I know I can sound like a broken record when I get all infatuated with a camera but today I'm reprising my assessments of the Sony a57 only to commemorate the day that DP Review finally got around to recognizing what a very good camera this one is for well under $800...with a lens.
DPreviews assessment of high ISO performance, handling and image quality is so close to what I wrote many months ago that they could have just directed their readers to the series of experiential reviews I wrote and saved themselves the time and money. :-)
In case you missed the Visual Science Lab rambling reviews of this camera you can find them at these links:
Verbose and in-depth. That's the way we do it here. But we also get to the really important cameras first... (tongue in cheek, implied).
So, skip Photokina and just pick up an a57....