td width="499"><p>Approx. 539g (body only)<u></u><u></u></p><p>Approx. 618g (with battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo)</p></td></tr></tbody></table>
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