The new Sony A7II! 5-Axis IS, Faster AF and more!
Sony Japan has unveiled the latest and greatest from Sony in the form of the A7 II (Mark II). This is a pretty major release as it now includes the amazing 5-Axis Image Stabilization (as used in Olympus bodies) and marks the very 1st full frame camera with this technology. The 5-Axis IS is jaw dropping good and now that it is inside a Sony full frame A7 body, the possibilities are endless. THIS IS HUGE, believe me. It will make this series THAT much better.
Of course, this is only one announcement so far and I am sure Sony has much more up their sleeve..as in a super high res “pro” version and maybe something else.
The A7II has a 30% AF speed increase as well as much improved AF tracking capabilities and a 40% quicker start up rate over the original A7. Video is beefed up with the A7II as well to the A7s specs.
The A7 body is improved as well with a beefier grip and a tilted shutter release for more comfort and ease of use. Buttons and dials have improved sealing to prevent water and dust from getting inside the camera. There is also a newly designed battery grip which is also weather sealed. The camera retains the same 24 MP sensor as the A7 as well as the same Bionz processor.
This camera was announced in Japan and so far no announcement from Sony USA. No date of release or price as of yet but if I know Sony, this means more is on the way really soon 🙂 This is not a rumor and you can read more about it at B&H Photo HERE.
I can’t wait to slap the Leica 50 APO on this guy!
SPECS OF THE A7II:
Lens Mount Sony E (Full Frame)
Image Sensor Exmor CMOS; 35.8 x 23.9 mm
Effective Pixels 24.3MP
Total Pixels 24.7MP
Still Image File Format JPEG, RAW
Storage Media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick PRO Duo/PRO-HG Duo/XC-HG Duo
Card Slot 1x memory card slot
Viewfinder Type XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution 2,359,296 dot
Frame Coverage 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.71x
Shutter Type Electronic first curtain shutter available
Shutter Speed 30 to 1/8000 sec.
Flash Sync Speed 1/250 sec
Image Stabilization 5-axis in-body image stabilization equivalent to 4.5 stops
Drive Modes Single shot, Continuous High, Continuous Low
Top Continuous Shooting Rate Up to 5 fps in continuous high; 2.5 fps in continuous low
Exposure Metering System Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Method Multi-metering, center-weighted, spot
Metering Range -1 – +20 EV
Exposure Modes Aperture-Priority (A), Manual (M), Programmed auto (P), Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-25600 (expandable to ISO 50-51200 with multi-shot NR)
Autofocus System Fast Hybrid AF
Number of Focus Points Phase detection: 117 / contrast-detection: 25
Autofocus Sensitivity -1 – +20 EV
Built-In Flash No; Multi-Interface Shoe to accept optional external flash
Movie Recording 1920 x 1080; 60p, 60i, 24p
File Format XAVC S, AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MP4 (YCbCr 4:2:2 8-bit, RGB 8-bit)
Video Data Rate XAVC S: 50 Mbps
AVCHD: 28 Mbps (60p, PS), 24 Mbps (60i & 24p, FX), 17 Mbps (60i & 24p, FH)
MP4: 12 Mbps (1440 x 1080, 30 fps), 3 Mbps (640 x 480, 30 fps)
Audio Recording Built-in stereo microphone, optional external stereo microphone
Audio File Format XAVC S: Linear PCM, 2 channel
AVCHD: Dolby Digital AC3 2 channel
MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2 channel
Maximum Recording Time 29 min.
Monitor 3.0″ 1.228.8k-dot TFT LCD monitor
Tilting Design 107° upward; 41° downward
Interface HDMI micro (type D), multi/micro USB, Multi-interface Shoe, 3.5mm stereo microphone jack, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
Wi-Fi Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity (IEEE 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz band); NFC Forum Type 3 Tag
Power Source NP-FW50 rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Battery Life With Viewfinder: 270 shots
With LCD Screen: 330 shots
Operating Environment 32-104 °F / 0-40 °C
Dimensions 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.4″ / 126.9 x 95.7 x 59.7mm
Weight 1.3lb / 599g (with battery and memory card)