Alpha SLT-A77 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/alpha-slt-a77/all en-GB Sony Alpha 77 II hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/sony-alpha-77-ii-hands-review/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We spent some time with Sony&#039;s super-fast DSLR-style Alpha camera - and we were mightily impressed be what we saw </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony a77 II" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-001.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Arthur C Clarke famously stated that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Having tried out Sony&#39;s new Alpha 77 II camera, we can see what he was getting at.</p> <p>The&nbsp;DLSR-style snapper snaps on to your subject so quickly it seems to mess with time - did I even press the shutter button yet? Is it powered by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tachyon" target="_blank">tachyons</a>? </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NEED FOR SPEED </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The a77 II is&nbsp;Gareth Bale-ingly fast to autofocus, thanks in large part to its 79 AF points. No, that&#39;s not a typo; while Canon&#39;s top two APS-C cameras, the 7D and 70D, have 19 AF points each, and Nikon&#39;s D7100 has 51, the a77 II has 79.&nbsp;</p> <p>What this means in use is that pretty much whichever direction you point the camera, it locks on to a subject instantly. Seriously - we tried focusing on distant subjects followed swiftly by near subjects followed swiftly by subjects on the edge of the frame, and it nailed it every time.</p> <p>But be warned. While you might know which subject you&#39;re aiming at, the autofocus can&#39;t, so narrowing your options down a little will often be the best option for static subjects.</p> <p>We tried&nbsp;using the Wide area mode, which spreads the full 79 AF&nbsp;points out over the whole frame, and found that unless we were aiming at a clearly defined subject in a relatively clear area, the a77 II often made the &#39;wrong&#39; choice. </p> <p>Really it was our error, rather than the camera&#39;s - you can&#39;t aim at a crowd and expect your camera to guess that you want the third person from the left. And besides, it&#39;s easily fixed by switching to&nbsp;one of the many other AF zone options, or using the centre-point alone. It&#39;s merely a reminder that sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fujifilm/fujifilm-x-t1/review" target="_blank">Fujifilm X-T1 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The a77 II takes its moment in the spotlight" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-011.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NEED FOR SPEED II </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Where all those AF points do come in handy though is when shooting a moving target.</p> <p>Sony&#39;s marketing around the camera goes big on its action-shooting talents, boasting of it having 5-step tracking adjustment, enhanced focus area modes, AF range control, Eye AF and blah blah blah. In English: it&#39;s really good at tracking moving subjects.</p> <p>So we put that to the test in our hands-on time with it, shooting moving people and vehicles with excellent results. AF tracking continues to work while you&#39;re firing off burst shots of up to 12fps, meaning that you genuinely can focus on a car, keep clicking as it drives past you and get pretty accurate focus throughout. It even does well with subjects coming directly towards you, something which trips up many cameras.</p> <p>One thing to note is that while you can rattle off up to 60 JPEGs in succession, that number falls to about 25 for RAW images. Still plenty for most purposes, then.</p> <p>Video maxes out at 1080p@60fps, so no 4K, but on the other hand all of the a77 II&#39;s clever tracking tech works when you&#39;re in movie mode too. We know which of these two features we&#39;re more bothered about.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lytro/lytro-introduces-illum-pro-level-light-field-camera/news" target="_blank">Lytro introduces Illum, a pro-level camera that lets you focus after you shoot</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="AF tracking is the a77 II&#039;s big talent" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-012_0.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SHARP SHOOTER </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course all that speed would be wasted if the resulting images weren&#39;t nice to look at, but fortunately they&#39;re excellent.</p> <p>Noise is minimal, detail plentiful, edges are crisp and colours are natural. Admittedly, the fact that we were using two of Sony&#39;s best Alpha lenses - the &pound;2500 Sony DT 70-200mm f2.8 and the &pound;700 Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 18-60mm f3.5-4.5 - won&#39;t have hurt.</p> <p>Of course even the best lenses can&#39;t save a shoddy sensor, but the 24.3MP Exmor CMOS effort within the a77 II is anything but. It&#39;s clearly also helped by Sony&#39;s latest Bionz X processor, which both improves low-light shots - it goes up to ISO 25,600, with noise non-existant before ISO 1600 - and speeds up all-round operation. You&#39;ll notice that speed not just in autofocus and burst shooting but also in simple tasks such as switching from the rear LCD screen to the electronic viewfinder.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-camera/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Colours are accurate" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-005.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="100% crop - note lack of noise at ISO 800" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-006.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Exposure is spot on" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-007.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="100% crop: there&#039;s loads of detail on view" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-008.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FINDER, KEEPER </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Speaking of the EVF, it&#39;s one of the best we&#39;ve used. Personally, I don&#39;t like EVFs - optical viewfinders always seem clearer, brighter, more accurate, and EVFs can struggle to keep up with fast action. But there are plenty at Stuff who disagree with me (about most things) and on this occasion they&#39;ve got a point. The 2.4k-dot OLED &#39;Tru-Finder&#39; on the a77 II has 100% coverage, 1.09x magnification and plenty of space for displaying every bit of info you might want to see, all of which are advantages over rivals such as the Nikon D7100 and Canon 70D.</p> <p>Better still, what you see through the viewfinder really is what you get: if a scene looks to be too dark, so will the resulting image. On a traditional DSLR, you have to rely on the camera correctly exposing the scene for you - and they don&#39;t always get it right. Of course, any compact system camera with an EVF will share this advantage.</p> <p>The 3in LCD is a cracker too: big, bright and capable of twisting into pretty much any configuration you choose. Our only gripe? It took us about 10 minutes to work out how to flip it out in the first place.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/leica/leica-t-new-system-camera-milled-single-block-aluminium/news" target="_blank">Meet the Leica T - a stunning system camera milled from a single block of aluminium</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The EVF is superb" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-003.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The a77&#039;s screen twists every which way" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-002.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AND THE REST... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>By the standards of today&#39;s all-conquering CSCs, the Alpha 77 II is a big, heavy camera. It&#39;s also extremely well built, with a weatherproof magnesium-alloy body and chunky grip. For us, the advantages of the latter outweigh the disadvantages of the former. The body is studded with manual controls, almost all of which are customisable. And while we didn&#39;t have nearly enough time to explore all of the options, or to delve too deeply into all of the many menus, we can&#39;t imagine it would take anyone long to work out how to use it.</p> <p>Image stabilisation is built into the body - and in our brief time with the camera seemed to work very well. There&#39;s a pop-up flash and multi-interface shoe for external flashes and microphones, Wi-Fi and NFC and the customary creative modes which you&#39;ll never use.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nikon/nikon-d3300/review" target="_blank">Nikon D3300 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Many of the a77 II&#039;s buttons are customisable" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-009.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SONY A77 II - INITIAL VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We didn&#39;t spend enough time with the a77 II to be able to properly judge it, but what we can say for sure is that we enjoyed every minute we had with it.</p> <p>Shooting with it was a joy, the pictures we took with it were impressive and, if gadget journalists got paid more, we&#39;d buy one tomorrow. At &pound;1000 without lens, though, we&#39;ll have to content ourselves with giving it the full review treatment sometime soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/system-cameras/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best DSLRs and system cameras in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1350" height="900" title="The Sony Alpha 77 II - review coming soon" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-alpha-77-ii-review-010_0.jpg?1400068454" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/sony-alpha-77-ii-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/sony-alpha-77-ii-hands-review/feature#comments Alpha Alpha SLT-A77 Cameras Sony System Cameras Tue, 13 May 2014 16:12:30 +0000 Marc McLaren 1436458 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony's a77 II is a sports shooter's dream camera http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/sonys-a77-ii-sports-shooters-dream-camera/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The latest DSLR-style Alpha cam has 79 focus points and locks on more swiftly than Tom Cruise in an F14-Tomcat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Alpha 77 II front" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony-alpha-77-mkii-dslr-camera-001.jpg?1399019485" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nothing pushes a camera to its limits like shooting fast-moving action, but Sony&#39;s new Alpha 77 II laughs in the face in such a challenge.</p> <p>The new version of its 2012 DSLR the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-alpha-slt-a77/review">SLT-A77</a> (obviously), the a77 II has an astonishing 79 autofocus points, can shoot up to 12fps and has a range of other enhancements geared towards making it a seriously snappy performer.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No one-trick pony </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Sony Alpha 77 II is hardly lacking in all-round skills either.</p> <p>There&#39;s a 24.3MP APS-C Exmor sensor calling the shots and an&nbsp;ISO range of up to 25,600. Not quite as impressive as the new a7s, with its 409,600 upper limit, but hardly shabby either.</p> <p>Video is of the full HD @ 60fps variety - there&#39;s no 4K, unfortunately, although you can output 4K stills to a compatible TV.</p> <p>Elsewhere, there&#39;s also&nbsp;in-body stabilisation, a 2,359k dot electronic viewfinder and a 1,228k dot tiltable LCD. Don&#39;t worry too much about the numbers - they just mean that the EVF is shaper than your average porcupine spine, while the LCD is, um, more like a hedgehog or something.</p> <p>A built-in flash, oodles of customisable buttons (11 of them!), NFC, Wi-Fi and a solid, dust- and moisture-resistant magnesium alloy body round the package off.</p> <p>We&#39;ll have a full test of the Sony Alpha 77 II just as soon as we can.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/system-cameras/top-ten">The 10 best DSLRs and system cameras in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Alpha 77 II back" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-alpha-77-mkii-dslr-camera-004.jpg?1399019485" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Alpha 77 II side" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-alpha-77-mkii-dslr-camera-003.jpg?1399019485" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Alpha 77 II without lens" alt="Sony Alpha 77 II DSLR camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-alpha-77-mkii-dslr-camera-002.jpg?1399019485" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/sonys-a77-ii-sports-shooters-dream-camera/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/alpha/sonys-a77-ii-sports-shooters-dream-camera/news#comments Alpha Alpha SLT-A77 Cameras Sony System Cameras Thu, 01 May 2014 09:11:57 +0000 Marc McLaren 1436411 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Alpha SLT-A77 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-alpha-slt-a77/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is Sony’s new pro-sumer snapper a game changer? We put the A77 through its paces </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Alpha 77" alt="Sony Alpha 77 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony-Alpha-77-camera-review-001.jpg?1398878620" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Sony SLT-A77 is the long-awaited replacement for the DSLR-A700, Sony&rsquo;s previous &lsquo;semi-pro&rsquo; DSLR. The A77, of course, isn&rsquo;t actually a DSLR (Sony doesn&rsquo;t make them any more), despite looking and handling very much like one. Instead it&rsquo;s an SLT camera with no pentaprism and no moving mirror, these bits being replaced by a translucent mirror and electronic viewfinder.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1,660.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (with lens) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony A77 – sharp shooting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This setup means it can autofocus scorchingly fast, shoot continuous stills at up to 12fps and features barely any shutter lag: press the button and the photo is taken 50msec later. The electronic viewfinder used to be the inevitable downside, but the A77&rsquo;s is by far the best we&rsquo;ve ever seen: its huge OLED image is sharp, contrasty and lag-free. We barely noticed that it was electronic rather than optical.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Alpha 77" alt="Sony Alpha 77 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-Alpha-77-camera-review-002.jpg?1398878620" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony A77 – build and design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Aside from its SLT-derived talents, the A77 feels every bit the enthusiast-friendly camera. Its body is fashioned from tough magnesium alloy, its rotating, tilting screen is beautifully clear and detailed and there&rsquo;s a truly dizzying array of shooting options at the user&rsquo;s fingertips &ndash; far more than we have space to go through here.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Alpha 77" alt="Sony Alpha 77 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-Alpha-77-camera-review-005.jpg?1398878620" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony A77 – video skills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As well as the standard manual and priority shooting modes you can capture buttery smooth video at 1080p (with full control over almost every conceivable aspect) as well as sweep panoramas, idiot-proof HDR shots and astoundingly noise-free low light photos. In-body image stabilisation means any attached lens is given anti-shake assistance, while GPS geotags every shot with location data. There&rsquo;s also a level indicator &ndash; an electronic spirit level&nbsp;if you like &ndash; to help you shoot straight. Autofocus is as accurate and speedy as a sniper, and tracks moving subjects just as well.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Alpha 77" alt="Sony Alpha 77 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-Alpha-77-camera-review-003.jpg?1398878620" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony A77 – image quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And image quality? Well, the 24.3-megapixel shots turned out by the A77 are superb. There&rsquo;s accurate colour reproduction, fantastic levels of detail and very low levels of noise, even at higher ISOs. And the ISO goes all the way up to 16000, letting you shoot in truly gloomy conditions and still achieve sharp, usable results.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony A77 – lenses </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The camera is available with a new 16-50mm zoom lens that maintains its maximum F2.8 aperture at any focal length. It&rsquo;s heavy but focusses near silently and is of a high enough quality to make the ideal partner for this most classy of cameras. We also used it with 90mm macro and 70-300mm zoom lenses and got some great shots and video out of those.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony A77 – verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you already own some Sony A mount lenses and accessories and are looking to trade your existing body for a top quality camera, the A77 is your man. We were wary about its use of an electronic viewfinder, but needn&rsquo;t have worried &ndash; it&rsquo;s almost up to the level of the very best optical viewfinders we&rsquo;ve used. All in all, this is a top notch DLSR-esque camera that won&rsquo;t ever let you down.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Alpha 77" alt="Sony Alpha 77 DSLR camera review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-Alpha-77-camera-review-004.jpg?1398878620" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&#39;s A77 is an enthusiast&rsquo;s dream that can kick it with Canon and Nikon&rsquo;s DSLR equivalents</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/sony-alpha-slt-a77 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-alpha-slt-a77/review#comments Alpha SLT-A77 Sony System Cameras Tue, 24 Apr 2012 16:39:59 +0000 Paddy Smith 420889 at http://www.stuff.tv