- 24.3 megapixel Full Frame Exmor CMOS sensor
- 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization
- ISO 100 to 25,000, extendable to ISO 50
- Up to 5fps continuous shooting
- Fast Hybrid AF system with improved performance
- Full HD Movie shooting (up to 1920x1080 at 60p) with XAVC S support
- Tilting 3-inch 922K-dot LCD monitor
- Hi-res 2.4M-dot electronic viewfinder
- Sony Alpha E-mount compatible with new full-frame lenses
- Improved magnesium alloy body, dust and moisture resistant
(From Sony literature) Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging, has introduced another exciting addition to its full-frame α7 lineup, the α7II (model ILCE-7M2).
The new mirrorless interchangeable lens camera is the world’s first full-frame camera to feature 5-axis image stabilization1, allowing it to compensate for camera movement in five different directions to produce extremely sharp handheld images.
The α7II model is equipped with a 24.3 effective megapixel 35mm full-frame sensor and adds 30% faster AF responsiveness4, enriched video shooting capabilities, redesigned ergonomics and more.
“The new α7II is simply the latest example of the impressive innovation we’re bringing to the industry, particularly in the mirrorless space” said Neal Manowitz, director of the α interchangeable lens camera business at Sony. “We’re continuing to push the boundaries of what can be accomplished with a full-frame sensor, consistently delivering ‘world’s first’ technologies that no other cameras – DSLR or otherwise - can accomplish.”
New Image Stabilization Technology
The innovative 5-axis image stabilization on the new α7II detects and corrects camera shake along five axes during shooting, including angular shake (pitch and yaw) that tends to occur with a telephoto lens, shift shake (X and Y axes) which becomes noticeable as magnification increases, and rotational shake (roll) that often affects shots at night or when recording video. The 24.3 MP full frame sensor moves to accommodate all of these types of shake, with stabilization equivalent to up to 4.5 steps faster shutter speed of correction2.
Additionally, the 5-axis stabilization works cooperatively with Sony α lenses with optical steady shot (OSS) to provide maximum stabilization and clarity, while also performing admirably with Sony α A-mount lenses and third party lenses3 without on-board stabilization. Effects of the stabilization can be previewed via live-view on the LCD or OLED viewfinder of the camera.
Speedy, Accurate Autofocus with Hybrid AF
The new α7II employs a 117-point focal plane phase detection AF sensor with 25 contrast detection AF points, with approximately 30% faster AF responsiveness and 1.5 times more accurate subject tracking than the original α7 model4 thanks to a series of new algorithms for detecting subject distance and predicting motion. Additionally, AF and now automatic exposure (AE) is provided while tracking subjects during high-speed continuous shooting at up to 5 fps.
Enriched HD Video Functionality
The new full-frame camera shares the powerful BIONZ X image processing engine with several other high-end Sony cameras, and adds a variety of advanced video functionality including the addition of XAVC S5 codec, which records video at a high data rate of 50 Mbps with advanced compression for impressive video quality.
For the professional and prosumer customers, the α7II adds picture profiles for convenient in-camera tone adjustments and supports the S-Log2 gamma function which preserves a wide dynamic range. It also includes Time Code (useful for editing), Rec Control (for synced recording with external recorder) and dual video recording.
Design, Controls, Wi-Fi® and New Accessories
Ergonomically, compared to the original α7, the α7II model has a larger shutter button that has been moved closer to the front of the camera for optimal finger position. It is constructed with sturdy magnesium alloy on the top, front cover and internal panels for a sturdier, more solid feel in the hand, and boasts about a 40% faster start-up time compared to the α7 camera.
The new α7II camera is Wi-Fi® and NFC compatible and fully functional with Sony’s PlayMemories application available for Android™ and iOS platforms. New accessories designed for use with the new α7II include the VG-C2EM vertical grip and LCS-ELCB soft carrying case.
Pricing and Availability
The Sony α7II full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera will be available beginning on December 9th as body-only for about $1700, or as a kit with the FE 28-70mm F3.5 – F5.6 OSS zoom lens (model SEL2870) for about $2000.
- Among 35 mm full-frame interchangeable-lens cameras, according to Sony research as of November 2014.
- Based on CIPA standards. Compensates for angular shake (pitch and yaw). Measured using a Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA lens, with long exposure noise reduction off.
- Some lenses are not compatible with 5-axis image stabilization.
- Compared to the a7. Based on Sony’s internal metrics.
- An SDXC memory card with a Class 10 or higher speed rating is required for XAVC S recording.
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