Sony Alpha a77 II DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 Lens

Sony Alpha a77 II DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 Lens

Sony Alpha a77 II DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 Lens

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  • 24.3MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Gapless On-Chip Lens Design
  • Translucent Mirror Technology
  • 3.0" 1,228k-Dot 3-Way Tilting LCD Screen
  • 0.5" 2,359k-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • 79-Point Phase-Detection AF System
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • Sony DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM Lens
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The Sony Alpha a77 II DSLR Camera is a versatile and advanced digital camera featuring a 24.3MP APS-C-sized Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor to produce high-resolution still images and full HD movies with marked low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 25600. Beyond notable imaging traits, the image processor also lends itself to continuous shooting up to 12 fps for up to 26 RAW frames. The processor and sensor combination are also significantly benefitted by the unique Translucent Mirror Technology, which effectively directs light to both the image sensor and focus sensor simultaneously. This enables the expansive 79-point AF system, which includes 15 cross-type points, to work continuously even while recording video and photographing in a continuous shooting mode.

For live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation, both a large rear monitor and detailed electronic viewfinder are available. The 3.0" 1,228k-dot LCD screen features a three-way tilting design to facilitate easier use from both high and low angles and also incorporates WhiteMagic technology for easier viewing in bright conditions. The 0.5" 2.359k-dot Tru-Finder OLED EVF offers 100% frame coverage and a refined optical design to provide a natural viewing perspective and magnification. The dust- and moisture-sealed magnesium alloy body also houses a configurable user interface, built around several customizable buttons and control dials, for efficient and intuitive access to frequently used camera settings. Additionally, a Multi-Interface shoe is available for attaching external flashes, lights, or microphones.

Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, with support for NFC-enabled devices, is also integrated into the a77 II to support remote camera control and image sharing to linked mobile devices.

Included with the camera body is the DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM lens; a wide-angle to short telephoto providing a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-75mm. The constant f/2.8 maximum aperture maintains consistent performance throughout the zoom range while an SSM autofocus drive produces quick and quiet focus performance. Two aspherical elements and three extra-low dispersion elements are incorporated within the lens construction, which help to reduce chromatic aberrations and produce imagery with a high degree of sharpness and clarity. Additionally, the lens is designed with the same weather-resistant qualities as the a77 II to permit its use in inclement conditions.

24.3MP APS-C Exmor Sensor and BIONZ X Image Processor
The 24.3MP APS-C-sized Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor work together to produce high resolution, well-detailed imagery with minimal noise and notable low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 25600. The sensor utilizes a gapless on-chip lens design, which fills the gaps between neighboring pixels with optimized lenses that match the angle of incidence to increase light gathering ability and produce edge-to-edge sharpness and quality. Detail reproduction technology works to increase the fine detail rendering capabilities for a more three-dimensional, realistic image quality while diffraction-reducing technology helps to enhance the optical qualities of any lens by suppressing diffraction that is common when working at smaller apertures.

The BIONZ X processor also contributes to providing a wealth of speed throughout the camera system, including a top continuous shooting rate of 12 fps for up to 26 RAW frames and full HD 1080i/p video recording in multiple frame rates.
Translucent Mirror Technology
Translucent Mirror Technology is a unique design that enables the mirror to continuously direct light to both image and autofocus sensors to provide continuous phase- and contrast-detection focusing for quick and precise performance. The additional speed afforded to the camera by eliminating the need for a swinging mirror benefits many shooting features including the fast continuous shooting rate, continuous focusing when shooting movies and working in continuous shooting modes, and also allows for the use of a high resolution electronic viewfinder for eye-level live view monitoring.
79-Point Wide-Coverage AF System
Complementing the imaging abilities, an equally apt phase-detection autofocus system, coupled with the Translucent Mirror Technology, provides fast and full-time continuous focusing performance to suit working in nearly any environment, even in lighting conditions as dim as -2 EV. Subject tracking is benefitted by the expansive 79 AF point array, which incorporates 15 centrally-located cross-type points for added precision in the most frequently used portion of the image frame. A centrally-located horizontal f/2.8 AF point is also incorporated within this array, and overlaps another AF point, to better support the use of large-aperture lenses. Also benefitting subject tracking, an enhanced flexible spot function utilizes eight focus points surrounding a chosen point to maintain focus on moving subjects if the main, selected point loses focus.

For further refinement, a series of distinct AF modes can be selected from depending on the subject. Eye AF is a detail-oriented focusing function that can prioritize a subject's pupil and dedicate focusing performance on that for sharply-rendered portraits; Lock-on AF is a dedicated focusing method for use with moving subjects and adjusts the target frame size as the subject moves throughout the image frame; and AF Range Control permits the selection of a dedicated focusing distance range for faster performance and greater accuracy. Additionally, five-step AF Tracking Duration allows the setting of focus speed and performance based on the specific scene type and subject matter.
Full HD Video Recording
Full HD 1080i/p video recording is supported at both 60 and 24 fps frame rates to produce high resolution movies with a smooth, cinematic look. Full HD videos are recorded using the high-quality AVCHD codec, while 1440 x 1080, 1280 x 720, and 640 x 480 formats are also supported in the Internet-friendly MP4 format. When recording in AVCHD, audio is recorded in the AC-3 Dolby Digital format and, instead of the built-in stereo microphone, an optional external microphone can be used for higher quality sound recording. Additionally, audio levels can be monitored and adjusted during recording for more exacting control.

Benefitting advanced video applications, clean HDMI output is available for recording uncompressed video via an optional external recorder. Complementing full P/A/S/M exposure control, a zebra function can be used for easier detection of exposure clipping to prevent overexposure and focus peaking is also supported for more refined manual focus accuracy. Additionally, both Quick AF and three distinct AF Tracking Duration steps can be used for acquiring and maintaining critical focus on subjects during recording.
Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables instant transferring of imagery to mobile devices for direct sharing online to social networking, via email, and to cloud storage sites. NFC (Near Field Communication) is also supported, which allows for one-touch connection between the camera and compatible mobile devices, with no complex set-up required. Once connected, the linked mobile device can also display a live view image on its screen and, using Smart Remote Control, remotely control the camera's shutter and zoom functions.
XGA OLED Tru-Finder and Tilting WhiteMagic LCD Screen
For image monitoring and review, both a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and a rear tilting LCD monitor are incorporated into the camera's design. The XGA OLED Tru-Finder is a 0.5" 2,359k-dot EVF, which provides 100% frame coverage with a high eye point, wide viewing angle, and accurate color representation. Due to the Translucent Mirror Technology, this viewfinder can be used at all times and offers real-time monitoring of changes to exposure, Picture Effects, and focus settings.

For larger-scale monitoring, a 3.0" 1,228k-dot LCD is also available and features a three-way tilting design to benefit working from high and low angles. WhiteMagic technology is utilized within the screen's design, which produces greater effective brightness for easier use in sunlit conditions.
Body Design
Surrounding the imaging components is a dust- and moisture-sealed magnesium alloy body, which incorporates a large, ergonomic grip and well-placed buttons and dials about its design to offer seamless, intuitive control over camera settings. 11 different customizable buttons can be configured to control 53 assignable functions while a Memory Recall function on the mode dial can be used to recall up to three sets of distinct exposure settings. Additionally, a customizable user interface design with Quick Navi Pro is aided by the conveniently placed Fn button for quick, one-handed adjustment over frequently used camera settings. Ensuring the camera's durability, the shutter mechanism has been tested to approximately 150,000 actuations.

A Multi-Interface accessory shoe has also been incorporated into the camera's design, which, aside from permitting the use of optional external flashes, also provides support for a range of accessories, including video lights and external microphones.
DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM Lens
The included 16-50mm f/2.8 lens is a standard zoom lens providing a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-75mm. Its bright, constant f/2.8 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions throughout the zoom range and also aids the use of selective focus and shallow depth of field techniques. Two aspherical and three extra-low dispersion elements are incorporated within the optical design and help to minimize chromatic aberrations in order to achieve a sharp, clear image quality. An internal SSM drive produces fast, near-silent autofocus performance and the lens' construction renders it dust- and weather-resistant to complement its use with the weather-sealed camera body.
Other Camera Features
  • SteadyShot INSIDE sensor-shift type image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake with any mounted lens when recording still images, with the results visible in both the EVF and on the rear LCD monitor. When recording video, electronic image stabilization is available to reduce camera shake.
  • An advanced 1200-zone evaluative exposure metering sensor delivers consistent and accurate results using multi-segment, center-weighted, or spot metering modes.
  • Auto Object Framing is an intelligent shooting mode that can automatically analyze the scene and subjects within it and determine an aesthetically-pleasing composition. The subsequent imagery will be cropped according to subject matter, resulting in a well-balanced composition that utilizes Face Detection and Tracking Focus to ensure high image quality and sharpness.
  • Clear Image Zoom can be used to magnify the center of scenes by 2x to effectively extend the reach of any focal length lens. This digital zoom technology uses an intelligent interpolation process to minimize the amount of image degradation in order to produce realistic, high-quality images.
  • Picture Effect modes allow you to apply creative settings and emphasize certain facets of individual images for a richer, more aesthetic picture quality. Posterization (Color/B&W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-Key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-Tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration modes are available.
  • Multi Frame NR records consecutive images at a reduced ISO sensitivity and then composites them into a single image to realize higher effective sensitivity with minimal image noise. Standard image compositing is comprised of four exposures and High image compositing utilizes 12 distinct exposures.
  • Creative Style settings provide control over how the camera processes images based on six different predetermined styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, and B&W. Within these settings, contrast, saturation, and sharpness can also be adjusted depending on personal preference.
  • Auto HDR automatically records three sequential frames of an image and composites them into a single frame to realize greater shadow and highlight detail with an extended range of mid-tones.
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) works to improve images featuring backlit subjects or scenes with high contrast where details can be lost in the shadows or highlights. This mode can be controlled automatically or fine-tuned using five settings.
  • In-camera creation of 4K slide shows is possible for rich playback to ultra high definition televisions. An HDMI port is incorporated into the camera's design, too, to enable direct connection to HDTVs.
  • TRILUMINOS Color support is supported to produce rich, natural colors when imagery is viewed on a TRILUMINOS Display.
UPC: 027242879867

Sony a77 II specs

Lens Mount Sony Alpha/ Minolta
Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 24.7 Megapixel
Effective: 24.3 Megapixel
Max Resolution 24 MP: 6000 x 4000
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MP4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: AAC LC, AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch
Bit Depth 14-Bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Memory Stick XC-HG Duo
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Automatic (A), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 79 (15 Cross-Type)
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Size 0.5"
Viewfinder Eye Point 27.00 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 1.09x
Diopter Adjustment -4 to +3 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Swivel LCD
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600 (Extended Mode: 50-25600)
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 Seconds , Bulb Mode
Remote Control RMT-DSLR2 (Optional)
Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering, Spot Metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Programmed Auto, Manual, Aperture Priority, Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection, Movie, Continuous Advance Priority AE, Memory Recall, Superior Auto, Auto, Shutter Priority, Intelligent Auto
Metering Range: EV -2.0 - EV 17.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV Steps)
White Balance Modes Fluorescent (Cool White), Cloudy, Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Day White), Color Temperature Filter, Fluorescent (Warm White), Custom, Incandescent, Daylight, Flash, Color Temperature, Shade, Auto
Flash Modes Red-Eye Reduction
Slow Sync
Rear Sync
Hi-Speed Sync
Built-in Flash Yes
Guide No. 39.37' (12 m) ISO100 
Max Sync Speed 1 / 250 Second
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System TTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal, Proprietary, Wireless
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
File Size 1920 x 1080p (Full HD)
1920 x 1080i (Full HD)
1440 x 1080 (HD)
1280 x 720 (HD)
640 x 480 (SD)
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Frame Rate @ 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 24 fps
@ 1440 x 1080: 30 fps
@ 1280 x 720: 30 fps
@ 640 x 480: 30 fps
Exposure Control Auto
Manual: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
ISO Sensitivity 100 - 12800
Focus Auto
Continuous Auto
Max Video Clip Length 1920 x 1080: 29 Minutes 
Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Optional External Mic: With Video
Self Timer 10 Seconds, 2 Seconds
Connectivity Multi Interface Terminal, 1/8" Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), DC Input, Micro-USB
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Battery 1 x NP-FM500H Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1650 mAh
AC Power Adapter AC-PW10AM (Optional)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.6 x 4.1 x 3.2" / 142.2 x 104.1 x 81.3 mm excluding protrusions
Weight 1.60 lb / 725.74 g with battery and memory card
Kit Lens
Focal Length 16 - 50mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24 - 75 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Angle of View 83° - 32°
Minimum Focus Distance 11.81" (30 cm)
Magnification 0.2x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 16 / 13
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front: 72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.19 x 3.46" (81 x 88 mm)
Weight 1.27 lb (577 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 4.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.2 x 7.0 x 6.0"

Sony a77 II reviews

Alpha a77 II DSLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome camera! I would like to make a nice review, with highlight's pros and cons, but one, my poor english does not permit it and two, Im just a photo enthusiast, didnt try too many other cameras before. But I will try to give my two cents. I have tried a Nikon 5200 and a 7100 before this, and so the Sony a37, and the EVF got me. I don't know if it happened because I've never took a ton of pictures before, but I only see advantages of EVF over the OVF. The possibility to see the picture that you will get is terrific, and the evf quality on this camera is fantastic. The SAL1650 is a very nice overall lens, very sharp and has a good construction.
Date published: 2014-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera Set I own the Sony Alpha a700 + 18-250mm lens Got this camera as replacment with the lens kit. New Alpha a77ii works great with my 18-250mm lens. Fast autofocus with so long zoom range is very useful. I get very good sport action pictures from my daughter riding horses. It was more difficult with my older camera. 16-50mm f/2.8 lens is great lens for indoor uses and general uses. I get much better result indoor with this lens in low light conditions. Images are very clear in low light conditions. Love this combination of lenses and camera. No complains so far. I bought a second battery base on all the reviews. But I haven't used it more then once.
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enough To Bring Me Back To Sony After selling off a complete Fuji X-T1 system I looked long and hard to see what system would deliver the goods. For my paid jobs as well as personal. After trying several offerings from all the major manufacturers this A77MkII hit the mark. Not only is it a pleasure to use regarding it's setup and operational ease, but it is built like a tank without weighing like one. Everything just works. The focus system on this camera may well be the fastest and most accurate of anything available under $. I am using the 16-50 f2.8 SSM as my main lens and have not found any weaknesses in it. It is super sharp and instant to focus. Also constructed very well. I am also using a 70-300G, one of my all time favorites, and with a +8 microadjustment in camera can just about do surgery with it...yeah it's THAT sharp. So all in all this body ticks a lot of boxes and is easily capable of professional work as that is what I'm mainly using it for. The SuperSteadyShot is considerably more effective than I thought it would be. I'm easily hand holding sharp shots at 1/5th second and I'm a shaky shooter to begin with. The high ISO performance is without a doubt improved. I'm very comfortable shooting ISO3200 indoors with poor light. Coming from an X-T1 the viewfinder is very good, but not quite as impressive as the huge Fuji viewfinder. Still it does get the job done without complaints. I don't miss an OVF that's for sure.
Date published: 2014-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera! I am an amateur photographer and I did a lot of research before purchasing the Sony a77II. However, in the few weeks I have had it, I'm pleased as punch.It has great build quality. It's comfortable to hold and it's worth every penny and then some.At first the menu system was intimidating, but once I started playing around, with the help of the manual and other online tutorials and aids, I could see the intuitiveness and logic of the menu structure. Plus, the inline definitions for each menu item, which I assigned to a button, helped tremendously.The AF (Auto Focus) system is superb. Of course, it takes practice to get use to it, but given time, I am sure I will be able to take full advantage of this marvelous advancement in camera technology. I specifically like its Lock On Auto Focus; Expand Flexible Spot feature along with Face Recognition and Eye Auto Focus which gives me technology NO OTHER camera has.Sony has significantly raised the bar with this camera. Now the other guys have to play catch up.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Camera I've Ever Owned! I sold my a700 and bought this camera in November 2015 and I'm so happy I did! This camera has so many features that I didn't have with the a700. There are so many focus points it would be very hard to take a picture that's not in focus. It has many options for configuring the focus area for every situation you can imagine. I find I use the expanded spot the most so I can control the area that's in focus. One thing that's handy is the AF Micro Adjust for lenses that aren't focusing correctly. You can add a setting for each lens and the camera remembers it. The LCD is awesome! It rotates in every direction and even allows front facing for selfies. The viewfinder is so bright and has a level for keeping your horizions straight. I have found I use the viewfinder a lot. I didn't think I would like the EVF but it was great from the first time I looked through it. It's packed with so much information you don't have to take your eye off the subject while changing settings since you can see all the changes through the EVF. One thing I really like is how quiet the camera focuses on some of my older glass. My 700 was a bit slower which caused the lens to focus hunt. That's no problem with this camera. This camera paired with the 16-50mm f/2.8 lens is the best combination you can ask for with everyday walk around shooting. The focusing is blazing fast and so quiet you have to listen for the motor. This is one of the sharpest zoom lenses I have ever used! This is in my opinion, the BEST crop sensor camera on the market! I recommend it for wildlife, sports or any other type of photography. I just bought the Sony mount in the Tamron 150-600mm lens for wildlife and it works great with this camera! Fast focusing and a quiet motor makes this a great combination for wildlife. I'll be using this camera for a long time! Thanks Sony for making a great product!
Date published: 2016-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent I've been using this camera while I've traveled over the past 3 weeks, and here are my general impressions. First, the camera is super easy to use. Very intuitive, easy to find menu, submenu, and sub sub menus. Getting into the bones of it, and figuring out how to accomplish what you're looking for (setting focus parameters, capture type, etc.) is very easy. That said, there are so many levels and customizations and optimizations available that it can become overwhelming, which leads to my second point. No physical manual. And not even a downloadable PDF - it's a web based manual on the sony site. This is thoroughly unhelpful if you're learning a new camera, new system, etc., and aren't doing it in a studio, lab, or whatever. One of the tweaks that i think is necessary is that aperture priority with default settings is very bright - almost overexposed. I've had to mess with the auto ISO settings, exposure settings, and so forth to bring it under control. That said, finding those settings is (as mentioned) pretty easy.
Date published: 2014-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning sharpness and color I never play golf without it.
Date published: 2014-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT! For me, this is an upgrade from an A55. This is a fun piece of equipment. I'm no pro by any means. I use this camera mainly when I travel. I bought this camera with the 16-50mm lens and I absolutely love it. I usually, just shoot landscapes and architecture. This is great for portraits and street photography as well. It is a lot heavier than the A55, but that was expected. I'm still learning how to use the A77II as you read this. Right now, the possibilities of individual style feel pretty endless. Thank you, B&H and Sony! :)
Date published: 2015-01-01
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