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Sony Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera - Body Only
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- World’s first 5-axis in-body image stabilization in a full-frame camera.
- Use your favorite lenses without blur from camera shake.
- Capture stunning images with full-frame, 24.3MP resolution.
- Fast hybrid AF with phase-detection - 30% faster than a7.
- Compatible with Sony’s E-mount lenses, and others with adaptors.
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||350 Photos|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony FE|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||5 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Tilting|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1230000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||24.3 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||25,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||50|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||JPEG (DCF 2.0, EXIF 2.3), RAW (ARW 2.3)|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/250 sec|
|Flash Type||via Multi Interface shoe|
|Focus Description||Fast Hybrid AF|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||SLR-style mirrorless|
|HDMI Type||micro-HDMI port with 4K still, uncompressed video output|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||3.78 x 2.36 x 5 inches|
|Item Weight||1.32 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||2 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.6 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||3.5 ounces|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Material Type||Magnesium alloy|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||6,000|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||24.3 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||Bionz X|
|Remote Control Description||wired|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Ultrasonic vibration, charge protection coating|
|Shipping Weight||2.05 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and charger|
|Video Capture Format||avchd;mpeg-4;xavc_s|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder Description||2359000 dots|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||3 in||2.95 in||3 in||0.5 in||3 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||2.36 x 5 x 3.78 in||2.8 x 15.7 x 2.13 in||6.1 x 9.61 x 5.67 in||1.89 x 5 x 3.7 in||6.1 x 9.61 x 5.67 in||1.89 x 5 x 3.7 in|
|Item Weight||1.32 lbs||0.91 lb||1.38 lbs||1.04 lbs||2.98 lbs||1.08 lbs|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||24.3 megapixels||24.2 megapixels||0 megapixels||24.3 megapixels||12.2 megapixels||12.2 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm)||aps-c||Full Frame||Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm)||Full Frame||APS-C|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd||4K (3840 x 2160)||other||1080p_hd||other||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder||LCD||electronic viewfinder||LCD||LCD||electronic viewfinder||LCD|
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Full-frame Mirrorless Camera
Minimize blur in every shot with the world’s first in-body 5-axis image stabilization in a full-frame camera. Best of all, it works with your favorite lenses. With 24.3MP resolution, super-fast autofocus and a compact design, you’ll capture breathtaking imagery and video that is more stable than ever.
World’s first 5-axis in-body image stabilization in a full-frame camera.
Reduce blur caused by camera shake from five different directions—vertical, horizontal, pitch, yaw and roll—as opposed to only two in previous systems. The 5-axis image stabilizing system excels during video recording and even compensates for blur caused by the photographer walking or running. It’s a true marvel of engineering.
Use your favorite lenses with minimized blur from camera shake.
With image stabilization built it into the body of the camera itself, mounted lenses—even A-mount or non-Sony lenses using an adaptor 2—can utilize the 5-axis image stabilization for both still images and video. It even enhances lenses that already have optical image stabilization systems.
Full-frame, 24.3MP resolution.
Capture stunning images with 24.3MP resolution, a 35mm full-frame sensor, a normal sensor range of ISO 100–25600, and a sophisticated balance of high-resolving power, gradation and low noise. The BIONZ X image processor enables up to 5 fps high-speed continuous shooting and high-50Mb/s XAVC S video recording.
Fast hybrid AF with phase-detection - 30% faster than α7.
This fast hybrid autofocus system utilizes 117 phase-detection points and 25 contrast-detection points. Updated from the α7, this new autofocus algorithm improves subject-tracking performance and focusing speed by approximately 30%.
Utilizes Sony’s E-mount lens system.
Take advantage of the growing family of E-mount lenses, including G Series and ZEISS. The E-mount lens system is particularly well-suited for video shooting, with a variety of models containing “movie-friendly” features like smooth focusing, powered zoom control and silent iris/aperture control.
High contrast, 2.4-million dot OLED EVF for eye-level framing.
View every scene in rich detail with the XGA OLED Tru-Finder, which features OLED improvements and 3-lens optical system. The viewfinder faithfully displays what will appear in your recording, including the effects of your camera settings, so you can accurately monitor the results. You’ll enjoy rich tonal gradations and high-end features like 100% frame coverage, a wide viewing angle, and more.
Record Full HD in XAVC S format up to 50Mb/s.
The α7II adopts the high bitrate, workflow-friendly XAVC S recording format in addition to AVCHD and MP4 codecs. XAVC S format allows for Full HD recording at a data rate of 50 mbps with lower compression for improved video quality. The α7II can record Full HD (1920x1080) at frame rates of 60p, 60i, 30p and 24p directly to a compatible memory card. Video modes can be changed from full-frame to APS-C (super 35mm equivalent) if desired, and in this crop mode, the camera can support high frame rate 120fps shooting at standard HD resolution (1280 x 720p), creating a 5x slow-motion effect.
3 LCD screen tilts up and down for easy high and low-angle framing.
The tiltable 3” (1,229k dots) Xtra Fine LCD Display makes it easy to photograph over crowds, or low to capture pets eye-to-eye by swinging up approx. 90° and down approx. 45°. Easily scroll through menus and preview life thanks to WhiteMagic technology that dramatically increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.
Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi/NFC.
Connectivity with smartphones for One-touch sharing/One-touch remote has been simplified with Wi-Fi/NFC control. In addition to Wi-Fi support for connecting to smartphones, α7II also supports NFC (near field communication) providing “one-touch connection” convenience when transferring images to Android smartphones and tablets with NFC. Simply touch devices to connect.
Tether your camera to a PC for Remote Camera Control.
Remote Camera Control allows you to control your α7II from your PC and transfer files using a USB cable. Feature control has also been updated to include video capture control.
Personalize your camera with PlayMemories Camera Apps.
Add new features to your α7II with PlayMemories Camera Apps. Find apps to fit your shooting style - with everything from portraits, detailed close-ups, sports, time lapse, motion shot and more. Use apps that shoot, share and save photos to your smartphone using Wi-Fi, making it easy to post photos directly to Facebook or backup images to the cloud without connecting to a computer.
Designed for a pro-workflow with Picture Profile, S-Log2 and time code.
The α7II is equipped with S-Log2 gamma. Common to Sony’s range of professional video cameras, S-Log2 expands the dynamic range by up to 1300% to minimize clipped highlights and loss of detail in shadows. The α7II include a picture profile that can adjust settings like gamma, black, level and color adjustment, and can be saved for use in a multi-camera shoot. It also has Full HD base band HDMI output, time code/user bit for easier editing, synchronous recording feature with compatible devices, various marker and zebra displays on both the LCD screen and viewfinder.
Compatible with professional microphone systems.
The α7II has a Multi-terminal interface shoe that is compatible with Sony’s XLR Adaptor Microphone Kits (XLR-K1M and XLR-K2M), allowing you to use professional microphone systems during recording.
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(NOTE: For more detailed photos and video, check out the A7ii review on my website [...]-- also do a search for "Loloho Photo YouTube" to find my VIDEO channel with lots of photo great reviews!)
The original A7 was named "camera of the year" for cramming a 24MP full frame sensor into a compact mirrorless body. How does Sony top it with the A7ii? By improving ergonomics, focus speed, video capabilities, and delivering a groundbreaking IN BODY image stabilization system - the world's first 5-Axis stabilized full frame sensor. This illustrates a couple of admirable characteristics about Sony's imaging division - they listen to customers, and they relentlessly innovate. When Sony updates a camera (which they do often), they deliver significant design changes that translate to real world improvement - not just megapixel boosts.
A note about lenses: the lens situation is improving. At the time of this writing, the best native prime lenses for the A7ii are the brilliant Zeiss 55 f1.8 and the Zeiss 35. I've heard the Zeiss 16-35 is outstanding but have not tried it yet. At Photokina Sony announced a number of new E-mount lenses that are expected to hit the market in 2015. I feel the sub-100mm range will soon be pretty well covered, especially once these new lenses hit the market. Of course with an inexpensive adapter, you can use just about any lens you please with an A7, and that's what makes these cameras so wonderful.
I bought my A7ii here on Amazon and got it the first day of release. In this review, I'm going to assume you know the basics about the A7 series, and go straight to the pros and cons of the new camera. For more files and video about the camera, check out my site. [...]
*In Body Steadyshot - This is the marquee feature and for good reason. Now ALL of your lenses have image stabilization - including those 40-year old Nikkors and Leicas. It's amazing and it works. Of course the stabilization is more helpful with lenses towards the telephoto end of the spectrum. I've tried it with my 105mm and 300mm Nikkor primes with impressive results. With native E-mount lenses that deliver focus distance information, you get full 5-Axis stabilization. If there's no electronic communication with the camera to transmit focus distance (as with older legacy lenses) you get 3-Axis stabilization. Note that for legacy lenses, you'll want to manually specify the focal length to ensure the best results. And yes, Steadyshot works a treat for handheld video too. Shortly after the A7ii hit the market, Sony released a firmware update (version 1.1) that improved the in camera Steadyshot and squashed an annoying bug - if you get an A7ii, MAKE CERTAIN that you are running the latest firmware!
*Shutter release - The shutter release has been moved forward on the camera body to a more natural location. It's now right where your finger expects it to be. Alas, it's flat across the top like most DSLRs, so there's no possibility of a cable or soft shutter release.
*Better Grip - The new hand grip is thicker and easier for my hand to grasp. The new grip extends about 10mm further from the body. The new grip contributes to the apparent size increase in the A7ii.
*Improved Autofocus - Sony is claiming 30% better autofocus performance. While many were hoping for AF as fast as the a6000, unfortunately it's not there yet. But Sony has improved the focusing algorithms to elicit noticeably better performance. I've had good success with facial recognition, eye focus, and object tracking. A7ii autofocus is good; I have no major complaints, but it's not as fast as a DSLR or the a6000 (a camera I also own and enjoy).
*Build quality - More magnesium is now used in the camera body, and it's obvious. The camera feels solid and reassuring in the hands, like it's been carved out of metal. Even the buttons and control dials add to the premium feel of the camera.
*Video - The A7ii has several notable video improvements. High quality 50 Mbps XAVC S codec is now included. Built in stabilization is a HUGE help with nonstabilized lenses. Now ALL your fast primes are stabilized for video! And the camera includes a S-LOG picture profile with enhanced dynamic range that's useful for color grading.
*Wifi - This is not a new feature, but Sony has done a nice job integrating wifi into the camera. The wifi integration really showcase Sony's prowess as a tech company (Nikon and Canon have badly lagged behind in this department, IMHO). We are already taking this stuff for granted, but it's really kind of incredible to remotely control your camera from your tablet or phone -- with a live image view, no less. If you want to quickly share photos from your full frame camera to social media, it's been made easy for you, no clunky adapters required. Sony needs to do a better job highlighting these features, because they are great.
*Alpha menus - Sony has now standardized the Alpha menu system across several different camera bodies. It's a clean, logical user interface that works well. With a little practice, it's remarkably easy to access the features you need quickly. The upshot? You spend less time "menu diving" and more time taking photos.
*EVF - The A7ii electronic viewfinder is essentially the same as the A7, but it should be noted that it's great. The EVF is what allows Sony to squeeze down the body size of the A7 series. Once you get used to having focus assist and peaking (and the results of your shot) available inside the EVF, you will love it. What once seemed like a drawback of mirrorless cameras is now a huge advantage.
*Metal lens mount - The A7ii lens mount is more robust than that of the first gen cameras. No wiggle! Lenses mount nice and tight to the body.
*More customizable buttons - There are now four customizable "C" buttons to which you can assign your favorite functions, like eye autofocus, focus assist, white balance.
*Articulating LCD screen - The articulating LCD screen merits a mention because so many DSLRs still do not include the feature. Once you've shot with an articulating screen, you don;t want to go without one. The LCD screen provides a decent range of motion for high and low angle shots.
*Startup time - Startup time of the camera has been improved, which means fewer missed shots.
*Matte finish - This is a matter of taste, but I like the matte finish of the A7ii.
*Weight - Weight has increased over the original A7 by 146 grams or 5.15 ounces to 599 grams. This is no small increase (a 26% gain over the A7, to be precise). When packing camera gear, every ounce matters. If it gets much heavier, we're losing a key advantage of mirrorless. Yet to be fair, at 599 grams the A7ii is still lighter than the Nikon Df (760g), Canon 6D (760g), Canon 5D Mark III (950g) and Nikon D800 (980g). Of course none of those competing cameras offer in body image stabilization, or many of the other features of the A7ii. So the A7ii remains lighter than the competition while offering a uniquely powerful functionality. If the added weight is a deal killer for you, there's always the original A7. Personally, I decided that the extra features are worth the cost in weight.
*Girth- The A7ii body is not quite as svelte as the original A7. Thickness of the body itself has increased by a couple of mm. It seems more pronounced because the new grip extends a good 10mm further than the old. The A7ii is (dare I say it?) a bit chunky. The body has become more like a blend of mirrorless and DSLR. I suspect that the average non-photographer would glance at this camera and assume it is a small DSLR. Note that for some people this minus will actually be a plus. Why? Because the camera handles larger/heavier lenses with better ergonomics.
*Small control wheels - This is a nitpick, but the fore and aft control wheels are small and almost flush with the body. A larger size would provide better tactile feel.
*No 4k video - Not a major omission to me, but the lack of 4k is a disappointment. I think it would have been easy for Sony to include 4k, but the marketing department must have other plans. If you must have 4k, you want the A7S.
*No silent shutter - The shutter noise is improved over the original A7, but it's not the dead silent shutter of the A7S.
*Antialiasing filter - The A7ii has a low pass filter. I'd prefer they omit it.
*Poor Apps Implementation - The original idea of offering apps is a good one, but unfortunately the PlayMemories apps have been poorly implemented by Sony. The PlayMemories store has a few worthwhile offerings, but as of this writing one of the best (time lapse) isn't compatible with the A7ii. Sony needs to open up the app store to allow outside development to make the most of this functionality. (Imagine how lame iTunes or Android would be if Apple/Google provided all the apps! That's what we're getting now from Sony.) Please, Sony - either do a better job with the PlayMemories app store, or just go ahead and include the app features in our cameras from day one.
*Battery charger not included - Battery life is not a strength of these cameras (rated at 350 shots per charge) so you will want extra batteries. If you want an external battery charger, you've got to buy your own. I have several batteries and prefer to charge the extras while still having my camera free to use.
*Questionable flash options - There's no onboard flash, and Sony's flash offerings are disappointing. No sync speed higher than 1/250. I don't often do flash photography, but there are times when it is necessary. Personally I would appreciate an onboard bounceable flash like that of the a6000 (the a6000 flash works great in this respect) or even a small fill flash like the X100 series.
Whether you want an A7ii really boils down to two words : STEADYSHOT INSIDE. With the A7ii, it's all about image stabilization. The in body stabilization is actually a big deal. That's why you pay the premium for this camera over a first generation body. If you shoot with lenses that lack OSS (and that includes all legacy lenses) then it makes sense to get the A7ii. It's like getting a nice across-the-board upgrade to your lens collection. It's extremely cool to attach a 40-year old Nikkor 105mm and enjoy the benefits of stabilization. I have a host of Nikkors and some unstabilized E-mount (including the superb Zeiss FE55) that benefit.
Of course the ergonomic improvements of the A7ii are welcome. I'm sure that many professionals will upgrade to the A7ii simply for the relocated shutter release button and improved grip.
The 24MP sensor of the A7ii is basically the same as that used in the A7. If you want a high resolution mirrorless monster, you want the A7R.
If you are heavily interested in VIDEO, your decision may come down to the A7ii versus the A7S. You might think of it this way: the A7S is a video camera that takes stills, while the A7ii is a stills camera that takes great video. While "steadyshot inside" certainly helps with handheld shooting of video on the A7ii, lowlight performance trails the A7S. If you must have the King of Lowlight Video, you still want the A7S.
Because I shoot both video and stills I debated between the A7ii and the A7S. It was a difficult choice, but I ultimately decided that the superlative all around performance of the A7ii was best for me.
I have owned (and in some cases still own) cameras from Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Fuji, and Olympus. At the moment there's literally not an apples-for-apples competitor to this Sony camera. I buy the camera that is the best for my needs and am not loyal to one brand. Lately it seems that SONY is the company that's delivering innovation and excitement in this space. While Nikon and Canon have gingerly tested the waters of mirrorless camera design (no doubt to protect their existing DSLR product lines), Sony has been fearlessly pushing ahead with groundbreaking technology. Sony makes the sensors, and is hungry for market share; we photographers are reaping the benefits.
Today, I find the A7ii the best general purpose full frame camera on the market. It's compact, solidly built but not too heavy, plays nice with a huge number of lenses, and is packed full of AMAZING technology. It just does everything (stills and video) very well. And by the way, the price is quite reasonable considering all it delivers. It's one of the most affordable full frame cameras you can buy. If you purchase one, I think you will enjoy it.
It FEELS amazing in the hand - like a serious piece of equipment. The menu is simple to understand and yet very powerful allowing you to customize the camera and buttons until your heart is content. The reviews bashing the autofocus don't really make sense to me. I have never owned a DSLR but not once have I felt it as hunting too long for focus either with a prime or my 70-200.
The main reason people go for this camera is the advantage of mirrorless allowing you to see the shot composed in the viewfinder and the size/weight. The advantage of this specific model is the stabilization - I can handhold with my 70-200 with no problem which is reason enough for me to own this camera. Can you get a similar specd camera for less - sure - but you get what you pay for and I still think this is priced extremely well.
First the good stuff. This is a step to the big leagues of full frame cameras at an entry point that could not be imagined a few years back. The sensor is getting a little long in the tooth but you are getting the steady shot upgrade and a redesign of the exterior. All told a solid improvement over the A7 especially when you take into account you're getting that all magnesium body this time around.
Now the not so good stuff. What is it with Sony? They have been making consumer electronics for a very long time and cameras even before they bought out Minolta. So why is it they still can not do a camera menu that is not a ball of hurt? Going from the A77 to the A7 was a much more frustrating experience than I could of imagined. Why couldn't Sony have transferred the A mount D pad over to its full frame E mount cameras? Why did it have to stick with this God-awful mess of button mashing and wheel spinning that is the E mount experience? And why are important (to me) functions scattered from Hell to breakfast? Why is all that crap on the view back of the camera and why can't I easily get rid of it like I can in the A77? And why for the love of God is the shutter so noisy? It's a mirror-less camera, that means mirror slap has been eliminated, which means the camera should not sound like I'm cocking a hunting rifle purpose built for Cape Buffalo.
These are tiny little gnats in the ointment to be sure but they are there none the less. One would think that Sony could have at least come up with a more user friendly camera menu between the two models. If there is one complaint I read over and over again from Nikon and Cannon shooters is the Byzantine menu structure of Sony's camera menus. I used to think this just sour grape-ing or old dog refusing to learn new tricks. I saw a little bit of this in the A77, which had its own oddities but the A77 is a paragon of clarity compared to the Menu structure of the A7ii. Sony really needs to pare down the bloat and bring critical functions like manual focus assist to the fore. I'll fiddle with the shooting styles in post thank you very much, keep that stuff off the camera proper so I can do HDR and Multiple exposure. This is a full frame camera give me some credit for knowing what I'm doing.
End results are everything I hoped, the camera does shoot wonderful images and when shoved into the primary exposure modes of Manual, Aperture or Shutter it works beautifully. Put it in Auto though and weirdness ensues. All of a sudden you're back in the menu resetting things you did not want meddled with.
One last thing: Batteries. Get at least two if you are going to do anything more than casual shooting. Between getting acquainted with the menu and shooting pictures plus leaning how the camera works with bounced flash I easily ate up one battery and went through about a quarter of another without even trying. Your mileage may vary but I would not depend on it. If you are going on a trip bring three to four batteries and a charger to be on the safe side.
Every camera has a learning curve. This one does as well. I just wish that Sony would take a page from either Apple or Google and make their IO cleaner. The hardware is excellent for the most part, there was a trade off of small batteries for small foot print, which I understand. There was also the trade off of getting steady shot and NFS but keeping the older sensor, fair enough. There is better build quality all around, which is a good thing offset by a rather noisy shutter, which is not so good because this is mirror-less camera. But the real block to getting five stars has to be the menu / set up. It just should not be this hard. This is something an Engineer came up with, not a photographer nor a real live human being. A lot of this stuff just does not belong on a prosumer Full Frame camera, it's just spaghetti tossed against the wall, GE-gaws that will be tried once or twice and never used again. Much of it could go away and would never be missed.Maybe in the A7III? The set up menu Sony--fix it.
At the end of the day, the gear matters a little, but it's 90%+ about the photographer. This camera is certainly up to the task in skilled hands.
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