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I just purchased a 77MII about a week ago so I would have a backup camera. I already have owned an SLT-A77 for over a year and love it as well. The 77II has...Read complete review
I just purchased a 77MII about a week ago so I would have a backup camera. I already have owned an SLT-A77 for over a year and love it as well. The 77II has some nice refinements over the original 77. The biggest being the auto focus is now a little faster and more accurate. The new auto focus has more focus points than the old model but it also has a few key features that I feel make it much more effective. 1. You can adjust the depth of field that the camera will focus on. This helps prevent your lens from "hunting" much in the same way that a focus limiter switch on say a 70-200mm lens would. Only this can be limited from both ends near or far which is even nicer. If my subject is close I can limit the far end and if my subject is far I can limit the near end. Or you can do both to keep it in the middle but I have not tried this yet. 2. You can adjust how quickly the camera will change the auto focus. This is for using continuous auto focus and while I haven't had the chance to try it out thoroughly yet I am impressed with it so far. 3. You now have more options in the focus area menu. One in particular that I am enjoying a lot is the expanded flexible spot. This is like using the center spot only you can choose where you want that spot to be AND it uses (up to 8) other focus spots adjacent to the spot you select to use. I use this one a lot in conjunction with the ability to show only the cross type focus points. I feel that this combo packs a one two punch that I have noticed helps the auto focus to find my subject with a little more speed and accuracy than with out it. All in all the auto focus improvements are very welcome. Two improvements that I feel will always be welcomed in any camera are reduced image noise in low light and faster more accurate auto focus. Another improvement that I enjoy is the lock button on the mode selector knob. There have been too many times when I have pulled my older 77 out of the bag to get a quick shot only to find it had slipped into the wrong mode and I ended up missing the shot. The lock button ensures that the mode selector will stay exactly where you put it, which its very nice. The new hot shoe is also welcomed as when I purchased my original 77 I picked up the FVL-60M and now I no longer have to use an adapter which makes it so much simpler. It also will accept standard hot shoe accessories so I now have more to choices when looking at products that attach there. ie. radio triggers for studio flashes and things like that. The new sensor and processor are also great. The things I have noticed are; less noise in low light shots, improved burst times, (more frames per burst) Wifi and NFC are also great features that I did not expect to enjoy as much as I have. I especially love being able to remote control my camera with my smart phone and actually see on the phone what the camera sees! This is awesome!! While it is limited to just clicking the shutter button and turning the flash on or off it is a great start and love it! I also can appreciate being able to take a picture with my professional camera and send it to my phone for sharing instantly instead of wither taking a lower quality pic with my phone or waiting until later to share it from my computer. While these are not professional features I can appreciate them for the functionality and making it easier to do the things I love to do with my camera. As a professional photographer I can also appreciate that the new body is now weather proof. This is something I was waiting to see Sony do with their cameras. And finally the menu system has more options for changing settings and making the camera work just the way you want it to. The only thing I do not like about this camera is that they switched the function of the from and back control dials when you are changing the ISO. On my original 77 the front dial would make changes in one stop increments like 200, 400, 800, etc. and the back dial would make them in 1/3 steps 200, 250, 320, etc. now that is reversed and it gets confusing especially when I am switching between camera bodies because I have different lenses on each body. To me that is like a car manufacturer deciding to put the brake where the gas pedal is and the gas where the brake pedal is. Why would you do that? It makes no sense to me, and it can be a bit annoying at times. All in all this is an amazing camera for the money and tough to beat. I have only had it for a week and already an am super happy with my purchase. As I become more familiar with it I hope to update this review.
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No GPS, simply a deal breaker I will wait
I have owned a A77 for 2 yrs and love it, after reading all the reviews on the newest A77 MII I had to go purchase a 2nd camera. But when I learned at...Read complete review
I have owned a A77 for 2 yrs and love it, after reading all the reviews on the newest A77 MII I had to go purchase a 2nd camera. But when I learned at the Sony Store there was NO GPS it was a deal breaker. I never thought I would need a GPS but I use the camera solely while traveling, 39 countries so far, having the Geo tagging feature is something I have completely fallen in love with. It is amazing to see your treks as you are moving from place to place even within a few feet. So I will wait and hopefully Sony will but it back in for the next version of the A77.
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Perfection has a name...it's A77II.
Comments about Sony A77 M2 24.3 Megapixel Black Digital SLR Camera:
I own all Sony products...some A mount Zeiss glass and now FE mount A7, etc. What I can say is that the A77II is the best camera Sony makes at the current moment. I admit I haven't tried the A7II but I've tried all the rest. There is no lack of wanting with this camera. At lower ISO's..good luck noting any difference between this and Sony's full frame 24MP cameras. FPS is lightning fast and accurate, the build quality is fantastic. The price point is a steal. They took the A77 and perfected it- done and end of story. Everything you want in a Sony body with nothing missing. Perfect ergonomics for glass big or small, decent battery life. Focus peaking, zebra- best fold out screen in the business. The A77II is a total sleeper and IMO showcases what Sony can really do. The magic is in A mount land and I can't freaking wait until they unleash the A99II beast. A77II is a camera I'll have in my bag until it stops shooting. Great job Sony.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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No 1 APS-C sensor size camera with great AF
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I've owned Sony A77M2 for half year now. I have to say that I did a lot of research prior to make my decision and I was having on my mind Nikon D7100 and Canon 70D until I've seen this one... And I have to say I'm definitely satisfied with it's performance so far. Although as a beginner in this field I'm still exploring it's endless possibilities. Great AF, 12 fps in burst mode nails every moment between moments and delivers great over 90% in focus photos. I've done also some footage with it and have to say that I'm lovin' it's LCD screen that you can shift in literally every direction. However, could be LCD touch... I hope that maybe in future Sony will consider to improve this.
I have waited a long time before finally buying a Sony a77 mark 2. I researched all my other camera options, both Sony and the competition. I can say I made the right choice. After you use the electronic viewfinder for a while, you'll never go back to optical. It's truly amazing. Just one single example: If you're the photographer at a wedding and reception, the locations are dark, as you may know. But with the 77 mark 2, just flipping up the built-in flash(or turning on an attached flash) greatly brightens up the viewfinder. This makes it very easy to check autofocus accuracy before shooting. It also makes manual focusing a snap because it looks like someone suddenly turned on the lights!. Back when I was still using optical viewfinder cameras, accurate focusing was stressful and nerve-racking every time, in a typical reception or any dimly lit location. The camera looks awesome with the vertical grip. My only disappointment is camera A-mount support. Sony chose to push their new E-mount based cameras and lenses. I wanted, and waited...and waited... for Sony to upgrade the 100mm macro to a SSM version. It never came. A new macro 90mm came in E-mount but there is no way I can use it now. But there ARE ways to put A-mount lenses on E-mount cameras! Would I recommend the Sony a77 mark 2? You bet! Just be aware that NOW there is a "Sony A" and a "Sony B". I'm very happy with my 77 mark 2. The only things that would make it even better is a second memory card slot, and an option to attach copyright notice to the images and videos.
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from Morton, IL 61550, USA
Shutter speed is the best. Still learning all the features. Especially great for sports pictures. Auto is good when you don't know what to do.
One of the Best APS-C Cameras on the Market
The Sony A77 II is close to (if not at) the top of the full-size APS-C DSLR market. It's focusing speed, object tracking, metering, and more, are class-leading. I enjoyed using it but have since decided to go all-ILCE (mirrorless) so I sold mine and now use the Sony A7m2 and and Sony A6000.
Superb performance for the price
from Wayne, NJ 07470, USA
6 months of shooting on the a77ii and I cannot be more pleased. The image quality is superb, while the loads of features packed into this camera are as cutting edge as anything in the camera world. I started on Sony so I have always felt the need to stick with them since I did not want to replace all of my lenses which would be very costly... The a77ii makes me not feel like this any longer.. I truly feel I am using Sony because it is the best product for me. The autofocus system is really a shining star here, allowing for more time worrying about subject than "will I have things in focus" The ONLY gripe I have, is that with the electronic viewfinder, I find battery life to be lacking somewhat. Have been on many shoots now where I have gone through 3 battery packs. But otherwise.... this is a fantastic dslr that easily makes a case to switch from the bog two (canon, Nikon) imho.
This camera is the best since the 900; every thing works as it should except the very poor wi-fi implementation, What is Sony thinking...rx1 is far superior. This was traded for dropping gps which I used for work and worked beautifully, please bring it back. No one can complain, at its price point, the best camera out there.
Fast focusing & tracking! Only problem is dust on sensor! Only had 1 month.I never change lenses in field! Never had dust on sensor so quick! Makes you wonder if it was in body all ready! Have heard other photographers say the same thing! Have other Sony cameras and it took months to get dust on sensor! Still love camera!
I've had it since October 2014, so didn't use it much over the winter but looking forward to the warmer weather and more shooting opportunities. This is a keeper which I'll grow into. This camera has so many adjustments, it will take me some time to learn all of them, but you can use one of the Auto settings and get great shots without much thought. One thing is clear, this camera is highly customizable and I like the 3 custom settings on the mode dial. The menu system is pretty easy to go through too and, for all the available options, I think its laid out pretty well. Use the viewfinder most of the time, but the LCD works well too. Like the info screen on top and the two control wheels. The camera itself is really not big at all and fairly light, but its the lens that will add to the size and weight. I wanted a single solution lens so have the Tamron 16-300mm mounted, which is a nice match for the camera. Downsides? Well, it would certainly be nice if they could shave some more ounces off; the size is just right and feels good in my hands. The LCD is articulated, which is great for low-level compositions, but I'm still getting used to it; it swings out and up, and the screen swivels, but proximity to the camera body sometimes impedes the swiveling; I like the Canon arrangement better. Oh, and I think the ISO should be displayed on the top LCD, its a critical part of the exposure triangle, for pete's sake!
I've been very happy with the a77II. I have a full frame Sony and this lets me get a little extra tele out of the lenses I have. It has been great in every respect. I shot a wedding using this and the 24-70 Zeiss lens and Sony flash and was amazed at the color.
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