The Sony Alpha SLT-A77 has been a long time coming — the company’s latest DSLR was announced in August, but production delays have kept it from being widely available even now. Many people have waited eagerly for it, though, and with good reason: the 24.3-megapixel APS-C sensor (the same one that does so well in the A77’s smaller cousin, the NEX-7) promises huge, beautiful images, and Sony claims the camera can shoot 12 frames per second.

It also features the same translucent mirror we’ve seen in other Sony DSLRs, which has typically led to a huge improvement in focusing performance. It all sounds great, but at $1,999.99 with a kit lens, the A77 is encroaching on Nikon’s and Canon’s territory — and that’s a hard battle to win against the two camera giants. How does Sony fare? Read on.