Sony A77: control buttons

Sony A77 buttons

With the active help of the various readers participating to the discussion/analysis of the transparent prototype presented by Sony in Yokohama, for the Sony Alpha SLT-A77, and the active support of Sébastien who created the representations, here is our common analysis of the probable role of each of the buttons of the Sony A77.

Sony A77: control buttons
Sony A77: control buttons

Sony A77: control buttons
Sony A77: control buttons

Sony A77: control buttons
Sony A77: control buttons

Thanks, once again, to Sébastien.



17 responses to “Sony A77 buttons”

  1. Xavierdjx Avatar

    On the first picture, it’s not a ” top lcd – on/off ” but surely a ” top lcd backlit – on/off “

  2. Yves Roumazeilles Avatar

    You are definitely right and, being the sloppy translator of the text, I have to apologize for this.

  3. Ali Avatar

    the microphone looks like a stereo. good location.

  4. Thomas Avatar

    Thanks for sharing these images. I’m happy to see dedicated buttons instead of the crappy combined navigator/iso/flash/every-thing-important-in-this-crappy-location solution

  5. Yves Roumazeilles Avatar

    Thomas, the Sony A77 is definitely a camera for more than the entry-level photographer. These people (it appears that most YLovePhoto readers are such experts or enthusiasts) want performance, efficiency and ease-of-use at the time of shooting the picture.

    Buttons are definitely needed for us. And Sony understood this part of the specification.

    However, there is still a significant possibility that Sony is presenting here a prototype, a mock-up or anything that is not exactly identical to the final form of the Sony Alpha SLT-A77. We will only know when we go from the marketing buzz to actual pictures or actual cameras.

  6. Dan Avatar

    It looks like an interesting camera with PROPER manual controls. The only thing I don’t understand is the top LCD. If the back LCD and EVF provide adequate data, what’s the top LCD for?

    Hmmm… I’m assuming that it has an EVF. Is that correct?



  7. Dan Avatar

    Forget the EVF question. I just noticed the LCD/EVF switch.


  8. Ali Avatar

    Aren’t the buttons on the top a bit small?

  9. Yves Roumazeilles Avatar

    Not much smaller than on any other Sony SLR camera. But it may even be an optical illusion from them being inserted into transparent plastic.

  10. Shibs Avatar

    So where is the switch for SSS? Image Stabilization on/off only through the menu?

  11. Yves Roumazeilles Avatar

    Yes. Sony had said previously that the SSS button would no longer appear on most (if not all) of its cameras. Assuredly, this is not the most important button (or the button most important for most people). Could be generating some complaints, but these are already acceptable by Sony.

  12. OldClicker Avatar

    They missed a button on the back to the left of the viewfinder.

  13. Yves Roumazeilles Avatar

    Kudos OldClicker! We did not see it, and it’s pretty sure that this additional button on the left of the viewfinder would be the “Menu” button (like on the A55). Now, this leaves one button unmarked on the right of the display.

    Any idea?

  14. Falcon75 Avatar

    Sounds nice… but… You forgot one important thing….

    Where’s the SuperSteadyShot button?

    My guess is that the one you refer as the Fn Button is actually the SSS button (on/off).
    Then… the one you refer as the “Menu” will probably be the Fn button….
    Finally… the button on the left side of the screen, that you didn’t mentioned, is the Menu button!

  15. Yves Roumazeilles Avatar

    Your guess may be right but… Sony already stated that they were moving from this SSS button. They believe that it is not needed by the users (I tend to agree with them but that’s beyond the point).

    Furthermore, a single round push button is quite different from what Sony users have seen in the past (a sliding button).

    Still sticking to it?