mick232: As for the RAW compression issue - the same compression algorithm is used in the A99 and other Sony cameras such as the RX1. Not the dpreview review of the A99 nor any other review I am aware of has found this to be an issue when they reviewed the A99.
Now that there is a hype around the issue all over, it suddenly is a big deal even in reviews. Doesn't make a lot of sense to me.
The A7S review points out the benefits of compression (smaller files, higher write speed). That part was unfortunately omitted in the A7II review.
The review also fails to clearly point out that the issue is not a general problem with A7II RAW files but affects a diminishingly small subset of all RAW images in extreme cases. ("Unfortunately, one persistent issue with Sony Raw files might limit the usability of Raw files, particularly when pushed.")
Millions of images have been taken with Sony cameras for years without anybody noticing the issue, including reviewers. It was first mentioned in 2014. Now it is presented as a problem that everybody knew about for ages ("Raw compression issues we've seen from lossy compression in many Sony cameras").
Much of the excitement about this issue is probably not even due to the practical implications of it but the contradiction of marketing claims ("14 bit RAW") and technical reality, which one could rightfully criticize.
As for the RAW compression issue - the same compression algorithm is used in the A99 and other Sony cameras such as the RX1. Not the dpreview review of the A99 nor any other review I am aware of has found this to be an issue when they reviewed the A99.
DenisBBergeron: How Sony Camera sensor can be worst than Nikon or Canon sensors ? Sony make sensors for both !
@Rishi Sanyal: if the isue shows up fairly frequently as you say, then why wasn't the issue noticed in the DPR A99 review? It uses the same cRAW compression algorithm as the A7 series.
In fact, 14-bit RAW is praised as an advantage of the A99 in that review. My theory is: there was no hype around this so-called issue back then, therefore nobody cared about it.
It doesn't get any truer the more often that myth is repeated. Lossy compression may cause slight degradation in extreme cases, but gets blown way out or proportion in the review and these comments.
The different scores in image quality compared to D750 seems to be blown way out of proportion by DPR. Besides, the 6D has higher scores than the A7II which totally contradicts what the review text says.
Bhima78: Mind boggled that the A7 II wins over the D750. Even though I have fully converted to mirrorless, if I had to buy a high end ILC, i'd get the one that actually has an amazing native lens library. Taken as a system, the D750 is leagues better.
It is "best product of 2014" not "what is your favorite system".
mpgxsvcd: The point of this lens is that it is supposed to be a high quality lens without a high quality price. There is no way of knowing if it really is a high quality lens yet. However, its price does look attractive. For movie shooters manual control is all they need.
@helltormentor I doubt the Canon is better than the Sony Zeiss 135/1.8
steelhead3: The lens is G rated...higher than the Zeisses.
Sony usually uses a G branding for zooms and the Zeiss branding for primes. Look at their latest investor relations presentation, it is explained there. Both are high quality brandings, and you can't make assumptions about one or the other being of higher quality.
AngryCorgi: Wait...I thought they closed their studio! Someone step on this slug and put it out of it's misery. Hassleblad has become a total joke.
Yes the design studio is closed - they found that asking the cleaning lady to design the camera will give them exactly the same result as asking the design studio. We may still see more of this stuff!
jtan163: Oly and Sony's partner ship pays off for Sony.This will be a total monster for adapting lenses.When the A7sII comes out it will be an even more incredible video camera.
@mister_roboto: you can probably also tell us that an Airbus is a Boeing design, right? They basically look the same after all.
ZoranHR: Big attention this camera gets. I would like Sony system continue to improve,there is a space. So far I m not interested. Battery life is poor. Also I would like to have an oportunity and see how it feels in hand with some proper glass. I m afraid FF lenses are heavy and whole package is akward to hold. But that I would have to see.
So you are telling us you do not buy an otherwise great camera because of what you call poor battery life? Seriously? You do know that batteries are exchangeable and cost next to nothing, right?
topstuff: So this has the IQ of a Nikon D750 in a much smaller package and a great EVF.
Whats not to like?
If Sony expand the lens range ( a fast 35mm prime please ) this would be perfect.
I wish my D810 had an EVF. Maybe the 2nd generation A7 is the answer.
I think the A7 was always worth waiting for the 2nd generation.
Isn't the Zeiss Loxia 35mm F2 fast enough?
Vasiliy Ivanov: Still no Fuji, this is not acceptable, bad soft.
It is acceptable for anyone except Fuji users.
dbo: Why is it mandatory to be a pro photographer?
I am advanced enthusiast, owning A900/A99/A7R/A7S and all G/Z lenses except 35G/70300G/500G.Not enough to be recognized as a support-worthy customer. Unbelievable.
F..k o.f, Sony...
MediaDigitalVideo: Can you use it as tennisball ?
Yes - but only once.
Frank_BR: Yes, human eyes also have liquid elements and variable lenses. Maybe you have two Canon lenses but never knew that.
Could be true - my eyes are getting worse and worse as time goes by.
mick232: Once people start getting laughed at because they are shooting with Canon gear, the alarm bells should be rining.
@CheetahCJ: sure, but it is the amateurs who bring revenue.
Once people start getting laughed at because they are shooting with Canon gear, the alarm bells should be rining.
This is really pathetic. Nothing to see here, please move along!
Sonyshine: 1" sensors hit a sweet spot for me. A great compromise between speed, size and IQ.
I wouldn't compromise on IQ. The higher the better. But of course, you could be different minded.