Excerpt: This has been on my 'To-Do' list for quite some time: So I have owned the A77 since the week it first shipped out in the US back in October 2011. I bought so that I may have it in time for the birth of my daughter. My review here is based on my 2.5+ years of use of the camera through a variety of scenarios and using the latest firmware. I will only be referencing RAW capabilities since that is all that I shoot.
Excerpt: First the bad. Slow response time in waking up or tuning on. This is even with f/w v1.07. Battery stamina isn't that great to begin with, but setting a longer timeout before sleep drains it more. Noise is quite evident beginning at ISO400. Big downer because sometimes to keep the shutter speed up, ISO needs to be increased. Biggest downer - slideshow effect and lag just doesn't work for fast paced action. Period.
Summary: I love the camera, and at my level of photography expertise, the lenses are very usable. Bought separately, they would cost about $1700. Of the rest items included into the bundle, the backpack is reasonably good, the extra battery is authentic, the cleaning kit is fine, the USB card reader is also fine. This for the total of about $1800.
Excerpt: What I think of the Sony A77 is that it is an excellent camera the only fault I find is the noise in high ISO shots and the Jpeg shots are a little sharper then raw which is also very noisy but this camera compare to my sony A-100 is a big improvement just wish those issues would have been fix with firmware updates that would bring out the full potential of the sensor but guess sony is not big on firmware updates
Summary: First a bit about myself. i'm a senior @ Columbia College Chicago and photography isn't my concentration, I would consider myself a "prosumer" photographer. I've done a bit of professional work, but mostly this is just a hobby and passion. I am used to shooting with a Canon rebel T1i, (That I love) so that is how i'm basing my review. There are several things that i enjoy about this camera.
Summary: Prefacing this with I'm not an Expert in photography but can only judge from what appeals to my eye. I've used this camera for around two weeks and this is my entry into DSLR (Or in this case DSLT) from Point and Shoot cameras. My previous camera is an Canon S95. I'm familiar with manual settings and the relationships between Aperture, Focal length, Shutter speed, and the use of ISO settings, etc.
Summary: This camera has been a great step up from my Sony A550, allowing me to continue to use my Minolta and Sony lenses, a huge plus (the 70-300 is superb and the 18-250 lens is the best walk-a-round lens in the DSLR world) with a substantive increase in electronic wizardry and camera functionality. I crossed my fingers and hoped I would like the electronic view finder.
Excerpt: So far the camera and lens has worked generally quite well. It is a good combination and I feel you get a lot of features for the money. Mine came with firmware version 1.07 which resolves some previous issues compared to the first few versions. I have the 70-300 G lens also and do recommend it. The GPS locks in fairly fast depending upon the location and whether you have downloaded the GPS Assist Data info into the camera.
Pros: Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Great Resolution, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Many Features For The Pri
Cons: Flash Pops Up When Not Ne, Have A D-r Setting Issue, Poor in Low Light