Sony SLT-A77 II Review

Overall 49
Imaging 25
Features 64
Size 70
Price 0

Main Features

  • 24.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 50 - 25600
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 12.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 143 x 104 x 81 mm
  • Weight: 647 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Sony A77.

Sony SLT-A77 II Summary

This review is devoted to SLT-A77 II that Sony has first introduced to the public in May 21, 2014. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 24.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Sony released to replace their older product A77.

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #29 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 49/100 and it takes a rank of #123 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sony SLT-A77 II Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sony SLT-A77 II review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000
  • Continuous Shooting: 12.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 13.4
  • Min Native Iso: 50
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 79
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Video Formats: MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes

CONs

  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 1013
  • Headphone Port: No
  • Battery Life: 480 shots
  • Timelapse Recording: No
  • Storage Slots: 1

Complete Comparison of Sony SLT-A77 II With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony SLT-A77 II. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Sony SLT-A77 II

Sony SLT-A77 II has the following external dimensions 143 x 143 x 81 mm (56.3 x 40.94 x 31.89″) with the weight of 647 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Sony SLT-A77 II, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony SLT-A77 II is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 81mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony SLT-A77 II with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony SLT-A77 II is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony SLT-A77 II compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Sony SLT-A77 II — 480 shots
Min: 390 shots
Average: 871 shots
Max: 1840 shots

Thickness

Sony SLT-A77 II — 81 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Sony SLT-A77 II — 647 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Sony SLT-A77 II comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Sony SLT-A77 II comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Sony SLT-A77 II Photo and Sensor Features

Sony SLT-A77 II comes with Bionz X processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 24.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Sony SLT-A77 II has the following ISO range 50 - 25600 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

In a huge database of models that we have collected, Sony SLT-A77 II features a 24.0 MP sensor. In the Semi-Pro DSLR class, there is a high-resolution camera.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Sony SLT-A77 II, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 82 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Sony SLT-A77 II’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Sony SLT-A77 II is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Sony SLT-A77 II with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sony SLT-A77 II

LCD and ViewFinder

Sony SLT-A77 II is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,229k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Sony SLT-A77 II’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,359k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Sony SLT-A77 II are its 12.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, SLT-A77 II comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/8000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

SLT-A77 II features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Sony SLT-A77 II stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 79 points.

In addition, SLT-A77 II has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Moreover, apart from the face detect AF system, SLT-A77 II comes with another excellent feature – Eye Tracking AF. This AF system allows the camera to detect people’s eyes and automatically lock the focus on them. In addition, this feature accurately tracks all the movements made by the selected subject. Eye tracking AF feature presented in SLT-A77 II is a perfect tool for portrait photography. It will come in handy especially when you have a quite narrow depth of field and use fast lenses. This system easily finds faces and automatically focuses on them.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Sony SLT-A77 II, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony SLT-A77 II allows you to save files in MPEG-4, AVCHD and XAVC S formats.

Sony SLT-A77 II provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Sony SLT-A77 II is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Sony SLT-A77 II is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, SLT-A77 II is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect SLT-A77 II with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony SLT-A77 II provides a shooting life of 480, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 871 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Sony SLT-A77 II is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Sony SLT-A77 II for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony SLT-A77 II’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony SLT-A77 II’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the SLT-A77 II to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Sony SLT-A77 II for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony SLT-A77 II performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 98. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony SLT-A77 II can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Sony SLT-A77 II for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony SLT-A77 II performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 98. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony SLT-A77 II can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Image Stabilization
  • Large APS-C(23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (143 x 104 x 81 mm)

Sony SLT-A77 II for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony SLT-A77 II performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 95. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony SLT-A77 II can be called a 95 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (12.0 fps)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big Number of autofocus Points (79)
  • Big size (143 x 104 x 81 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (15)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (1013)
  • Small battery life (480 shots)

Sony SLT-A77 II for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony SLT-A77 II performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 44. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony SLT-A77 II can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (647 g)
  • Big size (143 x 104 x 81 mm)

Sony SLT-A77 II for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony SLT-A77 II performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 95. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony SLT-A77 II can be called a 95 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Good Dynamic Range (13.4)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Bad Low Light ISO (1013)

Sony SLT-A77 II Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sony
Model SLT-A77 II
Announced May 21, 2014
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of Lenses 141
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,229k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 2,359k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.73
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 12.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 12
Flash Modes Auto, fill, rear sync, slow sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 82
DxO Color Depth 24.4
DxO Dynamic Range 13.4
DxO Low Light ISO 1013
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area 366.60 mm2
Sensor Resolution 24.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 6000 x 4000
Max Native ISO 25,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 50
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 79
Number of Cross Focus Points 15
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 647 g
Physical Dimensions 143 x 104 x 81 mm
Battery Life 480 shots
Battery Type 480 shots
Battery Model NP-FM500H
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots 1

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