Sony Al­pha 7R II

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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.

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