Best and worst impression of the A77II

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Best and worst impression of the A77II
2 months ago

Best:   New AF module looks great.  It's interesting that they didn't use the OSPDAF design from the A99 and instead built a whole new AF module.  It suggests:

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That's a promising statement about A-mount future -- developing technology that is A-mount only.

--It suggests Sony isn't thrilled with the performance of the OSPDAF on the A99, and thus went back to scratch.

--Where the A99 moved towards on-sensor focusing... what could be seen as a path towards eventually making A-mount mirrorless, this moved in the opposite direction, further suggesting A-mount won't be mirrorless any time soon.

-- Also  combining the last couple of points, it seems that a dedicated AF module is still the best way to drive A-mount lenses.

Best..????:  Possibly even better than the AF module, the 20% increased sensitivity, depending on what it means in reality.   If that turns into significantly improved IQ, making up for the SLT light loss, this could be huge.

Best for future of A-mount:   Going back to calling the camera a "dSLR" instead of "SLT."  Instead of merging A and E mount in the move towards mirrorless, this semantic change instead suggests differentiation.

Worst:

Remove the GPS.  It is definitely not a critical feature... but come on....... Why does Sony have to downgrade *something* every time they upgrade a camera?

Worst/disappointing:  There had been rumors about 5-axis IBIS.  Newer lens based OS is outperforming the aged IBIS system.  It would have been nice to see a major upgrade to the IBIS.

Overall --- this is a very nice incremental upgrade.  (Also of course adding wifi, more customization, eye-AF).  If the "20%" is really noticeable under the hood, then this is a great upgrade.

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