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Sony A77 vs Sony A77 II

Portability
59
Imaging
64
Features
83
Overall
71
Sony SLT-A77 front
 
Sony SLT-A77 II front
Portability
62
Imaging
66
Features
85
Overall
73

Sony A77 vs Sony A77 II Key Specs

Sony A77
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 50 - 16000 (Bump to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 732g - 143 x 104 x 81mm
  • Revealed October 2011
  • Replaced the Sony A700
  • Newer Model is Sony A77 II
Sony A77 II
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 50 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 647g - 143 x 104 x 81mm
  • Released May 2014
  • Succeeded the Sony A77
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Sony A77 vs Sony A77 II Overview

Its time to look a little more closely at the Sony A77 and Sony A77 II, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras and both are designed by Sony. The image resolution of the A77 (24MP) and the A77 II (24MP) is fairly similar and they come with the same exact sensor size (APS-C).

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The A77 was launched 3 years prior to the A77 II which is quite a large difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before getting in to a complete comparison, below is a brief overview of how the A77 matches up vs the A77 II in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony A77 over the Sony A77 II

 A77 A77 II 

Reasons to pick Sony A77 II over the Sony A77

 A77 II A77 
ReleasedMay 2014October 2011More modern by 31 months
Display resolution1229k921kClearer display (+308k dot)

Common features in the Sony A77 and Sony A77 II

 A77 A77 II 
Manually focus Very accurate focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display size
Selfie screen Both good for selfies
Touch display Neither includes Touch display

Sony A77 vs Sony A77 II Physical Comparison

If you are going to carry around your camera often, you will have to factor its weight and size. The Sony A77 features physical dimensions of 143mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") accompanied by a weight of 732 grams (1.61 lbs) while the Sony A77 II has specifications of 143mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") having a weight of 647 grams (1.43 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you choose at that time. Following is the front view sizing comparison of the A77 versus the A77 II.

Sony A77 vs Sony A77 II size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the A77 and A77 II is 59 and 62 respectively.

Sony A77 vs Sony A77 II top view buttons comparison

Sony A77 vs Sony A77 II Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very hard to picture the difference between sensor sizes simply by going over technical specs. The pic below may give you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the A77 and A77 II.

As you can tell, each of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the same exact megapixels so you can expect similar quality of images though you may want to factor the age of the products into consideration. The more aged A77 is going to be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Sony A77 vs Sony A77 II sensor size comparison

Sony A77 vs Sony A77 II Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A77 vs Sony A77 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A77 Portrait photography features
Sony A77 II Portrait photography features
78
you can focus manually
good resolution (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
79
has manual focus
megapixel count good (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes face detection focusing
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony A77 Street photography information
Sony A77 II Street photography information
75
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
76
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
environment sealing
above average ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony A77
Sports photography with Sony A77 II
74
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
environment sealing
sensor has phase detect autofocus
low battery (470 shots)
76
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
environment sealing
sensor has phase detect AF
terrible battery power (480 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Sony A77 as a Travel photography camera
Sony A77 II as a Travel photography camera
63
environment sealing
good resolution (24MP)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
no Timelapse function
low battery (470 shots)
64
environment sealing
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
no Time Lapse recording
terrible battery power (480 shots)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A77 Landscape photography highlights
Sony A77 II Landscape photography highlights
71
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
low battery (470 shots)
no Timelapse function
73
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
screen is a good size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
above average ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW files
environment sealing
terrible battery power (480 CIPA)
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A77 Vlogging information
Sony A77 II Vlogging information
76
screen is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes external microphone support
78
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes external mic socket
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Sony A77 vs Sony A77 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A77 and Sony A77 II
 Sony SLT-A77Sony SLT-A77 II
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model Sony SLT-A77 Sony SLT-A77 II
Category Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2011-10-25 2014-05-21
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Bionz Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 366.6mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 24 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 16000 25600
Highest boosted ISO 25600 -
Lowest native ISO 50 50
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 19 79
Cross focus points 11 15
Lens
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of lenses 143 143
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 921k dots 1,229k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,359k dots 2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.73x 0.73x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/8000s 1/8000s
Continuous shooting rate 12.0fps 12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 12.00 m 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless Auto, fill, rear sync, slow sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/250s 1/250s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 732 grams (1.61 lbs) 647 grams (1.43 lbs)
Dimensions 143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") 143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 78 82
DXO Color Depth score 24.0 24.4
DXO Dynamic range score 13.2 13.4
DXO Low light score 801 1013
Other
Battery life 470 pictures 480 pictures
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-FM500H NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (Yes (2 or 12 sec))
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Cost at launch $900 $1,198