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

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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 days ago

QUESTION

A77ii technical question: "Zoom" versus "Focus Magnifier"

I've just upgraded from my A580 to a A77ii and I'm still finding my way through the new functionality. With my A580, I loved Focus Check Live View which lifted the mirror (ah, that old SLR design!) and allowed me to zoom in to fine tune focus. With the A77ii, it has a "Zoom" capability but that doesn't work when I shoot RAW (which I do). Initially, I was very disappointed but then I discovered that there is a "Focus Magnifier" functionality that I can assign to the button. Phew. But what is different about how the Zoom and Focus Magnifier functionality is implemented and why does shooting RAW matter? And why does the camera make a faint continuous buzzing noise when I am using Focus Magnifier even when SSS and AF are off? What moving parts are left once you turn off SSS & AF?

Keith Hanlan asked
2 days ago

ANSWERS

Focus Magnifier changes only the view presented to you - it doesn't change the recorded image at all. Zoom changes (crops) the recorded image. Apparently, live view stabilization (SteadyS w shut.) is enabled... which means you did not turn off SS for still shots. Maybe you only turned off SS for movies. Continue Reading

sybersitizen answered
2 days ago

Ah! I see. Thanks for clarifying. That sounds pretty useless; how could it be better than cropping during post-processsing? Especially since it can't be used in RAW mode. I'm suprised that it is the default instead of Focus Magnifier. I'm relieved that I'm able to change the button function. Nope. I just double-checked. Both SS settings are off. It's a faint sound and may just be an electronic buzz. There is also a click when I half-press the focus button. I am curious about that too. Note that this is just curiousity - not concern. So far, I'm impressed with the camera and glad to be back to the 7-series. As much as I like the A580, I missed some of the controls that were available on the Minolta 7D. Continue Reading

Keith Hanlan answered
2 days ago

Just a guess, but perhaps the A77ii enables the SS while in magnify mode to help manual focus as things can get a bit shaky at high mag, unlike previous models the A77 turns on SS at half press to help viewing while shooting. Older models just have it on during the shot. Continue Reading

Wally626 answered
2 days ago

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
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