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Sony Alpha A77 Digital Camera Review

A big, heavy interchangeable lens camera with sophisticated video controls and a variety of recording options

June 07, 2012
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Introduction

The Sony A77 is a big, heavy interchangeable lens camera that has a sophisticated set of video controls and a variety of recording options. The camera produced video that was reminiscent of Sony's excellent NEX-7, although the A77 didn't do quite as well in our video tests. However, its quick autofocus and solid set of manual controls in video mode were more than enough to put the A77 in the upper echelon of video-capable system cameras.

Motion & Sharpness

The A77 reproduces motion very nicely for a consumer SLR. Moving objects are smooth with only very slight trailing. There’s a bit of noisy artifacting especially in the blue channel, and some interference in high-contrast areas. Autofocus is very quick and accurate. Overall, motion is really quite good.

Like many cameras with large image sensors, the A77 does have some trouble with a rolling shutter. This creates what some people call a “jell-o effect” when you pan back and forth quickly. The image wobbles as you pan, which you can see in the video below. The effect isn’t too bad if you pan slowly, but you definitely see it when you quickly jerk the camera from side to side.