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Sony Alpha A77

$1,199.99
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SLR 24.3MP CMOS Black Jan 2015
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Sony Alpha A77 Review

, we have ranked the Sony Alpha A77 number 368 across all digital cameras.
99
392 Reviews + 25 Awards
65
79
28 Great Features
63
2 Years Old
Overall Score
81
Very Good

Why Has it Scored This?

It has great expert reviews and outstanding user reviews with 94% of buyers recommending this digital camera to others. This digital camera has received 25 awards including an "Editor's Choice" award from review websites PC Mag, Digitaltrends.com, Camcorderinfo.com, Photoreview.com.au, Log.com.tr and Reviewed.com, a "Recommended" award from review sites Trusted Reviews, M3.idg.se, Lydogbilde.no, Akam.no and Gagadget.com and a "Highly Recommended" award from review websites Ephotozine, Camera Labs, Ljudochbild.se and Lydogbillede.dk.
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Excellent
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Excellent
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Excellent
86
Very Good

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Sony Alpha A77 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

25 Industry Awards

Camera experts really like this high megapixel camera and have given it 25 awards.

The authors at six expert review sites all concluded that this camera was exceptional and gave it their highest award. This Sony digital camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from PC Mag, Digitaltrends.com, Camcorderinfo.com, Photoreview.com.au, Log.com.tr and Reviewed.com.

The experts at review sites Trusted Reviews, M3.idg.se, Lydogbilde.no, Akam.no and Gagadget.com all said that concluded that they would recommend this digital camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Review websites Ephotozine, Camera Labs, Ljudochbild.se and Lydogbillede.dk all said that this Sony digital camera was very good and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Three other expert review sites all endorsed this camera. The editor of website Buy-N-Shoot.com decided that this digital camera was excellent and gave it a "Platinum" award and it received a What Digital Camera "Gold" award. This Sony digital camera also received a DP Review "Silver" award.

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

Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on 66 expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review, What Digital Camera and Trusted Reviews this camera has an average expert rating of 87%. The camera expert review sites think this Sony camera is one of the better recently released high megapixel cameras.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

The average owner rating of this camera is superb based on 326 owner reviews. Over 76% of reviewers gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 94% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Seven people who purchased it mentioned that it had a good viewfinder and three customers who bought the product reckoned that it had a good screen.

Great Product Quality

15 customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was good quality.

Excellent Design

Eight owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was good looking and three owners who bought it concluded that it was ergonomic.

Good Quality Pictures

32 owners who bought this digital camera agreed that it was able to produce good images, six customers mentioned in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A77 had a good picture resolution and five owners wrote that this digital camera had a good image sensor. two owners who reviewed it agreed that it was good in low light.

Good Quality Lens

22 customers who reviewed the product considered that it had a good autofocus and three customers mentioned that it had a good lens.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 24,251 owner and expert reviews (including 6,460 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its digital cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically for its high megapixel cameras compared to other brands. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Excellent Technical Features

Eight people who bought it agreed that it had good features.

  • Sublime ergonomics, boldly innovative and brimming with features.
    Alphr.com November 2012
  • There are lots of useful features to help make you a better photographer…
    Ray (Bhphotovideo.com) - December 2014
  • So many great features, especially handheld twilight…
    BillBob (Bestbuy.com) - November 2015
  • This camera was perfect for it with all its advanced features including image stabilization…
    Cbis (Walmart.com) - November 2014
  • Many, many more features is more than enough to make me a digital viewfinder convert…
    LynnP (Walmart.com) - October 2014
  • This camera is packed with features for both the advanced amateur photographer…
  • There are great features as well…
  • Love most of the features on this camera, my only complaint is the auto focus is not always sharp…

Robust

12 owners who bought the product concluded that it was well made and three owners who reviewed it concluded that it was strong and durable.

Good Battery Life

Six customers who purchased it reckoned that it had a good battery life.

Easy to Use

Eight customers who reviewed it mentioned that it was easy to use, four owners who reviewed it concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold and three customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was easy to use the menus.

Reasonably Priced

Eight owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good value for money.

Good Video Capture

Four customers concluded that it was good for video recording.

Good Size

Two people who reviewed the product mentioned that it was a good body shape.

Acceptable Noise Level

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A77 was quiet.


Features

Supports Video Recording

The Alpha A77 supports video recording. Most of the other latest similar spec digital cameras also support video recording.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Alpha A77 has a pretty average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera.

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Supports Full HD Video

The Alpha A77 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other recently released high megapixel cameras.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Alpha A77 supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other recently released comparable spec digital cameras also support Wi-Fi.

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Has a Built-In Flash

The Alpha A77 has a built-in flash. Most of the other latest comparable spec digital cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Alpha A77 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Sony Alpha A77 has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

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6000 X 4000 Still Image Resolution

The Sony Alpha A77 has a 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as it. Most similar age high megapixel cameras have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Sony camera have still image resolution(s) of 4240 x 2832, 3008 x 2000, 6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2400, 3008 x 1688, 8192 x 1856, 3872 x 2160 and 12416 x 1856 and 5536 x 2160.

A 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s) is actually the best still image resolution across all high megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

A 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) is the worst still image resolution across similar types of camera.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Alpha A77 features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other new high megapixel cameras.

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Fairly Large Maximum Aperture Number

Across all the high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 130. The Alpha A77 has one of the larger maximum aperture numbers (40) amongst high megapixel cameras of this age.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Sony Alpha A77 features saturation adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera.

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Has a Carrying Case

The Alpha A77 has a carrying case. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera also have a carrying case.

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Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Alpha A77 has an anti-dust function, as do most of the other latest digital cameras.

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Supports Dioptic Correction

The Sony Alpha A77 supports dioptic correction. Most of the other recently released similar spec cameras also support dioptic correction.

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Quite Large Viewfinder Screen Size

Latest digital cameras have viewfinder screen sizes of between 0.2" and 8", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.89". The Sony Alpha A77 has one of the larger viewfinder screen sizes (0.5 inches) amongst high megapixel cameras of this age.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Alpha A77 features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other new high megapixel cameras.

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Has a Self-Timer

The Alpha A77 has a self-timer, as do most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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Supports Live View

The Sony Alpha A77 supports live view, as do most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The Alpha A77 has one of the higher display resolutions (numeric) (1,228,800 pixel) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. High megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this camera have display resolutions (numeric) of between 100,000 pixels and 6,300,000 pixels.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Alpha A77 has a vari-angle LCD display. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Alpha A77 supports Near Field Communication (NFC). Most of the other recently released cameras also support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Alpha A77 has a battery charger included, as do most of the other recently released high megapixel cameras.

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Features Histogram

The Alpha A77 features histogram. Most of the other recently released cameras also feature histogram.

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Features Voice Recording

The Alpha A77 features voice recording, as do most of the other latest similar spec cameras.

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Has an HDMI

The Alpha A77 has an HDMI. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also have an HDMI.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Alpha A77 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other new high megapixel cameras also have a built-in microphone.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Alpha A77 has a batteries included. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera also have a batteries included.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 82.5 millimeters, the Alpha A77 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of similar age similar spec cameras is 330mm.

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Image Resolution

The Sony Alpha A77 has a higher image resolution than most new high megapixel cameras. This camera has a 6000 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all recently released comparable spec digital cameras the best image resolution is 7360 x 4912 pixels and the worst is 4608 x 3456 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on recently released high megapixel cameras.

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Supports 50, 100 and 7 More ISO Sensitivities

The Sony Alpha A77 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most latest high megapixel cameras. This camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities "50", "12800", "25600" and "51200" are also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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Heavy

Recently released high megapixel cameras have weights of between 90g and 1.5kg, and the average weight is 430g. With a weight of 647 grams, the Alpha A77 is quite heavy compared to most of the other similar age high megapixel cameras.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of latest cameras is 18mm, the longest is 75mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm. At 27 millimeters, the Alpha A77 has a fairly long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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24.3 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 24.3 megapixels camera.

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Age

Released Over Two Years Ago

This digital camera was released in January 2015.


Reviews
99
392 Reviews + 25 Awards
Value for Money
65
Features for Portrait...
95
Excellent
Age
63
2 Years Old
Overall Score for Port...
80
Very Good
87
6000 X 4000 Pixels
Yes
Yes
Features for Portrait...
95
Excellent

Maximum Image Resolution

6000 x 4000 pixels image resolution


Image Stabilizer

has an image stabilizer


Self-Timer

has a self-timer


Optical Sensor Size

optical sensor size


Pre-Flash

pre-flash


Smile Detection

smile detection


Handheld Remote Control

handheld remote control


Reviews
99
392 Reviews + 25 Awards
Value for Money
65
Features for Landscape...
91
Excellent
Age
63
2 Years Old
Overall Score for Land...
79
Good
87
6000 X 4000 Pixels
93
647g
87
480 Shots
Yes
Features for Landscape...
91
Excellent

Optical Zoom

optical zoom


Maximum Image Resolution

6000 x 4000 pixels image resolution


Weight

heavy


Anti-Dust Function

has an anti-dust function


Optical Sensor Size

optical sensor size


Waterproof

waterproof


Electronic Compass

electronic compass


Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

battery life (CIPA standard)


GPS (satellite)

GPS (satellite)


Dustproof

dustproof


Reviews
99
392 Reviews + 25 Awards
Value for Money
65
Features for Everyday...
95
Excellent
Age
63
2 Years Old
Overall Score for Ever...
80
Very Good
93
647g
87
480 Shots
Yes
Yes
Features for Everyday...
95
Excellent

Weight

heavy


Image Stabilizer

has an image stabilizer


Vari-Angle LCD Display

has a vari-angle LCD display


Optical Sensor Size

optical sensor size


Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

battery life (CIPA standard)


Face Detection

face detection


Reviews
99
392 Reviews + 25 Awards
Value for Money
65
Features for Sport Pho...
86
Very Good
Age
63
2 Years Old
Overall Score for Spor...
76
Good
100
1s
Yes
53
50, 100, 80, 800, 12,800, 25,600, 25,...
87
480 Shots
Features for Sport Pho...
86
Very Good

Image Stabilizer

has an image stabilizer


ISO Sensitivities

supports 50, 100 and 7 more ISO sensitivities


Camera Shutter Speed

camera shutter speed


Multi Burst Mode

multi burst mode


Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

battery life (CIPA standard)


Waterproof

waterproof


Flash Recharging Time

flash recharging time


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony ilca77m2qgbl, sony ilca77m2gbl, sony w18135mm, sony slta77vq, sony slta77vm, sony vgc77am, sony w1855mm, sony a77ii
Barcodes 00027242284050, 00027242284067, 00027242846166, 00027242879850, 00027242879867, 00617689595170, 03662362040062, 03662362040260, 03662362040338

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