Summary: I had a Cannon 60D stolen out of my car in downtown San Francisco. I was going to replace it with a Cannon 7D but the reviews I read led me to consider the A77. The case is solid and weather resistant. The software interface is quite bit better than the 7D. The optical view finder takes a little getting used to with a slight delay when you transition between it and the screen. Not really a big deal.
Summary: I purchased this last year and don't think I ever reviewed it. It really deserves a review. I have taken the time to learn a lot about this camera and how to become a better photographer. I couldn't imagine my 1st choice of a camera to be anything else. I have grown to love it that much. Not to mention I can buy used Minolta lenses that are amazing as a compliment to this camera.
Summary: The A77 was as advertised and more importantly everything on the camera was handy and well thought out by Sony. This camera along with the A99 show me that Sony is going to be an innovator and challenge the big two. The 16-50mm lens is amazing! Extremely sharp pics with good bokeh. Geat lens for money! Great outfit for money. Update on A77 after considerable use. One, do some checking before purchasing third-party lenses. Some work on the A77 and some don't.
Excerpt: To me, the A77 with its 24Mp APS-C sensor + focus peaking + high frame rate looks like the perfect macrophotography tool. Combined with my Tamron 1:1 180mm f:3.5, it is amazing. Then, I mainly use ISO 200 to 400. For other kinds of photography (landscape, concerts, etc.), I much prefer the A850 and its OVF + FF sensor. Not that the A77 is bad, but it just cannot compete. So, I like the A77. I don't love it but it's nice to have it.
Summary: I ordered this as an upgrade to the alpha 550. However, I am very disappointed and will return it. It is heavy, slow (surprising given the marketing), and cumbersome to navigate the joystick on the back to navigate the menus. The joystick hurts my thumb when using it. Since Sony has switched to translucent tech it always runs in live view mode which means the battery life sucks, even in warm climate.
Summary: if you want a high end camera with beautiful image and color representation, then this is the camera for you. yes it dose have a bit of a learning curve, but what major tech item dose not. you are going to take great pictures with many many options for exposure and effects that you cant get on other digital cameras at twice the price. sony has raised the bar and then leapt over it. this is great for the hobbyist and pro alike. you chose your level of control.
Summary: In my opinion this is one of the finest dslr cameras on the market today. Very affordable for all the high tech bells and whistles this thing has. Waited a long time to purchase it and im glad i waited. It meets and exceeds all my expectations that i could ask for. Very easy to use and everything i need to know to change the settings is basically right on the articulating screen whish is also very cool.
Summary: Upgraded my A350 and LOVE this camera! Wish I could have afforded the A99 right now, but maybe by next year. I know most people go with Cannon or Nikon, but this girl has been a Minolta/Sony girl since the 80's. Their equipment has never let me down - and some times it's taken quite a beating. (not this camera, but past ones) As for all the programed options.
Summary: There is not a single thing about this camera I would change. I was hesitant about getting the OVF but am so happy that I didn't let it scare me away! Sony is amazing and far better than those OTHER two brands...this leaves them in the dust!
Summary: Really enjoy this camera. I am not a pro more of a hobbyist aka "prosumer". I have had numerous Sony camera and wanted to take the jump up to a SLT. I find the layout of the buttons to be very user friendly. I'm not missing the "live" view finder one bit. Having the electronic for a newbie like myself really lets me see what the photo will be like when I change settings like ISO/f-stop and shutterspeed so I can learn as I use the camera.