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Best Camera 2016: 18 best cameras you can buy

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Sony A7R II

Originally reviewed by Mike Topham 11 September 2015

Mirrorless Camera – 42.4-megapixels of full-frame goodness

Key Features:
  • 42.4-megapixel full frame sensor
  • Five-axis in-body stabilisation
  • 399 phase detection points covering 2/3 of the frame

If you looked at the A7 II and thought it doesn't have enough megapixels, the Sony A7R II is the upgrade for you. It's so good we made it our Camera of the Year for 2015, despite the fact its high price makes it unrealistic for many people.

A few things stand out about the A7R II, aside from its huge resolution. First, it has a huge ISO range – it starts at just ISO 50 and can go up all the way to ISO 102,400. This is possible because the sensor has backside illumination (BSI), which increases light sensitivity. Secondly, it's incredibly good in low light – partly down to the huge ISO range, of course. Finally, it's autofocus system is outstanding, especially in low light.

This is a pretty good video camera, too. It shoots 4K video at 100Mbps and there's a 'flat' mode that retains dynamic range information for post-production.

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