IT’S DIF­FER­ENT

The Sony Alfa77 has taken its time com­ing to In­dia. But as is ob­vi­ous, this is a cam­era that goes out of the way to be dif­fer­ent. Here are 10 things that make this cam­era unique.

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - —TEXT BY NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN AND PIC­TURES BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

BUILD & STYLING

The mag­ne­sium al­loy body looks and feels like the other DSLRs out there. But we are sure you haven’t seen one with an orange brand­ing. The Alfa sym­bol of the cam­era, the rind around the lens even the strap come with the bring orange brand­ing that re­ally sets this cam­era apart.

SHOOT­ING

This cam­era uses Sony’s new Translu­cent Mir­ror Tech­nol­ogy and uses 19-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem (AF) with 11 cross sen­sors and full-time con­tin­u­ous AF. So it takes a mi­cro sec­ond to lock on to a sub­ject. Click and the sound will sur­prise you. It is more of a squeez­ing sound that what you are used to. Com­bined with the BIONZ pro­ces­sor, this gives crisp im­ages. But we no­ticed some noise.

HD VIDEO

A full fledged HD video cam­era, the A77 has a ded­i­cated record but­ton. The cam­era keeps chang­ing the fo­cus even if the sub­ject is mov­ing, with­out the slight­est lag. A su­perb video abil­ity for a DSLR.

CON­TIN­U­OUS SHOT

The A77 can keep click­ing con­tin­u­ous shots, but you need to switch to a sep­a­rate mode to do this for more than three frames. Till 12 frames per sec­ond the cam­era shoots like a ma­chine gun, then it gets slower to al­low the card to record the im­ages.

EX­TRAS

You don’t expect to see Face De­tec­tion and Smile Shut­ter in a DSLR. No one will com­plain if you don’t see those fea­tures in one. But the A77 has both. The purists might ob­ject, but ama­teurs might find this handy.

CON­TROLS

The con­trol di­als are avail­able both at the front and back, mak­ing it easy to shoot in both ori­en­ta­tions. There is an­other small knob be­low the lens which lets you shift fo­cus and shoot­ing modes.

VIEWFINDER

The viewfinder here is a tiny XGA OLED screen which Sony calls the Tru-Fin­der. You can’t see any­thing till the cam­era is on. Once on, it shows ex­actly how the pic­ture will look like in the end along with vir­tual hori­zon in­di­ca­tor to frame a per­fect shot. So the im­age changes as you ad­just the shut­ter speed or other set­tings.

LCD SCREEN

Sony claims the cam­era has the world’s first three-way tilt Xtra Fine LCD. And we can only nod in agree­ment. The LCD can pull out of the body and swivel, handy when you are try­ing to shoot sub­jects in weird po­si­tions. The LCD too is re­al­time.

TOG­GLE BUT­TON

The tog­gle but­ton be­side the LCD can be used to select a spe­cific AF point. A tough task oth­er­wise.

SEN­SOR

The 24.3 ef­fec­tive megapixel Ex­mor APS HD CMOS Sen­sor puts this cam­era right on the top with other high-end DSLRs. Click a pic­ture and zoom into it to see the clar­ity of the im­ages. Any frame can eas­ily be cropped into mul­ti­ple im­ages.

GG

SONY ALFA 77 Price: 99,990

` (with 16-105 mm lens)

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