Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard the buzz surrounding the release of Sony’s new mirrorless beast, the A7R II. When it comes to full-frame mirrorless cameras, your options are kind of limited. Sony’s A7 line, including the A7, A7 II, A7S, A7R has become the most popular choice in this category. Now, with the release of the A7R II, Sony is looking to solidify it’s dominance in the category with a few big improvements.
#1: 4K Internal Recording
Yes, you read that correct. The newest member to the A7 lineup includes internal 4K video recording at a max fps of 29.97. This is a step up from the previous model which only offered 1080p internal recording, but could achieve 60fps. Sony’s press release for the new shooter emphasizes that internal 4K recording in the A7R II is a “world’s first” for digital cameras. This will undoubtedly be a huge selling feature for videographers, especially with also built-in 5 axis stabilization system out of the A7 (not R) II.
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#2: Illuminated Full Frame Sensor
Illuminated Full Frame Sensor? What does that mean? Well, with the increase in megapixels from the previous model (we’ll talk about that in a minute) the A7R II lost some of it’s light sensitivity. To compensate for this, Sony has included a backlighting system which allows the camera to shoot at up to ISO 25,600, expandable up to 102,400.
#3: Lots of Big Numbers
Like I just mentioned, the newest member of the A7 lineup can take images at up to 102,400 ISO when expanded. That’s not the only big number involved here, though. The A7R II features a 42 MP full frame sensor, compared to the older model which had a still-impressive 36.4 MP sensor. If you recall, the recently released 5Ds R has 50.6 MP, so the Sony’s new beast is sneaking up right behind it. The A7R II offers incredibly fast auto-focusing with 399 phase-detect AF points (they couldn’t work in just one more to call it 400?), but it does fall a little short in the FPS drive mode with a middle of the road 5 fps burst.
All-in-all, the A7R II is welcomed update from the previous version and is sure to be a favorite among mirrorless camera enthusiasts, and especially amateur film makers. The only downside is the price. The A7R II comes at a $1,300 increase from the previous model. At $3,198, this camera may hang with some of the big DSLR’s but it’s priced the same as well. If price isn’t an issue for you, you can head over to B&H on Jun 17th get your order in.
Does the Sony A7R II sound like a camera you’d be interested in?
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