Sony Alpha a7R II Price in USA

Sony Alpha a7R II Price in US

The Sony a7R II is a 42-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera that has a hybrid autofocus system and the ability to record 4K video. It also features the world’s first (and presently only) 35mm backside-illuminated CMOS sensor. It is the second high-resolution ‘R’ model in the company’s a7 lineup of full frame cameras and the fifth in the company’s a7 series of full frame cameras. It is arguable that the R II marks just as important a step forward in photography technology as did the very first full-frame mirrorless models, despite the fact that both its name and design are extremely identical to that of the original set of a7s.

There are two sides to this argument, and both are as compelling. Despite the fact that the body of the a7R II is very identical to that of the 24MP a7 II (although with a more robust magnesium alloy build).

Sony Alpha a7R II Price in USA

The first is that it is the first full frame camera to include a sensor that is based on BSI CMOS technology. This makes it an industry first. Although Sony has always emphasized that the benefits of BSI designs are most valuable in small sensors, the application of BSI on larger scales should reduce the pixel-level disadvantages of moving to higher pixel counts. This should allow for higher pixel counts to be used without sacrificing image quality (which means an improvement in quality when viewed at a standard output size).

Second, and perhaps most surprisingly, the camera’s phase-detection autofocus capabilities have been improved to the point where it not only focuses quickly and accurately with its own lenses, but it can also do so with lenses that were designed for other systems. This allows the camera to work with a wider variety of lenses. This might not seem like a significant concern until you consider what Sony needs to accomplish in order to make the camera a success: win over dedicated photographers, the majority of whom are already committed to using other platforms.

The remainder of the camera’s primary characteristics are just what you would anticipate from a high-resolution camera of this caliber, including a weather-sealed body made of magnesium alloy, twin control dials, broad customisation of control points, and 5 frames per second shooting.

However, the camera’s video capabilities are definitely something that should be brought up. Internal recording of 4K (UHD) video is possible with the a7R II, just as it is with the recently introduced and more video-oriented a7S II. However, in contrast to the a7S II, its sensor possesses sufficient resolution to permit shooting with either a Super 35 (or APS-C equivalent) cut or a near full-frame crop. When shooting in Super 35 4K, the camera really does oversampling, which should make it easier to keep moiré under control. Although our testing reveals that this isn’t precisely the case, these two modes are supposed to provide you the option of choosing between the shallow depth-of-field and low-light performance of utilizing the entire sensor or the effective additional reach and broader lens compatibility of Super 35 mode.

Even while the a7R II only provided Sony’s lossy compressed Raw files when it was first released, which can decrease the flexibility of the files when being processed, the company has promised a firmware upgrade that would allow uncompressed 14-bit Raws to be used with the camera. These uncompressed files serve as the basis for our examination of the dynamic range and the Raw format, respectively.

Sony Alpha a7R II Specifications

Price
MSRP$3199/ €3500 (body only)
Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution7952 x 5304
Other resolutions3:2, full-frame (5168 x 3448, 3984 x 2656), APS-C (5168 x 3448, 3984 x 2656, 2592 x 1728); 16:9, 35mm (7952 x 4472, 5168 x 2912, 3984 x 2240), APS-C (5168 x 2912, 3984 x 2240, 2592 x 1456)
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels42 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors44 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor size notesBSI-CMOS full-frame sensor. No optical low-pass filter
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorBionz X
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-25600 (expands to 50-102400)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)102400
White balance presets10
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notes5-axis (4.5 stops per CIPA standard)
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsExtra fine, fine, standard
File formatJPEG (DCF 2.0, EXIF 2.3)RAW (ARW 2.3)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4X)
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points399
Lens mountSony E
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,228,800
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.78×
Viewfinder resolution2,359,296
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Exposure modesAutoProgramAperture priorityShutter priorityManual
Scene modesPortraitLandscapeMacroSports ActionSunsetNight PortraitNight SceneHand-held TwilightAnti Motion Blur
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash modesFlash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction, Hi-speed sync, Wireless
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuousSelf-timer (single/continuous)Bracketing (single/continuous)WB bracketingDRO bracketing
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
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)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
Resolutions3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Videography notesheadphone and microphone ports, XLR support via adapter
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI port with 4K still, uncompressed video output)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlYes (wired or via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)290
Weight (inc. batteries)625 g (1.38 lb / 22.05 oz)
Dimensions127 x 96 x 60 mm (5 x 3.78 x 2.36″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (via downloadable app)
GPSNone
8Expert Score
Good

The Sony a7R II is a compact and lightweight camera that shoots stills at 42 megapixels and 4K video. Electronic shutters and image stabilization built directly into the bodies of the cameras produce photos and videos of a high quality that are far more difficult to achieve with similar DSLRs, if they can be achieved at all. The a7R II’s BSI-CMOS sensor helps it achieve class-leading low light performance as well as a dynamic range that is respectable. Additionally, the a7R II includes a revolutionary on-sensor phase detection AF that has the ability to focus non-native lenses in addition to having the widest coverage of any full-frame camera.

Build quality
7.5
Ergonomics & handling
7
Features
9.5
Image quality
9.5
Performance
6.5
Connectivity
8
Value
8
Pros
  • Raw performance that is unrivaled in its class in low light, courtesy of the world's first BSI full-frame CMOS sensor Impressive dynamic range in Raw, even at high ISOs.
  • It is possible to operate the camera while the USB is charging, which is handy in an emergency.
  • One-touch enlargement of the AF point in the picture review, allowing for a speedy check of the focus.
  • Programmable at the Highest Level in its Class Auto ISO implementation
  • Video with definitive autofocus and recognition of faces
  • A comprehensive collection of video support capabilities, such as S-Log2, Zebras, and peaking Razor-sharp 4K footage captured from the Super35 section of the sensor
  • The most comprehensive AF frame coverage in the industry
  • It is a pleasure to photograph in silence, and the expense in terms of image noise is minor.
  • The world's first full-frame mirrorless camera that can legitimately compete with DSLR phase-detection systems
  • Continuous focusing in low light is on par with or better than that of DSLRs with fast prime lenses.
  • Autofocus technology that is revolutionary for third-party lenses
  • Continuous Eye-AF provides a hit rate that is unprecedented for candid, event, and portrait photography.
  • JPEG images may take use of a wide dynamic range thanks to DRO and S-Log2
  • IBIS and electronic first curtain make high resolution imaging simple.
  • JPEGs that have dramatically increased quality, with high-end sharpening and well calibrated noise reduction.
Cons
  • No direct AF point control
  • Eye-AF and Lock-on AF are not accessible with third-party lenses, nor do they work in video Subject tracking in video is subpar, and the fully automatic "Wide" mode has a tendency to randomly hop to the background or between subjects in scenarios with several subjects and moving objects.
  • Insignificant interactions between items on the menu result in a subpar user experience and an excessive number of unavailable options.
  • The benefit that full frame sensors provide in low light is seldom demonstrated in video.
  • Viewfinder eye sensor is over-sensitive
  • Because the buffer is slow to empty, doing a rapid image review and checking the focus might be challenging.
  • The buttons and dials are either excessively tiny, recessed, or squishy. One of the three.
  • Freezing the exposure parameters while the shutter is only halfway down (save for Dial EV Comp)
  • Not a touchscreen device.
  • When shooting continuously, the camera switches to 12-bit mode, which reduces the dynamic range.
  • When AF-C is engaged, the camera focuses more slowly, which frequently renders AF unusable at narrow apertures or in dim light.
  • Very short lifespan for the battery
  • Lock-on AF continues to be inconsistent and unexpected in many situations.
  • There is no Raw conversion done in-camera.

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