Sony Alpha SLT-A77
A new DSLR is arriving
Those of you who read some while ago about an upcoming Sony camera will breathe easily now that the device is finally available. The Alpha SLT-A77 is, according to manufacturers, a great successor to the old A700; they claim that the latest camera is “World’s fastest shooting DSLR. Get action photos, HD Movies and Live View shots that other cameras miss (…)” If you want to know whether the gadget delivers or not, we tested it for you. Find out the answer from our review.
First of all our readers should know that the Sony SLT-A77 is very similar in terms of design to Canon’s SLRs: the product comes in black and looks stylish. But the similarity with Canon devices doesn’t end here: Sony’s new camera is very comfortable when holding it thanks to the soft grip and a relief which guides the middle finger of the user into a very nice to the feel position; the camera also offers great grip when holding it with the tips of the fingers. As opposed to its predecessor, this model is more organic.
The Sony SLT-A77 ships with the following measurements and weight: 9.2″ x 7.3″ x 8.9″.
3 inch TruBlack LCD screen
When looking at the camera for the first time, we saw that the front housed a heavy 16-50mm F2.8 lens; the weight is caused by the fact that the lens is made of magnesium alloy molded body shells, but it’s not something to cry over or a reason not to buy the gadget. The back of SLT-A77 sports a 3″ TruBlack LCD screen with 921K dots. The TruBlack has the role to increase contrast and eliminate internal reflections; it came with a feature called Sunny Weather which, during our test, improved visibility by a lot. The screen has the possibility to tilt three-way, which means users will be able to take low-angle shots and portraits. The camera also had an OLED viewfinder that we used with good results when we wanted to take photos after sunset. Both the display and the viewfinder offer a preview of settings such as focus, exposure, white balance and many more. The dual control dials have the advantage of offering access to two settings simultaneously.
Translucent Mirror technology
Something quite unique developed by the team at Sony is the Translucent Mirror technology system. This feature helps the camera direct light to the Phase Detection AF as well as the image sensor. The 24.3 megapixel sensor performed well: it delivered great enlargements and details.
In terms of speed, the Sony Alpha SLT-A77 has one of the shortest release time lags: 0.05 seconds. Also, the device is one of the fastest on the market: it can shoot up to 12fps at 24.3-megapixels with continuous auto focus.
Some of the other features found on this gadget: BIONZ image processor, 6-image layering, multi-frame NR, auto HDR, ISO 16.000, 11 picture effect modes, handheld twilight mode, integrated GPS, built-in flash and the list can go on.
The product also shoots videos. In fact, the Alpha SLT-A77 is the first in its category to ship with standard 60i, 24p and 60p at a resolution of full HD 1920 x 1080. Content looked very good. After taking photos and shooting videos, all we had to do to view them was to connect the camera to a HDTV via its HDMI output and control them with the TV’s remote.
In the battery department, the gadget is equipped with an InfoLITHIUM battery; when we checked the product for this review, the battery offered the possibility to take up to 530 stills.
After the test performed for our review we can conclude that the latest Sony Alpha SLT-A77 is indeed a very good buy for a DSLR.
|24MP CMOS Sensor|
|# 1080p60 movies with autofocus|
|# 12fps continuous shooting with autofocus|
|# 1/8000th maximum shutter speed, shutter rated for 150,000 actuations|
|# 2.4M dot OLED viewfinder|
|# Auto ISO with customisable lower and upper limits|
|# ISO 100 – 16,000 (25,600 with multi-image combination. Expands down to ISO 50)|
|# Pull-out three-hinge tilt/swivel 920k dot LCD screen|
|# Optional, profile-based correction of vignetting, chromatic aberrations and geometric distortion|
|# Top panel LCD|
|# Built-in GPS|
|# AF Micro Adjust|
|# Dust shake sensor cleaning|
|# Stereo microphone and external mic socket|