For the past two years I’ve been a Nikon user – a D200 with the 18-200 superzoom. I’m more than happy with the lens but have never really taken to the D200, so the D7000 is the obvious upgrade. But handling it, I couldn’t get excited about it, competent and highly-featured though it seems. One thing does annoy me – why can’t Nikon ever put the ISO button somewhere we can reach it whilst looking through the viewfinder?
So the A77 is of serious interest to me, particularly as I’ve come to respect Sony as a brand. Here’s what I’d be looking for compared to the D7000:
1 Image quality as good. You’d have thought Sony could manage this, making Nikon’s sensors and all.
2. Weathersealing. No idea whether we’ll get this. But the D7000 and 18-200mm both have weathersealing, albeit not as robust as Nikon’s top cameras.
3. That 16-50mm f2.8 lens – I can’t see that Nikon have an equivalent. Canon has the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 but Sony v Canon is a whole other argument.
4. Do video better. I’m sure it will. As I’ve said before, some simple in-camera editing would be a bonus.
Two or three out of that list will be enough for me. I’d be surprised to get all of the above, but I do feel that Sony is trying hard to offer something that compares favourably to the other options. Isn’t competition a great thing?