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Sony a7 II : Digital Photography Review

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The Sony Alpha a7 II is an image-stabilized full frame mirrorless camera, the fourth release in Sony's a7 lineup and the follow up the original a7.

Sony A7II

Sony a7 II : Characteristics and design:

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It uses the same 24-megapixel sensor as its predecessor, and the same Bionz X processor as the rest of the a7 series. Improvements come in the form of 5-axis sensor-based image stabilization, improved AF performance and some overall design tweaks. The controls are laid out in similar fashion to the a7, though the grip, command dials and shutter have been completely redesigned.
The body of the a7 II is physically larger, and about 25% heavier than the original a7-series cameras. It is also now comprised entirely of magnesium alloy like the a7S; the original a7 and a7R featured a frontplate made out of a composite material.
The A7 II uses the same hybrid AF system as the A7 with 117 phase-detect and 25 contrast points. Sony claims AF has been improved about 30% over its predecessor thanks to algorithm tweaks, and tracking has been improved 1.5x.

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Sony Alpha A7 II – Design and Handling

One of the issues with the original A7 is that it doesn’t offer perfect layout and handling. It was a technical achievement by virtue of fitting a full-frame sensor into a CSC body, but the Alpha A7 II makes significant improvements in this area.

Sony has redesigned the grip, offering a more substantial DSLR-like feel, and rearranged the controls to provide more intuitive operation. The shutter button now sits at a more ergonomic angle, there’s a new DSLR-style control dial below it and two new custom buttons on the top plate.

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The Alpha A7 II may be a finessing of an existing design, but it’s an important change that makes the camera feel more complete, and more serious. This second-generation offers more an impression of being on-par with a high-end DSLR like the  Nikon D750, rather than a lighter-weight cousin.
Sony has also changed the finish since last year’s model. Semi-gloss black has been replaced by a matt texture cast into the magnesium alloy that, once again, smacks of the style of rival DSLRs from Nikon and Canon. As well as looking altogether more serious, it has slightly more friction, too.

With manual control dials on the front and back of the Sony Alpha A7 II, it’s fully tailored to the real enthusiast, lacking that sense of being a cut-back alternative. So why would you pick a Nikon or Canon DSLR over this when you get the benefit of a smaller body?
One issue with last year’s models remains: the lens selection still isn’t great compared with the longer-standing DSLRs. While it has shed some of its early adopter creakiness, there are reasons still to side with the old guard. Those wanting a flash will also have to invest in a hot shoe unit, as there’s no flash built-in.


Highs :

  • Great OIS

  • Excellent dynamic range and image quality

  • Improved handling


Sony a7 II 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
⦁ Full  HD  XAVC S Video and S-Log2 Gamma
⦁ 3.0″ 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting  ⦁ LCD  Monitor
⦁ XGA 2.36M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
⦁ Weather-Resistant Magnesium Alloy Body
⦁ Refined Grip & Robust Lens  Mount

⦁ Built-In  Wi-Fi  Connectivity  with NFC


Sony offers a limited one-year warranty for parts and labor.


It’s hard to beat the image quality delivered by full-frame sensors (unless you’re talking about medium-format, but that’s beyond the grasp of consumers). The A7 Mark II uses a 24.3MP sensor coupled with Sony’s Bionz X processor; it’s the same setup as the A7. Sony does claim more accurate focus tracking with the new model, even though the hybrid AF system is the same (117 phase detect/25 contrast detect points). Response is also the same at 2.5 frames per second (fps) burst mode, 5 fps with speed priority. With numbers like that the camera’s not really geared for action, but for landscapes, portraits, as well as videos.


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