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