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Sony A57 Camera

Updated on June 22, 2014

Why I Love my Sony Camera

I am very impressed in the techology available in my new Sony camera. I have only had it a short time and I've already discovered some features which really excite me. One of my favorite features is the continuous shooting mode which allows you to take up to 12 frames per second. The camera is so quick that you are able to capture action and facial features with just a turn of the dial!

There also is a sweeping panorama mode which allows you to take in all of a great landscape by using this setting. There are many other fantastic features. I invite you to take a few minutes and take a look at all this camera has to offer, while viewing some of the first photos I have taken with the camera.

This camera has many automatic features, which are great for the beginning photographer. It also has the ability to use the manual settings for those that want more control over their images. I see this as the perfect camera for an intermediate photographer and a good one for the beginner who wants to expand their skills as they go.

Photo in this section is an Owl butterfly taken at The Butterfly House. All photos are by myself, mbgphoto.

Sony Alpha A57 - favorite DSLR camera

My previous DSLR camera was a Sony A100 that I purchased about 6 years ago. It served me well and I wasn't really looking for a new camera, but I kept reading about all of the advances in camera technology so I stopped by our local camera shop to check out the newer models. Boy was I surprised at the difference in technology over the years. I could not believe all the great features and the speed with which the A57 could take photos.

Sony has really stepped up to the plate and is a top competitor with the popular camera brands.

Features on Sony A57 - just a few of the many features

The Sony Alpha A57 has many features that are great for both the beginning photographer and those who are more advanced. For the beginner it has a full range of automatic features so that they can take a great photo from day 1. For the more advanced photograher this camera has some outstanding features that will enable them to take stunning photographs.

Here are a few of the features that drew me to this camera.

  • Great Focusing Performance
  • 10 Frame per second continous shooting mode
  • 16.1 MP Sensor
  • ISO 100-16000
  • Picture Effects Processing Options
  • 1080p HD Videos

Picture Effects

Excellent Close Up Photos - pop color picture effect

There are many picture effects available on the Sony A57. These effects process the photos right in your camera without having to go through a program such as PhotoShop.

The daisies on the printed canvas below were photographed using the HDR painting effect. This effect takes three consecutive photos and then uses a HDR technique to enhance the color and details.

HDR Painting Effect

HDR Painting Effect
HDR Painting Effect

Black and White Picture Effect

Black and White Picture Effect
Black and White Picture Effect

Guide to Sony SLT-A57 - learn all of your camera's features

Most people purchase a camera and never fully use or understand all of the features. When I bought my new Sony I decided I wanted to really understand my features and get the most out of my camera. I purchased this book for my Kindle and over the first month I read through the book with the camera in front of me. Sure I could have taken a class or read through the manual, but I feel this book has some great advantages over either of those methods.

For a class, I get so much knowledge pushed at me all at once that it is hard to digest it all. With this guide I can read a chapter (or a portion of a chapter) and then go and practice what I have learned on my camera. That way the lesson really sticks with me.

As far as the manual, it will tell you where everything is on the camera and a little of how to use them but never the why. With David Busch's guide he tells you everything that is in the manual and then tells you how and when to use each feature. I found it to be a wealth of useful information.

Continuous Shooting

Continuous Shooting - a great feature

I knew I would enjoy the continuous shooting for sporting events, but I didn't realize what a great benefit it would be to catch just the right facial expressions.

It is so easy to use too! I just set the camera dial to the setting for continuous shooting mode, hold down the shutter, and it take 10 frames per second.

In the photo above I captured my granddaughter, Ella, sitting on a stone wall. I had the camera set on the continuous shooting mode to catch the perfect expression. I love the way Ella is in sharp focus and the background is blurred.

Basketball Action

Basketball Action
Basketball Action

Stop the Action - continous shooting

Here my granddaughter, Rachel, is trying out her "model" poses. She moved continously while I shot away in the continuous shooting mode. I love the way the camera catches the movement of her skirt and sweater.

Great Closeup Shots

Close up Photos are Easy - use automatic or manual settings

Close up photos are easier than ever with a Sony A57. For beginners you can just set the scene for a close up shot and shoot away.

I prefer using the aperature mode. In this photo I set the dial to the A and then turned the wheel to a 4.5 F stop. By doing this I was able to get a sharp close up photo. The camera automatically set the ISO to160 and the speed to 1/125 sec.

Aperature Priority

Class at Missouri Botanical Garden - used aperature priority setting and tripod

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Climatron at Night- F5 at 1.6 secEntrance Chinese Garden-F16 at 1/13 secGazebo in soft evening light. F16 1/25 secShaw House F18 at 2 seconds.Waterfall wide angle F7.1 at 1/25 secWaterfall Closeup F11 at 1/10 sec
Climatron at Night- F5 at 1.6 sec
Climatron at Night- F5 at 1.6 sec
Entrance Chinese Garden-F16 at 1/13 sec
Entrance Chinese Garden-F16 at 1/13 sec
Gazebo in soft evening light. F16 1/25 sec
Gazebo in soft evening light. F16 1/25 sec
Shaw House F18 at 2 seconds.
Shaw House F18 at 2 seconds.
Waterfall wide angle F7.1 at 1/25 sec
Waterfall wide angle F7.1 at 1/25 sec
Waterfall Closeup F11 at 1/10 sec
Waterfall Closeup F11 at 1/10 sec

50 mm 1.8 lens

I just got this lens and I love it already. With the 1.8 aperture you get a lot of light entering the camera and the possibility for great photos abounds.

Photos Taken with 50mm lens

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Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha Cameras - 70-300 Zoom Lens

I have two lenses that I use most frequently. Both are zoom lenses. One is a 18- 55 mmm that I use primarily for landscape and wide angle shots. The second lens is the one pictured here. I have found that it is great for close up shots and for action shots. This lens was used on all of the photos taken on this page with the exception of the Owl butterfly in the intro section where I used the 18-55mm lens.

Battery for Sony A57 Camera - extra camera battery is a must

I don't want to get caught without a charged battery so I always care a spare battery for my camera. This one is reasonably priced and works good for your spare.

Bid on your Camera and Find the Best Price - camera's on eBay

I have purchased my last 2 cameras on eBay and have been very satisfied with the results.

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    • ThreeQuarters2Day profile image

      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      I am thinking of a new camera, but since I have Canon lenses I'll probably be sticking with Canon for a while, unless it's Sony's small mirror less

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      Yes - and am so confused. This one looks great - an your photos are marvelous. Many thanks for all this info and an excellent lens.

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      I have a sony a37 and love love love it! I just need to learn how to use all of the features. Thank you for writing this lens. I think sonys tend to get overlooked as a great choice for a camera.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      My honey seems to think that I need a new camera. I currently have a Kodak z950 that I haven't totally learned to use. I think I need to fully learn to use it before I splurge on a new camera.

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      'Vikk Simmons 5 years ago from Houston

      I've had my eye on the Nikon Rebel for years but so far haven't made the splurge.

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      MyIshi 5 years ago

      Same here I wanted to get a DSLR Camera. I will buy myself a nice birthday gift.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      This is a great lens, it is very interesting! I like it. Thanks for sharing this. Amazing photos!

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      I've always wanted to get a DSLR camera, but just don't know whether I'm good enough for one. This is a good lens to start off.

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      wleon63 5 years ago

      I am actually thinking about purchasing a reconditioned SLR film camera. As I love black and white photography, - as well as fully mechanical [not digital] film cameras. So, that is what I will be looking for. Maybe a Praktica SLR, which are really great cameras to shoot with.

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      Smurfs LM 5 years ago

      great pictures! love it :)

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      curtmaxwall 5 years ago

      I currently have a Nikon and love its quality. Having a good camera is absolutely necessary, but it is also important to have a vision in order to get that unique click. Your pictures clearly display that photography talent in you!

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      nick-gondoras 5 years ago

      Love the images!

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      YearningAndHarm 5 years ago

      I have a Nikon Coolpix L120 and been having great fun with it, especially with its 21x optical zoom, and with it's closeup macro capability. I also love how it handles low-light situations and still gets very nice shots.

      However, it is still a point-and-shoot. The shots are great for the web, but are still "too noisy" (jpeg artifacts) for hi-res or print graphics. Places like Shutterstock and iStockPhotos have rejected most submissions because of this.

      I may have to look into DLSR and see what advantages it has over the "point-and-shoot" variety and whether upgrading to a DSLR cam would help me get the kind of quality, noiseless shots that would be acceptable for hi-res, print projects and microstock submissions.

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      Dercess 5 years ago

      Awesome shots :) I like your work :D Sony is great but too expensive, thanks for the great lens :D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am currently using a Nikon Coolpix which has been doing a great job for what I need, but I am certainly going to look at this camera when I get ready to replace mine. Thank you for a great lens.

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      Wayne Rasku 5 years ago

      I am sticking with my Canon Rebel cameras (I have the T3i and the T4i), but I have heard great things about the Sony A cameras, and it is refreshing to read about one who is passionate about their camera and photography in general. Thanks.

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      Ana Dilber 5 years ago

      I have never had any Sony camera, I've always used Nikon cameras. But this i such a great lens, I might buy some of Sony cameras after reading this great lens.

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      Titia Geertman 5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      No, not a new camera for me. We have a Nikon D5000, but I don't use it, it's too complicated for me, I like my Sony Cybershot 717 (with the movable lens) better. Blessed. Contrats on your raffle ticket.

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      VeseliDan 5 years ago

      I have a Nikon camera but I'm thinking of getting a new one. I might even get a Sony a57 because you really made an excellent review of it here.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nt yet. bt may be my hubby gift me on my next birthday.

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      missmary1960 5 years ago

      I definitely am, but am hoping to get it as a nice gift!

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      anne mohanraj 5 years ago

      A great lens and lovely photographs!

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      anne mohanraj 5 years ago

      A great lens and lovely photographs!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice lens! I really like sony cameras and Nikon.

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      Zhivko Stanev 5 years ago from Bulgaria

      I had a fine Canon which was stolen... But I am not going to spend another 600 - 700$ on a new one. I found out photography is just not my passion. A simple point-and-shoot is much more convenient for my everyday needs.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Thanks for all this great info, and the pictures and features of the Sony A57. Great shots and your granddaughter's twirling pose is really cool! She looks very pleased to be able to show off a bit! I see the camera is good for more things than just taking great pictures ~ it offers great opportunities for G'ma time! SquidAngel Blessed ! B : )

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      Alessandro Zamboni 5 years ago from Italy

      I've bought an underwater camera from Nikon, as my latest one, but I was not satisfied with the results. Many drops appeared on underwater photos. Next time I will came back to my Canon, the best ever.

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

      I need a new one... had an unfortunate incident with my old one.

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      maryseena 5 years ago

      You have provided a wonderful review through this lens. It's really nice that you patiently learnt everything about the camera over a month. Wish you many more wonderful photo opportunities.

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      tobydavis 5 years ago

      Wonderful array of example photographs and interesting info for the reader - very nice lens :-)

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I'm always on the lookout for photography equipment. I've had my Nikon D200 for several years now (since it was first on the market). It is time for an upgrade, though I must say my D200 takes superb photos. This was an excellent product review and presentation. Really like how you featured your grandchildren. Nicely done! Congrats on your front page feature.

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      myoyster1957 5 years ago

      Great lens. One word describes your photos. Fantastic

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      JohnCumbow 5 years ago

      I just bought myself a Canon T3 about six months ago and I love it, even though I still haven't tried out all of its features. It's really handy to have a camera that's smarter than me when it comes to getting the right settings in different lighting situations.

      And I agree the continuous shooting mode is great for capturing suitable pictures of moving targets like grandchildren.

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      I have a fairly simple camera but it suits me.

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      Gardener Don 5 years ago

      I'm not into expensive cameras, but I could be swayed to them after reading this excellent lens.

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      MariePalmer LM 5 years ago

      Great photography tips I'll use for my new photography members. :)

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      No I am not thinking of buying a new camera, but took a stroll through your lens, and I loved it. Blessed.

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      pauly99 lm 5 years ago

      Yes. I'm thinking of a new camera but unfortunately I have a bunch of Nikon lenses right now.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Gorgeous job on this lens describing the benefits of the Sony a57 - the pictures are the proof in the pudding as they say :D

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      I wasn't thinking of a new camera until I saw your gorgeous photos! My smartphone takes amazing pics, but my camera . . . not so great. I enjoyed your review!

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Love the photos you featured! I got my Olympus camera recently and I'm enjoying it ^_^ Really helpful for taking photos for my lenses ^_^

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      Fasttrail 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great reviews. Gives me something to think about for my birthday.

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      Kimberley Vico 5 years ago

      Food for thought! It's essential to have a good versatile camera if you are writing - helpful lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      As always, another steller review lens, and beautiful photos.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Your photos truly are beautiful.

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      This looks like an awesome camera. I'll bet you have fun with it.

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      Great pics. Might be time to upgrade my Panasonic Lumix. Bookmarked and blessed!

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      We have new ones, a Canon and a Nikon, so probably not going to buy a new one now, but we love Sony audio products so will check when it's time.

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      treasuresabound 5 years ago

      I really like the outcome of this photos. They do look great. Thanks for the review.

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      I've never been great at taking pictures, but that could be because I don't have a great camera. Nice review of the Sony A57 and great pictures, too.

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      john9229 5 years ago

      I'm going to trade in my old Sony Alpha. Perhaps can try on this A57!

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      Avi Wolfson 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Nice pictures and reviews!

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      I want a new camera so bad! I have been looking but not found exactly what I want. I think your information and recommendations about the Sony A57 have helped me make a great choice! Now, I just have to wait for Mother's Day!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      What beautiful photos and such an awesome review for the Sony A57 camera! Now, this article makes me want a new camera, again :)

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      A-Marie 5 years ago

      I want an slr or dslr badly. This one looks interesting.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Wow, I love the effects! I'm sure those granddaughters had a great time modeling for you, too. The camera looks like a really good choice. Thanks so much for the review!

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