Sony Alpha 7R II
About half a decade ago, Sony was somewhat the laughing stock of the camera industry because of the SingleLens Translucent cameras. While these cameras were breakthroughs in their own rights, the early generation of Alpha cameras saw isolated cases of overheating during video recording, which made it difficult for Sony to gain a strong foothold in the professional photography segment.
That soon changed when Sony introduced the Alpha 7 series of cameras. Small, portable, lightweight, and most importantly, equipped with fullframe 35 mm sensors, these cameras became the object of lust for many. Photography enthusiasts wanted them, and professional photographers (and videographers) were putting down their bulky DSLRs in favor for these highly nimble cameras. The Sony Alpha 7R II (a7R II) is the latest addition to this family of highly impressive cameras, and without the need to say so, is equipped with some of the latest technology Sony’s digital imaging division has to offer.
For starters, it’s the world’s first camera to have a full-frame sensor that is back-illuminated. What this essentially means, is that the sensor in this camera is able to capture light easier, and has good low-light performance. Speaking of the sensor, the one in the a7R II has 42.4MP and has an ISO range of 50 to 25,600, though this is expandable up to 102,400.
Those familiar with photography will know that this amount of megapixels will result in blurry photos with the slightest of shakes. To address this, the a7R II has a 5-axis image stabilization system, and a newly-designed shutter mechanism that helps to dampen vibrations. The result? You can now get sharp images when shooting without a tripod.
Other noteworthy specifications include the absence of a low-pass filter, support for 14-bit uncompressed RAW files (after firmware update), and a Fast Hybrid AF system that boasts 399 AF points that covers 45 percent of the entire frame.
As for framing, this camera comes with a tiltable LCD screen that flips 107 degrees upwards, and 41 degrees downwards. It’s also worth mentioning that the a7R II
Even at ISO 8,000 (bottom), noise is well controlled and details are preserved.