The first image of what is purported to be the next Alpha range camera from Sony - the Sony Alpha A57 - has leaked online along with some juicy specs and a rumoured release date.

Starting with the details, the Alpha A57 looks just like the translucent mirror DSLR rocking A65 - although the spec sheet doesn't quite match its bigger and older brother. That's because Sony is said to be aiming to bring the A57 in with a price-tag of a couple of hundred quid less.

What we're (possibly / probably) looking at then is a DSLR with a 16-megapixel Exmor HD sensor and 10fps shooting, or 12fps in a tele-zoom mode. It is reported to have ISO modes of 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 and 16000 and a 1.44 million dot electronic viewfinder.

Stills are shot with a 15-point auto-focus with three cross sensors and video recording  is AVCHD 2.0 60p/60i/24p.

And the good news is that you won't have to wait long for the Sony Alpha A57 to hit officialdom. An announcement is expected on 13 March.

So stay tuned to Pocket-lint for all the confirmed details.