I was out having dinner with a group of cool friends. Everything was fine until a Sony Alpha 77 popped out of Jack's camera bag. Then I realize my saliva was dripping all over not because of the food, but for obvious camera lust.
The Sony Alpha 77 is a beast. The electronic viewfinder is fluid, and very clear. At 2.4 million dots resolution, and very high refresh rate, I must say it was rather astonishing. The autofocus was very fast, though we were in a dimly lit Old Town Cafe, and the high ISO shooting performance up to ISO1600, tested and previewed on location was rather impressive. Overall handling of Alpha 77 was very good, the grip was substantial enough for good balance even with larger lenses (there was a Minolta 70-200mm F4 AF lens), and the weight of the body was lighter than my own Olympus E-5. Oh my did you see how the LCD monitor screen can tilt and turn? This camera is truly an interesting package, showing how ambitious and how forward thinking Sony truly is. Just a brief encounter with this latest camera from Sony can tell you why Sony has had a strong history and steady footing when it comes to electronics market and branding. Their innovation is unquestionable, and they know how to push the right buttons on the consumer demands.
All images (unless otherwise mentioned) was taken with Olympus DSLR E-5 and Zuiko Digital 25mm F2.8 pancake lens.
The design, appearance and look of the camera, very sexy. Yes, I said sexy !!
Check out the tilt screen, interesting !!! Say hi to Jack !!
Yap, an avid Olympus PEN user, giving the Alpha 77 a go.
The live view is brilliant !! Sony AF on the Live View, as fast as any phase-detect AF on advanced DSLR.
I like the size and balance of the camera, perhaps some will complain its too hefty and bulky, but hey, if size and weight are your concerns, there are NEX series for your consideration.
Don't expect durian trees to give you rambutans !!
My dinner at Old Town Cafe, some spicy chicken chop rice and side dishes. I did say I will take more food photos right? Working on it, really.
Jack, the proud owner of the A77, thanks mate for letting me molest your gear !! In case you guys did not notice, he is the same dude who appeared in my Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8 Lens Review Part 2 (click).
Photo of me and E-5, taken with the new Sony Alpha 77 !!
I have not brought home any image samples for my scrutiny and side by side comparison with any other image files, but hey, lets not go too far from here. Again, this was a very short encounter with the Alpha 77, and I am glad Jack was kind enough to let me molest his new baby this much. I will only write full user experience review if I have had a full-on shooting session with the camera, at least for half a day walk on the street. Nonetheless, I do admit my first impressions on this Sony was a hell lot better than initial expectations. To say I was impressed was an understatement.
Perhaps by mere luck I will have a chance to truly try this camera out and write more about it.
Any of you beautiful people own a Sony A77? Or any Sony system users (old alpha DSLR lines or current NEX mirrorless series) Do share some thoughts !! I would love to hear from you.