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Sony a7 II Mirrorless Camera

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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.

Connectivity

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

Imaging
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)
Video
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 Video Capture
Recording ModesXAVC S
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24.00p/29.97p/59.94p [50 Mb/s]
AVCHD
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 59.94p [28 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24.00p/59.94i [17 to 24 Mb/s]
MP4
HDV (1440 x 1080) at 29.97p [12 Mb/s]
SD (640 x 480) at 29.97p [3 Mb/s]
Recording LimitUp to 29 Minutes
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
External Video Capture
External Recording ModesHDMI
Full HD (1920 x 1080)
IP StreamingNone
Interface
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
Other I/O1 x Sony Multi/USB Micro-B Input/Output (Shared with Power Input, Remote Input)
Power I/O1 x Sony Multi/USB Micro-B Input
WirelessWi-Fi
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Monitor
Size3.0"
Resolution1,228,800 Dot
Display TypeTilting LCD
Viewfinder
TypeBuilt-In Electronic
Size0.5"
Resolution2,359,296 Dot
Eye Point27 mm
Coverage100%
MagnificationApprox. 0.71x
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +3
Focus
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
Flash
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
General
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 Weight2.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.268 x 6.221 x 5.433"

Sony A7 II Reviews

excellent camera

By MrB65
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-22

excellent camera to own to get into digital photography and video

Still around and that's wonderful

By Marlon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-01

It's 2022, and now this camera is considered old, but I'm glad it's still around as another option for photographers who do not need the blazing-fast 20 to 30fps speeds of the top gear models. It just keeps doing its job without a hitch. It may not be able to shoot in silent mode, but then it's not very noisy either. I would say that now, for what it can be used for, it would be an excellent art photographer's rig. It's affordable and can take just about any lens brand with the right adapter. Image quality is like Kodachrome, if you need to know. Jpegs are amazing if you like shooting in that format.

Great deal for Sony

By Jordan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-05

Great camera for how old the body is. Happy I got this setup. The bundle deal was cool to. The travel bag has been really useful. Thanks B&H

Great!

By Shane
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-28

Very good camera but recommend getting different lens to get full capabilities

I like this camera more than expected!

By Marc
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-22

I normally use a Sony A7R-IV, but found out that I couldn't use my TechArt AF adapter for Leica M mount lenses on it ... only works on a A7R-II or A7-II ... And work it does! Plus at 24 meg FF, it provide smaller files for general photography.

High quality

By Andy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-13

These are high quality lens. Good for professional use.

Excellent camera!

By Jasenka
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-16

As a newb I'm pretty excited that this camera isn't overly complicated to figure out. The quality is great on both lenses I have and it's not bulky like some other cameras I was thinking to buy.

Professional level camera

By Barrett
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-14

I've not owned many cameras before this and wanted a step up in quality. I had only shot film and a basic kit camera before owning this. I have had the body for about two years now and it exceeds my expectations. its easy to use, and its quality is nearly unmatched for its price. the 24mpx sensor is unreal with how high quality your images get in RAW format. I shoot cars mainly, done only a few portraits but its a pleasure to shoot with no matter what your use for it is. I've done motorsport, portrait style shots for car owners, etc. and the detail is amazing for its price. If you are looking for a new camera body to get and are not a professional, I reccomend this. It may be a 6 year old camera but the quality is still high and not much for its price will match how professional it all looks, especially matching it with a high end lens.

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