Sony Alpha 77 M2 (no lens included)
24-megapixel digital SLR camera with Wi-Fi®
Item #: 158A77M2
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Item #: 158A77M2
Your price: $899.99
The Sony Alpha 77 M2 has a built-in flash to help light your subject.
Sony's A77 M2 is ideal for shooting sharp, clear photos at a reasonable price point. The camera is built around a large, sensitive 23.5 X 15.6mm CMOS image sensor for superior low-noise and low-light image performance. The SteadyShot INSIDE™ image stabilization built into the camera body makes sure you can shoot vibration-free images through any compatible lens. Built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to upload and share your photos and videos with friends.
The original A77 had a very nice 19-point autofocus mode. The M2 has an astonishing 79 points of focus with 15 cross-type sensors, allowing maximum precision when you're shooting fast and furious in the field. The revamped phase-detection focusing system has dramatically improved low-light response, so it can track a moving subject even when it might be difficult to see with the naked eye.
The Sony BIONZ™ X image processor built into the chassis is capable of producing accurate, low noise images on the fly. The camera's ISO sensitivity has been expanded to a range of 100-25,600, so it can produce crisp, clear images at any speed and in most lighting conditions. When you're framing the shot, you'll know exactly how your subject looks in real time as well — both the viewfinder (2,359,000 dots) and tilting viewscreen (1,228,800 dots) offer flexible, high-resolution framing assistance.
The A77 M2 body is compatible with any of Sony's A-mount lenses. That means you can still use your existing lenses if you're upgrading from a similar Sony product. You can also expand your lens options as needed — Sony's A-mount lenses range from macro lenses well-suited for close-up photography all the way up to super telephoto lenses that can capture a subject hundreds of yards away.
You don't have to be an expert photographer to use an SLR they all offer easy automatic shooting. Because of their build quality and the physics of good glass and large sensors, even their built-in automatic settings will get you better pictures than most point-and-shoots or mobile devices. But experienced photographers and budding hobbyists can get more creative by manually adjusting settings like aperture and shutter speed. SLRs let you expand your shooting options with additional lenses and flashes to suit just about any situation. If you'd like to record the occasional video, look for a model with high-def movie mode.
Let me start by saying that I do mostly wildlife and nature photography as a hobby. I started digital photography many years ago with the sony a300 and a200. Crutchfield service and shipping is also 1st class. Since then I have upgraded to the sony a57, (2) a77's and now the Sony a77Mk2. In short, this is a wonderful camera for an advanced amatuer or semi-pro. If you have an older Sony dslr or dslt then this is a great upgrade, however, if you currently own the old version a77 the upgrade may seem mild.
Compared to my older a77, this unit has a more advanced and accurate focusing system, better for birds in flight or sports. The high ISO image quality is also better. I am comfortable shooting at ISO 1600 whereas I try not to go above 800 on the a77. I am able to get decent image quality at 2500 and 3200 also as long as the focus and exposure are spot on. The mk2 also has a built in focus range limiter that is user programable, which is a nice feature for wildlfe and sports. The image quality is excellent just as the older a77. There are a few more features such as eye focus, which will allow camera to focus on an eye if the camera can detect a face (does not work on wildlife though), focus peaking and a bunch of creative style features as well as HD movie mode. This is a solid camera with very few flaws. It compares well to the competition, like the Nikon D7300 and Canon 7D mk2.
In short,this is a nice camera that can keep up with the competition.
Pros: Great image quality, more AF points (79) which beats most of it's competitors, Better,faster and more accurate AF, Face detection with eye focus, better ISO performance which finally comes closer to competition, lots of programmable options for the rear panel buttons, Focus peaking, AF range limiter, Wi-Fi capable, moisture resistant body, larger buffer for burst shooting compared with a77
Cons: Not too many but I will nit pick: GPS was removed (available on a77) battery life is much less than competition and worse than a77 (abt 400-450 shots if careful and use max power save), does not have intervolometer for time lapse, wi-fi app for cell phone is lacking in features, clunky and somewhat awkward menu system, not as many lens options as Nikon or Canon and fewer offerings from Tamron and Sigma also. Sony G lenses (I have 2) are excellent but very expensive.
I've been a Sony/Minolta user for years and this is the best I've had so far. I've only scraped the surface on all of the features, but the general use in low and regular lighting has been fantastic.
Pros: Very easy to set up and use. Excellent, fast focusing with perfect pictures.
Sony hit all the right buttons on the a77 M2. I appreciate Sony in general for their innovation. There's no such thing as the perfect camera, but this a77 M2 comes close. Improving the original a77 is a formidable assignment, but the Sony people did a superb job of adding increased quality, features, and appeal to its newest iteration.
Pros: Speed, IQ, WiFi, Color accuracy, Versatility, Full-time manual focus, Weather-sealing, Feature-rich.
Cons: I'd have to dig deep to find any cons at this point, but I could mention the menu is a bit clunky. Also, the creative filters could use a refresh.
some what more complicated than my maximum 7d, but well worth the learning curve
Pros: the auto ISO feature is great with great results
Cons: steep learning curve with many many features
I had the A65 for about two years and after reading the reviews on the A77ii, i decided to go for it. Functionally it is very similar to the A65 and at first I was questioning spending the extra money - then I started taking photos. The auto focus on this camera is amazing. Where my A65 had trouble keeping up with fast moving action shots and would get blurry sometimes, this one is spot on every time. So if you want the latest technology, faster speed and more user friendly than any true DSLR in this price range, getting this camera is a no-brainer. I use it with a Tamron 18-270 lens because I am lazy and don't want to change lenses all the time. Works great. Significantly better than any point and shoot, including a Panasonic I bought recently that was supposed to be the best ever according to all the reviewers. It cannot hold a candle to the A77ii.
Pros: Amazing auto focus 12 fps shooting Crystal clear action shots
Cons: None I can find yet
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||None|
Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo
|Effective Megapixel Count||24.3|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor Shift|
|Highest Resolution||6000 x 4000|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||25.6|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The Sony α77 II (ILCA-77M2) Alpha series camera kit contains the α77 II camera body, along with a rechargeable battery, adjustable neck strap, and USB cable. The α77 II has an APS-C HD CMOS image sensor with 24.3 megapixels, and is compatible with Sony A-mount lenses. No lenses are included with this "body only" kit.
3" Tiltable LCD Screen: The α77 II uses a 3" Xtra Fine LCD screen with 1,228,800 dots and 100% coverage. You can tilt the LCD up approximately 150° for low angle shots or self portraits, or tilt down approximately 180° for high angle photography. You can also rotate the LCD 180° clockwise and 90° counterclockwise. The brightness of the LCD monitor can be manually adjusted in 5 steps from -2 to +2, or set to Auto or Sunny Weather.
0.5" OLED Electronic Viewfinder: The 0.5" high contrast Tru-Finder OLED electronic color viewfinder has 2.359-million dots, and provides approximately 100% field of view. You can adjust the brightness in 5 steps. The built-in diopter lets you adjust the viewfinder image to your individual eyesight. You can set the camera to switch between the LCD screen and viewfinder automatically when you look into the EVF, or choose one or the other via the Finder/Monitor button on the top of the camera.
Display Options: You can choose how much information appears in the viewfinder and LCD monitor. There are five options each for the LCD screen and Viewfinder: Graphic Display, Display All Info, No Display Info, Level, and Histogram. There's also a "For Viewfinder" display option which shows multiple camera settings at once on the LCD screen that you can use when shooting with the viewfinder.
Live View: The α77 II's Live View lets you use the LCD screen and Electronic Viewfinder to frame your photos as you shoot. When the Live View display is set to "Setting Effect On", the LCD or viewfinder will provide an accurate preview of your photo, including the white balance, exposure compensation, creative style or picture effect. With the "Setting Effect Off", you can check the image composition without the effects of the exposure settings.
Image Sensor: The α77 II features the Exmor APS-C HD CMOS image sensor (23.5 x 15.6mm). It has approximately 24.7-million total pixels and 24.3-million effective pixels.
Still Image Recording Formats: The α77 II can shoot still images in JPEG file format in Standard, Fine, and Extra Fine compression rates. You can choose to shoot in 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio, and in large, medium, and small image sizes. You can also record still images using the RAW format, which is uncompressed with no processing performed in the camera. RAW images must be transferred to a computer for processing, editing, and printing using the downloadable Image Data Converter software. You can select the following image sizes:
|Aspect Ratio/Size||Recording Pixels|
|3:2 Large||24M: 6000 x 4000|
|3:2 Medium||12M: 4240 x 2832|
|3:2 Small||6.0M: 3008 x 2000|
|16:9 Large||20M: 6000 x 3376|
|16:9 Medium||10M: 4240 x 2400|
|16:9 Small||5.1M: 3008 x 1688|
|3:2 RAW (L)||24M: 6000 x 4000|
|16:9 RAW (L)||20M: 6000 x 3376|
Panorama Photos: The Panorama mode lets you record panoramic images by holding down the shutter button as you pan across the scene. Panoramic photos can be taken in several different resolution settings:
Movie Recording Formats: The α77 II can record moving images in AVCHD Ver. 2.0 format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with Dolby Digital 2ch audio) or MP4 (MPEG-4/H.264 with 2-channel AAC audio). You can choose from the following file formats and bit rates:
|File Format||Average Bit Rate||Resolution|
|AVCHD 60i 24M (FX)||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60i)|
|AVCHD 60i 17M (FH)||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60i)|
|AVCHD 60p 28M (PS)||28 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60p)|
|AVCHD 24p 24M (FX)||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (24p)|
|AVCHD 24p 17M (FH)||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (24p)|
|MP4 1440 x 1080 12M||12 Mbps||1440 x 1080 (30fps)|
|MP4 VGA 3M||3 Mbps||640 x 480 (30fps)|
Dual Media Options: The α77 II camera accepts two types of media for capturing still images: Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, and Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, plus SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. The maximum number of images that can be recorded on a memory card formatted with this camera varies slightly between the two types of media.
Clear Image Zoom: Clear Image Zoom, powered by Sony's By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, increases the effective focal length of the lens by up to 1.4x (Medium images) or 2x (Small images) by digitally magnifying the center of the image. Combined with the camera's Digital Zoom and Smart Zoom, you can increase magnification up to 8x over the lens' maximum focal length.
Focus Modes: The α77 II's Fast Intelligent auto focus system combines the high-speed BIONZ X image processor and improved algorithms with optimized image sensor read-out speed to provide ultra-fast auto focusing. You can choose from the following Focus Modes using the rotary dial on the front panel of the camera:
AF (Auto focus) Area: You can select between 5 settings:
Eye AF: The new Eye AF function can be assigned to a customizable button. When Eye AF is selected, the camera focuses on a person's eyes for extremely sharp focusing of the face.
Face Detection/Smile Shutter: The camera can detect human faces, and adjusts the focus, exposure, performs image processing and adjusts flash settings for best results. Faces can be registered, and priority given to those faces over others in the frame. Up to 8 faces can be detected and/or registered. When the Smile Shutter feature is enabled, the camera will automatically release the shutter when a slight, normal, or big smile is detected.
Focus Lock: If a subject is off-center and outside of the AF area, you can lock the focus of the camera.
AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject.
Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:
Shooting Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you select from the following shooting modes:
Picture Effect: In Intelligent Auto or Superior Auto mode, you can select Picture Effect to get one the following effect filters to achieve more impressive and artistic expression: Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization (color), Posterization (B/W), Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color (Red, Green, Blue, or Yellow), High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration.
Creative Style: The Creative Style function lets you select the desired image processing. You can adjust exposure (shutter speed and aperture) as you like with Creative Style. You can choose from: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, or Sepia. You can also adjust Contrast, Saturation, and Sharpness.
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-5.0 EV in 1/3-step or 1/2-step increments. When shooting movies, the exposure can be adjusted in a range of +/-2.0 EV. You can adjust the Exposure Compensation using the dedicated button on the top of the camera or in the menu.
AE Lock: You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.
Metering Mode: A 1200-zone evaluative sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject from the following three methods:
White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options: Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White), Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Flash, Color Temperature/Color Filter, and Custom (1/2/3).
Color Temperature/Color Filter: You can adjust the white balance further by selecting Color Temperature or Color Filter in the Custom White Balance option. With Color Temperature, the higher the number, the more reddish the image, and the lower the number, the more bluish the image. Color Filter achieves the effect of Color Compensation filters for photography. Based on the set color temperature as the standard, the color can be compensated to Green (G) or Magenta (M).
ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO can be set manually or automatically, depending upon the exposure mode. The manual ISO range is 50 to 25600 in 1/3EV increments.
Multi-Interface Shoe: The α77 II does not have a built-in flash, but is equipped with the Multi-Interface Shoe, allowing you to use an external flash, such as the HVL-F20M, HVL-F43M, or HVL-F60M. The ECM-XYST1M stereo microphone is also compatible.
Flash Features: When an optional external flash is attached, the camera offers several Flash Modes: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, and Wireless. You can adjust the amount of flash light in a range of -3.0 EV to +3.0 EV with the Flash Compensation feature.
Wi-Fi Overview: The Sony α77 II has built-in Wi-Fi so you can interface the camera with your smartphone or Wi-Fi-enabled laptop computer and wirelessly perform various shooting and playback functions. The camera also supports NFC (near field communication).
PlayMemories Mobile: To interface with the Sony α77 II, your smartphone must have the PlayMemories Mobile application. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and requires iOS 4.3 or later. It is also compatible with Android smartphones and tablets with the Android 2.3 - 4.4 operating environment.
NFC (Near Field Communication): By touching an NFC-enabled Android smartphone or tablet to the "N" mark on the right side of the camera, the smartphone will be connected automatically via Wi-Fi, and the PlayMemories Mobile app will be launched. The two devices must touch for approximately 1-2 seconds to make the connection. NFC One-touch Sharing allows you to directly send single images from the camera to the smartphone.
Wi-Fi Functions: The following wireless functions can be performed with the α77 II:
Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index or as a Slide Show. During Image Index view mode, you can view 9 (3 x 3) or 25 (5 x 5) images at once.
Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.
Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.
Slide Show: You can automatically play back still images continuously in a slide show. You can set the interval to 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 seconds.
View Mode: There are four View Modes to choose from for playing back images and movies: Date View, Folder View (Still), Folder View (MP4), and AVCHD View.
D-Range Optimizer/Auto HDR: The camera allows you to correct the brightness and contrast of an image automatically, using the D-Range Optimizer (DRO) and Auto High Dynamic Range functions. The DRO optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of the image; you select the optimal level from Lv1 (weak) and Lv5 (strong). When Auto HDR is selected, the camera shoots three images with different exposures, then overlays them to create one image with the correct exposure and an overlaid image.
4K Still Image Playback: The α77 II can output images in 4K resolution to an HDMI-connected TV that supports 4K. The 4K playback function can be selected in the Playback Menu only when the camera is connected to a 4K-compatible TV via HDMI or Wi-Fi.
BRAVIA Sync: When connecting the camera to a Sony TV with BRAVIA Sync via HDMI, you can control the camera with the TV's remote control.
Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.
Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.
InfoLithium Battery: The α77 II is powered by the NP-FM500 InfoLithium battery. The battery communicates data to the camera, so that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed. The battery life specs are as follows:
|Function||Battery Life||Number of Images|
|Shooting Still Images||LCD||Approx. 240 min||Approx. 480 images|
|Viewfinder||Approx. 205 min||Approx. 410 images|
|Viewing Still Images||LCD||Approx. 270 min||Approx. 5400 images|
|Viewfinder||Approx. 320 min||Approx. 6400 images|
|LCD||Approx. 120 min||---|
|Viewfinder||Approx. 110 min||---|
|LCD||Approx. 175 min||---|
Charging: The NP-FM500 InfoLithium battery requires approximately 175 minutes to reach a full charge, using the supplied BC-VM10A battery charger.
Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 10 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button halfway.
Downloadable Software: The α77 II does not include software in the box. Instead, Sony offers software for Windows- and Mac-compatible computers for importing still images and movies recorded with the camera to your computer. The software is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP2), and Mac OS X v10.6 - v10.8 operating systems. You can download the software to your computer using the appropriate URL provided in the supplied Instruction Manual. The following downloadable software is compatible with the camera:
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This is a replacement for an older Sony camera that no longer works and it will accept the lenses that I have. [ JOHN HENRY Dec 07, 2015 ]