Sony has officially announced the successor of their popular A77 advanced enthusiast camera – the A77 Mark II. The new DSLR brings a slew of improvements from the old A77 – a new sensor, a new image processor, a new phase detect autofocus system, and more.
“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.”
The new advanced autofocus system on the A77 Mark II features 79 phase detection AF points and 15 cross points and utilizes a brand new AF algorithm that, when combined with Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology, is capable of predicting and tracking a subject’s movement. The new camera is also equipped with a centrally mounted dedicated phase detect AF sensor for optimum AF precision when using large-aperture lenses as high as F2.8. The new autofocus system with the aforementioned Translucent Mirror Technology also enables the new A77 Mark II to capture a continuous burst of up to 60 full-res JPEG images at a maximum speed of up to 12 frames per second.
The A77 Mark II is powered by a 24.3 megapixel Exmor CMOS image sensor combined with the Sony’s new BIONZ X image processor. These enable the A77 Mark II to shoot full HD 60p and 24p movies in AVCHD 2.0 with full-time phase-detection AF enabled. The new camera is also equipped with Sony’s 2,360k-dot WhiteMagic OLED Tru-Finder EVF and 3.0-type (7.5cm) Xtra Fine LCD with WhiteMagic technology and 3-way tilting. Connectivity-wise, the A77 Mark II now features WiFi and NFC capabilities with support for Sony’s PlayMemories apps.
The Sony A77 Mark II DLSR will be available sometime in June. The body alone will be sold at an SRP of $1200 while a kit with a 16-50mm F2.8 lens (model SAL1650) will be available at an SRP of $1800.