Sony has been on a roll in recent years and its latest release in the a7-series is no exception.
Featuring an ISO range expandable to 409,600, 4K video recording, 5-axis optical image stabilization and an improved AF system, the Sony a7S II is sure to be a hit.
Other than sticking to a 12 megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor, all other major specs have been improved in Sony’s new flagship camera.
Video makers will rejoice with the addition on internal recording in 4K full-frame format with full pixel readout. This will be available at up to 30fps, and in a first for the Alpha series the camera can also record 1080p at 120fps for some cool slow motion footage.
The sensor’s light sensitivity has been bumped to 409,600, which is great in and on its own, but will also make the 4K video all the more impressive. The standard ISO range is 100-102,400 for both stills and movies, and can be expanded to 50-409,600 for stills and 100-409,600 for movies.
Add to that the 5-axis optical image stabilization and the a7S II is hands down the best low-light camera in the market.
Making the camera even more of a low-light monster (did you believe that was even possible?) is the autofocus system with its 169 AF points and its ability to accurately detect contrast in light as low as EV -4.
Making sure users get a good view of what they’re photographing, Sony has also upgraded the electronic viewfinder. The XGA OLED Tru-Finder found in the a7S II is said to offer the world’s highest viewfinder magnification of x0.78 (roughly 38.5 degrees in diagonal field of view).
One of the features I’m most jealous of is being able to charge the camera via USB while it’s being used. This is awesome!
Sony say the camera’s magnesium-alloy body has been re-designed, so expect better ergonomics while you’re fiddling with the camera’s WiFi and NFC settings.
According to the press release the camera should start shipping in Europe in November for approximately €3,400.
B&H already have it listed for $2,999 stating it will be available for purchase on September 17th.