Sony launched two new high-end DSLR cameras, the Alpha A77 (SLT-A77) and the Alpha A65 (SLT-A65), both equipped with Translucent Mirror Technology to deliver quick response and fast shooting. Both A77, successor to the A700, and A65 sport 24.3 Megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor and enhanced BIONZ processor. They is capable of super-fast continuous burst shooting with phase-detection AF with A77 at 12fps and A65 at 10fps.
The Alpha A77 features a 19-point autofocus system with 11 cross sensors and the A65 does 15-point AF with 3 cross sensors. While both cameras have a ISO range of 100 – 16,000, they can extend the sensitivity to ISO 25600 with Multi-frame NR, and the A77 can even extend down to ISO 50. In addition to the 3-inch Xtra Fine LCD display, they also come with XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder with 100% frame coverage. The A77′s screen is 3-way adjustable that it tilts and pivots freely for effortless framing at any angle (α65: 2-way adjust LCD).
Sony’s A77 and A65 supports Full HD video recording and its Quick AF Full HD movie recording mode uses Phase Detection to accurate focus during video shooting of portrait subjects, even when they’re moving. Users can even use manual focusing and P/A/S/M exposure modes for video recording. Full HD video is now supported at 50p (progressive) frame rate and records in AVCHD format. Other features include 2S/3S Sweep Panorama, Auto HDR, 15 Picture Effects, SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization, and RAW shooting.
The A77 and A65 use the A-mount and include anti-dust system with charge protection coating on low-pass filter and image-sensor shift mechanism. They have HDMI mini connector and supports BRAVIA Sync. Memory Stick PRO Duo/PRO-HD Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC cards are supported. The Sony Alpha A77 is available in a kit with the new SAL1650 f2.8 lens for $1998, and offered as body-only for $1398; while the A65 comes in a kit with a standard 18-55mm lens (SAL1855) for $999, and offered as body-only for $899.