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
Excerpt: We have used Sony products for years, and this camera is our second Sony. We already had the lenses, so we bought only the body. The feel of the camera is great, as well as the mechanics. The instruction book was very helpful in setting it up. We use our camera, mainly, for pictures of our kids, dogs, and college football. The ease of use is what we really enjoy! This is our first with the video feature, and it really has high quality video as well as film.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet
Excerpt: I have been using the A700 for just over 3 years for wildlife and sport photography mainly and some portraiture. As most shots required speed I wanted something faster than the 5fps and after only 200 shots I can clearly say that I agree with all the + reviews and really enjoyed the speed. The "subject-tracking" is a great improvement and worked perfect on my first birds in flight shots. I can't wait to test it on the sportsground!
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: 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.