Problem is (for Sony camera division) that Nikon and Pentax almost immediately bring out their own cameras with new Sony sensors and then Sony will still be behind in the ISO stakes because of SLT. They can't win as the sensor division make more money selling to Pentax and Nikon. So how good is good enough? Never good enough to be happy with a Sony SLT ISO performance? Buy a NEX with the new sensor and dual Phase and Contrast detection built in?With a new batch of SLT models around I'd expect an improved high ISO performance from the 24mp sensor, it probably is a bit of a turn off for buyers with the can't match rivals low light performance.
bfitzgerald wrote:Bob I don't disagree for some it's not a must have important area. I'd not be overly worried about using it to ISO 3200 and the in body IS might help a bit.
As ever the less you pay the less fussy you get. Right now I think the A77 is not really priced in line with it's competitors in the UK market anyway going for around £800 v the £600 mark for it's nearest rivals. One could argue it's got more pixels etc etc, but equally one could say it's not the best deal in this price segment.
With newer Canikon models arriving soon. I would expect a further price reduction on the A77. I cannot say I think Sony's UK pricing policy is going to win it lots of users, rather encourage grey market imports or sales to other makers. I think that's their biggest problem right now.
KevinBarrett wrote:I just moved up from the A700 to A77 and can confirm that I am tempted to use stronger NR at lower ISOs to get the same per-pixel IQ that I was used to with the A700. But there are twice as many pixels in a given area, and where a out of focus tree branch might have blurred across ten pixels in the A700, it now blurs across fourteen in the A77. The noise I'm seeing at a pixel level is invisible at any practical viewing size that I can pull up on my 24" 1920x1200 monitor. I find that if I reduce the pixel-level noise with the same aggression that I would have used on A700 files, I lose a lot of low contrast detail that IS visible in practical viewing sizes. So I live with the noise, and the outstanding resolution, and the extra dynamic range.
BTW, I was a harsh critic of the A77 when it came out, but I began to appreciate its qualities enough to make my second Alpha body the A77 after my A700 became a bit quirky. After all, it may not be the relatively clean 16MP sensor present in the "5" series cameras, but it has a faster shutter, better build, and more advanced AF than what's available in the "lesser" models, and its still an incremental improvement in sensitivity over the A700. Now I'm sorry I put it off.
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