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Sony a7 II Mirrorless Camera

Sony a7 II Mirrorless Camera
Key Features
  • 24.3MP Full-Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • Enhanced Fast Hybrid AF and 5 fps Burst
Sony has taken their line of full-frame cameras to the next level with the a7 II Mirrorless Camera, which features 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization with 4.5 stops of compensation. Operation of the 24.3-megapixel series has been streamlined with a redesigned grip, shutter release button, and customizable controls; the a7 II also features a moisture- and dust-resistant design with a magnesium alloy body and a more robust lens mount. And, with refined algorithms and better utilization of the BIONZ X image processor, the a7 II has an enhanced Fast Hybrid AF system that is about 30% faster than the previous model along with a 5 fps burst rate with continuous autofocus.
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Sony A7 II Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Full-Frame Alpha Stabilized
  • 3Full-Frame Sensor, BIONZ X Processor, and Stabilization
  • 4Video Recording
  • 5Body Design
  • 6Connectivity
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Full-Frame Alpha Stabilized
Sony has taken their line of full-frame cameras to the next level with the a7 II Mirrorless Camera, which features 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization with 4.5 stops of compensation. Operation of the 24.3-megapixel series has been streamlined with a redesigned grip, shutter release button, and customizable controls; the a7 II also features a moisture- and dust-resistant design with a magnesium alloy body and a more robust lens mount. And, with refined algorithms and better utilization of the BIONZ X image processor, the a7 II has an enhanced Fast Hybrid AF system that is about 30% faster than the previous model along with a 5 fps burst rate with continuous autofocus.
Full-Frame Sensor, BIONZ X Processor, and Stabilization
Incorporated into the a7 II's redesigned body is a full-frame 24.3MP Exmor CMOS sensor, which offers a wide dynamic range with minimal noise and rich, subtle gradations. The sensor also offers an ISO range of 100-51,200 which can be expanded down to ISO 50. Coupled with the BIONZ X processor, this camera also supports fluid performance for high-speed shooting applications, including the ability to shoot continuously at up to 5 fps and record Full HD video at up to 60p
5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization
Packed into the svelte a7 II is a 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization system, which compensates for five types of camera shake encountered during handheld shooting of still images and video. This allows users to confidently use any lens, even adapted lenses, for critical imaging without encountering blur from camera shake. This system will compensate for approximately 4.5 stops of shutter speed for working with a huge variety of subjects.
Enhanced Fast Hybrid AF
Utilizing 117 phase-detection and 25 contrast-detection autofocus points with a wide area of coverage, the a7 II can smoothly and quickly track fast-moving subjects throughout the frame. It optimizes for both speed and accuracy with an enhanced algorithm that improves performance by about 30% when compared to previous generations. This just-developed algorithm will more accurately predict subject movement for tracking that is 1.5x more accurate. Also, Lock-on AF tracking will analyze more information from the scene to provide dramatically improved accuracy and stability and Eye AF can prioritize a subject's pupil for excellent portraits even with a shallow depth of field.
Video Recording
Full HD and XAVC S Format
Shoot Full HD 1920 x 1080 video at frame rates of 60p, 30p, and 24p with the high-bit-rate 50 Mbps XAVC S format. This results in excellent image quality with minimal noise and artifacts without requiring a large amount of disk space. Additionally, the system uses linear PCM sound for high quality audio.

When recording internally, users will record video with a 4:2:0 sampling at 8-bit, however, to even further improve image quality the a7 II has clean HDMI output for use with an external recorder. This allows users to capture 4:2:2 uncompressed video and save in an edit-ready format.
Customizable Color Profiles and S-Log2 Gamma
To make sure the a7 II is able to use its extensive dynamic range while recording video it incorporates extensive customizable color and gamma controls. Users can adjust the gamma, black level, knee, color level, and more. Also users can use the same S-Log2 Gamma Curve that is found on high end Sony Cinema cameras that squeezes up to 1300% more dynamic range into the video signal then traditional REC709, for increased post-production flexibility.
Audio Input & Headphone Jack
The a7 II features a 3.5mm microphone input jack for compatibility with external microphones. And for users needing more the a7 II is also compatible with the Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adapter for recording professional balanced XLR audio signals with phantom power and adjustable mic/line inputs. For monitoring audio the a7 II features a 3.5mm headphone jack as well as real time audio levels for a visual reference.
Body Design
Refined EVF, LCD, and Ergonomics
  • High-resolution 2.36m-dot OLED viewfinder offers a bright, clear means for eye-level viewing.
  • Rear LCD now features a higher 1.2m-dot resolution along with a versatile tilting design that moves upward 107° and downward 41° for working from high and low angles.
  • Featuring a larger, more refined grip shape, users will find the a7 II to have a more secure feel even when large lenses are mounted.
  • Shutter release button has been reshaped and moved forward for a more natural shooting position and a decrease in camera shake.
  • Button customization is available with the ability to assign any of 56 functions to any of the 10 customizable buttons for a more personalized setup.
Magnesium Alloy Construction and Robust Lens Mount
  • Well-built design includes a magnesium alloy top cover, front cover, and internal structure and the lens mount has been redesigned with greater strength and rigidity for extra security when using larger or longer lenses.
  • Improved weather sealing for greater dust and moisture resistance, providing more protection when shooting out in the elements.
  • Optical filter on the sensor has an anti-static coating and there is an anti-dust mechanism to prevent dust from adhering to the sensor.
Wi-Fi and NFC
Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables the a7 II to instantly share imagery to mobile devices for direct sharing online to social networking, via email, and to cloud storage sites. NFC (Near Field Communication) is also supported, which allows for one-touch connection between the camera and compatible mobile devices; no complex set-up is required. Once connected, the linked mobile device can also display a live view image on its screen and remotely control the camera's shutter.

Sony A7 II Specs

Lens MountSony E
Sensor ResolutionActual: 24.7 Megapixel
Effective: 24.3 Megapixel (6000 x 4000)
Sensor Type35.8 x 23.9 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Built-In ND FilterNone
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeElectronic Shutter
Shutter SpeedElectronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/8000 to 30 Seconds
Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode
ISO SensitivityPhoto
100 to 25,600 (Extended: 50 to 25,600)
200 to 25,600
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range-1 to 20 EV
White BalancePresets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Continuous ShootingUp to 5 fps at 24 MP for up to 50 Frames
Interval RecordingNo
Self-Timer2/10-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes16:9 Raw
6000 x 3376
3:2 Raw
6000 x 4000
16:9 JPEG
6000 x 3376
3936 x 2216
3008 x 1688
3:2 JPEG
6000 x 4000
3936 x 2624
3008 x 2000
Aspect Ratio3:2, 16:9
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth14-Bit
Internal Recording ModesXAVC S
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps [50 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/59.94 fps [17 to 28 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080i at 59.94 fps [17 to 24 Mb/s]
1440 x 1080p at 29.97 fps [12 Mb/s]
640 x 480 at 29.97 fps [3 Mb/s]
External Recording ModesHDMI
1920 x 1080p
Recording LimitUp to 30 Minutes
IP StreamingNone
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio RecordingXAVC S: 2-Channel 16-Bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio
AVCHD: 2-Channel AC-3 Audio
MP4: 2-Channel AAC LC Audio
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo Hybrid (UHS-I)
Video I/O1 x Micro-HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Power I/O1 x Sony Multi/Micro-USB Input
Other I/O1 x Sony Multi/Micro-USB Input/Output (Shared with Power Input, Remote Input)
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Resolution1,228,800 Dot
Display TypeTilting LCD
TypeBuilt-In Electronic
Resolution2,359,296 Dot
Eye Point27 mm
MagnificationApprox. 0.71x
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +3
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 117
Contrast Detection: 25
Autofocus Sensitivity-1 to +20 EV
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesAuto, Fill Flash, Hi-Speed Sync, Off, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Wireless
Maximum Sync Speed1/250 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemP-TTL
External Flash ConnectionIntelligent Hot Shoe
Battery Type1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 1020 VDC
Power Consumption<3.5 W
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount
Material of ConstructionMagnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)5 x 3.8 x 2.4" / 126.9 x 95.7 x 59.7 mm
Weight1.22 lb / 556 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.365 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.8 x 6.1 x 5.5"

Sony A7 II Reviews

You Get What You Pay For (and then some)!

By David
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2023-03-22

If you've done any research before buying your camera you know what you're buying. A full frame reliable Sony Camera, capable of giving you high quality images. And they threw in a free camera bag and SD card. Can't really ask for more. 4 stars because I;'ve only had it for a short time. But no problems since.

Great 2nd camera option

By Andretti
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-26

There is not much more that can be said about this body. Good solid sensor you just need to add a good piece of glass (lens) in front of it and you're ready to good (with 2 extra batteries) capture your creativity.

Oldies but Goodies

By Josef
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-20

Not the latest and the greatest. But sufficient for my needs. Best Value... Remember the saying: It is the Indian Not the Arrow. Note: Invest your $$$ in good quality Lenses.

Great Camera

By Wes
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-19

Great starter camera for my wife. Takes great pictures and the video quality is amazing. She loves it!

So happy I bought it...

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-15

I had been toying with the idea of a new digital camera and was leaning toward something full-frame. Thought the price was really good, especially with the kit, and I have a friend who uses Sony professionally and loves it. I'm not a photographer, I'm not particularly creative, but the difference I'm seeing in my images compared to my phone or my point-and-shoots has been dramatic. Can generate a great picture in auto mode and allows you to take on as much as you want in terms of manual/custom settings. Know there are a ton of options out there, and certainly a lot more expensive ones, but can't imagine ever getting close to the full capability of this camera. Add the fact that it was $1k and I'm thrilled.

The Best

By Jack Howard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-13

The camera is great. All the functions work. The Metz flash works on manual. I am using 50 year old Nikon and Rollie three pin QBM lenses with adapters. Although the focusing is manual the images are excellent. The camera is worth the $$$.

Defective camera

By Rajan
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2023-03-19

This camera is defective turn off middle of operation on and off,,??

Camera options

By Kelsey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-30

Called customer service about the best camera options for a beginner photographer and they were super helpful and friendly. They suggested the best option as well as the best priced option for getting a camera for a beginner. I would highly recommend this company for anyone looking for a camera.

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Do you take trade - ins? I have a Sony NEX 6 body that I would consider trading up to the 7II.
Asked by: Anonymous
For a trade-in, please email us directly at &lt;a href= http://[email protected] target= _blank &gt;[email protected]&lt;/a&gt; for more information.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-25

Can I use my Minolta Maxxum autofocus lenses with ...

Can I use my Minolta Maxxum autofocus lenses with this camera?
Asked by: Stephan
You need an adapter for that. Sony LAEA3 or LAEA4.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-05-21

Is this camera good for digi scoping?

Is this camera good for digi scoping?
Asked by: Ronald
&quot;Digiscoping&quot; with a mirrorless camera body can be successfully performed with a normal lens to short tele-lens aligned with a spotting scope's eye-piece lens. The spotting scope needs to be mounted on a tripod for best results. Hand holding the camera, with the lens centered over the object lens is OK - as long as the axis (center line) of both lenses are centered. The best arrangement is to use a &quot;ring-coupling&quot; device to fix the camera lens to the rim of the spotting scope's eye-piece.
Answered by: Thomas
Date published: 2020-07-04


Hi,Is a Minolta AF lenses will work with this camera?
Asked by: Anonymous
the Minolta lenses are alpha mount, the sony 7ii is an E mount lens, probably won't connect up at allJim
Answered by: JAMES M.
Date published: 2018-08-25

Will pictures be full frame when using Sony EPZ ...

Will pictures be full frame when using Sony EPZ 18-200mm lens w/ A7 II full frame camera beside reduced image quality?
Asked by: PhuongMai
Sony E PZ 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens is an aps-c lens, not full frame, so it will crop the full frame sensor in the Sony A7ii. Less than half of the available megapixels will be used, the angle of view will increase by 1.5x, but the picture will fill the frame since the camera crops the image in.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2022-12-01

Digital Level Gauge. Does it work on LCD screen ...

Digital Level Gauge. Does it work on LCD screen and in the view finder? Does it work in landscape and portrait orientation? Thanks a bunch in advance. Thinking of clicking add to cart button!
Asked by: Joel
Yes, it will work in both LCD and viewfinder mode and will work in portrait and landscape orientation.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-05-07


Is there an updated processor with this model from the a7? Has the AF been updated from the a7?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, there is a faster processor and much improved AF!
Answered by: Jack W.
Date published: 2018-08-26


Can you use the Metabones Speedbooster adapter on the Sony A7 11?
Asked by: jeri
You could use a Speed Booster on the a7 II, though you would need to shoot in APS-C size sensor mode.
Answered by: Christina S.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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