Sony a77 II offers 79-point autofocus system, jaw-dropping speed

Sony has updated the Sony a77 with a new version, the Sony a77 II. The new DSLR-challenging camera comes packed with features to appeal to photographers of all levels.

The new A-mount camera, that uses Sony's clever Translucent Mirror Technology, gives you a huge range of focusing options to use the 79-point phase detection autofocus system, to make sure the results are always sharp.

There's a new 24.3-megapixel Exmor CMOS APS-C sensor that's now 20 per cent more sensitive than the previous generation of Sony sensor.

This new sensor is supported by the latest Bionz X image processor, as found in the a7 and a7R. This image processor claims to be able to reduce noise in specific areas to produce cleaner results. You'll be able to shoot at sensitivities from ISO 100-25600.

Sony isn't just promising fast focusing and greater sensitivity, but also high speeds. You'll be able to shoot at 12fps, capturing up to 60 full resolution JPEG files before the camera slows.

The Sony a77 II has a magnesium alloy body and features weather resistant seals around the openings, so you'll be able to use it in all conditions. The A mount system also now has 54 compatible lenses. 

There's an OLED viewfinder with a 2.4 million dot resolution, as well as a 3-inch articulated rear display that can be set to just about any angle thanks to its three-axis mount.

The Sony a77 II also turns its power and swift focusing to enhanced video capture. You'll be able to have a clean HDMI output, taking advantage of the swift continuous AF in your full HD movies, captured at 60 or 24fps. 

There's a whole universe of accessories, plenty of customisation options and a wide range of features to satisfy all types of photographer. You also get NFC included, so you'll be able to connect to compatible devices with a tap, and there's a special 4K stills output mode so that when viewing on your brand new UHD TV, things will look perfect.

The Sony a77 II will be available in Europe in Summer 2014. There's no word on pricing, we'd expect it to be around £1250, but we'll update when we have confirmation.