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On August 24 2011, Sony announced the α77 and α65 cameras
featuring a newly developed Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with 24.3 Megapixels, as well as the world's first XGA OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder. These cameras come with Translucent Mirror Technology which make them the fastest, most responsive interchangeable lens cameras in their class. The α77 features a 19-points AF system, enthusiast form factor with ample controls and customization, large 3.0-inch 921K flip and rotate LCD, 12 fps burst rate, and a cutting edge OLED EVF with 2,359,296 dots of resolution, magnification of approximately 1.09x, and 100% frame coverage. It also comes with built-in GPS, 1080P (60fps and 24fps) HD video, and the weather sealed exterior.
The α65 features nearly all of the features from α77, including the sensor, the HD video, the LCD (minus the rotation), the GPS, the EVF, but without weather sealing, controls is simplified, body is smaller, and has a slower max shutter speed (1/4000 vs 1/8000). The burst rate is also lowered from 12 fps down to 10 fps. Sony also announces the new DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM standard zoom with 16mm wide angle coverage that's ideal for both portrait and everyday shooting. The lens features a dust- and moisture-resistant design, and offers a zoom range of approximately 3x range at constant wide F2.8 aperture. It comes with aspherical glass and three ED (Extra Low Dispersion) lens elements to minimize aberration at all focal lengths, as well as an internal Super Sonic wave Motor (SSM) drive enables fast, quiet autofocus. There is also an optional dust- and moisture-resistant VG-C77AM Vertical Grip for α77, housing up to two NP-FM500H InfoLITHIUM batteries. The α77 will be available in a kit with the new SAL1650 f2.8 lens for about $2000, and offered as body-only for about $1400. The SAL1650 lens will also be sold separately for about $700. The α65 will be available in a kit with a standard 18-55mm lens (SAL1855) for about $1000, and offered as body-only for about $900. Here's the summary of review of the SLT A77 by DigitalCameraInfo:
"With its coveted NEX line of compact system cameras, Sony has built a solid foundation of cameras that are great for shooting video in addition to still images. The Alpha SLT-A77 is another good addition to Sony's family, and, while still technically a "system camera", it's not exactly compact like the Sony NEX series. The A77 uses Sony's translucent mirror technology, which means it isn't a traditional DSLR, and this sensor system also enables the camera to do things in video that DSLRs can't (like use autofocus continuously while recording). If you're just looking for a simple camera to experiment with video recording, the Sony A77 probably shouldn't necessarily be on your list. It costs $1999 with its 16-50mm f/2.8 kit lens (or $1399 body only), which is roughly the same price as two high-end camcorders would run you. It's also not the best camera for video we've seen, although it did do a good job in our tests. The Canon 5D Mark III and the cheaper Sony NEX-7 both had an edge in video quality over the A77.
But the Alpha A77 offers a very good package all around. It's an impressive still image camera--that's for sure--and despite its bulk it handles decently for shooting video. It's tilting and rotating LCD is great for getting shots at odd angles, and its dual AVCHD and MPEG-4 recording options gives you flexibility in post production. The camera can also shoot Full HD video at multiple frame rates (60i, 60p, or 24p), and it has a wide range of manual controls in video mode."
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Sony SLT-A77 Camera Reviews Roundup
|Imaging Resource: "The most unusual capability of the Sony A77's video mode is enabled by its translucent mirror. The Sony A77 can continue to use phase detection autofocusing during movie recording, allowing swift adjustments to focus as your subject moves. Since standard Alpha-mount lenses are used, this focusing action is accompanied by significant levels of autofocus drive noise, although Sony notes that it has included a new nois..." - Jan 30 2013 More »||N/A|
|PhotographyLife: "Coming from a Nikon DSLR background, I did not know what to expect from the newly released Sony SLT-A77 camera. Its impressive performance characteristics, high resolution and bundled features were the reason why I decided to give Sony a try. After several months of using the camera in various environments, I am happy to say that I am very impressed by this solid and highly capable camera. Sony chose the path of inn..." - Oct 30 2012 More »|
|TechHive: "The new Sony SLT (single-lens translucent) cameras use a fixed translucent or "pellicle" mirror that lets most of the light coming through the lens go straight to the sensor, while also continuously bouncing a little of the light up to an ultrafast phase-detect autofocus sensor. The SLT design does mean a little less light reaches the imaging sensor than in a conventional SLR. Sony says the light loss is a..." - Oct 24 2012 More »|
|Camera Labs: "The SLT-A77 builds on the foundations laid by the SLT-A33 and A55. If there were any doubts that a camera with a fixed semi translucent mirror and continuous live view could outperform traditional SLRs then Sony has laid them to rest with the A65 and A77. Some features are pivotal, not least of which is the ultra-high reolution OLED EVF. Sure footed and versatile AF, fast continuous shooting, reliable in-camera stab..." - Aug 01 2012 More »|
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