Thom seems on target with that review, it's a nice camera but some quirks as they all have. Fuji are getting there slowly but I'm not entirely convinced overall (esp flash they have nothing here)
Quick update, grip arrived it is nicely made..but it's not cheap, but as a new model supports it maybe worthwhile. It does (just) fit in my tamrac expedition 5x bag when the A77 is "gripped" it is comfy but adds to the bulk quite a bit (something I'd use sometimes but not always) I'd prefer a design without the battery "stem" aka Dynax 7 grip, because it's a pain to find somewhere to store the grip in a bag (awkward size)
A quick sample of the Tamron 17-50mm 100% at 50mm f2.8
No problems there even wide open decent. I've never been unhappy with the tamron at all (and used it on 3 mounts)
90mm f2.8 AF on nose..samplehttp://minus.com/i/uFJnoCmztyBU
AF accuracy is good (so far) None of the lenses used so far falls apart on the sensor, so I'm wondering how many folks have AF issues.
Though I have to say also that 16 to 24mp is not a massive jump up..will show more on that later
Jpegs are as they are on the A57 pretty much, ie passable at low ISO (but you can get better in raw) at high ISO unless you're downsizing in camera (and even if you are) I don't like the jpeg output it's too strong for my tastes NR wise. Looking at the A77 II samples I like the new jpeg engine even less..even more NR. Seems the DPR forum folks like lots of NR. I'd prefer a choice.
I'm also a bit puzzled over the choice to abandon the rotating display (aka info display on the back LCD) This was quite handy and meant you could see settings quite clearly in the vertical position. Even the film 7 does this, seems like a step back (same on the A57) not something I'd lose sleep over but odd.
Handling is good, though I think it's second place to the 7d/7 film body I do like those dials quite a bit. It's still a nice camera (joystick works well) Main mode dial is stiff..can't see a locking mechanism is needed. I don't find the top LCD that useful it has some basic information, but doesn't show metering mode, doesn't show the set exp or flash exp comp, or ISO (only when changing it), nor the AF mode. It's of limited use really I'm not entirely convinced on that one. Sony just shoved it on there but didn't think about it properly.
It's of some use for tripod work, but honestly Canon do it better..and Nikon rule to roost on that one, their top LCD's show just about everything and then some more. Much less useful than the D7000's top LCD..though the Nikon is very much set with the top LCD and not the rear LCD (you can use the rear LCD but it's off mostly bar image review or main menu settings) Both cameras handle entirely differently though. Good and bad for both models though the Nikon was good in some ways (AF mode settings and the custom buttons) but not so good ISO and WB.
Hard to say which is better, maybe the Sony edges it out (lots of left hand button on the Nikon push/hold front/rear dial combinations for those) I prefer both to Canon for some reason, I simply hate hate hate Canon's menus esp their custom settings. But I do like their control dial position on the front