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Sony A77 Black Digital SLR Camera With 16-50mm F2.8 Lens - SLT-A77VQ

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24.3 Megapixels/ 2nd Generation Translucent Mirror Design/ Shoots Up To 12 fps Continuous/ Tru-Finder OLED Electronic Viewfinder/ HD Movies At 60p/60i/24p Full HD (1920x1080) Resolution/ Full-Time Phase Detection AF/ Magnesium Alloy Body/ 19-Point Auto Focus/ 3.0 " Xtra Fine LCD Three-Way Tilt/Swivel LCD Screen/ Dual Control Dials/ Top Mounted LCD/ 6-Image Layering/ Auto HDR Built Into Camera/ 3D Sweep Panorama Mode/ Built-In GPS/ ISO 16000 Sensitivity/ AUTO+ (Advanced Auto) Mode/ Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO)/ SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization/ Advanced Anti-Dust Technology/ APS-C Size HD CMOS Image Sensor/ 11 Picture Effect Modes/ Black Finish
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Sony A77 Black Digital SLR Camera With 16-50mm F2.8 Lens, Model SLTA77VQ

Redefining the camera. Get action photos, HD Movies and Live View shots that other cameras miss, thanks to Sony’s exclusive Translucent Mirror Technology. Enjoy 24.3 megapixel resolution—with the world’s fastest shooting— up to 12 frames per second—and the world’s first OLED electronic viewfinder.


  • 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
  • 24.3 MP; best-in-class resolution
    You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements thanks to a 24.3 megapixel sensor. It’s the highest resolution among APS-C DSLRs, as of August 2011
  • World’s fastest up to 12 fps 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
  • World’s first 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 Movies4. This is the world’s first DSLR to offer a choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution. AVCHD™ 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
  • World’s shortest 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 A77 boasts the world’s shortest release time lag at only 0.05 seconds
  • Rugged, magnesium alloy body
    The SLT-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. 19 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 16000. (Recommended for still subjects.)
  • Handheld Twilight mode
    Get gorgeous shots at night without a tripod. Combines six frames into a single image for smooth, low-noise evening shots. (Recommended for still subjects.)
  • 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. (Recommended for still subjects.)
  • 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 television1. 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 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
  • 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 (sold separately)
  • 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 (Class 4 or higher recommended, sold separately)
  • 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 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. 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



  • Lens Compatibility: Sony A-mount lens
  • Camera Type: Sony A-mount interchangeable lens digital camera

Imaging Sensor

  • Imaging Sensor: Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)
  • Processor: BIONZ™ image processor
  • Anti Dust: Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism
  • Pixel Gross: Approx. 24.7 megapixels
  • Effective Picture Resolution: Approx. 24.3 megapixels
  • Focal Length Conversion Factor: 1.5x
  • Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters


  • Media Type: Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™ media; SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
  • Color Space: sRGB, AdobeRGB
  • Still Image Mode: JPEG (Standard, Fine, Extra Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
  • Still Image Size 16:9: L size: 6000 x 3376 (20M) M size: 4240 x 2400 (10M) S size: 3008 x1688 (5.1M)
  • Still Image Size 3:2: L size: 6000 x 4000 (24M) M size: 4240 x 2832 (12M) S size: 3008 x 2000 (6M)
  • Panorama Still Image Size: Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M) Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M) Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M) Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M) 3D
  • Sweep Panorama: Horizontal Wide: 7152 X 1080 (7.7M) Horizontal Std.: 4912 X 1080 (5.3M) 16:9: 1920 X 1080 (2.1M)
  • Video Format: AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
  • Video Mode: AVCHD: PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps MP4: HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps
  • Video Signal: NTSC color, EIA standards
  • Audio Format: Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
  • Microphone/Speaker: Built-in Stereo Microphone
  • Still Image File Format: JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3format), 3D MPO (MPF Extended compliant)


  • Lens Type: Standard Zoom
  • Lens Mount Type: Sony A-mount
  • Aperture (Max.): f/2.8
  • Aperture (Min.): f/22
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent): APS: 24-75mm (35mm Equivalent: 16-50mm)
  • Filter Diameter: 72mm
  • Lens Groups-Elements: 13 groups, 16 elements
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1' (30cm)
  • Angle of View: 83o- 32o
  • Aperture Blade: 7 blades (Circular aperture)
  • Distance Encoder: Yes
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.2x


  • Type: 0.50" XGA OLED EVF (Electronic viewfinder) (2,359k dots)
  • Diopter Adjustment: -4.0m-1 to +3.0m-1
  • Field of View: 100%
  • Magnification: 1.09x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 )

LCD Display

  • LCD Type: 3.0” TFT Xtra Fine™ LCD (921,600 pixels) w/TruBlack™ technology
  • Angle Adjustment: Tilt angle: Up: 150 degrees; Down: Approx. 180 degrees Rotation angle:180 degrees clockwise and 90 degrees counterclockwise.
  • Brightness Control: Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2)
  • Coverage: 100%
  • Live View: Continuous Live View (LCD/EVF Auto, selectable)
  • Real-time image adjustment display: Yes(On/Off)
  • Histogram: Yes (On/off)
  • Grid Display: Yes (Rule of thirds, 4x6 Square, Diagonal & 4x6 Square Grids, Off)
  • Customization: Grid, Histogram display, Digital Level Gauge, Grid Line, Magnified display for playback

Focus Control

  • Focus System: TTL phase detection AF (CCD line sensors)
  • Focus Points: 19 points (11 points cross type)
  • AF Modes: Single-shot AF(AF-S), Continuous AF(AF-C), Automatic AF(AF-A) selectable, Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus
  • Focus Area: Wide (auto,19 points)/Zone/Spot/Local selectable
  • Focus Sensitivity: EV -1 to 18 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
  • Focus Features: Predictive control(AF-A, AF-C), Focus Lock, Eye-start AF
  • AF Illuminator: Built-in LED, Range: approx. 3' - 21' (1m-7m)

Exposure System

  • Metering: Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
  • Metering Modes: Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
  • Metering Sensitivity: -2EV to 17EV (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/1.4 lens)
  • Exposure Compensation: +/-5.0 EV(1/3EV,1/2EV steps selectable)
  • Exposure Settings: AUTO,AUTO Advanced (AUTO+), Scene Selection (SCN), Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama (3D), Continuous Advance Priority AE (12fps), Movie, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M)
  • Scene Mode(s): Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
  • Picture Effect(s): 11 types (15 variations): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature
  • D-Range Optimizer: Yes: (Auto, Level, Off)
  • Auto Exposure Lock: Yes (AE Lock button)
  • Color Temperature: 2500 - 9900 k with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7)
  • Creative Style: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait , Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia (Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps))
  • Exposure Bracketing: Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, 3/5 frames selectable
  • ISO: Auto (ISO 100-12800, selectable the lower limit and the upper limit ); Selectable ISO100 - 16000 equivalent (ISO numbers up from ISO50 can be set as expanded ISO range)
  • Noise Reduction: Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low)
  • White Balance Mode: Auto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight) , Flash, Setting the color temperature, Color Filter, Custom

Drive System

  • Burst Buffer: JPEG Standard (17 shots) JPEG Fine (17 shots) JPEG Extra Fine (13 shots) RAW (13 shots) RAW+JPEG (11 shots)
  • Continuous Shooting Speed: Continuous (Hi: up to 8fps,Low: up to 3fps) Continuous Priority AE (12fps)
  • Drive Mode: Single-shot, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Bracket (Continuous/Single/WB/DRO), Remote commander (RMT-DSLR1 Sold Separately)
  • Self-timer: 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay,
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb
  • Shutter Type: Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter


  • Flash Compensation: ±3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
  • Flash Coverage: FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)
  • Recycling Time: Approx. 3 sec.
  • Flash Bracketing: 0.3/0.5/0.7/2.0/3.0EV steps, 3/5 frames(2.0/3.0EV : only 3 frames) selectable
  • Flash Metering System: ADI flash / Pre-flash TTL / Manual flash
  • Flash Modes: Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Hi-speed sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable for Autoflash and fill-flash mode), Wireless, Off
  • Flash Type: Built-in, Pop-up Auto
  • Guide Number: 12 (in meters at ISO100)

Advanced Features

  • Auto High Dynamic Range: Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
  • Embedded GPS: Yes
  • Sweep Panorama: Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical, and 3D Panorama
  • Face Detection: On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off
  • Smile Shutter™ technology: Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
  • Image Stabilization: SteadyShot INSIDE™ in-body image stabilization


  • Accessory Shoe: Yes (Alpha)
  • BRAVIA® Sync™: Yes, via HDMI® with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
  • DVDirect: Yes, via USB
  • HD Output: HDMI® (TypeC mini)
  • Memory Card Slot: Dual compatibility slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™/PRO-HG HX Duo™ media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
  • PhotoTV HD: Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI® cable
  • USB Port(s): USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)


  • Battery Type: InfoLITHIUM® NP-FM500H (7.2V)
  • Number of Still Images: Approx. 470 images with viewfinder, 530 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)


  • Supplied Software: PMB (Picture Motion Browser) v5.2; Image Data Converter SR v3.2; Image Data Lightbox SR v2.2
  • Operating System Compatibility: Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1; Mac OS X (v10.3-v10.6), PMB is not compatible with Mac OS. Camera (via USB), Image Data Converter, and Image Data Lightbox software are compatible with Mac OS

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 4-1/8"
  • Width: 5-3/4"
  • Depth: 3-1/4"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 1 lbs 7 oz
  • Shipping: 5 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
  • Extended Service Warranty Available: Click the warranty tab above for details


  1. Requires 3D HDTV, HDMI cable (at least 10.2 Gbps) and active 3D glasses sold sep
  2. Among interchangeable lens cameras with APS-C size sensors as of August 2011
  3. Among DSLRs
  4. Records in 29 minute segments
  5. Map service requires PC with internet. Service provided by Google and subject to change without notice
  6. Requires HDTV and HDMI® cable sold sep
  7. Compatible with BRAVIA® Sync or Theatre Sync™ HDTVs connected via HDMI®
  8. Actual performance varies based on settings, environmental conditions, and usage. Battery capacity decreases over time and use
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Effective Pixels24.3 Megapixels
Records VideoYes
Records HD VideoYes
Height (inches)4.13
Width (inches)5.75
Depth (inches)3.25
Built-In FlashYes
Focal Length16-50mm
Focus ModesPortrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
Image StabilizationYes
LCD Screen Size (inches)3
Red-Eye ReductionYes
Self TimerYes
Self Timer Delay2-sec., 10-sec.
Shutter Speed1/4000 to 30 seconds
Storage MediaDual compatibility slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™/PRO-HG HX Duo™ media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
Power SourceInfoLITHIUM® NP-FM500H (7.2V)
White BalanceAuto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White) , Flash, Setting the color temperature, Color Filter, Custom


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Sony A77 Black Digital SLR Camera With 16-50mm F2.8 Lens

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Good Camera, Buggy Lens

I really like this camera. It feels great and takes awesome pictures. When you start getting into the higher ISOs the images can become a bit noisy. Sony has compensated for this by...Read complete review

I really like this camera. It feels great and takes awesome pictures. When you start getting into the higher ISOs the images can become a bit noisy. Sony has compensated for this by implementing a noise reduction option for JPEG's but if you shoot RAW you will need to do noise reduction in post processing. The lens that came with my camera had problems closing to the appropriate aperture. I have talked to several A77 owners and this seems to be common problem. Turnaround time for the repair center can be up to 10 days not including the time it takes to ship it out to them. So you can be without your lens for almost 3 weeks if you encounter an issue. I also had to pay to ship it out to them. I was not offered a prepaid label that other companies have become accustomed to providing.


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WORST Flash System ever

I'm so disappointed with the flash system of this camera, to write a correct review. The only thing I want to say is; If you are a serious photographer, and your field is...Read complete review

I'm so disappointed with the flash system of this camera, to write a correct review. The only thing I want to say is; If you are a serious photographer, and your field is wedding, or any events involving the use of flashes (not studio flash), please stay away from this camera. I own an a700 and a900, so I know what I'm talking about and I can tell you this camera has a SERIOUS FLASH ISSUE, and it's not new. You can just Google "a77 flash overexposure" or "a77 flash inconsistency". I STILL DON'T GET IT, WHY SONY DIDN'T ADDRESS THAT ISSUE YET. This is an inexcusable failure for a professional camera, and for SONY not even acknowledged it and fix it.

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Upgraded from Sony SLT A57!!!


from Oregon

Comments about Sony A77 Black Digital SLR Camera With 16-50mm F2.8 Lens:

I love the results that I get from my A57 and was debating whether to get the A65 or A77. I chose the A77 because of it being weather-sealed. I got the camera with the 16-50 kit favorite lens for everyday use. The performance is what I expected.

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Best APS-C DSLR available


from Outside the US

Comments about Sony A77 Black Digital SLR Camera With 16-50mm F2.8 Lens:

Unless you are going with a full-frame DSLR like the a99, this is the best I've tried; high quality built, fast focus, amazing 12 fps for action, the video is just astonishingly high quality! the 16-50 kit lens is superb, but after a rainy day, the lens got a bit hard when zooming, not a big deal though... What bugs me is the hot shoe, it's just wrong, they fixed it with the a99 , and you can buy an adaptor, but why did they bother making it,,. :l So go for it. It'll do everything you need.

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Excellent Purchase


from Hudson, MA

Comments about Sony A77 Black Digital SLR Camera With 16-50mm F2.8 Lens:

Really enjoy this camera. I am not a pro more of a hobbyist aka "prosumer". I have had numerous Sony camera and wanted to take the jump up to a SLT. I find the layout of the buttons to be very user friendly. I'm not missing the "live" view finder one bit. Having the electronic for a newbie like myself really lets me see what the photo will be like when I change settings like ISO/f-stop and shutterspeed so I can learn as I use the camera. The 12 FPS shooting is unreal people can't get over how can get that perfect sport action shot!! So far a great purchase!!

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Very Nice Semi-Pro Enthusiast DSLR


from Somerset, NJ

Comments about Sony A77 Black Digital SLR Camera With 16-50mm F2.8 Lens:

This is my first time ever using a DSLR and I wasn't expecting this one to be that good. Images you get from this camera are excellent. Sharpness and depth of field are excellent. Unfortunately, you lose some light with the translucent mirror because the mirror bounces some of the light upwards and there is not much going to the sensor. I did not find it that big of a deal. Also, the A77 gives reasonable ISO performance up to 6400. At 12800, there is smudging in the details and noticeable noise. At ISO 16000, it's plain silly. The grip is quite beefy and it's very comfortable to hold. It is light but with the well-machined kit lens, it's a bit heavy. It's pretty tough as I do photography out in inclement weather and the details don't get soft at all. Image stabilization is excellent and performs better than a few camcorders I've owned all over the years. The high burst rate is blindingly quick and perfect for sport shooting. You can capture the whole moment instead of waiting for the precise moment and probably miss the shot you want. The screen is nice as well; very sharp, and I like the tilt-swivel mount but you cannot do self portrait shots with a flash or mic mounted on the accessory shoe. It does not feature a standard hotshoe!! That's my main gripe with this camera because almost nothing will fit on that. Also there is a slight lag when switching from live view screen to the EVF. The firmware update does not eliminate most of the lag but reduced enough to not be irritating. There is also a lag when turning the rear dial on the grip to change the aperture. Again, the lag is reduced enough to prevent it from being irritating. I will say that in terms of image stabilization and focus peaking, nobody does it as good as Sony does. Going back to video again, shooting in low light is a colossal pain with other cameras. The A77 does very well in this aspect. If you really push it, it will show you noise and grain but it's low light video recording ability was remarkable. The autofocus was behaving perfectly as well. I like the full time phase detect autofocus. It's very quick and very accurate and won't do that contrast detect focus hunting thing of going back and forth before it decides where it should lock onto. If I work hard, I could get the autofocus to misbehave a bit, but in most situations, it was very reliable. Verdict on the A77: the image and video performance is excellent. Also, this camera is profoundly exuberant to use, which is a very hard mix to get with a serious high performance camera. The battery life was also reasonable as well but I would still get a second battery. Highly recommend this; it's a serious bit of kit.

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Full Function Digital Cam. The Sony A77.


from South Hadley, MA.

Comments about Sony A77 Black Digital SLR Camera With 16-50mm F2.8 Lens:

I love that Sony has made this type of Digital camera. Do I miss a glass view finder? sure, but what they did hear was make a fine useful tool. Traditional no, but Digital is not either, so I say what's the Beef. Get a A77 if you think, that you want the best, true experience to shooting a digital image with little fuss, or be fussy and have all the tweaks at your exposure. If there is ever a manual camera to have it's this one. If you wanted a full automatic Digital Camera then this is it. I say this because you can see the results. I hope they keep improving this part of there design, it works and they lead. I think those with a glass view finder should go back to film, because you are still guessing, so why not keep guessing. Get a Sony SLTA77. It's great!

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Auto focus is a joke


from Jacksonville, FL

Comments about Sony A77 Black Digital SLR Camera With 16-50mm F2.8 Lens:

The auto focus is a joke. 9 out of 10 times, when taking an action shot, the auto focus either can not lock on, or takes a shot that is out of focus. Have tried all of the settings, different techniques, everything to get results. Will save my money and buy a Cannon.

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Couldn't Be Happier


from Parker, Colorado


  • Color, Speed, Lens Selectio, Ergonomics,


  • lack of focus point highlight, high iso noise

Best Uses

    Comments about Sony A77 Black Digital SLR Camera With 16-50mm F2.8 Lens:

    I've used this camera to shoot everything from low light performances from ballet to rock bands to landscape and wild life. Color capture is amazing. 24mp sensor yields crisp detailed images. And, the lens line up, including the Minolta 'Legacy" lenses are sharp and crisp. I compared with the Nikon D300 and Canon 7D. Color wise the a77 was the most accurate. I couldn't be happier with my investment. Live music files too large to post.

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    Innovative Camera


    from Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

    Comments about Sony A77 Black Digital SLR Camera With 16-50mm F2.8 Lens:

    This camera represents boldness and innovation from Sony. I was surprised at all that it offers and the ease of handling. All buttons are well located. Some things have left me puzzled as the system of focus, color quality and OLED display. The latter, Sony breakthrough. Both the body and the lens are tough and rugged and durable. The focus of the lens is very quiet and fast. The burst of 12 fps is great for sports, but should have a larger buffer to support it. Still, anything that reduces the concept of an excellent camera. I use it for various purposes such as: Food, portraits, press photos and landscapes and have achieved excellent results. I'm very happy with this camera and it has been great interest in the environment where I work.

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    Best Camera I have ever used!


    from Logan, Utah

    Comments about Sony A77 Black Digital SLR Camera With 16-50mm F2.8 Lens:

    I have been into DSLR for over the past 7 years, and have only owned Nikon. I had a quite a set of lenses that I had bought over the years. I had heard about the Sony line up and started Looking into them. I was seriously looking at the Nikon D800 but the frame rate and size of the files I did not like, and the features that the Sony has was far better than the D800. I seriously did my homework for 2 weeks on the A77 and read and reread reviews and video on the A77. I did not want to have to sell all my Nikon stuff. Finally I decided to do it, I ordered my A77 and put up all my Nikon gear for sale. I have had the camera for 1 month, I am a serious photographer who looks at the detail on each picture and I am here to say that this camera has it all. The pictures that I have taken have been breathtaking. I took it on our summer vacation and I must say I have never had so much fun taking pictures. The video is outstanding with focus being spot on. I am very fussy about my equipment I use and want it to perform well. This Sony camera absolutely performs in all conditions. The lens it came with is fantastic. I also bought the g series 70-200 and if you want to see breathtaking pictures purchase that lens. I bought all the same lenses I had for my Nikon cameras and I am happy with everything. Make no mistake that Sony is putting great technology into their cameras and I absolutely love this camera. The features that are cool are, 12 fps, HDR painting which combines 3 pictures into one. Panoramas and 3D panoramas, face recognition, smile shutter, rich contrast Black and White, 1080p video. I like them all. The noise to me is a none issue above 3200, I have always tried to never shoot above 1600 anyways. This camera beats out the Nikon d7000 and d300s and the Canon 7d for features and picture clarity. I had been waiting to here about what Nikon was going to come out with this fall and even what they were pretty sure about with the features they may have it still did not match what this A77 has. I love this camera, I think Sony is a game changer. Thank you Sony!

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    You can truly stop time with the a77.


    from Maryland

    Comments about Sony A77 Black Digital SLR Camera With 16-50mm F2.8 Lens:

    This is my first leap into the hobby of photography. I'm so glad I chose the a77. It is yet to disappoint me. I took it to the local skate park for it's first real test...the pictures speak for themselves. I cannot wait to find out what else this camera is capable of!

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