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SonyAlpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only)
 
4.8

(based on 163 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (144)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (138)
  • Fast shutter speed (125)
  • Tilt /swivel LCD (124)
  • Large clear LCD (120)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (41)
  • Short battery life (25)
  • Poor in low light (8)
  • Lag / shutter delay (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (115)
  • Wildlife (109)
  • Sports/action (102)
  • Travel (101)
  • Family photos (97)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (82), Semi-pro photographer (53), Pro photographer (13), Photography student (5), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (150), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very good overall camera

Great camera with just a few flaws. I've owned nearly every major camera brand (some multiple times) including D700, D300, D7000, 5D2, 5Dc, 1D3, A850, K20D, K200D, 40D,...Read complete review

Great camera with just a few flaws. I've owned nearly every major camera brand (some multiple times) including D700, D300, D7000, 5D2, 5Dc, 1D3, A850, K20D, K200D, 40D, E-5, D90, NEX-5N, so I'm not a brand loyalist!

CONS (Pros are next)

POWERON IS TOO SLOW - it takes way too long from power up (or even wake up) to being able to grab your first shot, approximately 3 sec from power-off, 2 sec from wakeup.

NO AF-ON - if you really need this in a camera, look elsewhere, because the A77 can't mimic this behavior.

BATTERY LIFE can seem pretty short, especially if you do lots of viewing through the EVF (like watching birds, waiting for the perfect shot)

WIRELESS FLASH - the onboard flash, used as a commander, contributes way too much light to the overall exposure, even standing 6+ feet back. Requires something to block the onboard commander (hand) or filter it (exposed film)

NOISE - It's not horrible at all, but starts becoming an issue at ISO 1600 (meaning, you'll need some PP). After minor PP and downsizing for web, it looks great. I rarely shoot above ISO 1600.

INTERFACE QUIRKS/SLOW - It would be really nice to be able to choose RAW mode, and when/if you choose a "JPEG ONLY" option (like a scene mode or panoramic, etc) the camera would just auto-switch to JPEG instead of giving you a big middle finger.
Also, interface is slightly laggy but nothing too horrible.

SONY JPEG ENGINE - Not the best in the world, by a long shot. Actually, probably the worst. Decent at lower ISOs if you really, really don't want to process RAW, but I would take any JPEG engine over Sony's.

SLIDESHOW at 8/12 FPS - Makes tracking things difficult during extended shooting bursts.

PROS (the good stuff!)

It sounds like I gave the A77 a beating, but really those are mostly fairly minor points to me.
Stuff I love:

ARTICULATING SCREEN - A major reason why I chose the A77 over other pro-sumer APS-C cameras...I love the screens. I first "caught the bug" with the Olympus E-5 and its screen. Very, very useful for a variety of shooting situations.

LOTS OF CUSTOMIZATION - You can reconfigure several of the buttons to do a variety of things (except AF-ON, gah!), pretty cool. You also have three memory banks that can store (most) setup changes as a custom mode (1,2,3).

In-Body Stabilization - I was pretty disappointed the EVF doesn't display the effects of IBIS, but from what I gather it's because it would heat up the camera too much, so it's only active at the time of exposure. I think optical is better for longer lenses, but it's great to have stabilization with EVERY lens.

ZEISS AUTOFOCUS - Nobody else does it.

FAST FPS - Unfortunately you can only choose 3, 8, or 12 FPS (nothing in between), but no big deal for me - I usually select 8 FPS because I like to control other parameters. For crazy-fast stuff 12FPS is awesome, even with its limitations.

EVF - The EVF is pretty darn cool. I love having real-time histogram, or graphical overlay of leveling gauge (2-axis), or real-time feedback of settings such as WB, etc.

SHOT PREVIEW - The shot preview mode is actually really awesome. For instance, if you select a slow-shutter speed, then hold Preview button (which can be the standard optical aperture preview OR shot preview), you can actually see what the photo will look like - it's basically the camera's Live view showing you video of the shot using whatever settings you have. So, on a slow shutter speed, you hit that shot preview and you're presented with smooth water because that's the FPS the EVF shows you! (awesome). I don't know the limits on this though.

RESOLUTION - Amazing. Get good glass on this thing and it sings. I used a lowly Tamron 70-200 at around f/4 to f/5.6 shooting birds at around 8 feet away, then used cropping to get close - AWESOME detail.

Lots more to write, but overall a very cool system. I actually bought it with the 16-50 kit lens (very well-made, good optics) and the 43AM flash. Very nice.

SONY COLORS - Yeah this applies to their JPEGS (or I guess if you use their software to apply stuff to their RAWs, but their software is horrible), but their Jpegs at low ISO are pretty good. I've actually kept several landscape shots (using LANDSCAPE profile) just because their colors are much better than what I can coax Lightroom to give me.

OVERALL- Overall I really like the setup. I wish Sony would focus on releasing more lenses and forget about so many camera bodies, so we'll see. They've got all the major bases covered, though, so most users won't really find themselves hurting for a particular lens. they DO need to quite rehasing Minolta lenses, though. Yeah some of them were good, but it's been 25+ years and some need updating.

Funny thing is, most of my CONS from above could hopefully be addressed through firmware updates - whether Sony will do it or not is the question, though.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good camera but......

I would probably recommend this camera depending on how it would be used.
It has nice whiz-bang features (Panorama, tracking, face recognition, etc.), Focus speed, FPS, resolution,...Read complete review

I would probably recommend this camera depending on how it would be used.
It has nice whiz-bang features (Panorama, tracking, face recognition, etc.), Focus speed, FPS, resolution, DRO, and WB control - all good. However, noise control at higher ISO is not good. It's not just the noise itself, but the noise reduction techniques the camera employs. I shoot different venues including gymnastics and dance. Both are shot indoors without flash at higher ISO (I use the Zeiss 24-70 and 85/1.4). When comparing pictures taken with the A77 to my A700 for indoor sports, I realized I could not use the A77. While I had more "In-focus" shots with the A77, I could not use the pictures as the detail was horrible relative to my A700 pictures. Thought my "Usability Ratio" was going to be huge until.....I looked closer at the pictures. Regardless, nice camera, just didn't fit my needs.

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5.0

Dreaming!

By oicrnow

from Houston, TX

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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
  • Viewfinder

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

    I spent many, many hours reviewing DSLR cameras before I purchased this one. I am totally pleased with my choice. This camera replaced my Canon and the switch was a great plan. It seems that some of the other leading DSLR folks have not kept up with the best technology. Sony wins again. It is easy to operate and gives the photos that I want.

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    5.0

    Great camera using for sports action sho

    By Wendy

    from Cicero, New York

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

      I love this camera it is a great upgrade from my last one. I have been taking hundreds of action shots of my sons volleyball matches and sharing the photos with the other parents. The parents of the other players really enjoying the great photos.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Great upgrade to the A700

      By dpyancy

      from Pennsylvania, USA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Noisy At High ISO
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

      Love the EVF!
      It has plenty of buttons, like the A700, for ease of control.
      The max shutter speed of 1/8000 is a great feature!
      High ISO isn't as good as the A57.
      It has a long startup time.

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      5.0

      Superb and fast...

      By Mario@702

      from Las Vegas

      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
      • Quiet
      • 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 SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

        I love how this camera feels in my hands! Excellent handling and the controls are where you expect them to be. Easy to follow menu and function controls. Super fast. I especially love the live view mode and electronic viewfinder. Overall awesome!

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        5.0

        Quite an Upgrade

        By Leigh12

        from Orlando, FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

        This camera was an upgrade from a Sony a100 and what an upgrade indeed! I have been using it for about a week now and have not even scratched the surface on what it does. The EVF is so unique and coming from the a100, such a jump in technology. I have used the a77 for all types of photos and it performs very well. This is truly such a FUN camera to use. The only thing I wish was better about it (which seems to have been taken into account with the a77II) is when you are shooting indoors in lower light, you notice the EVF has some visible noise. When I encounter it, it's not necessarily a huge drawback, but just something I notice. The shutter speed is amazing and very quiet compared to the a100 (which has a very distinct "clap"). The special features such as handheld twilight and the like are actually very useful and enjoyable to play around with. The camera is very responsive and able to keep up while I change this and that setting and mode. It feels awesome in hand and is just the right size. I am looking forward to add more glass to my collection to try out on it! I highly recommend this camera!

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        5.0

        Amazing camera

        By GMAN4626

        from Israel

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Noisy At High ISO

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

        I went from the first Sony Alpha DSLR Alpah 100 to the 77 and this like night and day. (My Alpha 100 was stolen :( )Takes great pictures. You can use either the view finder or the LCD screen to get the best shot. Use the LCD screen to take amazing selfies. Loads of features that I have not had time to play with them all. Next week will be video time.

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        5.0

        Great Camera

        By Booger

        from SW Virginia..........

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        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

          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

          New to me so far but takes very good pix and has more features than one wouuld ever need. Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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          4.0

          Good quality pictures

          By Russ

          from Bowling green,Oh

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Quiet
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

          Works great for nature shoots but Slow on taking night shoot like fireworks

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          5.0

          Exceptional Photos and Solid Build

          By John the Geek

          from Richmond, VA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Good Image Quality

          Cons

          • Gps Slow To Triangulate

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

          I am a vacation photographer - but I take 1,000 shots a day when I am in full vacation mode. I just took this camera to Greece for two weeks and I am impressed. The camera is solid and the grip is easy to hold. I mount a Zeiss Lens on the front (heavy) but it is still well balanced. Same with the Sony G 70-300 zoom - good balance and the shots are spectacular.

          The battery life was great - a full charge lasted all day for my entire trip.

          The LCD Screen is far better than I ever expected!

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          5.0

          Excellent camera, love it

          By Matthew

          from LA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                Escellent camera, dont be a brand fanatic, canon, nikon, pentax, sony, etc make excellent cameras. Just do your research compare them and youll have a better vision of what you are buying.

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                4.0

                SLT-A77 Functionality

                By dhodorow

                from Wheeling, WV

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Noisy At High ISO

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                Great camera! Electronic viewfinder better than expected. Viewfinder a little pixelated at dusk because of the sensor sensitivity, but still can get great shots. I have been able to get fantastic shots even without a flash because of the high ISO. So much flexibility. I love the 2x digital zoom built in as well. Because of the high Megapixel sensor, I have been able to double the focal length of many lenses without too much degredation. The 2x digital zoom sometimes just adds that little extra when using a fixed length lens

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                5.0

                I would buy this product again

                By Jeff77

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Poor In Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                I used it mostly for outdoor photography.

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                5.0

                Great Enthusiast Camera

                By TrueRampancy

                from Lenexa

                Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                Upgraded from my a33 to the a77 even though I seriously thought about switching to either Nikon or Canon. The Sony A series is just too much fun to shoot with! If I was going to move into photography as a full-time profession, I think I would go for the a99 as these are just so fun and enjoyable to shoot on, especially with the updated EFV. Highly recommend looking into the upgraded series.

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                4.0

                Sony A77 DSLR

                By Harley Rider

                from Marion, SC

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                  Have had the camera for about 2 weeks. So far it has met my expectations. I upgraded from the A-350 that I had been using. This camera is so much more. Easy to learn and use. I set it on Aperture priority and let the camera do the rest. Using lenses from the A350 and they are working well.

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                  5.0

                  An astounding device

                  By sony jack

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast Shooting Speed
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Solid Feel From Metal Bod
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                    I bought this camera because my a350 wouldn't shoot fast enough or long enough continuous bursts. This camera will sure do that! But it will do so much more, including the ingenious ways it has of getting around Hi ISO or Lo Light noise. I'm going to take a long time to learn how to exploit all that this camera can do.

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                    5.0

                    Great camera

                    By Obi Juan

                    from Lansing, MI

                    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

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                      I upgraded to this from an a100. I can't believe the difference. The pictures are unbelievably crisp, but I wanted it especially for the panoramic and hdr features. It even has an hdr painting mode I was unaware of before purchase. The translucent mirror has more advantages than I expected. All in all, it's the best camera I've ever owned.

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                      5.0

                      Very quite & fast, great white balance

                      By Paperboard Engineer

                      from Atlanta, GA

                      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
                      • Lens compatibility
                      • Quiet
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                      The camera is amazingly quite as there is no mirror slap. One can barely hear the shutter which is quiet. It is also very fast with shutter firing.

                      The white balance control is amazing. For instance it has gradations of fluorescent light that allows you to get perfect color on your subjects when shooting under a fluorescent light environment.

                      I use it for wildlife and landscape photography. Also for portraits and photography of events.

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                      4.0

                      Doing its job

                      By Sintric

                      from Decatur, GA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Noisy At High ISO

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                      So far so good! I originally wanted a Canon 7D, but after testing one out I'm more than happy to have decided on the Sony A77. It takes beautiful pictures, easy to use, lots of functions, weather sealed and the image stabilization is a life saver for run and gun shooting.

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                      5.0

                      Great camera, super good price

                      By mg.alpha

                      from Meridian, Id

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Noisy At High ISO
                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                      Currently own the A100, A700 and now the A77. The reason I upgraded was that it is priced at $ dollars, with a vertical grip, with a memory card (16GB), a camera case and a lens cloth.

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                      5.0

                      Great Buy

                      By mg.alpha

                      from Meridian, id

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      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 SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                      It is a steal at this price which currently includes the vertical grip. I won the A700 but bought the A77 for this reason.

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