Sony Alpha A57
16.1 megapixels CMOS sensor; 1080p HD video with stereo sound; 3-inch articulating LCD; 12 fps continuous shooting; Manual modes; RAW capture; Optical image stabilization; Lithium-ion battery
Sony's A57 falls under the A65 and A77 as Sony's 2012 mid-level SLT. Specifications are remarkably similar to the aging A55; the A57 uses the same 16 megapixel sensor yet trades the former's small form factor for the A65's chunkier styling. A55 users might not find any compelling reasons to upgrade here, especially because the A57 lacks a GPS, but that larger body does make room for a battery with 50% more juice. The kit is only $800 list, another blow to Canon and Nikon's mid-range lineup. Image quality tends to be a bit better than Micro 4/3's cameras and comparable to other mirrorless cameras with the same sensor size. The 12 fps burst mode is the highest we've seen in this category lately and a big plus.