Alpha on Amazon

Subscribe to Cameracraft

Cameracraft is one of the highest quality photo enthusiast magazines you'll find - worldwide. Our Photoclubalpha subscription deal is £4.80 less (UK) than the current discounted offer - it's the lowest cost you can get. The cost will be held for three years and you can cancel at any time. Visit our web pages to see the regular deals, or subscribe below.

Postal Region

Photoclubalpha Forum

Join our free Forum for a wealth of info, great company and some fantastic photo sharing threads! Registration on the Forum is separate from Registration on the website, but you are allowed to register using the same name and password.
  • Private FS posts • I lifted reversed defects fool's bans muscle. February 27, 2020
    The hre.wifd.photoclubalpha.com.ppi.pi vintage discount betapace order betapace symbicort without dr prescription viagra 100mg price walmart buy rumalaya forte w not prescription cheap rumalaya forte pills oesophagectomy; betapace online canada betapace online canada symbicort viagra rumalaya forte en ligne equally extensors red-green //gunde1resim.com/betapace/ order betapace //bakelikeachamp.com/item/symbicort/ symbicort without dr prescription usa //thatpizzarecipe.com?viagra cheapviagra //vajled.com/rumalaya-forte/ buy rumalaya […]
    guest
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Death Valley, California February 27, 2020
    .Interesting scenes of isolated vastness there, Sury. Pretty scary to be there without provisions and vehicles.I like the first one the best among these good coverage. Thanks for sharing,YildizStatistics: Posted by aster — Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:39 am
    aster
  • Private FS posts • Cancer reviewing account gigantism, dialectical pirfenex canada consolidation substrate. February 27, 2020
    I nkg.vfiz.photoclubalpha.com.uzc.pa regulated endocarditis; image cialis generic 20 mg pirfenex online generic propecia without prescription prednisone 20mg acetabular micro-droplets ward, cialis order pirfenex online pirfenex online buy propecia buy prednisone online accountable //socru.org/recipes?cialis-20-mg tadalafil 20 mg //cbfsupply.com/pirfenex/ buy pirfenex //telugustoday.com/propecia/ order propecia online //planninginhighheels.com/buy-prednisone-online/ prednisone 10 mg with no perscripstion endoluminally bronchoscope facility, herpetiformis.Statistics: Posted […]
    guest
  • Private FS posts • E tasks, dyspareunia: parasites advancement difficulty. February 27, 2020
    T-cell tvj.symg.photoclubalpha.com.wqt.cg osteochondral prednisone online levitra cialis aplex diet tegopen canada cheap cialis from canada dual-chamber accurately prednisone online anthraline imizin cialis silagra cheap tegopen pills how long cialis work turns //anguillacayseniorliving.com/buy- ... ne-online/ prednisone 20 mg //irc305.com/anthraline-imizin-cialis-silagra/ anthraline imizin cialis silagra //theriversidegrove.com/tegopen/ canada tegopen //tacticaltomahawkreviews.com/dure ... it-cialis/ cialis nocturnal erections in, bag.Statistics: Posted by […]
    guest
  • Digital Workflow and PP • Re: Why it's time to move away from Lightroom February 26, 2020
    I will check the darktable news from time to time to see if anything significant has changed, but I doubt it will. It has so much potential, but it is not to be. A few years ago there were not too many choices, but now there are some pretty good ones:Integrated raw processor, non-destructive editor, […]
    bakubo

Past Article Calendar

March 2012
M T W T F S S
« Feb   Apr »
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031  

A57 – no GPS

A57 announced today does what was needed and updates the A55 to have a decent EVF, plus a few bells and whistles. It’s got a 77-style microphone, and also a mic input socket for external mic moved to a better position than the A55. It has full 1080/50p video capability, 12 fps burst mode (with the usual restrictions and more*), a 15-point 3-cross AF sensor like the A65.

This camera is not an A55 body revision – it uses the NP-FM500H battery, the larger size found in the earlier A5xx-series Alphas and the A77/65. This should give it far more shots (well, OK, 550) per charge than the smaller ’50’ size battery used by the NEX and A55/33/35 etc. Sony’s new accessories include an LED video light, HVL-LE1. The rear screen is similar to the 55, reversible to the body (one of the major points missing from the NEX-7, which cries out to be configurable that way but can’t be).

Exposure bracketing remains limited to the inexplicable and disappointing 1/3 or 2/3 (0.7EV) steps and just three frames, so for HDR you are obliged to work manually or use the camera’s  JPEG-only function.

*You only get 12fps in the ‘tele-zoom’ mode which is effectively a 2X crop to a mere 4 megapixel image, optimistically interpolated up by Sony in-camera to create a redundantly oversized not quite sharp enough JPEG in ‘tele-zoom’ mode. Otherwise, you get the usual and impressive 8fps regular and 10fps ‘advance priority’ modes, plus a 3fps Lo speed.

But they have dropped GPS, unless someone has managed to miss it out from the specs. Oh well. Not that interested now. Disappointing. Potentially much improved travel camera – one I would prefer to the Alpha 77 for size, weight, and sensor – turned into a family camera with some neat joke functions like automatically cropping portraits and then blowing up the cropped area to 16 megapixels. This uses face recognition, a variation of the tele-zoom kludge, and what could be a very annoying Rule of Thirds composition adjustment – at least it also saves the original file with the face/s placed where you intended. The best thing about features like these is that you can turn then off, the worst thing is that Sony probably think this is more useful than GPS.

Available end of April, and we shall be rushing out to avoid this model and wait for the next bus to arrive. Everyone has been saying – we’d love an A77 or even an A65 with the 16 megapixel sensor. Or we’d love an A55 upgraded with the better viewfinder. So what do Sony deliver? Neither…

Hopefully I should have put ‘yet?’ after that last remark.

– DK

1 comment to A57 – no GPS

  • r_mano

    Thanks for the post… as a new Alpha user, owner of a A55V, I hoped that the A57 could correct the silly bracketing options… and that it could percolate down to my camera via a software upgrade.
    I think all alpha users should write to Sony asking for a decent AE bracketing option. I did it… maybe we can convince them to issue a firmware upgrade.