For next week: new Sony a57 SLT camera

Sony is expected to announce the new Sony a57 SLT camera next week. This will be the replacement of the already discontinued a55 model. Here are the basic specs:

  • 16.1MP CMOS sensor
  • ISO range: 100-16000
  • 1920x1080 HD video at 60p/24p/60i
  • 12 fps
  • 15 points AF system with 3 cross sensors
  • 3 in. 921k dot tiltable LCD screen
  • 1440k dot EVF
  • New portrait mode + HDR, sweep panaroma modes
  • Price for body only: around $700


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  • doug

    Enough with the APS sensors Sony, it is time to rush the game, release the damn FF.

    • l.coen

      Sony isn’t in a hurry to make a camera no one in the general public can afford. the rich camera geeks dont make sony alot of money, but the soccer moms and the uncle wnnabes do, and they do not buy full frame cameras.

  • pooh

    So the 16MP’s still gonna hang around for a while.

    Next gen later this year?

  • stepper

    Portrait mode huh? Finally!
    I always wondered when someone would come up with a portrait mode. Especially since we’re not constrained by the load direction of film.

    I say manufacturers should offer pro bodies with sensors in either portrait or landscape orientations

    • Just Me

      I don’t think portrait mode is about portrait portrait orientation. It is just a setting of skin tone etc etc. You still have to rotate the camera. IIRC, 43rd cameras offer true portrait orientation.

    • Andrew

      The SLT-A55V already has a portrait mode which lets the camera calculate autoexposure and operate flash, red eye correction, autofocus mode, autofocus area, smile shutter, and face detection. As Just Me points out, this would be a (hopeful) improvement on the very limited portrait mode. With any luck it’ll allow for manual control of aperture, ISO, and shutter speed while providing some nifty soft focus processing or creative styling.

      As for your wish of a sensor in portrait orientation, no company in their right state of mind would release a camera with a sensor that is already in portrait orientation? Considering most cameras for professionals or prosumers already have vertical grip attachments, the installation of a portrait orientation sensor is a moot point, especially when someone would have to turn such a camera on its side to take video or landscape shots. Furthermore, the entire camera’s internals would have to be reworked to allow for the portrait orientation; for instance a longer and narrower mirror, adjustments to location of prisms/mirrors and autofocus sensors. Even the lens mount would have to be adjusted so the lens controls are positioned optimally.

      For the sake of maximizing customer base, cameras with landscape orientation sensors are the tried and true method.

      • Portrait orientation worked fine for me in half frame and there is no reason why a mirrorless camera that is optimised for photography rather than video should not be so. However I agree that or most people it would be a disaster.

        I also agree that the new portrait mode is certainly a merely a more optimised skin tone/face detection feature.

      • Sahaja

        The new portrait mode has a little arm that comes out and wipes Vaseline on the lens lens for soft focus.

  • venancio

    what excites me is that from a month to six months or so after a sony announcement, nikon comes up with one of its own… good to know there’s something to look forward to, even if it’s something to pacify those who are still looking for a D700 replacement (they believe that the D800 isn’t it) or a D400, or even something else… what a year!

    • Andrew

      Considering Sony supplies sensors for some of Nikon’s products, it is very exciting indeed. Hopefully the new 16MP sensor has some new tricks for us, personally I would like the new sensor to avoid overheating and boost video recording past 5 minutes.

      Considering the Sony SLT-A55 shared the same sensor as the Nikon D7000 and D5100, this could prove to be very good for the next updated models. I have a sneaking suspicion that as history has shown, the D5200 will share the same sensor as the A57.

      • WoutK89

        The D7000 already does longer than 5 minutes recording

      • Sina

        Nothing particularly new here. The sensor in the A57 is basically the same sensor as the D7000, NEX-5N, Pentax K-5 and K-01, meaning it will have great low-light capabilities, and very good DR and also won’t get hot until at least 10-15 mins of 1080p at max bitrate.

  • Bonetti

    has anyone notice that max ISO is 16,000 while on other cameras (d7000) is 25600 and on Pentax K5 is 51,200. probably they dont want to hurt a77 sales

  • joilkikk

    hello peopleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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