As I have posted before I have been shooting with Sony camera bodies for about four or five years now. There are a lot of times I feel like as a Sony shooter we are way behind the technology of Canon and Nikon. Today Sony announced their new A77 camera and are really making their mark in the DSLR world. Sony's new camera sports a 24.3MP sensor and a one of a kind OLED viewfinder. The base price for this camera is $1,399 or your can get the kit with the 16-50mm f/2.8 for $1,999. That is an impressive kit lens to come up with a camera. I am excited to see that this camera while very light with its magnesium alloy body, still has the bulk and size you want with a top of the line DSLR. I have shot with Sony's recently released A33 and A55 and the cameras just didn't have the size that you want in a good DSLR.
The translucent mirror technology Sony is adding to these cameras is nothing but impressive. The A77 is capable of 12 frames per second shooting at full resolution. I can't think of any other camera capable of that and I know there isn't one anywhere near this price range. Because of the translucent mirror technology the camera is constantly refocusing during the shooting burst. The same is true when it comes to the A77's video mode. The A77 is capable of true 1080/60p HD video captured in AVCHD. The translucent mirror makes the autofocusing in video mode very fast and will drastically improve the video experience.
I found a Youtube video with a member of the Sony camera team talking about all the features of the new camera that is very worth watching to learn more:
I can't wait to get my hands on one of these cameras and start shooting. I still think I am going to hold out to see what Canon releases in early 2012. But with my current collection of Sony lenses this camera is itching to jump into my bag.