Sony Alpha A7 Ii Mirrorless Review

By | 21/10/2022

October 16 of 2013 marks an important milestone in the history of photography, because information technology is the engagement when Sony announced world’s first full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Sony A7 and A7R. The Sony A7, beingness the cheaper model aimed for general utilize, sports a 24 MP sensor and offers hybrid autofocus, while the A7R with its high resolution 36 MP sensor is targeted at more specific types of photography including landscape, architecture, studio and production photography.

Sony A7 II

Since the official release of these cameras, I had a run a risk to test both in 2014 as soon every bit they were bachelor. Yet, I did not write detailed reviews for a number of reasons including native lens shortage and availability, all kinds of initial firmware bugs and lags, shutter vibrations (A7R), slow first upwards fourth dimension, compressed RAW, terrible carte system, poor battery life and a number of other annoying issues. On top of that, 2014 was also a year of personal transformation for me, and then I was incredibly busy trying to shuffle a lot of things at the aforementioned fourth dimension.

To put it short, my lack of time and my negative feel with these cameras contributed to reviews existence put off for a later date. When Sony released the A7S a chip subsequently, I did not run into drastic changes aside from the camera sensor, and then I put off reviewing that camera for a while every bit well. Still, when Sony announced the 2nd iteration of the A7-series, the A7 II, I immediately requested a review unit for evaluation. By so, Sony already had a few more native lenses to choose from and I had high hopes that Sony perhaps addressed many of the concerns from the original A7 in this new camera.

In addition, the Sony A7 Two came with in-torso prototype stabilization (IBIS), which interested me a lot – with then many different adapters available for other lens mounts, the A7 II looked rather promising as a versatile tool that could stabilize pretty much any lens on the market. And that in itself sounded really good, so off I went with my journey to assess the new Sony A7 2.

With its $1,699 MSRP price tag, the full-frame Sony A7 Ii offers quite a bit as a digital camera and packs a lot of improvements over the original A7: much better ergonomics (cheers to the bigger and more textured grip), congenital-in 5-centrality epitome stabilization, faster hybrid AF arrangement, faster start-up time and a few other small-scale tweaks here and at that place. Information technology has the amazing 24 MP Sony sensor, like to what the Nikon D610 and D750 cameras feature, with superb dynamic range and excellent handling of noise at high ISOs. It might expect like a small incremental upgrade over the A7 at first, just when you consider the above changes, particularly the inclusion of IBIS, it certainly becomes a very different, more applied and capable camera in comparison.

When Sony initially launched the A7 series, I wrote a detailed article on how the Sony mirrorless would most likely impact Nikon and Canon total-frame DSLR prices and potentially sales. Although information technology is hard to say exactly how much the company has impacted DSLR sales, I believe that Sony was 1 of the main reasons why both Nikon and Canon dropped prices on their D610 and 6D cameras by thirty% to around the $1500 mark to stay competitive. Sony definitely stirred up the total-frame camera marketplace with the A7 series cameras.

Sony A7 II Image Samples (29)
ILCE-7M2 + Iron 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS @ 41mm, ISO 100, fifteen/1, f/8.0

I besides believe that Sony did a good job with introducing the idea of using like photographic camera construction, simply with different sensors for dissimilar photography needs. I personally would welcome Nikon D810-way bodies with 12 MP, 24 MP and 36 MP sensors instead of feature-stripped cameras at completely dissimilar price points. That would alleviate the pain of many photographers, as they would be able to choose a camera based on their megapixel and other shooting needs. Here is a short summary of the iii Sony A7-series cameras and the type of photography they are intended for:

  • Sony A7S (12.2 MP):
    Astro / Dark photography, Result, Portraiture, Photojournalism and Video
  • Sony A7 / A7 Two (24.3 MP):
    Sports / Action, Consequence, Portraiture and Other general photography
  • Sony A7R (36.four MP):
    Compages, Mural, Studio, Style, Production and Macro photography

A detailed comparison of specifications can exist constitute further down on this page.

Sony A7 Ii Specifications

  • Sensor: 24.3 MP Sony Exmor™ Full-Frame CMOS image sensor
  • Autofocus Organisation: Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/dissimilarity-detection AF)
  • Autofocus Points (35mm full frame): 117 points (phase-detection AF)
  • Autofocus Points (APS-C): 99 points (phase-detection AF) / 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
  • Continuous Shooting: 5 fps
  • Electronic Viewfinder: XGA OLED with 2,359K dots, 100% field coverage
  • Viewfinder Magnification: 0.71x
  • Moving picture: Full HD picture shooting 60p/60i/50p/50i/25p/24p
  • Film Effects: xiii modes
  • Panorama Mode: Yep
  • HDR Adequacy: Yep
  • Battery Life: Upwards to 270 images (Viewfinder) and 350 images (LCD)
  • LCD: Tiltable iii″ LCD with 1,228K dots
  • Image Stabilization: SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization with 5-axis compensation
  • Shutter: Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
  • Electronic Front Pall Shutter: Yes, On/Off
  • Wi-Fi Capability: Built-in
  • Weight: 556g trunk-only
  • Price (MSRP): $1,699

Detailed technical specifications for the Sony A7 Two are available at Sony.internet.

Sony A7 II vs A7

So what are the cardinal differences between the Sony A7 II and the original A7 and what has inverse? As I have already mentioned higher up, the A7 Ii now has 5-centrality in-trunk image stabilization (IBIS), which down-grades to 3-axis IBIS when non-native lenses are used. The A7 Two has an improved hybrid AF system, which Sony claims to exist upwardly to 30% faster. Ergonomics have been greatly improved thank you to a much larger and more comfortable grip and the shutter release along with some buttons take been changed and moved as well (more than on ergonomic changes in the next page of the review). The original Sony A7 had a combination of magnesium alloy and polycarbonate in terms of construction, while the new A7 II has a full magnesium alloy construction like the A7S and A7R cameras. Although in that location is no 4K recording, the A7 II has improved video features thanks to XAVC S codec and flat picture profile (South-Log2) to brand it more appealing for those who like shooting high definition video. There are other slight carte du jour changes and tweaks. Other than these changes, everything else, including the 24 MP sensor and the image processor are the same.

Sony A7 II Image Samples (17)
ILCE-7M2 + Iron 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS @ 42mm, ISO 100, two/i, f/8.0

Sony A7 vs A7 Two vs A7R vs A7S

And hither is a detailed comparing of specifications from the four cameras:

Camera Feature Sony A7S Sony A7 Sony A7 2 Sony A7R
Sensor Size 35.viii x 23.9mm 35.eight x 23.9mm 35.eight x 23.9mm 35.9 x 24.0mm
Sensor Resolution 12.2 MP 24.iii MP 24.3 MP 36.3 MP
Sensor Pixel Size 8.44µm 5.97µm 5.97µm 4.88µm
Sensor Anti-Aliasing Filter Yes Aye Yeah No
In-Trunk Image Stabilization No No Yes, v-axis No
Image Size 4,240 x 2,832 vi,000 10 4,000 6,000 10 4,000 7,360 x 4,912
Viewfinder Type, Dots, Coverage EVF, two.4 Chiliad dots, 100% EVF, 2.4 M dots, 100% EVF, 2.four M dots, 100% EVF, 2.iv M dots, 100%
Born Wink No No No No
Storage Media, Type 1x SD, UHS-i 1x SD, UHS-1 1x SD, UHS-1 1x SD, UHS-1
Continuous Shooting Speed 5.0 FPS 5.0 FPS 5.0 FPS 4.0 FPS
Native ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-102,400 ISO 100-6,400 ISO 100-six,400 ISO 100-6,400
Boosted ISO Sensitivity ISO 50, 204,800-409,600 ISO 50, 12,800-25,600 ISO fifty, 12,800-25,600 ISO 50, 12,800-25,600
Autofocus System Contrast-detection AF Fast Hybrid AF Fast Hybrid AF Contrast-detection AF
Focus Points 25 points (CDAF) 117 points (PDAF), 25 points (CDAF) 35mm: 117 points, APS-C: 99 points (PDAF) / 25 points (CDAF) 25 points (CDAF)
Electronic Forepart Pall Shutter Yeah Yes Yes No
Video Maximum Resolution 1920×1080 (1080p) @ Up to 60p 1920×1080 (1080p) @ Up to 60p 1920×1080 (1080p) @ Up to 60p 1920×1080 (1080p) @ Up to 60p
4K Output Yes No No No
LCD Size and Resolution iii.0″, 921,600 dots 3.0″, 921,600 dots three.0″, 1,228,800 dots 3.0″, 921,600 dots
Built-in GPS No No No No
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes Yes Aye Yes
Construction Full Magnesium Blend Fractional Magnesium Alloy Full Magnesium Alloy Full Magnesium Alloy
Battery Life 360 shots (CIPA) 340 shots (CIPA) 350 shots (CIPA) 340 shots (CIPA)
Weight (Body Only) 446g 416g 556g 407g
Dimensions 126.9 10 94.4 ten 48.2mm 126.nine x 94.4 x 48.2mm 126.nine 10 95.7 ten 59.7mm 126.ix ten 94.4 10 48.2mm
Price Equally Announced (MSRP) $ii,499 $1,699 $i,699 $2,299

Aside from the key differences in resolution and related ISO range, pixel and image size, the biggest differentiating factors betwixt the cameras are image stabilization (A7 II), autofocus system + focus points, weight, size and price. Everything else is pretty similar or more than or less the same. And that’s the idea – these cameras are meant to appeal different needs primarily based on resolution. Some features similar autofocus system might announced a bit stripped on the A7S and A7R, but that’s considering Sony considers the former to be aimed at shooting video (where focus is unremarkably controlled manually), while the latter is aimed at shooting non-moving subjects (where focusing speed is either irrelevant or non every bit important).