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Sony Alpha 7 II / A7 II

alaTest has collected and analyzed 921 reviews of Sony Alpha 7 II / A7 II. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the image quality and size. The portability and performance are also appreciated, whereas the memory and battery get less positive opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Alpha 7 II / A7 II is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Alpha 7 II / A7 II

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Sony Alpha 7 II / A7 II from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the image quality and design are generally positive. The lens and price also get good feedback.

portability, price, lens, design, image quality

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Alpha 7M2 ILCE-7M2 ( 24.7 MP,3 -inch LCD )Sony Alpha 7M2 ILCE-7M2 ( 24.7 MP,3 -inch LCD )

Nov, 2017

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony Alpha 7 II / A7 II

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 182 user reviews of Sony Alpha 7 II / A7 II from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the price and image quality. The usability and portability are also appreciated, whereas reviews are divided on the battery.

performance, portability, usability, image quality, price

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Alpha a7II Interchangeable Digital Lens Camera - Body OnlySony Alpha a7II Interchangeable Digital Lens Camera - Body Only

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Sony Alpha 7 II / A7 II

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Sony Alpha 7 II / A7 II from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Alpha a7II Interchangeable Digital Lens Camera - Body OnlySony Alpha a7II Interchangeable Digital Lens Camera - Body Only

Nov, 2017

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Sony Alpha 7 II

 

The mirrorless, full-frame Sony Alpha 7 II improves on its predecessor with in-body stabilization, faster autofocus, and a better ergonomic design, and earns Editors' Choice honors in the process.

5-axis in-body stabilization system. 24-megapixel full-frame image sensor. Compact design. 5fps burst shooting. Clean, detailed high ISO images. Sharp, tilting rear LCD. Focus peaking and magnification. Sharp OLED EVF. Improved ergonomics. Dust and...

Lacks PC sync socket. No built-in flash. External battery charger not included. Battery life is disappointing. Sensor design includes OLPF. Hyperactive eye sensor.

Performance and Conclusions The Alpha 7 II starts and shoots in 1.5 seconds, focuses quickly in bright light (0.05-second), and does the same in about 0.7-second in very dim light. It matches the original Alpha 7 in those figures. It also matches it in...

Dec, 2015

Expert review by: Dan Bracaglia (dpreview.com)

Sony Alpha a7 II Review

 

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. It uses the same 24-megapixel sensor as its predecessor, and the same Bionz X processor as the rest of...

IS is useful during still and video capture Excellent Raw dynamic range Good metering and white balance Excellent resolution Large, high-res viewfinder Camera is comfortable to hold Solid build quality On-sensor PDAF Plenty of Customizable buttons...

Noisy high ISO images compared to full-frame competitors Raw compression issues Heavy for a mirrorless camera Control dials are small, and too recessed Subject tracking in continuous AF can be unreliable No programmable auto ISO No quick way to magnify...

The guts of the Sony Alpha 7 II are quite similar to the original Sony Alpha 7. They use the same sensor and processor. They both have bright, high-res viewfinders and nearly identical button layouts. Comparing pros and cons for both cameras, you will...

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Dan Seifert (theverge.com)

Sony A7 II review: the next great camera, someday

 

The camera industry is the most interesting and exciting it's been in the past 10 years. After capable smartphones decimated the point-and-shoot market, camera makers have focused their efforts on...

Image stabilization for all lenses ; Still the most compact full-frame camera you can get ; Improved build quality and ergonomics

Limited and expensive lens options ; Disappointing JPEG output ; Autofocus still not as good as competition

Dec, 2014

Expert review by: Michael Palmer (steves-digicams.com)

Sony a7 Mark II

 

The Sony Alpha 7 ILC -- a camera so good it has been atop our annual Holiday Gift Guide for two years in a row -- is getting a makeover for end of 2014 / early 2015. The newly dubbed a7 Mark II sports similar specifications to the a7, including the...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by: PC Magazine (pcmag.com)

Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

 

Good center sharpness. Optically stabilized design.

Lots of distortion at wide and telephoto ends. Soft edges unless stopped down.

The Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS is the first zoom lens available for Sony's full-frame mirrorless system, but it shows heavy distortion and isn't that sharp at the edges.

Dec, 2013

Essential

Expert review by: Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Sony A7 II Review

 

The Sony A7 II is the world's first 35mm full-frame compact system camera with 5-axis optical image stabilization, providing up to 4.5 steps faster shutter speed of correction. The Sony A7 II has a 24.3 megapixel full-frame sensor with an optical...

The Sony A7 II is the best all-round A7-series camera yet, offering significantly improved ergonomics and customisability, more video options, faster autofocusing and startup times, better build quality and the headline-grabbing and very effective...

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: William Brawley (imaging-resource.com)

Sony A7 II Review

 

Sony has yet another winner on their hands with the A7 II. By addressing some of the design and ergonomic quirks of the original model, as well as providing a notable technological achievement with their 5-axis image stabilization -- and some subtle,...

Excellent 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization; Sensor-shift IS brings stabilization to nearly any lens; Much-improved ergonomics and top-deck control layout; 'Mark II' maintains same impressive image quality, dynamic range and high ISO performance;...

(Similar to A7): Loud shutter (but electronic first-curtain helps); Battery life could be better; Low-light AF still not as good as most DSLRs; High ISO JPEGs look over-processed; Slow buffer clearing; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses (but...

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Feb, 2015

Expert review by: Greg Scoblete (pdngearguide.com)

Camera Review: Sony A7 II

 

The A7 II, the latest full-frame model in Sony's innovative mirrorless camera system, is the first to feature five-axis image stabilization as well as improved autofocus.

Lightweight; excellent image quality; intuitive menu; tilting display; high-quality EVF

Low-light focusing lags behind competitors; sub-par battery life; noisy shutter

When we asked Patiño to sum up his time with the A7 II, he didn’t mince words, telling us “I loved this camera” and that it was “awesome in every way.” When we asked him, glancing at his shelf full of Canon bodies and lenses, whether he would consider...

Jul, 2015

Recommended

Expert review by: Gordon Laing (cameralabs.com)

Sony A7 II review

 

Sony's Alpha A7 Mark II is the successor to the original A7 and becomes the fourth full-frame mirrorless camera in the series. Announced in November 2014 roughly one year after the first A7, it keeps the same 24 Megapixel resolution, adds a deeper...

Large full frame sensor. Low noise. No lens crop ; Built-in stabilisation works with any lens ; Compact but comfortable and weatherproof body ; High resolution EVF and tilting 3in screen ; Built-in Wifi with NFC and downloadable apps

Poor battery life, especially when using stabilisation ; Stabilisation not as effective as Olympus system ; Bad moire on movie footage with fine details ; Screen not touch-sensitive and doesn't fully articulate ; No built-in flash

Sony's Alpha A7 Mark II is the fourth of the company's full-frame mirrorless cameras, but the first where the concept really comes together. The initial A7 and A7r introduced the idea of full-frame mirrorless with clean high ISO performance, potential...

Jan, 2015

Expert review by: Gordon Laing (cameralabs.com)

Sony Alpha A7 II

 

Sony describes the stabilisation in the A7 II as operating in five axes: X, Y, Yaw, Pitch and Roll, all achieved by mounting the sensor on a floating platform. Sony reckons the system provides up to 4.5 stops of compensation by CIPA standards which...

Large full frame sensor. Low noise. No lens crop ; Built-in stabilisation works with any lens ; Compact but comfortable and weatherproof body ; High resolution EVF and tilting 3in screen ; Built-in Wifi with NFC and downloadable apps

Poor battery life, especially when using stabilisation ; Stabilisation not as effective as Olympus system ; Bad moire on movie footage with fine details ; Screen not touch-sensitive and doesn't fully articulate ; No built-in flash

Jan, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:AC3, LC-AAC, MP4
Audio system:Mono
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Noise reduction: Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:1080
Battery life (CIPA standard):340 / 350
Battery performance:1080
Battery Technology:Lithium
Battery Type:NP-FW50
Battery voltage:7.2
Power source type:Battery

Camera

Anti-dust function: Yes
Brightness adjustment: Yes
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, MPF, RAW
Camera playback:Single image, Slide show
Contrast adjustment: Yes
Diopter adjustment (D-D):-4 - 3
Dioptre correction: Yes
Eye Relief:0.906
GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
Histogram: Yes
Multi burst mode: Yes
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid / Black&White, Vivid / Vivid, Neutral, Sepia
Playback mode:Slideshow
Playback Modes:Slideshow
Saturation adjustment: Yes
Scene modes:Close-up (macro), Landscape, Night, Night portrait, Portrait, Sports / Landscape, Night landscape, Night portrait, Portrait, Sports, Sunset / Landscape, Night portrait, Portrait, Sports, Sunset / Landscape, Night portrait, Portrait, Sports, Sunset, Twilight
Self-timer:10 / 2, 10 / 2,10 / 5,10
Self-timer delay:10 / 2,10 / 5,10
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Auto, Manual, Movie, Program, Scene, Shutter priority
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Underwater / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Underwater / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade

Design

Color of product:Black / White

Display

Display:LCD / TFT
Display Diagonal:3 / 3.0
Display resolution (numeric):1228800 / 460800 / 921600
Field of view:100
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N
Vari-angle LCD display: Yes

Flash

Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash exposure correction:±2EV (1/3 EV step) / ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Flash exposure lock: Yes
Flash guide number:157.5
Flash metering modes:
Flash modes:Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Pre-flash, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Fill-in, Flash on, Hi-speed sync, Red-eye reduction, Second curtain synchro, Slow synchronization / Auto, Flash off, Hi-speed sync, Pre-flash, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash sync-speed:0.004 / 1/250
Pre-flash: Yes
Shoe mounting point:Y

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points:117 / 399
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Centre weighted Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Contrast Detection Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus / Centre weighted Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Single Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Focus: / TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Macro focusing range (tele):0.3 - ∞
Macro focusing range (wide):0.25 - ∞

Lens System

Digital Zoom:4
Extra/Smart zoom:2
Filter size:1.93 / 2.17 / 2.44 / 2.83
Focal length range (f-f):1.1 - 2.76
Lens mount interface:Sony E
Lens structure:15/11 / 17/12 / 9/8
Lens structure (elements/groups):15/11 / 17/12 / 9/8
Lens Type:Standard zoom / Telephoto / Wide-angle
Maximum aperture number:22 / 32 / 36 / 40
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.65 / 3.03 / 4.13 / 5.31 / 9.45
Minimum aperture number:2 / 2.8 / 3.5
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.945 / 1.65 / 5.31
Mounting type:Bayonet
Number of aspheric elements:3
Number of diaphragm blades:7 / 9
Optical Zoom:3

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 6400, 25600 / 100, 3200, 16000, Auto / 100, 51200, Auto / 102400, 50, 100, 6400, 25600, Auto / 50, 100, 6400, 25600, Auto
ISO sensitivity (max):102400 / 16000 / 25600
ISO sensitivity (min):100 / 50
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 3EV (1/3EV step) / ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:MS Micro (M2), MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS PRO Duo, MS PRO Duo HS, MS Pro-HG Duo HX, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo, MS XC-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Memory slots:1

Networking

Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

Aspect Ratio:3:2
Built-in flash: Yes
Face detection:
Video compression formats:

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:USB
Carrying case: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:MILC / MILC Body
Image formats supported:EXIF, JPG, RAW / JPG, RAW
Image sensor size (W x H):0.925 x 0.614 / 1.41 x 0.941 / 1.41 x 0.945
Image Stabilizer:No / Yes
Image stabilizer location:Lens
Maximum image resolution:5456 x 3632 / 6000 x 4000 / 7952 x 5304
Megapixel:20.1 / 24.3 / 42.4
Scan technology:CMOS
Sensor Format:Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C) / Full-frame
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):5456 x 3064, 3872 x 2176, 2736 x 1536, 5456 x 3632, 3872 x 2576, 2736 x 1824 / 6000 x 4000\n3936 x 2624\n3008 x 2000\n3936 x 2624\n3008 x 2000\n1968 x 1312 \n6000 x 3376\n3936 x 2216\n3008 x 1688 \n3936 x 2216 \n3008 x 1688\n1968 x 1112\n12416 x 1856\n5536 x 2160\n8192 x 1856\n3872 x 2160 / 6000 x 4000\n3936 x 2624\n3008 x 2000\n3936 x 2624\n3008 x 2000\n1968 x 1312\n6000 x 3376\n3936 x 2216\n3008 x 1688\n3936 x 2216\n3008 x 1688\n1968 x 1112 / [3:2]\nL: 7952 x 5304 (42M), M: 5168 x 3448 (18M), S: 3984 x 2656 (11M)\nAPS-C L: 5168 x 3448 (18M), M: 3984 x 2656 (11M), S: 2592 x 1728 (4.5M)\n\n[16:9]\nL: 7952 x 4472 (36M), M: 5168 x 2912 (15M), S: 3984 x 2240 (8.9M)\nAPS-C L: 5168 x 2912 (15M), M: 3984 x 2240 (8.9M), S: 2592 x 1456 (3.8M)
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 16:9
Total megapixels:20.4 / 24.7 / 43.6

Ports & interfaces

HDMI: Yes
HDMI connector type:Micro
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
USB connector:MICRO-USB / Micro-USB B
USB connector type:Micro-USB / Micro-USB B
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/4000 / 1/8000
Slowest camera shutter speed:30 / 60

Technical Details

Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Image processor:BIONZ X
Self-timer: Yes

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
Full HD: Yes
HD type:4K Ultra HD / Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080 / 3840 x 2160
Motion JPEG frame rate:30 / 60
Resolution at capture speed:1920x1080@24fps, 1920x1080@60fps, 640x480@30fps / 640x480@25fps, 640x480@30fps, 1440x1080@25fps
Video compression format:AVC, AVCHD, H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / AVC, H.264, MPEG4 / AVCHD, MP4
Video formats supported:AVC,AVCHD,H.264,MP4,MPEG4 / AVC,H.264,MPEG4 / AVCHD,MP4
Video Frame Rate:30 / 60
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1920 x 1080,3840 x 2160 / 640 x 480, 1440 x 1080, 1920 x 1080 / 640 x 480,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080 / 640 x 480,1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder:Electronic
Magnification:0.71 / 0.78
Viewfinder screen size:0.5
Viewfinder type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.9 / 2.35 / 2.37 / 2.47
Height:1.41 / 3.72 / 3.77
Lens diameter:2.52 / 2.85 / 3.11 / 3.17
Lens length:2.36 / 3.27 / 4.65 / 5.16
Lens weight:10.4 / 21.2 / 27.5 / 7.05
Weight:14.7 / 19.6 / 20.5
Weight (including battery):16.7 / 21.1 / 22 / 9.49
Width:4.33 / 5