Conclusion: We were happy with the impressive results and ease at which the Alpha 77 performs. The electronic viewfinder allowed us to see better in the dark and also use exposure compensation quicker. We wish we'd had a chance to shoot some action shots with the camera, but from the focus tracking that we did manage to play about with we were more than won over and confident that this DSLT can deliver the goods.
Excerpt: The Sony Alpha range of Digital SLR / SLTs all feature built in "anti-shake" / Super steady shot sensors, as a continuation of the Konica Minolta DSLR heritage. The Anti-Shake / AS name was featured on Konica Minolta DSLRs, but canned in favour of Sony's SteadyShot INSIDE name.
Pros: Built in GPS, Extremely fast continuous shooting (12fps), Stunning OLED EVF (has to be seen to be believed), Excellent image quality, Excellent colour, Continuous focus during videos, AF Fine-tuning, Weather sealed magnesium alloy body, ISO50 available, Wide strap and printed manual included
Cons: Higher than expected PF/CA, 16-50mm kit lens increases price by roughly 50%, Non-standard flash hot-shoe
Excerpt: Outwardly the Sony A77 is very similar to the cheaper A65 model, with the main additions being an LCD display panel on top and a thumb-operated multi-selector on the rear. As with its sister model, the A77 dispenses with an optical viewfinder in favour of an electronic version, and uses a fixed semi-translucent mirror instead of the moving non-translucent mirror of a DSLR.
Excerpt: This is the flagship Sony DSLR with their unique translucent mirror system that passes some light to the image sensor and reflects part of the light to the focusing sensor. Combined with an electronic viewfinder the benefit of this arrangement over the conventional mirror/prism is that it allows full time live view and tracking auto-focus in movie mode. This is only useful if the EVF is any good, and the finder in the Sony is a stunning 2.4m dot OLED device.
Excerpt: Review units for Sony's long-anticipated replacement for the Alpha A700 , the Sony Alpha A77, have finally made it to UK shores, although the worst flood disaster to strike Thailand for 50 years has hampered the camera's official release into the market. UK photographers may need to bide their time before they can own one of these formidable new cameras, but in the meantime, we're pleased to be able to deliver our verdict on Sony's latest innovation.
Conclusion: A camera worth waiting for: the A77 certainly puts the SLT format on the map and is a worthy update of the A700. Its fast burst mode, continuous autofocus and solid 24MP image quality are all attractive qualities for an £1150 camera body. Then add weather-sealing for rugged use, the best electronic viewfinder we’ve yet seen in a camera and an awesome movie mode and the A77’s right to be causing a stir.
Pros: Super-fast burst mode, great movie mode, OLED viewfinder the best electronic viewfinder to date, weather-sealed body, competitive price
Cons: Electronic viewfinder still suffers some lag, poor battery life, 24.3MP sensor doesn’t cut it at higher ISO settings
Sony Alpha SLT-A77 и SLT-A65: полевые испытания и первые впечатления
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Excerpt: Новое поколение цифровых камер с полупрозрачным зеркалом и сменной оптикой – изучаем характеристики и возможности Sony Alpha SLT-A77 и SLT-A65: фотографируем, снимаем видео и неожиданно попадаем под мощные потоки воды.
Summary: Denne modellen er på mange måter en billigere APS-C-version av Sonys full-frame-kamera Alpha99, da det er snakk om en noenlunde identisk design. Det har Sonys egne SLT-konstruksjon, hvor den optiske prismesøkeren er erstattet av et halvgjennomsiktig speil og en elektronisk søker. Det manglende speilet gjør, at den fasedetekterende autofokusen fungerer hele tiden, og det er en fordel både ved rask kontinuerlig fotografering og under videoopptak.