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Sony Alpha A77 Digital Camera Review$1,999.99
Name a video compression codec, and the A77 probably supports it. It can record up to 1080p, 60fps video under the AVCHD 2.0 standard, as well as 1080/60i and 1080/24p AVCHD clips, each in two different quality options. It can also record 1080/30p and VGA quality in MP4 format. Find out how the performed in our video image quality test./r:link_to_content
Most manual controls that are available for still photography are also available in video mode. Users can choose to record in program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual exposure, or auto video modes. Aside from the dedicated movie button, the controls work the same way for video as they do for still photos.
Auto mode is quick and easy to use. Just hit the red movie button on the back of the camera, and it kicks into video recording.
Autofocus and manual focus are both supported. Because of the translucent mirror design, the A77 can autofocus at all times, so in-video autofocus is incredibly quick and accurate by consumer DSLR standards. Manual focus also works in conjunction with the focus peaking feature, which can be incredibly helpful when manually focusing on the fly with the LCD.
Exposure compensation, ISO, aperture, shutter, white balance, color modes and digital effects can all be adjusted prior to filming clips.
The A77 has a built-in stereo microphone on the crest of the camera and a connection for an external microphone. There's a wind-cut option as well. But higher-end controls like a level monitor or volume control are not available.