Customer reviews for Alpha SLTA77V Black 24.3 MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

This product is no longer available. Continue shopping at Dell.com.

Alpha SLTA77V Black 24.3 MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

Alpha SLTA77V Black 24.3 MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
5 / 5
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating breakdown 2 reviews
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Star
0
5
 / 
5
(2 reviews) 2
2 out of 2100%of customers recommend this
Customer reviews for Alpha SLTA77V Black 24.3 MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Review 1 for Alpha SLTA77V Black 24.3 MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Customer avatarReviewed by:LittleMike
(Katy, TX)
Duration of Product Use:1-2 months
Level of Expertise:Good
Title:

Incredible Machine

PostedJanuary 4, 2013
Yes, I would recommend this product
There is something for everybody in this camera. Novices will appreciate the options for automation and more advanced users will appreciate the options for manual and custom settings as well as the built-in technology for streamlining your workflow by using the camera to do some of your post processing (noise reduction, HDR, panoramas). My camera shipped with firmware v1.04 which I updated to 1.06. The update proceeded successfully without incident.
As with any flexible and powerful tool, and I always say this, you must be smarter than the tool to get the most out of it. Fortunately there are good support resources out there (Gary Friedman's color pdf e-book, for example, excellent resource IMHO).
I like to keep somewhat current with advances in the technology. This camera replaced my aging but fully functional Minolta Maxxum 7D which moved to a more receptive household. My second body which remains is the A700.
The lack of dedicated tethering is more than sufficiently addressed in my opinion by the use of the third party Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB card which I obtained. The camera firmware recognizes the Eye-Fi card and handles it nicely. I set my laptop up for private wifi usage based on the transmitter in the card using the Eye-Fi Center software and have verified its operation on my Win7 x64 laptop. The receiving software Eye-Fi Helper operates my computer's radio independently of the system software so I don't have to manually turn the radio on which is convenient. The Eye-Fi card uploads pix as they are shot to a watch folder which my copy of Adobe Lightroom v4 is set to automatically import. Raw files take about 10 sec to upload each with computer set to crawl, not too bad. I have a high end gaming computer and I normally operate it with the speed throttled down unless I am executing my photo or video workflows. I've used both the 7D and the a700 with a wired tether on WinXP x32 and I believe that I prefer the wireless method, less confining.
The camera DOES eat the battery a bit more than the a700 does, but this is not a major problem. You can swap out a few extra batteries. I have a Quantum Instruments Turbo 2x2 battery pack and I cobbled together a custom cable of my own to power Sony Alpha cameras using the a700 cable termination which persists in the a77 as does the nominal power requirements. I can shoot the camera and power the HVL-F58AM flash simultaneously all day and night without stopping or thinking about it which is convenient for me. At the very least I would suggest purchasing the Vertical Grip if you want to shoot non-stop for more than a few hours.
To minimize power consumption I also recommend:
- No review or 2 sec auto review;
- 10 sec display power save;
- GPS off if you are not using it;
- Eye-start AF off;
- Both still and video SteadyShot off unless you really need it;
- No focus tracking unless you need it.
Enjoy. I'm very happy with it and am looking forward to the benefits of the technology.
Pros:part time pro
0points
0of 0voted this as helpful.
Review 2 for Alpha SLTA77V Black 24.3 MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Customer avatarReviewed by:KevinFlushing
(Flushing Michigan)
Title:

Sony A77 true semi-professional camera top notch

PostedJune 6, 2012
Yes, I would recommend this product
Pros, exceptionaly large huge print sizes crop and crop if you need to and still print big ,ISO 50 I am in love after using this what a gem to have in bright sunlight .. heavy weight body solid magnesium inner s 3.2 lbs compared to Canon's 5d Mark III's 1.9 lb body , Flip out large LCD talk face to face with your subject instead of them looking at your camera in front of your face it has a second LCD on the top right to look at your settings.... 12 FPS is just lighting fast and it's over kill what can I say it's there.Focus peaking I can use my MC/MD 1969 manual Rokkor lens it's spot on . Weather proof body don't worry about going out in the rain or dust storm .. plus you can use the HVL-F43AM flash and it's also weatherproof as well and powerful ..I use RF-602 radio triggers on camera to fire my flashes with Seagul SC-6 ,SC-5 adapters . EVF (Electronic view finder) at first I was thinking this was a con until I used it and seen 100 percent coverage and it's nice and crisp I don't miss the OVF (optical view finder )and I tend top use the big rear flip out LCD more like a meduim format.. The first firmware has a lag in the EVF now version 1.05 is out no problems and no mushy JPEGS with this release .The features are packed into this camera I could almost write a book on all the features .. Compare this camera to the Canon 5D mark III and you will see what I mean . The APS-C sensor is one crop away from a full frame and you won't notice on those prints that are larger than the Canon's Full frame and the Canon is twice the cost.. The minolta AF lenses all work beautiful on this camera A-mount and in body image stabilization makes this camera exceptionaly well in low light with fast primes without needing ISO higher than 6400 and it does that no problem anything higher and it loses detail for large prints.. Canon or Nikon don't have image stabilized primes I am not trying to knock Canon or Nikon they make good camera's they just command a premium for a lot less features.. Don't give me the lens line up mumbo Jumbo Sony has some of the best lenses on the market Plus there is some good old Minolta gems to be found at garage sales and ebay..The video I don't use much its superb and fast 60FPS with hD ...
Cons
I waited 3 months to get this because of the EVF and the false reviews on the performance . I found camera reviewers favor Canon and Nikon more since they usually have the largest following of users and thus keeps them with the majority happy .This is changing as Sony stays in the market longer a gives more bang for the buck.. Cons is that other professionals tend to look down at you for using a Sony until they see the prints of course.. The high ISO lowlight performance is lower than the some I don't really use high ISO . The Last con I didn't buy the 16-50 lens with it I wish I did ..
Pros:professional photography, strobist work, portraits, medium format size prints..
0points
0of 0voted this as helpful.