Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit

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Product Highlights
  • 24.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Includes 16-50mm f/2.8 Lens
  • OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Swivel/Tilt 3.0" LCD Screen
  • Upgraded BIONZ Image Processor
  • 2nd Gen Translucent Mirror Design
  • Dual Media Slots
  • 1080p HD Movie Capture
  • Built-In GPS
  • SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization

Sony wants to introduce you to their Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit. This DSLR has a number of things going for it, not the least of which is the 24.3Mp sensor. Think of all the possibilities 24.3 megapixels of resolution has: mural sized prints, incredible detail, rich color, and more! If you've been craving the pixel power of the medium format back, but in a DSLR rig, now your wait is over.

Sony also gave the a77 their 2nd generation Translucent Mirror Technology system. What does this technology do? It allows the camera to focus with the speed and accuracy of Phase Detection AF and shoot simultaneously. This is an unheard of capability in the world of digital photography, well until now, that is. The camera also boasts Sony's upgraded BIONZ image processor. The processor performs many functions, including efficiently transferring shot data to the chip in your memory card. It also reduces visual noise, and ensures that functions such as 6-image layering and 2D/3D Sweep Panorama work smoothly, and with the necessary speed.

Included with the a77 is the Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Standard Zoom Lens which has a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-75mm. Its maximum aperture is f/2.8 and that is constant throughout the zoom range, so even if you are shooting at full zoom you will have the ability to shoot at fast shutter speeds and with shallow depth of field. A Super Sonic Wave Motor provides smooth, silent and fast autofocus and aspheric and extra-low dispersion lens elements provide sharper images with accurate colors. 

More than a still camera, the a77 also captures high-quality 1920 x 1080p AVCHD video at 60p or 24p. You can also choose to record at 60i. HD movies can also be captured with full manual control. That means the entire mode dial is at your disposal: Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, and Manual. Live View, Full-Time Live View (in LCD or EVF) are also available for use as is Full-Time Phase Detection AF. The latter of course being an intelligent way to correct focus automatically, while you concentrate on the scene at hand.

What the DSLR also offers, above and beyond most less-sophisticated cameras, is a viewfinder, the way all your heroes used to shoot. The a77's OLED viewfinder gets your eye off the LCD screen and into the right situation for capturing successful images. Like all viewfinders, this one keeps distractions and glare at bay. But what the OLED viewfinder does that's above and beyond the pack includes a reduction of motion blur on the Tru-Finder screen. The OLED features 2359K dots of resolution and a high contrast ratio. It also allows you to see the results of camera adjustments in real time with true-to-life color and detail.

Of course, the a77 does have an LCD screen too, but not just any monitor. This one tilts and swivels for everything from hard-to-get shots to successful reviewing of footage in harsh lighting conditions - and easier self-portraits. When it's not in use, the screen folds flat to the camera for safe storage and traveling.

As far as shooting performance is concerned, in regards to all things internal on the camera, the a77 backs up those 24.3Mp with the kinds of features and functions one would expect. First, the camera supports burst shooting up to 12 frames per second at full resolution, that's great news for sports photographers. The a77 also boasts a super-short lag time of only 0.05 seconds. Then there's the 16,000 ISO sensitivity and the 1200-zone exposure metering. The metering function reads directly from the camera's main image sensor and offers the choice of Multi, Center, and Spot metering.

As for more proprietary shooting features, the camera has a load of those too! While you can shoot on manual, you might find yourself playing with all the built-in options for expressing your creativity. First off, there's the dual control dials that give you access to two settings at once. All the traditional P/A/S/M exposure modes can be found there. Getting into the menu functions you'll find options such as 19-point Auto Focus, Object Tracking AF, and 6-image layering just to start. Dig a little deeper and Handheld Twilight mode and Multi-Frame NR are there to help you capture excellent low-light images.

You'll also find extras such as built-in GPS. The integrated GPS receiver records the location and time of every shot you take, allowing you to view them later on a map with compatible computer and Internet applications. This feature is also great for those into 'geo-tagging'. Eleven Picture Effects modes also give you another way to express yourself with options like Pop Color, Retro Photo, Toy Camera, and more. Old standards like face detection and Sony's Smile Shutter technology are there for your use as well.

Like any good DSLR worth its salt, Sony gave the a77 a built-in flash for capturing low-light shots with ease. That same flash can also trigger an optional wireless flash. The camera also has an integrated hot shoe for attaching various external flashes and flash accessories (sold separately).

2nd Generation Translucent Mirror Design
Other DSLRs can shoot. Or they can focus with the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF. They cannot do both at once. Sony changes all that with the award-winning Translucent Mirror Technology system. It directs light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor simultaneously
24.3Mp Resolution
You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements thanks to an APS-C sensor with 24.3 megapixels
Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Standard Zoom Lens
Bundled with the a77 is the Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Standard Zoom Lens which optimized for shooting with APS-C sized cameras like the a77. It is a standard length zoom lens with a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-75mm. Its maximum aperture is f/2.8 and that is constant throughout the zoom range, so even if you are shooting at full zoom you will have the capability to shoot at fast shutter speeds and with shallow depth of field. A Super Sonic Wave Motor provides smooth, silent and fast autofocus and aspherical and extra-low dispersion lens elements provide sharper images with more accurate colors. It's minimum focusing distance is 1.0' (30.5 cm) and it filter thread is 72mm.
Up to 12 Frames Per Second Continuous
The translucent mirror makes it far easier to capture the decisive soccer kick or your baby at her absolute cutest. Shoots up to 12 frames per second at full-resolution 24.3 megapixels with continuous auto focus (AE locked after first frame). This is the world's fastest shooting speed for interchangeable lens APS-C cameras, as of August, 2011
OLED Viewfinder
There's never been anything quite like the Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder. For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, this is a gem. It begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth. OLED reduces motion blur to a bare minimum. You can also see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail
HD Movies at 60p, 60i, or 24p
Capture spectacular HD Movies. This is the world's first DSLR to offer a choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. AVCHD Progressive codec delivers stunning picture quality. MP4 codec offers smaller files for easier upload to the web
HD Movies with Full Manual Control
Now you don't need to surrender control when you shoot HD movies. Enjoy the full expressive potential of Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority or Manual (P/A/S/M) control in HD movie mode
Full-Time Phase Detection AF
You get fast, accurate auto focus in every mode-even HD Movie and Live View-thanks to Sony's exclusive Translucent Mirror Technology. While Contrast Detection Auto Focus often hunts for correct focus, Phase Detection AF knows exactly where correct focus is, and goes straight for it
Full-Time Live View in LCD or EVF
You can use both the LCD monitor and OLED Electronic Viewfinder for composing shots in Live View. Both provide a what-you-see-is-what-you-get preview of white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure and 100% framing accuracy, plus informative on-screen displays
Short Release Time Lag
Helps ensure that the image you want is the image you get. Once auto focus occurs, release time lag is the delay between fully pressing the shutter release and when the camera actually starts taking the picture. Long lag makes it harder to capture fast-moving objects. The Sony A65 boasts a short DSLR release time lag at only 0.05 seconds
Rugged, Magnesium Alloy Body
The a77 is built for the real world with a magnesium alloy body that combines high strength with light weight. Ports, doors and controls are also weather-resistant for smooth operation under adverse conditions
Object Tracking AF
Locks onto a specified object and maintains focus even as the subject moves. Unpredictable subjects stay in focus even while zooming. You can concentrate on composition without worrying about focus
19-Point Auto Focus
To maximize the value of Translucent Mirror Technology, Sony incorporates Phase Detection AF of great sophistication. Nineteen sensors with 11 cross sensors maximize precision for both vertical and horizontal subjects
Three-Way Tilt-Swivel LCD Screen
Tilt it up or down to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss. Tilt and swivel over the camera for self-portraits. You can even tilt it up and down when you hold the camera in vertical mode! Finally, the monitor folds flush to the camera with the LCD exposed for shooting or protected for travel
Dual Control Dials
Perfect for experienced shooters, dual control dials provide direct, hands-on access to two settings at a time
Top Mounted LCD
In addition to status displays on the LCD monitor and Electronic Viewfinder, Sony offers a top-mounted LCD with exposure information
6-Image Layering
Leverages the fast BIONZ processor to capture six images in a fraction of a second, and then combine the data. The result is one incredible single image that gets a cleaner result in Multi-Frame NR mode or sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode
Multi-Frame NR
Experience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity. Sensitivity selectable up to ISO 25600
Handheld Twilight Mode
Get gorgeous shots at night without a tripod. Combines six frames into a single image for smooth, low-noise evening shots
Auto HDR Built Into Camera
Captures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle-and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot
3D Sweep Panorama Mode
Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television. Records both JPEG and MPO file formats
Sweep Panorama Mode
Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together
Built-In GPS
An integrated GPS receiver records the location and time of every shot you take and lets you view your images on a map with compatible computer and Internet applications, so you can remember where you took your favorite shots
Shot Result Preview
See the results before you take the shot. This preview takes the guesswork out of camera settings by showing the effects of the aperture, shutter and DRO settings on the depth of field, motion and dynamic range
921K Dot TruBlack LCD Screen
Sony's 3.0 inch Xtra Fine LCD monitor has 921K dots for superb resolution. The TruBlack screen includes a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections, increasing contrast compared to conventional LCDs. Sunny Weather mode boosts visibility even further
Main Sensor Quick AF Live View
Combines the fast focus of Phase Detection AF with high quality Live View images right from the main sensor. This is made possible by Sony Translucent Mirror Technology. You get accurate images and 100% framing on the LCD monitor or eye-level viewfinder
ISO 16000 Sensitivity
Incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail, made possible by the low-noise Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ image processor
AUTO+ (Advanced Auto) Mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode
Graphic Display
Clarifies the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results
Upgraded BIONZ Image Processor
The brain of the camera is a Sony's BIONZ image processor substantially upgraded for the demands of 24.3 megapixel photography. Chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 16000. Also enables fast processing for up to 10 fps continuous shooting of data-intensive 24.3 MP images, 2D/3D Sweep Panorama modes and 6-image layering
Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO)
Improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off
1200-Zone Exposure Metering
Reads exposure directly from the main image sensor. Choice of Multi, Center and Spot metering accommodates a full range of shooting situations
SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
Image stabilization reduces blur by compensating for camera shake. Typical DSLR systems build image stabilization into selected lenses only. SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization is built into the camera body itself. You'll reduce blur with every A Mount lens, including macro and wide-aperture standard zoom lenses
HDMI Output for HD Viewing
Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV. The camera includes an HDMI output. In addition, the BRAVIA Sync system works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs enabling you to control camera playback using the television's remote
Up to 530 Shots of Battery Life
Take up to 530 shots on a single charge with Sony Stamina battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence
P/A/S/M Exposure Modes
The camera offers a full range of controls from the beginner's AUTO+ mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control
Advanced Anti-Dust Technology
Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor's low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor
Built-In Flash (GN12)
To help you shoot more effectively, the camera includes a built-in flash (Guide Number 12) that can also trigger a wireless accessory flash (sold separately). The integrated hot shoe enables you to expand your lighting options with a range of accessory flashes
Slot for Two Media Types
For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the camera accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC media
APS-C Size HD CMOS Image Sensor
With 19.5 times the area of the typical camcorder image sensor, APS-C makes the difference between amateur and professional-looking video, delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds
Sony Exmor Technology
Conventional image sensors use only a handful of analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, which can slow you down. The Exmor sensor provides more than 5,600 column-parallel A/D converters. This helps enable continuous shooting at up to 10 frames per second
11 Picture Effect Modes
Discover innovative ways to make your images and videos pop. These include Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow), Soft High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, and Miniature
Face Detection and Registration
The camera can automatically detect up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of people. Can prioritize children or adults. Face Registration can remember friends and family members and prioritize them.
Smile Shutter Technology
Captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply select the Smile Shutter mode and the camera takes the picture automatically. You can prioritize children or adults and adjust the smile sensitivity
Imaging
Lens Mount Sony Alpha/ Minolta
Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 24.7 Megapixel
Effective: 24.3 Megapixel
Max Resolution 24MP: 6000 x 4000
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: AAC
Bit Depth Not Specified By Manufacturer
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
SD
SDHC
SDXC
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto
Focus Mode Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points 19
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 1.09x
Diopter Adjustment - 4 to +3 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting  LCD (921,600)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 100-12800 (Extended Mode: 50-16000)
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 30 - 1/8000 second
Remote Control RMT-DSLR1 (Optional)
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Incandescent, Kelvin, Manual, Shade
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Fill-in
Off
Red-eye Reduction
Second-curtain Sync
Slow Sync
Built-in Flash Yes
Guide No. 39.37' (12 m) ISO100 
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
File Size 1920 x 1080p (Full HD)
1440 x 1080p (HD)
640 x 480p (SD)
Video Format High Definition
AVCHD
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (28 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps (24 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps (17 Mbps)
High Definition
AVCHD
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps (24 Mbps)
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps (17 Mbps)
High Definition
MP4
1440 x 1080p / 30 fps (12 Mbps)
Standard Definition
MP4
640 x 480p / 30 fps (3 Mbps)
Frame Rate @ 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 24 fps
@ 1440 x 1080: 30 fps
@ 640 x 480: 30 fps
Exposure Control Auto: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
Manual: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 - 1600
Exposure Compensation -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Focus Auto
Manual
Continuous Auto 1
Please Note:

Fulltime AF only works in P mode.

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Video Clip Length 1920 x 1080
29 min.
1440 x 1080
29 min.
640 x 480
29 min.
Audio Recording Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 12 fps
Self Timer 2 seconds, 10 seconds
Connectivity AV Output
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista (SP2), 7
Mac: OS X 10.3 or later
Power
Battery 1x NP-FM500H  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1650 mAh
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.6 x 4.1 x 3.2" / 14.2 x 10.4 x 8.0 cm
Weight 1.44 lb / 653 g Camera body only
Kit Lens
Focal Length 16 - 50mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24 - 75 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Angle of View 83° - 32°
Minimum Focus Distance 1' (30.48 cm)
Magnification 0.2x
Elements/Groups 16/13
Diaphragm Blades 7
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization No
Filter Thread Front:72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.25 x 3.5" (8.26 x 8.89 cm)
Weight 20.35 oz (577 g)
Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit
  • 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Standard Zoom Lens
  • NP-FM500H InfoLithium Battery (7.2V, 1650mAh)
  • Battery Charger
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Sony SH-117 Lens Hood
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Limited One Year Warranty
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    SonyAlpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit
     
    4.8

    (based on 77 reviews)

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast shutter speed (66)
    • Large clear LCD (63)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (62)
    • Good image quality (60)
    • Image stabilization (56)

    Cons

    • Noisy at high ISO (28)
    • Short battery life (22)
    • Poor in low light (10)
    • Lag / shutter delay (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (57)
    • Sports/action (54)
    • Family photos (52)
    • Landscape/scenery (52)
    • Video (48)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (37), Semi-pro photographer (21), Pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (4), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Can't stop picking it up - LOVE! A++

    I bought this camera in Jan 2012 but at the time was obsessed with the amount of noise at high ISO's from most cameras, so since the A77 fell short in this area, I...Read complete review

    I bought this camera in Jan 2012 but at the time was obsessed with the amount of noise at high ISO's from most cameras, so since the A77 fell short in this area, I sadly returned it even though I loved the responsiveness and usability of the camera. In the meantime, the Canon 5D MIII came out and since I had been waiting to upgrade from my 7D to full frame, I bought one. I liked the 5DMIII and really had no complaints about it, but I gotta say there was no "excitement factor" while shooting considering how expensive a camera it was. All the time I was using it, I just couldn't get the "feel" of the A77 I had returned out of my mind. I struggled with the fact that I wanted cleaner images at high ISO which is kind of my thing since I am an available light shooter of 40 years, but since I now had the 5D MIII, I had a clean high ISO. So, after a lot of thought (and no way to actually justify it!) I could not keep myself from re-buying the A77. I am so glad I did! I find the 5D MIII has sat in the bag because I just love the feel and responsiveness of the A77 and how it nails focus FAST and is just more fun to use - can't really explain it - it's just a snappy camera. I have never run into lenses that aren't calibated to the body like I always am with my Canon system. Anything I put on it just works. Only exception is a Minolta beercan that I needed to do a MF adjustment on - but heck, that lens is from 1985! Speaking of which I did tandem shots with a 'big" beercan 70-300 and my 5D MIII using a 70-200 f4L and by far the shots with the A77 and old Minolta lens were far sharper than anything I got with my Canon gear. I was shooting ducks in a pond with very contrasty, challenging lighting.

    I use live view only for the most part, and I love how FAST the shutter releases in live view - try doing THAT with Canon or Nikon in their barely-usable live view (unless on a tripod with a static subject). I like that I don't have to hide behind the camera to get my shots - I can look at subject and talk to them and they can see me as well. Movies have been STELLAR! And 12 FPS is too cool!! I like the "low" fast speed too, great for some of the stuff I do when there is less movement so I don't blow off too many identical frames.

    There are a very few things that could be improved. It's very easy to press buttons by mistake, changing settings without really realizing it. It hasn't happened that much to me, but it's happened to my spouse who isn't used to the camera. I wish there were programmable settings for zoom levels when reviewing pictures like on my Canon. I use custom WB A LOT and wish there was a way to hit one button and go directly to that setting or to have it go right to that setting on a customizable menu setting like on my Canon. Exposure can be tricky, and I find myself needing spot metering more than I normally would. At least you can see what's happening in live view. The 16-50mm 2.8 lens is nice but a little heavy, so unless I need the wide end, I use the superb and inexpensive Sony 35mm DT 1.8 SAM as my everyday lens and mostly the vintage Minolta Maxxum lenses which are wonderful on it. The 135 2.8 is mindblowing!!

    I have gotten used to the noise at high ISO, but I just try to use fast lenses and not crank it up past 1600. If I need higher ISO, I'll use my 5D MIII. I wish that Sony would disallow you to take pictures without a card inserted. If you miss the not-very-obvious "no memory card" words which is easy to do, it will let you shoot away without a card. At least let people choose whether they want this option or not (NOT!). It does use batteries, but just have a spare or two on hand, no big deal. Sometimes in live view, if you get too close to the screen, it will go off and turn on the EVF instead, so that can be annoying so you have to hit the LCD/FINDER button quick to turn it back on but if you move away and close again, you have to repeat the step. It doesn't happen that often though. I wish there were more customizable buttons on it that weren't already designated with labels on them. I also wish the movie button wasn't so far to the left - while filming I find myself having to re-position my hand which affects the steadiness of the movie to be able to turn it off. I NEVER hit it by mistake.

    Even with the things I'd like to see change, they are mostly convenience features. If I do spring for an A99, I will NOT get rid of my A77 as I want to keep an APS-C body that has the reach I need in certain situations.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Interesting in many ways

    I am a wedding and event photographer. I find the camera to be well built and well thought out in many ways. The things that a made me feel it was not a...Read complete review

    I am a wedding and event photographer. I find the camera to be well built and well thought out in many ways. The things that a made me feel it was not a "keeper" were:
    Too heavy for it's class and when used with the 18-50 balance seems off, unlike a camera like the 7D which I presume is it's close competition.
    Battery on Canon's seem to last way longer
    It is very disturbing to have screen blackout between shot which I guess is necessary, due to it having an EVF screen. When doing candids at a wedding I prefer to see the action at all time's in order to get the shot I need the instant it happens. One can't rely on EVF's for this reason. If you use the multi shot mode your buffer fills up and you just can't do reliable shooting, when you are getting screen "black-outs". The lens is also too stiff for video zooming. I found the lack of being able to control the AF spot during video annoying and it results in various seconds of soft scenes. I must say that the video experience is vastly improved due to the fact that the mirror is stationary. Far beyond what Nikon or Canon can do yet when it comes to AF focusing during filming. But it is a heavy camera to hold when doing video more then a Canon G10 (for instance) or various other semi pro models.
    I love the way you can flip out the camera screen to use in various positions that are very unique in comparison to any that I have ever used.
    The menu system is a bit tedious and envolved and there are some functions that deserve a manual button rather then digging into a menu.
    I find that although with the magical speed the camera is able to shoot at, (till the buffer limit slows it down) the camera is much slower in all other ways then a 7D or D700. Turning the qperture or shutter speed dials does not instantaneously change the reading. It lags.The EVF viewfinder as nice as it is, does not replace an optical one unless maybe for table top shooting and landscapes.
    It was nice camera to examine but if I would want to own a Sony with an EVF finder I would rather go for a lighter NEX-7 and for the work I do this can not replace my present Canon camera's.

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    5.0

    The best DSLR I have ever owned.

    By EvenPar8462

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit:

      There is no other digital SLR that I have ever owned that even comes close to this one. I have owned Leica and Hasselblad and they are not even close. The features on this camera are far superior to any I have ever used. Fast, accurate and extremely sharp glass.

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      5.0

      Best DSLR I have ever owned.

      By evenpar8462

      from Houston, Texas

      Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit:

      This is by far the best Digital SLR that I have ever owned, and I have owned many, including Leica and Hasselblad. Hands down, the best.

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      5.0

      Great Piece of Eqipment

      By Lumberton Foto Bug

      from Southeastern NC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Battery Life
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit:

        Stepped up to the A77 from my first A100 camera. All my Minolta lenses fit this body so it was a no brainer to step up. Also wanted faster lens than the 'standard' 3.5-5.6 zoon.

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        5.0

        So good, I bought two!

        By mikes

        from northern CA

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        Pros

        • Good Battery Life
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit:

          This is the greatest, so great I bought two. I use these along with two Tokina f/2.8 lenses for low light and action shots.
          This camera has all the options- you can go from auto to as technical as you want.

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          5.0

          Great camera... Great pictures

          By Aaron

          from Millstone, NJ

          Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit:

          Upgraded from a sony 770 and love the new camera. Can tell a difference just in the first few shots. Great prosumer cam.

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          5.0

          Game Changer!

          By andresaua

          from North Wales, PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Battery Life
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit:

            After months of research and educating myself on DSLR cameras, I decided to go for the Sony A77. The electronic viiewfinder allows you to be more proficient in preparing the still picture if needed. The viewfinder is like a bionic eye/helper that can display a lot of great information about the mode you are in. The first stills uploaded to the computer are impressive. The camera is easy to use and the quality of the camera and 16-50mm lens are top notch. This kit is great because both the camera and lens are water resistant and dust proof. My brother has a Canon 7D and he recommended me to buy this camera beacuse it is easy to use, offers 19 focal points, 12 frames per second, great kit lens and is excellent for making videos. I purchased it so that I can take great pictures and videos of my 4 month old son. I am having a blast creating wonderful stills of my son.

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            5.0

            Get em while they're hot!

            By Pat

            from Westminster, Co

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Battery Life
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Magnesium Body
            • Weather Sealed

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit:

              I purchased the A77 as an upgrade from my A57. So far I am very happy with the decision to do so. This camera has performed very well up to now though at the time of this review I have only taken 150-200 shots with it. I was a little worried about the supposed low light high ISO grain that some people have complained about but frankly I havent seen any such problem surface. I have to admit though that I only use good lenses with wide apertures so I havent had any need to go above ISO 1600 in spite of the fact that almost all of my photos so far have been night street photos or inside available light shots. I debated makeing this purchase now or waiting for the replacement from Sony due out in 2014 but when I saw B&H's price I figured I couldn't go wrong. The 16-50mm f2.8 lens is no ordinary kit lens but is hands down the best zoom I have ever owned. It may be one of the best zooms available for any APS-C camera by any manufacturer. Yes it is that good! The only downside is I wish it was just a little bit longer, say 16-80mm. The constant f2.8 is great and so far the lens has produced very sharp, detailed images across the entire zoom range. The autofocus is fast and accurate. The fact that the lens has the SSM drive is another plus. It is flat out the quietest focusing lens I own! You can hardly hear it at all. I love the expanded ISO range available with the a77, a big step up from entry level DSLRs. The fact is there are several professional reviews of this camera online so If you want to see detailed graphs and lab test results you should see those sites. If you want to know if I am happy with my purchase then I can say absolutely. If your looking for a blazing fast high quality "Prosumer" level APS-C format DSLR then I can say without a doubt you will be very happy with the Sony A77. As the title says get one while they're hot, they wont last much longer.

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              4.0

              SLT-A77 with 16-50mm Lens

              By WCarp

              from Omak, WA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              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

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit:

              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.

              The flash does pop up at times when you don't need it but it can be turned off. I did find a bug in the D-R function which Sony is working on.

              The first camera I purchased recently had a mult-selector issue so I had to send it back and get another.

              Concerning Sony's Support, they usually answer the phone without much of a wait but it can be difficult to speak to someone who doesn't have to consult support documentation first to resolve your issue.

              (Note in the Cons section, I entered D-R and the Website changes it to D-r.)

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              4.0

              Great all-around camera

              By KRE

              from Saint Paul, MN

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Battery Life
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Macro Photography
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit:

              I use this camera for small studio and product photography for a retail organization. I have been very impress with its great performance on almost all levels. My only gripe at this point is the AUTO ISO feature can lead to quite grainy pictures when shooting long exposures.

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              5.0

              Great for Video and Stills

              By Busterbs

              from Tampa, FL

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Battery Life
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit:

                After a lot of research and experience doing both stills and video with Nikon and Canon DLSR's I went with the Sony. Best DSLR by far if you do a lot of video. The OLED viewfinder is an amazing feature and provides great information you just can't get with an optical viewfinder. The 'kit' lens is a great all around lens and works well in just about every situation. I am constantly shooting around Nikon or Canon photographers who are always curious about my Sony, they always walk away impressed.

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                • 8
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                5.0

                Superb step up from basic DSLRs

                By bkaehny

                from Madison, WI

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Great Resolution
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                • Poor Button Placement

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit:

                I had owned a Sony a100 for the past six years. It was a fine camera, but the a77 has SOOO many features for the price, it's incredible. The best one is probably that you can change your aperture/shutter speed/ISO/etc. settings and instantly see how it will affect your picture. The improvement you'll see in your photography will be significant and nearly instantaneous. The mode (handheld twilight) where it shoots six shots at super high ISO and then combines them into a single high quality frame works far better than expected. Auto-HDR works fine, but not spectacularly. The panorama mode is a little tricky to master, but it's still a cool feature. The only gripes I have with the camera are relatively minor: battery life is mediocre, the movie record button is in a terrible spot (such that you'll accidentally hit it without realizing it), and that the camera is not smart enough to automatically switch from RAW to JPG when you want to select a scene setting that only works with JPG. Oh, and 12 frames per second!!! It's crazy awesome for taking baby photos.

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                • 9
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                5.0

                excellent camera

                By Renjith

                from Doha Qatar

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                • Poor In Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit:

                Excellent Picture quality. Superb build. Extraordinary speed especially with 16-50 f 2.8 SSM. More bang for the buck. The best DSLR for video works.Overall very good camera.

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                • 10
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                4.0

                Best so far.

                By stevemister

                from P.A.

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Bokeh W 16~50 Kit

                Cons

                • Noisy At High ISO
                • Not great in low light

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit:

                Really great camera! Semi-pro here and there are some down sides, but not deal breakers and the good far out weighs the bad. First, the noise. To qualify I have only had this camera for 3 weeks or so and the weather outside it terrible so I've been "pushing" this camera to it's limit, and that limit starts around 800 ISO. In a well lit shot without a lot of "true black" it's not a problem at all at 800 and and a little above. When things get dark, I can see some, or a lot of JPEG artifacts popping up and the HDR mode only increases it. Let me state I am at this time, really pushing the camera and pixel peaking so that as you may. Also have problems with movies but only on a new card. I think I got a bad one.
                When I took it outside or shot in the lighting I normally shoot in, it's wonderful and boarders on fantastic! The balance of the camera is great with the "kit" 16~50 2.8 lens (more on that later.)
                weather sealed, dual dials, top LED screen and FAST! From start up to auto focus this baby is built for fast work and great in an action environment. Be it sports or grand kids it's spot on.
                Sony did put in a "work around" for low light situations. In the ISO setting you can choose to shoot mutable shots (rather quickly) and these images are combined to one shot that reduces the noise a lot. Quite a lot! I used it for the first time in terrible lighting and the results made my jaw drop! I have never seen a camera capture an image with that detail in that type of light. Really blew me away. This is only good for a static subject so once again, good with the bad but WOW!
                The "kit" 16~50 F2.8 lens if you can it a "kit" lens is fantastic! Tack sharp, great colors and good bokeh. It's not on a par with a 1.4F bokeh wise but it works better than many 1.4's I've used! AMAZING!
                The OLED gives you a preview before you shoot. Case in point. I was shooting under exposed for a shoot yesterday. I went to shoot another subject today and the view finder was really dark. I knew immediately to check my exposure compensation and yep! Still set at the last setting. Saved the shot!
                So, If you shoot in medium light, or dark and have a tripod, it's great. If you shoot normal lighting conditions, it can't be beat! So many more features I love but do some research. I you won't find one bad review anywhere and really speaks volumes.

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                5.0

                Love it so far!

                By Jenn

                from Denver, Co

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • High ISO Performance
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit:

                  I just received this camera and it's an upgrade from my Sony A350. I'm still getting used to some of the settings as they are a little different from my last camera. I'm loving the super fast shutter speeds at 12 fps. Can't wait to get out and do some more shooting with it.

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                  • 8
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                  5.0

                  Great Camera Kit

                  By Vern

                  from Virginia

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                  • Noisy At High ISO

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit:

                  This camera is all about Sony quality and SPEED! Its fast. I use this camera in a wide range of situations from photographing young children in a preschool setting (they just wont sit still) to stills, sports, wildlife and much more. So far it has not let me down. Its also very good in low light. Some have sad they dont' like the fast focus. You can set this camera up many different ways for fast focus work. Read the instructions carefully and experiment to get what you want. I have been very satisfied with the fast focus work of this camera. I also like the weather resistent body and lens. Good build.

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                  • 10
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                  4.0

                  WONDERFUL & FRUSTRATING

                  By DrHorn

                  from San Jose, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization

                  Cons

                  • Noisy At High ISO
                  • Poor In Low Light
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit:

                  The A77 is a fun camera to own. I also own a Nikon D90 and D700. The A77 is fastest camera I've ever owned. The 24 pixel camera presents awesome photographs. The controls and menu are not as friendly as my Nikon's nor does the battery last as long. However, it has a wonderful panoramam and video presentation. I love the speed bursts of the camera but after a burst you have to readjust the focus on your image. I'm still learning to adjust to the camera. It has a nice feel and I put on a battery pack that gives it more bulk and a feel I like. My photographs are higher resolution and look as good as my professional gear.

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                  • 6

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                  5.0

                  Best Bang for the Buck!

                  By Tammy

                  from Morgantown, WV

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance

                  Cons

                  • Small LCD Screen

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit:

                  Some people might find the SLT-A77 Sony a little pricey but I can assure you it is worth every cent. Sony deserves a lot more credit for their professional level DSLR products. The A77 is easy to operate in even the most demanding situations and controls are naturally located and are easy to instinctively understand. I've shot Nikon for the past three years and don't know how I can pick it up again. The Sony is that good!

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                  • 9
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                  5.0

                  LOVE THIS CAMERA

                  By Papa Puck

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Quiet
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit:

                    I did a lot of research. I'm coming from an old Nikon CoolPix 5000. I wanted to step up to something that as a transition to more manual (aka professional) shooting. I love the camera. Finding it a great camera to transition to. I compared in my research to Nikon & Cannon. Discount off at the time I bought it. Love it. The kit lens is great quality for a kit lens. Not great zoom, but its something. I hear raves about the movie quality, but haven't put it to the test yet. According to my research this is the only camera at the price point that auto focuses in movie mode & the motor is quite silent.I'm impressed with scene modes & auto-focus. The full tilt & pop up viewer is untouched by any other camera. Shot hockey players & the quality was great.

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                    • 9
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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Fantastic Auto Focus

                    By Jakub

                    from Clarks Summit, PA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • Noisy At High ISO
                    • Noisy With Long Exposures

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit:

                    This is a replacement for my Sony A550. There is a dramatic improvement in image quality, resolution, contrast and true to life colors in standard mode. I have only played with the A77 for two weeks but so far I like everything about it except for low light/high ISO noise. I was not expecting it to match the Canon EOS 5D Mark III but I was hoping for better performance. In that area (including the High ISO Noise Reduction and the Long Exposure Noise Reduction options) I found no improvement over A55. Well, I bought it for daylight bird photography and here the fast smart focusing is amazing. So the one star it lost in high ISO area it makes up in auto focus.

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                    • 9
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                    5.0

                    Great Intermediate Camera for Pros

                    By dallascbst

                    from Hiawatha, IA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • Noisy At High ISO
                    • Poor In Low Light
                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT Lens Kit:

                    I got this mainly because I have a baby on the way. When comparing camera's I looked at Canon T4i, Nikon D7000, and Sony A65 and Sony A77. The great points of Sony A77 is that the viewfinder shows you the changes as you do them. In Nikon, and Canon I didn't see that. The video auto focuse makes clicking sounds of the lenses, but the 18-50mm is alot more quite than the older 18-200mm default lens. When comparing on low light all the models I compared were not that great, Canon was by far the worst on image quality, then Sony A77, and Nikon was the better in this category. When comparing on burst modes, Sony A77 had the fastest speed. I was debating on A65 which is similar but a plastic body and 2fps less in this category. However, I didn't like that the A65 doesn't have the extra little box on the top to tell the Focal lengths and all. For Canon and Nikon they were both surpassed in the category as the max frame rates would go to 3-5 fps. The Sony Quality was actually better despite the 19 point AF and the 29point on the Nikon. When comparing the Auto Focus feature, Canon T4i is way to noisy, and Nikon D7000 didn't have the feature when I went to see them. Sony A77 with the 18-200mm was just as noisy as the Canon but the 18-50mm was pretty quite. This was a big deal since I don't want to alway lug around and external mic for video. In addition, I didn't like that Canon and Nikon can only record in .mov format. It's annoying to use that format on a PC!The one feature Nikon and Cannon both didn't have was a level on the display. Sony A65 didn't have this either, but the A77 did. I love that I can be rest assured that the camera is leveled when taking a picture. Bottom of the line, I spent 4 months reserching and Sony had the next generation features and the most bang for the buck. The one drawback is that there are not as many lenses offered that Cannon and Nikon usually get. I am pleased with my purchase and love the high quality pictures! Also, one take away is stay away from google shoping when comparing, it seems like B H Photo is trusted as I have both many other items, and there are few others. If the price is too low, stay away from those websites because it's probably a fake.

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                    • 9
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