Excerpt: After almost 1 year of using my A77 for my photography business, I am finally almost satisfied. It's impossible to satisfy a professional wedding or event photographer with a budget under $3000 for a DSLR, but sony has came close with speed and quality when paired with the proper G-Lenses. The only improvements I would like to see is a better external flash, WIFI and blue tooth options for event on site printing.
Excerpt: I decided to buy a good DSLR to replace my Nikon D200 with something that had 1080p 60p in a DSLR so I can have a multi-function DSLR/Video. I went to BH yesterday and tried them all. I was torn between my investment in Nikon lenses and accessories with the brilliant photos and videos on this camera. Ultimately I decided on the A77 and after playing with it for 24hrs I am thrilled with my choice.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Cons: No Audio Meters In Video, Non-standard Shoe A Pain
Excerpt: With the a77 being at their lowest pricing due to the release of the a99, it's hard to not click that buy now button : -). If an a99 is out of your reach, then consider the a77. It has much the same features as the a99 but with an aps-c cropped sensor. The cropped sensor is not a negative for the a77, in fact, you get more reach with your tele-lenses.
Pros: Articulating LCD screen, Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Micro Adjustment, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
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.