Unveiled: The New Sony a77II DSLR Camera

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Sony has just announced the upgraded replacement for their Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR and is calling it the Sony a77II DSLR Camera. The new Sony camera is available as a body only and also as a kit with a 16-50mm f/2.8 DT lens. The a77II takes its place just behind the flagship a99 as a high-performance, fast-focusing A-mount APS-C DSLR and has improved upon the performance of its predecessor, thanks to the inclusion of the BIONZ X image processor and the new wide-coverage phase detection autofocus system with 79 AF points, including 15 cross-type points.

"The BIONZ X image processor, which enables faster overall performance and improved video capability, also enhances the reproduction of image details with sharp delineations and less noise."

Featuring a 24.3MP Exmor CMOS sensor, image quality and color reproduction on the a77II are impeccable even at high ISO sensitivities, which run from 100-25600 and are expandable to ISO 51200. The gapless sensor design and optimized on-chip lens positioning increase the light-collecting capability of the sensor, particularly at the edges and corners of the frame. The BIONZ X image processor, which enables faster overall performance and improved video capability, also enhances the reproduction of image details with sharp delineations and less noise. Integrated diffraction-reducing technology maximizes the optical performance of lenses, especially when shooting with small aperture settings. In addition to the above noted advancements, the a77II has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC for wireless image transfer and remote camera control via smart devices.

Utilizing Sony’s innovative Translucent Mirror Technology and a new AF sensor with wide and dense point coverage, AF tracking performance is optimized, making the a77II an ideal camera for capturing fast-moving subjects. Improvements in the autofocus system also include the Expanded Flexible Spot that employs the 8 AF points around the select AF point to better maintain tracking focus and a more advanced Lock-on AF. The a77II realizes impressive focusing accuracy, even when a large-aperture lens is mounted, thanks to the f/2.8 AF point, placed horizontally in the center of the AF sensor. Low-light focus accuracy has been improved and other new autofocus features include Eye AF, AF Range Control, 5-Step Tracking Adjustment, and Balance Priority setting. Furthermore, the Translucent Mirror, teamed with the new BIONZ X processor, allows full-resolution continuous shooting at 12 fps and for up to 60 frames in Fine quality JPEG.

The a77II provides both an LCD monitor and the OLED Tru-Finder Electronic Viewfinder for live view image composition and playback. The 2,359k-dot Tru-Finder EVF offers wide-angle, high-contrast, and high-resolution viewing with 100% frame coverage and a 27mm eyepoint. Real-time effects of camera adjustments make shooting through the EVF a more intuitive experience; depth of field, exposure compensation and all 13 picture effects can be seen in the EVF before the image has been shot. The 3.0" 1,229k-dot 3-way tiltable LCD screen enables clear image view with a rotating, tilting capability for shooting from any angle, including up and down tilt when shooting vertically. White Magic technology improves viewing under direct sunlight.

SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization is incorporated into the camera body so that every lens used with the a77II is provided with stabilization to reduce blur when shooting at longer shutter speeds. Also, a built-in pop-up flash with a guide number of 39' and wireless trigger capability is supported as is the Sony Multi-Interface Shoe for attaching an external flash or any number of accessories for shooting video.

The BIONZ X processor also serves to improve the video capability of the a77II. Full HD 1080 at 60p and 24p is supported and new features include 3-step AF Tracking on moving subjects, a zebra function for accurate exposure, and controllable metered audio levels for both the built-in and optional external microphones. Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual exposure control are supported and recording in both the AVCHD and MP4 codecs are possible. You also have the option of capturing uncompressed HD video to an optional external recorder for super high bit-rate via the clean HDMI output.

Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC is new to the a77II, and enables immediate wireless transfer of images to your smartphone, tablet, or even Wi-Fi-enabled TV when the free PlayMemories Mobile App Version 3.0 is installed on the mobile device. NFC allows linking to an Android device with just a simple touch between camera and device and Smart Remote Control lets you use your smart device as a remote control for camera operation. Via Wi-Fi or the camera’s HDMI output, still images can be transferred to 4K-compatible televisions for the utmost in high-resolution viewing.

Physically, the a77II has been made more durable and provided with enhanced weather-resistant features. A strong, yet lightweight magnesium-alloy body is complemented by double-layered dust and moisture seals around the main buttons, dials, ports, and doors. The shutter unit has been tested to endure up to 150,000 actuations. Further design refinements have made the grip more comfortable and provided the buttons with distinct shapes for tactile recognition. Eleven customizable buttons (10 on the camera body and one on select lenses) enable control over 53 assignable functions, which is a major increase over the three customizable buttons on the a77. Furthermore, the Memory Recall mode, which is located on the mode dial, can recall up to three sets of camera adjustments, and the User Interface includes the customizable Quick Navi Pro and Fn button for fast access to oft-used functions.

The Sony a77II DSLR camera is available as a body only but also with 16-50mm f/2.8 DT lens, which provides a versatile set of focal lengths equivalent to 24-75mm in the 35mm/full-frame format. A fast f/2.8 maximum aperture is effective in low light and offers shallow depth of field. Extra-low dispersion glass and aspherical lens elements minimize aberrations and lend themselves to sharp, high-contrast imaging. The SSM Super Sonic Wave Motor provides fast, smooth, and silent autofocus, which is the perfect complement for the new AF system on the a77II.

  Sony a77II DSLR Sony a77 DSLR
Lens Mount A-mount A-mount
Image Sensor Exmor APS-C HD CMOS Sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm) Exmor APS-C HD CMOS Sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)
Effective Pixels 24.3MP 24.3MP
Total Pixels 24.7MP 24.7MP
Maximum Resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Image Processor BIONZ X BIONZ
Aspect Ratio 3:2; 16:9 3:2; 16:9
Still Image File Format JPEG; RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format) JPEG; RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format); 3D MPO
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo, PRO-HG Duo, XC-HG Duo SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo, PRO-HG Duo
Card Slot 1x Dual Compatability Slot 1x Dual Compatability Slot
Viewfinder Type 2,359k-dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder Electronic Viewfinder 2,359k-dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder Electronic Viewfinder
Frame Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 1.09x (35mm equivalent: 0.71x) 1.09x (35mm equivalent: 0.71x)
Eyepoint 27mm from the eyepiece 27mm from the eyepiece
Diopter Adjustment -4.0 to +3.0m-1 -4.0 to +3.0m-1
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter Speed 1/8000th to 30 sec./ Bulb 1/8000th to 30 sec./ Bulb
Flash Sync Speed 1/250th sec 1/250th sec
Drive Modes Single, Continuous (Hi/Lo), Self Timer, Bracket Single, Continuous (Hi/Lo), Self Timer, Bracket
Top Continuous Shooting Rate 12 fps in Full Resolution 12 fps in Full Resolution
Self-Timer 2 sec, 10 sec, Delay 2 sec, 10 sec, Delay
Exposure Metering System 1200-zone Evaluative Metering 1200-zone Evaluative Metering
Metering Method Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Range EV -2 to EV 17 (at ISO 100 equivalent with f/1.4 lens attached) EV -2 to EV 17 (at ISO 100 equivalent with f/1.4 lens attached)
Exposure Modes iAuto, Superior Auto, Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Continuous Advance Priority AE, Movie, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter-speed Priority, Manual, Memory Recall Auto, Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, Continuous Advance Priority AE, Movie, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter-speed Priority, Manual, Memory Recall
Exposure Compensation +/-5.0 EV (1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps) +/-5.0 EV (1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps)
Exposure Bracketing Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, With 1/3EV, 1/2EV, 2/3EV, 1.0EV, 2.0EV, 3.0EV increments, 3 /5frames Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, With 1/3EV, 1/2EV, 2/3EV, 1.0EV, 2.0EV, 3.0EV increments, 3 /5frames
ISO Sensitivity 100-25600 (1/3 EV Step); Expandable: 50-51200 100-16000 (1/3 EV Step); Expandable: 50-25600
Autofocus System TTL Phase-detection AF TTL Phase-detection AF
Number of Focus Points 79 points with 15 cross-type points and 1 center f/2.8 point 19 points with 11 cross-type points
Focus Modes Autofocus: Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Automatic AF; Manual Focus Autofocus: Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Automatic AF; Manual Focus
Autofocus Sensitivity EV -2 to EV 18 (at ISO 100 equivalent) EV -1 to EV 18 (at ISO 100 equivalent)
Built-In Flash Yes Yes
Flash Control ADI, Pre-flash TTL, Manual ADI, Pre-flash TTL, Manual
Flash Modes Off, Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Red-eye Reduction, Rear Sync, Wireless, Hi-Speed Sync Off, Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Red-eye Reduction, Rear Sync, Wireless
Flash Compensation  +/- 3.0 EV (1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)  +/- 3.0 EV (1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Flash Bracketing 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 EV steps, 3/5 frames selectable 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 EV steps, 3/5 frames selectable
External Flash Interface Multi-Interface Shoe Sony Accessory Shoe
White Balance Modes Auto / Daylight/ Shade/ Cloudy/ Incandescent/ Fluorescent(Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight), Flash, Color Temp (2500 to 9900K), Color Filter (G7 to M7, A7 to B7), Custom (1,2,3), Custom Set Auto / Daylight/ Shade/ Cloudy/ Incandescent/ Fluorescent(Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight), Flash, Color Temp (2500 to 9900K), Color Filter (G7 to M7), 15-Step, Custom, AWB Micro Adjustment
White Balance Bracketing 3 frames, H/L selectable 3 frames, H/L selectable
Movie Recording 1920 x 1080; 60, 50, 25, 24 fps; 
1440 x 1080; 30, 25 fps
1280 x 720; 30 fps; 640 x 480; 30, 25 fps
1920 x 1080; 60, 50, 25, 24 fps; 
1440 x 1080; 30, 25 fps
640 x 480; 30, 25 fps
Movie Metering TTL exposure metering using main image sensor TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
File Format AVCHD 2.0 (Progressive), MP4 AVCHD 2.0 (Progressive), MP4
Compression AVCHD:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; MP4:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 AVCHD:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; MP4:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio Recording Built-in Stereo Microphone; 3.5mm External Stereo Microphone jack Built-in Stereo Microphone; 3.5mm External Stereo Microphone jack
Audio File Format AVCHD:Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator; MP4:MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch AVCHD:Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator; MP4:MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
External Microphone Input Yes, 3.5 mm stereo minijack Yes, 3.5 mm stereo minijack
Headphone Jack No No
Maximum Recording Time 29 minutes 29 minutes
Monitor 3.0" 1,228,800 dot TFT LCD 3.0" 921,600 dot TFT LCD
Monitor Viewing Angle Tilt Up 150°; Tilt Down 180°;  180° Clockwise Rotation; 90° Counterclockwise Rotation  Tilt Up 150°; Tilt Down 180°;  180° Clockwise Rotation; 90° Counterclockwise Rotation 
Interface HDMI Micro (Type D), Micro USB 2.0, Multi-Interface Shoe, PC Remote. Sync Terminal, DC IN Terminal HDMI Mini (Type C), Micro USB 2.0, Auto-lock Accessory Shoe, PC Remote. Sync Terminal, DC IN Terminal
Wi-Fi Yes, with NFC N/A
GPS N/A Yes
Power Source NP-FM500H Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Pack and AC-PW10AM AC Adapter (optional) NP-FM500H Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Pack and AC-PW10AM AC Adapter (optional)
Battery Life 410 Shots w/ Viewfinder; 480 Shots w/ LCD; 110-120 minutes for Video (CIPA) 470 Shots w/ Viewfinder; 530 Shots w/ LCD; 185 minutes for Video (CIPA)
Operating Environment 32 - 104°F / 0 - 40°C 32 - 104°F / 0 - 40°C
Dimensions 5.6 x 4.1 x 3.2" / 143 x 104 x 81 mm 5.6 x 4.1 x 3.2" / 143 x 104 x 81 mm
Weight 1.4 lb / 647 g  (body only) 1.4 lb / 653 g  (body only)

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Think I might have found my next camera, but I believe you may neeed to update the chart above, both the Sony a77 DSLR and Sony a77 m2 both have built in GPS.

Hi.

I think you'll have to recorrrect your specs. The a77ii does not have GPS. It was replaced by WiFI with NFC

Thank you gentleman, we are confirming with Sony regarding integrated GPS in the a77II and will clarify shortly. 

I have an a77 and an a99. I will upgrade the a77 to the new version IF Sony has included GPS in the new camera. WiFi is of no use to me but I use the GPS all of the time.

So ... GPS, or no GPS?

Any idea of when you will have sample images?

Thanks for asking, We cannot say with certainty when Sony will release images but it's very likely that we will do a hands-on review of the a77II when models arrive in mid-June.

We have confirmed with Sony that the new a77II DSLR does not have integrated GPS. It does however include built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.

If that's the case - no GPS - do you have runout stock of the a77 mark 1?

Well, that is a deal killer for me, too bad, I really wanted the one, guess I have to wait.

I plan on keeping my A77.  I plan on purchasing the new A77II when available.  I have three questions.

1.  I own a sony battery grip for my A77.  Will it also work on the A77II.

2. I own several sony lenses and also some older Minolta glass.  Will my old Minolta glass focus faster with the new A77II?

3.  It appears that the new A77II has the same flash shoe configuragtion as the A99.  So, I am assuming that my flash, a sony 43 will not work on the new A77II.  I will need an adapter???

According to Sony's site, the a77 II will be compatible with the same grip as the first version of the camera: VG-C77AM.  While the a77 II does have a redesigned autofocus system, until the camer is released and reveiws start being released, it would be impossible to say how much faster, if any, the autofocus would be with older Minolta lenses.  The a77 II does have the newer multi-interface shoe, so you would need the Sony Multi-Interface Shoe Adapter to use your F43AM flash.

Can you please give the shutter life number. If its like 150,000 its a no go. Being a sports shooter the 12fps number would get you to 150,000 rather quickly.

According to Sony's website link for the camera, the shutter life expectancy of this camera is 150,000.

Traditional hot shoe? Please? 

Yes.  The camera features Sony's newer "Multi-interface flash shoe" which is the design/form of a traditional ISO flash shoe but with additional electronic contacts for select Sony accessories.

??? SONY ALPHA 77 II WARUM??? KEINE GPS??? ICH HABE LANGE ZEIT WARTEN FUR SO GUTTE FOTOAPARAT, NUR KAN ICH IM NICHT HABEN OHNE GPS FUNKCION, ES TUTMIR LEIT, WEIL... VILMA

Thank you very much for the report. I would like to add some hints regarding tethering of A77II. The Playmemories Mobile app that can run on A77II has the nice feature of liveview. But unfortunatley nothing more than a simple shutter button. It is not posssible to install e.g. timelapse app (as known from A7x cameras). For everyone who is searching for stable remote control (including a wireless feature), I recommend te Android App RCCDroidPro from Google Play Store

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.glensk.RCCDroidPro&hl=en

with a lot of exciting features:

http://rccdroid.glensk.com/

  • Preview of taken pictures on an Android Display (Semi-Lifeview)
  • Change of Cameraparameter
  • Wireless shutter release over Bluetooth
  • Shutter release via sound monitor
  • Focus Trap
  • Long Term exposures without touching the camera
  • HDR without touching the camera
  • Timelapse
  • New: HDR Timelapse
  • Extended HDR up to 13 shots +-4EV 
  • Bulb intervalometer (Startrail and HDR Options)
  • Start of Video
  • Write GPS-Data to JPG pictures (EXIF)
  • Selfporträts with correct focus

I use Sony Alpha A65 & A 77 with Sony 18-135 mm SAM and Tokina 11-16 mm lenses. Both are superb. But with one problem using in Manual **** in the dark esp shooting inside theater hall or night scenes. 

   Pan shootings are excellent so is HDR s

Will the vertical grip for the A77 fit the A77II?

Will the older Minolta auto focus lenses benefit from the additional focus points in the A77II?

Can the current flash for the A77 fit the A77II?  If not, please list adapter needed.

Many thanks, Bill Aubuchon

1.  Yes, the  is compatible with both the Sony SLT-A77 and the SLT-A77 II DSLR cameras.

2.  As the focus points are built into the camera, yes, you would still have the benefit of the extra focusing points in the SLT-A77 II.

3.  If you own the Sony A77 and wish to use your current hot shoe flashes with the new A77 II, you would need the , B&H # SOADPMAA, for your *****.  If the opposite is true (you own the A77 II and wish to use the new flashes with the Multi Interface shoe on the older A77, then you would need the , B&H # SOADPAMA, for your *****.

HI

I use the (a77) all the time for plant and wilderness pictures. The GPS is vary important to me so that I can go back to the same place and see the way a plant or location has changed over time.

I don't think that I would use the Wi-Fi at all. If I am at my computer I would use the SD card slot. I don't think that I would use a TV to look at pictures or video. That's why I have a computer!

OK Sony!

NO GPS, NO Buy!

WHY?

No over/under cranking.  No headphone jack to monitor audio(unacceptable).  No USB 3.  No 2K.  Certainly No 4k.  Still the same video writing wait time between shots.  And where are the new Alpha Lenses?  Quit with all the different mounts and adapters.  So frustrating.   

Listen I love my a77.  I picked it because of the video capabilities I considered better than the similar Cannon/Nikon.  But when I see the new Panasonic 4K and Sony A7s it's just disappointing there are not more advancements for us video shooters.  And this certainly makes me question if Sony is still serious about this line.  

Is the A99 vertical grip (VG-C99M) compatible with the A77ii?

The A99 grip is not compatible with the A77 II. You would need the Sony Vertical Battery Grip for Alpha SLT-A77.

no GPS, no deal. 

Hi

Will the lenses for my Konica minolta 7D maxxum fit on the Sony Alpha 77 M2 DSLR without an adapter?

The lenses you used on a Minolta 7D maxxum will work on the A77 II without the need of an adapter, yes.

Great

not purchased