|Redefining the camera. Get action photos, HD Movies and Live View shots that other cameras miss, thanks to Sony’s exclusive Translucent Mirror Technology. Enjoy 24.3 megapixel resolution—with the world’s fastest shooting— up to 12 frames per second—and the world’s first OLED electronic viewfinder.2|
2nd Generation Translucent Mirror DesignOther DSLRs can shoot. Or they can focus with the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF. They cannot do both at once. Sony changes all that with the award-winning Translucent Mirror Technology system. It directs light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor simultaneously.
24.3 MP; best-in-class resolution2You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements thanks to a 24.3 megapixel sensor. It’s the highest resolution among APS-C DSLRs, as of August 2011.
World’s fastest up to 12 fps continuous2The translucent mirror makes it far easier to capture the decisive soccer kick or your baby at her absolute cutest. Shoots up to 12 frames per second at full-resolution 24.3 megapixels with continuous auto focus (AE locked after first frame). This is the world’s fastest shooting speed for interchangeable lens APS-C cameras, as of August, 2011.
World’s first OLED viewfinder2There’s never been anything quite like the Tru-Finder™ OLED electronic viewfinder. For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, this is a gem. It begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth. OLED reduces motion blur to a bare minimum. You can also see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail.
HD Movies4 at 60p, 60i, or 24pCapture spectacular HD Movies4. This is the world’s first DSLR to offer a choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution. AVCHD™ codec delivers stunning picture quality. MP4 codec offers smaller files for easier upload to the web.
HD movies with full manual control4Now you don’t need to surrender control when you shoot HD movies.4 Enjoy the full expressive potential of Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority or Manual (P/A/S/M) control in HD movie mode.
Full-time Phase Detection AFYou get fast, accurate auto focus in every mode—even HD Movie and Live View—thanks to Sony’s exclusive Translucent Mirror Technology. While Contrast Detection Auto Focus often hunts for correct focus, Phase Detection AF knows exactly where correct focus is, and goes straight for it.
Full-Time Live View in LCD or EVFYou can use both the LCD monitor and OLED Electronic Viewfinder for composing shots in Live View. Both provide a what-you-see-is-what-you-get preview of white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure and 100% framing accuracy, plus informative on-screen displays.
World’s shortest release time lag3Helps ensure that the image you want is the image you get. Once auto focus occurs, release time lag is the delay between fully pressing the shutter release and when the camera actually starts taking the picture. Long lag makes it harder to capture fast-moving objects. The Sony A77 boasts the world’s shortest release time lag at only 0.05 seconds.3
Rugged, magnesium alloy bodyThe SLT-A77 is built for the real world with a magnesium alloy body that combines high strength with light weight. Ports, doors and controls are also weather-resistant for smooth operation under adverse conditions.
Object Tracking AFLocks onto a specified object and maintains focus even as the subject moves. Unpredictable subjects stay in focus even while zooming. You can concentrate on composition without worrying about focus.
19-point Auto FocusTo maximize the value of Translucent Mirror Technology, Sony incorporates Phase Detection AF of great sophistication. 19 sensors with 11 cross sensors maximize precision for both vertical and horizontal subjects.
Three-way tilt/swivel LCD screenTilt it up or down to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss. Tilt and swivel over the camera for self-portraits. You can even tilt it up and down when you hold the camera in vertical mode! Finally, the monitor folds flush to the camera with the LCD exposed for shooting or protected for travel.
Dual control dialsPerfect for experienced shooters, dual control dials provide direct, hands-on access to two settings at a time.
Top mounted LCDIn addition to status displays on the LCD monitor and Electronic Viewfinder, Sony offers a top-mounted LCD with exposure information.
6-image layeringLeverages the fast BIONZ® processor to capture six images in a fraction of a second, and then combine the data. The result is one incredible single image that gets a cleaner result in Multi-Frame NR mode or sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode.
Multi-frame NRExperience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity. Sensitivity selectable up to ISO 16000. (Recommended for still subjects.)
Handheld Twilight modeGet gorgeous shots at night without a tripod. Combines six frames into a single image for smooth, low-noise evening shots. (Recommended for still subjects.)
Auto HDR built into cameraCaptures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle—and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot. (Recommended for still subjects.)
3D Sweep Panorama™ ModeCapture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television1. Records both JPEG and MPO file formats.
|Lens Compatibility||Sony A-mount lens|
|Camera Type||Sony A-mount interchangeable lens digital camera|
|Imaging Sensor||Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)|
|Processor||BIONZ™ image processor|
|Anti Dust||Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism|
|Pixel Gross||Approx. 24.7 megapixels|
|Effective Picture Resolution||Approx. 24.3 megapixels|
|Focal Length Conversion Factor||1.5x|
|Color Filter System||RGB primary color filters|
|Media Type||Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™ media; SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card|
|Color Space||sRGB, AdobeRGB|
|Still Image Mode||JPEG (Standard, Fine, Extra Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG|
|Still Image Size 16:9||
L size: 6000 x 3376 (20M)
M size: 4240 x 2400 (10M)
S size: 3008 x1688 (5.1M)
|Still Image Size 3:2||
L size: 6000 x 4000 (24M)
M size: 4240 x 2832 (12M)
S size: 3008 x 2000 (6M)
|Panorama Still Image Size||
Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M)
Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M)
Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M)
Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M)
3D Sweep Panorama:
Horizontal Wide: 7152 X 1080 (7.7M)
Horizontal Std.: 4912 X 1080 (5.3M)
16:9: 1920 X 1080 (2.1M)
|Video Format||AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))|
PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps
HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps
VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps
|Video Signal||NTSC color, EIA standards|
|Audio Format||Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC|
|Microphone/Speaker||Built-in Stereo Microphone|
|Still Image File Format||JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3format), 3D MPO (MPF Extended compliant)|
|Lens Mount Type||Sony A-mount|
|Type||0.50" XGA OLED EVF (Electronic viewfinder) (2,359k dots)|
|Diopter Adjustment||-4.0m-1 to +3.0m-1|
|Field of View||100%|
|Magnification||1.09x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 )|
|LCD Type||3.0” TFT Xtra Fine™ LCD (921,600 pixels) w/TruBlack™ technology|
Tilt angle: Up: 150 degrees; Down: Approx. 180 degrees
Rotation angle:180 degrees clockwise and 90 degrees counterclockwise.
|Brightness Control||Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2)|
|Live View||Continuous Live View (LCD/EVF Auto, selectable)|
|Real-time image adjustment display||Yes(On/Off)|
|Grid Display||Yes (Rule of thirds, 4x6 Square, Diagonal & 4x6 Square Grids, Off)|
|Customization||Grid, Histogram display, Digital Level Gauge, Grid Line, Magnified display for playback|
|Focus System||TTL phase detection AF (CCD line sensors)|
|Focus Points||19 points (11 points cross type)|
|AF Modes||Single-shot AF(AF-S), Continuous AF(AF-C), Automatic AF(AF-A) selectable, Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus|
|Focus Area||Wide (auto,19 points)/Zone/Spot/Local selectable|
|Focus Sensitivity||EV -1 to 18 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)|
|Focus Features||Predictive control(AF-A, AF-C), Focus Lock, Eye-start AF|
|AF Illuminator||Built-in LED, Range: approx. 3' - 21' (1m-7m)|
|Metering||Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering|
|Metering Modes||Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Metering Sensitivity||-2EV to 17EV (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/1.4 lens)|
|Exposure Compensation||+/-5.0 EV(1/3EV,1/2EV steps selectable)|
|Exposure Settings||AUTO,AUTO Advanced (AUTO+), Scene Selection (SCN), Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama (3D), Continuous Advance Priority AE (12fps), Movie, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M)|
|Scene Mode(s)||Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight|
|Picture Effect(s)||11 types (15 variations): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature|
|D-Range Optimizer||Yes: (Auto, Level, Off)|
|Auto Exposure Lock||Yes (AE Lock button)|
|Color Temperature||2500 - 9900 k with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7)|
Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait , Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia
(Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps))
|Exposure Bracketing||Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, 3/5 frames selectable|
|ISO||Auto (ISO 100-12800, selectable the lower limit and the upper limit ); Selectable ISO100 - 16000 equivalent (ISO numbers up from ISO50 can be set as expanded ISO range)|
|Noise Reduction||Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low)|
|White Balance Mode||Auto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight) , Flash, Setting the color temperature, Color Filter, Custom|
JPEG Standard (17 shots)
JPEG Fine (17 shots)
JPEG Extra Fine (13 shots)
RAW (13 shots)
RAW+JPEG (11 shots)
|Continuous Shooting Speed||
Continuous (Hi: up to 8fps,Low: up to 3fps)
Continuous Priority AE (12fps)
|Drive Mode||Single-shot, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Bracket (Continuous/Single/WB/DRO), Remote commander (RMT-DSLR1 Sold Separately)|
|Self-timer||2-sec. or 10-sec. delay,|
|Shutter Speeds||1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb|
|Shutter Type||Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter|
|Flash Compensation||±3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)|
|Flash Coverage||FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)|
|Recycling Time||Approx. 3 sec.|
|Flash Bracketing||0.3/0.5/0.7/2.0/3.0EV steps, 3/5 frames(2.0/3.0EV : only 3 frames) selectable|
|Flash Metering System||ADI flash / Pre-flash TTL / Manual flash|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Hi-speed sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable for Autoflash and fill-flash mode), Wireless, Off|
|Flash Type||Built-in, Pop-up Auto|
|Guide Number||12 (in meters at ISO100)|
|Auto High Dynamic Range||Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)|
|Sweep Panorama||Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical, and 3D Panorama|
|Face Detection||On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off|
|Smile Shutter™ technology||Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)|
|Image Stabilization||SteadyShot INSIDE™ in-body image stabilization|
|Accessory Shoe||Yes (Alpha)|
|BRAVIA® Sync™||Yes, via HDMI® with compatible BRAVIA HDTV|
|DVDirect||Yes, via USB|
|HD Output||HDMI® (TypeC mini)|
|Memory Card Slot||Dual compatibility slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™/PRO-HG HX Duo™ media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card|
|PhotoTV HD||Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI® cable|
|USB Port(s)||USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)|
|Dimensions (Approx.)||Approx. 5-3/4 × 4-1/8 × 3-1/4" (142.6 x 104 x 80.9mm) (W/H/D) excluding protrusions|
Approx. 1 lb 7 oz (653g) (excl battery, lens & media)
Approx. 1 lb 9.8 oz (732g) (w/battery & media)
|Battery Type||InfoLITHIUM® NP-FM500H (7.2V)|
|Number of Still Images||Approx. 470 images with viewfinder, 530 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)|
|Supplied Software||PMB (Picture Motion Browser) v5.2; Image Data Converter SR v3.2; Image Data Lightbox SR v2.2|
|Operating System Compatibility||Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1; Mac OS X (v10.3-ｖ10.6), PMB is not compatible with Mac OS. Camera (via USB), Image Data Converter, and Image Data Lightbox software are compatible with Mac OS.|
|Limited Warranty Term||1 Year Parts & Labor|
The good A well-designed camera that's enjoyable to shoot, partly thanks to a great viewfinder, the fixed-mirror Sony Alpha SLT-A77V bests the competition with features like a cleverly articulated display, built-in GPS for geotagging, and very good 1080/60p video.
The bad There are some annoying omissions in the A77V's feature set, including odd limitations for raw and video shooting, plus battery life is subpar.
The bottom line The Sony Alpha SLT-A77V is an excellent, well-designed camera for deep-pocketed amateurs; it nevertheless has a few limitations that may make it impractical for professionals.