The release date and a bunch of preliminary specs of the Sony A77II A-mount camera have been leaked on the web by highly-reliable sources.
A replacement of the Sony A77 has been rumored to be inbound for quite some time, so these newly-leaked details should not come as a surprise.
It has been referred to as Sony A79, but, according to the latest information, the name is inaccurate. When it hits the market, the A77 replacement will be called Sony A77II.
Sony A77II release date set for June 2014 following May announcement
After multiple alleged delays, the “Mark II” version of the A77 is actually on its way, as the announcement date has been set for May 2014, while its release date is poised for June 2014.
Sony is aiming to bring the A-mount camera to the market as soon as possible after its launch. This way, it attracts customers who are not willing to wait and who might choose to purchase another camera from a different company.
Specs list includes fast autofocus and processor, 32-megapixel sensor, and zero EVF lag
The Sony A77II will feature a 32-megapixel image sensor, fast image processor, and quick autofocus system. Furthermore, the lag of the electronic viewfinder is said to be zero.
These details are not very conflicting with the information heard in the past, so it will be interesting to find out why the PlayStation maker has delayed the Sony A77II release date for so long.
The last A-mount shooter to be unveiled is the Sony A58, which has become official in February 2013.
Two new Sony FE-mount lenses also coming in May, launch of A-mount model still in doubt
The new Sony A77II will not come alone, as there is a huge chance that it will be revealed alongside an A-mount lens. However, people familiar with the matter would bet their money on FE-mount optics aimed at the Sony A7/A7R full frame E-mount cameras.
There will be two new models, both of them manufactured by Zeiss. One of them is a prime with a focal length of 85mm and a maximum aperture of f/1.4 or f/1.8.
The second unit will be an ultra wide-angle zoom with a constant maximum aperture of f/4. Unfortunately, other details remain unknown to us, meaning that we will have to wait for more details to be leaked. If they do not come, then we will find out everything sometime in May.