Is the Sony A7II the camera that pushes you over the edge into Sony orbit? It just might be.
Thinking about giving up your big honking DSLR and cutting over to mirrorless, but worry about protecting your investment in glass?
Yeah, yeah: Metabones. But the auto-focus is going to be much, much less responsive.
Maybe you prefer vintage lenses with manual focus anyway, but secretly envy your buds who can use their matched brand image stabilized lenses up the whazoo?
Finally, how many times have you ogled the built-in video features of the Panasonic GH4 and Sony A7s, but ultimately decided that unlike a bunch of reviewers who opt (and can afford) to buy both, you can only afford one, and it’s the cheaper one with — whoa! — internal 4K recording and the ability to output clean HDMI at 10-bit 4:2:2, even though you love, love, LOVE the low light performance and full frame sensor of the more expensive one and could even contemplate giving up the 4K?
Because until now, only the Olympus offered 5-axis in camera image stabilization, which means IS for ALL lenses, same brand as the camera or not, IS lens or not.
Right: until now.
Sony’s A7II takes the A7; cleans up some of the ergos (shutter release and front control wheel); adds the XAVC S codec and S-Log-2; promises 30% faster autofocus; and… ta-da: puts 5-axis image stabilization in-camera.
Lens-based image stabilization? We don’t need no steenkin’ lens-based image stabilization!
No, the A7II doesn’t have 4K. But at $1,698, it’s within spitting distance of the GH4 and – suddenly – offers a very interesting new set of tradeoffs (even without the S appellation, the 7 has excellent low light performance and we don’t expect the II to be any less competent).
Sony Alpha a7II Available for Pre-order
Sony's new compact a7II is the world's first interchangeable-lens camera to feature both 5-axis optical image stabilization (effective for all types of camera shake) and a 35mm full-frame image sensor. The 7II can compensate for camera shake when using not only E-mount lenses, but also A-mount and other lenses, allowing users to fully take advantage of the maximum capabilities of their lenses. It also expands the range of expression for handheld shooting. The 24.3-effective-megapixel 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor works together with a BIONZ X image processing engine to deliver extremely high image quality when shooting still images and movies. The 7II also offers a Fast Hybrid AF system that is remarkably fast for a full-frame camera AF system. Its advanced tracking performance captures your subject and doesn't let go. Other features include versatile movie functions, Wi-Fi/NFC, PlayMemories Camera Apps and sophisticated operability.
Full-frame, palm-sized. Perfection for all. Stability for all.
Breathtaking image quality meets unrivaled shooting freedom in the 7 II, the world's first full-frame camera with 5-axis image stabilization. Now you can fully express your vision with full-frame quality and cutting-edge camera shake compensation compatible with wide-ranging lenses. But Sony didn't stop there. Operation is incredibly intuitive and enhanced; Fast Hybrid AF delivers lightning-fast focusing, super-wide coverage and tracking performance th at captures fast-moving subjects and doesn't let go. The liberating 7 II is packed with innovation yet compact beyond compare, it frees you to shoot however you like with confidence.
• The world's first full-frame camera with 5-axis image stabilization
• Enhanced Fast Hybrid AF
• 24.3-megapixel 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor
• BIONZ X image processing engine
• High 50Mbps bit-rate XAVC S format recording of Full HD movies
• Exceptionally compact, lightweight body
• Higher reliability and more intuitive operability
• High-contrast, high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder
• Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication) and compatibility with PlayMemories Camera Apps
A7 II SteadyShot in action
From Sean Ellwood:
This is going to be part of a longer video, but I thought people might like to see it in action. Apologies for the sensor fluff, I didn’t see it until I got the footage onto my PC. This is what happens when you leave the cap off your camera for too long!
(cover photo credit: snap from Adorama)
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