Test: Sony A77 II – with Modern Autofocus

Sony updates its near three-year-old A77 to the A77 II. The first camera impressed with their specifications, so even this.

The resolution remains at 24 Megapixels, sensor is still aps-c, the design and appearance also remains the same as before. However, it happened a lot on the inside. More possibilities for settings, smoother autofocus and better control of all settings. It is thus much of all the improvements you don’t see until you start digging down into the camera.

Just the autofocus is that Sony has invested the most on. Here it almost feels as if they have built up the camera around a completely new module, because the updates are so great. It’s all about fine tuning to generally get a faster camera than faster focusing, and advanced capabilities for autofocus when shooting video. For example, the number of focus points increased to 79 pieces compared to’s 19. Of these, 15 pieces of cross type.

Great grip

Some changes in the design can barely notice. The only really visible is that the hot shoe a Sony the multi-interface and autofocus using lamp now disappeared from the front – but the main difference is the button on the selector knob that you now need to push down to rotate the slider. This particular button is valuable and a great update, but I’d still like to have the ability to push down to lock, and press again to unlock – both have and eat the cake so to speak.

On the program selection knob is now also a total of three setting positions, against one of the A77.

The grip is great with the A77-II, with sleek and yet pronounced grip for the Palm of your hand, and extra support for your fingers on the front. The camera body is pasted into your hand quite easily, which is a really good score. A quick look at the back can get many to WinCE, with all 10 of the total of 20 buttons on the camera. Yet Sony has managed nicely to place these in a smart way, and many important functions can be accessed when you are holding the camera. Really good is also the ability to adjust features on them, something that is now beginning to get more and more – it actually stands as a key feature of the House itself is now starting to get a little liquid, and more personal.

Even if everything is good, it is still one of the most important buttons cornered right near the rear tumreglaget, namely the af/mf button – the button where you put autofocus if you disabled this from the shutter button. AEL button, on the other hand, are much better, so really, it is these two key features that should change places. Incidentally, also feels the rear tumreglagets wheels slightly pressed, while the front is perfect. The inertia of the twist is given, therefore, to know.

What, then, is by far the biggest thing in the camera’s autofocus. The reason for this is partly the ability to largely be able to make use of the 12 frames per second for up to 60 pictures in jpeg, the camera offers, as well as being able to follow objects in a smooth and soft way through both still photography and filming.

Just following autofocus seems Sony have put down some development time, for there are many of the camera’s functions relating to this. One thing that they’ve done well is the option to make adjustments for the autofocus for still image or video, so you can always keep the setting you want for it called permanent tracking – the time the camera receives before it focuses on when it will object in the way of it as the camera tracks. We’ve seen it before, but then many times in professional models, but now Sony on the ball to shoot A77 one step up on the scale.

Another step in this direction is that of the A77-II also can move point to where to put the start of the following autofocus. On the A77, you could only do this on the left center point, but now it is possible, therefore, to adjust this paragraph, for example to be able to shoot directly without having to recompose the slicer in image. Smart.

And would you have the sharpness just exactly on the eye – and not just on the face – so Sony has now thrown into the latest technology to focus on the right eye. This means that the camera will find the person’s eye and puts the focus where via their new eye-af, and not just on the face. It all actually works great, especially if you are near. But in portrait photography, you might still want to make manual adjustments.

Summarized as is the autofocus really quick, reliable and good, with updates on all levels. Also in low light makes it her, and find the right, primarily at enpunks-af. The focus is clearly on top among today’s SLR cameras.

Updated viewfinder

The digital viewfinder has also been updated. The resolution has been increased to 2.36 million pixels. The picture is really good, sharp and contrasty. But once again, I marvel that Sony has not worked to fix the update on the viewfinder display. The problem here is that the flickering, and it should go to get away. At the usual shooting, it is really nothing to work on, especially outdoors, but if you are standing in a studio or in dark environments and photographs so the problem correct.

There have also been a little from the earlier questions about the A77 pictorial update of the electronic viewfinder on the burst shooting. Obviously, this has now been fixed, and the picture is stable when panning. In the same way you will actually see the picture taking during burst shooting for making any focus adjustments, and that’s one of the benefits we see with Sony’s technology with not using a mirror that turns out (even if the camera body includes a semi-transparent mirror).

Film specifications is the same as before, the main difference here is the following auto focus that makes his, and does both good and soft. This makes a big difference for those who would like to film in a simple way. Also the manual controls when shooting video is really good.

The most clear against its predecessor is that jpeg images look much better at higher iso values, which is what is expected today. The sensors are so good today that much of the development lands on it which is about image processing in the camera itself. The same applies to video.

A77-II can very. Are you looking for a competent system camera with many features, good quickness and nice picture quality, then you should check out the A77-II. Do you have an A77 and want better autofocus so far as the same thing. The camera can cope with and then some.