Sony's Alpha 7R II breaks a lot of new ground in terms of photographic technology. Its 42MP chip is the first full-frame backside-illuminated sensor, and it's bolstered by a 5-axis stabilization system. We've been testing its autofocus and low light capabilities, and now we've put it in front of our studio test scene. Find out if a BSI sensor gives it an edge over its peers.

We've even shot our scene using a fully electronic shutter, or the camera's completely 'silent mode' that is, literally, silent.* Cameras offering this mode in the past have typically had a noise penalty associated with its use, so the results with the a7R II may surprise you.

Now would also be a great time to take a look at this normalized Raw comparison vs. the company's own low resolution 12MP a7S, the a7R II's 36MP predecessor at a full EV lower ISO setting, and the 24MP Nikon D750. Or this one vs. a few other immediate peers. Do you still believe that more pixels necessarily mean more noise?

* You'll note an additional drop-down menu for our a7R II shots. Here, 'Std Shutter' refers to electronic first curtain shutter (EFCS), while 'E-Shutter' refers to full electronic. Our policy is to shoot every camera with EFCS enabled if it is offered, hence why this mode is classified as 'standard'. This is to maximize sharpness, and we've rarely, if ever, seen a noise penalty to shooting EFCS.