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Sony Alpha SLT-A77 Digital SLR Camera Prices, Specifications and Reviews


 
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  The Sony Alpha SLT-A77 is a mid-range digital SLR with a number of distinctive features to appeal to serious photo enthusiasts or gadget lovers. It is actually one of Sony's proprietary single lens translucent cameras rather than a true single lens reflex model, meaning the lens is translucent and fixed in place -- and faster than the hinged lenses on most SLRs.

The A77 captures still images in JPEG or RAW formats, and record 1080p-resolution full-HD video. It has a built-in GPS unit, a sensor with 24.3 MP resolution, an electronic rather than an optical viewfinder and a 3" LCD screen mounted on an extending arm for extra-flexible viewing. It can shoot at a speed of up to 12 frames per second in continuous shooting mode, and has a panoramic setting that stitches together several images for extra-wide images of scenery or groups.

Prices For A77 Body Only or With One Lens

(Prices as of 12/14/2012)
SLT-A77    One-lens kit One-lens kit Source
(Body only)   (18-55mm lens)   (16-50mm f/2.8 DT lens)  
$1,400$1,600$1,700MSRP
$1,700Best Buy
$1,098$1,398$1,698Amazon
$1,098$1,398$1,698B&H Photo Video

Prices For A77 With Two Lenses

(Prices as of 12/14/2012)
SLT-A77 With Two Lenses Two-lens kit Source
(16-50mm & 55-200mm lenses)   (16-50mm & 75-300mm lenses)  
$2,200$2,250MSRP
$1,800$1,850Best Buy
$1,798$1,848Adorama Camera

Additional Costs:

$5-$25Additional SD (standard capacity) memory cards, 4GB-8GB, Class 4-6 (Class 10 is fastest)
$15-$75Additional SDHC (high capacity) memory cards, 16GB-32GB, Class 10
$50-$200+Additional SDXC (extended capacity, used for video) memory cards, 64GB-128GB, Class 10
$20-$70Replacement lithium-ion rechargeable battery (charger $25-$80)
$90-$300Battery grip
$150-$599External flash attachment

Specifications:

DimensionsHeight: 4.13"
Width: 5.75"
Depth: 3.25"
Weight23 oz. (body only)
ColorsBlack
Included in BoxBattery, battery charger, shoulder strap, body cap, USB cable, software (Picture Motion Browser v5.2, Image Data Converter SR v3.2, Image Data Lightbox SR v2.2)
Type of MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card, Pro Duo memory stick
Megapixels24.3 MP
Sensor23.5mmx15.6mm (APS-C size) HD CMOS sensor
ViewfinderOLED electronic viewfinder
Monitor3" TFT LCD display (about 921k dots), flips out and angles up to 180 degrees, with brightness control
Video1080p resolution full HD recording, built-in stereo microphone
FlashBuilt-in, pop-up, auto flash
Shutter Speed30 seconds to 1/8000 second
SensitivityISO 100-12800, selectable to 16000 equivalent
Exposure ModesAuto, auto advanced, scene selection, sweep panorama, 3D sweep panorama, continuous advance priority, movie, programmed AP, aperture priority, shutter-speed priority, manual
Continuous ShootingA speed of up to 12 frames per second
Compatible LensesSony A-mount lenses
BatteriesRechargeable lithium-ion battery; about 470 images per charge with viewfinder; about 530 images with LCD monitor
Other FeaturesMagnesium alloy body
Built-in GPS unit
Self-timer with 2- or 10-second delay
Still image formats: JPEG (standard, fine, extra fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Sweep panorama (stitches together images into one extra-wide image)
Face and smile detection
8 scene modes (portrait, landscape, macro, sports action, sunset, night portrait. night view, handheld twilight
11 picture effects with 15 variations, including posterization, high dynamic range and high-contrast monochrome
15 creative styles, including standard, vivid and sepia
Exposure bracketing (3/5 frames selectable)
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed product information is available at Store.Sony.com.

Sample Lenses

1. Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-mount standard prime lens$143-$168
2. Sony 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DT Alpha A-mount telephoto lens$198
3. Lensbaby Composer special effects SLR lens for Sony Alpha mount$200
4. Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens$475
5. Tokima 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus lens for Sony Alpha$599
6. Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 mid-range zoom lens$750
7. Sony 28-755mm f/2.8 Alpha A-mount standard zoom$898
8. Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T wide-angle zoom lens$1,900-$2,000
(List as of 12/19/2012)

What People Are Saying:

Critics generally praise the Sony Alpha SLT-A77 in all categories except low-light photography. The SLT A77 is on lists of the best DSLR cameras at PCMag, PhotographyBlog.com and CameraLabs.com. Consumer Reports recommends the SLT-A77V, saying it is packed with features but rating the image quality as only good (a somewhat mediocre ranking).
  • DigitalCameraInfo.com: "The A77 really is a complete package. It has the features and performance that camera fans value in a modern system. It's fast, it's fun, it infuses new tech into a familiar design, and it takes great photos. The only place where it really falls short is low-light photography."
  • USA Today: "Of all the cameras we've tested, the SLT-A77 ranks among the very best, holding its own even against the pro-level Canon 5D Mark III. The Mark III and cameras of its ilk do much better in challenging low light conditions, but if light is plentiful, you'd have a hard time seeing the difference."
  • CameraLabs.com: "Overall, the SLT-A77 is a pleasure to use. The physical controls are logically organised and fall easily to hand, while the front and back control dial system is both intuitive and effective. It provides a high degree of customisation which is just as well because like all Sony cameras there's room for improvement both in the function of the physical buttons and the organisation of the menus."