The Sony Alpha a7 II is a full frame mirrorless camera that has image stabilization. It is the fourth release in Sony’s a7 family and the successor to the company’s first a7 model. It makes use of the same Bionz X CPU that the rest of the a7 series does, in addition to the same 24-megapixel sensor that its predecessor used. The image stabilization now uses a 5-axis sensor, and both the autofocus performance and general design have been modified for the better. The controls are arranged in a manner that is comparable to the a7, although there have been significant improvements made to the grip, command dials, and shutter.
When compared to the bodies of the original a7-series cameras, the a7 II’s is physically bigger and around 25 percent heavier than its predecessors. In addition to this, its frontplate, like that of the a7S, is now manufactured wholly out of magnesium alloy; the frontplate of the original a7 and a7R was created out of a composite material.
The A7 II employs the identical hybrid autofocus mechanism that was found in the A7, which consists of 117 phase-detect and 25 contrast points. In comparison to its predecessor, Sony asserts that the AF has been enhanced by around 30 percent owing to algorithm modifications, and that tracking has been increased by 1.5 times.
Sony Alpha a7 II Price in USA
Both the a7S and the a7 II have the capacity to record in the XAVC S codec, which allows for a bit rate of up to 50MBps when shooting in 1080/60p (in addition to 1080/30p and 1080/24p). The recording may also be done in MP4, in addition to AVCHD.
The resolution of the 3″ tilting LCD that was seen on the a7’s predecessor has been increased in the a7 II. It has a 3:2 aspect ratio and 1.23 million dots, and it can be rotated upward 107 degrees or downward 41 degrees. The electronic viewfinder utilizes 2.3 million dots to achieve 100 percent accuracy while maintaining.71x magnification, and it has not altered in any way. It has a very high degree of brightness and detail.
The Sony a7 II is the fourth full-frame ILC to offer image stabilization built directly into the camera (the three before it were the Sony a900, a850 and a99). The image stabilization mechanism of the Sony a7 II works by detecting and correcting for motion along five separate axes—pitch, yaw, and roll in addition to X and Y.
When shooting with Sony FE lenses that already have image stabilization built in, as indicated by the ‘OSS’ marking on the lens, the a7 II will make use of both the sensor-based and lens-based image stabilization systems simultaneously to provide the highest level of image stabilization possible. When gazing via the electronic viewfinder (EVF) or the LCD, you will be able to get a live preview of the effects of image stabilization.
Users of adapted and third-party lenses have access to a wider range of options now that sensor-based image stabilization has made its way into high-end cameras like the Sony a7 II.
The size and depth of the grip have been increased to make up for the extra weight of the a7 II, which has resulted in a camera that is quite pleasant to carry. The front- and rear-facing control knobs have been significantly reduced in size and recessed into the body of the camera. This makes it practically difficult to accidently bump them without knowing it, which was a common issue voiced by users of the a7.
The shutter button has also been repositioned, moving from the top of the camera body to the top of the grip itself. Additionally, it has been given a little downward tilt. Its diameter is somewhat larger than that of the original A7, which was already rather large.
On the top plate of the camera body, a new button that performs a user-defined function has also been installed.
The body only version of the Sony Alpha 7 II will be sold for $1,700, and the camera will be sold as a kit with the 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens for $2,000.
It is important to note that the Sony a7 II does not come packaged with a proper battery charger. Instead, the AC-UUD11 AC Battery Charging Adapter and a Micro USB cable are included in the box (a USB to AC converter). In addition to that, it comes with a shoulder strap, an eyepiece cup, and one NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion battery.
Sony Alpha a7 II Specifications
|MSRP||$1699 body only $1999 with 28-70mm F3.5-5.6|
|Body type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Other resolutions||6000 x 3376, 3936 x 2624, 3936 x 2216, 3008 x 1688, 3008 x 2000|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||25 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, AdobeRGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||50|
|White balance presets||10|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|Image stabilization notes||4.5 stops|
|JPEG quality levels||Extra fine, fine, standard|
|File format||JPEG (DCF 2.0, EXIF 2.3)RAW (ARW 2.3)|
|Image parameters||Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Digital zoom||Yes (4)|
|Number of focus points||117|
|Lens mount||Sony E|
|Focal length multiplier||1×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||Xtra Fine LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Exposure modes||AutoProgramAperture priorityShutter priorityManualScene SelectionSweep PanoramaMovie|
|Scene modes||Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur|
|External flash||Yes (via Multi Interface shoe)|
|Flash X sync speed||1/250 sec|
|Drive modes||Single, continuous, speed priority continuous, self-timer, bracketing (AE, white balance, DRO)|
|Continuous drive||5.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S|
|Videography notes||Supports XAVC S codec (50Mbps) and S Log2 flat picture profile|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (micro-HDMI port with 4K still, uncompressed video output)|
|Wireless notes||with NFC and wireless control via PlayMemories Mobile app|
|Remote control||Yes (wired)|
|Battery description||NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||350|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||599 g (1.32 lb / 21.13 oz)|
|Dimensions||127 x 96 x 60 mm (5 x 3.78 x 2.36″)|
The Alpha 7 II continues to pioneer new ground for Sony’s series of full-frame mirrorless cameras with its innovative capabilities. It is the first full-frame mirrorless camera that offers image stabilization devices built directly into the camera body, and its overall performance is outstanding. The body is easy to use while shooting and provides a comprehensive range of capabilities that should appeal to photographers who take both still images and videos. The image quality at high ISO on the A7 II is, however, not as good as it is on other full frame cameras. Raw files are also less pliable than the competitors, and JPEGs typically suffer from overly aggressive noise reduction. Raw files have the advantage in both of these aspects.
- Both image and video capture can benefit from IS's usefulness Excellent raw dynamic range
- Large, high-res viewfinder
- Start-up times that are much faster than those of the A7
- More FE lenses arriving Tilting LCD
- Capability of video recording in the XAVC-S format
- Integrated microphone and jack for headphones
- A Plethora of Buttons That Can Be Modified
- On-sensor PDAF
- Build quality that is rock-solid
- The camera is easy to hold in one's hand.
- Excellent resolution
- Accurate metering as well as white balance.
- Problems with raw compression
- Compared to full-frame competition, high ISO photos are grainy and noisy.
- Heavy for a camera that lacks a mirror
- The control dials are on the tiny side and set too deeply.
- When using continuous AF, subject tracking is not always accurate.
- There is no simple way to enlarge the AF point to one hundred percent in order to check the focus when in Image Review or Playback.
- There is no option for shooting in silence, and the shutter is quite noisy for a mirrorless camera.
- Eye sensor that is very sensitive There is no touchscreen.
- No programmable auto ISO