Nikon made an awesome camera. Their advertising has managed to focus attention away from this by highlighting a feature they haven't really implemented. Its entirely reasonable for consumers to expect "WiFi" on a newer and more expensive camera to work at least as well as on older and cheaper models. We shouldn't have to read the fine print. There should be truth in advertising. The best response from Nikon at this point would be to apologize and fix the WiFi.
The D5 appears to also be bested on this test by many Nikon APS C cameras as well as FF, and not by a small amount. It is also counter intuitive that a camera good at low ISO would have so much noise at low EV. One has to wonder if such a surprising result is "true". Might there be something wrong with the particular camera you tested? Have you verified on a second sample?
This looks very impressive. Once they can also provide adapters that will let those of us with an investment in Nikon or Canon lenses use them seamlessly with Sony mirrorless bodies, they will get a lot of uptake. Ultimately this could also mean that different brands of high end lenses will have to compete directly with each other. Exciting times indeed.
Mikhail Tal: Barney do you ever get fed up with people whining about the reviews?
Great review, thank you. I am astonished that a camera this size gives ISO performance and IQ apparently = my D4. This may be the "digital Hexar" I have been hoping for. I can't wait to check it out in person. Keep up the good work.
Sony is showing some great technical innovation with the SLT cameras, but the A77 samples are disappointing at high ISO. In raw it looks like the A77 gives up a full stop to the Nikon D7000 and half a stop to Sony's own A35. Likely as a result, the A77 high ISO jpegs show loss of detail and look plastic. It is particularly surprising that the A35 images look better than those from the A77. Hopefully there is a fix in the works.