Sony has just released details regarding the follow-up to their 36 megapixel a7R called the Sony Alpha a7RII (order at b&h). The updates are many and impressive.
Petapixel reports that at the core of the new camera is a Full Frame, back-illuminated 42.4 megapixel CMOS sensor that has light sensitivity up to 102400 ISO. (Check out previous post regarding its rumored 50 megapixel sensor) Similar to, yet not as sensitive as, the a7S, however included is a heavily increased autofocus system that sports 399 phase detection AF points and 25 contrast points.
This mean that autofocus response time has been increased by 40%. No word yet on the FPS for shooting Raw or JPEG, however the data processing speed is 3.5x faster than the original.
The biggest surprise about the Sony A7r Mk II are the enhanced video capabilities. The a7R II has been upgraded to shoot 4K in, “multiple formats” and 120fps at 720. It is unclear at this point whether this is a cropped APS-C capture, like the a7S. It is also unclear what is capable externally through the clean HDMI out.
This post (part 1 of 2, possibly) will be short and sweet due to lack of time. This little post is in regards to the reality of using the thing for a few weeks - mostly for video (but not exclusively) in a documentary shooting style.
I just sent back what I consider to be the absolute best digital camera I have ever owned (for daylight capture) because of the amount of confetti...
In October of 2013, Sony announced the a7r, the world's first 36mp full frame mirrorless camera. While it wasn't perfect ( REVIEW), it was good enough to pull me, and many other photographers, into the world of mirrorless photography for the first time.
If it lives up to the hype, the Sony a7R II may be THE camera that ushers in the end of an era. It’s the most exciting new camera announcement we’ve seen in years. Biggest surprise of all? Internal 4K recording.