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 SLT-A77 Mark II (a77 II) is the company's latest midrange DSLR to use Translucent Mirror Technology. TMT allows the camera to have fast continuous AF (at 12 fps) while retaining live view on the electronic viewfinder or LCD. It features a new 24.3MP CMOS sensor and an enhanced 79-pt phase detect autofocus system with roughly 40% coverage across the frame. Like its predecessors, the a77 II uses the A-mount and has built-in image stabilization. Other features include a tilting 3" LCD, XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, and 1080/60p video.

Specs

Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Sensor
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Other resolutions 6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2832, 4440 x 2400, 3008 x 2000, x 3008 x 1688
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Bionz X
Image
ISO Auto (ISO 100-51200), Manual (ISO 100-25600)
White balance presets 9
Custom white balance Yes (3 slots)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Super fine, fine, normal
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (2X)
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 79
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,229,000
Touch screen No
Screen type WhiteMagic TFT
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 1.09×
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 Yes
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)
Flash modes Auto, fill, rear sync, slow sync
Continuous drive 12 fps
Self-timer Yes (Yes (2 or 12 sec))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 shots, low/high selectable)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote control Yes (wired, wireless, or smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NP-FM500H lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 480
Weight (inc. batteries) 647 g (1.43 lb / 22.82 oz)
Dimensions 143 x 104 x 81 mm (5.63 x 4.09 x 3.19)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None

Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Tethering Sony A77 M2 with Adobe Lightroom.. for PCs

There doesn't seem to be an easy supported way to tether the A77 M2 to the PC, but there is a workaround with Lightroom. Install Lightroom and setup up Auto Import to a selected folder.  Then run a programme like Sony's Remote Camera Control programme for your PC.  The Sony Remote Camera Control software will allow you to both use the programme to control your camera from the pc with loads of options, and will also be the link to the PC if you use the actual buttons on the camera.  Set the default directory of those photos to go to the same folder as Lightroom has on Auto Import watching.  When a photo you take goes to that folder, Lightroom will detect it and automatically import it into Lightroom. Also make sure your camera's USB setting when connected to the pc is selected for PC Remote. If I have time I will see if I can test out any other programmes that allow PC Tethering for Sony as for some reason it isn't generally supported.

SATSaunders asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

You've just described what people have been doing since the A77II was released. ;) Continue Reading

eddiewood answered
29 days ago

Thanks for the info. -- Tom Look at the picture, not the pixels ------------ Misuse of the ability to do 100% pixel peeping is the bane of digital photography because it causes people to fret over inconsequential issues. http://www.flickr.com/photos/63683676@N07/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/25301400@N00/ Continue Reading

tbcass answered
29 days ago

QUESTION

A77 II: is the “Smart teleconverter function" a sensor crop, or digital zoom with resampling?

The title of the question sums it up: A77 II: is the “Smart teleconverter function" a sensor crop, or digital zoom with resampling? With a 24mp sensor, it would seem that the 2x "smart tcon function" (resulting in a 12mp image) would be a sensor crop with no resampling, but I would like to confirm. Thanks.

Kawika Nui asked
17 days ago

ANSWERS

Your problem was starting your response with "where did you get the idea" which was both condescending and unnecessary. I often am tempted to answer questions that way myself but then think better of it (I admit I have done it at times). Sometimes we have to realize that what seems obvious to us might not to someone else. -- Tom Look at the picture, not the pixels ------------ Misuse of the ability to do 100% pixel peeping is the bane of digital photography because it causes people to fret over inconsequential issues. http://www.flickr.com/photos/63683676@N07/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/25301400@N00/ Continue Reading

tbcass answered
15 days ago

It is a simple crop. Continue Reading

sybersitizen answered
17 days ago

QUESTION

Please help me access Clear Image Zoom on A77M2

I am unable to access the CLEAR IMAGE ZOOM feature on my A77M2. I was wondering if someone that has actually used the feature could tell me how to access it. I have read the manual and tried several combinations to get it without success. I have read the previous threads, but found no help. I only shoot jpeg and often use the SMART TELECONVERTER feature, which is selected now. I will not be shooting raw. When I try to access the zoom menu and click on it, a message appears stating that I cannot access the zoom features because the smart teleconverter is selected. The camera is stuck in some sort of Catch 22 rut. So, please, if you have actually used the Clear Image Zoom, and can tell me how to access it, I would appreciate the help!

4 days ago

ANSWERS

This is how it works on my a77II: I have the "four arrows" button assigned to Smart Telecon.  This "greys-out" the zoom settings facility. If I assign the button to Zoom instead of Smart Telecon, the zoom settings becomes available, and I can choose Clear Image Zoom. I hope that helps. Continue Reading

IanML answered
4 days ago

I don't use clear image zoom so I looked through the menu. Push the menu button. Choose the gear menu next to the camera symbol. Go to #3. Go down to zoom setting . Push on the joy stick. Choose On: Clear Image Zoom . Once you get used to the menu system it's pretty easy to find what you want. Continue Reading

tbcass answered
4 days ago

I thought that what you suggested would work, but it did not. When I try to access the zoom menu and click on it, a message appears stating that I cannot access the zoom features because the smart teleconverter is selected. The camera is stuck in some sort of Catch 22 rut. Thanks for trying. Continue Reading

eastriding4310 answered
4 days ago
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