Sony Alpha 77 II review – Our verdict

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.

Pixel peeping shows evidence of in-camera noise reduction at high ISO settings. However, images previewed at A4 or full-size on a computer monitor look detailed, even at higher ISO sensitivities. I found for these sizes that pushing the ISO to 6400 was acceptable for balancing the level of detail with visible noise.

With the incredible array of features offered by the AF, this camera is certain to become a big hit with enthusiast wildlife and sports photographers. Until now, the functionality that is offered by the Sony Alpha 77 II has been reserved for pro-end DSLRs. However, with the Alpha 77 II, Sony has brought us a very advanced and effective AF tracking system inside a more affordable enthusiast-level camera.

Sony Alpha 77 II – Key features

As well as class-leading autofocusing, Sony has added a host of other excellent features
Following a long line of Sony SLTs, the Alpha 77 II features a fixed translucent mirror
The Alpha 77 II features continuous phase-detection AF in video mode, and the ability to shoot full HD footage at 60p or 24p
Weather-sealed body
Weather-sealing is featured around main buttons, dials and the opening, so the camera is resistant to dust and moisture

Multi-interface hotshoe
The multi-interface hotshoe allows compatibility with flashes, microphones and other Sony accessories
GPS is missing from the Alpha 77 II, although it was included in the original Alpha 77. Perhaps Sony will add a Geotagging PlayMemories app that will allow GPS data from a smartphone to tag images
Electronic viewfinder
The XGA OLED EVF boasts 100% frame coverage and a wide 33˚ viewing angle
Articulated screen
The 3in LCD can be pulled out and positioned in various directions when shooting at high
or low angles

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