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Sony a7R II is a 4K-shooting, 42MP full-frame camera


Sony a7R II

Sony has unveiled the long-awaited update to its a7R mirrorless camera, boosting the shooter’s credentials with internal 4K video.

Dubbed the a7R II, this Mk. 2 version boasts a number of improvements over its predecessor.

For starters, it’s got 399 on-sensor phase detection points, which should make for exceptionally nippy autofocus.

This will still work with lenses produced by other brands too, marking this as a versatile offering.

Sony has also improved the camera’s shutter mechanism, and the a7R ships with what Sony boasts is the world’s first back-illuminated full-frame 35mm Exmor R CMOS sensor.

This sensor can churn out super-high resolution 42.4-megapixel shots, and offers a maximum sensitivity of ISO 102400.

At that ISO setting, the Sony a7R II can effectively see in the dark, although we’ll need a review unit to test this feature properly.

Of course, that’s still not a scratch on the Sony A7S, which offers up an absurd 409,600 max ISO.

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Perhaps the headline feature is that the a7R II allows you to shoot 4K video using the entire full-frame sensor.

UHD video can be captured at 30, 24, or 24 frames per second, and can also be taken from a Super 35 crop.

Thanks to the XAVC codec, the a7R II can record at 100Mbps during 4K shooting, and 50Mbps with Full HD capture.

There’ll also be a 5-inch 1080p monitor coming out soon that Sony says you’ll be able to mount onto the hot-shoe. We’ll update you when we have more info on this.

It’s great to see Sony taking 4K shooting seriously, but this impressive shooter will cost you a fair chunk of change. The camera is set to cost around $3,200 (£2,069).


June 12, 2015, 1:29 am

Thats a monster, scares the sh** out of Canon/Nikon execs ;p


June 13, 2015, 1:12 pm

You save a few hundred grammes in body weight, but need a few extra batteries to get you through the day. You trade the benefits of OVF for EVF. What's to be terrified of?


June 13, 2015, 3:55 pm

Are you serious?

- new generation of full frame BSI sensor, back-lit, two more stops of low light capability, plus even better dynamic range and some extra pixels;
- full electronic shutter, completely silent!!
- in-body stabilisation, gives you stabilisation to any lens ever made;
- short flange distance, can mount any lens ever made with adapter;
- 4K video to SD card;
- OVF is viewed as disadvantage in 21 century!! With EVF you look at the exposure as you will get it, WB, also out of focus at actual aperture, focus peaking, zebra, highlights, histogram!!, ability to zoom part of image at will, can review result without taking your eye off the finder, no black-out, works in video, and most important of all it is BRIGHT even if shooting in low light (e.g. can see in near complete darkness with A7S EVF);

- 399 on-sensor Phase-Detection points, being on sensor, no need to have lens front/back focus calibration, widest frame coverage compared to any DSLRs, works in VIDEO;
- tilting screen;

- and the biggest advantage for me is the much LOWER PROFILE, saving 30-40% of weight and all dimensions might not look like much, but in combination with the simple design it makes huge difference in public, between looking like a weirdo with a DSLR and a "normal" person with camera that looks like a fancier P&S.

Not all of these apply to "pro" photographers, but the majority of buyers are enthusiasts, and DSLRs have virtually lost all their advantages. There is a reason new DSLRs start from £300 these days, they started form about £1500 about 7-8 years ago.

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