The First Look At The Newly Announced Sony Alpha 77

As you may have heard, Sony just announced their new 24mp Alpha 77 DSLR and it is really pushing the limits of technology. I've been a Nikon shooter my whole life and I don't plan to switch any time soon but I still enjoy seeing all of the brands compete. It's also a well known fact that Sony supplies Nikon with their sensors so this chip may show up in the D400 that we are all hoping will be announced the in the next few months.

FYI, you will have to read subtitles to make it through this video.

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Lee Morris's picture

I am most excited about 60fps video at 1080p. I hope Nikon picks that feature up!

Zack Williamson's picture

maybe that nikon mirror-less camera that has been the object of several rumors in the past couple weeks. I'd love to see 1080p60 on the 5dMiii, but if you're going to be shooting those kinds of frame rates, a RED would probably be well worth the rental cost to do it right.

Looks to have some good features, but it still isn't quite enough to give up on the old 5DMKII yet. They are getting better and better all the time though!

The pictures look great! The video looks like it has yet to be desired. I'm with Martin on this one not given up on the 5dmkII yet

eh, it's a Sony

yup.. so far there's still nothing that can compete with the 5d as far picture quality for video (as far as dslrs).. the biggest improvement with this particular camera for me, would be that the image stabilization is built into the camera, and works with all lenses.  that's one thing these type of cameras have desperately needed, which normal video cameras already have.  put the IS in the camera, because most of the lenses i use don't have it

While it is a pain and a major expense, IS/VR works much better in lenses than the body. This is especially true on longer telephotos.

there's a chance you're right about this, but for some reason the image stabilization in a normal video camera (like the Sony EX1) works way better than my 5d with an IS lens on (like the 70-200 IS).  i don't know about the technical reasons for this, so you could be right, but it would still be really nice to have good IS in camera either way, as i have some really nice (expensive) lenses which don't have it.  i hate the 'micro-jiggles' you sometimes get with these slrs in video mode

Wow, I was going to dive in and comment "Great specs, I'll take the Nikon version please", and y'all already beat me to it! What is it about Sony that makes their compact cameras quite cool and their upper-shelf cameras make you feel like you've just caught yourself looking at your grandmothers bum?

Very nice, im a sony shooter and seeing stuff like this gets me excited. I really like the full features of plugs they have put on this camera. the A77 has every plug anyone would every need.. like the sync port which opens the doors big time for a Sony since I think the only bodies that have sync ports or tethered capability are the A850 and A900. The video and image quality looked great, I'm seeing more and more Sony's out and about, however its still not catching on with more serious shooters since I've yet to run into a single person who uses other than the kit lens. I use Minolta or zeiss prime lenses only on my Sony.

I don't see the need for serious canon or Nikon shooters to switch over, however I think with prosumer moves like the A77 I think we'll see more pro grade accessories (pocket wizard being one) and more pro shooters will be carrying Sony in there bag very soon. 


Brandon Luckain's picture

Specs are wonderful. Puts other manufacturers on notice.

What I don't get is really how poor the quality of the video in full screen mode on a computer... how come we now have high APS-C sensor at 24MP and when you play a video in full HD mode full screen, the quality still sucks? Nothing against Sony here, more of a global question... 

When "HD IS ON" it's still a lower bit rate than it's capable of doing. Not to mention the video is 720 not 1080. The bit rate of the video matters more than the size. You can have a high bitrate 720 and it will look better than a low bitrate 1080 on a full HDTV
Not saying it's better than the 5DmkII+L lenses, nothing I've seen so far has been, but I'm just saying I wouldn't bet on footage you see from the internet.

Dont understand why Sony is makin these cameras with translucent mirror... i mean that viewfinder in these cameras are just small displays but their size isnt much smaller than in usuall DSLR. Only pros is speed of their burst shooting. Or these cameras with translucent mirror is just the way to get Sony to norman financial state.

I will admit I am skeptical after the foul taste left in my mouth by my father's Lumix GH1, however many people that have had hands on previews with the camera say it's very, very good. A couple I've seen said they sometimes forget they're looking through an EVF. They say its almost the size and on par with the FF Alpha 900 which has one of the best view finders in DSLRs.