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Sony A77 II Pre-order Details

Sony-A77-II-imageSony A77 II can be pre-ordered right now,  A- Quick reminder to the specification, the A77 II has 24 megapixel sensor, ISO range of 100-51200, camera is powered by a Bionz X image processor and advance 79 point AF system that covers the entire screen, but the continuous shooting speed remains same as A77 of 12 fps, for more take a look at here – Sony A77 II Anounced – Press Release, Price, Specification and Videos

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Sony A77 II Anounced - Press Release, Price, Specification and Videos

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The long rumored Sony A77 Mark II OR MII announced today, finally we know that its real name is Sony A77 II, the newly announced A77 II features newly developed 24.3MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor with SteadyShot INSIDE sensor-shift type image stabilization, newly developed Phase Detection: 79, 15 cross-type, latest BIONZ X Image used and newly developed image decoding algorithm.

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The A77 II also supports Full HD 1080i/p video recording at 60 and 24 fps frame rates, on the rear side we have 3.0″ 1,228k-Dot 3-Way Tilting LCD Screen and 0.5″ 2,359k-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder, the A77 II also features built in WiFi and NFC, with the help of NFC you can control the camera with your smartphone or tablet.

The SLT-A77 II will be available in June and is priced at $1199 body only and $1799 with an 16-50mm F2.8 lens.

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Sony A77 Press Release

Sony Electronics Introduces the Speedy New α77 II Interchangeable Lens Camera with Record-breaking 79-Point Autofocus System

Impressive New “Action Shooter” features 79 Phase Detection AF Points, 12 fps shooting for up to 60 frames, 24.3 MP APS-C sensor and more

SAN DIEGO, May 1, 2014 – Sony Electronics’ new α77 II camera delivers an impressive combination of speed, versatility and efficiency in a tough, weather-resistant design, making it a perfect choice for fast-action photography and videography.

Building on the heritage of Sony’s much-loved original α77 and α700 cameras, the α77 II gives advanced amateurs a string of exciting enhancements including the world’s highest number of AF points in a new phase detect autofocus system1 with 79 focal points and 15 cross points. Utilizing Sony’s unique Translucent Mirror Technology, the α77 II also has the ability to shoot at up to 12 fps for 60 total frames with continuous AF.

The speedy new camera is equipped with a high-resolution 24.3 MP image sensor and powerful BIONZ® X processor, ensuring that still images and full HD videos are captured in sharp focus and incredible detail. Image quality compared to the original α77 has been boosted, and sensitivity has increased by approximately 20% as well. There is also a variety of new pro-friendly video functions for movie makers.

“The new A77 II is yet another strong statement for Sony in the interchangeable lens camera space” said Neal Manowitz, director of the α interchangeable lens camera division at Sony. “In addition to this camera’s impressive imaging credentials and unprecedented focusing system, it reinforces our dedication to the A-mount camera lineup and shows that we are pushing the limits of innovation in all aspects of the industry.”

New-generation 79 point phase detection AF system

The advanced AF system on the new α77 II camera features 79 phase detection AF points – the most of any dedicated AF sensor in market today – and includes 15 cross points within the central area of the sensor. Additionally, metering data from all 79 focus points is processed by a brand new AF algorithm that predicts the subject’s movement. These impressive new features combined with Sony’s powerful Translucent Mirror Technology ensure that fast-moving people, animals or any other relevant object can be tracked quickly and accurately in all types of shooting conditions.

The α77 II camera also has a centrally mounted dedicated phase detect AF sensor that supports apertures up to F2.8, ensuring maximum AF precision when using large-aperture lenses. In low light, the AF system of the camera performs admirably, accurately locking on to subjects in scenes with illumination levels as low as EV-2 (ISO100), where even the human eye has trouble discerning details.

There’s a suite of sophisticated new AF functions on the α77 II model that make the most of the unique 79-point system. Expanded Flexible Spot mode maintains focus even if the selected AF point loses track of the subject, activating eight surrounding AF points that recognize the subject. Lock-on AF mode lets users select one of four AF area modes (Wide, Zone, Flexible Spot or Expanded Flexible Spot), and can recognize and track a subject’s form based on its color and its position within the frame, automatically selecting the appropriate AF point from the 79 available

For even greater control, the degree of subject-tracking duration can be fine-tuned in five steps (when shooting still images in AF-C mode). A low setting is ideal for slow-moving subjects with predictable movements, while high settings deliver more responsive focusing for shooting different subjects at different distances, such as wildlife or sports photography. AF Tracking Duration can also be selected between High, Medium and Low during Full HD movie shooting.

Other new features include an Eye AF function that precisely detects and focuses on the subject’s eyes when photographing people. There is also AF Range Control, which allows AF to be limited to a specified range, and a Balanced Emphasis mode that provides the ideal balance between focus and release timing. Users can manually select any of the various focus modes to match the shooting situation and their creative objectives.

Shoot a continuous burst of 60 full-resolution frames at up to 12 fps

Continuous shooting stamina on the α77 II camera outpaces nearly all cameras in its class as well as many professional cameras. The new model can capture a non-stop burst of up to 60 full-resolution JPEG images at a maximum continuous shooting speed of approximately 12 frames per second with continuous AF (in Continuous Advance Priority AE mode).

24.3 megapixel Exmor® CMOS image sensor with enhanced sensitivity

A showcase of Sony’s leading image sensor technologies, the new 24.3 megapixel Exmor® CMOS image sensor in the α77 II camera features the same gapless on-chip lens structure as used in the acclaimed α7R and α6000 models. Thanks to an array of latest-generation imaging innovations, the sensor now offers 20% greater sensitivity than its predecessor (α77), and ensures flawless image detail and low-noises performance across the wide sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 25600.

The high-resolution sensor is partnered by the same evolved BIONZ X image processor introduced in the α7 and α7R models. Around three times faster than Sony’s previous BIONZ engine and optimized for the α77 II camera, it employs detail reproduction, diffraction-reducing and area-specific noise reduction technologies that contribute to amazing image definition and rich colors for still images and Full HD videos.

OLED Tru-Finder™ and 3-way tilting LCD

The new camera features a crisp, bright XGA OLED Tru-Finder with 2,360,000 dot resolution. With about three times higher contrast and resolving power compared to the original α77, the EVF on the new α77 II shows the effects of all settings adjustments in real-time, accurately displaying what the final image will look like. A wide viewing angle and high eye-point are complemented by a newly-expanded choice of brightness settings, and shooters have the ability to manually adjust color temperature for comfortable, accurate composition.

As featured on the full-frame α99 camera, the α77 II model also features a detail-packed 3.0-type (7.5 cm) Xtra Fine LCD that moves three ways for added convenience. The LCD also features WhiteMagic™ technology, which significantly improves screen visibility, even outdoors in direct sunlight.

Expanded Control and Customization

Evolved from the original α77 model, there are separate control dials on both sides of the grip for simpler control settings adjustments. In total, the α77 II camera has a total of 11 customizable buttons with up to 51 assignable functions.

Further, up to three frequently used groups of shooting modes and other settings can be stored in memory and recalled easily via the mode dial, and an exposure mode dial lock function has been inherited from the a99 model to prevent accidental mode changes.

Tough enough for serious enthusiasts

The tough, light magnesium body of the α77 II camera is engineered to withstand the demands of the most serious enthusiasts. It features a dust and moisture sealed design and a large, contoured grip for comfortable handling. In addition, the camera’s durable shutter unit is rated for 150,000 total shots.

Pro-style movie shooting with continuous AF

The α77 II camera can record Full HD 60p and 24p movies using the AVCHD 2.0 format. As with still shooting, Translucent Mirror Technology enables full-time phase-detection AF, ensuring accurate focus tracking with fast-moving subjects during video capture.

The camera has a number of additional features for serious movie makers, including three-level AF tracking sensitivity adjustment, a pro-style Zebra function and audio level metering. There’s also the addition of a clean HDMI® output that allows viewing on an external monitor and recording to an external storage device without compression

Wi-Fi® and PlayMemories™ Connectivity

On-board Wi-Fi allows one-touch connection for easy shot sharing with your Xperia®, NFC-compatible Android™ smartphones, tablets and VAIO® computers. A single touch also activates Smart Remote Control, linking the camera to your mobile phone enabling you to fire the shutter from a distance.

For devices without NFC one-touch capabilities, users can wirelessly transfer images and videos and activate Smart Remote Control through Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile™ application, available for the iOS and Android platforms.

Sony α Lenses, Accessories and New “α Library” App for Tablets

Covering focal lengths from wide angle to telephoto, a family of 32 A-mount lenses offers an extensive choice of creative tools for visual expression, including several premium models from Carl Zeiss® and G Series Lenses.

The new α77 II camera is compatible with a range of versatile α accessories including microphones, flashes and more, and is designed to work the optional VG-C77AM grip, which enhances camera operability and versatility during vertical shooting.

Sony has also released a new photography-themed “α Library” application for tablets. This new app showcases the entire lineup of α lenses, including key information and specifications, in the “α Lens Catalog” section, and also includes access to a semiannual “α Magazine” lifestyle publication that showcases fun photography stories, tips, techniques and more. The new α Library is now available for download on Google Play and the iOS App Store.

Pricing and Availability

The Sony α77 II interchangeable lens camera will be available in June 2014 in a kit with a 16-50mm F2.8 lens (model SAL1650) for a suggested retail price of $1800.  It will also be offered separately as a body for a suggested retail price of $1200.

Sony a77II Specifications

Camera type Interchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash
Lens compability Sony A-mount lenses, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta lenses confirmed
Type APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6mm), “Exmor” CMOS sensor with primary color filters
Number of pixels (effective) approx.24.3Megapixels
Number of pixels (total) approx.24.7Megapixels
Image sensor aspect ratio 3:02
Color filter R, G, B primary color
Anti-Dust function Yes
Anti-Dust system Charge protection coating on image sensor and image sensor shift mechanism
Anti-Dust operation (auto) Power off
Recording format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Image size (pixels) [3:2] L: 6000 x 4000 (24M), M: 4240 x 2832 (12M), S: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M)
Image size (pixels) [16:9] L: 6000 x 3376 (20M), M: 4240 x 2400 (10M), S:3008 x 1688 (5.1M)
Image size (pixels) [Sweep Panorama] Wide: horizontal 12,416 x 1,856 (23M), vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M), Standard: horizontal 8,192 x 1,856 (15M), vertical 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)
Image quality modes RAW RAW & JPEG JPEG Extra fine JPEG Fine JPEG Standard
Picture Effect 13 types: Posterization (Color), Posterization (B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera(Normal/Cool/Warm/Green/Magenta), Soft High-key , Soft Focus(High/Mid/Low), HDR Painting(High/Mid/Low), Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature(Auto/Top/Middle(H)/Bottom/Right/Middle(V)/Left), Watercolor, Illustration(High/Mid/ Low)
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia, Style Box(1-6), (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))
Dynamic Range functions Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level(1-5)), Auto High Dynamic Range(Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6EV, 1.0EV step))
Color space sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINOS Color
Delete Yes
Recording format AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant
MP4
Video compression AVCHD:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
MP4:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio recording format AVCHD:Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch,Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
MP4:MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
Color space xvYCC standard (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS Color
1920 x 1080(60p, 28M, PS) Approx.28Mbps(Maximum bit-rate)
1920 x 1080(50p, 28M, PS) No
1920 x 1080(60i, 24M, FX) Approx.24Mbps(Maximum bit-rate)
1920 x 1080(50i, 24M, FX) No
1920 x 1080(60i, 17M, FH) Approx.17Mbps (Average bit-rate)
1920 x 1080(50i, 17M, FH) No
1920 x 1080(24p, 24M, FX) Approx.24Mbps(Maximum bit-rate)
1920 x 1080(25p, 24M, FX) No
1920 x 1080(24p, 17M, FH) Approx.17Mbps (Average bit-rate)
1920 x 1080(25p, 17M, FH) No
1440 x 1080(30fps) Approx.12Mbps (Average bit-rate)
1440 x 1080(25fps) No
VGA(640 x 480, 30fps) Approx.3Mbps (Average bit-rate)
VGA(640 x 480, 25fps) No
Audio Level Display Yes
Audio Rec Level Yes
AF Tracking Duration Yes
AF Drive Speed Yes
Auto Slow Shutter Yes
HDMI Info. Display Yes(On/Off)
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)
Noise reduction Long exposure NR: On/Off , available of shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.
High ISO NR: Normal/Low/Off selectable
Multi Frame NR Auto/ISO100 to 51200
Modes Auto / Daylight/ Shade/ Cloudy/ Incandescent/ Fluorescent<
Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight>/ Flash / Color temperature<2500 to 9900K> , color filter/ Custom<1/2/3>/Custom Set
AWB micro adjustment Yes
Bracketing 3 frames, H/L selectable
Type TTL Phase-detection AF
Focus sensor CCD line sensors
Focus point 79 points (15 points cross type)
79 points (15 points cross type)
Sensitivity range EV -2 to 18 (at ISO100 equivalent)
Focus mode Autofocus, Manual focus selectable
AF mode *2 Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Automatic AF (AF-A), Direct Manual Focus selectable
Focus area Wide/Zone/Center/Flexible Spot/Expanded Flexible Spot/Lock-On AF(Wide/Zone/Center/Flexible Spot/Expanded Flexible Spot)
Eye-start AF Yes
Lock-on AF Yes
Eye Focus Yes
Other features Predictive control (AF-A, AF-C)
Focus lock
AF On
Eye-start AF
AF illuminator built -in Flash
AF illuminator range approx.1m – 5m
approx. 3.3 to 16.4 feet
AF Range Control Yes
AF micro adjustment Yes
Metering type 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering sensor “Exmor”CMOS sensor
Metering sensitivity EV-2 to EV17 (at ISO100 equivalent with F1.4 lens attached)
Modes Multi-segment
Center-weighted
Spot
Exposure modes Multi-segment
Center-weighted
Spot
AUTO(Intelligent Auto/Superior Auto)
Scene Selection
Sweep Panorama
Continuous Advance Priority AE
Movie(P/A/S/M)
Programmed AE (P)
Aperture priority (A)
Shutter-speed priority (S)
Manual (M)
Memory recall(MR1/2/3)
Scene Selection Portrait
Landscape
Macro
Sports Action
Sunset
Night Portrait
Night Scene
Hand-held Twilight
Exposure compensation +/-5.0 EV (1/3EV, 1/2EV steps selectable)
Bracketing Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, With 1/3EV, 1/2EV, 2/3EV, 1.0EV, 2.0EV, 3.0EV increments, 3 /5frames
AE Lock Available with AE lock button.
AE is also locked when focus is locked in multi-segment metering mode. (“AEL w/ shutter”(Auto/On/Off) is supported)
ISO sensitivty,Recommnded Exposure Index 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 the lower limit and the upper limit ) Movie:ISO100 – 12800 equivalent(1/3 EV step)
AUTO ( ISO 100-12800 equivalent, selectable the lower limit and the upper limit)
Movie:ISO100 – 12800 equivalent(1/3 EV step)
AUTO ( ISO 100-12800 equivalent, selectable the lower limit and the upper limit )
Type 1.3cm (0.5″type) Electronic viewfinder
Number of dots 2 359 296 dots
Brightness control Auto/Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)
Color temperature control Manual (5 steps)
Field coverage 100%
Magnification Approx.1.09x (35mm camera equivalent: Approx.0.71x) with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m- -1
Diopter adjustment -4.0 to +3.0m-1
Eye point Approx. 27mm from the eyepiece lens, 22mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m-1 (CIPA standard)
Display Contents Graphic Display / Display All Info./ No Disp. Info. / Digital level gauge / Histogram
Type 7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT drive
Number of dots (total) 1 228 800dots
Brightness control Auto
Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)
Sunny Weather
Adjustable angle Tilt angle:150 degreesupward and 180 degrees downward.
Rotation angle:180 degrees clockwise and 90 degrees counterclockwise.
WhiteMagic Yes
Display Contents Graphic Display / Display All Info./ No Disp. Info. / Digital level gauge/ Histogram / Shooting information for viewfinder mode
Real-time image-adjustment display ON/OFF
Quick Navi Yes
Focus Check Focus Magnifier (5.9x,11.7x)
Zebra Yes
Peaking MF Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Top panel Yes
Face detection Modes On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off
Face registeration Yes
Face selection Yes
Max. number of detectable faces 8

Sony A77 Sample Videos

First Look Uploaded by Sony Aus

The Phoblographer’s first Impressions Sony A77 Mk II

Sony A77 MII Leaked Specification

Sony-A77-MII-COming Some early Specification of Sony A77 MII Leaked today, the camera is rumored to feature new sensor and Bionz X image processor, advance AF system, take a look below for more details

Sony A77 Rumored Specification
New APS-C CMOS Sensor (possibly 24.3MP)
SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization
BIONZ X Image Processor (New image processor)
Sony Translucent Mirror Technology
Fast Hybrid AF – 79 AF points (or 179 I am still confused), 15 cross points (Advance AF system)
very Fast Tracking performance
12fps up to 60 Frames/ 25 frames RAW & JPG, RAW 26 frames
Low light AF, f/2.8 vertical line sensor, new algorithm
Full HD 1080i/p AVCHD Video at 24/60 fps
3.0″ 921.6k (or 1,229K)-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
Built-In GPS, Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
Two Media Slots, Pop-Up Flash & Hot Shoe

Keep in mind these are early rumored specification and can be changed, the camera will arrive on April, 30 along with Sony RX100 M3 camera and two new FE Lenses.

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Sony RX100 M3 and Sony A77 Mark II Coming on April 30, 2014

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Sony RX100 M3 and Sony A77 Mark II coming on April 30, 2014 according to confirmed sources (earlier we said May 1 but it was not true), as the announcement date is coming closer more and more details coming out,

Sony April 30 announcement Round-up
Sony A7s Pricing + Pre-order details
Two new E-Mount Fullframe Lens announcement
Sony A77 Mark II
Sony RX100 M3

Based on recent rumors the A7s price is expected to be around $4,189… however we don’t have any confirmation about the price yet.

The RX100 M3 camera is also coming on the same day with newly developed 28-100mm f/1.8-2.8 lens and a pop-up viewfinder, Sony will also add the new image processor to the camera that will boost its ISO up to 25600.

The most exciting news for A77 owners is A77 Mk II is coming, the Sony will add Newly developed sensor and BIONZ X Image Processor to the camera, that will sure lift the A77 Mark II specification to the next level.

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Sony RX100 M3 Rumor Update

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Sony RX100 MIII / M3 name leaked in Sony official user manual book (see screenshot above)., No Specification information available yet, but we see a bit bigger lens attached to the new Sony RX100 M III camera (possibly same 28-100mm f/1.8-2.8 lens as we have seen in the patent few days ago)

We have confirmed news that Sony A77 Mark II is coming on May 1, 2014 and we  also hope that Sony will also announce Sony Mark III on the same day.

The Sony A77 Mark II will feature the BionzX image processor and new sensor, we will sure see a major improvement in overall specification of the camera compared to its predecessor.

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