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Best Camera 2015: 16 best cameras you can buy

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Alpha A7 II

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Sony Alpha A7 II

Originally reviewed by Mike Topham 15 January 2015

Key Features

  • 24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor
  • 5-axis optical image stabilisation
  • 2.4m dot OLED EVF, 117-point phase detection AF

Who's it for? Photographers who want a full-frame camera in a compact body. The A7 II is also very good for video.

Sony's A7 range is special as they're the only compact mirrorless cameras to offer a full-frame sensor. The Sony Alpha A7 II builds on the success of originals with the addition of five-axis in-body stabilisation. To achieve this in such a compact body is remarkable and the results are as impressive as you'd hope.

The benefit is great performance in all conditions, not to mention loads of detail thanks to the full-frame, 24.3-megapixel sensor. It's a great video camera, too, and there's a 3.5mm audio input for mounting an external mic. The only real issue with the the A7 II is the so-so battery life as it tends to run out after around 270 shots.

Price: £1,200

Our Score

9/10
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