I have an a7s1 and love everything about it except the buttons. Because of its smaller body compared to traditional DSLRs, I understand the buttons have to be smaller and packed into more cramped spaces, but it is not good for me personally. The a7rII looks to be identical in physical dimensions so I don't imagine the buttons to be any better. Again, I love the technical abilities and cannot fault the image quality, but the buttons...
I will allow that I've been using SLRs for close to 20 years and am familiar with that size/heft/feel, so of course the Alpha buttons will feel too small for me. The above is just a personal preference.
I'm not a fan of the hood-style cap but have no concern about its optical quality based on Sigma's previous offerings.
samhain: Very impressive lens, sigma is really on a roll. Making Canon/Nikon lens division look like they're stuck in molasses :)
Not moronic at all. Sigma's 35/1.4 at its price point was a major breakthrough. No longer did we have to pay through the nose for excellent quality. Even the recently released Canon 35/1.4 II is only a tiny bit better than the now-old Sigma, at 3x the price.
Sigma also had the 18-35 f/2 at a really low price, and so on and so forth... Basically Sigma has been producing equal or better lenses for a much lower price than Canon equivalents. No Sigma Art lens has been called inferior. The only gripe is slightly inconsistent focus but the optics are top-notch.
In that sense, Canon and Nikon are forced to control their price point in order not to be outsold in their own markets. Well done, Sigma.
Mssimo: This will be a game changer for a huge online video industry no one ever likes to talk about.
@Photato shhhhhhh!!! You just tabooed it! ;)
I get your reference.
dash2k8: The problem with all these new lightweight drones is just that, their weight. The lighter they are, the more they are buffeted by winds. Products such as this will not do well in windy cities like San Francisco or Chicago except on the calmest of days. I'm sure there's a market for these simple-to-fly drones and I have nothing against that. I just hope buyers will understand the limitations of their new buy.
Lastly, I absolutely do not agree with the sentiment behind "crashing a drone is a WHEN." Yes, these things can fall, but so can real airplanes and we don't argue that it's unsafe to travel by air. If crashing a drone is a serious concern, then why have all the major news stations taken to gather news over the air? Drone crash rates are extremely low when handled by those with experience. Look at all the hexacopter and octocopters on the market. Is it because drones are inherently dangerous? Absolutely not. The heavier they are, they harder it is for them to crash because they have all those motors to hold them up. Calibrated correctly and supplied with enough power, they can come come back down one or even two rotors. Anything not correctly calibrated can crash, including our cars, but we don't avoid driving, do we?
I respectfully disagree. I've flown my older Phantom 2 in very windy conditions by the sea and it can hold on very well. A big drain to battery for sure, but the footage looks absolutely rock steady. Sometimes a job requires the shot and you can't wait for the wind to die down. A sturdier (heavier) drone can handle stronger winds. It's just how weight works. Just out of curiosity, which drone do you own?
I also do not think that the landing gear of the Phantom plays any significant role in aerodynamics. The legs are so thin! But don't take my word for it, I've asked my peers who are into aerial video and they do not think the legs affect wind resistance much.
Pierre Louis: At that price, who would go for this vs a Phantom 3?
I stand corrected on the sensor! But I still do not believe that the lightweight is a minus against winds. Unless this thing's propellers are much bigger and more powerful than a Phantom, there's just no physical way it can hold its position against the wind. But I do appreciate you pointing out the sensor size.
@VR, let me begin by saying I have nothing bad to say about your product, but as an owner of multiple class drones (little toy drones for my kids to hexacopters), I cannot fully agree with your overly vague opinion of your product. "Equal to the Phantom 3" is not close to the truth. The P3 has a much bigger sensor camera, has greater torque, is heavier and thus more wind-resistant, can fly nav points...
I agree that it is more portable by far and much safer for sure, but I'd also appreciate an honest assessment, not marketing speak. Your product is not a direct competitor to the P3 and that's no problem. Diff product for diff people, but definitely not remotely similar or "equal."
The problem with all these new lightweight drones is just that, their weight. The lighter they are, the more they are buffeted by winds. Products such as this will not do well in windy cities like San Francisco or Chicago except on the calmest of days. I'm sure there's a market for these simple-to-fly drones and I have nothing against that. I just hope buyers will understand the limitations of their new buy.
dash2k8: Hate the slideshow format.
LOL OK, I "dislike" the slideshow format. ;)
dash2k8: I bought the a7s, loved it (except the position of the REC button) and will buy this as soon as it's out. Hell, I'm going to preorder it now.
They should, shouldn't they?
nerd2: So $3000 12MP camera with good ISO 400000... sounds just as absurd as $3000 50MP camera.
"Not really. Use-able ISO only goes to ISO 50000".
Actually no, it's clean up to 51,200, usable up to 200k, where you can then use noise removal in post. Very handy for dark situations when you want to be discrete.
RichRMA: Given the choice, would anyone really pay as much for that body as a Nikon D810? If you put the two side by side, you'd have to ask yourself, "Were did the money go, Sony?"
The Nikon D810 is a PHOTO camera with video abilities slapped on. The a7sII is a VIDEO camera with photo abilities slapped on. As someone above said, internal 4K and all that other stuff at this price is a bargain.
Snapper2013: A lot of long sad faces here going by the comments. :-(
To be fair, it IS called the a7sII, so an upgrade is more realistic than a completely new camera.
skysi: Great, but why make a video centered camera in the awkward film camera form? Make it look like a convenient to hold video camera that has the added benefit of shooting 12MP stills.
The small form factor makes it easy to run-n-gun, and you can also put it on a tripod for serious work. The Canon 5D2 proved that a video camera can be sold in a photo camera body.
I disagree that this is a competitor to the XC10, which is closer to a traditional camcorder. In all aspects this thing will shoot much better video than the XC10.
As others have said, this is not a "12MP photo camera." This is a video camera through and through, with photo abilities added on as a perk. Anyone looking for a good PHOTO camera will be better served with other bodies.
I bought the a7s, loved it (except the position of the REC button) and will buy this as soon as it's out. Hell, I'm going to preorder it now.
I prefer all the descriptions in one page, it's just a personal reading preference.
Hate the slideshow format.