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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
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
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
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:
- Vertical: 3872 x 2160
- Horizontal: 8192 x 1856
- Vertical: 5536 x 2160
- Horizontal: 12416 x 1856
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:
- Single-shot AF (S): The camera focuses and
the focus is locked when you press the shutter button halfway down.
Recommended for use with motionless subjects.
- Automatic AF (A): The camera switches between
Single-shot and Continuous AF depending upon the movement of the subject.
- Continuous AF (C): The camera continues to
focus when you press and hold the shutter button halfway down. Recommended
for use when the subject is in motion.
- Manual Focus (MF): When it is difficult to get the proper focus in auto focus mode, you can adjust the focus manually. This mode allows you to set the distance of a subject by rotating the focusing ring to achieve a sharp focus.
AF (Auto focus) Area: You can select between 5 settings:
- Wide: The camera focuses automatically on a subject in
all ranges of the image.
- Zone: You can select a zone (consisting of 9 focus
areas) on the monitor on which to focus.
- Center: The camera uses the AF area located in the center area exclusively.
- Flexible Spot: You can change the size of and move the focusing area in order
to focus on a small subject or narrow area.
- Expand Flexible Spot: If you can't focus on a single
selected point, the expanded flexible spot uses the eight focus points
around the flexible spot as the second priority area to achieve focus.
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:
- Single Shooting: Default setting for standard picture taking.
- Continuous Shooting: At full resolution, the camera
can record continuously up to 8 frames per second at the high speed setting,
and about 3 fps at low speed.
- Continuous Priority AE: By fixing the aperture value when
shooting the first image, you can shoot images continuously at approximately
12 frames per second.
- Self-Timer: You can set the camera to three different self-timers:
- 10 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 10 seconds later. This is convenient when the photographer wants to appear in a photo.
- 2 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 2 seconds later. This is convenient to reduce camera-shake.
- 10 Seconds/3 or 5 Images: The camera records 3 or 5 images
continuously after a 10 second delay. You can choose the best shot from
the shots taken.
- Bracket Shooting: The camera is capable of shooting
multiple images, each with a different setting. You can choose from the
following Bracket options:
- Continuous Bracket: Shoot
3 or 5 images, each with different degrees of brightness (0.3EV, 0.5EV,
0.7EV, 1.0EV, 2.0EV or 3.0EV). The images are taken as you press and hold
the shutter button.
- Single Bracket: Same as Continuous Bracket above,
except that the shutter button is pressed for each image.
- WB Bracket: The camera records three images, each with
different color tones, according to the selected settings of white balance,
color temperature, and color filter. You can select Low (small changes in
white balance) or High (large changes in white balance).
- DRO Bracket: The camera records three images, each with
different degree of D-Range Optimizer. You can select Low (small changes in
DRO) or High (large changes in DRO).
Shooting Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you select from the following
- Auto: In the menu, you can choose which of the following are
desired when the Mode Dial is set to Auto:
- iAuto (Intelligent Auto): This mode allows easy shooting with settings adjusted automatically.
- iAuto+ (Superior Auto): The camera recognizes and evaluates the shooting condition and sets the appropriate settings automatically. The camera saves one appropriate image by combining or separating images as necessary.
- Program Auto: For shooting with the exposure adjusted
automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value), while
allowing you to adjust other settings manually.
- Aperture Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually, letting the camera set the appropriate shutter speed. This mode gives you greater control over the depth of field.
- Shutter Speed Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually, letting the camera set the appropriate aperture. With a high shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it is frozen on the image. With a slow shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it were flowing.
- Manual Exposure: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (shutter speed and aperture) manually.
- Memory Recall (1, 2, 3): You can register often-used
camera settings (including Shooting Mode, Aperture, Shutter speed) in one of
three memory positions on the Mode Dial for easy recall.
- Movies: You can record movies in Full HD or standard
definition in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio. When selected on the Mode Dial, you can
select the desired movie settings, including Program Auto, Aperture
Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual Exposure.
- Continuous Priority AE: This mode lets you shoot
continuously at high speeds (up to 12 fps) by fixing the aperture value at
the first image.
- Sweep Panorama: Shoot expansive scenery or high-rise buildings with dynamic composition.
- Scene Selection: You can select an appropriate mode for the subject or the shooting conditions to allow you to shoot the image with a suitable setting for the subject:
Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held
Twilight, and Night Portrait.
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
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:
- Multi: This method uses the whole screen divided into 1200 zones to measure light.
- Center: While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this method measure the average brightness of the entire screen.
- Spot: This method measure light only in the spot metering circle in the center of the frame.
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
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
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:
- Control with Smartphone: You can use a smartphone as a remote
controller for the camera. Still images shot via remote control are
automatically sent to the smartphone's memory. You can also change some of
the camera's settings, including EV, Self-Timer, and Review Check.
- Send to Smartphone: You can transfer still images to a
smartphone for viewing. Images can be transferred in its original image
size, or resized to 2M or VGA. RAW images are converted to JPEG format
before being transferred.
- Send to Computer: You can transfer images stored on the
camera's memory card to a computer connected to a wireless access point or
wireless broadband router in order to easily make backup copies.
- View on TV: Images can be viewed on a network-enabled
TV. While connected, you can playback images in a slideshow. You can choose
from a short or long interval between slides, and select HD or 4K playback.
Some BRAVIA TVs have special effects which can be selected for a slideshow.
Play And Print Functions
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
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.
- DPOF Compatible: Using the camera, you can specify the images and the number of images to print before you print images at a photo-shop or with your printer.
- Memory Card: You can print images with a Memory Stick or SD card compliant printer.
- Computer: You can copy images to a computer using the
available downloadable software and print the images.
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 |
Images ||LCD ||Approx. 240 min ||Approx. 480 images |
|Viewfinder ||Approx. 205 min ||Approx. 410 images |
Images ||LCD ||Approx. 270 min ||Approx. 5400 images |
|Viewfinder ||Approx. 320 min ||Approx. 6400 images |
| Recording Movies |
|LCD ||Approx. 120 min ||--- |
|Viewfinder ||Approx. 110 min ||--- |
| Recording Movies |
|LCD ||Approx. 175 min ||--- |
|Viewfinder ||--- |
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
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:
- PlayMemories Home: With PlayMemories Home, you can view your images, and use
various convenient features to enhance the images you have shot.
PlayMemories Home is required for importing AVCHD movies to your computer.
- Wireless Auto Import: This software is required if you
are using a Mac computer and want to import images to the computer using
- Image Data Converter: Image Data Converter software is needed
for playing back and editing images recorded in RAW format with various
corrections, such as tone curve and sharpness. With Image Data Converter,
RAW images can be adjusted with white balance, exposure, Creative Style, and
converted into JPEG or TIFF formats.
- Remote Camera Control: Remote Camera Control can be
used to control the camera from your computer. You can also change the
camera's settings, perform interval timer shooting, and record images
directly to the computer.