If a99 was as fast as a77 at 10/12 fps and full resolution then i would have sold my a77 for a second a99
I now have had an A77 for about a week and I was planning to keep my A850 and to sell my A700. However the A77 does not seem to me to be as easy to use as the A700 nor is it as intuitive. It has of course many more features than the a700, faster speed and some neat settings like the focus peaking and magnifier and I admit the EVF is possibly a bit better than the OVF, although in low light it is very pixelated. Unfortunately, the buttons are laid out differently and for me that is a problem, especially when still using the A850. The movie feature seems to be very good, but I doubt I will use it much. Perhaps I will change my mind if or when I get used to using the A77.
I'm afraid that Sony may have moved away from the simplicity of Minolta and created a camera more like a point and shoot with complex menus and awkward button placement. Having the buttons all on the
right hand side (excluding the menu) means I have to hold the camera with the right hand while crossing the left hand over to reach the buttons I cant reach with my thumb. I am still waiting for the vertical grip to be delivered, which may make this a mute point.
At this time, If the A99 is laid out in the same way as the A77, I'm not sure that I will ever purchase it. That's just me and should not be taken as a repudiation of the A77/A99. I also feel that the need for a full frame camera like the A99 is greatly reduced by the existence of the A77. They both have the same number of pixels and although the A99 pixels are larger, all the reviews I have read say they do not provide better low light shots above ISO 1600. We may have to buy the high pixel count full frame that has been announced to get true high resolution in low light situations, but at $4500 as suggested, no way! Anyway, please do not flame me as I do not own the A99 and I could be totally wrong, I need more time with the A77 plus a V.G. to be sure of my facts/assumptions.