Sony SLT- a77 II (Alpha a77 II) is an update to the 2011 Sony SLT- a77 Mark I and it brings with it the latest technology if not an entirely new design.
It is the type of camera made for photo enthusiasts who require something more than a point and shoot device. This does not mean it is in the league of sophisticated DSLRs, rather it means it is a great companion for users who want a camera that offers more advanced options for taking pictures in a variety of settings.
Sony Alpha a77 II might retain the looks of a Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera but from an expert standpoint, it is indeed a single-lens translucent (SLT) camera which uses a fixed translucent mirror to direct light from an object to the image sensor and the autofocus sensor simultaneously. Technically, this is still a DSLR camera when it comes to categorization.
This camera has a 24 megapixel Exmor sensor which receives signals that are then processed by a Bionz X processor.
The a77 II has an electronic viewfinder as well as a crystal clear 2.359 million-dot OLED LCD screen for previewing the images before they are snapped. The 3- inch display is not touch sensitive though but it can be articulated in several different directions for ease of use.
Because of advances in technologies used to manufacture the lens and the sensor, the new camera can shoot at 12 frames per second with autofocus (AF) tracking while it captures up to 25 raw and JPEG images in burst mode. This is a huge leap considering the Sony a77 Mk I could only take 11 shots at 12fps in a single burst. Also, the a77 II improves on its predecessor’s 19 autofocus points on the sensor to 79 points.
There is a large grip on the right hand side to ensure you hold the camera firmly in place as you take your shots of the subject. The material used for the grip is a leathery textured magnesium alloy casing which employs high friction and comfort to ensure the camera stays in a firm but friendly grip. For extra support, there is a strap which you can hang over your neck.
At the front of the camera, you will find most of the important controls including the lens release, popup flash button, a focus dial and an aperture dial.
On top of the camera is a mode dial, a hot shoe, popup flash, LCD/ EVF button, shutter release button, on/off button among other controls.
The ports found on this camera include the HDMI, microphone, power and Multi ports. For wireless connectivity, there is both Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication to transfer files from the camera to an external device such as a phone or tablet. You will need this connection for geo- tagging also since the camera does not have built- in GPS.
With autofocus, the camera can take full high definition videos of 1080p resolution at 60fps with capability for audio- level monitoring while recording movies. Battery life is estimated at 480 shots from a full charge.
In summation, this is one of the ‘best in class’ DSLR cameras you can get on the market today with exciting new technology and it is even weather proofed!
|Device type||Digital SLR camera|
|Dimensions (LxWxD)||5.61 x 4.10 x 3.19 in|
|Weight||647 – 726 grams|
|Sensor||24.3 MP, 6000 x 4000 pixels, Exmor APS-C|
|Sensor size||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
||Up to 12fps|
|ISO sensitivity||50 – 25600|
|Video||1080p@60fps, AVCHD 2.0/MP4|
|Zoom||Up to 8x digital zoom|
|Screen size||3.0 inches, OLED LCD|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, NFC, Mini HDMI, Memory Stick PRO Duo,
SD, SDHC, SDXC
|Battery||NP-FM500H rechargeable Li-Ion, 480 shots per charge|
|Others||Raw image (RAW, RAW+JPEG), Dolby Digital audio recording,
Bionz X image processor, Weather proof,
Wireless remote control, Magnesium alloy construction