Okay camera but...

Started Jun 24, 2014 | User reviews thread
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pheanix Regular Member • Posts: 211
Okay camera but...

First the bad.  Slow response time in waking up or tuning on. This is even with f/w v1.07.  Battery stamina isn't that great to begin with, but setting a longer timeout before sleep drains it more.  Noise is quite evident beginning at ISO400.  Big downer because sometimes to keep the shutter speed up, ISO needs to be increased.  Biggest downer - slideshow effect and lag just doesn't work for fast paced action.  Period.  These issues are inherent with SLT and because of my shooting style, are unnacceptable to me.  I did get lucky and pull off a few shots, but my fast action keeper rate was below that of my previously owned 6fps A700.

Now the good.  For everything else (other than low light w/o flash), this camera does very well.  I've taken some sharp, detailed macros shots with the A77 that comes close to the my Nikon.  In good light, still life pictures are full of color and detail.  Good glass really brings out the best for these types of shooting with the A77.  Speaking of good glass, there's a ton of Minolta G and F2 lenses out there to be had for reasonable prices.  Some of the older cheaper glass rivals the newer Sony glass IMO.  The camera has a good build quality and I like the grip (helps with the battery stamina and easy access to BOTH batteries). Overall, it's a good camera, but not for everyone.

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 pheanix's gear list:pheanix's gear list
Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Nikon D800E Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm F4G ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II +5 more
Sony SLT-A77
24 megapixels • 3 screen • APS-C sensor
Announced: Aug 24, 2011
pheanix's score
Average community score
bad for good for
Kids / pets
Action / sports
Landscapes / scenery
Low light (without flash)
Flash photography (social)
Studio / still life
= community average
Nikon 1 V1 Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Sony SLT-A77
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