Summary: I'm a long time Minolta SLR, now Sony DSLR user. Always just as a hobby, but I do like to get into the details and technical side of photography when I can... I recently rented an a77 to see how Sony's new technology was maturing and to see if I needed to budget for an upgrade in the upcoming year. I currently use an a900, a700 before that, and Sony's first DSLR based on Minolta's work, the a100.
Pros: Choices! Many, many choices., - EVF - You can set this to show you what exactly you see naturally, like an OVF (almost), or what your camera will capture based on your settings. You can also use this for image preview, which is great for shooting in a dark theater or concert where viewing on the LCD might be a distraction to those around you., - Live View - You don't have to use it, but with the flexible swivel options, if you want to use it, it's the most flexible on...
Cons: Not many, but some...., Buffer Size - It's too small! Great FPS does occasionally get limited by this. Additionally, a better buffer and caching system would improve performance "feel", and reduce the dependence on the fastest SD cards available., EVF - Bright, extreme contrast situations are still the one flaw I see with these. It just does not have the dynamic range of your eye. However, you can work around this if you shoot in raw. Setup a shooting style with the c...
Excerpt: Took my alpha-77 to Antarctica this December with a bunch of AF Minolta lenses of various focal lenghts. Stills and videos are excquisite. Software provided with camera is very helpful in indexing images by date and location while not duplicating uploads.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Summary: Bought this camera as a replacement for the very good sony a850 slr,and have not looked back.This camera lives up to the hype in every way.The LCD viewfinder and review panel is so good as to be beyond the scope of anything words can define.In live review mode when you look into the viewfinder,the back panel shuts off.When you look at the back panel,the viewfinder shuts off,soo intelligent!
Summary: Where does one start? There are so many good points about this camera - too many to seem true. I'm not a Pro, but it has so many features that a Hobbyist like me would probably need some months to get a handle on everything. One particular thing I love is that you can crop pictures and still maintain awesome resolution and colour. I've taken an array of pics: landscapes, close-ups, low-light interior without flash, gardens etc. Wow!
Summary: I have shot Sony for about 6 years now and have always like the color and detail the produce, I was a bit skeptical of the SLT design and EVF but after using this camera I was pleasantly surprised, very bright great detail 100 % coverage through the EVF and all of the information on camera settings.. Nice, is it perfect "no" there are some areas that can be improved in low light the EVF can get dark and grainy, not unusable !!
Summary: I really like this camera. It feels great and takes awesome pictures. When you start getting into the higher ISOs the images can become a bit noisy. Sony has compensated for this by implementing a noise reduction option for JPEG's but if you shoot RAW you will need to do noise reduction in post processing. The lens that came with my camera had problems closing to the appropriate aperture. I have talked to several A77 owners and this seems to be common problem.
Excerpt: I just got this camera a few days ago and out of the box, I was impressed at the build of it. I was even more impressed that a kit lens would be of a high quality. The images are very sharp and clear. I have been a Canon user for many years and the Sony A77 has converted me to Sony cameras. This camera is so easy to use with the image stabilizer, you almost have to put forth an effort to take a bad, blurry pictures. Good job Sony!
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Summary: Mine need a micro adjustment out of the box to fine tune it to so it focused perfectly with my Sony 70-400mm lens. But thats a relativly simple process. After that I was one happy photographer! there is a lot to learn becaus eit has so many features. Ive owned many Sony cameras. You can see my Sony photos on my site... Feltonphoto. com . Sony has the money to develop ground breaking cameras like this while other companies don't. And talk about quality.
Summary: Before I bought this camera, I had a A390 DSLR and a Nex-5 Mirrorless Interchangable from Sony. Once I got my hands on the A77 and realized the features it has, I realized I could sell both the A390 and Nex-5. Sure, I'll miss the portability of the Nex-5, but sometimes you have to trade in your Miata for a Land Rover. The electronic viewfinder is truly amazing.