|Max resolution||4912 x 3264|
|Other resolutions||4912 x 2760, 3568 x 2368, 3568 x 2000, 2448 x 1624, 2448 x 1376|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||16.1 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||16.7 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000 (25600 with boost)|
|White balance presets||9|
|Custom white balance||Yes (1)|
|Image stabilization notes||SteadyShot Inside|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Digital zoom||Yes (2x Clear Image Zoom)|
|Number of focus points||15|
|Lens mount||Sony/Minolta Alpha mount|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Screen type||Xtra Fine TFT drive with TruBlack technology|
|Viewfinder coverage||100 %|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||10 m (@ ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless|
|Continuous drive||Yes (12 fps)|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (3 frames, H/L selectable)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Videography notes||1080p60 or 24 on NTSC models, 50p or 25p in PAL countries|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Mini Type C)|
|Remote control||Yes (Optional)|
|Battery description||Rechargeable NP-FM500H battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||550|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||618 g (1.36 lb / 21.80 oz)|
|Dimensions||132 x 98 x 81 mm (5.2 x 3.86 x 3.19")|
The marquee features of the Alpha A57 are undoubtedly fast burst mode and the sensor, the same as that which also appears in the NEX-5N. At 16MP the resolution is the same at its predecessor, although it does allow for an expanded 100-16,000 ISO range.
The 12fps max burst rate is shot using the Tele-Zoom mode, which crops inward to either the 1.4x crop at 8.4MP or a 2x crop at 4MP. This acts in addition to the existing 1.5x magnification due to the APS-C sensor size. This means a 300mm lens attached when using the 4MP crop mode would have a 900mm equivalent focal length (in 35mm terms).
Compared to the Canon and Nikon equivalents, the A57's 12fps full speed burst mode is 3x faster than both the D5100 and EOS 600D.
The A57's movie mode also sees an upgrade. Able of recording at 1080p at either 25 or 50 frames per second, the camera also includes a mic input for using an external recording device.
The viewfinder, at 1,440k-dots, has a higher resolution than the A55 but relies on LCD technology rather than the OLED of the A77. Two modes are available, the first using the full 1,440k-dot resolution to display shot information outside of the preview, whereas the standard mode uses 1,253k-dots.
Also added is an object tracking AF mode, which detects moving colours or edges, alongside the standard face tracking. If a subject exits the frame the A57 can still maintain focus, so long as it re-enters within a second.
For those shooting portraiture there's an automatic crop mode, called Auto Portrait Framing, that produces a second image automatically having been reframed by the camera. There's also a digital zoom feature that allows for up to 5.5x magnification while maintaining the full 16MP resolution.
Although the Alpha A57 may not be the full-frame SLT model many of us were expecting, it still marks an important step in Sony's dedication to SLT technology.
Although, from a specs front, the Alpha A57 may seem like something of a standard update there are a fair few clever touches that add to the features list. We'll be interested to see how the Alpha A57 measures up against the competitor models when we test it in the near future.
The A57 will be available next month, but the RRP has yet to be confirmed although we expect it to be somewhere near the £690 price - the same as the A55's launch price.