The many ‘world firsts’ on the Sony Alpha 77 include a 24.3-million-pixel APS-C sensor and a 2.4-million-pixel XGA OLED electronic viewfinder. In fact, there’s much to be excited about
An impressive specification has certainly grabbed the attention here, and the Alpha 77 has been given more than a few tweaks over its predecessor. Sony has set the bar in several areas, not least of which is the inclusion of a high-resolution imaging sensor and superb LCD screen. Furthermore, it is not implausible that Sony has paved the way for electronic viewfinders to one day replace the optical type.
The specification is backed up by solid performance in colour rendition, resolution detail at lower sensitivities, a wide dynamic range and a responsive and accurate AF system. The only real downside to speak of regarding the use of a fixed translucent mirror is that doing so compromises the camera’s ability to handle noise levels in low light.
Together with its video capabilities, fast frame rate and good all-purpose kit lens, the Alpha 77 makes an enticing prospect for any photographer, especially those who often find themselves shooting action or weddings.
Sony Alpha 77: Focal points
The Alpha 77’s hotshoe allows compatible flashguns to be used, such as the new weather-sealed HVL-F43AM. Wireless control is possible with this and other Sony flashguns as well
A first of its kind, the 921,600-dot TFT screen can be both tilted and articulated
Whether in manual or autofocus, this button can activate AF to snap to the point of focus. Like most of the other buttons, its function can be adapted by the user
This button doubles up as a 1.4x and 2x teleconverter, and also the manual focus magnification
SteadyShot image stabilisation
The Alpha 77 features in-camera image stabilisation through the sensor-shift SteadyShot function. This means lenses do not need to offer this facility
This newly developed unit lasts for approximately a professional-level 150,000 shutter actions. It also boosts the fastest shutter speed to 1/8000sec
Shot result preview
It is possible to preview how an image will look with settings such as aperture, shutter speed and dynamic range optimiser applied – on-screen and in the viewfinder
Digital level gauge
The digital level gauge displays on both the viewfinder and LCD screen whether or not the camera is level in horizontal and vertical directions