Summary: I've been using my Canon HF20 as my main camera for the last two years, though that does seem like an unorthodox approach to Photography in general. I got my "HF20" on Black Friday 2009 mainly for video purposes. But as I used it I slowly was discovering my love for Photography. In May of 2011 I decided to start putting money away for a serious DSLR camera. Looking back I can remember thinking I'd end up with a Canon 5D or 7D, because I really do love Canon.
Summary: First of all, I love the viewfinder. It's not for everyone, and those well practiced with DSLR might see a lot of my reasons for liking it as amateurish, but the exposure and color I see in the viewfinder ends up being the exposure and color (white balance) I get in the picture. I don't have to constantly remember to check the preview and make sure I didn't blow it (and often I would forget to check that preview to find out I blew it later, with much disappointment).
Summary: I bought this camera as an upgrade for my Sony A700 (badly dated) and this camera is a very good, but too long delayed, replacement for the A700. I do wildlife photography and sports photography as hobbies, so this review will only touch on those uses. I absolutely love the improvement I have gotten in my wildlife pictures.
Summary: Best camera I've ever owned. I almost made the jump to Canon 7d and Nikon d7000 for all the same reasons most people have switched from Sony in the past but I resisted all temptations and am glad I waited for this beast of a camera. I'm still in awe after my first 100 shots. The rich colors, viewfinder, live view display and the many shooting modes available.
Excerpt: I was waiting for this camera since it was announced and i have it finally.I am totally speechless and i can say that the money was worth it.I bought it with the SAL1650 and the quality of the images are fantastic.My first camera was Sony Alpha a230 and the transition to a77 is huge.I have always given my credit to Sony Alpha and i always will.I cant wait to start doing photography with a77.Please visit my website to see the images i have taken so far with my Sony Alpha...
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: This was a Christmas present from me to me. I want to make photography my hobby, and yes, I know this was a sophisticated camera to start for a beginner. But SONY makes it simple, while producing incredible pictures. I love it, but I am looking for a camera body case to protect it while I'm carrying it, one that will also allow me to take pictures without detaching it from the camera.
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: Just got this camera; so far so good...so lucky before Track and Field Season. [Note] Use tripod for no flash shots...no margin for error. Takes multiple shots for no light situations. This is not a beginner camera; and don't expect to use AUTO and take great pictures. This is Pro Level and way beyond my A700 replacement. Do your checks before shooting and learn all the settings please. Will do another report after a month of usage.
Summary: I've not had this camera for very long (< one month), so I'm still finding ways to use all of its' myriad functions, but having used the Î+/-700 since it came out, I was quickly able to get some photos that I was happy with. I generally shoot RAW and will continue to, but I'm finding that the extra fine jpg's are pretty good and have enough information that (with a good exposure) they can still be fine tuned.