Shooting JPEGs on either Automatic or Auto (as above) produces images with plenty of saturation and contrast.
Whereas images shot in any of the PASM modes with the Picture Control set to standard, produces something more neutral.
The A77's Dynamic Range Optimiser has done a good job of preserving detail in the subject's face in this back-lit portrait.
The Sony DT 16-50mm f/2.8 can be used to create lush bokeh in defocused areas.
Using the 'Vivid' Picture Style produces images with punchy colour and tone.
Sony's iSweep Panorama technology is the best there is for creating one-touch ultra-wideangle images.