Sony USA Announces Alpha 7 II Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera, 70-300mm Lens

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Following Sony Japan’s announcement last week, Sony USA has now officially announced the Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera and the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens for A-mount cameras. Impressively, the a7II features 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE in-body image stabilization, a first for a full-frame interchangeable-lens camera. The E-mount camera also boasts a redesigned grip and control set, faster autofocus, enhanced weather sealing, and the inclusion of the XAVC S video format along with the S-Log2 gamma. Additionally, the newly designed 70-300mm A-mount lens improves upon its predecessor with multiple optical refinements and vastly improved AF performance.

Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera

Sony is yet again pushing the boundaries of mirrorless-camera development with the inclusion of 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE sensor-shift image stabilization in the E-mount a7II. Photographers and filmmakers alike can now benefit from 4.5 steps of stabilization, regardless of which lens they use. And, by using a 5-axis system, the camera compensates for pitch and yaw, horizontal and vertical shift, and roll. This allows shooters to capture subject matter more easily with longer focal lengths; shoot sharp, detailed close-ups; and minimize overall camera blur with slower shutter speeds.

SteadyShot INSIDE functions with any lens, even when using adapters that do not transmit data to the camera or lenses with their own optical stabilization system. Users will be able to select the focal length in the camera in order to optimize the system’s operation for their lens. So, you can use anything from the latest third-party lens releases to classic rangefinder glass and benefit from this stabilization system. Also, a half press of the shutter-release button or magnification of the image will activate the system for preview in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen.

At the a7II’s core is a 24.3-megapixel full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor and the BIONZ X image processing engine. These components work together to produce highly detailed imagery with a wide dynamic range, subtle gradations, and low noise throughout the ISO 100-25600 range. It accomplishes this by using detail reproduction and diffraction-reducing technologies, which will more accurately resolve fine details. The a7II also utilizes area-specific noise reduction, which will selectively choose which noise-reduction techniques to apply to different areas of the image. And, it features 16-bit image processing with 14-bit raw output in Sony’s ARW format.

In addition to better processing speed, the Fast Hybrid AF system has also seen an improvement with a speed approximately 30% faster than the original a7. It utilizes 117 phase-detection and 25 contrast-detection AF points with a wide area of coverage to accurately track objects nearly anywhere in the frame. This new algorithm also benefits working in burst mode with 5 fps continuous shooting while using AF and automatic exposure. The system also has 1.5x more accurate tracking performance and it can utilize lock-on AF tracking, as well as Eye AF, when needed.

Video shooters can rejoice over a plethora of features added to the a7II, the most important being the high-bit-rate XAVC S format. Recording at 50Mbps, compared to the 28/24Mbps of AVCHD, will result in images with less artifacting and minimal noise. Audio also sees a benefit from the use of linear PCM sound recording. Perhaps as notable an addition is the ability to utilize picture profiles, including the S-Log2 gamma setting, which creates a drastically wider dynamic range—about 1,300% greater than standard settings. These options can be adjusted and fine-tuned to optimize the look of the video for your productions.

Timecode and user bit functions are available for those who need it, including Record Run and Free Run settings. This timecode can even be embedded when using the clean HDMI output for uncompressed recording. The a7II does retain many of the video capabilities of its predecessor with full HD 1920 x 1080p video at up to 60 fps, focus peaking, zebras, full manual controls, and audio levels with 32 steps of adjustment. And, while it did gain many of the video options found on the a7S, it is not able to output 4K video over HDMI.

Handling and ergonomics have been refined with a new body, grip, and control scheme. Optimized for comfort and operability, the grip is larger and has a new shape for a secure hold on the camera, and the shutter-release button has been relocated to a tilted, more forward location for more ergonomic accuracy. The dials have been slightly repositioned and updated for better control and feel. Additionally, there are 10 customizable buttons that can be assigned any of 56 functions for more direct access to commonly used settings.

The body itself now uses a magnesium-alloy top cover, front cover, and internal structure for a balance of durability and weight. The lens mount has also seen an upgrade, with a more robust design that will better handle larger, heavier lenses. Dust and moisture resistance has been boosted with sealing around buttons and dials, as well as a dual-layer structure that interlocks panels and the components. The sensor’s optical filter has an anti-static coating for dust prevention and there is a Cleaning Mode available to help dislodge any particles that manage to cling to the sensor.

Updated for the a7II, the 3.0" tilting LCD screen has an increased 1,228.8k-dot resolution and tilts upward 107° and downward 41° for working with a wide variety of shooting angles. It also uses WhiteMagic technology to increase the brightness of the screen for viewing in bright daylight. The XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder is the same 2.36m-dot model found on the original a7 with 100% coverage and a 3-lens optical system. Also, the a7II now starts up about 40% faster, for an almost instant power-on.

Many other features have been carried over to the a7II, including the Multi-Interface Shoe, mic and headphone jacks, built-in Wi-Fi with NFC, and the NP-FW50 battery pack. However, a new VG-C2EM Vertical Grip with dust and moisture protection was designed for this model. The a7II will be available as a body only or in a kit with the FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens.

70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens

Alongside the announcement of the E-mount a7II, Sony is showing continuing support for its A-mount DSLT series with the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens. This updated telephoto zoom utilizes a dramatically improved AF algorithm that improves focusing performance with the Super Sonic Wave Motor (SSM) by approximately four times, and it has moisture and dust resistance for working in less-than-ideal weather conditions. Also, lens elements now feature a Nano AR coating that better reduces flare and ghosting for improved clarity and contrast.

The lens construction shares many features of its predecessor with a single extra-low dispersion glass element to reduce chromatic aberrations and control distortion throughout the zoom range. It also will focus as close as 4' and has a rounded 9-blade diaphragm for smooth, out-of-focus areas. The lens is designed to work natively on A-mount cameras and with the use of an adapter it will function on E-mount cameras. However, it is not compatible with Sony’s teleconverter options.

  Sony Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Lens Mount Sony E (Full Frame) Sony E (Full Frame)
Image Sensor 35mm full-frame (35.8 x 23.9mm) Exmor CMOS sensor 35mm full-frame (35.8 x 23.9mm) Exmor CMOS sensor
Effective Pixels 24.3 MP 24.3 MP
Total Pixels 24.7 MP 24.7 MP
Maximum Resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Aspect Ratio 3:2 3:2
Still Image File Format JPEG, RAW JPEG, RAW
Storage Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Memory Stick PRO Duo, PRO HG-Duo, and XC-HG Duo
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Memory Stick PRO Duo, PRO HG-Duo, and XC-HG Duo
Card Slot 1 x SD/Memory Stick Duo card slot 1 x SD/Memory Stick Duo card slot
Image Stabilization SteadyShot INSIDE 5-axis sensor-shift mechanism N/A
Compensation 4.5 steps (CIPA) N/A
Viewfinder Type 0.5" (1.3 cm) 2.36m-dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder 0.5" (1.3 cm) 2.36m-dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder
Frame Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 0.71x 0.71x
Eyepoint 27mm 27mm
Diopter Adjustment -4 to +3 m-1 -4 to +3 m-1
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter Speed 1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb 1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb
Flash Sync Speed 1/250 sec. 1/250 sec.
Drive Modes Single, Continuous (High/Low), Self-Timer, Bracketing Single, Continuous (High/Low), Self-Timer, Bracketing
Top Continuous Shooting Rate 5 fps 5 fps
Self-Timer 10/2 sec.; 10 sec. delay, 3/5 exposures selectable 10/2 sec.; 10 sec. delay, 3/5 exposures selectable
Exposure Metering System 1200-zone evaluative metering 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Method Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Range -1 to 20 EV at ISO 100 with f/2.0 lens 0 to 20 EV at ISO 100 with f/2.8 lens
Exposure Modes Auto (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Movie Auto (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Movie
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps ±5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Exposure Bracketing 3/5 frames selectable with 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV increments 3 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV increments, 5 frames in 1/3, 1/2, or 2/3 EV increments
ISO Sensitivity 100-25600 (Extended: 50-25600) 100-25600 (Extended: 50-25600)
Autofocus System Fast Hybrid AF Fast Hybrid AF
Number of Focus Points Phase-Detection: 117 (APS-C: 99)
Contrast-Detection: 25
Phase-Detection: 117
Contrast-Detection: 25
Focus Modes Single-shot (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Single-shot (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual
Autofocus Sensitivity -1 to 20 EV at ISO 100 with f/2.0 lens 0 to 20 EV at ISO 100 with f/2.8 lens
Built-In Flash N/A N/A
Flash Control Pre-flash TTL Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes Flash off, Auto, Fill-flash, Rear sync, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Hi-speed sync, Wireless Flash off, Auto, Fill-flash, Rear sync, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Hi-speed sync, Wireless
Flash Compensation ±3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps ±3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Flash Bracketing 3/5 frames selectable with 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV increments 3 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV increments, 5 frames in 1/3, 1/2, or 2/3 EV increments
External Flash Interface Multi-Interface Shoe (hot shoe) Multi-Interface Shoe (hot shoe)
White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight), Flash, Color Temperature (2500-9900K), and Color Filter (G7 to M7: 15 steps; A7 to B7: 15 steps), Custom, Underwater Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight), Flash, Color Temperature (2500-9900K), and Color Filter (G7 to M7: 15 steps; A7 to B7: 15 steps), Custom, Underwater
White Balance Bracketing 3 frames, H/L selectable 3 frames, H/L selectable
Movie Recording XAVC S: 1920 x 1080 (60p/50Mbps, 30p/50Mbps, 24p/50Mbps)
AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28Mbps/PS, 60i/24Mbps/FX, 60i/17Mbps/FH, 24p/24Mbps/FX, 24p/17Mbps/FH)
MP4: 1440 x 1080 (30fps/12Mbps), 640 x 480 (30fps/3Mbps)
AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28Mbps/PS, 60i/24Mbps/FX, 60i/17Mbps/FH, 24p/24Mbps/FX, 24p/17Mbps/FH)
MP4: 1440 x 1080 (30fps/12Mbps), 640 x 480 (30fps/3Mbps)
File Format XAVC S / AVCHD format Version 2.0 compliant / MP4 AVCHD format Version 2.0 compliant / MP4
Compression XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
HDMI Output 1920 x 1080 (60p/24p) / 1920 x 1080 (60i), YCbCr 4:2:2 8-bit / RGB 8-bit 1920 x 1080 (60p/24p) / 1920 x 1080 (60i), YCbCr 4:2:2 8-bit / RGB 8-bit
Audio Recording Yes, built-in stereo microphone Yes, built-in stereo microphone
Audio File Format XAVC S: Linear PCM, 2 channel
AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3), 2 channel, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2 channel
AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3), 2 channel, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2 channel
External Microphone Input Yes, 3.5mm Yes, 3.5mm
Headphone Jack Yes, 3.5mm Yes, 3.5mm
Maximum Recording Time 29 minutes 29 minutes
Monitor 3.0" / 7.5 cm 1,228.8k-dot TFT LCD 3.0" / 7.5 cm 921.6k-dot TFT LCD
Monitor Tilt Angle 107° upward, 41° downward 90° upward, 45° downward
Interface Micro-USB
Micro HDMI (D Type)
Micro-USB
Micro HDMI (D Type)
Wi-Fi Yes, IEEE802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz band) with NFC Yes, IEEE802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz band) with NFC
GPS N/A N/A
Power Source 1 x NP-FW50 rechargeable Li-ion battery pack (7.2V, 1080mAh) 1 x NP-FW50 rechargeable Li-ion battery pack (7.2V, 1080mAh)
Battery Life Viewfinder: 270 shots
LCD Screen: 350 shots
Viewfinder: 270 shots
LCD Screen: 340 shots
Operating Environment 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Dimensions 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.4" / 126.9 x 95.7 x 59.7mm 5.0 x 3.8 x 1.9" / 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2mm
Weight 1.2 lb / 556 g body only 0.9 lb / 416 g
  70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM Lens
Lens Mount Sony A Sony A
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent) Full Frame: 70-300mm
APS-C: 105-450mm
Full Frame: 70-300mm
APS-C: 105-450mm
Maximum Aperture f/4.5-5.6 f/4.5-5.6
Minimum Aperture f/22-29 f/22-29
Angle of View 34° - 8°10' 34° - 8°10'
Minimum Focusing Distance 4' / 1.2 m 4' / 1.2 m
Magnification 0.25x 0.25x
Autofocus Motor SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor)
Image Stabilization N/A N/A
Weather Resistant Yes N/A
Lens Construction 16 elements / 11 groups 16 elements / 11 groups
Diaphragm Blades 9, circular 9, circular
Filter Thread 62mm 62mm
Dimensions (D x L) 3.25 x 5.33" / 82.5 x 135.5mm 3.25 x 5.33" / 82.5 x 135.5mm
Weight 1.65 lb / 750 g 1.75 lb / 800 g

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Great News re 70-300mm zoom!

To your knowledge, does Sony (or anyone else) make a prime 50mm F1.4 lens for the A7 II?

How about an 18-200MM zoom?

If so, wouldn't this combination be better (less lens switching) than the "kit" + 70-300mm combination?

Appreciate your commments,

Regards

The only 50mm f/1.4 lenses manufactured for the ful-frame sensor used in the Sony Alpha a7 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera is the , B&H # RO5014SO, which is a fully manual focus lens with a built-in manual aperture ring.  There is no electronic communication between the camera and lens, so all lens settings must be set on the lens manually.  This is a new lens that has just recently been announced and which is not yet avaialble.  Currently, according to our website, the estimated arrival date for the lens is December 1, 2014.  

There are no full-frame 18-200mm lenses.  18-200mm l;enses are designed for use on the smaller APS-C cropped sensor cameras.  As such, if you use an 18-200mm lens on the Sony Alpha a7 Mark II Mirrorless Camera, it will reduce the maximum recordable resolution from 24 megapixels down to 10 megapixels.  However, if you wish to use an 18-200mm lens on the Sony a7 Mark II, the eight options at this link would work for your nees.

Let me know when available. 

Please click on the "Order now" button above.  It will then take you to the product link page for the camera on our website where you may opt to pre-order the camera, or use the email notification feature to receive an email once they arrive into inventory.
 

Really?