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
1 month 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
1 month ago

QUESTION

A77m2 problem (camera dead?)

Hello! Suddenly im got this problem on my new a77m2 All dark areas are full with pink dots, when im make photo, they are disappear, but photo has many other artephacts (on brighten areas). Done less than 1000 pics and have this issue:( Full reset, changing lenses - no effect. Very disappoiment with Sony. My old A300 still OK after many years.

Rastishka asked
20 days ago

ANSWERS

a defective unit. Take or send it back to your retailer or send it for Sony service. Everything will work out just fine. Continue Reading

Steve Cohan answered
20 days ago

As new as this camera is I would contact the dealer for an exchange rather than sending it back to Sony for repair.  Sony repairs often tak a very long time and others who have sent this new camera in had problems and a very long wait due to lack of parts availability. Continue Reading

dlkeller answered
20 days ago

Have you tried to "INITIALIZE" your camera using the menu, to do a reset. If it doesnt help, yes, definately take it in for a replacement. Continue Reading

tqlla answered
20 days ago

QUESTION

canon 700D(t5i) or 70D or sony a77II for video??

HI there everyone! i need a new camera with video as main focus and photography as second! okay a lil bit of background. i had bought a sony a58 last year. i had saved up about $500 and wanted to get a dslr and with video as primary focus and had 2 choices, t3i or a58. i went with sony because all the other cameras ive ever used before (point and shoot) were all sony and well it seemed like it had a lot more features minus the rotating screen. then i bought the a58 and i was surprised. the picture quality was stunning and the video was amazing too. sharp and the built in steadyshot worked wonders. and as a first time user, i was doing everything in live view, knew very little about viewfinder. it was as if i was shooting with just another point and shoot, half press, focused on the exact spot i wanted, capture. the AF was god-send. was super accurate probably had 1 faulty focus out of 20 times. and when i started using the evf in bright condition, i fell in love with it. then within ...

farabi asked
4 days ago

ANSWERS

Neither? IMO, I would completely stay away from Canon. Canon 2kHD is soft and can have lots of artifacts due to line skipping for video, even with higher bit rate via Magic Lantern - which I use and can do 235mbps video! The lowly RX100III is a better cam for video than all NON pro Canon cams except for the 5DII/II with Magic Lantern. Doing RAW via ML is a very laborious feat, and even then I do NOT think the 650/700D will do full 2kHD (likely 720p or so)-but look it up via ML forum. Canon put slowish SD writers in their cams, 5dII/II & 50D have faster CF writers, so RAW is very limited to the write speed - no fix for this !! Also, the HDMI out of Canon cams is NOT clean for most or all cams, so even recording from there has no possibilities ! As to the Sony, I would look at the a6000, but check out EOSHD.com, they will have a much better opinion on the better Sony or otherwise cams for video, both 2kHD & 4kHD. Good Luck Continue Reading

JJ Rodin answered
3 days ago

huh. i thought canon was more preferred for video? yes the 700d caps out at 720p. but shooting raw wont be my usual thing. i would try filmy dramatic thing just for fun sometimes. i shouldve mentioned what i would shoot- its youtube videos. i have one channel up and running which is a vlog and use the sony wx80. but i want to soon invest more time recording pro electronic reviews. and this camera would be it. hdmi out is not a necessity. highly doubt id ever get into that level of pro shooting. 4k is way too much for me atm. the camera i want is considering both photography and cinematography. and af is imp for both. so is live view. i want to be able to use this for at least the next 3 years. so it has to be reliable. wider range of available lenses are good, but i wont be using too many different lenses anyway. both sony and canon have similar choices for lenses under $400, which is a plus. so yea. any other cameras? thank you for your input! highly appreciate it. Continue Reading

farabi answered
3 days ago

I own (and recommends) the Canon 70D with the 18-135 mm STM lens. The operation is easy and the AF is a dream. I might not be an advanced user but I'm not missing anything when using this combo. Of course, I can't compare it to the Sony because I don't own one. Continue Reading

vpilot answered
3 days ago
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