The Sony Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera is a full frame mirrorless camera meaning the size is much smaller with the new technology yet still full frame. As technology advances the DSLR is now facing competition from the likes of the Mark II featuring the first and only 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization for a full frame.
Olympus was a leader in the mirrorless technology and Sony invested in Olympus in 2012 and used the knowledge obtained in the partnership to create the remarkable Alpha a7II. The 5-axis stabilization compensates for pitch, yaw, roll as well as vertical and horizontal movement. This system is designed for optimal use with the Optical Steady Shot built into Sony A and E-mount lenses but alone the stabilization provides plenty of support to avoid blurry shooting.
The physical stature of the camera is impressive weighing in at 1.22 pounds with a 3” tilting LCD screen. The body is 5 inches by 3.8 by 2.4 which is quite small for any full frame camera. The physical body is made of a two-part magnesium alloy that is moisture and dust resistant with weather seals on the control dials and buttons. It also has a textured finish compared to the smooth finish of the other A-7 models, increasing the grip. As for the memory card, the Alpha a7II can take SDXC, SDHC, SD, memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo and Memory Stick XC-HG Duo giving the user plenty of options for storage.
The a7II shoes in both JPEG, RAW and has video capabilities of AVCHD ver.2.0, MPEG-4, SAVC S and Dolby Digital sound. It shoots at a whopping 24 megapixel at 6000 x 4000 with a 5 frames per second speed. As for the memory card, the Alpha a7II can take SDXC, SDHC, SD, memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo and Memory Stick XC-HG Duo giving the user plenty of options for storage.
There are numerous features on the Sony Alpha A7II to customize allowing the user to customize it for a user’s shooting style especially with the additional C2 custom function button located on the top deck allowing for up to 56 function assignments or custom settings.
When it comes to the quality of the photos, the Alpha a7II is impressive and has had massive success in the professional realm. The images are crisp with spot on colors with the camera leaning toward warmer tones especially indoors. High ISO shots with the in-camera noise reduction system are really good especially in RAW.
The autofocus works quickly and accurately especially on higher contrast items. The focusing speed slides a little on less well lit subjects. It performs well in high speed sports action situations but is better suited for other genres of photography but still has an excellent buffering capacity for rapid shooting.
Overall the Sony Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera is an improvement over the predecessor with a more ergonomic and sturdy body, more customizable functions and the amazing 5-axis stabilization system. The quality of the photos are superb with excellent AF and rapid firing in many different situations.
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