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Sony A77II Officially Unveiled, Includes “World Record” 79 point AF System

By Anthony Thurston on May 1st 2014

We have heard that it was coming, and sure enough, it has finally arrived. Earlier this morning, Sony officially unveiled its latest DSLT, the Sony A77II. Not only is it a nice upgrade over the current A77, but it looks to be pretty impressive in its own right.

Sony A77II Specs

  • 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
  • ISO 25600 and Shooting Up to 12 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC

As a Sports and Wildlife shooter, I am super excited about those 12fps. If I wanted to get that sort of fps with Canon or Nikon, I would have to purchase their top of the line full frame options which is nowhere near my budget.

The new AF system, on paper at least, looks pretty impressive as well. I will have to get my hands on this guy to give it a good sports test for AF speed and accuracy, but it looks impressive regardless.

Sony A77II Images

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Sony A77II Final Thoughts & Pre-Order Information

Overall, this is actually the first Sony release that has actually had me considering if Canon/Nikon was where I wanted to be, specifically in the lower budget sports shooter arena. I will probably wait to see if the rumored Nikon D9300 or Canon 7D replacement live up to the hype, but if they don’t, this may be the direction I take… who knows…

If you are interested in this new Sony A77II and want to make sure to be one of the first to get one, you can get on the pre-order list via B&H here. The price tag of $1,198 is actually another impressive part of this camera. If this were Canon or Nikon, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this in the $1500+ range.

What are your thoughts on this new Sony A77II? Do You agree that this could be one of the top APS-C DSLR(DSLT if you want to get nit picky) bodies on the market currently? Leave a comment below and lets discuss.

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Gordon

    I live within 7 miles of a bird refuge and shoot flying birds. Now that subject is far harder to track than any athlete doing any sport. I find the EVF ideal for outdoor shooting. I have had no problem even using an a55 and now the a77. All you have to do is turn off image review and shoot. Any blackout between shoots has not been noticeable to me. A great advantage of the EVF is that I never have to look away from the viewfinder to compose, make setting adjustments and review the shot. No more exposure bracketing. I love it for stage events especially dancing with jumping. All of it with a level gauge or histogram is in the VF. I still have an a700 and I sold my a850. The only time I use the LCD is when I show a shot to someone else. An EVF fits my shooting style exactly. I shot a track and field meet last week and I will shoot another one tomorrow with the a77 and I kind of chuckle when I watch the OVF shooters trying to review their LCD in the midday sun. I will be buying the a77II. Sony has addressed my two concerns with the a77.

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  2. khooby

    Sure, go ahead and state the truism that “EVFs have been making great improvements” and be happy with yourself, BUT- if you’ve ever tried doing some serious sports shooting where subject movement is fast and unpredictable (soccer doesn’t count), then you will know that ANY viewfinder lag is a dealbreaker. It’s simply not possible to track a subject when all you see is what the camera saw a split second ago. There’s simply no point arguing over this any further- either Sony follows the Olympus E-M1 in improving lag to the point where it actually becomes possible to follow a subject, or it doesn’t. Given that the A77II does 24MP at 12 fps vs the E-M1’s 16MP at 6 fps, I doubt it will manage to be successful. Of course, I’d be happy to be proven wrong :)

    Is this worth raging about? Maybe. Simply because specifications like fast frame rate and a “good” AF system (cross-type points all in the centre? All peripheral points are horizontal line-sensitive? Seriously?) are SUPPOSED to draw people to the camera for sports shooting, and if it fails to deliver because of EVF lag, then Sony is a deceiver and a con- and THAT is definitely worth being indignant over.

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  3. dave b.

    before i pull the trigger on an upgrade from my old (14 months) a77 i want to see if it will shoot tethered and if Sony is going to make me purchase a new batter grip for this one…the EVF is great, but it is a battery killer…

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    • VirtualMirage

      The vertical grip on the A77 will fit the A77II.

      As for tethering, to me it it looks like it is implied when Sony mentions the WiFi/NFC capabilities and the apps they will have that will allow you to live view on a tablet and trip shutter remotely.

      As for a cabled tether, I don’t know. But I would think if they allow you to do a wireless tether, then why not a cabled tether too.

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  4. Matthew Saville

    You’re right Anthony, a Canon 7D mk2 will probably cost $1600-$1800, and a Nikon D9300 will probably cost $1700-$1900. And neither will offer in-body stabilization , or more than 8 FPS. Although for sports I’d rather have 8 FPS and an OVF than 12 FPS and an EVF, IMO.

    That, and Nikon is likely to offer a 2x crop mode that increases buffer size, and 12-bit RAW options that also increase buffer size.

    Yeah, I’ll be checking out the D9300 first, if it ever appears…

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  5. Black Z Eddie

    Definitely ordering one.

    And, I always have to LOL at the dummies that are whining about a “slow EVF”. Learn how to pace, time and shoot.

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  6. DM

    It’s not a DSLR. It’s a DSLT. Wait and see how that crappy EVF works when tracking fast moving subjects. I’m sure it’ll be a great spray and pray camera for the hacks.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      lmao. Did someone wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning? EVFs in general have been making great improvements, and I am sure this one will perform well enough in most situations. But that is definitely something worth testing out in a review.

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    • David Liang

      What does the EVF have to do with tracking? Even if the refresh rate isn’t as fast how does that affect the focus module?

      And if an EVF refresh rate bothers you how are you dealing with a mirror flipping at 12fps? At least with an SLT design there’s NO camera shake.

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    • shamb

      The OP is referring to the way the EVF blacks out for less than 1/10th of a second every time you take a shot on the Mk1. Not an issue for normal shooting (and actually far better than a traditional mirror design), but the camera also does 12fps, so if you combine the two at the same time, you have trouble keeping up with a fast moving object as the EVF turns into a slideshow.

      Theoretically, the SLT design should eliminate this blacking out (as there is no mirror movement) and the issue is probably down to processing overhead in the Mk1. The recent Sony A6000 does this much less, so hopefully the A77 Mk2 will reduce the issue over the A77 Mk1.

      But yeah, the OP is probably just bashing for the sake of it, as we don’t yet know how much it occurs in the A77 mk 2 yet (as I don’t believe any reviews comment on it so far).

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  7. Victor

    aps-c? 12fps? 79 points? that price tag definitely caught me off guard.

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