News: New Sony A77 II Keeps Shots Razor-Sharp with Record-Breaking 79-Point Autofocus System

Building on the heritage of Sony’s much-loved original A77 and A700, the A77 II gives advanced amateurs a string of exciting enhancements in a tough, weather-resistant body that’s up to any challenge. If you’re planning to capture action packed sports scenes or fast-moving wildlife photography, the A77 II stays locked right on target, frame after crisply-focused frame.

For the first time ever, the A77 II features no less than 79 autofocus detection points, including 15 cross points within most frequently-used central area of the sensor. This aids super-accurate focusing, even with horizontally-striped subjects that confuse many other cameras.

Image quality in the A77 II is boosted while sensitivity is increased approximately 20% compared to the 77. This allows for exquisitely detailed stills and Full HD video, even in low light. Photographers will also appreciate its enhanced non-stop continuous burst shooting stamina, and there is a clutch of pro-friendly new video functions for movie makers. Compared to the A77, the A77 II also has an approximately 2x wider coverage area, as well as a 24.3 megapixel Exmor™ CMOS image sensor with a gapless on-chip lens structure as used in the acclaimed 7R and 6000.

The A77 II A-mount interchangeable lens digital camera from Sony will be available at all Sony stores and authorised outlets from June 2014.
Pricing – TBA (I’ll update later).

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Specifications Sheet

Key Features ILCA-77M2
Type Interchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash
Lens Compatibility Sony A-mount lenses, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta lenses confirmed
Image Sensor Type APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6mm), “Exmor” CMOS sensor with primary colour filters offering approx. 24.3 effective megapixels
No. of pixels (effective) Approx. 24.3 megapixels
Processor BIONZ X™ image processor
Image Quality Modes RAW / RAW & JPEG / JPEG Extra fine / JPEG Fine / JPEG Standard
Focus system Type TTL Phase-detection AF
Focus point 79 points (15 points cross type) with centre F2.8 sensor*
Sensitivity range EV -2 to 18 (at ISO100 equivalent)
Focus area Wide/Zone/Center/Flexible Spot/Expanded Flexible Spot/Lock-On AF(Wide/Zone/Center/Flexible Spot/Expanded Flexible Spot)
AF mode Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Automatic AF (AF-A), Direct Manual Focus selectable
Drive Speed (approx., max.) Continuous Advance Priority AE: Maximum 12 frames per second
Continuous shooting Hi: Maximum 8 frames per second
Continuous shooting Lo: Maximum 3 frames per second
No. of frame recordable* (approx.) [Continuous Advance Priority AE mode] Extra fine: 53 images/Fine: 60 images/Standard: 64 images/RAW & JPEG: 25 images/RAW: 26 images
[Continuous shooting] Extra fine: 56 images/Fine: 75 images/Standard: 93
images/RAW & JPEG: 26 images/RAW: 28 images
ISO Sensitivity Range Still Image: ISO100 – 25600 (1/3 EV step), (ISO numbers up from ISO50 can be set as expanded ISO range.)

AUTO: ISO 100-25600, selectable lower limit and upper limit

Movie: ISO100 – 12800 equivalent (1/3 EV step)

AUTO ISO 100-12800 equivalent, selectable lower limit and upper limit

HD movie record Recording format: AVCHD 2.0 / MP4

Video compression: AVCHD:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

MP4:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Electronic Viewfinder XGA OLED, 1.3 cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (2,359,296 dots effective resolution), with 100% frame coverage, five display modes and grid line display modes.
LCD Monitor 7.5 cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT with WhiteMagic technology. Tilt angle: 150 degrees upward and 180 degrees downward. Rotation angle: 180 degrees clockwise and 90 degrees counter-clockwise.
Anti-dust System Charge protection coating on image sensor and image sensor shift mechanism
Exposure Modes AUTO (Intelligent Auto/Superior Auto) / Scene Selection / Sweep Panorama / Continuous Advance Priority AE / Movie (P/A/S/M) / Programmed AE / Aperture priority / Shutter-speed priority / Manual / Memory recall (MR1/2/3)
Exposure Metering System 1200-zone evaluative metering
Shutter Speed Still images: 1/8000 to 30 sec/Bulb;

Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 step), up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode)

Exposure Bracketing Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, With 1/3EV, 1/2EV, 2/3EV, 1.0EV, 2.0EV, 3.0EV increments, 3 /5frames
Media Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo / Memory Stick XC-HG Duo / SD memory card / SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant) / SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
Dimensions (WxHxD) Approx. 142.6 mm × 104.2 mm × 80.9 mm
Weight Approx. 647g (body only)

Approx. 726g (with battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo)

* Actual number of AF points used depends on lens and shooting mode.

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Press release kindly shared by Sony Electronic Asia and WE.