Sony a77 Mark II DSLR Camera

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Key Features

  • 24 MP APS-C CMOS sensor with sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 79 point AF system with 15 cross-type points (contrast and phase detect)
  • ISO 100-16,000 (expandable to 25,600)
  • Up to 12 fps continuous shooting
  • 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p) HD Video (MPEG-4/AVCHD)
  • 3-inch articulated LCD with 1,230,000 dots
  • Electronic OLED viewfinder with 2,400,000 dots
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC
  • SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo memory

Product Description

The Sony Alpha 7 II is the follow-up to the original Alpha 7 and adds 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization to its 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor. The a7 II continues to use a Hybrid AF system and it is 30% faster and 1.5X better than tracking compared to its predecessor. From a design standpoint, additional improvements in this model include more rugged build quality, a new front dial, and a relocated shutter release button.

While the cameras can use any E-mount lens, there will be a crop factor involved (unless you don't mind vignetting). Sony is producing a new line of FE-series lenses that take advantage of the larger sensor.

The A7 II continues to use the new Sony Bionz X processor, which produces images with better detail, less noise, and reduced diffraction. Other features include a 3-inch, tilting LCD, XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, Multi-interface (hot) shoe, Wi-Fi with NFC, and 1080/60p video recording - now with XAVC S and a 'flat' picture profile.

Specs

Body type
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Other resolutions 6000 x 3376, 3936 x 2624, 3936 x 2216, 3008 x 1688, 3008 x 2000
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Bionz X
Image
ISO 100-25600
White balance presets 10
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Image stabilization notes 4.5 stops
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Extra fine, fine, standard
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4)
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 117
Lens mount Sony E (NEX)
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,230,000
Touch screen No
Screen type Xtra Fine LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.71×
Viewfinder resolution 2,359,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via Multi Interface shoe)
Continuous drive 5.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Videography notes Supports XAVC S codec (50Mbps) and S Log2 flat picture profile
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI port with 4K still, uncompressed video output)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port Yes
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes with NFC and wireless control via PlayMemories Mobile app
Remote control Yes (wired)
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 350
Weight (inc. batteries) 599 g (1.32 lb / 21.13 oz)
Dimensions 127 x 96 x 60 mm (5 x 3.78 x 2.36)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Sony Alpha A7R or A7II?

Greetings, With the latest sales on A7R (in the US) the prices of these two are almost the same, so I'm wondering which one would you prefer and why? Shooting mostly architecture, landscapes, baby (low light and a lot of action) Thanks

alexkrich asked
1 day ago

ANSWERS

Well I have both. They are really quite different cameras. Hand held, the A7ii is a clear winner. Better shutter, IBIS and focusing and really the extra pixels dont make a whole of difference. On a tripod the A7r wins out for me. The extra megapixels mean smoother tonal transition and more detail. At the same price point I would take the A7ii. However I would be very tempted if I was you to get a second hand A7r (US$1300?). Continue Reading

Abrak answered
1 day ago

QUESTION

Question for A7II owners about FINDER/MONITOR setting

I have a question for forum members who have received an A7II: My biggest user experience gripe with my A7 is that there is no way to quickly switch to LCD-only display (no viewfinder) when holding the camera low but close to my body.  I typically keep the FINDER/MONITOR setting to AUTO because I usually use the viewfinder, but it's very frustrating when I want to take a shot using the LCD and the AUTO mode gets confused by proximity to my body (or the neck strap, or whatever) and switches to the viewfinder at an inconvenient time.  The FINDER/MONITOR setting is buried in the menus, and there is no way to configure a custom button to change it quickly. So, does the A7II allow configuring one of the custom buttons to control the FINDER/MONITOR setting in some way?  (I'm thinking like the FINDER/LCD button of the SLT-A77.) Even better would be if it automatically switched to or stayed with LCD display when the LCD is tilted out, but I would have expected one of the reviews to mention ...

pcj asked
10 days ago

ANSWERS

Bumping in the hope that one of the new A7II owners can answer this. When I responded to a survey that Sony sent to registered A7 owners earlier this year, I pleaded for some improvement in this area—at least the ability to program a custom button for FINDER/MONITOR selection, so I'm hoping that they might have done something about it. Continue Reading

pcj answered
9 days ago

Sadly, I have the same impression when it comes to posting valued feed back like that one, for instance at: http://community.sony.com/t5/Join-the-Inspiration/idb-p/ideas - It seems nobody read or nobody cares, I'm afraid! :( I still keep trying, though! :) All the best, Pedro Continue Reading

NumberOne answered
8 days ago

I don't think so. But after three glasses of wine and my eyes permanently crossed after 3 hr, I really have no idea. I keep trying and getting nowhere. Most probably I need more time - or you are correct. Continue Reading

Steve Bingham answered
9 days ago

QUESTION

Nex5n + Nex6 -> A7? A6000? Forget all else, sell the cat and .> A7s?

Hi, Currently I have a NEX5n and a NEX6 that I've had since my A77 and NEX3 were stolen. I definitely enjoy their portability (2 camera+lenses in a slingshot). Having become a bit disillusioned with phase AF in the past (for fast primes) fast legacy/new manual glass has seen a lot of use lately. For outdoor in daylight sport / people / movement I've been using the 55-210 with mixed but OKish AF results and for non-quick animals outdoors in daylight the Minolta  MF 300 4,5. Have an LA-EA2 and a Mino 300 2,8 but the latter is heavy as freak to cart around and the LA-EA2 sounds like swords being drawn everytime it wakes up and goes to sleep, which it does alot. I realize selling the NEX 6 will gain me tuppence but that's how it always is. What I would like to see is: -The same but preferrably better AF (for things moving quickly outdoors) -The same but preferrably better dynamic range (landscape, highlights and shadows) -The same but preferrably better high ISO (astro as well as ...

Becksvart asked
1 day ago

ANSWERS

Had A77, and A7. Have a6000 now. Where it comes to ISO, A7 is about as far from A6000, as A6000 is from A77. On A77 my comfort ISO was 800-1600. On A6000 it is 1600-3200. On A7 3200-6400. But when it comes to AF, A6000 is VERY close to A77, whereas A7 is hideously slower. My dog and kid were able to avoid any clean shot from A7 :( It was my second reason for selling it to friend ( My first reason was  32 1.8 and 18-200 - it would be extremely expensive to find replacement for those two ) . Not to mention a7 IS bigger than A6000 - thus making it hard to carry in pocket. As for A7s - it is basically A7 that can comfortably do 12k-25k iso :) Continue Reading

ReverseEsper answered
1 day ago

Thanks for the clear answer. Since I'm not much for the LA-EA2 it is starting to lean towards the A6000. It should be pretty quick with the 55-210. Nice reference to the A77 too, I really liked its AF but yes, not one for astro. Continue Reading

Becksvart answered
1 day ago

If I were you, I would get the A6000 body. For $450 on sale right now, that cannot possibly be a bad decision. Continue Reading

Jesper Frickmann answered
1 day ago
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