Sony A77 II First Shots posted: the flagship APS-C “DSLR” gets higher ISOs, but how do they look?


posted Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 6:51 AM EDT


About three years later, it finally happened: Sony released an update to their flagship APS-C SLT camera, the A77, with the new Sony A77 Mark II, and we have it in our lab right now. Hot off the press is our first set of lab shots with a series of Still Life images shot across the ISO range.

Speaking of ISO range, that's one aspect of the A77 Mark II that's been given a boost over its predecessor, going from a maximum ISO of 16,000 all the way to 25,600 with the Mark II. While it keeps the same 24.3-megapixel resolution as the old model, however, the new A77 Mark II uses a newer sensor -- one shared with the impressive Sony A6000 -- as well as the latest-generation BIONZ X image processor.

Our Still Life test images are shot across the full ISO range -- from the extended ISO 50, all the way up to 25,600 -- and, as usual, these are now available for side-by-side comparisons in our world renowned Comparometer. Here you can put it up against its predecessor the A77 or its rivals like the Canon 7D, Nikon D7100Pentax K-3, or anything else you're considering as an alternative. For anyone not yet introduced to our Still Life images, below is a crop near the center of the frame at ISO 100. From our samples page you can access images like this across the full ISO range, including access to the RAW files and EXIF data, as well comparing these images against the competition in our Comparometer.

The Sony A77 Mark II looks fantastic at ISO 100 (100% crop), but how does it hold up at the higher ISOs? Check out our First Shots to find out.

Happy pixel peeping!