Sony A77 II

 
Sony SLT-A77 II front
 
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 50 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 647g - 143 x 104 x 81mm
  • Announced May 2014
  • Succeeded the Sony A77
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
62
Imaging
68
Features
85
Overall
74

Sony A77 II overview

Sony A77 II is Sony's Advanced DSLR digital camera first announced on May of 2014. The camera has a 24MP, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 6000 x 4000.

Sony brought out this model in an effort to upgrade the older Sony A77 (Read Full Comparison)

The A77 II places at #23 out of 91 in Advanced DSLR cameras and all round #105 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. You can try out our Advanced camera search to see camera results based on your customized criteria.

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Below is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Sony A77 II history

The Sony A77 II is part of a family of products. You can read the detailed range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Sony-SLT-A77-II front thumbnailSony A77 II24MPAPS-C12.0 fps2014
Sony-SLT-A77 front thumbnailSony A77
A77 II vs A77
24MPAPS-C12.0 fps2011
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Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A700 front thumbnailSony A700
A77 II vs A700
12MPAPS-C5.0 fps2007

Sony A77 II Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of advantages and drawbacks of the Sony A77 II based on aspects that are normally seen as useful in a digital camera.

above average ISO range (25,600)
above average min ISO (50)
decent MP (24MP)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
environment sealing
exports RAW formats
focusing manually
has built in flash
has face detection focus
has Top screen
has tracking autofocus
image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes external mic socket
includes HDMI socket
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
NFC support
nice sensor size (APS-C)
screen can move to multiple angles
screen has good resolution (1,229 k dots)
selfie friendly display
sensor has phase detect auto focus
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
no headphone socket
no Time Lapse function
not so great battery power (480 shots)
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Sony A77 II Sensor info

The Sony A77 II is powered by the Bionz X processor chip. The spec of the sensor in the Sony A77 II is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 6000 x 4000 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 24MP and has a standard ISO range of 50 - 25600. RAW format is supported so the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below illustrates the A77 II's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The A77 II sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony A77 II dimensions

Sony A77 II weighs 1.43 lbs (647 grams or 22.82 ounces) and the volume of the camera is 143mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2"). The weight of general Advanced DSLR camera is 775 grams so the Sony A77 II is lighter in comparison with various competitors.

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Below is a pic of the Sony A77 II with a soda so you're able to have a sense of its scale.

Sony SLT-A77 II dimensions scale

The top view here will illustrate the button arrangement on the A77 II.

Sony SLT-A77 II topview buttons dials

Sony A77 II Lens info

The A77 II fits the Sony/Minolta Alpha mount and has 142 lenses that are available. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the A77 II.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-24-70mm-F2.8-EX-DG-Macro-Sony-Alpha lensSigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro24-70mmf/2.8 715g
Sony-DT-18-135mm-F3.5-5.6-SAM lensSony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM18-135mmf/3.5-5.6 398g
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Sony-35mm-F1.4-G lensSony 35mm F1.4 G35mmf/1.4 510g
Tamron-SP-AF-10-24mm-F3.5-4.5-Di-II-LD-Aspherical-IF-Sony-Alpha lensTamron SP AF 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical IF10-24mmf/3.5-4.5 406g
Sigma-70-300mm-F4-5.6-APO-DG-Macro-Sony-Alpha lensSigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro70-300mmf/4.0-5.6 550g
Sigma-30mm-F1.4-EX-DC-HSM-Sony-Alpha lensSigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM30mmf/1.4 430g
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Sony-70-400mm-F4-5.6-G-SSM-II lensSony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II70-400mmf/4.0-5.6 1500g
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Sony A77 II Connectivity

The A77 II has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras which have NFC and Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily copy files and in some cases change settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Certain applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external monitor. Most cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Sony A77 II Video info

The highest video quality in the Sony A77 II is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4, AVCHD and XAVC S file format. 1080p quality is an excellent balance in video quality versus file sizes but FULL HD isn't going to give you much room to crop. Even though the camera features a mic socket, it is unfortunately lacking a headphone socket so you will not have the ability to keep an eye on your sound levels.

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Sony A77 II Weather Sealing

Sony A77 II has environment sealing which makes it a good choice to use in tough locations. This is especially beneficial whenever you are uncertain about the conditions you may encounter in outdoor photography.

Sony A77 II Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony A77 II has a 3" fully articulated display screen supporting a resolution of 1,229k dots.

The screen is selfie friendly to get self portraits and even group shots when necessary. Please be aware that the display offers no touch support. The A77 II also has a Top screen so it’s possible to quickly checkout the camera's settings.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Sony A77 II are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 2,359k dots
  • Coverage 100 percent
  • Magnification 0.73x

Viewfinders can be very helpful in bright outdoor conditions which might make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.

Sony A77 II Shutter info

Sony A77 II continuous shooting speed is 12.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.

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Sony A77 II Flash and Hot shoe info

Sony A77 II boasts both integrated flash plus external flash ability. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/250 sec.

Sony A77 II Autofocusing info

Sony A77 II boasts both Phase Detect Auto Focus and Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and exact in comparison with Contrast Based focusing. The camera has Face detection which is handy for portrait photography.

The Sensor has 79 focus points to select from. It also has Tracking Auto Focus for moving objects. Sony A77 II supports manual focusing when needed in low light or you require more precise control on focusing.

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Sony A77 II Battery life

The battery power (NP-FM500H) on the Sony A77 II is made to last for 480 shots with respect to the CIPA requirements making it lower compared with its competition. The typical Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 911. Nikon D780 has the highest (2260) battery life in this category of cameras.

Below is a listing of Advanced DSLR cameras which have the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Sony A77 II for various categories of photography

The following chart indicates a overview of the Sony A77 II for various categories of photography. To look at more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Sony A77 II Portrait photography highlights

The Sony A77 II has a rating of 80 which is awesome, meaning that it is a tremendous choice for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files and ability to use external lighting.

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manual focus
decent megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
includes face detection focusing
saves RAW formats

Sony A77 II Street photography information

Having a impressive score of 77, the Sony A77 II is a wonderful fit to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
environment sealing
above average high ISO (25,600)

Sony A77 II Sports photography info

A great sports photography points total of 77 means the Sony A77 II is a brilliant pick for photographing sports. A camera should have great tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
weather proofing
comes with phase detect autofocus
terrible battery pack (480 shots)

Sony A77 II Travel photography features

Weight is extremely important in buying a camera for travel. All things considered, the Sony A77 II gets a nice 65 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent fit to buy for your trips.

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weather proofing
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
lack of Time Lapse function
not so great battery power (480 per charge)

Sony A77 II Landscape photography advice

For those who are planning to choose a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Sony A77 II with it's above average rating of 74 for a landscape camera is a respectable fit among it's competitors.

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focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
bad battery power (480 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse mode

Sony A77 II Vlogging details

A vlogging camera preferably should offer a articulating display, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Sony A77 II is a awesome fit for vlogging as it gets a awesome score of 78.

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display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external mic socket

Sony A77 II Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the A77 II, below is a number of the top scored cameras which fall in to the class of Advanced DSLR.

The chart underneath gives you a summary of the A77 II compared to it's top scored competitors shown above.

These are various other cameras you might have a look at as alternate options. To look at a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Sony
Model type
Sony SLT-A77 II
Class
Advanced DSLR
Announced
2014-05-21
Physical type
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Chip
Bionz X
Sensor size
APS-C
Sensor dimensions
23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area
366.6mm²
Sensor resolution
24 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW photos
Max native ISO
25600
Minimum native ISO
50
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points
79
Cross type focus points
15
Lens
Lens mount type
Sony/Minolta Alpha
Amount of lenses
143
Focal length multiplier
1.5
Screen
Screen type
Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal
3 inch
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
0.73x
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
82
DXO Color Depth rating
24.4
DXO Dynamic range rating
13.4
DXO Low light rating
1013
Features
Lowest shutter speed
30 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
12.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options
Auto, fill, rear sync, slow sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize
1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video file format
MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
647 gr (1.43 lb)
Dimensions
143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
Other
Battery life
480 pictures
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
NP-FM500H
Self timer
Yes (Yes (2 or 12 sec))
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots
1
Launch cost
$1,198