Sony A77II Digital SLR Camera with 16-50mm F2.8 Lens Reviews

Sony A77II Digital SLR Camera with 16-50mm F2.8 Lens

Sony A77II Digital SLR Camera with 16-50mm F2.8 Lens

  • Superb subject tracking
  • Astonishing image quality
  • OLED Tru-Finder
  • Superior movie performance
  • Wi-Fi/NFC connectivity

Capture the moment more decisively than ever before. Sony’s a77II delivers the world’s fastest1 shooting at 12 fps, while amazing 79-point Phase Detection AF keeps fast-moving subjects in focus and a 24.3MP sensor delivers stunning and detailed imagery. Even sharing is fast thanks to built-in Wi-fi and NFC.

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    D. F. Watt July 16, 2016 at 2:19 pm
    146 of 150 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Back In Front As The Best Prosumer APS-C Camera?, August 7, 2014
    D. F. Watt (Natick, MA USA) –

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    The A77II is a solid upgrade to its predecessor (which was no slouch) with a number of solid functional improvements from the previous generation Alpha 77/65 models. These include a better sensor, a deeper operating system, a much better AF system, a better JPEG engine from a better central processor, and several other tweaks. Sony really did their homework on this upgrade to the A77, and they have done an excellent job squeezing at least another full f-stop or more out of the sensor relative to its predecessor – at least in JPEGs (but see the – typically – contentious debate in the comments section over this question of how much low light functioning has been improved). I wouldn’t be surprised if the excellent Toshiba sensor in the (now replaced) Nikon 7100/5300 was their design target. This means that the A77ii is now only ~ 0.7-1.5 f-stops below the Sony full frame 24 megapixel sensor (in the Sony A99 and Nikon 600/610), instead of its previous ~ 2+ stop disadvantage (the 610 being almost a full stop less noisy than the A99 presumably due to the effects of putting PD on chip as well as the SLT mirror). The A77II is perhaps just under 3 stops below the phenomenal Sony A7S. While that sounds like a lot, read on to see why this number can be misleading if taken too literally (and is also effectively reduced by several technologies in the A77II). The short form of a long story on noise (discussed in detail below and in the comments sections) is that DxO numbers on noise (treated as canonical by many) aren’t the last word, and are only one (albeit valuable) metric on this important issue. Additionally, the noise from this sensor has much less of the wormy chroma component, and more luminence, makng it visually less toxic. So while DxO suggests perhaps only a third of a stop better, the real bump is more like a full stop in terms of visual image quality. Is it as good as the NX1 and Nikon 7200. No but it’s way better than its predecessor, and the DxO numbers shouldn’t really been seen as reflecting how much better. Where I used to cringe shooting over 800-1600 on the older gen sensor, I feel pretty comfortable going to 6400 if I am shooting RAW and doing post processing (using DxO Optics Pro 10.4 which has a great NR algorithm). So, while it’s no low light phenom, it’s decent, and a lot better than the older gen because of the real reduction in chroma noise.

    For those not familiar with the difference between Sony’s approach to SLR technology vs. the traditional moving mirror, a fixed translucent mirror that doesn’t move replaces the standard SLR mirror that has to flop in and out of position in front of the sensor. That design difference is the key to the camera’s unique strengths (and its weaknesses in the minds of many purists). However, that single design difference allows the much faster and more accurate phase detection autofocus system to be working all the time, including while shooting movies, and thus gives you full time live view, much faster hi-speed shooting, and a lighter body, but also requires an electronic (non-optical) viewfinder, and with a modest ~30% loss of slight with some attendant noise penalty of roughly 1/2 F stop. Although a few purists bemoan the loss of a `true’ optical VF, and few others the 1/2 stop noise penalty, for most people looking for the best possible still photography and video, this is, at least in IMHO, a truly brilliant stroke that in one fell swoop removes some of the chronic limitations of the classic DSLR environs. If that noise penalty is a big deal, you are looking at the wrong camera (or you just have ‘noise OCD’).

    The A77 Mark II falls in the highly competitive territory of `prosumer’ or semi pro-cameras in the APS-C class, a class with features and capabilities just short of “all-out” full frame pro-cameras. These semipro APS-C cameras are still plenty big, but not quite as big and hefty as the current full frame pro cameras by Sony, Canon and Nikon, particularly when you hang typical glass on them. The full frame Nikon 810, Canon 5DIII, or even the Sony A99 (with a Canon L, Nikkor or Zeiss 24/70 mm lens in front of it) is overall a monster to tote around, for any extended period of time. I had one of these (the A99) for a brief period of time, and as much as I loved its pictures, I decided that it was just too heavy to lug around, and my neck and back voted it out, even though it was a phenomenal camera (see Tim Naff’s review of the A99 on Amazon). If you want to take a very modest step down in low light ability without giving up anything else and saving some not-inconsiderable size and weight – to say nothing of cost – this class of camera might be a best compromise solution. This camera basically hits the sweet spot for me, making very small concessions in functionality to full frame equipment, while offering many professional grade features…

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    UG July 16, 2016 at 2:41 pm
    52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Truly Exceptional Camera, August 1, 2014
    UG (U.S.A.) –

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    This review is from: Sony A77II Digital SLR Camera with 16-50mm F2.8 Lens (Electronics)
    I’m going to keep this review short because, if you’re seriously looking at buying an $1,800 camera, you already have a pretty good idea of what you want and are probably just reading reviews for moral support before you hit the “purchase” button! That said, I am extremely happy with the performance of my new A77ii. I have had the camera for almost a month and have shot several sessions with it including senior portraits, graduations, and a family event. The results have been exceptional and the camera is a joy to shoot with. Pros include, nearly instant (and accurate) auto-focus, seemingly endless buffer capacity, exceptional image quality, and vastly improved high ISO performance. All I can say about the EVF is WOW! It is brilliant and silky smooth! Battery life has been surprisingly good. My first battery charge lasted for 1,300 shots and I was down to about 30% capacity. I honestly have no complaints so far, simply a fantastic camera IMHO.
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    David Miller July 16, 2016 at 3:02 pm
    42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    I love this camera, “But”…, May 12, 2015
    David Miller (San Diego) –

    Everything about this camera is amazing. I love that they got rid of the GPS feature and added WiFi connectivity, also the focus limiter on this camera is really useful especially if you’re shooting sports with a slow focusing lens like the Minolta 70-210mm f4 “beer can” lens (In case you’re wondering where this magical focus limiter is it’s the button on the bottom right hand corner with a “C” on it and it’s also the trash button and you adjust it with the aperture and shutter dials). I also love that the the buffer can handle more then 14 shots in RAW before lagging, I believe I get 28-30 RAW images before the buffer fills up at 8fps, and something like 56 high resolution JPEG images before the buffer fills up. You’ll need a SD card that writes/reads fast like 65mbps or faster to get these speeds. I could go on for days on why I love this camera and you’re probably wondering why I only gave it 3 stars, here’s why. They got rid of the focus assist beam and when I did a shoot in low light with off camera flash it could not focus on my subject “at all”, this would be no problem if you’re shooting with a speedlight on camera but I rarely ever shoot with an on camera flash and I don’t have strobes/monolights with modeling lights in order to focus plus I like to shoot outdoors on location. In order to overcome this set back I had to point a flashlight at my subject in order to focus. My old a77 would focus in complete darkness which is one of the things I loved about it and I would brag to “Canokion” shooters with their 5d mark iii’s, or nikon d800’s which couldn’t hold a candle to the focusing capabilities of the a77. You may say my review only applies to a select few shooters but to those that do you’ve been warned. That feature alone shouldn’t deter you from buying this amazing camera but I hope it helps in your expectations on how this best/fastest autofocusing camera does in low light in comparison to the original game changer in pro-sumer cameras. I hope that if and when Sony comes out with the a99 ii or its next full frame a-mount camera that they keep the auto focusing assist lamp and not disregard it’s significance in this highly competitive market.

    With a 40 MB/s card I get 26 Raw images before the buffer fills up and 56 HiRes JPEG images. Now with a 95 MB/s SD Card I get 32 RAW images and 62 HiRes JPEG images. The 40 MB/s is a Sony SD Card and the 95 MB/s is a SanDisk Extreme Pro SD Card, not the most scientific experiment but it gives you an idea of what this camera is capable of for all you Sport Photographers. I added an image from the shoot that I had trouble with.

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