Summary: Coming from a Nikon DSLR background, I did not know what to expect from the newly released
camera. Its impressive performance characteristics, high resolution and bundled features were the reason why I decided to give Sony a try.
Conclusion: Blazing-fast shooting of 12 fps makes the Sony Alpha A77 a standout camera at any price, and it's even faster than some $6,000-plus pro cameras. Thanks to its searing speed and techno-wonder electronic viewfinder, experts highly recommend the Alpha A77.
Pros: Ultra-high-resolution, 24-megapixel sensor, Extremely fast burst shooting, Image quality rivals DSLRs, Great LCD, electronic viewfinder
Conclusion: The Sony Alpha A77 is a major leap forward for the company in DSLR design, features and image capabilities, finally putting Sony into the competitive mix with Canon and Nikon in the prosumer DSLR marketplace.
Pros: 24.3-megapixel APS-C sensor offers great resolution for a prosumer DSLR, Unique Sony translucent-mirror tech provides full-time phase-detect autofocus, Full-time live view by default, 12 frames-per-second capture rate, Fast autofocus, burst, shutter lag, shot-to-shot and continuous mode speeds, F...
Cons: Somewhat heavy for a prosumer DSLR, Uses an EVF instead of an optical viewfinder; EVF appears dim when used in bright light, Camera doesn't switch fast enough between the LCD viewfinder and EVF after viewfinder detects you're looking through it, leaving you in the dark for a brief moment, Images ...
Conclusion: Although on the expensive side, the Sony SLT-A77 is one of the best DSLRs we’ve reviewed in the past year or so. The combination of high-quality stills and excellent video – without focusing hassles – takes this camera to Editor’s Choice status.
Pros: Excellent still and video quality, Terrific OLED viewfinder, 12 fps shooting
Excerpt: Sony’s acquisition of Konica Minolta back in 2006 garnered a lot of mixed reactions from the global audience. While many felt that the cameras to come forth from Sony would just be Konica Minoltas with the Sony logo slapped onto them, there were some who felt Sony was about to ruin a good thing.
Conclusion: The Sony Alpha 77 pumps out 24-megapixel stills at 10.3 frames per second and records 1080p60 video with continuous autofocus. Solid low-light performance, a sharp f/2.8 kit lens, a high-quality OLED EVF, and GPS capability round out the package.
Pros: Excellent kit lens. High-resolution sensor. Fast burst shooting. Good high ISO performance. 1080p60 video with autofocus. Crisp OLED EVF. GPS.
Cons: Recovery time needed after burst shooting. No optical viewfinder. Proprietary hot shoe.
Summary: The A77 is a well-designed camera which spans the mid-range and semi-professional categories. Its headline features, high pixel count and blazingly fast continuous shooting, will attract a lot of interest, but of greater utility in day-to-day use are its effective ergonomics, reliable systems, and...
Pros: Excellent 2.4 million-dot OLED EVF, Versatile full-time live view system, Very high-resolution 24MP CMOS sensor (but see caveats in 'cons', below), Exceptionally 'deep' feature set including Auto HDR and Sweep Panorama, Class-leading video resolution, Solid, well thought-out ergonomics, Fast and ...
Cons: In-camera JPEGs don't show off the 24MP sensor to its best extent, Comparatively strong noise reduction at medium and high ISO settings, Very noisy raw files at high ISO settings, Little control over high ISO noise reduction in JPEG mode ('auto' or 'weak'), Limited control in 12 fps continuous sh...
Excerpt: The Sony Alpha SLT-A77 has been a long time coming — the company’s latest DSLR was announced in August, but production delays have kept it from being widely available even now. Many people have waited eagerly for it, though, and with good reason: the 24.3-megapixel APS-C sensor (the same one that...
Pros: Excellent image and video quality, Ridiculously fast, Fantastic kit lens, Built-in GPS, Superior Live View and autofocus performance
Cons: Inferior low-light performance, Lens ecosystem lags Canon and Nikon, EVF isn't as good as an OVF, Mediocre battery life