Sony Alpha DSLR SLT A77 Digital Camera & Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM AF/DMF Zoom Lens - Bundle - with Sony 55-300mm DT f/4.5-5.6 SAM Telephoto Zoom Lens

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About Sony SLT-A77

Step up to an incredible shooting experience with this a77 DSLR camera. Featuring Sony's top-of-the-line Translucent Mirror Technology, you can focus and shoot simultaneously for fast, precise performance and continuous shooting of up to 12 frames per second, complete with continuous auto focus. Capture amazingly-detailed images that make for gorgeous enlargements thanks to an impressive 24.3-megapixel sensor.

The world's first DSLR to offer a choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or richly cinematic 24p movie modes all at Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, you can capture incredible, high quality AVCHD or MP4 videos of all your memorable moments (records in 29-minute segments). A Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder offers remarkable resolution and high contrast for outstanding depth, plus allows you to view setting adjustments in real time for the best possible picture.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Image stabilization (27),Large clear LCD (19),Fast / accurate auto-focus (18),Good image quality (18),Easy to use (17),Quiet (16),Fast shutter speed (15),Tilt /swivel LCD (15),High ISO performance (9)
Cons:
Noisy at high ISO (4),Short battery life (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (18),Wildlife (17),Family photos (15),Travel (15),Sports/action (14),Low light (11),Video (11),Weddings (11)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (10),Semi-pro photographer (10)

Sony SLT-A77 Features

  • 2nd Generation Translucent Mirror Design: Other DSLRs can shoot. Or they can focus with the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF. They cannot do both at once. Sony changes all that with the award-winning Translucent Mirror Technology system
  • World's first OLED viewfinder: There's never been anything quite like the Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder. For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, this is a gem. It begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth
  • Full-time Phase Detection AF: You get fast, accurate auto focus in every mode-even HD Movie and Live View-thanks to Sony's exclusive Translucent Mirror Technology
  • Rugged, magnesium alloy body: The SLT-A77 is built for the real world with a magnesium alloy body that combines high strength with light weight. Ports, doors and controls are also weather-resistant for smooth operation under adverse conditions
  • Three-way tilt/swivel LCD screen: Tilt it up or down to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss. Tilt and swivel over the camera for self-portraits
  • 6-image layering: Leverages the fast BIONZ processor to capture six images in a fraction of a second and then combine the data. The result is one incredible single image that gets a cleaner result in Multi-Frame NR mode or sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode
  • Auto HDR built into camera: Captures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle-and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot
  • Built-in GPS: An integrated GPS receiver records the location and time of every shot you take and lets you view your images on a map with compatible computer and Internet applications, so you can remember where you took your favorite shots
  • Main Sensor Quick AF Live View: Combines the fast focus of Phase Detection AF with high quality Live View images right from the main sensor. This is made possible by Sony Translucent Mirror Technology
  • Graphic Display: Clarifies the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results
  • 1200-Zone exposure metering: Reads exposure directly from the main image sensor. Choice of Multi, Center and Spot metering accommodates a full range of shooting situations
  • Up to 530 Shots of battery life: Take up to 530 shots on a single charge with Sony Stamina battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence
  • Built-in Flash (GN12): To help you shoot more effectively, the camera includes a built-in flash (Guide Number 12) that can also trigger a wireless accessory flash. The integrated hot shoe enables you to expand your lighting options with a range of accessory flashes
  • Sony Exmor technology: Conventional image sensors use only a handful of analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, which can slow you down. The Exmor sensor provides more than 5,600 column-parallel A/D converters. This helps enable continuous shooting at up to 12 frames per second
  • Smile Shutter technology: Captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply select the Smile Shutter mode and the camera takes the picture automatically. You can prioritize children or adults and adjust the smile sensitivity
  • HD Movies at 60p, 60i, or 24p: Capture spectacular HD Movies. This is the world's first DSLR to offer a choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution
  • Full-Time Live View in LCD or EVF: You can use both the LCD monitor and OLED Electronic Viewfinder for composing shots in Live View. Both provide a what-you-see-is-what-you-get preview of white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure and 100% framing accuracy, plus informative on-screen displays
  • Object Tracking AF: Locks onto a specified object and maintains focus even as the subject moves. Unpredictable subjects stay in focus even while zooming. You can concentrate on composition without worrying about focus
  • Dual control dials: Perfect for experienced shooters, dual control dials provide direct, hands-on access to two settings at a time
  • Multi-frame NR: Experience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity
  • 3D Sweep Panorama Mode: Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television
  • Shot Result Preview: See the results before you take the shot. This preview takes the guesswork out of camera settings by showing the effects of the aperture, shutter and DRO settings on the depth of field, motion and dynamic range
  • ISO 16000 sensitivity: Incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail, made possible by the low-noise Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ image processor
  • Upgraded BIONZ image processor: The brain of the camera is a Sony's BIONZ image processor substantially upgraded for the demands of 24.3 megapixel photography
  • SteadyShot INSIDE stabilization: Image stabilization reduces blur by compensating for camera shake. Typical DSLR systems build image stabilization into selected lenses only
  • P/A/S/M exposure modes: The camera offers a full range of controls from the beginner's AUTO+ mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual

Sony SLT-A77 Specifications

Burst Buffer
JPEG Standard (17 shots) JPEG Fine (17 shots) JPEG Extra Fine (13 shots) RAW (13 shots) RAW+JPEG (11 shots)
Continuous Shooting Speed
Continuous (Hi: up to 8fps,Low: up to 3fps) Continuous Priority AE (12fps)
Drive Mode
Single-shot, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Bracket (Continuous/Single/WB/DRO), Remote commander (RMT-DSLR1 Sold Separately)
Self-timer
2-sec. or 10-sec. delay,
Shutter Speeds
1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Shutter Type
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Lens Compatibility
Sony A-mount lens
Camera Type
Sony A-mount interchangeable lens digital camera
Imaging Sensor
Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)
Processor
BIONZ image processor
Anti Dust
Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism
Pixel Gross
Approx. 24.7 megapixels
Effective Picture Resolution
Approx. 24.3 megapixels
Focal Length Conversion Factor
1.5x
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Media Type
Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo media; SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
Color Space
sRGB, AdobeRGB
Still Image Mode
JPEG (Standard, Fine, Extra Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Still Image Size 16:9
L size: 6000 x 3376 (20M) M size: 4240 x 2400 (10M) S size: 3008 x1688 (5.1M)
Still Image Size 3:2
L size: 6000 x 4000 (24M) M size: 4240 x 2832 (12M) S size: 3008 x 2000 (6M)
Panorama Still Image Size
Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M) Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M) Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M) Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M) 3D Sweep Panorama: Horizontal Wide: 7152 X 1080 (7.7M) Horizontal Std.: 4912 X 1080 (5.3M) 16:9: 1920 X 1080 (2.1M)
Video Format
AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Video Mode
AVCHD: PS - 1920 x 1080/60p at 28Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/60i at 24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/60i at 17Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/24p at 24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/24p at 17Mbps MP4: HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p at 12Mbps VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p at 3Mbps
Video Signal
NTSC color, EIA standards
Audio Format
Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Microphone/Speaker
Built-in Stereo Microphone
Still Image File Format
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3format), 3D MPO (MPF Extended compliant)
Accessory Shoe
Yes (Alpha)
BRAVIA Sync
Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
DVDirect
Yes, via USB
HD Output
HDMI (TypeC mini)
Memory Card Slot
Dual compatibility slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
PhotoTV HD
Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI cable
USB Port(s)
USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)
Focus System
TTL phase detection AF (CCD line sensors)
Focus Points
19 points (11 points cross type)
AF Modes
Single-shot AF(AF-S), Continuous AF(AF-C), Automatic AF(AF-A) selectable, Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus
Focus Area
Wide (auto,19 points)/Zone/Spot/Local selectable
Focus Sensitivity
EV -1 to 18 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
Focus Features
Predictive control(AF-A, AF-C), Focus Lock, Eye-start AF
AF Illuminator
Built-in LED, Range: approx. 3' - 21' (1m-7m)
Viewfinder Type
0.50" XGA OLED EVF (Electronic viewfinder) (2,359k dots)
Diopter Adjustment
-4.0m-1 to +3.0m-1
Field of View
1
Magnification
1.09x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 )
Auto High Dynamic Range
Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
Embedded GPS
Yes
Sweep Panorama
Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical and 3D Panorama
Face Detection
On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off
Smile Shutter technology
Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
Image Stabilization
SteadyShot INSIDE in-body image stabilization
LCD Type
3.0" TFT Xtra Fine LCD (921,600 pixels) w/TruBlack technology
Angle Adjustment
Tilt angle: Up: 150 degrees; Down: Approx. 180 degrees Rotation angle:180 degrees clockwise and 90 degrees counterclockwise.
Brightness Control
Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2)
Coverage
1
Live View
Continuous Live View (LCD/EVF Auto, selectable)
Real-time image adjustment display
Yes(On/Off)
Histogram
Yes (On/off)
Grid Display
Yes (Rule of thirds, 4x6 Square, Diagonal & 4x6 Square Grids, Off)
Customization
Grid, Histogram display, Digital Level Gauge, Grid Line, Magnified display for playback
Lens Mount Type
Sony A-mount
Metering
Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Modes
Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity
-2EV to 17EV (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/1.4 lens)
Exposure Compensation
+/-5.0 EV(1/3EV,1/2EV steps selectable)
Exposure Settings
AUTO,AUTO Advanced (AUTO+), Scene Selection (SCN), Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama (3D), Continuous Advance Priority AE (12fps), Movie, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M)
Scene Mode(s)
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
Picture Effect(s)
11 types (15 variations)
D-Range Optimizer
Yes: (Auto, Level, Off)
Auto Exposure Lock
Yes (AE Lock button)
Color Temperature
2500 - 9900 k with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7)
Creative Style
Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia (Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps))
Exposure Bracketing
Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, 3/5 frames selectable
ISO
Auto (ISO 100-12800, selectable the lower limit and the upper limit ); Selectable ISO100 - 16000 equivalent (ISO numbers up from ISO50 can be set as expanded ISO range)
Noise Reduction
Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low)
White Balance Mode
Auto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight), Flash, Setting the color temperature, Color Filter, Custom
Battery Type
InfoLITHIUM NP-FM500H (7.2V)
Number of Still Images
Approx. 470 images with viewfinder, 530 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)
Flash Compensation
±3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Flash Coverage
FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)
Recycling Time
Approx. 3 sec.
Flash Bracketing
0.3/0.5/0.7/2.0/3.0EV steps, 3/5 frames(2.0/3.0EV: only 3 frames) selectable
Flash Metering System
ADI flash / Pre-flash TTL / Manual flash
Flash Modes
Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Hi-speed sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable for Autoflash and fill-flash mode), Wireless, Off
Flash Type
Built-in, Pop-up Auto
Guide Number
12 (in meters at ISO100)
Supplied Software
PMB (Picture Motion Browser) v5.2; Image Data Converter SR v3.2; Image Data Lightbox SR v2.2
Operating System Compatibility
Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1; Mac OS X (v10.3-v10.6), PMB is not compatible with Mac OS. Camera (via USB), Image Data Converter and Image Data Lightbox software are compatible with Mac OS.
Dimensions (Approx.)
Approx. 5-3/4 x 4-1/8 x 3-1/4" (142.6 x 104 x 80.9mm) (W/H/D) excluding protrusions
Weight (Approx.)
Approx. 1 lb 7 oz (653g) (excl battery, lens & media) Approx. 1 lb 9.8 oz (732g) (w/battery & media)

Sony SLT-A77 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.8

(based on 28 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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Reviewed by 28 customers

 
5.0

Just what I wanted!

By

from Natick, MA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Ideal for mt hobby of hiking to photographing waterfalls. Rugged chassis, and plenty of res to allow for a lot of cropping.

 
5.0

Awsome Camera

By

from Vonore, Tn.  -  Photo Enthusiast

The nicest camera that I have ever owned

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love It.

By

from Livonia, MI  -  Pro Photographer

I now have 2 of these. Great Camera and Low Price. I had many Minolta Lenses for the Film days. This Camera lets Me use all of the older Glass that I bought many years ago. It has a very fast focusing system and easy to use. You don't have to spend the big bucks to have a Great Camera.

 
5.0

Digiscoping

By

from AURORA, IL  -  Photo Enthusiast

I recently purchased a Swarovski STX 30-70x95 spotting scope and TLS-APO digital camera adapter for digiscoping. I have a Sony a99 but it has a vignetting problem so I purchased the Sony a77 because it solved the vignetting problem. The a99 is a full frame camera and the a77 isn't so that is reason for the vignetting on the a99. The TLS-APO isn't set up for full frame cameras. If I use the a99 for digiscoping I have to crop the photo using software, which I can do but that is another step I don't want to do.

 
5.0

Fantastic camera, period.

By

from Boone, NC  -  Photo Enthusiast

This camera is two years old. Yet, Nikon's last two cameras, d7000 and d7100, although both quality cameras, just can't compare with the features this camera has. Nikon is $300. more for their d7100. Both cameras have 50% magnesium bodies and 1/8000 of a second shutter speed. Both have excellent still pics. Sony a77 has excellent video and 12 frames per second at 24 mp. I also love the built-in GPS, the feature list is endless.

 
5.0

So happy with my purchase!

By

from Adk mtns of upstate, NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The Sony a77 is a remarkable camera that is on the cutting edge. It handles well, and fits the hand perfectly. It's fast, well laid out with the controls, and is a joy to use. The EVF is totally amazing with it's clarity! I'm so happy that I bought it from Adorama and got a lot of perks as well. Great job, Adorama!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Does Everything It's Supposed To!

By

from Maryland

This camera is awesome! It takes amazing photos! Video is excellent as well! Overall, definitely worth it! It is not too heavy and is comfortable to hold, and offers some great features. I am in college and my major is cinematic arts, this camera fits my everyday needs!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Auto Focus

By

from Phila. Pa.  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I gave a review a short time ago that my auto focus stopped working after 14 months of little use. I called Sony and they run me through the entire operation to tell me that it had to be sent in for repairs.Well after going through the menue and all of the info in the manual i came across AF/Shutter and found that i must have turned it off. Auto focus works now.Patience helps. I will call Sony about my find .The only thing i dont like is battery life.Yes i would recommend this camera to a friend.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Camera

By

from Campbellsville, KY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use the camera for personal enjoyment and business use in taking graduation, prom, wedding, family portraits, reunions, etc. photos. It delivers photos that are outstanding and is now my favorite camera.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love my A77!

By

from WPB FL  -  Pro Photographer

For the person who says it has bad low light performance and its a sunny day camera.I am providing proof that is not true. Here is a fast moving bobcat kitten, taken in the wild under the shade of cypress trees on a dark and rainy day. Not just not sunny... there was NO LIGHT!! This was taken at ISO 1000. And I have used ISO1600 with good results too. http://www.flickr.com/photos/feltonphoto/6449650721/ On a sunny day at ISO 200 or 250 or even 320 this camera can get jaw dropping clear low noise photos. You have to know how to use a camera to get the most out of it. I LOVE the EVF !! Let me repeat that, I LOVE THE EVF ! And having 12fps is fantastic. Although I keep it on 8fps most often, as that is usually enough. But 12 fps is awesome to have. 24mp at 12fps, in-camera image stabilization and HD video on a camera this price is unbeatable.The panorama mode works fantastic.And the camera with no mirror slapping up and down with each shot,is very quiet. And the focus is fast and accurate.

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