Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens

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Product Highlights
  • 24.3MP APS-C HD CMOS Sensor
  • 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens Included
  • 2nd Generation Translucent Mirror Design
  • OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Tilt/Swivel 3.0" LCD Screen
  • Upgraded BIONZ Image Processor
  • Full HD 1080p/60p/24p Video Capture
  • Built-In GPS
  • SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization

The Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens from Sony has many 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, your wait is over.

Sony also gave the a77 their 2nd generation Translucent Mirror Technology system. This design 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 speed.

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 this DSLR also offers, above and beyond most less-sophisticated cameras, is the world's first OLED electronic viewfinder. The a77's 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 to a minimum. 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. See your shot in the viewfinder exactly as it will be, before you shoot it.

Of course, the a77 does have an LCD screen too, but not just a basic monitor. This one tilts and swivels for everything from hard-to-get shots to successful reviewing of footage in harsh lighting conditions. What else does this type of LCD allow you to do? How about self-portraits? Just flip it and twist it and see the monitor as you photograph yourself and your friends. When it's not in use, the screen folds flat to the camera for safe storage and traveling.

As far as performance is concerned and in regards to all things internal in 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 the16,000 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! 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 by takingthe best of six shots and combining them into one.

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. Convenient standards like face detection and Sony's Smile Shutter technology are there for your use as well.

Like any good DSLR, 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).

Versatile and compact, the included 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens is the perfect complement to the high quality a77. With its large focal range, it will cover almost any shooting need you have and its smooth autofocus motor is quiet and fluid, which is especially useful when recording video. Combined, the a77 and the Sony 18-135mm lens provide you with high speed, quality images from a state of the art, multi-function, easy to use camera system. Now go shoot pictures!

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. This is the building block for all of the a77 high speed capabilities.
24.3MP Resolution
You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements thanks to the Exmor APS-C HD CMOS sensor with 24.3 megapixels.
Ultra-Fast Up to 10 Frames per Second Continuous Auto Focus
The translucent mirror makes it far easier to capture the decisive soccer kick or your baby at her absolute cutest. Shoots up to 10 frames per second at full-resolution 24.3 megapixels with continuous auto focus. (AE locked after first frame.)
OLED Electronic 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.
Ultra Short Release Time Lag
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 is frustrating and makes it harder to capture fast-moving objects. The Sony a77 boasts an ultra-short release time lag of only 0.05 seconds.
18-135mm Zoom Lens Included
The Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 AF zoom lens is included with this camera, providing a huge focal range for a wide variety of situations. It features Sony's smooth autofocus motor for quiet operation, which is especially useful when recording video. It is ultra compact too, for easy portability.
HD Movies at 60p, 60i, or 24p with Full Manual Control
Shoot 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. And 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6-Image Layering
Leverages the fast BIONZ processor to capture six images in a fraction of a second, and then combines the data. The result is one incredible single image that gets a cleaner result in Multi-Frame NR mode or sharper nighttime pictures in Handheld 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 bracketed 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. No need to line up shot after shot and stitch them on your computer.
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.
Tilt-Swivel 3.0" LCD Screen
Tilt it up or down to frame high and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss. Tilt and swivel under the camera for self-portraits. Finally, the monitor folds flush to the camera with the LCD exposed for shooting or protected when not in use.
921K Dot TruBlack LCD Screen
Sony's 3.0" 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.
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.
ISO 16000 Sensitivity
Incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail, made possible by the low-noise Exmor APS-C 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.
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 12 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.
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 micro-vibrations 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 cards.
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 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 12 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. It can also prioritize children or adults! Face Registration can even remember friends and family members and prioritize them too.
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 for the hams in your family.
19-Point Auto Focus
To maximize the value of Translucent Mirror Technology, Sony incorporates a Phase Detection AF of great sophistication. Nineteen sensors with eleven cross sensors maximize precision for both vertical and horizontal subjects.
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)
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 available in P mode, cannot set manual exposure while using AF

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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 18 - 135mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 27 - 202.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 36
Angle of View Not Specified By Manufacturer
Minimum Focus Distance 17.72" (45 cm)
Magnification 0.25x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Elements/Groups 14/11
Diaphragm Blades 7
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization No
Filter Thread Front:62 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.0 x 3.5" (7.62 x 8.89 cm)
Weight 14 oz (397 g)
Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens
  • 18-135mm f/ 3.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • NP-FM500H InfoLithium Battery (7.2V, 1650mAh)
  • Battery Charger
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-year Warranty

  • Included Free

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    SonyAlpha a77 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens
     
    4.9

    (based on 23 reviews)

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (20)
    • Tilt /swivel LCD (20)
    • Good image quality (19)
    • Easy to use (18)
    • Large clear LCD (18)

    Cons

    • Noisy at high ISO (7)
    • Poor in low light (4)
    • Short battery life (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (16)
    • Travel (15)
    • Sports/action (13)
    • Video (13)
    • Wildlife (13)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (5), Casual photographer (3)
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    5.0

    Great Camera, Easy to use

    By Firefighter Eric

    from Cook County, IL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

      Purchased the Sony Alpha 77 for my boss who was still using shooting 35mm film. The camera works with the Minolta AF lens that he had for his SLR so he didn't have to buy a bunch of new ones. His other request was the ability to panoramic photos which the A77 does. The camera is easy for him to use and produces great quality photos.

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      5.0

      Great Combination

      By Filesix

      from Upstate NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

      This camera is being replaced by the A77ii, so it has dropped considerably in price. As an enthusiast (but not a professional) this has everything I need. Spending more for the new version might make sense for an actual pro, but for an avid enthusiast this hits the sweet spot between price and options very well.

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      5.0

      Excelente Camara!!

      By Alessandro Canavatti Di Vergini

      from New York, NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Calidad De Los Colores
      • El Cuerpo Robusto
      • Los Puntos De Enfoque
      • Precio

      Cons

      • Tarda Mucho En Prender

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

        Anteriormente tuve una Canon, después una Sony A65 y ahora la A77 y la verdad es que ha superado mis expectativas, pensé que no tendría mucho avance comparando con la A65 pero si tiene muchas mejoras y lo valen. Excelente Camara.

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        5.0

        Pretty good camera!

        By none

        from Fairbanks, Alaska

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

            Bought this camera/lens combination and a battery grip. These replace a Sony A100 that I still use occasionally. The A77 constanly amazes me with the pictures it produces. It captures subtle shade gradients in sunrise and sunset-twilight shots like I've always wanted to get. Added a Tamron 70-300 DI lens to the kit and am very pleased. Prints from 5 X7 to 33 X 44 are nothing short of amazing.

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            5.0

            Best in its price range

            By docmaker

            from Sarasota, FL

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Could be quieter
            • Movie Control Issues
            • Noisy At High ISO

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

            I am a professional natural history filmmaker and needed a versatile camera that could shoot high resolution stills and full HD video at 60p for less than [$] for the body. I did a ton of research and this was the camera I decided to get. I have spent a lot of time learning it and it does what I need. Take the time to experiment and you'll find it is capable of shooting beautiful photos as well as video, but it is not a $5000 camera. Don't compare it to one. I can get clean shots of birds on the wing in both still and video mode.In low light it can get noisy but if you are careful with your settings, your images will be amazing for this price level.My three biggest issues are:the movie button is difficult to reach, no silent mode (I am often shooting video next to it) and the biggest one, no easy way to control aperture and shutter independently in movie mode and still have auto focus.

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            5.0

            Excellent camera

            By photo fan

            from Casa Grande, AZ

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            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

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

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

            This camera is better then I thought. It's very fanst and sharp. The colors are beautiful and I vibrent. The only flaw is the battery life.

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            5.0

            Excellent camera which beats its rivals

            By Daniel

            from Brisbane, QLD

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

            As a university student studying photography, i needed to invest in a quality camera which would see me to the end of my studies and so far the A77 seems to be te perfect option. With its translucent mirror, Sony has been able to produce faster frame rates and the ability to see what changes you have made to the settings before you take the picture, which in my opinion is a great feature. When it comes to picture quality, Sony has managed to produce a powerful enough sensor to handle 24.3 megapixels offered in this camera, which delivers great picture quality without a lot noise. When holding the camera, it feels well balanced and very compact, overall just a perfect weight and size and feels just right. When it comes to battery life, the A77 seems to last me a full day of shooting and if you have a spare battery you most likely wouldnt need to use it that same day. When feeling your thumbs on the buttons, they offer a superb comfort and feel. All features are easy to find and you use. Negatives would be that you have to manually delete each image taken, theres no multiple delete feature. Also it doesn't perform so well in low light conditions. Overall, Sony's A77 is a beautiful camera, with good design and handling, and great performance.

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            5.0

            Wow! Super camera at any price.

            By AllStylesproduction pro

            from Elmira NY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                  My son and I have a small video company, we have a few high end Sony video cameras but decided we needed a DSLR to expand the business, The camera takes awesome video and matches up great with our other Sony cameras. But I'm having the most fun with the still photo's, You can't take a bad picture with this A77 the auto settings are so good. I can't wait to learn how to use all the manual settings to take even better pics. I love the 12fps it's like a slow mo video you can't miss a shot, one or more of the 12 pics comes out perfect. My son really wanted the 5D from cannon, but I am very very happy with this purchase, and now after using both cameras he likes this one too. Buy it and enjoy!!!!

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Camera...the perfect underdog!

                  By JBP

                  from Huntington, NY

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Noisy At High ISO
                  • Poor In Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                  I am a videographer that shoots a lot of promotional business videos. I was looking for a good DSLR that would give me a lot on a limited budget. I wanted to use this camera as a second camera in 2 camera shoots as well as for close ups and macro video.I must say this camera excels in all categories. It actually shoots better video than my $3500 Sony video camera!The lens is fantastic and very versatile. An excellent kit lens to get you started.I've enjoyed using this camera so much that I ended up using it for photography as much as I do for video. It takes fantastic pictures with ease. There is such a wide variety of settings to use that allow you to be as hands on as you'd like, or you can just let the camera do all the work with various auto modes. In most cases the auto modes do a great job at getting the picture you are looking for.I did read that the resolution of the rear display is so high that it will actually show you a higher quality image than what you are capturing...and this is true. The difference is really minuet and in some cases it actually helps pick up on any grain in the image.This camera is not the best in low light though so you will definitely need a good on camera light when on the go if you won't be in optimal lighting.Overall this is a fantastic camera in this pricing category and most certainly gives the more popular competitors like Canon and Nikon a run for their money.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome camera and awesome price!

                  By Sarah Nat

                  from Oklahoma

                  About Me Casual 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

                  • a little heavy

                  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 18-135mm Lens:

                  I am just a regular person who loves taking pictures. This is the first DSLR camera I have owned myself. I love it, the ease of use, the amazing pictures. It is a little on the heavy side, but I don't mind that so much. The speed at which it takes pictures is astonishing. I also got it much cheaper here at B&H. I got it in a bundle with lots of accessories and photo editing software for about 300 cheaper than another store I was looking at. So thanks!

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Awesome product!

                  By Jacques

                  from Washington, DC

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                    Best camera investment I could of made.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 10
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Easy to use and great pictures

                    By cfreas

                    from Sterling IL

                    About Me Casual 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

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                      I haven't had this camera very long. It was and upgrade from my Alpha 380. Its very easy to use and so far has produced great pictures. And if they aren't great it's probably something I'm doing wrong as I'm still learning.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 9
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Excellent camera - versatile and powerfu

                      By MFO

                      from Cambridge, MA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Pricey

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                      Superb video quality - very stable image and true 1080 HD capability. I read complaints about the battery life but I have to disagree- besides, backups are so affordable as to render it a non-issue.
                      I originally purchased a D7100, convinced that Nikon and Canon were the best still cameras in this price range. But after using the 7100 for a week, I was never completely comfy with its control interface- admittedly I have several Sony video cameras and since replacing with the A77 have appreciated the familiar feel of the Sony menus.
                      The 12 shots-per-second busts are outrageous- totally impressive and not nearly matched by the D7100. Overall image quality between the 2 cameras was too close to call - some may prefer Nikon's brilliant palette but, for me, when I entered video mode, the Sony began to put serious distance between itself and it's competitor. The image stabilization, the active auto-focusing and the powerful lens (included I this setup) sealed the deal.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 7
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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      "I would buy this product again and agai

                      By db

                      from Chicago

                      About Me Semi-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

                      • Short Battery Life

                      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 18-135mm Lens:

                      This my second Sony Alpha a77, I use it to shoot video more than pictures, I have to tell you, I love this cam that is the reason I bought a second cam, I shoot weddings and the picture quality is just amazing, I still don't know the camera to it full potential but every time I shot I learn something new, in low light it seems to be a little noise but I solve that problem by using a light.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      A great camera at a great store.

                      By Mark

                      from Bellingham, WA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        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 18-135mm Lens:

                        There is no other camera on the market that can touch its specs and burst rate.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 10
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Awesome!

                        By Hannasue

                        from Wilmington, OH

                        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 18-135mm Lens:

                        I am an outdoor and portrait photographer and I love this camera. It is easily the fastest camera I have ever shot with and is really quite versatile. I feel I can produce amazing photos in any environment with this camera.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Good camera, in studio amazing.

                        By Jhon Latorre

                        from Pereira, Colombia.

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Noisy At High ISO
                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                        The experience with this camera has been great, I bought it with a 18-135 Kit lens, it's great kit lens. amazing for landscape and events. good cuality and construction. Fast Focus..!!

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 9
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Best APS-C Sensor Camera.

                        By ABEDI

                        from COSTA MESA, CA

                        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
                        • Quiet
                        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                        Cons

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

                        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 18-135mm Lens:

                        I purchased this camera primarily for video, which it excell's in, but discovered that it takes remarkable still images. Between 100 and 800 ISO the images compare with my Canon 5D MKII. After 800 ISO the Canon clearly starts showing the difference between a APS-C Sensor and a Full Frame Sensor. So in good light it's really good, but in bad light it's bad. It does have a feature to shoot good pictures at even 6400 ISO but the image processing times for those shots are long. It has a host of very useful Special Effects. Overall a great camera.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 10
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        great camera and lens

                        By 44woodmonkey

                        from horseshoe bay, tx

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                          love all the extra features like stitching of panaramas, HDR, picture effects especially partial color. many buttons to change iso,white balance, switch to movie, change drives without having to go to a menu and thumb through all the options.also you can to switch the functions you use a lot of buttons. the front and back thumb and indedx screws are very useful. also it takes great pictures.the only thing i don't like is it's heavy and big.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 8
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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Video from this DSLR

                          By Dave's Videography Services

                          from La Plata, Maryland

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Sony Alpha a77 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

                            I am a wedding and event videographer and I bought this DSLR to use on a slider and as a run and shoot camera for guests arriving at the church, the limo pulling in, etc. I have also used it as another camera for the ceremony. It matches up very well with my Sony Video cameras and I couldn't be happier.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 10
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            Memory Cards

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                            Required item: A memory card is not included, be sure to purchase enough storage capacity.

                            Sony -  8GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
                            • You Pay: $8.39
                             

                            A lens is not included, Get the type of lens for the shot you need.

                            Sony -  55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-Mount Telephoto Zoom Lens
                            • You Pay: $198.00
                             

                            Batteries & Power

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                            Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

                            Sony -  NP-FM500H InfoLithium Battery (7.2V, 1650mAh)
                            • You Pay: $42.95
                             
                            Watson -  NP-FM500H Lithium-ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1500mAh)
                            • You Pay: $19.99
                             

                            Protect your lens or produce a desired visual effect.

                            Hoya -  62mm alpha MC UV Filter
                            • You Pay: $20.49
                             
                            Hoya -  62mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter
                            • You Pay: $36.60
                             

                            Flash & Accessories

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                            Get a flash to add light to your picture.

                            Sony -  HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash
                            • You Pay: $398.00
                             

                            Will only work with this adapter SOADPAMA

                            Bolt -  VS-260 Compact On-Camera Flash for Sony/Minolta TTL
                            • You Pay: $69.95
                             

                            Bags & Cases

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                            Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or case.

                            Ruggard -  Hunter 35 DSLR Holster Bag
                            • You Pay: $39.95
                             

                            Battery Grips

                            Get a better grip for vertical shots and add battery life.

                            Sony -  Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha SLT-A77 Camera
                            • You Pay: $298.00
                             
                            Vello -  BG-S1 Battery Grip for Sony SLT-A77 & A77 II Camera
                            • You Pay: $84.90
                             
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