Just as there are different strokes for different folks there are also different cameras for different purposes. In this review, we are comparing the Sony a68 Vs Sony a77II, two DSLR cameras.
The main goal for this article is to help you discover which of the two cameras works best for you and your work.
Now, this is a detailed comparison article, therefore, it will be a long read. So, if you do not have the time that would be required to go through all the details in the article, then you can go through our comparison overview section.
Comparison Overview – Sony a68 Vs Sony a77II
This comparison overview section is a rundown of the all the features of the cameras in comparison to help you make the right decision in short time.
However, we do recommend that you go through all the details in this article in order to gain a better understanding of the features of the cameras in comparison.
Where Both Cameras Get It Right — Sony a68 vs Sony a77II
These cameras have built-in image stabilization, a high sensor resolution, and RAW support. With these features, image quality is assured with these cameras.
Looking at their video features, both cameras have full HD 1080p video resolution and a microphone port.
Other impressive features that these cameras have are the electronic viewfinder, face detection focus, a top LCD display, auto-exposure bracketing, and smartphone remote control.
Both of these cameras also have an articulated LCD screen but of different types. The Sony a68 has a tilting or tiltable articulated screen, while, the Sony a77II has a fully articulated screen.
Where The Sony a68 Does It Better
This Sony a68 has a lighter weight, a longer-lasting battery, and a higher dynamic range than the Sony a77II.
Where The Sony a77II Does It Better
First off, the Sony a77II has a selfie-friendly LCD screen with a larger display screen size and screen resolution.
Features this camera has that you won’t find on the Sony a68 include built-in Wi-Fi, near field communication connection, flash sync port, UHS card support, and environmental sealing.
Then, features where the Sony a77II has a better performance include; continuous shooting mode, max shutter speed value, viewfinder resolution, and color depth.
Where Both Cameras Get It Wrong
These cameras do not have any issues in common.
For their individual failures, the only issue with the Sony a68 is that it lacks an environmental-sealing, while, the Sony a77II is a pretty heavyweight camera.
Which Has The Better Price/Value Ratio: a68 or a77II?
Considering the features the Sony a68 and a77II come with, they both give the same value for their price. Now, these cameras aren’t in the expensive cameras club. However, there is a price gap between the two cameras.
These cameras are designed for different working conditions. So, whatever checks the list for your work will offer the best value for your money.
Comparison Table – Sony a68 Vs Sony a77II
|Sony a68||Sony a77II|
|LCD Screen Size||2.7 inches||3 inches|
|LCD Screen Resolution||461k dots||1.229k dots|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 seconds||1/8000 seconds|
|Continuous Shooting||8 frames per second||12 frames per second|
|Viewfinder Resolution||2359k dot||1440k dot|
|Low Light ISO||701||1013|
|Flash Sync Port||No||Yes|
|Near Field Communication||No||Yes|
|UHS Memory Card||None||UHS-I|
|Battery Life||510 shots||480 shots|
|Weight||610 grams||647 grams|
What Situation Is Each Camera Best For – Sony a68 Vs Sony a77II?
|Sony a68||Sony a77II|
| The Sony a68 has features that make it a good choice for almost any work you plan to get a camera for.|
This camera would make a great Street photography camera.
It has built-in image stabilization, a built-in viewfinder, face detection focus, and a quality live view display.
| For this camera, it also qualifies to be classified as a multipurpose camera.|
This camera would be a decent camera for shooting Sports photography.
Firstly, this camera has a good continuous shooting mode performances.
It also has a fast max shutter speed value.
These two features are make this camera a great choice for shooting objects in motion.
Common Features — Sony a68 Vs Sony a77II
Here are the features common to both the Sony a68 and Sony a77II:
i. Built-in image stabilization
ii. Articulating screen
iii. Built-in flash
iv. External flash hot shoe
v. ISO range
vi. Electronic viewfinder
vii. RAW support
viii. Maximum sensor resolution
ix. Face detection focus
x. External microphone jack
xi. Video resolution
xii. Top LCD display
xiii. Auto exposure bracketing
xiv. Smartphone remote control
We will now discuss each of them in detail…
Built-in Image Stabilization
Image stabilization is a technique adopted to counter the blurs that come with the camera experiencing movements while the shutter is open.
There are different methods for achieving image stabilization. Some are built into the camera, while others are gotten from special lenses called Vibration Reduction (VR) lenses.
For these cameras, they have a built-in sensor shift image stabilization feature.
This image stabilization system functions with devices known as actuators. When the motion of the camera is detected by the accelerometers of the camera, the actuators then move the camera sensor in order to re-align it with the plane of the image being shot.
This automatically counters whatever blur that could have been caused by motion of the hands or camera while shooting.
When the LCD screen is said to be articulated, it means that the screen is designed to move in different directions. This feature is great for shooting at different flexible positions.
There are different types of articulating screens, some are just for shooting scenes and subjects at much higher or lower than eye level positions. For some others, they can move in such a way that you can still get a preview even when shooting yourself.
The screen type of the Sony a68 is the tilting articulating screen, while the screen type of the Sony a77II is a fully articulated screen.
The tilting articulated screen is designed to move about just one axis. This allows the screen to tilt only slightly upwards and downwards.
This screen type comes in handy when shooting scenes that are higher or lower than the eye level.
As for the fully articulated screen, it has a design that allows the screen to move about two axes that are at the right angle to each other, allowing the screen to both tilt and swivel.
With this screen, not only can you easily shoot scenes that are higher or lower than eye level, this screen gives you a preview of yourself when shooting selfies.
The built-in flash is a basic light enhancement tool that is designed as a part of the camera body. It is also programmed into the system of the camera. This simply implies that, exposure-related settings on the camera also affect how the built-in flash will function.
This feature might not be the most powerful light enhancement existing, but still, under some basic low light conditions, the built-in flash will expose your images just fine.
The built-in flash of these cameras can cover a range as far as 12 meters when shooting at 100 ISO.
External Flash Hot Shoe
The external flash shoe is another feature that has to do with the light enhancement of your images. With this, you get to attach an external flash to the body of your camera.
A more powerful light enhancement tool than the built-in flash, an external flash is your best bet in extreme low-light situations. It helps to produce properly exposed images.
This is another exposure-related feature of the camera. The ISO value determines how sensitive to light the image sensor of the camera is. Higher ISO values mean more sensitivity to light which, in turn, produces brighter images.
Both of the cameras in this Sony a68 Vs Sony a77II comparison have a pretty impressive ISO range.
The Sony 68 has a minimum native ISO value of 100 ISO and a maximum ISO value of 25600 ISO. The Sony a77II also has the same value for its max ISO value, however, it has a minimum ISO of 50 ISO.
Now, as beneficial to exposure as the ISO value of a camera can be, higher ISO values usually create tendencies for more noise in the images shot. How this happens varies across different cameras.
The viewfinder is part of the camera that the photographer looks through to get a preview of the image for proper framing before taking the shot.
There are a lot of different ways to frame an image, however, what makes the viewfinder better is the composure that comes with using it.
In order to use the viewfinder, the camera has to be held close to the eye and body. This helps the hands find more stability.
There are two basic types of Viewfinders – the electronic Viewfinder (EVF) and the optical viewfinder (OVF).
The two Sony a68 and Sony a77II comparison are both designed with the electronic viewfinder.
The electronic viewfinder is a viewfinder type that is most commonly found in the design of mirrorless cameras. However, some DSLRs also incorporate the EVF in their design.
In mirrorless cameras, the EVF doesn’t require any form of mirror mechanism. The EVF displays an electronically projected image from the sensor.
When it comes to DSLRs that function with mirror mechanism, to use the EVF, instead of the traditional reflex mirrors used to design the system, these cameras are designed with translucent mirrors.
The EVF has a lot of advantages, one of which is the fact that it is easy to use under extreme low-light conditions as it lights up. However, the EVF is a well-known battery-consuming feature.
RAW is one of the two basic formats for saving files on the camera – the other is JPEG. The major difference between these two file formats is quality.
JPEG is a more widely supported file format. However, when the camera is set to shoot and save in JPEG, the images shot are automatically edited and compressed before saving. This reduces the detail, quality, and size of the image.
With RAW, on the other hand, we see an exact contrast. The RAW format is not a widely supported format. RAW images are usually completely untouched and the amount of detail recorded by the camera is also saved in the image.
This provides the photographer with higher quality images and more flexibility when doing editing. The only you think you would have to keep in mind is that RAW format images are usually quite large in storage size.
However, coupled with a high sensor resolution, RAW format is, typically, the best way to achieve high quality images.
Maximum Sensor Resolution
The sensor resolution of a camera is the number of pixels that make up the images shot by the camera.
Images with high resolutions usually have more detail and quality. This makes it easy to perform different forms of editing like cropping and downsampling without losing the quality of the image.
Another big factor that the sensor resolution affects is the print and display size of the images shot. When an image is printed or displayed at a size that exceeds its resolution, the image will lose quality.
However, with a high resolution, you have a lot of pixels to spread out, thereby, giving you larger potential print sizes.
These two cameras here have the same values for their max sensor resolution – 24 megapixels.
Face Detection Focus
Face detection focus is a focus feature of the camera that is programmed to detect and focus on human face(s) on the scene being shot.
The interesting thing about this feature is that it ensures that the face in the scene remains in focus by locking down on the face.
So, if you have to shoot portraits of kids (who find it hard to maintain a particular position), once the camera locks down on the face, whenever there is a change in position, the camera then re-adjusts the focus to the position of the face.
With this feature, you can be rest assured that your main subject will always be the main point of focus, and both of the cameras in this Sony a68 Vs Sony a77II have the face detection focus.
External Microphone Jack
For anyone planning to use their camera for shooting video, this feature is quite essential to making your work better.
The microphone port allows you to connect an external microphone to the camera for recording audio while shooting video.
Most cameras are designed with built-in microphones, however, the issue with those is that they tend to record all the sound from the surrounding being shot, thereby, creating noisy audio.
The external microphone is the solution to this problem. The external mic records and amplifies only the sound from the direction it is pointed at.
So, if you have to shoot video in noisy or public environments, then this feature is your best bet at achieving quality audio for your videos.
Still looking at the video features of the cameras in comparison, the video resolution of a camera is what determines the size of screen that the video can be displayed on.
Video resolution is the number of horizontal lines a video has stacked one on top of the other from top to bottom.
Just like sensor resolution and images, when a video is displayed on a screen that exceeds the size limit of its resolution, the video will lose quality and appear blurry.
The two cameras in this Sony a68 Vs Sony a77II comparison have a full high definition resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels (1080p). This is the one of the highest video resolution that you can find on compact digital cameras.
However, to retain its quality, videos in the resolution can only be displayed on HD televisions and monitors.
Top LCD Display
The top LCD is a small display that is placed at the top of the camera that displays the settings made on the camera like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc.
This feature plays a vital role when shooting scenes that make it uncomfortable to use the rear LCD screen for monitoring settings adjustments.
Auto-Exposure (AE) Bracketing
Auto-exposure bracketing is a feature that lets you take multiple images at automatically set exposure settings.
This comes in handy when shooting scenes that have a high dynamic range or variation in lighting. Such scenes are usually a challenge for the photographer when it comes to applying the perfect exposure settings.
So, instead of having to try out different settings one after the other – and probably end up missing the shot – the auto-exposure bracketing feature helps you set different values, and all you have to do is press the shutter button.
With this you then have a collection of images at different exposure levels, you can then decide which best meets your taste.
Smartphone Remote Control
Remote control comes in a lot of different methods and tools, but for the Smartphone remote control it is one of the most unique remote control methods ever created.
The smartphone remote control feature allows you to use your phone to remote control the camera.
With the connection between the camera and your smartphone, not only can you trigger the shutter, you access menus, adjust settings, and also download images directly from your camera to your smartphone.
The biggest thing about this feature is the preview of the scene it offers you – this isn’t something you’d find on a lot of older remote control tools and methods.
Unique Features – Sony a68 Vs Sony a77II
Unique Features Of The Sony a77II
i. Built-in Wi-Fi
ii. Near field communication
iii. Flash sync port
iv. UHS memory card support
v. Weather sealing
The Wi-Fi connection on a camera allows the camera to connect to the internet. The connection is used for mainly sharing files to other devices, and, for some cameras, to social media pages.
Now, for the cameras in this Sony a68 Vs Sony a77II comparison, only the Sony a77II has the Wi-Fi connectivity built-in.
The Sony a68, on the other hand, makes use of a device called the Eye-Fi card.
This camera doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, so, for it to connect to the internet, the Eye-Fi card must be inserted into the camera.
Near Field Communication (NFC)
The near field communication connection is a feature that creates a wireless connection between the camera and a smartphone.
This connection doesn’t require an internet connection to function. All that is required is for the two devices to be in the same area as the connection isn’t a wide range connection.
Once two NFC compatible devices come in contact with each other, the connection made can be used to transfer file wirelessly.
Only the Sony a77II is NFC compatible.
Flash Sync Port
The Flash Sync Port is a feature that allows you to create a connection between your camera and external flash.
After creating the connection, you can remove the flash from the camera and still trigger it every time you press the shutter button.
This is a great way to try out lighting on your subject from different positions without having to change your shooting position.
This feature is unique to the Sony a7II.
UHS Memory Card Support
UHS stands Ultra High Speed. UHS memory cards are special SD card types that allow the camera to read and write to storage at high speed.
There are different versions and levels to the UHS cards. The Sony a68 isn’t compatible with any UHS card version.
For the Sony a77II it uses the UHS-I version card. This is the lowest UHS level. It is said to read and write at a rate of about 50 to 104 megabytes per second.
For photographers who shoot wildlife and landscape where there tend to be harsh weather conditions, this feature might be the deal-breaker.
One of the most common causes of damage for cameras is the entrance of weather elements into the inner components of the camera.
A weather sealing is the feature of the camera that keeps the camera safe from these weather elements.
Weather sealing is made of rubber and silicon gaskets and linings and positioned at points on the camera where there are slight openings that the elements could enter through.
The positioning and design of weather-sealing vary across different cameras. It is also important to note that the environmental-sealing doesn’t make the camera water-resistant or waterproof.
Only the Sony a77II is weather -sealed.
Unique Pros – Sony a68 Vs Sony a77II
Pros Of The Sony a68
- Longer battery life than the Sony a77II
- This camera is lighter in weight.
- Higher dynamic range.
Pros Of The Sony a77II
- Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.
- Larger LCD screen display with a higher screen resolution.
- Faster max shutter speed.
- Shoots more frames per second in continuous shooting mode.
- Designed with a weather sealing.
- The viewfinder of this camera has a higher resolution.
- Also has a slightly color depth.
- Comes with a flash sync port.
- NFC compatible.
- Finally, it supports the UHS-I card type.
Unique Cons – Sony a68 Vs Sony a77II
Cons Of The Sony a68
- Lacks environmental-sealing.
Cons Of The Sony a77II
- This is a pretty heavy weight camera.
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Common Pros – Sony a68 Vs Sony a77II
|Sony a68||Sony a77II|
|Built-in Image Stabilization||Present||Present|
|Articulating Screen||Has a tilting articulated screen.||Has a fully-articulated screen.|
|External Flash Shoe||Present||Present|
|Viewfinder||Comes with an electronic viewfinder||Same here|
|Max Sensor Resolution||Present||Present|
|Face Detection Focus||Present||Present|
|Top LCD Display||Present||Present|
|Auto Exposure Bracketing||Present||Present|
|Smartphone Remote Control||Present||Present|
Common Cons – Sony a68 Vs Sony a77II
|Sony a68||Sony a77II|
|No touch screen.||This also does not have a touch screen.|
|No built-in Bluetooth.||Same as the Sony a68.|
|No built-in GPS to track the location at which photos were taken.||Same as the Sony a68.|
What Users Think About Both Cameras – Sony a68 Vs Sony a77II
|Sony a68||Sony a77II|
| Users are generally comfortable with this camera.|
The one feature that stood out for a lot of users is the in-body image stabilization.
According to users, this camera still produces crisp and sharp images when shooting with non-stabilized lenses and at slow shutter speeds.
The image quality, autofocus, and low-light performance of this camera also get a lot of thumbs up from users.
| Users love virtually everything about the Sony a77II.|
From image quality, to lowlight performance, to the way the camera feels in the hands of the user.
The big interest for users with this camera is the built-in Wi-Fi. Sharing images is minus one off the list of things you might worry about.
Most users also believe that this camera is a cost-effective option for the performance it offers.
| Users however, weren’t too happy that the body of this camera isn’t weather-sealed.|
Also, some users aren’t impressed with the material used in the design of this camera.
Some users say that it is too fragile and tends to crack easily.
| One complaint users had with this camera was about its heavy weight.|
Carrying it around and shooting handheld could get stressful at some point.
Our Take – Sony a68 Vs Sony a77II
|Sony a68||Sony a77II|
| The Sony a68 is one impressive camera. Its biggest advantage is its price.|
When we compare the features of this camera with its price tag we’re very impressed.
However, it is important to note that this camera would thrive most in some specific situations.
| As for the Sony a77II, we are satisfied with this camera. Almost any feature you could possibly ask for is on this camera.|
This camera is also a wonderful choice for any beginner that has not yet chosen their niche or kind of work they would want to do and aren’t sure.
However, this camera too isn’t a perfect camera. There are features on this camera that could be improved on for better performance.
PS: Click here to see how the Sony a68 compares with a camera from another brand.
FAQs — Sony a68 Vs Sony a77II
Is the Sony a68 full frame?
The Sony a68 is not a full frame camera. It is designed with the APS-C sensor, which means that pictures taken with this camera will be having some form of crop effect.
Now, this crop effect doesn’t actually mean APS-C sensors are inferior to full frame ones. As a matter of fact, you will be better off shooting with an APS-C sensor if the object you are trying to capture is far away from the camera, like in wildlife photography.
Does the Sony a68 have Wi-Fi?
The Sony a68 does not come with built-in Wi-Fi neither does it come with near field communication. However, wireless connectivity can be achieved with this camera through the use of an Eye-Fi card. Inserting this card makes it possible for you to transfer files from the camera to your smartphone wirelessly.
Of course, built-in Wi-Fi is more convenient, but the Eye-Fi card, quite sincerely, gets the job done, too. This card can easily be purchased on Amazon.
Is the Sony a77II a professional camera?
The Sony a77II is not a professional camera. This camera was designed to meet the needs of semi-professionals, or enthusiasts, if you like.
Cameras like the Sony a77II are referred to by some as a prosumer camera, because they are like the middle men between cameras made for beginners and cameras made for professionals.
This is why you will find that the Sony a77II comes with image stabilization, a top side LCD display, is weather sealed, but still has a pretty average battery and can’t shoot 4k.
Is the Sony a77II a DSLR camera?
The Sony a77II is a DSLR camera. However, it is not like your regular DSLR. DSLR cameras are known to come with optical viewfinders, but the Sony a77II comes with an electronic one. This camera is designed with a transparent mirror, which means that the mirror won’t be needing to flip each time you take a shot.
So, unlike with most DSLRs, when you look through the viewfinder of the Sony a77II, you will see a digital image of what the camera’s lens is capturing.
Is the Sony a77II good for photography?
The Sony a77II is a good fit for many different types of photography. Its APS-C CMOS sesnor, along with its weather sealing and fast burst mode makes it a great camera for wildlife, street, and sports photography. The fully articulated screen, built-in Wi-Fi, external microphone jack, and remote control function make it great for vlogging, YouTubing, and touring.
The presence of auto exposure bracketing means the Sony a77II will be doing well for HDR photography. It is also great for flash photography, portrait photography, events, and many other forms of photography.
Is the Sony a68 weather sealed?
The Sony a68 was not designed with a weather sealing on its body. This means that this camera, when exposed to weather elements like rain and humidity, could be seriously damaged. It is, therefore, not advisable to use the Sony a68 outdoors when the weather conditions are really harsh and unfavorable.