Pros Very fast, easy to use, ergonomic, excellent HD video and sound, tilt-swivel screen, best color of any camera maker.
Cons Sony battery kinda sux
Summary We have taken over 30,000 excellent photos with our 2 A77s including weddings and concerts. We were the official photographers on the ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE and will be again on RLC2 on 1-10-13. Photos at http://www.rocklegendcruisephotos.wetpaint.comForgot to mention there are some great aftermarket batteries out there! We are getting 8-900 shots with out 2000mAh batteries!
When we made the upgrade from the SONY SLT-A55 to the A77 we were not expecting as much of an increase in photo quality as we got! The new color processing gives you "mind's eye" color!
We edit photos taken by our photographers across the country so we get to compare photos from; NIKON, CANON, FUJI, PENTAX (we shot PENTAX for over 20 years), and Olympus. Between all of these Nikon has the sharpest photos and Canon has the best color. The SONY A77 beats both of these and has a lot of bells and whistles that neither have.
The HD video is the best of any DSLR type cameras. When we shot the Rock Legends Cruise I was amazed at 1 video I shot from about 10 feet from the main PA column. I thought for sure the sound would be blown out as I only used the on-board mic. The sound was perfect and the video quality is like watching Blu-ray.
We have done an in depth review of both the SONY SLT-A77 and the SONY 16-50MM 2.8 lens on our site under the SONY|MINOLTA tab http://www.abetterdj.net
Updated on Feb 7, 2012
Pros Functionality, facility to use the commands, usable with all old Minolta lenses, micro adjustment on 30 different lenses possible.
Cons Battery life(but normal with the continuous AF search and the two stems used together, captor and Oled screen)
Too complicated for basic photographer who do to go on conventional models as the A580 for an everyday use.
Summary Takes a lot of time to come, but really a progress in sport cameras.
It seems it's an error above with the fps.
"And it jets past the rest of the field with a standard burst of 8.5fps."
The standard mode is 12fps, the 8,5 is on low mode, and the magnifier function perfectly with raw, just read the manual ;-)
Pros The camera has all the features anyone would need. Sure there is the A99 with a full frame sensor, but that's a whole $1000 step up from the A77. This is the all in one camera for professionals and amateurs alike.
Cons No cons I can think of. The battery issues other reviews are talking about have been fixed I believe.
Summary The camera, while expensive, is worth every penny. Its auto-focus comes out with crystal clear photographs every time. I has a lot of nice bells and whistles that I and most likely you will never use. For example, 3D photography is one of those features I never use. However, the camera will be well used. I am greatly satisfied with this quality product. I would suggested it to anyone looking for an excellent professional camera.
Pros Excellent still images and great HD video. Nice durable body and improved design over the a700. The 16mm-50mm lens is also very nice.
Cons Battery life... Meh... Hoping Sony comes out with with an extended battery in the future.
Summary So glad I upgraded from the a700 (which is a very nice camera) to the a77. As an intermediate level photographer I love the ease of use of the a77. It takes color popping photos and crisp video. Also, so glad it now uses a standard SD card verses the X Pro memory stick. Makes downloading pictures so much more versatile. There were many reviews that mentioned the a77 as being extremely heavy. I personally did not find it any heavier than my a700. The LCD and optical view finder are also a great improvement over the a700. 12fps shooting is excellent! I was able to take full advantage of this at a dog agility competition. Still exploring all other shooting modes, but so far I am extremely pleased and SO excited about my purchase. Also, so happy that I can use my previous a700 lenses with the a77.
Pros Versatile viewfinder
Fast, accurate autofocus
Cons Battery life
Time lapse when turned on
Summary I think CNet's review has an error (or typo) when it states that autofocus doesn't work with aperture priority. I almost always use aperture priority and AF works just fine. Also I have never inadvertently activated the Preview function button and I have never heard anyone else find that to be a problem - there must be a substantially different way that the reviewer handles cameras from the rest of us.
Autofocus is fast and accurate. For critical manual focus, there is "focus peaking" in which the pixels at highest contrast are highlighted. Of course it is always possible to enlarge the viewfinder image for best focus as well.
The review skipped over the versatility of the viewfinder but, for example, you never have to look at the back LED screen for any camera function including all menu items - it can always be viewed in the finder. Another really useful aspect of the finder is that it shows what the sensor chip sees - if the scene is over or underexposed, that is visible in the finder. wysiwyg from the finder.
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