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
- Superb subject tracking
- Astonishing image quality
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so this year i did TONS of research on various cameras to replace it, i wanted to stay with sony because i think their cameras are the best 'prosumer' cameras on the market. almost bought the new a6300 after researching it, but since i had some 'kit' that went with the a77 still, the battery pack/vertical grip, a couple a mount dt lenses...
holy mackerel, what a step up this is from the original. SO much more able to think for itself in tricky lighting situations! it is just fantastic. the focus tracking is great, the manual focus peaking feature is SO great for getting something behind a cage focused quickly without landing on the cage itself! i have taken several shots with no tripod of the sky at night, using a wall or post to sort of brace myself, and the camera captures everything nicely. plus with the multi frame noise reduction the pictures stay away from being too noisy.
i thought about finally moving up to full frame, was tempted but after cooling off i figured for my needs i'm sure this far less expensive route was the way to go. i'm glad i did, i am thrilled with this very very cool camera... way to go sony
i WILL NOT be taking it in the pool!
- Smart(er) autofocus
This thing is smart, smarter than the a77 and smarter than me I think. Face recognition, eye recognition, smile recognition, smart tracking, area tracking etc. etc. I played with it all, but in the end I often keep it "dumb" because it can sometimes be very overwhelming and interfere with changing conditions. It takes a lot of practice and fiddling to get it to work the way you want, but if it works, it works well, though I did miss a few shots because the camera kept "recognizing" the wrong kid once during a band concert.
The bigger focusing area with more focusing points really is nice.
- Better sensor
I do notice the difference, especially in low light photography. But it's really just barely noticeable.
- Bigger buffer
Man do I love the bigger buffer. It is seriously annoying to see a great picture opportunity and after only a few bursts the camera just stops taking pictures. This thing just keeps going, and going, and going....
One thing that I did notice however is that even when taking single pictures, the camera takes a little longer to write to the card and during that time I get a "writing to card" message when I want to review a shot. I can't remember that being much of an annoyance with the a77.
- New mode dial
The great thing about the new dial is that the three memory settings are now quickly available through the dial in stead of having to go through the menu. The not so great thing is the lock button in the center. I never had any problems with the original dial moving on me, but now I find myself cringing when forgetting to push the button to move it to a different mode.
Very cool to be able to send pictures to my phone when on the road so I can post them on the interwebs! I can also control the camera from my phone. I still plug my card straight into my computer so I can import the pictures with Lightroom though.
- Better control
There are more ways to configure the camera and it is easier to do this through the menu. I had problems setting up back button focusing on the a77, on this one it's a breeze. Every single button can be re-assigned. Settings are better shown on screen and the menu is slightly faster to navigate through.
- Battery life.
It sucks. It truly does. Buy a few more batteries.
- Standard hot shoe
I suppose it would suck if you already spend way too much on a Sony flash (which do work wonderfully I must admit) but mine was stolen along with the camera so I'm happy that I can now spend way less on a new flash. (I'm thinking Yongnuo YN-568EX II)
- No GPS
I don't think anybody noticed.
- Build-in focus limiter.
Absolutely awesome! Every lens that you mound can have it's focus limited if you want to avoid excessive hunting and it is a snap to set it up and reset back to normal.
To summarize, I don't think this camera is worth "upgrading" to from the original a77, but if facing the choice to buy this new one or saving a few hundred bucks to buy the old one I would definitely recommend to spend those bucks and buy the new one. Sony really did a good job at addressing some of the annoyances of the a77. The a77ii really is better.
The best things to me over the a57
-2 selection wheels for Shutter and Aperature
-Ability to set max ISO settings and use auto iso in M mode
-Low light performance
-Amazingly fast and accurate AF
-Ability to micro adjust AF
-AF mode selection switch
-Ability to customize buttons
Overall you couldn't convince me that there is another crop sensor camera that is better than this one. Now if we could just get the a99ii we'll be in good shape Sony.
My third Sony Camera I own.
I wish it had two sd card slots.
After spending some weeks with the a77 M2, I can honestly say I made the right decision. The camera was daunting at first, the plethora of autofocus options, new controls, video settings and a new EVF made using it challenging at first coming from the old a700; but virtually every addition to the camera is not only a joy to use, but necessary.
If you're reading this review you probably have spent a lot of time researching the camera already. I would say the only reasonable complaint I have about it is the lack of AF assist lamp that I used to have on my a700 (and was on the first a77). There doesn't seem to be any legitimate reason to remove it, and while the odds of trying to focus in near pitch black are fairly uncommon, it does help a lot in low light situations. You can pop the flash up and it will give you an AF assist burst, but you have to physically lower the flash again before you release the shutter. It's a little annoying but ultimately not a huge deal. This camera is really geared more toward fast-paced outdoor photography, so odds are if you're the kind of photographer this camera is meant for, you won't really notice its gone.
The EVF is another thing worth mentioning. Sony has the best EVF's on the market, but I'm still not sold that it's 100% better than an optical viewfinder. I like the EVF for the most part, I'm just not sure what the point is when the 3 inch panel on the back shows exactly the same thing. It makes more sense to me to have the viewfinder be optical to give you a different perspective, since when you put your eye up to the EVF it's just showing you exactly what you just saw on the screen. If you're worried about the EVF being slow or inaccurate--don't be. My only real complaint about the EVF is that, even with the brightness cranked all the way up manually, it feels a little dark if you're outside on a sunny day. It's not actually, it's just that no screen can replicate the brightness of actual sunlight. It can be a little off putting at first putting the camera up to your eye on a sunny day, it's also a little hard to use with sunglasses on because of it.
As far as the speed and autofocus goes, this camera is second to none. The 79 AF points are completely ridiculous and awesome. I do a lot of fast paced photography and I'm having a much easier time keeping things in focus than I used to.
As for video, I would say it's great but not the best. My main complaint with the video is that you can only operate the camera in Manual mode if you have Manual Focus on as well. If you have ANY kind of autofocus mode selected, the camera forces you to use Program mode for video, which is frustrating. If you're primarily looking for a video camera, the newest a7 cameras might be a better choice.
I'm including a couple of photos I took with this camera.
It's pricey, but it's worth it. Pic quality is fantastic, it has five billion awesome features that will please both lens-heads and laypeople with large disposable incomes alike. Get the kit with the lens included, it's a great piece of glass for a great price.