Sony eyed the Alpha 77 II camera with the self-titled "king of APS-C". Will the Japanese technology company be too loyal to win the "king" title for the 24.3MP DSLR when both Canon and Nikon have impressive products?
It's hard to deny that Alpha 77 II is a product of Sony's great ambition. When calling our latest product "APS-C king", it is clear that Sony wants users to believe that the latest high-end Alpha is superior to both Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D7100.
To make its claim, Sony has "revived" the mount A series – a mount that has not been used on Sony cameras during the past two years. As a direct descendant of the Alpha 77 (2011), the Alpha 77 II has an impressive 24.3MP sensor, 79-point autofocus system, the ability to shoot sequential frames per second and built-in Wi-Fi.
With such impressive numbers, will Alpha 77 II be able to become "king" as Sony's claim? Reviews from the page Trusted Reviews will help you get a better picture of this camera.
The first generation Alpha 77 has a pretty nice design, so it is understandable for Sony to keep the design on the juniors. It can be said that the two Alpha 77s look quite similar, in that the biggest noticeable difference in design is just to change the color of the Alpha logo from red to silver and the exclusion of images that support AF (the flash will now be with focus assist feature).
Alpha 77 II removed the usual D-Pad navigation key, instead a small joystick joystick so users could browse the control menus. Both the front and the back of the machine have a scroll wheel to choose from. Like the Alpha 77 2011, the new version has a lot of buttons, including many independent buttons, customizable and user-friendly to adjust specific settings.
Thanks to the body of magnesium, Alpha 77 II has a fairly heavy weight and is also very sturdy. At 647 grams, you can hardly praise that Alpha 77 II is a compact product, but this weight has not reached the level of discomfort for users.
With the size of 142.6mm x 104.2mm x 80.9mm, Alpha 77 II is about the same size as the Nikon D800. The body of the Alpha 77 II is carefully covered to withstand dust, moisture and weather. This is a very suitable camera for users who regularly make nature tours.
Alpha 77 II also inherited from the Quick Alpha Navi Pro brother menu allows users to customize and access frequently used features easily. You will have to take time to get familiar with Quick Navi Pro, but once you get used to this feature it will definitely help you a lot.
The resolution of the Exmor sensor (CMOS, APS-C size) on Alpha 77 II remains the same as the older brother at 24.3MP. Since APS-C sensors are 23.5 x 15.6mm in size, Alpha 77 II is currently one of the largest DSLR models with pixel density / sensor area on the market.
The most noticeable change on the Alpha 77 II compared to the older Alpha 77 is the autofocus system. When released, the Alpha 77 has an autofocus system consisting of only 19 points – which is a pretty good number for 2011. By this year, the Alpha 77 II was equipped with 79 AF points, including 15 points in combination type.
Alpha phase II AF module has been upgraded. Sony has also increased intelligence for the AF algorithm to ensure accurate tracking of required models allowing users to adjust the camera's sensitivity. Therefore, if you like to take sports photos, animals or fast moving objects in general, Alpha 77 II will be a bad choice.
Alpha 77 II also has an impressive Bionz X processor that has been equipped by Sony on many recent new products like the A6000 or RX10. Therefore, the Alpha 77 II will also inherit all the impressive features from other high-end models: bursts of up to 12 frames per second, up to 64 JPEG images before filling up. buffer as well as the ability to capture 25 RAW frames consecutively.
This is a significant improvement over the preceding Alpha 77 generation: while the continuous shooting speed on the older generation is still 12 frames per second, Alpha 77's cache only reaches 18 JPEG and 12 frames. RAW frames. At the same time, with Bionz X, Alpha 77 II processors with better JPEG image sharpening and diffraction, color noise.
While equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity, Alpha 77 II no longer has the ability to attach location information (GPS) to photos. With Wi-Fi or NFC, you can connect Alpha 77 II to an iOS device or Android via Sony PlayMemories application to take advantage of innovative technologies like color filtering, continuous effects or time effects. . In the future, Sony may fix a weak spot without GPS by setting location information from the smartphone application to the photo on Alpha 77 II.
Sony claims to have spent six months designing, building and perfecting the autofocus system on Alpha 77 II. Luckily, the effort of the Japanese company is completely worthy of what Alpha 77 II can do.
The combination of the new algorithm and the new phase-autofocus sensor helps the AF system on Alpha 77 II to monitor patterns in a sophisticated and easy way. With 79 focus points, Alpha 77 II's AF system can monitor a large part of the frame on the sensor. This impressive focusing system is also applied to video recording (Full HD 1080p resolution, 60 frames per second or 24 frames per second).
In the experience of Trusted Reviews, Alpha 77 II grabs and holds the focus very accurately, even at 12 frames per second. You can adjust the sensitivity level of the continuous focus retention process in the machine's control menu. The sensitivity level is set from 1 to 5, in which level 1 will allow the AF system to automatically switch to a new object that appears in the frame while level 5 will avoid this phenomenon completely.
Thanks to TruFinder's OLED electronic viewfinder, precise focusing becomes very easy on Alpha 77 II. This EVF has a resolution of 2.3 million dots, the field looks 100% and has a very fast refresh rate that brings absolute precision capability.
The 3-inch 3-axis rotating screen of Alpha 77 II remains the same mechanism from the older generation, but has also been upgraded to 1.23 million dots. WhiteMagic technology (small white pixel alternation next to traditional RGB pixels) is also available on the Alpha 77 II's screen. Thus, in direct light, the Alpha 77 II's screen will become much easier to read.
1/800 second, f / 2.8, ISO 400
With impressive shooting and focusing speeds, Alpha 77 II also needs to be equipped with a similar metering system. Luckily, this camera's 1200-zone metering system won't disappoint you: in almost photos, the brightness of the photo is very balanced.
Even if you constantly change the focus point, the Alpha 77 II's point-to-point focusing system can still provide quite pleasant images. Besides the single-point metering (Spot) mode, Alpha 77 II also supports multi-point metering (Multi-Segment) and centralized focus metering (Center-Weighted).
30 seconds, f / 14, ISO 100
30 seconds, f / 9, ISO 100
30 seconds, f / 11, ISO 100
30 seconds, f / 11, ISO 100
In terms of color, the results on Alpha 77 II are also quite important. With a total of 15 white balance settings (including many settings that you can manually adjust), Alpha 77 II offers a myriad of color options for your photos.
If you don't like to tinkle and "play" your customizations, the Alpha 77 II still delivers vibrant colors and vividness with enough accuracy to please. For example, the sunny blue sky will be very natural on a photo taken with Alpha 77 II.
1/800 seconds, f / 4.5, ISO 100
1/800 second, f / 2.8, ISO 500
1/800 second, f / 9, ISO 400
With ISO from 100 – 25,600, Alpha 77 II allows you to retain many details in the image. While ISO 100 is always very clear, at ISO 400 images have a slight noise (though very little) and at ISO 800 dark areas appear color noise (still quite small).
At ISO 6400, the images were very noisy but not enough to cause discomfort. The reason is that the built-in noise reduction mechanism of Alpha 77 II seems a bit "heavy-handed", causing loss of detail in some cases.
Currently, only the body of Alpha 77 II is being sold for $ 1,100 (23.3 million, original price in the US). The version with a 16-50mm f / 2.8 tube is priced at $ 1,700 (VND 36.1 million, original price in the US).
Beautifully designed, sure, the top quality AF system with stunning photos, Alpha 77 II is a high-end DSLR that you can hardly refuse – if the price is 1100 USD (23.3 million VND). The original price in the US is not a big obstacle to you. While the ISO 6400 still has bright noise, the Alpha 77 II still carries a host of other interesting features: built-in Wi-Fi, excellent EVF and LCD, continuous shooting speed of up to 12 frames. / second.
Alpha 77 II will be an indispensable option for users who need to capture fast moving objects (such as shooting sports events or shooting animals). This is really a DSLR to capture beautiful movements / actions.
Pretty heavy but not too bulky, Alpha 77 II will require you to take time to get acquainted. Once you are sure the menu is quite complex, the Alpha 77 II experience will become easy and simple. Thus, with vivid photos and beautiful design, unique features, Alpha 77 II is fully capable of taking the position of "APS-C king" with Nikon products. and Canon.