Am I expecting too much (A77 and G70-400)

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rob_b Contributing Member • Posts: 810
Am I expecting too much (A77 and G70-400)

Just returned from a few days vacation, and have been trying out a new A77/70-400G combination. Mainly interested in birds/wildlife.

I'm not yet up to posting all the images in the most helpful way, but I'd appreciate advice on these - a small bird, quite a way away, and only able to capture the bird in the centre of the frame (where the glass should be best, yes?).

The crop (100%) has a distinct noise/granularity that I wouldn't have expected at ISO640.

The exif is below

Am I expecting too much?

I had hoped for pixel level detail, but there is so mich noise that I am wondering what I might have done wrong. Camera was set to spot AF and spot metering.

Advance thanks..

Brightness Value: 8.962
Color Space: sRGB
Components Configuration: 1, 2, 3, 0
Compressed Bits Per Pixel: 2
Contrast: Normal
Custom Rendered: Normal process
Date Time Digitized: 2012:06:12 09:25:40
Date Time Original: 2012:06:12 09:25:40
Exif Version: 2.3
Exposure Bias Value: 0
Exposure Mode: Auto exposure
Exposure Program: Normal program
Exposure Time: 1 / 2000
File Source: 
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
FlashPix Version: 1.0
FNumber: 6.7
Focal Length: 400
Focal Length In 35mm Film: 600
ISO Speed Ratings: 640
Lens Model: 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM
LensSpecification: 70, 400, 4, 5.6
Light Source: unknown
Max Aperture Value: 4.969
Metering Mode: Spot
Pixel X Dimension: 6,000
Pixel Y Dimension: 4,000
Saturation: Normal
Scene Capture Type: Standard
Scene Type: 
Sharpness: Normal
White Balance: Auto white balance
ImageStabilization: 3
Lens ID: 53
Lens Info: 70, 400, 4, 5.6
Lens Model: 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM

Canon PowerShot G7 Sony SLT-A77
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