LCD and Viewfinder
Sony A57 has a Fully Articulated 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 921k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
For those of you who loves shooting self portraits or group photos, Sony A57 will make your life easier with its selfie friendly screen.
A57 has a built-in Electronic viewfinder.
The viewfinder has a resolution of 1,440kdots and coverage of 100%.
Sony A57 can shoot continuously at max speed of 12 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec . A57 has a built-in flash, and you can also mount your external flashes too.
Sony A57 features a Phase Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 15 focus points and 3 of these sensors are of Cross-type. Cross-type sensors locks focus faster and more accurate compared to single type sensors.
With Sony A57, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60p,24p fps and save in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Sony A57 will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.A57 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker. Sony A57 also has a port for an external microphone so you can record high quality sound with the help of an external microphone.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect your camera to other devices through HDMI port or via USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Sony A57 is powered by NP-FM500H battery which provides a shooting life of 550 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of DSLR type cameras is 877 shots, Sony A57 has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend A57 owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Entry-Level DSLR Cameras
Pentax K-x with its 1900shots is the model with longest battery life among Entry-Level DSLR cameras. Check the comparison of Sony A57 vs Pentax K-x or take a look at Longest Battery Life DSLR cameras list.
Current Lowest price for Sony A57 is $999.99