If you look at dpreview, there is an image of a red steel beam with the blue sky behind it. There is noise in the sky at iso200. However the file size of the 24mp image is 9.7mb. That seems small to me. But, maybe it's correct. Nevermind that, the firmware ver. is 0.58, NR is normal, the jpeg compression is labeled ( at least on imaging resource exif ) Compression: jpeg(oldstyle). Old style from what? Is that normally labeled like that? Also, the a77 will have lens correction built into the camera, however this feature is not enabled yet in the pre-production cameras. So, these are questions I have, and things to bear in mind. In two weeks or less, things will be much clearer, I do believe. One other thing I noticed on Imaging resource is that long exposure NR was On, even with a shutter speed of 1/500. I can't tell if dpreview did the same, I can't see the full exif there.