Summary: This is my first time ever using a DSLR and I wasn't expecting this one to be that good. Images you get from this camera are excellent. Sharpness and depth of field are excellent. Unfortunately, you lose some light with the translucent mirror because the mirror bounces some of the light upwards and there is not much going to the sensor. I did not find it that big of a deal. Also, the A77 gives reasonable ISO performance up to 6400.
Summary: As an enthusiast amateur level, and now retired, I'm doing my best to try and capture that elusive so-called perfect photograph - which has not yet happened of course. As the owner of Canon, Nikon, and Sony, P&S, and DSLR products I've been very impressed with Sony's HX9V, HX200V, Alpha 55 products. The A77VM is a recent addition after deliberating about it for over a year.
Excerpt: I upgraded from SLT-A55 which I had for almost a year before getting the SLT-A77V in June 2012. Carrying over all the familiarity from the A55, meant that the learning curve wasn't too steep. Gary Friedman's A65/A77 book was a very valuable purchase and helped greatly in making the best use of all the new features and functions.
Excerpt: Great image quality in full resolution RAW, even better image quality/detail in "S" JPG settings (3008 x ????). Excellent lens that produces eye pleasing bokeh and great detail/contrast. I hated the camera, but miss the lens. In the end, it is the images that stay with us. But the A77 was just too much of a pain to use for my shooting style which is spontaneous and in very imperfect conditions.
Summary: I've waited six years to be able to afford a mid-sized high-end prosumer like this. I can't be more thrilled with this camera. I researched this camera and lusted over it since its release date. There is nothing disappointing about it. The auto modes make for immaculate photos as well as the manual settings. I've ran this camera through the gambit of lenses I've collected over the years and from my 1.8/50 to my 55-200 all images are crisp and crystal clear.
Summary: I'm fairly new to Photography, being more enthusiastic about it for about a year now. This review is not technical at all. I'll use Leiman terms to describe the camera. This is however my 5th DSLR in one year. I've been upgrading and keeping my cameras for about 2 - 3 months each. This one however, I might keep longer. I really think Sony made a different camera with the A77.
Summary: I love that Sony has made this type of Digital camera. Do I miss a glass view finder? sure, but what they did hear was make a fine useful tool. Traditional no, but Digital is not either, so I say what's the Beef. Get a A77 if you think, that you want the best, true experience to shooting a digital image with little fuss, or be fussy and have all the tweaks at your exposure. If there is ever a manual camera to have it's this one.