Sony A77 II adds 79-point AF system, more speed
Sony has unveiled the successor to its popular alpha 77, launching the Sony A77 II.
Chief among the new features on the Sony A77 II spec sheet is Sony’s latest-generation 24.3-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor (APS-C) and BIONZ X image processing engine.
Also on board the Sony A77 II is a new AF system boasting the world’s highest number of phase-detection AF points among interchangeable lens cameras equipped with a dedicated phase-detection AF sensor. The Sony A77 II offers 79 autofocus points, among which 15 are cross-type points.
The new Sony camera’s AF tracking is also available during its 12fps continuous shooting at up to 60fps (in Fine quality mode).
Another signature feature of the A77 II is its XGA OLED Tru-Finder, which gives 100% field coverage, a wide viewing angle of approximately 33-degrees and a high eye point of 27mm.
On the back of the Sony A77 II is a new 1,228k-dot, 3in LCD screen that is tiltable in three different directions. Brightness is manually adjustable, and it incorporates Sony’s WhiteMagic technology that nearly doubles the brightness of the display through an RGBW pixel structure making it easier to check the focus and image details, Sony says.
Other key features include a Memory Recall function, which lets photographers save up to three combinations of commonly used settings that can be accessed on the mode dial. You can customise 11 buttons on the A77 II and activate 53 different functions.
The Sony A77 II’s sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to ISO 25,600 (expandable to ISO 50) for still images, and ISO 100 to ISO 12,800 for movies.
What’s more, the camera comes Wi-Fi enabled for instant connection with mobile devices using Near Field Communication.
Movies can be recorded at full HD, with 60p and 24p options. Whilst filming, the Sony A77 II allows you to adjust AF tracking settings and set the audio recording level, and a ‘Zebra’ function will display stripes on bright areas in order to help you get a better exposure.
The Sony A77 II’s body is dust and moisture resistant. It’s shutter unit can endure approximately 150,000 releases, according to Sony, and the camera offers a max shutter speed of 1/8000.
A Sony A77 II price and release date were not available at the time of writing.
How to take good photos: 10 simple ways to boost your hit rate
99 common photography problems (and how to avoid them)
32 things photographers say… and what they really mean
Beginner photography tips: the most common mistakes and how to avoid them
Breaking bad photo habits: 10 classic blunders and ways to improve
on Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at 10:01 am under News.
Tags: new cameras, Sony, Sony A77