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Sony SLT-A77 II

Announced May 1, 2014 •
24 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
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Product description
Announced May 1, 2014

The Sony SLT-A77 Mark II (a77 II) is the company's latest midrange DSLR to use Translucent Mirror Technology. TMT allows the camera to have fast continuous AF (at 12 fps) while retaining live view on the electronic viewfinder or LCD. It features a new 24.3MP CMOS sensor and an enhanced 79-pt phase detect autofocus system with roughly 40% coverage across the frame. Like its predecessors, the a77 II uses the A-mount and has built-in image stabilization. Other features include a tilting 3" LCD, XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, and 1080/60p video.

Quick specs
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto (ISO 100-51200), Manual (ISO 100-25600)
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Focal length mult. 1.5×
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,229,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Storage types SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 647 g (1.43 lb / 22.82 oz)
Dimensions 143 x 104 x 81 mm (5.63 x 4.09 x 3.19)
GPS None

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Our review

The Sony a77 II is the perfect choice for those seeking pro-grade shooting and AF speeds for well-under pro-grade prices. No moving mirror means the a77 II can successfully use continuous AF during both 12fps bursts and video capture, a major advantage over many of its DSLR competitors. And in-body image stabilization helps to keep both stills and video a bit more stable than the competition. Subject tracking, one of the a77 II's most anticipated features, is unfortunately, not very reliable. And high ISO images have a tendency to be fairly noisy. Build quality and ergonomics, however, are very good. Overall, the a77 II offers a lot of camera, for a very reasonable price.

Good for: Sports, wildlife and action photographers seeking a camera with a fast burst rate, and robust continuous AF, for under $1200. Also filmmakers in need of a camera body that can use AF full time during video capture without any hunting.

Not so good for: Low-light shooters. Photographers needing a camera that can reliably subject track.

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Sony SLT-A77 II videos
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Sony A77 II Real-World Samples
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