Sony A77 and A65 Firmware Update

Sony just released firmware updates for their latest SLT camera , Sony A77 and A65.  Version 1.03 will add support for external macro flash, improve response time on some operation and other minor improvement. The updates can be downloaded from Sony website , available in Windows and Mac format.

  1. Support flash control function for Micro Twin Flash Kit, HVL-MT24AM.
  2. Improved response time of the following operation,
    – Switching the screen mode between the LCD monitor and the electronic viewfinder
    – Front and Rear control dial
    – Fn button control
  3. Other functional improvement.

Download updates:

SLT-A65
Ver.1.03 (Windows) http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/474564
Ver.1.03 (Macintosh) http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/474599

SLT-A77
Ver.1.03 (Windows) http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/474591
Ver.1.03 (Macintosh) http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/474605

Sony A77 Stock Status September 2011

Great news for people who are waiting for Sony A77. The camera is now in-stock at DigitalRev , available from £989 ( Body Only ) . Also available in several bundles with accessories. Visit DigitalRev to take a quick look ( or buying )

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meanwhile, US online stores still doesnt have the camera in-stock yet

Sony A77 Hands-On Review Videos

Sony A77 hands-on review videos. Tip me if you know more , especially the good ones :)

First look review from Charles Michel 

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Sony A77 and A65 priced leaked

Réponses Photo , french magazine, has leaked the Sony A77 and A65 retail prices. Well, it’s not written as Sony A77 or A65 but i’m sure we all know that Sony going to release Sony A77 soon. And based on this info, looks like Sony is going to announce Sony A65 as well.

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Translated text:

  • An expert SLR (A700 replacement) + quality lens (APS-C) (approx. value 1800€)
  • An expert SLR (future model) + 18-55mm (approx. value 1000€)
From previous rumors , the complete price list:
  • Sony Alpha 77 + 16-50mm f/2.8 SAM = 1800€
  • Sony Alpha 77 body only = 1050€
  • Sony Alpha 65 + 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM = 1000€
  • Sony Alpha 65 body only = 900€

Sony A77 latest info: price and release date

According to SonyAlphaRumor’s source , Sony will announce the Sony Alpha A77 on July 7th, 2011. The price will be competitive , $1099 with Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.

To give you an idea , here are prices from Sony camera with “translucent mirror technology”

with that price tag, the camera will be a serious competitor for Nikon D7000. can’t wait to see the review

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Sony A77 camera prototype

via SAR

Sony A77 specs rumor

According to SAR, the Sony A77 will soon be announced by Sony . The camera will replace Sony A700, the company’s DSLR camera with transparent mirror technology. Sony already displayed the camera prototype at CES show earlier this year so the camera is likely going to released this year. Other SAR’s source mentioned October 6th as the exact date for shipping availability.

some specs:

  • new 24mp APS-C sensor
  • 3 Million dots OLED viewfinder
  • better viewfinder but no hybrid mode like Fuji X100
  • dual memory slot , support CF+SD+MS memory card
  • better autofocus
  • better body built , magnesium allow
  • no flip-up mode
  • full HD
  • high ISO ,  up to hundreds of thousands ( 102.400 ?? )
  • long battery capacity able to shoot 1000 pictures per charge
  • on level with Canon EOS 60D

 

Sony will unleash Sony A77 mid 2011

Rumors about Sony A77 is growing stronger this time. SonyAlphaRumors.com rate it SR5 , means they believe that the rumor almost certainly correct.

According to my sources Sony has chosen to use a completely new sensor for the upcoming professional SLT (Translucent) camera. The sensor will have 24 Megapixels but don’t worry, I have been told the noise performance of the sensor is equal if not better than current 14-16 Megapixels Sony sensors used for theNEX and A33/A55 cameras. It will feature the highest resolution APS-C camera on market (The Canon 7D) is on top with the 18 Megapixel sensor). The Sony A77 will be released by mid 2011 because Sony needed time to develop an almost perfect camera. There will be many innovations (Paul Genge of Sony UK said that “this camera will include such high specification features that current A700 owners will be amazed“). It will have an improved BIONZ processor (based on the current A33/A55 processor), micro af adjustment and record 1080/30p, 720p60 and 720p30 (But we can’t exclude last minute improvements like 1080p24). I also do know that Sony original plan was to release the A750 with Optical Viewfinder but I don’t know yet if Sony will indeed bring that prototype to the market (let’s say there is a 50% chance).

via SAR