Rated 4 out of 5 by Maruf Great product ... but ... !!!
It's a great camera for the money. I sold my a850 and got this one. So far pretty happy with it.
It's very easy to take a nice in focus picture with this camera. but if you are comparing it to a850 or a900 it doesn't feel that professional. there's way too many options. and it's a bit over crowded with features.
The viewfinder is big and i mean big. but the quality is still not the same as a900. (i know I'm comparing apples and blackberries here) when sony had the OLED TV in the past I was impressed by the quality and that's what I was expecting here. I don't know if I got a defective one or what ... but the colors doesn't seem natural and the quality isn't that good. It's just big and bright. Also not very practical to use in studios where you are using lot of lights. because if you have the 'display with effects' turned on you don't see anything and if you turn it off you have no clue how the pictures is gonna look like in the final product ...
also the video is still not pro cam quality ... the focusing is still very slow. but for a photography camera I guess it's very good.
September 30, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Successful Simply Amazing!
In a nutshell, this is an amazing camera, and I highly recommend it!
Lets start with the software and menus.
The menus are very easy to navigate through as well as understand what each category is for. The joystick makes choosing options and changing menus a breeze. At first, I wasn't sure if I would've liked the joystick because it poses as a very good candidate to subject to wear and tear, but after using it for awhile and getting use to the camera, the build quality is superb and it shouldn't be a problem at all. As usual, Sony makes the menus very aesthetically pleasing and easy to use, so that's a plus. Firmware version 1.04 is a little laggy when you're using the dials, and the shut down time is very slow, so make sure you upgrade to firmware version 1.05 where all of these issues are fixed with additional performance tweaks!
Lets talk about the hardware.
The a77 isn't exactly a lightweight, it fairs well with the fullframe cameras in terms of size and weight. Of course it doesn't lose in IQ either (unless you're comparing to bodies that cost 5-6 grand, but that's hardly a fair comparison). It feels great in the hand, the ergonomics of the camera has been carefully designed so most people will find that the camera fits very nicely in their hand. The body itself is weather sealed and it's great to know that even if you accidentally get it wet, the camera will be perfect fine. There are videos all over the internet where people are pouring bottles of water onto the camera and it fairs fine. The EVF on the a77 blows all previous EVF's (from other models) out of the water, but this is something you have to experience first hand to fully understand what I'm talking about.
Overall, this camera is splendid. Definitely worth it's pricetag. With the right lenses and skill, the photos that this camera can produce will be nothing short of breathtaking.
A very innovative function of focus peaking will help many photographers pinpoint what is in focus, and what is not; sometimes the eye simply isn't enough to see if shots are in focus or not. The camera's overall speed is very good. No lag present anywhere (firmware 1.05) and it's ability to shoot 12FPS is very impressive, currently king of the hill in that field. It's video recording capabilities are strong too. It's ability to record at a high frame rate ensures that the videos will be recorded smoothly; none of that choppy nonsense.
To sum up, if you're looking for a camera that can do pretty much everything, and do the tasks well, look no further. You've found it.
May 12, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by FoxyHorse Great Camera / Speed / Impressive
I am a Minolta fan, when Sony took over Minolta line and continued to support Minolta lens I was very happy. All of my lens came out of retirement.
The first Sony DSLR camera body I purchased was the A700 which is a true DSLR. I take a lot of indoor sports photographs [mostly hockey and figure skating], issue with lighting at the different arenas, speed of the sport and photographing through the arena glass. The only problem I found was the focusing was slow, not good for in door sports. Outdoor and flash photograph good.
Five years later Sony introduce the A77, the camera specs look great. I was about to sell all of my Sony and Minolta equipment, made a decision to give Sony one more shot. I have had the A77 for about just over a year, the continuous shooting on this camera the best, I love it. I like the EVF over the traditional view finder, I think the EVF can only improve in the future. Shooting out doors or well lite areas this camera is excellent. Photographing hockey and figure skating it does a good pretty good job, I am happy with the photos I've taken. I notice continuous shooting during a figure skate jump there is a lag in the focusing in the middle of the action shot. Shooting hockey and figure skating photos is probably one of the hardest challenges, it's fast, every arena is different, always change your camera setting. I'm glad I did not sell my equipment, the A77 is a excellent camera.
The videoing on this camera is excellent, I haven't got much to comment on the camera microphone. Disappointed, the camera microphone records the lens auto focusing motors. To resolve this problem I have purchase a Sony external microphone will cut down the recorded motor noise.
Sony lens focus slightly faster. Color wise, Sony color and Minolta color, both very good. I would recommend buying Sony lens over Minolta lens, Sony are quieter and focus faster.
This is excellent camera, this camera only as good as the photographer, would recommend to experience and knowledgable DSLR cameras users.
August 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by markrathgeber Couldn't be happier
I cannot be happier with this camera. Working on wedding videos, this camera pairs perfectly with a steady cam system because of it's autofocusing. The OLED viewfinder is pretty amazing too. When considering all the advantages to the A77, the disadvantages in comparison to a traditional DSLR hardly matter.
February 8, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by ANDRW Great upgrade from A500
I just got this camera yesterday and overall I was satisifed on what sony has done with this camera. My only issue with this camera is even with the new firmware, responsiveness is still kinda slow, UI has some occasional glitches and ISO is still not the best. I just hope Sony will address this issues on their next firmware. Overall this camera is a great product and a good upgrade from my old one.
January 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by Muddy a77 Worth the Wait!
Have had the a77 for 3 weeks. I am a wildlife photographer and the a77 is very good to excellent in tracking birds in flight. The 12 shots/sec is great at getting the "right" shot. Use the Sony 70-400 and Tamron 200-500. Both keep lock as good as and sometimes better than the a700. At ISO 1600 and 3200, the need for noise control is minimal if at all, especially for 1600. Just getting started with it and with more practice, know it will be well worth the wait!!
November 2, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5
by RogerB Very Impressive!
I have shot with an a700 for almost 5 years and was very skeptical when the a77 was announced in August as it’s replacement. My skepticism was based on 3 things: 1) the image quality of 24mps on a “C” sensor (lots of mps on a small sensor); 2) the quality of the OLED viewfinder; 3) the buffers ability to keep up with the speed of the camera in RAW and 12fps.
Well, my concerns were put to rest when I tested the camera and saw the results.
1) With the high quality Sony and Tamron lenses I use, the 24mps makes the images extremely sharp and crisp without any noticeable edge distortion. WOW! Just amazing quality.
2) The OLED does take some getting use to and can become very pixelated in low light, but the advantages of what it can do when setting the proper exposure, shutter speed etc so that “what you see in the OLED viewfinder is exactly what you get on the card” has changed the way I shoot for the better.
3) The buffer speed when shooting in RAW or in the 12fps mode is not an issue WHEN YOU use a SD 92mb/s card. Slower cards work but you sacrifice buffer performance in RAW and at 12fps. Turn off the image preview. Image preview really overworks the buffer especially at 12fps. As you get use to using the OLED, you will find you won’t need to be constantly previewing the images you just took because “what you see in the OLED is what you get”.
Now for the fun stuff the camera can do: 1) in camera panorama mode; 2) digital 1.4 and 2.x zoom; 3) what I call Super Auto mode for the times when you are just shooting snap shots of family, things etc.; 4) and my favorite is the “Picture Mode”- with HDR Paint mode, b/w monotone, b/w spot color, soft focus, toy camera, etc.
To give you a better idea of the image quality and let you judge for yourself if this is the right camera for you here are a couple of images taken in jpeg without any photoshop corrections or enfacements.
November 16, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5
by Oldmanriver An Excellent Tool For The Proud "Prosumer" Set
I do not earn a living with my camera, but I am motivated to create the highest quality images that often rival local professionals. My budgetary emphasis always explores the question regarding which sought-after photography equipment delivers the most bang for the buck.
The A77 and the Alpha system components allow me to achieve that goal as a labor of love within a tolerable price range.
There is a world of escape, discovery and self-absorbing fun to be had for anyone who takes the time explore the extensive feature set of the A77.
I have never experienced buyer remorse with any Sony high-end product. That, in and of itself, is a remarkable statement.
April 17, 2013