Sony Alpha A77 MKII Body reviews and prices: SLR camera

6 customer reviews

This digital camera is a good all rounder.

£928 – £1207 at 6 retailers out of 419 retailers checked

9.2 out of 10 based on 6 reviews.
Sony Alpha A77 MKII Body: 24.3 MP (Megapixels), Memory Stick Pro storage digital SLR camera. See full product description
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Paul, Rotherham Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Larger buffer for sports shooting
Can shoot 25 raw format in a burst or 53 JPEG fine
High number of focus points (79)
New improved focus tracking
Faster in-built HDR processing
Lower noise than A77
Wi-Fi
3 user memories
Bad points:
Focus assist light not present (uses in-built flash). So far this has not been an issue using firmware 2.

Sony UK did not do free battery grip offer currently available in US.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Dec 2014

Stephen, Hereford Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The camera will take Minolta AF lens.
Focus limit setting built into camera when using zoom lens.
Switch from auto focus to manual focus by depressing AF/MF
Focus Peaking
Bad points:
Battery. Carry spares
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Mar 2016

Product Features

Camera Type SLR
Screen size (Inches) 3.0
Media format Memory Stick Pro
Media format Memory Stick PRO Duo
Media format Memory Stick Duo
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Flash TTL

Also known as: Sony Alpha 77 Mark II, Sony Alpha A77 Mark II, Sony Alpha A77 II

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Manufacturer's Description

The Sony α77 MKII is an upgrade to Sony’s polular semi-pro SLT Camera, the α77. Improved features on the α77 II include a new 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS Sensor, an incredible 79 point (15 cross-type) AF Sensor and 1.23m dot RGBW LCD screen.

24.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor — up to ISO 25600
Breathtaking image quality is yours at 24.3 megapixel resolution, thanks to Sony’s proprietary latest-generation image sensor with gapless on-chip lens design that delivers an extra-wide sensitivity range of ISO 100 to ISO 25600, expandable to ISO 50.
BIONZ X image processing engine
This latest-generation engine faithfully reproduces textures and details in real time, as seen by the naked eye, via extra high-speed processing capabilities. Whether shooting still images or video, it enables natural details, realistic images, rich tonal gradations and low noise.

Dedicated AF sensor with 79 phase-detection AF points
Discover the breakthrough autofocusing and tracking reliability of Sony’s newly developed AF system with the world’s highest number of phase-detection AF points (as of 1 May 2014). By spreading the points densely over an area approximately twice as wide as in the α77, fine-tuning the balance between responsiveness and stability, and taking full advantage of the many benefits of proprietary Translucent Mirror Technology (which enables phase-detection AF during live-view and video shooting), Sony optimised subject tracking to stay locked on to your subject even in conditions that professional cameras find a challenge. The α77 II also realises impressive focusing accuracy when a large-aperture lens is mounted, thanks to an F2.8 AF point placed horizontally in the centre of the sensor. Moreover, AF performs extremely well in low-light conditions — as low as EV -2 (ISO 100).
12 fps up to 60 frames with AF tracking
Fast 12fps continuous shooting lets you capture the decisive moment with stunning clarity at full 24.3 megapixel resolution even when tracking fast-moving subjects. Up to 60 frames can be recorded per burst.

Sophisticated AF algorithm
Through exhaustive field testing, Sony developed an AF algorithm that strikes the perfect balance of speed and stability. Highly responsive to changes in fast-moving scenes, it nevertheless stays solidly locked on your subject without being distracted by nearby objects. By accurately analysing detailed AF metering data from the 79 AF points, as well as subject position data that takes subject movement continuity into account, it accurately predicts the subject’s next move to reliably ensure accurate focusing. Tracking performance is even further improved when using the Lock-on AF function, which analyses information on subject colour as well as subject position.

Enhanced in-body image stabilisation
SteadyShot image stabilisation lets you enjoy handheld shooting with minimal camera-shake blur. Built within the camera, it provides effective image stabilisation for any compatible lens throughout the entire focal length range. Camera shake blur is also minimised in the viewfinder and LCD monitor image when you press the shutter button halfway: the image is displayed with remarkable clarity and stability so you can accurately check the focus and frame your subject.

High-contrast, high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder
View every scene clearly in the bright and accurate XGA OLED Tru-Finder, which faithfully displays what will appear in your final recording. High-end features include 100% field coverage, a wide viewing angle (approx. 33°) and a high eyepoint (27 mm).

1228 k-dot 3-inch, 3-way tiltable LCD monitor
The bright LCD monitor brings out every detail of your scene at high resolution. It smoothly tilts to enhance your viewing comfort and accommodate vertical framing, as well as shooting from various angles such as over your head or on the ground for a startling view of nature. Brightness is manually adjustable and viewing is clear under direct sunlight thanks to WhiteMagic technology that nearly doubles the brightness of the display through a unique RGBW pixel structure for easier checking of the focus and image details.

Connect to smartphones and tablets with one touch
You can instantly transfer a photo or MP4 video to your Android smartphone or tablet by simply touching it with the α77 II—thanks to built-in Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication). Touching your mobile device with the camera can also activate Smart Remote Embedded, which enables remote control of the camera from a mobile device.

Full HD videos
Powerfully vibrant film making is yours with the α77 II, thanks to the latest large APS-C sensor and many of the same features that deliver breathtaking photo quality. You’ll enjoy much clearer videos with less noise and higher sensitivity, as well as rich gradations and beautiful bokeh. Moreover, accurate, continuous tracking and focusing of fast-moving subjects without a time lag is yours while shooting videos because the same full-time continuous phase-detection autofocusing is used as when capturing still images — an enormous advantage made possible by Translucent Mirror Technology. Through area-specific noise reduction and detail reproduction technology, Sony’s high-speed BIONZ X image processing engine achieves supreme detail and low noise. You can record Full HD videos in the AVCHD Ver. 2.0 format at 60p for super smooth playback or 24p for a cinematic look.

Full-time AF during Full HD video shooting
The α77 II delivers the superior speed and precision of full-time continuous phase-detection autofocusing even during HD video shooting at 60p, thanks to proprietary Translucent Mirror Technology. Whether capturing fast-moving animals, models in studios or faces in a crowd, you’ll enjoy sharp, accurate autofocusing.

Multi Frame (Noise Reduction): Suppresses noise and camera shake blur, letting you capture dark scenes like candle-lit environments without a tripod or flash.
Auto HDR (High Dynamic Range): Expand the dynamic range of your images from darkest shadows to brightest highlights and capture all the tonal gradations seen by your naked eye.
D-range Optimiser (DRO): In difficult lighting, DRO analyses and corrects your image to achieve smoother, more natural gradations with more detail in the highlights and shadows even during continuous shooting and when photographing moving subjects.
Picture Effect: Convert everyday scenes into works of art by applying innovative Picture Effect modes that adjust camera parameters and apply advanced image processing with real-time previews for most effects. You can choose from 13 modes, including Toy Camera and Pop Colour.
Creative Style: Bring out the character of your scene with any of 13 Creative Style settings. The camera adjusts the colour and other image parameters while letting you manually fine-tune the contrast, saturation and sharpness to achieve the look you desire.
Durable camera body
The body is solidly built to withstand the rigours of shooting in the field. Its rear cover is comprised of lightweight, high-intensity magnesium alloy, while the aluminium grip and front cover are cast to achieve high body rigidity and a solid balance of lightness, reliability and steady handling.

Solid grip and top display panel
The thick grip is optimally contoured to fit your hand comfortably and provide a firm, steady grasp even after long hours of capturing images with a large A-mount lens. Every finger falls naturally on its ergonomic contours. The α77 II also features an informative top display panel – a must for any midrange camera that lets you quickly view camera settings.

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