A full-frame cam­era with su­perb fea­tures and im­age qual­ity, though its bat­tery life could have been much bet­ter.

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is both dust and mois­ture re­sis­tant. It has seals around the but­tons and di­als, and a dou­ble-lay­ered in­ter­lock­ing panel struc­ture helps to keep its in­nards safe and sound.

Last but not least, the a7R II is ca­pa­ble of shoot­ing 4K movies in ei­ther 35mm full­frame mode, or su­per 35mm. In 35mm full-frame mode, the cam­era uti­lizes the en­tire sen­sor from side-to-side, while in su­per 35mm mode, only the middle por­tion is uti­lized.

Dur­ing our time with this cam­era, which was paired with Sony’s FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS lens, we found the cam­era to be highly re­spon­sive, al­low­ing for quick changes to be made eas­ily. As for but­ton lay­out, all ex­cept for one but­ton was eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble – the video record but­ton. This is in fact a good thing, be­cause for many videog­ra­phers, ac­ci­den­tally press­ing the record but­ton may ruin a per­fectly good take. Over­all, the cam­era feels good in your hands, but­ton lay­out is in­tu­itive, and the grip is ex­cel­lent.

Un­for­tu­nately, the a7R II does have an Achilles’ heel, and that’s its bat­tery life. We brought this cam­era out for some street pho­tog­ra­phy, and from a full charge, the cam­era drained over 60 per­cent of its bat­tery life af­ter ap­prox­i­mately 120 shots. We reckon you might be able to get more bat­tery life if the auto eye sen­sor for the EVF is turned off. Re­gard­less, the im­age pro­ces­sor does work over­time, try­ing to process 42.4MP files, and the cam­era does drain bat­tery in sup­ply­ing power to the OIS mech­a­nism. For­tu­nately, Sony does bun­dle a se­cond bat­tery with this cam­era.

Most im­por­tantly, is the im­age qual­ity of this cam­era. With a 42.4MP full-frame sen­sor, there’s lit­tle to com­plain about. Im­ages are in­cred­i­bly crisp and clear, and noise only creeps in at about ISO 6,400, with us­able shots up to ISO 8,000. For on­line us­age, we’re look­ing at a max­i­mum of ISO 16,000 be­fore noise be­comes no­tice­able.

Over­all, the Sony a7R II is one im­pres­sive full-frame cam­era. It’s good for both stills and videos, mak­ing it a very ver­sa­tile cam­era. Low-light per­for­mance is highly im­pres­sive, and the aut­o­fo­cus­ing speed is top­notch, even in low light. To make the most out of the high megapixel count though, you’ll want to ei­ther pair it with a lens that’s more man­age­able like the Vario-Tes­sar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS, or use a tri­pod or mono­pod. As for its rather lim­ited bat­tery life, you’ll want to con­serve your shots (like the old days), or carry along that se­cond bat­tery as well.

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SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

Aut­o­fo­cus Fast Hy­brid AF sys­tem with 399 AF points // Im­age Qual­ity Up to 14-bit un­com­pressed RAW // LCD Mon­i­tor Tiltable 3.0-inch TFT // Elec­tronic Viewfinder XGA OLED // ISO ISO 50 – 25,600 (ex­pand­able to 102,400) // Stor­age 1x SD card // Con­nec­tiv­ity 1x 3.5mm au­dio, 1x 3.5mm mi­cro­phone, 1x Mi­cro-USB, 1x multi in­ter­face shoe // Di­men­sions 126.9 (W) x 95.7 (H) x 60.3 (D) mm // Weight Ap­prox. 582g (body only) // War­ranty 1-year // Con­tact Sony Cus­tomer In­ter­ac­tion Cen­ter // Tele­phone 1 800 88 1233 // URL www.sony.com.my

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