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: 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: 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: This camera gives fabulous results if you read the manual and great results if you just pick it up and set it on automatic. This camera also takes the best B&W photos I have seen taken with a digital camera. It also has an interesting feature allowing a one color bias while doing B&W. I have some great B&W photos of my children with their blues eyes. The HD movie mode is outstanding but make sure you buy only Class 10 SD cards for quick recording.
Summary: The Sony A77 is an excellent DSLR camera at a reasonable price considering all the features and specifications. Having always used Nikon cameras, I was at first somewhat skeptical of the Sony translucent technology but after reading the reviews , I was convinced that this A77 was in a class by itself.
Summary: I wasn't prepared to like this camera as much as I do. As a confirmed Canon-lover (7D with a couple of 'L' lenses), I really didn't think Sony could bring much to the party. I've rarely been so happy to be wrong. It is an excellent camera, especially when you ignore its many automatic modes and use it as a serious photographer. I'll be spending a little more time in the weight room so that I can put the A77 in my camera pack alongside the Canon.