Sony Alpha 7 II

Announced Nov 20, 2014 •
24 megapixels | 3 screen | Full frame sensor
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Product description
Announced Nov 20, 2014

The Sony Alpha 7 II is the follow-up to the original Alpha 7 and adds 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization to its 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor. The a7 II continues to use a Hybrid AF system and it is 30% faster and 1.5X better than tracking compared to its predecessor. From a design standpoint, additional improvements in this model include more rugged build quality, a new front dial, and a relocated shutter release button.

While the cameras can use any E-mount lens, there will be a crop factor involved (unless you don't mind vignetting). Sony is producing a new line of FE-series lenses that take advantage of the larger sensor.

The A7 II continues to use the new Sony Bionz X processor, which produces images with better detail, less noise, and reduced diffraction. Other features include a 3-inch, tilting LCD, XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, Multi-interface (hot) shoe, Wi-Fi with NFC, and 1080/60p video recording - now with XAVC S and a 'flat' picture profile.

Product timeline
Review, Mar 31, 2015
Roundup, Dec 7, 2014
Quick specs
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO 100-25600
Lens mount Sony E (NEX)
Focal length mult. 1×
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,230,000
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
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)
GPS None

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Our review

The Alpha 7 II continues to push Sony's full frame mirrorless line of cameras into ground-breaking territory. It is the only full frame mirrorless camera to offer in-body image stabilization systems and its performance is excellent. The body is comfortable to shoot with and offers a broad set of features that should appeal to both still and video shooters. Unfortunately the a7 II's high ISO image quality is not as good as other full framers. Raw files are also less malleable than the competition and JPEGs tend to suffer from aggressive noise reduction.

Good for: Those seeking a well-priced, feature-packed full frame camera that can be used for both stills and video. Also third-party and adapted lens users who crave image stabilization.

Not so good for: Fans of low light photography, sports shooters and street photographers seeking a quiet, small camera.

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Sony a7 II Uncompressed Raw Samples
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