Summary: I purchased this camera to shoot wedding video's because of it's superior focusing system. I shot several stills as well, and found that the images equalled or exceeded the quality of images shot with my Canon 5D MKII with L Series lenses. The only department this camera falls short in is it's limited capacity to shoot in low light. It will still focus very well in low light, but the images/video become very grainy.
Summary: I chose this model over the A65 because Sony made the A77 weather resistant. Also I wanted 24 mps, an electronic viewfinder, and the 12fps among the various other features. Sony came through on this one. It's incredibly easy to use out of the box. I chose a Carl Zeiss 16-80mm lens over the "kit lens." The photos are razor sharp. Overall I'm extremely satisfied with my purchase.
Summary: The auto focus is a joke. 9 out of 10 times, when taking an action shot, the auto focus either can not lock on, or takes a shot that is out of focus. Have tried all of the settings, different techniques, everything to get results. Will save my money and buy a Cannon.
Summary: I have owned several DSLRs over the years. The Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sony A100, Sony A350, and now the Sony A77. In the short time I have used it, I am greatly impressed. I shot a couple of local high school football games at night under the field lights. To get a decent shutter speed for freezing the action under these lights, a high ISO is needed. With my Sony A350, I shot at either 1600 or 3200 ISO. With the A77, I was shooting at 6400 and 12800 ISO.
Summary: Ok so I havea A65 it is Awsome. Best Bang for your buck but when Walmart recently lowered this A77 $100.00 with the 18-135mm lens, well I couldn't pass it up the Lens Alone is worth $500.00 and that would make the camers which normally sells body only for $1400.00 only $999.99. So you are saving $400.00 even at its normal price of $1599.99 it is still a steal.
Summary: I'm a total convert of SLT tech. So many people moan about the light loss to the pellicle mirror, but for a measly 1/3 stop of light, you gain so many next-level benefits. I've been having more fun with photography than ever since the A55 came out, and the A77 is better still.
Pros: - Seamless viewfinder/live view experience - When AF works just as well in live view as it does in the viewfinder, and you can switch between them seamlessly, it really takes the photography experience to the next level. Add the very flexible articulating screen of the A77, and it goes further still., - EVF - speaking of the viewfinder, this EVF is far & away the best one ever made. No other even comes close. Not only is it great quality, but I'm a total convert to th...
Cons: - Buffer size - Definitely too small, even with the fastest SDHC card available (Sandisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s) it still fills up in just over 1 second at 12 FPS., - v1.04 firmware - This isn't an issue now since they fixed most of the problems in v1.05, but the firmware they released this camera with was a joke. I felt like I paid $1500 to be a beta tester for this camera for the first few months. I guess I'm still bitter even though it is fixed now ;)
Summary: Enough has been said about this camera, so I'll keep it brief. Most of the issues people have with this camera might exist, but they aren't problems. The EVF does have too much contrast and loses detail in the shadows...but it shows you actual exposure performance. It's a fair trade in my book. Makes spot metering (for blue skies, for instance) a MUCH easier proposition.
Sony A77 Review from a Wildlife and Nature Photographer
Anthony Kosobud "Anthony Kosobud", Amazon
3 September 2012
Summary: Over the years I have been a loyal Sony DSLR camera owner and avid user. Other owners have given great detailed technical reviews so I will not be repetitive. I own the Sony Alpha A330 10.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with Super SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization (Body) Sony a330 and the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) Sony a550 camera bodies as well. I was considering switching to Canon or Nikon because of their massive lens selections.
Summary: I've used this camera to shoot everything from low light performances from ballet to rock bands to landscape and wild life. Color capture is amazing. 24mp sensor yields crisp detailed images. And, the lens line up, including the Minolta 'Legacy" lenses are sharp and crisp. I compared with the Nikon D300 and Canon 7D. Color wise the a77 was the most accurate. I couldn't be happier with my investment. Live music files too large to post.
Pros: Color, Speed, Lens Selectio, Ergonomics,
Cons: lack of focus point highlight, high iso noise
Summary: This camera represents boldness and innovation from Sony. I was surprised at all that it offers and the ease of handling. All buttons are well located. Some things have left me puzzled as the system of focus, color quality and OLED display. The latter, Sony breakthrough. Both the body and the lens are tough and rugged and durable. The focus of the lens is very quiet and fast. The burst of 12 fps is great for sports, but should have a larger buffer to support it.