Excerpt: I can say enough about this camera. There are so many good solid reviews out on the web about the new alpha 77, but until you hold it and use it you won't believe how nice it is. I use it mainly for HD video in real estate with photos coming in a close second. I realize that many users have a much higher photographic requirement than I do, so take my review with a grain of salt.
Pros: Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD
Summary: I own a canon 30d, a canon ti2, and this sony A77. The a77 is the best.... great scene selections, I specially love the smile recognition and the face recognition features that my canon cameras do not offer. The LCD screen and the OLED viewfinder are flawless- Alot of technology in this camera. The 16-50mm lens focuses very fast and is also very quiet. I have also bought the sony external flash F58AM and It's wireless feature works seamlessly with the a77 camera.
Summary: This camera was a gift for my daughter, who plans to continue her career in documentary cinema and photojournalism. It was the perfect thing for a college junior in this field, if it did all it was supposed to do. Let me just say that it does!!!! She loves it and, though she has only had it a month or so, is taking great shots. I am so glad at least this retailer didn't price gouge, as so many others did around Christmas.
Excerpt: I truly enjoy this camera! Very fast and easy to use. The features are easily navigated and you can spend hours just playing with them. But that's only the beginning. Once you get used to your settings, the a77 takes amazing pictures. I was able to take fabulous pictures of flying birds that should be printed... I'm still learning how to use the a77 and everyday I find something new. Soon I will be getting the Sony 70-400 lens. Then I'll do another review.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Summary: I made the switch from Canon to Sony about five years ago with the release of the Sony a350. Wanting to move to a more feature rich DSLR I did extensive research and liked what I saw regarding Sony and the direction they were going. After acquiring Konica Minoltaâ€™s photography technology, it didnâ€™t take long for Sony to start making an impact.
Summary: I made the switch from Canon to Sony about five years ago with the release of the Sony a350. Wanting to move to a more feature rich DSLR I did extensive research and liked what I saw regarding Sony and the direction they were going. After acquiring Konica Minolta's photography technology, it didn't take long for Sony to start making an impact. They seemed to be on the cutting edge of research and DSLR technology (Sony released the 1st really useful Live View technology).
Excerpt: Paper specifications do not tell the story .. and this camera is a good example of this fact. After reading the extensive reviews, there is nothing like holding, and pressing buttons on the actual item. It has been a few years since I used 35mm SLR cameras with interchangeable lenses, some with some very hefty glass weight. This camera is no exception, even if it is all digital. It is cumbersome with the kit lens, and built like a battleship.
Pros: Easy To Use, Exceptional viewfinder, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Battery Life, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Cons: Heavy, Noisy At High ISO, Noisy even at 100 ISO, Poor Image Quality, Poor In Low Light
Summary: I started with the A100, moved up to A700, then the A900, then the A580. I am familiar with Sony products. The A77 is the best yet. Very fast focus, 12 fps, and although I had some reservations going to the EVF, the were unfounded. It is like a point and shoot on steroids. It just flat out takes good smile making photos and anyone can pick it up and use it. Stop doing this Sony. I don't need anymore cameras.
Excerpt: I have upgrade from the Sony A700 to the replacement A77 and so fr am very pleased. The camera with the 16-50/f2.8 is slightly heavier that my A700 with the 24-105 but the lens is a marked improvement. As stated in another review getting used the viewfinder takes a little getting used to but so far I like it and have no issues. I am getting used to it and am starting to prefer the additional information it offers over the optical viewfinder.
Pros: Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Quiet