Today, Sony unveiled the much-anticipated successors to three high-end cameras with a ton of new features and capacities: the 42.4MP, full-frame sensor, mirrorless a7R II and the 20MP, 1" sensor, high-end point-and-shoot RX100 IV and RX10 II cameras. All three feature the ability to record UHD 4K internally; new, more light-sensitive image sensors; and a host of other new features. It looks like Sony went all out for these upgrades.
At the heart of the new Sony a7R II Camera is an all-new, back side illuminated, 42.4MP, full-frame image sensor. This is the first time a full-frame sensor has featured back side illumination, which in turn offers better high ISO performance than the original a7R, despite the increase in resolution. With the ability to shoot up to an expanded 102400 ISO, the a7R II approaches the a7S in low-light sensitivity. Also new on the a7R II is on-sensor phase detect autofocus, to dramatically increase the autofocus speed. Unlike Contrast Detection AF, Phase Detection AF is able to tell which direction the lens needs to go to achieve focus. The a7R II has 399 phase detection points that combine with contrast-based AF for fast and accurate Hybrid AF.
The a7R II also inherits the more robust body and in-camera, 5-axis, SteadyShot image stabilization first seen on the a7 II, meaning that all lenses, from E-Mount prime lenses like the 55mm f/1.8 that lack IS to adapted manual-focus lenses, will now be stabilized. The a7R II also has a new shutter design for reduced vibration and increased durability. Plus, the a7R II features electronic first-curtain shutter mode and silent shooting mode for quieter shutter action. Also upgraded is the electronic viewfinder, which has a higher 0.78 x magnification rating than the original a7R, for a more pleasant viewing experience.
In a huge upgrade for video users, it now has the ability record UHD 4K video internally onto memory cards in the 100 Mb/s XAVC codec. It has more robust picture profile controls in video mode than the a7R, including S-Log2. And, thanks to its high-resolution sensor, the a7R II is able to window the sensor in Super-35 mode and record 4K without pixel binning. These improvements, along with the in-body stabilization, will make shooting video on the a7R II a more pleasing experience.
All in all, this new camera represents a huge update from the original, with a new body, new sensor, new video features, and more; it’s a complete redesign and well worth the upgrade. It looks like the mirrorless, full-frame camera has finally come of age.
The New Point-and-Shoot Cameras
Sony has also brought the company’s stacked sensor technology to two of its high-performance point-and-shoot cameras. The Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II Digital Camera updates 2013’s RX10 and brings with it the high dynamic range, low-noise and high-speed autofocus tracking of the new sensor. Low-light performance, in terms of image quality and autofocus capability, has also been improved due to the new sensor’s configuration. The attached DRAM memory chip features 5x faster readout of image data than the previous model and up to 14 fps burst shooting. In addition, this bridge-style zoom features internal 4K video recording and 40x super-slow-motion, high-frame-rate shooting of 960 fps at 1080p. An Anti-Distortion Shutter with a maximum speed of 1/3200 second allows for sharper images at wide apertures and minimizes the rolling-shutter effect often seen when recording fast-moving subjects; the electronic shutter reaches speeds of 1/32000 second.
While the sensor on the RX10 II is a welcome update, the principal specs on the camera remain similar to its predecessor. A 1" 20.2MP sensor provides high-resolution image quality for images captured through its Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm equivalent optical zoom lens with a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture. The ISO sensitivity remains the same as the previous RX-10 at ISO 12800 maximum. The XGA OLED Tru-Finder monitor and built-in electronic viewfinder offer image composition and playback viewing. Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC enables wireless transfer of images to smart devices and remote camera control.
Every year Sony updates its RX100 pocket-sized point-and-shoot, and every year we are impressed with the development of this camera. This year is no different, as the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV replaces the Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor with the new Exmor RS CMOS sensor. Like the RX10 II, the RX 100 IV improves low-light focusing, performance speed, and dynamic range.
Both cameras also provide 4K (QFHD 3840 x 2160) movie recording, utilizing the XAVC S codec. This is a huge step forward in video quality for compact shooters, as the cameras offer full-pixel readout without pixel binning, ensuring the fine details of 4K are preserved with minimal moiré and other artifacts. The RX 10 II enables extended shooting at 4K, up to 29 minutes, while the RX100 IV shoots 4K in clips of up to at least 5 minutes. Both cameras offer selectable PAL and NTSC formats, feature Picture Profile and S-Log2/S-Gamut and enable dual video recording to shoot 16.8MP still images while recording 4K video.
While the sensors are the same in the two cameras, the lenses and form factors are significantly different. The RX100 IV has a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm equivalent zoom with a maximum aperture of f/1.8 at the wide end and f/2.8 at telephoto. Its pocket-sized form is ideal for day-to-day shooting, street photography, and travel, and it’s a solid low light performer. Like its predecessor, the RX 100 IV has a retractable electronic viewfinder with improved 2.36 million dots of resolution and the XGA OLED Tru-Finder monitor. It also has a pop-up flash and provides built-in Wi-Fi with NFC.
Wow, nice specs and camera! Might have to seriously consider having a play with one.
Alta gama o semi profecional , me parece que está un escalon abajo, esta faltando PC Terminal . Convengamos que para conectar radios o flashes de estudio es impresindible y no andar buscando adaptadores que terminan dañando el funsionamiento de el equipo
Why don't you B&H ever say the size of the pixels in the cameras. It is one of the most important feature of a sensor???
Not to mention the number of channels.
And, maybe I missed it but, you didn's say the new Sony 7R doesn't have the Low-pass-filter.
Unfortunately, I’m not finding the pixel size or any information about the number of channels on Sony’s site. This information isn’t provided by every manufacturer, and not for every camera. I wouldn’t be able to say why this is. You could try contacting Sony for this information.
The a7R II (like its predecessor) does not have an optical low pass filter.
When will some company make a left handed camera. For those that are lefties or have problems with their right hand.
Unfortunately, I don’t know of any camera manufacturer currently on the market making left handed digital cameras. I have seen petitions online for left handed cameras, though I don’t know that there are any in the works.
Do you know if there is anybody developing a converter from Nikon lenses to Sony E-mount FF that keep the AF? Or when does sigma will start to make lenses for that system?
I really want to jump from my Nikon D800E to this new A7RII (and for the A7SII when it become available). But the problem is the lenses (i have nikon 16mm2.8, 14-24mm2.8, 50mm1.8, 105mm2.8 and sigma 500mm4.5).
I would think that there are manufacturers who are trying to develop an adapter that would allow one to retain auto functions with Nikon lenses. That being said, I haven’t heard of any being released anytime soon. As for Sigma, I wouldn’t be able to say when they might come out with a full frame E-mount line.
Is Sony coming out iwth a 70 - 400mm FE mount soon?
Sony hasn’t announced a 70-400mm FE lens, so it would be impossible for us to say whether or not they have one in the works. Or if/when it would be released.
Would like to see a comparison of the two new Sony 'point and shoots' with the alpha 6000. Similarities, differences, capabilities, etc.
What is the audio input size and quality of recording for the new Sony A7R-2?
The a7R II’s Microphone terminal will be a 3.5 mm Stereo minijack. As for quality of the in camera audio recording, it’s impossible to know how good it will be until the camera is released. That being said, if you are looking for extremely high quality audio, an external recorder is the best option.
Does the DSC RX100 IV still have a flash that can be tilted so that bounce flash is possible?
Unfortunately, I’m not finding any mention of the RX100 IVs design for the flash. Nor do we have a demo model at this point. So, I wouldn’t be able to say if the built-in flash can be tilted up. We will have to wait for more information from Sony, or until we receive a demo.
How come there was no announcement for a new A6000 model? I was really expecting this. Anything known about this or coming soon?
Hi Shuki -
We do not know SONY's future plan for the A6000. As soon as we can confirm new product announcements, we will be sure to post them for you.
Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions: [email protected]
The statements regarding Equivalent Aperture are incorrect. "24-200mm equivalent optical zoom lens with a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture"
This is misleading, since you equate the focal length to Full Frame, but not the aperture. To be precise, the aperture must be multiplied by the crop factor, which does not result in a 2.8.
That's not what my light meter tells me. Don't overthink it.
What is misleading? Multiplying lens aperture by crop factor? The imprecise formula of aperture, focal lenght, crop factor(sensor size) results in misconception... The f/2.8 constant aperture in the equivalent 24-200mm zoom lens by Zeiss in the Cyber-shot RX10 II model is a wonderful achivement in lens and camera design. Not an easy thing to do with optics for a long zoom lens. A wide constant lens aperture transmit brighter and better light to the sensor regardless of its crop factor and the focal lenght range of the zoom. The new full frame Sony A7RII looks very attractive. Not cheap but quite powerful. And I'm even thinking about migrating from Canon to Sony. Well. Not really.
Hello... Just to inform you. The Zeiss lens and the Leica lenses on Sony and Panasonic cameras are not made by Zeiss nor Leica... they are designed and have specs from Zeiss and Leica and are produced by Sony and Panasonic... and that doesn't mean they follow he specs totally. Sony and Panasonic do mention this as... Working together with... but it is always left out in reports and tests. It is usually said in brochures.
I agrre. The new Sonys could be better than a Nikon. I alwasy suggest that photographers test and print a large print, even if they don't usually print. to save money just print a 1/4 , lessof a photo on 8x10 paper. If people only use smart phones and the net.... Forget about spening the money... any camera at $150-$200 is better than an Apple or Samsung or Sony, and even with most smart phones you can still print a sharp 5x7....which is all you really need, if you don't need to print larger. I have a FUJI X-M1 with a 16-50 (24-75) without the low-pass-filter and a tilt monitor...The best camera for the money in the world... Try it?
Sorry... You are wrong. Please read my comment.
Wonder when we'll see the a7s II
Yes, I want the a7s II also. I want the best ISO sensitivity with less noise for night photography!
It's a wonderful time to be using digital cameras! Sony is definitely pushing the envelop...
A7R II without a lens definitely NOT worth 3200 dollars. Sony will price themselves right out of the market.
Not if you compare the the A7R II to the competition. It is almost a bargain at $3200.
It is to me, and I own a Nikon D810. No camera in the world has more versatility. Sony did well.
First point is that the Lenses are coming. Second point is that none of those over priced $8000.00 dollar Nikons or Canons will be as awsome as this $3300.00 Sony that will now be considered the best camera in the world.
P.S. with the lense adapters all those wonderful Canon Lenses will work better than ever on this amazing new Low noise/Low light and High megapixel backlit censor of the future with 4K video and 5 way stabalization. Amazing Electronic View finder and electronic silent shutter.Shall I go on.
All this now makes Sony number one Canon number two and drives Nikon to the number three position.
Will this camera use or are their adaptors for Nikon and Canon lens?
Not sure what E-mount to Nikon adapters are available BUT there are all sorts of manual and automatic E-mount to Canon EF & FD adapters, as well as Pentax, Minolta, M42, T2, Sigma and Tamron.
I saw one article that said with a Metabones (probably the III) Canon lenses focuses as well as on a Canon body.
Hi Jerry -
As an E-mount full-frame camera, the new Sony a7R II is compatible with all present SONY E-mount lenses as well as new E-mount full-frame Zeiss and Sony G-series lenses. Lens mount adapters with a tripod mount are also available to use A-mount lenses on E-mount cameras. We offer a selection of Vello and Metabones adapters for Canon and Nikon lenses as well.
Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions: [email protected]
What's the cost of the Sony a7R II, $3000 ? and which lenses are available?
Below are two links for you to regard on our website. The first is to the A7Rii camera’s product link, where you can view the current price and pre-order and find other details on the camera. The 2nd link is to all the current compatible full-frame Sony FE lenses for the camera.
Does the Sony Alpha a7RII have an hdmi output that I can live view the screen to an external monitor? Not in record mode just want to live view like a web cam.
Yes, on the Sony A7Rii the HDMI is live and you can use it to live view the screen to an external monitor.
How is the cost of the Sony A-77 with 18-55mm lens?
The a77 was discontinued, and is no longer available. If you were referring the a77ii, you can find a link to the kit options below. There you will also find the prices.
Will be nice with A-mount,
but will buy if the price not more than 2000USD.
The Notify When In Stock button isn't working on these new cameras.
Worked for me. Try again.
Worked for me.
The Notify When In Stock button isn't working on these new cameras.
Must be something on my end...still not working for me. Thanks
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What is the price for the Sony Cyber shot DSC-RX100 IV Digital Camera? Thank you.
I'm betting it'll be $799 again.
If you click on the image of the RX100 IV above, it will take you to the camera’s page on our site. There you can find more information about the camera, such as current pricing.
$968 ...at kleast it wasnt $969 ;)..too GROSS a Plice in My Book ..:0