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

Anybody previously planning on buying A7R now deciding to buy A7 II instead?

Assuming you are mostly shooting landscape and you were previously drawn to the A7R for its 36mp , no anti-aliasing filter characteristics ... are those advantages still enough to favor the A7R over the A7 II in your mind, or are you changing your strategy b/c the A7 II improvements are a more compelling package. Seems to me that most of the improvements in the A7 II are more important for non-tripod shooting, so maybe for landscape photographers, the A7R is still more attractive. Are there any A7 II software or sensor tweaks that will boost the IQ (aside from the IBIS, which most people turn off on tripod) to the point where the A7R no longer has an advantage?

6 hours ago

ANSWERS

QUESTION

Since the fast AF is there for A7II... do we need LEAE4 over LEAE3?

Is there any need to use the LEAE4 and lose 1/3 of the light to get decent AF on A-mount glass or can we rely on the LEAE3 to transmit the signal? (I know that screw driven lenses need the screw drive from the LEAE4 to work, but which modern lens still has that anyway?) Anyone tested LEAE3 or LEAE1 with A6000? Thank you!

paul1508 asked
6 days ago

ANSWERS

You don't lose 1/3 of the light, it's 1/3 of a stop. It's not a real problem. Continue Reading

splashy answered
6 days ago

The bulk bothers me and the few focusing points. We bought a mirrorless camera, because we wanted fast mirrorless with many focusing points. Sony forces us to buy a mirrored adapter so we can use the A mount lenses, because there are no E mount lenses for a normal price and the lenses available often have a bad score. Continue Reading

splashy answered
6 days ago

A-mount lenses attached via LA-EA3 will still focus very slow. LA-EA4 will be your best option for snappy focus when not using native E-mount lenses. Continue Reading

Stflbn answered
6 days ago
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