Sony A77II Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 24.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/8000
  • ISO 100-25600
  • 79 focus points (15 point cross type)
  • In-body image stabilization
  • Continuous priority autoexposure shooting up to 12 fps (up to 60 Fine JPEGs or 26 RAW)
  • Continuous shooting 8 fps (up to 75 Fine JPEGs or 28 RAW files)
  • Phase detection autofocus
  • Manual focus peaking (using LCD)
  • Manual modes
  • RAW
  • 1080/60p HD video
  • Viewfinder
  • Picture effects
  • Panorama
  • Face detection
  • Wi-fi and NFC
  • 3" tilting LCD
  • Dual memory card slots
  • Lithium-ion battery rated at 410 shots
  • Weighs 1 lb., 6.8 oz (body only)
  • Release Date: 2014-06-10
  • Final Grade: 92 A

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Sony A77II
Sony's A77II has a speedy burst speed for the category.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 6/5/2014

Every time a DSLR snaps a picture, the mirror inside has to flip up and down--which is why smaller cameras tend to have faster burst speeds (until you get into the $3,000 DSLRs) and why the Sony a77II's 12 fps is such a big deal. Sony's high-end APS-C DSLR shoots 12 frames per second in priority auto exposure and up to eight in the other available settings. The closest competitor, the Nikon D7100, only shoots 6 fps.

While the speed on the Sony a77II looks excellent, this June 2014 release looks to be a well rounded camera overall. Designed as an upper-end DSLR without getting into the full frame options, the A77II has dual control wheels a second screen at the top displaying shooting information and a lot of physical controls so adjusting settings can be done quickly, without going into the menu. The large 3" LCD screen also tilts, for capturing those shots at tricky angles. Dual slots allow you to use two memory cards in the camera at once.

Wrapped up inside is a 79 point phase detection autofocus system. And when the need arises for manual focus, the LCD screen includes focus peaking, which highlights the portions of the image that are in focus. The shutter speed can hit a nice 1/8000, while the ISO settings range from 100-25600 with a noise reduction system.

The a77II uses Sony A-Mount lenses and there's a good variety of them available. The vibration reduction system is actually built into the body, which makes the lenses a bit more affordable than Nikon or Canon lenses that need a shake reduction system.

Along with a good set of everything you'd expect from a DSLR (including a viewfinder, manual modes and RAW), there's also several options that are more typical of smaller cameras. Picture effects offer different digital filters and even the panorama option is included. Face detection and smile detection is also available.

The battery on the A77II is rated at 410 shots, which is on the low end for advanced DSLRs (The D7100 has a 920 shot life in comparison).

Overall, the Sony a77II looks to be a highly competitive DSLR at this price point, holding a particular edge in speed. The DSLR will sell for an MSRP of $1,199.99 for the body only or $1,799.99 with a 16-50mm f2.8 kit lens.

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