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.
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.
Excerpt: I do portrait and scenic photography. I was initially worried by some of the reviews I read when this camera first came out, but still wanted one. <br /><br />When the price got under $1K I jumped on it. I'm a single father, so expensive lenses are out, but the old Minolta lenses work extremely well with this camera for a fraction of the price. Bought 10 for around $500 TOTAL and have a great selection that work very well.<br /><br />LOW LIGHT is NOT a problem.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Fits Hand Well, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good Low Light, Large Clear LCD, Minolta Lenses Work Well, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
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: I am really glad I found this deal as I was about to push the button on a sony 65 package and then found Focus's deal couldnt find anything comperable within $500. they even sent me a better memory card then depicted. Also del was 4 days early! Thanx Focus This is an update about the rest of the package deal from Focus The tripod was insufficient to say the least It could not hold the camera weight, along with the camera bag which wasnt even a "camera" bag but one for a...
Summary: I am writing this review from a true beginner's perspective. I have never owned a camera before but I knew that I wanted a camera that could take great pictures. I spent an obscene amount of time researching for 6 months while I was saving up for purchase. I also read two great books (Peterson and Northrup). I narrowed my choices to Nikon D7000, Canon 6D and the A77.
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.