Sony SLT-A77 In-depth Review
Operations and controls
Top of camera controls (right)
The A77's top plate controls are conventional, and fairly standard in arrangement compared to both its predecessors and competitors. Here you'll find the combined on/off switch and shutter button, as well as direct access buttons to control drive mode, white balance, exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity. The 'Finder/LCD/ button to the left of the LCD screen allows you to switch manually between the A77's electronic viewfinder and the rear display. The top-mounted LCD screen marks the A77 out as a high-end model (its sister model the A65 does not feature a top-plate LCD and neither did the original SLT-A55), and serves simply as a status display for key functions and shooting parameters.
Top of camera controls (left)
On the opposite side of the A77's top plate is an equally conventional exposure mode dial. As well as the standard PASM and scene modes this is where you'll find the A77's special 12fps continuous shooting mode, 3D and conventional Sweep Panorama modes and 'MR' - Memory Recall. Memory Recall allows you to save and select up to three combinations of frequently-used modes and settings. Useful, for example, if you have your camera set up in one way for portraiture, another for sports and another for landscapes. If you want to take full manual control over movie recording you'll need to move the dial to the video mode position, at which point you can shoot in aperture priority, shutter speed priority, manual or program AE modes (with manual focus).
Rear of camera controls
The real excitement is to be found on the rear of the A77, in the various buttons and control points clustered around its articulated LCD screen. On the rear of the A77 are ranged the main menu and playback buttons, a help '?' button and 'DISP' display mode toggle. The 'Fn' button activates a useful quick menu for easy access to key shooting parameters and just beneath it a Smart Teleconverter button activates a toggling 1.4x or 2x digital zoom. Sadly, Smart Teleconverter is not available when shooting video, and depending on how you plan on using the camera, you might find it more useful to re-assign this button to become a 'focus magnifier'. Set up in this way, the smart teleconverter toggles a magnified view of the focussing area, to aid critical focussing. The AF/MF button at top left can be assigned to one of 28 different functions, including activating AF in manual focus mode.
On the right of the A77's rear you can see the thick rubber which coats its handgrip, and the similarly rubberized rear control dial. To the left of the dial is a useful manual/automatic focus clutch, for quickly disengaging AF in older 'screw-drive' lenses. To the left of this, there's an AEL exposure lock button and a direct movie recording button. Beneath this button cluster is the A77's joystick - the main control point for menu and function navigation.
Oct 21, 2014
Oct 16, 2014
Oct 20, 2014
Oct 18, 2014
|Al Fateh Grand Mosque by mallen1976|
from Your City - B&W Night Picture
|Fascia walkie talkie building London by ian herridge|
from Abstract Architecture
|Beakable by Hobbyfotograaf|
|St Paul's - DT NYC by mollymcd|
from Modern - Old-Fashioned
The company behind retail giant B&H Photo has agreed to pay out $3.2 million in monetary relief and back wages to settle a discrimination and harassment case from 2016.
After a popular Facebook teaser and some studio portrait samples, Godox has finally officially released the Godox A1 smartphone flash and flash trigger. Cheap, versatile and innovative, color us intrigued.
Canon’s EOS 5D Mk IV has won the European Imaging and Sound Association’s Professional DSLR of the Year award, making this the third year in a row that the brand has beaten Nikon to the top spot in the professional camera category.
A photograph and quote tweeted out by former president Barack Obama has officially become the most popular tweet of all time, receiving over 1.3 million retweets and 3.4 million likes.
Edward Weston was one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, and in this episode of Advancing Your Photography we learn the extreme technique he used to capture one of his most famous still life photos.
Instagram just released a small update that will make a huge difference if you're active on the photo sharing app: threaded comment replies.
Venus Optics has announced the price and delivery date of the second lens to join its Zero-D line up: the 15mm F2 for Sony’s E mount. A lens they've dubbed, "the world's fastest 15mm rectilinear lens for full-frame."
Cinnac is a new social network for photographers that will help you separate your good photos from your great ones through a Tinder-like community-based rating system.
The Canon EF 35mm F2 IS USM is an understated jewel of a lens, and one that we've enjoyed on a variety of cameras since its release almost five years ago. Its relatively small size and image stabilization make it a versatile tool for a variety of photography - check out our sample gallery.
You don't need a fancy studio or tons of gear to capture the kind of classic product photography you see in magazines. In this video, Dustin Dolby shows you how to do it with just a couple of speedlights and some know-how.
The life-logging camera is trying to make a comeback. Say hello to FrontRow, a live-streaming enabled life-logging camera from Ubiquiti that hangs on a necklace like a pendant.
When a prospective client approaches you, don't just say "yes" right away. Here's a useful list of questions you should be asking before you decide to take the job and name your price.
Samsung just revealed a blazing-fast new Solid State Drive capable of data transfer speeds of up to 540MB/s.
DJI has developed a 'Local Data Mode' that lets pilots fly without being connected to the Internet. The mode should calm recent fears over data privacy and security when flying DJI drones.
After 1.7 million downloads on Apple computers since the launch in November 2015, Aurora HDR will be available for Windows PCs for the first time with the 2018 release.
The company behind the new Meyer Optik Goerlitz lens manufacturing business has formed a new brand to bring back the Biotar 75mm F1.5 that was made by Carl Zeiss Jena in the 1940s and 50s.
The updated Qualcomm Spectra system is a dual-camera setup that is capable of sensing depth and motion in real time.
A sizable swath of the United States will be treated to a total eclipse of the heart – er, sun – in just under a week. Here are a few excellent guides to help you photograph this rare occasion.
f11 Magazine—an ad-supported, free magazine for 'photographers and aficionados' that focused on photos rather than gear—is suspending publication due to financial troubles.
The Minolta MC Rokkor-X 40-80mm F2.8 is unlike any zoom lens you've probably ever seen. Instead of a helicoid, it uses a gearbox, and because of this it's still one of the sharpest zoom lenses out there.
If you're looking to switch to Sony, the company's new limited-time "α trade up" promotion can snag you up to $500 + trade-in value towards a brand new a9, a7 II, a7R II, or a7S II when you hand over your DSLR or mirrorless camera.
The Google Camera app exclusive to the company's own Pixel phone has been unofficially ported to other Android devices. If you're willing to take the risk of installing, you can now use features like HDR+ on the Galaxy S8, LG G6, OnePlus 5, and more.
49-year-old David Hilos is known by the Singapore photography community as the 'camera whisperer.' When a service center says a camera is beyond repair, Hilos can usually coax it back to life.
Photographer Ryan Kelly captured one of the most viral and graphic images of the horrifying events in Charlottesville, VA this weekend. This is the harrowing story behind that photograph.
Data storage manufacturer Synology has added a new, lower-cost NAS to its DiskStation j line that has a maximum capacity of 40TB, and which is aimed at home users and photography enthusiasts.
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but here it is: the $500 interchangeable lens camera is about to go the way of the $200 compact.
On April 16, 2016 disaster struck in Kumamoto in the form of an unprecedented 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Here is the public's first look at Sony's sensor factory during the quake, the resulting damage and the efforts to restore operations.
Last August, travel photographer and Resource Travel editor Michael Bonocore escaped to the island of Tahiti for a month of cool adventures and amazing photography.
Curious just how tough Nikon's KeyMission 360 action camera really is? This one got chewed on by a tiger for several minutes and recorded the whole thing.
The EOS 6D Mark II is essentially a full frame version of the EOS 80D. However, we weren't exactly bowled-over by it, when we reviewed it. Does that mean it's not worth the cost of upgrading? Let us walk you through the differences.