Step up to an incredible shooting experience with this a77 DSLR camera. Featuring Sony's top-of-the-line Translucent Mirror Technology, you can focus and shoot simultaneously for fast, precise performance and continuous shooting of up to 12 frames per second, complete with continuous auto focus. Capture amazingly-detailed images that make for gorgeous enlargements thanks to an impressive 24.3-megapixel sensor. The world's first DSLR to offer a choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or richly cinematic 24p movie modes all at Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, you can capture incredible, high quality AVCHD or MP4 videos of all your memorable moments (records in 29-minute segments). A Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder offers remarkable resolution and high contrast for outstanding depth, plus allows you to view setting adjustments in real time for the best possible picture.
2nd Generation Translucent Mirror Design - Other DSLRs can shoot. Or they can focus with the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF. They cannot do both at once. Sony changes all that with the award-winning Translucent Mirror Technology system. It directs light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor simultaneously.
World's first OLED viewfinder - There's never been anything quite like the Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder. For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, this is a gem. It begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth. OLED reduces motion blur to a bare minimum. You can also see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail.
Full-time Phase Detection AF - You get fast, accurate auto focus in every mode-even HD Movie and Live View-thanks to Sony's exclusive Translucent Mirror Technology. While Contrast Detection Auto Focus often hunts for correct focus, Phase Detection AF knows exactly where correct focus is, and goes straight for it.
Rugged, magnesium alloy body - The SLT-A77 is built for the real world with a magnesium alloy body that combines high strength with light weight. Ports, doors and controls are also weather-resistant for smooth operation under adverse conditions.
Three-way tilt/swivel LCD screen - Tilt it up or down to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss. Tilt and swivel over the camera for self-portraits. You can even tilt it up and down when you hold the camera in vertical mode! Finally, the monitor folds flush to the camera with the LCD exposed for shooting or protected for travel.
6-image layering - Leverages the fast BIONZ processor to capture six images in a fraction of a second, and then combine the data. The result is one incredible single image that gets a cleaner result in Multi-Frame NR mode or sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode.
Auto HDR built into camera - Captures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle?and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot. (Recommended for still subjects.)
Built-in GPS - An integrated GPS receiver records the location and time of every shot you take and lets you view your images on a map with compatible computer and Internet applications, so you can remember where you took your favorite shots.
Main Sensor Quick AF Live View - Combines the fast focus of Phase Detection AF with high quality Live View images right from the main sensor. This is made possible by Sony Translucent Mirror Technology. You get accurate images and 100% framing on the LCD monitor or eye-level viewfinder.
Graphic Display - Clarifies the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results.
1200-Zone exposure metering - Reads exposure directly from the main image sensor. Choice of Multi, Center and Spot metering accommodates a full range of shooting situations.
Up to 530 Shots of battery life - Take up to 530 shots on a single charge with Sony Stamina battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence.
Built-in Flash (GN12) - To help you shoot more effectively, the camera includes a built-in flash (Guide Number 12) that can also trigger a wireless accessory flash (sold separately). The integrated hot shoe enables you to expand your lighting options with a range of accessory flashes (sold separately).
Sony Exmor technology - Conventional image sensors use only a handful of analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, which can slow you down. The Exmor sensor provides more than 5,600 column-parallel A/D converters. This helps enable continuous shooting at up to 12 frames per second.
Smile Shutter technology - Captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply select the Smile Shutter mode and the camera takes the picture automatically. You can prioritize children or adults and adjust the smile sensitivity.
World's fastest up to 12 fps continuous - The translucent mirror makes it far easier to capture the decisive soccer kick or your baby at her absolute cutest. Shoots up to 12 frames per second at full-resolution 24.3 megapixels with continuous auto focus (AE locked after first frame). This is the world's fastest shooting speed for interchangeable lens APS-C cameras, as of August, 2011.
HD movies with full manual control - Now you don't need to surrender control when you shoot HD movies. Enjoy the full expressive potential of Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority or Manual (P/A/S/M) control in HD movie mode.
World's shortest release time lag - Helps ensure that the image you want is the image you get. Once auto focus occurs, release time lag is the delay between fully pressing the shutter release and when the camera actually starts taking the picture. Long lag makes it harder to capture fast-moving objects. The Sony A77 boasts the world's shortest release time lag at only 0.05 seconds.
19-point Auto Focus - To maximize the value of Translucent Mirror Technology, Sony incorporates Phase Detection AF of great sophistication. 19 sensors with 11 cross sensors maximize precision for both vertical and horizontal subjects.
Top mounted LCD - In addition to status displays on the LCD monitor and Electronic Viewfinder, Sony offers a top-mounted LCD with exposure information.
Handheld Twilight mode - Get gorgeous shots at night without a tripod. Combines six frames into a single image for smooth, low-noise evening shots. (Recommended for still subjects.)
Sweep Panorama Mode - Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together.
921K dot TruBlack LCD screen - Sony's 3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD monitor has 921K dots for superb resolution. The TruBlack screen includes a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections, increasing contrast compared to conventional LCDs. Sunny Weather mode boosts visibility even further.
AUTO+ (Advanced Auto) mode - Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode.
Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) - Improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off.
HDMI output for HD viewing - Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV.7 The camera includes an HDMI output. In addition, the BRAVIA Sync system works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs enabling you to control camera playback using the television's remote.
Advanced Anti-Dust Technology - Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor's low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor.
APS-C size HD CMOS image sensor - With 19.5 times the area of the typical camcorder image sensor, APS-C makes the difference between amateur and professional-looking video, delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.
Face Detection and Registration - The camera can automatically detect up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of people. Can prioritize children or adults. Face Registration can remember friends and family members and prioritize them.
24.3 MP; best-in-class resolution - You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements thanks to a 24.3 megapixel sensor. It's the highest resolution among APS-C DSLRs, as of August 2011.
HD Movies at 60p, 60i, or 24p - Capture spectacular HD Movies4. This is the world's first DSLR to offer a choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution. AVCHD codec delivers stunning picture quality. MP4 codec offers smaller files for easier upload to the web.
Full-Time Live View in LCD or EVF - You can use both the LCD monitor and OLED Electronic Viewfinder for composing shots in Live View. Both provide a what-you-see-is-what-you-get preview of white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure and 100% framing accuracy, plus informative on-screen displays.
Object Tracking AF - Locks onto a specified object and maintains focus even as the subject moves. Unpredictable subjects stay in focus even while zooming. You can concentrate on composition without worrying about focus.
Dual control dials - Perfect for experienced shooters, dual control dials provide direct, hands-on access to two settings at a time.
Multi-frame NR - Experience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity. Sensitivity selectable up to ISO 16000. (Recommended for still subjects.)
3D Sweep Panorama Mode - Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television. Records both JPEG and MPO file formats.
Shot Result Preview - See the results before you take the shot. This preview takes the guesswork out of camera settings by showing the effects of the aperture, shutter and DRO settings on the depth of field, motion and dynamic range.
ISO 16000 sensitivity - Incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail, made possible by the low-noise Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ image processor.
Upgraded BIONZ image processor - The brain of the camera is a Sony's BIONZ image processor substantially upgraded for the demands of 24.3 megapixel photography. Chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 16000. Also enables fast processing for up to 12 fps continuous shooting of data-intensive 24.3 MP images, 2D/3D Sweep Panorama modes and 6-image layering.
SteadyShot INSIDE stabilization - Image stabilization reduces blur by compensating for camera shake. Typical DSLR systems build image stabilization into selected lenses only. SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization is built into the camera body itself. You'll reduce blur with every A Mount lens, including macro and wide-aperture standard zoom lenses.
P/A/S/M exposure modes - The camera offers a full range of controls from the beginner's AUTO+ mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control.
Slot for two media types - For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the camera accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC media (Class 4 or higher recommended, sold separately).
11 Picture Effect modes - Discover innovative ways to make your images and videos pop. These include Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow), Soft High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, and Miniature.
Metering : Advanced 1200-zone evaluative meteringMetering Modes : Multi-segment, Center-weighted, SpotMetering Sensitivity : -2EV to 17EV (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/1.4 lens)Exposure Compensation : +/-5.0 EV(1/3EV,1/2EV steps selectable)Exposure Settings : AUTO,AUTO Advanced (AUTO+), Scene Selection (SCN), Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama (3D), Continuous Advance Priority AE (12fps), Movie, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M)Scene Mode(s) : Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld TwilightPicture Effect(s) : 11 types (15 variations): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, MiniatureD-Range Optimizer : Yes: (Auto, Level, Off)Auto Exposure Lock : Yes (AE Lock button)Color Temperature : 2500 - 9900 k with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7)Creative Style : Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait , Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia (Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps))Exposure Bracketing : Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, 3/5 frames selectableISO : Auto (ISO 100-12800, selectable the lower limit and the upper limit ); Selectable ISO100 - 16000 equivalent (ISO numbers up from ISO50 can be set as expanded ISO range)Noise Reduction : Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low)White Balance Mode : Auto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight) , Flash, Setting the color temperature, Color Filter, Custom
Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM NP-FM500H (7.2V)Number of Still Images : Approx. 470 images with viewfinder, 530 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)
Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty Term : 1 Year Parts & Labor
Flash Compensation : ?3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)Flash Coverage : FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)Recycling Time : Approx. 3 sec.Flash Bracketing : 0.3/0.5/0.7/2.0/3.0EV steps, 3/5 frames(2.0/3.0EV : only 3 frames) selectableFlash Metering System : ADI flash / Pre-flash TTL / Manual flashFlash Modes : Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Hi-speed sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable for Autoflash and fill-flash mode), Wireless, OffFlash Type : Built-in, Pop-up AutoGuide Number : 12 (in meters at ISO100)
Supplied Software : PMB (Picture Motion Browser) v5.2; Image Data Converter SR v3.2; Image Data Lightbox SR v2.2Operating System Compatibility : Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1; Mac OS X (v10.3-?10.6), PMB is not compatible with Mac OS. Camera (via USB), Image Data Converter, and Image Data Lightbox software are compatible with Mac OS.
Burst Buffer : JPEG Standard (17 shots) JPEG Fine (17 shots) JPEG Extra Fine (13 shots) RAW (13 shots) RAW+JPEG (11 shots)Continuous Shooting Speed : Continuous (Hi: up to 8fps,Low: up to 3fps) Continuous Priority AE (12fps)Drive Mode : Single-shot, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Bracket (Continuous/Single/WB/DRO), Remote commander (RMT-DSLR1 Sold Separately)Self-timer : 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay,Shutter Speeds : 1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulbShutter Type : Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx. 5-3/4 ? 4-1/8 ? 3-1/4" (142.6 x 104 x 80.9mm) (W/H/D) excluding protrusionsWeight (Approx.) : Approx. 1 lb 7 oz (653g) (excl battery, lens & media) Approx. 1 lb 9.8 oz (732g) (w/battery & media)
Lens Compatibility : Sony A-mount lensCamera Type : Sony A-mount interchangeable lens digital camera
Imaging Sensor : Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)Processor : BIONZ image processorAnti Dust : Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanismPixel Gross : Approx. 24.7 megapixelsEffective Picture Resolution : Approx. 24.3 megapixelsFocal Length Conversion Factor : 1.5xColor Filter System : RGB primary color filters
Media Type : Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cardColor Space : sRGB, AdobeRGBStill Image Mode : JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEGStill Image Size 16:9 : L size: 6000 x 3376 (20M) M size: 4240 x 2400 (10M) S size: 3008 x1688 (5.1M)Still Image Size 3:2 : L size: 6000 x 4000 (24M) M size: 4240 x 2832 (12M) S size: 3008 x 2000 (6M)Panorama Still Image Size : Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M) Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M) Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M) Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M) 3D Sweep Panorama: Horizontal Wide: 7152 X 1080 (7.7M) Horizontal Std.: 4912 X 1080 (5.3M) 16:9: 1920 X 1080 (2.1M)Video Format : AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))Video Mode : AVCHD: PS - 1920 x 1080/60p @ 28Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/60i @ 24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/60i @ 17Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/24p @ 24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/24p @ 17Mbps MP4: HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p @ 12Mbps VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p @ 3MbpsVideo Signal : NTSC color, EIA standardsAudio Format : Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LCMicrophone/Speaker : Built-in stereo microphone; Built-in, monaural speakerStill Image File Format : JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3format), 3D MPO (MPF Extended compliant)
Accessory Shoe : Yes (Alpha)BRAVIA Sync : Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTVDVDirect : Yes, via USBHD Output : HDMI (TypeC mini)Memory Card Slot : Dual compatibility slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cardPhotoTV HD : Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI cableUSB Port(s) : USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)
Focus System : TTL phase detection AF (CCD line sensors)Focus Points : 19 points (11 points cross type)AF Modes : Single-shot AF(AF-S), Continuous AF(AF-C), Automatic AF(AF-A) selectable, Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual FocusFocus Area : Wide (auto,19 points)/Zone/Spot/Local selectableFocus Sensitivity : EV -1 to 18 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)Focus Features : Predictive control(AF-A, AF-C), Focus Lock, Eye-start AFAF Illuminator : Built-in LED, Range: approx. 3' - 21' (1m-7m)
Type : 0.50" XGA OLED EVF (Electronic viewfinder) (2,359k dots)Diopter Adjustment : -4.0m-1 to +3.0m-1Field of View : 100%Magnification : 1.09x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 )
Auto High Dynamic Range : Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)Embedded GPS : YesSweep Panorama : Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical, and 3D PanoramaFace Detection : On/On (Regist. Faces)/OffSmile Shutter technology : Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)Image Stabilization : SteadyShot INSIDE in-body image stabilization
LCD Type : 3.0" TFT Xtra Fine LCD (921,600 pixels) w/TruBlack technologyAngle Adjustment : Tilt angle: Up: 150 degrees; Down: Approx. 180 degrees Rotation angle:180 degrees clockwise and 90 degrees counterclockwise.Brightness Control : Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2)Coverage : 100%Live View : Continuous Live View (LCD/EVF Auto, selectable)Real-time image adjustment display : Yes(On/Off)Histogram : Yes (On/off)Grid Display : Yes (Rule of thirds, 4x6 Square, Diagonal & 4x6 Square Grids, Off)Customization : Grid, Histogram display, Digital Level Gauge, Grid Line, Magnified display for playback
Lens Mount Type : Sony A-mount
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Good Camera, Don't buy a bundle!
About Me Pro Photographer
The worst part of the experience was buying from Beach. I'd bought directly from sony before and my A55 had come with a clear plastic protective film on the lcd monitor and a taped up box. The a77 from beach arrived with no seal and no protective film. I was concerned since Beach also sells open box cameras. I called and they told me I could send it back, so I assumed I had been given an open box by mistake. a friend told me I should call Sony and the operator said that after so many A77s are produced, they stop putting the protective film on and stop sealing the box. Even so, no one from Beach explained this to me and a week later, I received the SAME camera I'd sent to them in the first place! Also, I bought a bundle and all the "extras" are cheap. I feel like I got ripped off.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
GPS on the A77 leaves room for improvement
from Marysville, WA
This is my second A77. I took the first one back because the GPS constantly was off by 3/4 a mile. Yep you guessed it, the second camera has the same problem. The manual says the GPS should be accurate within 98 feet. The two cameras I have used both were off by 3/4 a mile. Other than the GPS problem. The camera is GREAT ..... so far, but I have only had it two days now.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Great new companion
By Percheron Lady
About Me Photo Enthusiast
Bought this as a replacement for my Konica Minolta 7D. In the brief time that I have been getting acquainted with it's operation it has performed very well. It lives up to it's reviews. I will be traveling with it in the near future and have more opportunity to use it in a variety of situations.
A77 Camera goes to South Africa
By George the elder
from Vestal, NY
Took my A77 to South Africa for the past 10 days. Wow, what a great camera. Almost all of the game photos were hand held at 300mm. The image stabilization gave me sharp photos most of the time. Some of the times I just could not hold the camera steady enough, especially around dusk. I should have taken a tripod; but, didn't since I was an observer on a hunting safari and had to travel light.This camera is also dust protected, alas, the lenses are not. I have never seen so much dust in my life, so had to clean the outside of the camera and lenses frequently. I did not need to use the sensor cleaning.I have also used the A77 to take photos of people. Wow! Best images that I have ever taken.This camera is pricey; but, worth every penny.I came back with over a 1000 shots, some are quite stunning.I used both auto and programmed modes. I set the program mode to be down about .7 f stop for cases where the scenes were much too bright. I would take a shot or two in auto, then switch to P to insure a properly exposed image. I believe that there is a mode in which the camera will take successive photos at various f stops; but, did not take the time to learn how to do this.The panorama mode is astounding. Took panoramas of the lodge where I stayed and they are stunning.The contrast and image quality of the camera and the Sony lenses far exceeds the Canon system that I just sold.I also took an A35 with me as a spare in case I dropped the A77. I ended up putting a long telephoto on the A77 and a kit lens on the A35 and using either as conditions required. The A35 is fabulous too.
from New Hampshire
This was an upgrade from an a33, which treated me well for a long time but I was beginning to outgrow it. Coming from the a33, however, I was used to the whole translucent mirror thing, which is definitely a hurdle for standard mirror users because exposing properly takes a little extra thought. The a77 has a much better feel than its smaller counterparts with its bigger body. The build quality feels solid and the weather-sealed controls make taking this thing out into the elements a little less frightening. The images it produces are gorgeous, however. The 24 megapixel sensor allows room for cropping or blowing up the images. My only real gripe about the camera is that due to the translucent mirror, there is a measure of light loss, which makes low-light shooting rather difficult if you're like me and hate bumping the ISO above 800. Overall, great camera and I'd buy it again if I were given the chance to do it all over!
Outstanding camera in Semi-Pro class
from St. Louis MO
About Me Semi-pro Photographer
Quietest shutter I've heard. Too many features to describe. Truly versatile, with cutting edge video and viewfinder technology.
so much in one camera
from Perris, CA
Still cannot believe the quality of the handheld night photos.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
All I can say is WOW!
from Mesa, AZ
After using a friends Canon and reading review after review of every camera I could afford, I was in a conundrum. I was very worried about buying another Sony after not being very please with my W370 after loving my W300. It lacked versatility. As I waited to see this in a store, I purchased a HX100 and an HX9. They were stunning to use and so very versatile. Basically they sold me on the A77 along with it's amazing features. I opted for the A77 over the A65, because I have wide hands and wanted a comfortable, tough body. The magnesium frame adds some good confidence on being tough, not that I'm rough. But you never know. Its very comfortable to hold and handle. I knew it would be before I even received it. I've spent the past week learning all of it's capabilities, but I found that a morning at the park snapping a variety of subjects has given me a much better understanding of what I'm in store for in the many years I hope to use it. The water fowl was just a short experiment with the 12fps as the bird took off from the lake. I'm sure as I experiment more, my smile will only widen. I could go on, but it's all been said before. It will definitely impress you. It sure did my hard core "Canon Only" friend this last Sunday. I think his plans for the new Canon 1DX is out the window.
(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
from Ft Worth, TX
I made the switch from Canon to Sony about five years ago with the release of the Sony a350. Wanting to move to a more feature rich DSLR I did extensive research and liked what I saw regarding Sony and the direction they were going. After acquiring Konica Minoltaâ€™s photography technology, it didnâ€™t take long for Sony to start making an impact. They seemed to be on the cutting edge of research and DSLR technology (Sony released the 1st really useful Live View technology). My research was confirmed when I went to a well know photography chain to look at the newest Canon and the salesperson directed me toward the Sony line. After doing a side-by- side comparison of features and image quality, I made the jump to Sony and have not regretted it one little bit! I finally got lucky and caught the a77 in stock at a very popular NY photo supply store and had it in my hands in TX just three days after I placed the order! I have been shooting with it for a couple of weeks. There was a slight learning curve as the a77 is quite an upgrade from my a350. Simply put, this is the best camera I have ever used. It was nice that it came with the newest firmware already installed (1.04). After reading some reviews I was a little concerned about the EVF but am truly amazed at Sonyâ€™s implementation of the new technology. It is bright (even in sunlight), big and extremely helpful at obtaining the correct exposure (WYSIWYG) and I donâ€™t have to take my glasses off to use the viewfinder. Another really nice feature that I discovered, while attending a wedding, is the sheer quietness of this camera. Two photographers were shooting the wedding (One with a Canon, the other with a Nikon) and it sounded like the paparazzi. The shutter noise of the pros cameras was distracting while my a77 was extremely quiet. Another cool feature is the â€œPeaking Levelâ€� menu option that is extremely useful while manually focusing the camera (for macro shots, etc.). When you obtain focus the EVF or the back LCD draws color lines (red, white or yellow options) around the object you are shooting to verify focus. Really cool and useful. If I have to find something to complain about regarding the a77 I have a few points. One, the battery life could be longer. It uses the same battery as my A350 (so I have some extras) but it would be nice if Sony would develop a longer lasting battery. For some reason the GPS feature seems to suck battery life. Two, there is no â€œSteady Shotâ€� button on the camera body. To use the camera on a tripod I have to go through the menu system to turn off â€œSteady Shot.â€� Not a huge deal but a button/switch would have been nice. Thatâ€™s it, no other negatives from my perspective. There has been a lot of chatter about the noise in high ISO ranges from this camera but I have not found it to be an issue in real world use. All cameras are going to be â€œnoisyâ€� in ISO 1600 and up. This camera has so many useful features as well as many fun options; itâ€™s just not practical to discuss them in a short review. Just a note of caution. . . if you are trying to make a decision about which camera to buy, keep in mind that not all reviews on the Sony DSLR/SLT cameras are unbiased. As I was researching I found that many pro reviewers (photographers, tech. geeks, etc.) were heavily biased toward the equipment they use. There are also many unbiased reviews that point out the short comings of each of the camera models. I recommend that you go to a photo store and see them for yourself and do your own side-by-side comparison. If you have lens from Canon or Nikon it may not make since to switch. But, Sony is on the cutting edge and the future looks bright for their technology. I know I'm going to be very happy with my a77 and look forward to what is next.
(2 of 60 customers found this review helpful)
Worst experience of a lifetime.........