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Sony SLT-A77 Digital Camera

SLR 24.3MP CMOS 2x Oct 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Twenty-five industry awards
Nice design
Reduced battery life
9 Reviews

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Reduced Battery Life

Eight customers wrote that the Sony SLT-A77 did not have a good battery life. Six years ago website Cnet.com.au said “Battery drains quickly” in their review of this digital camera. Techradar mentioned “Reduced battery life” in their review of this digital camera. Pocket Lint wrote “Electronic viewfinder still suffers some lag, poor battery life”.


Reviews

Twenty-Five Industry Awards

This high megapixel camera has received twenty-five awards from digital camera experts.

The writers at review websites PC Mag, Digitaltrends.com, Camcorderinfo.com, Photoreview.com.au, Log.com.tr and Reviewed.com all concluded that this digital camera was marvellous and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

The experts at review websites Trusted Reviews, M3.idg.se, Lydogbilde.no, Akam.no and Gagadget.com all decided that concluded that they would endorse this Sony camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Four more expert review sites all concluded that this camera was very good. Ephotozine and Camera Labs both gave this digital camera a "Highly Recommended" award, it received an "Especially Recommended" award from Ljudochbild.se and Lydogbillede.dk gave it an "Especially Recommended 5 Star" award.

An additional three expert review sites thought that this digital camera was good. This Sony digital camera received a "Silver" award from review website DP Review and it received a "Gold" award from review site What Digital Camera who concluded it was excellent. In addition, the expert at website Buy-n-shoot.com thought that this Sony camera was marvellous and gave it a "Platinum" award.

This Sony digital camera received an "Essential" award from PhotographyBlog.com, Magnus.de gave it a "Test Winner" award and Digital Versus gave it a "5 Star" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

The average expert rating of this digital camera is 87% based on sixty-seven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review, What Digital Camera and CNET.com. If all the digital cameras of this type and age are ranked by average expert review score then this camera is in the top 18%.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 341 owner reviews this camera has a brilliant average owner rating. 176 reviewers (76% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 94% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 23,306 user and expert reviews (including 7,110 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically within its high megapixel cameras range compared to other brands. 92% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Support

Does Not Have Good Technical Guidance

Two people considered that it did not have good technical guidance. Website Bhphotovideo.com said “Instruction manual” in their review of the Sony SLT-A77.


Features

Includes Useful Features a

Eleven customers who bought this digital camera concluded that it had good features. Trusted Reviews mentioned “Lots of useful features and customisation options”. Website Techmagnifier.com said “Includes useful features a”. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned “Packed with features and impressive strengths including a superb kit lens.” in their Sony SLT-A77 review however despite that they only gave the product a rating of 3 stars out of 5.


Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Sony camera has been on the market since October 2013.


Price

Good Value for Money

Ten customers wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money. Website Newegg.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “NEVER has a kit lens cost 800 Weather sealed at 2.8” and gave the Sony SLT-A77 a score of 5 stars out of 5. They also wrote “Its not uncommon to have a lens cost more than cameras” in their review. Expert review site Reviewed.com wrote “A solid update at a good price that will give the competitors a run for their money”.

Two owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was expensive. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com wrote “Although on the expensive side” and rated the product 4 stars out of 5. Two years ago Heracross said “Expensive body compare to other brand, doesn't feel that great while handling it because of the small grip”.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Sony SLT-A77 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think the EOS 7D (£579.99), the EOS 60D (£659), and the EOS 6D (£857.99) all from Canon which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

If this camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the Pentax K-3 (£588.01) (3.2" and higher rated).

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Sony SLT-A77 supports video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera also support video recording.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The SLT-A77 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

Alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might want to consider include the Canon EOS 60D (£659) which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The SLT-A77 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Sony digital camera). This camera also supports a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras of this age and type.

The worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on cameras of this type and age.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The SLT-A77 supports video capability, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

Other digital cameras which support video capability currently available that you might want to consider include because of their better review scores, the EOS 60D (£659), or the EOS 7D (£579.99) both from Canon.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The SLT-A77 has a built-in flash. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to look at including because of their better review scores, the EOS 60D (£659), or the EOS 7D (£579.99) both from Canon or the Pentax K-3 (£588.01).

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Has an HDMI Port

The SLT-A77 has an HDMI port. Most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The SLT-A77 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was quiet. Ps Digital Imaging said “The focusing is blazing fast and so quiet you have to listen for the motor”. Bob H. scored it 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Focusing is quick, quiet” in his review of this digital camera.


Camera

Supports Live View

The Sony SLT-A77 supports live view. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also support live view.

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Features Histogram

The SLT-A77 features histogram, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Battery

530 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera take between 30 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard), including the SLT-A77 which takes 530 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The SLT-A77 has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Viewfinder

Quite High Magnification

The Sony SLT-A77 has one of the higher magnifications (1.09 times zoom factor) amongst cameras of this age. The average magnification of digital cameras of this age and spec is 1.3x, and the magnifications range from 0.17x to 20x.

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Light Exposure

Supports Eight ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Sony SLT-A77 is more than most high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera. The ISO sensitivities "200", "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400" and "12800" are also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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Picture Quality

Only 1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This digital camera has a still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, which is the most commonly found still image resolution(s) on cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Image Resolution

The Sony SLT-A77 has a 6000 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras of this spec and age. The image resolution of all comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera ranges from 4608 x 3456 pixels (worst) to 7360 x 4912 pixels (best).

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24.3 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 24.3 megapixels camera.

If you are looking for a camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Pentax K-3 (£588.01) (24.35MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Design

Nice Design

Eight customers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was good looking. Flying Ace said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Pretty impressive” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Last year The Flex Factor wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “It captures beautiful and rich pictures” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Evan mentioned “That said, finding those settings is (as mentioned) pretty easy”.

Four people who reviewed it reckoned that it was ergonomic. Expert review site Alphr.com wrote “Sublime ergonomics, boldly innovative”. Two years ago Tcgc said on expert review site Walmart.com “Perfect ergonomics for glass big or small, decent battery life” in their review of this digital camera.

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Solid Build Quality

Thirty-one customers who bought it mentioned that it was good quality. Ephotozine wrote “Excellent image quality and colour”. Website Cnet.com.au rated the product 4 stars out of 5 and said “Excellent build quality”. Dp Review wrote “Good build quality and overall ergonomics”.

Well Built

Twenty-two owners agreed that the Sony SLT-A77 was well made. Digital Versus wrote “Well built”. Techradar said six years ago “Weather sealing and decent build” . Website Newegg.com wrote “The body is built SO well” .

Three people who reviewed it said that it was strong and durable. Expert website Tech-Boom.com wrote “With a sturdy, ergonomic body”. Bombpin mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Plenty of space and very durable”. Sonya580 said on expert website Walmart.com “This is a good bag and it is very sturdy” in their review of this digital camera.

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that it was sealed. Tom mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The body is weather sealed and built like a tank”. Dcisive said in their review of this digital camera “Like a brick strong and weather sealed”.

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Excellent Control Layout

Ten customers who bought the Sony SLT-A77 considered that it was easy to use. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Excellent control layout” . Two years ago Yariv scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote “Easy to use limiter that dramatically reduces "hunting”. Three years ago Dcisive said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Not only is it a pleasure to use regarding it's setup”.

Five owners who reviewed it mentioned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Expert review site Cnet.com.au mentioned five years ago “The grip is comfy”. Dean said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “It's comfortable to hold and it's worth every penny”. Mark W wrote “Once you get comfortable with several of the modes it produces very crisp, clean shots” in his review of this digital camera and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Four customers who purchased the product concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Sarg wrote “The improved menu is easier to navigate despite having 42 more base options” and gave the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Artemisia mentioned “The menu is much improved”. Naturephotos wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Walmart.com “You can use one of the Auto settings and get great shots without much thought”.

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

The weights of cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera range from 90g to 1.5kg, and the average weight is 400g. The Sony SLT-A77 is one of the heavier cameras that are a similar age to this camera (653 grams) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Good Structurally

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Alphasniper mentioned on expert website Walmart.com “If they did a hybrid mount that accepts both mount lenses with a decent size body, then fine” and gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5.

Two owners said in their reviews that the Sony SLT-A77 was good structurally. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Solid Construction” and scored it 5 stars out of 5. Lappinguplight said on expert review site Walmart.com three years ago “The body construction is superb”.

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Flash Casts a Shadow With Kit Lens

Four customers who purchased it concluded that it did not have a good flash. Digit.in wrote in their review of the Sony SLT-A77 “Flash casts a shadow with kit lens” yet they scored it 4 stars out of 5. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned two years ago “Flimsy Flash” in their review of this digital camera however they still gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5. David C. wrote in his review of this digital camera five years ago “Also your flash problems sounds like your in Auto mode” .

Great Viewfinder

Twelve customers who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good viewfinder. Five years ago website Asia.cnet.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Great viewfinder” and rated it 4 stars out of 5. Six years ago expert website Digitalversus.com said “The Alpha 77 has an electronic viewfinder” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. They also wrote “Its electronic viewfinder is good enough to silence critics (including us) as it avoids most of the usual pitfalls; the camera's performances are at least excellent” in their review.

Five people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good screen. Six years ago Digital Versus said “Vertical tilt and swivel screen” in their review of this digital camera. Website Asia.cnet.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Cleverly articulated display”. Jefft wrote on expert website Walmart.com “The display is excellent and you quickly forget that you are looking at a screen and not an optic view”.

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Good Autofocus

Twenty-nine customers said in their reviews that the product had a good autofocus. Website Newegg.com gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said “Manual focus assist (when the camera is set to manual focus” in their review of this digital camera. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Movable Spot Focus Point”. They also wrote “Eye Focus Recognition” in their review.

Eleven customers who bought it concluded that it had a good lens. Website Cnet.com.au wrote “Very nice kit lens” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 4 stars out of 5. Website Newegg.com wrote “This isn't your daddy's "kit lens".” and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars. Expert review site Cnet.com mentioned “It has a nice lens, great shooting options”.

Three owners who reviewed the product considered that it had a good image stabiliser. Website Newegg.com wrote “Image stabilization in camera” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Website Bhphotovideo.com gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Good Image Stabilization”. Cbis gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said on expert review site Walmart.com “This camera was perfect for it with all its advanced features including image stabilization” in their review of the Sony SLT-A77.

Two owners said in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Digital Versus wrote “Integrated zoom, accurate preview, doesn't go dark in low light” in their review of this digital camera. Tristian Hill mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The Clear Zoom is great, too” .

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1080 6050 Movie Mode

Fifteen people who reviewed it agreed that it was good for video recording. Website Digitaltrends.com said in their review of this digital camera five years ago “Excellent still and video quality” . Website Pcworld.com_techhive.com wrote “Excellent range of options for video capture”. Five years ago Camera Labs gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “1080 6050 movie mode”.

Excellent Image Quality

Fourty-six people who purchased it thought it was able to produce good images. Digital Versus gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and said “12 images per second in burst mode” in their review of this digital camera. Trusted Reviews gave the Sony SLT-A77 the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera three years ago “Excellent overall image quality”. Website Tomsguide.com said also three years ago “Continuous shooting of 12 fps for up to 25 photos” in their review of this digital camera.

Twelve owners said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. Website Digitaltrends.com scored the product 4 stars out of 5 and said “12 fps shooting” in their review of this digital camera. Trusted Reviews mentioned “Fastest continuous shooting speed in its class” in their review of this digital camera. Five years ago website Cnet.com gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said “Plenty of shooting options for every kind of user” in their review of this digital camera.

Five customers considered that it was good in low light. Website Bhphotovideo.com scored this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars and wrote “Good in Low Light”. Lisawhorocks rated it 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned on expert review site Bestbuy.com “The camera does a beautiful job in low light settings” in their review of this digital camera. Mr Baz wrote on expert website Amazon “It suffers less with noise in low light and the dynamic range is better+ New video options including zebras”.

Five people wrote in their reviews that it had a good image sensor. Expert website Brisbanetimes.com.au mentioned three years ago “The smaller camera has a larger sensor” . Chip wrote in their review of this digital camera “The focusing choices and the new sensor are second to none”. Niko said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “Sensor noise is also great improvement”.

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