I don't think the A77 needs to be replaced this year, here is why.

Started Feb 20, 2014 | Discussions thread
digitalshooter Forum Pro • Posts: 19,604
WOuld not be in Sonys best interest to continually resolve issues

that are resolvable via a firmware change, with FW updates.  The manufacture sets the life span, in spite of the fact that some things as you indicate could be addressed via a FW upgrade.

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