Sony Alpha 77

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Sony α77
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SLT-A77V + SAL-1650
Type Digital single-lens translucent camera
Sensor Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)
Maximum resolution Approx. 24.3 megapixels
Lens Interchangeable, Sony A-mount
Flash Built-in, Pop-up Auto,Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Hi-speed sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable for Autoflash and fill-flash mode), Wireless, Off, ADI flash / Pre-flash TTL / Manual flash
Shutter speed range 1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Exposure metering Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering, Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure modes Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight, (A)Aperture Priority, (P)Program Mode, (S)Shutter Priority, (M)Manual mode
Focus areas Wide (auto,19 points)/Zone/Spot/Local selectable
Focus modes Predictive control(AF-A, AF-C), Focus Lock, Eye-start AF, Manual-Focus
Continuous shooting 24.3megapixel at 12fps
Viewfinder TruFinder XGA OLED Electronic View Finder(2,359k dots)
Flash bracketing 0.3/0.5/0.7/2.0/3.0EV steps, 3/5 frames(2.0/3.0EV : only 3 frames) selectable
Custom WB Auto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight) , Flash, Setting the color temperature, Color Filter, Custom
Rear LCD monitor 3.0” TFT Xtra Fine LCD (921,600 pixels) w/TruBlack technology
Storage Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
Battery InfoLITHIUM NP-FM500H
Weight

Approx. 1 lb 7 oz (653g) (excl battery, lens & media)

Approx. 1 lb 9.8 oz (732g) (w/battery & media)
Optional battery packs Sony SLT-A77 VG-C77AM Vertical battery grip
Made in Thailand

Announced by Sony on August 24, 2011 the Sony Alpha 77 was the flagship for Sony's midrange Alpha SLT camera line.

The successor to the Sony A700, it is equipped with a 24.3 MP APS-C HD CMOS sensor and boasts a 12-fps burst-shooting mode.

The camera is fitted with Sony's patented “translucent mirror” technology.[1]

On 1 May 2014 its replacement, the Alpha 77 II (ILCA-77M2) was announced with availability in June.[2]

Model variants[edit]

Model variants of the Alpha 77 camera body:

  • SLT-A77V with GPS.
  • SLT-A77 without GPS (depending on country).

Depending on country/market, the Alpha 77 camera is also available in different kits:

  • SLT-A77VQ (A77V+ 16-50mm lens).
  • SLT-A77VK (A77V+ 18-55mm lens).

Features[edit]

Image features[edit]

  • 24.3 megapixel Exmor APS-C HD CMOS sensor.
  • Updated BIONZ Image Processor.
  • 2nd generation Translucent Mirror Technology.
  • Multi-frame Noise Reduction.

Autofocus and metering[edit]

  • 19-point autofocus sensors with 11 cross type sensors.
  • TTL phase-detection AF.
  • Object tracking AF.
  • AF Micro Adjust.
  • 1200 Zone exposure metering.

ISO[edit]

  • ISO 100 - 16,000 (25,600 with multi-image combination. Expands down to ISO 50).
  • Auto ISO with customizable lower and upper limits.

Shutter[edit]

  • 12fps burst mode at full 24.3 megapixel resolution.
  • 1/8000 - 30sec (and Bulb) is the shutter speed range.
  • Shutter rated for 150,000 actuations.

Ergonomics and functions[edit]

  • TruFinder XGA OLED Electronic Viewfinder with 2359K dots resolution with full 100% frame coverage.
  • TruBlack XtraFine LCD screen (3"/ 7,5 cm) with 921.6K dots resolution with pull-out three-hinge tilt/swivel functionality.
  • Live View with full-time Phase Detection AF.
  • Top panel LCD with illumination.
  • Built-in dark red auto-focus illuminator.
  • Dual anti-dust sensor cleaning system.
  • SteadyShot INSIDE, in-body image stabilization system.
  • D-Range Optimiser (5 levels and Auto).
  • Stereo microphone and external mic socket.
  • A magnesium alloy body with weather sealing.
  • Built in GPS (SLT-A77V model only).
  • UHS-I compatible.[3]
  • 3D Sweep Panorama.

Video[edit]

  • Full HD Movies at 60p, 60i, or 24p all at full HD 1080p resolution.
  • AVCHD / MP4 recording formats.
  • MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 video compressions.
  • Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC audio recording formats.

Firmware updates[edit]

On 5 February 2013, Sony released[4] a new firmware V1.07, with the following enhancement:

  • Added support for Sony Alpha Lenses (with automatic compensation compliancy): SAL100M28, SAL50M28, SAL85F28, SAL18200, SAL20F28, SAL28F28.

Performance[edit]

In the DxOMark Overall Sensor Score test, which is based on all characteristics of a camera sensor, the APS-C (23.5x15.6mm sensor size) Sony Alpha 77 scored 78 points, only one point less than the full-format (36x24mm sensor size) DSLRs Sony Alpha 900 and Canon EOS 5D Mark II.[5]

Reception[edit]

Overall the reception for the Sony SLT-A77 since its release has been mixed to positive.

Digital Photography Review awarded the Sony SLT-A77 an overall score of 81% and a silver award, praising its innovative and detailed EVF viewfinder and its fast 12fps shooting mode but criticizing its JPEG quality and noise level especially at high ISO.[6]

Photography Blog gave the Sony SLT-A77 a 5 out of 5 stars praising its innovative EVF display, the inclusion of full 1080p video, built-in GPS, 12fps burst mode, dual control dials, top-panel LCD, a 3-way rear screen and myriad of creative effects such as HDR, Dynamic Range Optimization, creative styles, picture effects and the innovative sweep panorama mode.[7]

Sony Alpha 77 II[edit]

The Sony Alpha 77 II features a BIONZ X image processor similar to the Sony Alpha 7 series. It comes with Wi-Fi, NFC and also has 79 AF points with 15 crossing sensor, 12 fps burst speed up to 60 frames in full resolution, continuous AF video Full HD at 60p and 24p. One of the major features is the new sensor with less noise.[8] GPS has been removed, as has the LED AF illuminator—the pop-up flash is now used for focus assist.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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