Summary: I have a Minolta Maxxum 9000 that I adore. I used to shoot a lot of pictures with it. One day I put it away and haven't used it since. In the meantime, I bought a Kodak DC-280. It was OK. Later, I bought a Fuji F10. That was much better but still no Maxxum, not even close. This past August I bought the A77. Wow! It's WAY better than the Maxxum. I could write a book about all of this camera's virtues but that's already been done (see Gary Friedman's fine book).
Summary: I have been using Alpha 100AK and this was my upgrade. I am very happy with this upgrade and like the speed of this camera. Picture quality and the ease of use are best parts of this camera. I would definitely recommend this to others.
Summary: Never expected to be so complete. Has all the tweeks required to take much grater photos than my Nikon D7000. Sony went an extra mile with this camera. I allways had Nikon, so I was afraid to buy a Sony, but I'm glad I did it and I"ll keep my A77 until Nikon comes with a technology like this, and by technology I mean translucent mirror.
Summary: I have been using this camera for a little over a month and I am very impressed at the pictures it takes. It is a solid camera with everything you could possibly want in a consumer friendly DSLR.
Excerpt: I did a lot of research. I'm coming from an old Nikon CoolPix 5000. I wanted to step up to something that as a transition to more manual (aka professional) shooting. I love the camera. Finding it a great camera to transition to. I compared in my research to Nikon & Cannon. Discount off at the time I bought it. Love it. The kit lens is great quality for a kit lens. Not great zoom, but its something. I hear raves about the movie quality, but haven't put it to the test yet.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Summary: This is my third Sony (Minolta); I moved into the SLR realm back just before the digital age with a film Maxxum 3xi. Really glad I got some time with film to learn the art before moving into the digital age with my Maxxum 7d which has been a tried and true camera for me for several years till I dropped it in the Atlantic this summer. :-( I still use it, just have some issues with the power button.
Summary: This is a well-reviewed camera in many quarters. I'll second that! Sony has done some truly innovative things with this camera. If you're a Canon or Nikon loyalist, this camera is not for you. Move on and spare the rest of us your scowls and needless pity. We know you're just secretly bummed that you bought in on their gear all these years and can't fathom starting over. And that the idea of SLT is killing you right now.
Summary: I have previously owned (and still have) a couple of A700's, had a A100, and used a lot of Nikons, Canons, Olympus etc. over the years. Many of those cameras were great machines and I shot thousands of pictures with them. Sometimes you find a camera that seems to take great pictures every time you press the shutter release, this is one of those cameras. I have had the camera for about a month and haven't had a single disappointing shot.
Excerpt: This is a replacement for my Sony A550. There is a dramatic improvement in image quality, resolution, contrast and true to life colors in standard mode. I have only played with the A77 for two weeks but so far I like everything about it except for low light/high ISO noise. I was not expecting it to match the Canon EOS 5D Mark III but I was hoping for better performance.
Pros: Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Cons: Noisy At High ISO, Noisy With Long Exposures
Excerpt: I got this mainly because I have a baby on the way. When comparing camera's I looked at Canon T4i, Nikon D7000, and Sony A65 and Sony A77. The great points of Sony A77 is that the viewfinder shows you the changes as you do them. In Nikon, and Canon I didn't see that. The video auto focuse makes clicking sounds of the lenses, but the 18-50mm is alot more quite than the older 18-200mm default lens.
Pros: Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Cons: Noisy At High ISO, Poor In Low Light, Short Battery Life