Sony a77 DSLR Camera Body
All I can say is WOW!
After using a friends Canon and reading review after review of every camera I could afford, I was in a conundrum. I was very worried about buying another Sony after not being very please with my W370 after loving my W300. It lacked versatility. As I waited to see this in a store, I purchased a HX100 and an HX9.
They were stunning to use and so very versatile. Basically they sold me on the A77 along with it's amazing features. I opted for the A77 over the A65, because I have wide hands and wanted a comfortable, tough body. The magnesium frame adds some good confidence on being tough, not that I'm rough. But you never know. Its very comfortable to hold and handle. I knew it would be before I even received it. I've spent the past week learning all of it's capabilities, but I found that a morning at the park snapping a variety of subjects has given me a much better understanding of what I'm in store for in the many years I hope to use it. The water fowl was just a short experiment with the 12fps as the bird took off from the lake. I'm sure as I experiment more, my smile will only widen. I could go on, but it's all been said before. It will definitely impress you. It sure did my hard core "Canon Only" friend this last Sunday. I think his plans for the new Canon 1DX is out the window.
February 28, 2012
Great Camera / Speed / Impressive
I am a Minolta fan, when Sony took over Minolta line and continued to support Minolta lens I was very happy. All of my lens came out of retirement.
The first Sony DSLR camera body I purchased was the A700 which is a true DSLR. I take a lot of indoor sports photographs [mostly hockey and figure skating], issue with lighting at the different arenas, speed of the sport and photographing through the arena glass. The only problem I found was the focusing was slow, not good for in door sports. Outdoor and flash photograph good.
Five years later Sony introduce the A77, the camera specs look great. I was about to sell all of my Sony and Minolta equipment, made a decision to give Sony one more shot. I have had the A77 for about just over a year, the continuous shooting on this camera the best, I love it. I like the EVF over the traditional view finder, I think the EVF can only improve in the future. Shooting out doors or well lite areas this camera is excellent. Photographing hockey and figure skating it does a good pretty good job, I am happy with the photos I've taken. I notice continuous shooting during a figure skate jump there is a lag in the focusing in the middle of the action shot. Shooting hockey and figure skating photos is probably one of the hardest challenges, it's fast, every arena is different, always change your camera setting. I'm glad I did not sell my equipment, the A77 is a excellent camera.
The videoing on this camera is excellent, I haven't got much to comment on the camera microphone. Disappointed, the camera microphone records the lens auto focusing motors. To resolve this problem I have purchase a Sony external microphone will cut down the recorded motor noise.
Sony lens focus slightly faster. Color wise, Sony color and Minolta color, both very good. I would recommend buying Sony lens over Minolta lens, Sony are quieter and focus faster.
This is excellent camera, this camera only as good as the photographer, would recommend to experience and knowledgable DSLR cameras users.
August 30, 2013
Heavy and Clumsy
I ordered this as an upgrade to the alpha 550. However, I am very disappointed and will return it. It is heavy, slow (surprising given the marketing), and cumbersome to navigate the joystick on the back to navigate the menus. The joystick hurts my thumb when using it. Since Sony has switched to translucent tech it always runs in live view mode which means the battery life sucks, even in warm climate. The constant live view also slows it down a lot so basically its a fancy camcorder or point and shoot. I did find the GPS function worked as advertised and was accurate. So I think I might find a used A55V with GPS to tide me over until Nikon or canon release an APS-C camera with built-in GPS. While the A55 has the same live view junk, at least it costs much less. Seems like basically a smartphone with a zoom lens
June 1, 2013
An Excellent Tool For The Proud "Prosumer" Set
I do not earn a living with my camera, but I am motivated to create the highest quality images that often rival local professionals. My budgetary emphasis always explores the question regarding which sought-after photography equipment delivers the most bang for the buck.
The A77 and the Alpha system components allow me to achieve that goal as a labor of love within a tolerable price range.
There is a world of escape, discovery and self-absorbing fun to be had for anyone who takes the time explore the extensive feature set of the A77.
I have never experienced buyer remorse with any Sony high-end product. That, in and of itself, is a remarkable statement.
April 17, 2013