Mostly deciding between the A77 vs NEX7
• Are you looking for a compact point & shoot camera, a DSLR, or something in between? (Or perhaps you haven't decided yet — that's okay!)
Leaning mirrorless, but will consider dSLR.
• Is this your first camera? First ever, or first digital?
No, but first that is not point & shoot.
• Are you interested in a high level of control, or would you prefer to let the camera do as much "thinking" as possible?
I'd like a high level of control. But inclusion of smart auto-mode is a plus.
• If you had to choose, would you prefer a more versatile (large "×") zoom lens, or top-notch image quality with no zoom at all?
I am interested in telephoto lens.
• What size of camera do you want? To what degree would you be willing to sacrifice other features for compactness?
I like the idea of a smaller camera, but I may be willing to compromise (will cover when I expand on the cameras I have in mind later).
• What budget have you allocated for buying this camera? Please be as specific as possible.
Up to around $2000 with lens including basic accessories (bag, memory card.. even better if I could fit a tripod in the budget).
• Do you plan to spend more on additional accessories now or in the future? (Lenses, lighting, tripods, batteries, memory cards, camera bags... it adds up!)
• How long do you plan on keeping this new camera?
At least 3 years would be nice.
• What will you generally use the camera for?
Travel (landscape, building, people) and street photography.
• Are you going to photograph sports? What sport, and from how far away?
Not really, unless you count niece/nephew running/playing in the park :)
• Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos, or other low-light photos?
I'd like it usable for concerts and catwalk but.. this it will be used for those purpose only maybe 3-5 times per year.
• Will you make prints, or primarily view and share images on a computer screen? If you make prints, will they typically be small (up to 5×7") or medium sized (8×10"), or are you interested in larger sizes as well?
Primarily view/share on a computer screen. If I make prints it would typically be small or medium.
• Are you interested in spending time post-processing to make an image "perfect", or would you prefer to use images basically straight from the camera?
I would prefer using the image basically straight from the camera.
• Are there particular lenses or technical features that are interesting or important to you?
- I'd like a telephoto lens (14-140 / 18-200) to begin with.
- GPS would be nice to have.
- HDR would also be nice to have.
• Are there particular brands or models you already have in mind?
Previously I was very interested in the Panasonic GH2. But I am now leaning towards the Sony NEX-7 and Sony Alpha A77. Points I am weighing now:
1. I like the idea of a smaller body but I am not sure if it's such a big deal.. or even a disadvantage on the smaller body of the NEX-7.
2. In terms of features, the A77 has a few things over the NEX-7 that I like (GPS, more flexibility with the LCD adjustment, better battery life), is potentially useful (weather sealing) and something I do not understand the implications (differences about the AF). Does the NEX-7 have any feature over the A77 other than the size (for instance, does the Anti-Motion Blur and all the scene mode exist in the A77 too?)?
3. My biggest concern about the A77 is probably what is said about the IQ compared NEX7 here: http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/is-th...ity-of-the-a77