Sony threw the gauntlet at Canon, Nikon, and other camera manufacturers on August 24, 2011 when it showcased four new camera models– the SLT-a77, SLT-a65, NEX-7, and the NEX-5N. (Wait! Wasn’t it only two months ago that the photo world was introduced to two other Sony interchangeable-lens cameras, the SLT-a35 and the NEX-C3? Yep! Apparently, Sony is on a roll this year, introducing nearly as many interchangeable lens camera models as the combined total introduced by Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus, and Samsung.
All of the newest Sony models boast dramatic improvements or extraordinary features, but my two favorites are definitely the SLT-a77 and SLT-a65. Both of these are “SLR” style cameras featuring Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology instead of a reflex mirror as found on true HDSLRs. The main advantages to using Translucent Mirror technology is to provide fast autofocus in live view and video modes, plus a smaller overall design.This promise they fulfill, and they also bring the highest resolution APS-C sensor into the race, a 24.3MP Sony Exmor that is also capable of recording FUll HD 10p video at 60p. More remarkable is the 2.4 million dot OLED microdisplay viewfinder that has higher resolution, more accurate color, and better responsiveness than any other microdisplay or EVF (electronic viewfinder).
To learn more about these cameras, check out my First Look video above.