Summary: 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.
Pros: 12 fps burst with AF-C is useful for fast action, Continuous AF is effective during still and video capture, Face detection works well, Good build quality and overall ergonomics, SteadyShot is useful in both still and video capture, Ability to record video using XAVC S codec, Fully articulating LCD
Cons: Lock-on AF functionality is hit or miss, Noisy high ISO images, Heavy noise reduction in JPEG, 12 fps mode offers little to no control over shutter speed and aperture, Only 15 cross-type AF points, limited to a central portion of the frame, No way to quickly check focus in image review, since onl...
Summary: It is difficult to evaluate the Sony designs Sony SLT-A77 II because there is nothing else like it available on the industry. While there are 'premium' super zoom digital cameras out there, such as the Olympus Stylus pen 1, the RX10's 1" indicator combined with a continuous F2.8 24-200mm lens places...
Sony A77 M2 DSLR Review: Fast Shooter Great for Low Light
16 October 2014
Summary: All in all, Sony's Alpha 77 M2 is a great camera that performs well in everyday situations. A large ISO range also makes it ideal for extreme low-light photography, while the translucent mirror system enables decent autofocus while you're shooting video.
Pros: Tilt-and-swivel LCD; Evenly exposed pictures with accurate color and sharp detail; Wide ISO range for low-light photography; Continuous shooting of 12 fps for up to 25 photos
Cons: Eye sensor too sensitive ; Overly aggressive noise reduction at high ISOs ; Poor smartphone Wi-Fi connectivity
Conclusion: The Sony A77 II provides an upgrade pretty much across the board compared to the original "Mark I" model, especially with regards to the sensor, image processor and autofocus system. Other tweaks and improvements include an improved EVF, higher-res multi-angled rear LCD and built-in Wi-Fi & NFC.
Pros: Excellent image quality at low ISOs, noticeably improved over its predecessor, Improved high ISO performance as well (in RAW images), Very good dynamic range, Very fast single-shot autofocus, Able to autofocus in very low light, Built-in image stabilization, Very fast burst mode (up to 12 fps wit...
Cons: Heavy-handed default JPEG noise reduction at higher ISOs, Lackluster continuous AF performance with moving subjects, Limitations w/ 12fps burst mode: no aperture control with C-AF; no shutter speed control, Below average battery life compared to traditional DSLRs with optical viewfinder, Auto whi...
Summary: The first Sony Alpha 77 – or Mark I if you will – posed a serious threat to the APS-C DSLR duopoly of Canon and Nikon with its impressive specification and performance, thus making the three-year wait for a replacement frustrating for many Sony fans.
Pros: Rapid AF system; Fast burst mode; Impressive burst depth; Weather sealing
Cons: Image quality suffers a touch at higher ISO settings
Conclusion: There's much to admire in the A77 II, but at this price that's hardly surprising. There is no shortage of outstanding cameras for around £1,000 (body only), not just in SLRs such as the Canon EOS 70D and Nikon D7100, but also in premium CSCs such as the Fujifilm X-T1 , Panasonic GH4 and the...
Summary: The Sony Alpha A77-II is one of the fastest shooting APS-C Digital SLR cameras available, with 12fps still leading the pack, although this is being matched very closely by the Panasonic Lumix GH4, which also shoots at 12fps.
Pros: 12fps continuous shooting, Excellent image quality and colour, Wi-Fi connectivity, 79 point phase-detection focus, Weather-sealed body, FullHD video at 60p, with continuous AF, ISO 50 available
Cons: Raw not avilable when shooting with effects, White dots when using ISO51200
Summary: The Sony Alpha 77 II is by no means a lightweight camera, but neither is it a shoulder-aching behemoth. Sitting comfortably between these extremes, the Alpha 77 II feels great in the hand. The menu system takes a while to get used to, but the button placement allows users to change settings quickly.