A very com­pe­tent up­grade, but one that comes at a fairly heavy cost.

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SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

Aut­o­fo­cus Con­trast De­tec­tion AF sys­tem with 169 AF points // Im­age Qual­ity Up to 14-bit un­com­pressed RAW // LCD Mon­i­tor Tiltable 3.0inch TFT // Elec­tronic Viewfinder XGA OLED // ISO ISO 100 – 102,400 (ex­pand­able to 50 - 4,096,000) // Stor­age 1x SD card // Con­nec­tiv­ity 1x 3.5mm au­dio, 1x 3.5mm microphone, 1x Mi­cro-USB, 1x Multi in­ter­face shoe, 1x Mi­cro-HDMI, Wi-Fi, NFC // Di­men­sions 126.9 (W) x 95.7 (H) x 60.3 (D) mm // Weight Ap­prox. 584g (body only) // War­ranty 1-year // Con­tact Sony Cus­tomer In­ter­ac­tion Cen­ter // Tele­phone 1 800 88 1233 // URL www.sony.com.my to record full 4K video, the A7S II can now per­form this func­tion in­ter­nally, record­ing 3,840 x 2,160 pixel res­o­lu­tion movies at a max­i­mum of 100Mbps. No pixel bin­ning is used with the A7S II for the 4K capture, so you ac­tu­ally get footage with less moire and jag­gies.

On the stills side, what­ever Sony has done with the cam­era has cer­tainly im­proved the low-light per­for­mance too. Whereas images taken from the orig­i­nal would ex­hibit plenty of color noise from ISO 6,400 on­wards, the new cam­era now largely elim­i­nates it through­out the en­tire ISO range. In place of this though, you get no­tice­able smudg­ing that kicks in at about ISO 25,600.

As you might ex­pect, that's about the limit at which we'd rec­om­mend you use the cam­era, but we have to say that you can prob­a­bly use images taken at ISO 51,200 for prints with a bit of work in post. That's again much higher than what you might be able to do with any other cam­era in the mar­ket at the mo­ment, and is a good sign of how this new model has raised the bar.

Un­for­tu­nately, this all comes at a pretty heavy cost. Where the A7S re­tailed for RM8,479, the A7S II comes with quite a marked in­crease to RM13,499! And that's again the body only option, which means you can ex­pect to be fork­ing out close to RM18,000 for a work­ing sys­tem if you're new to Sony.

If you're look­ing for a pro­fes­sional cam­era with good low-light ca­pa­bil­i­ties just for stills, we'd give the A7R II real con­sid­er­a­tion in­stead, or per­haps even the orig­i­nal A7S, which is now be­ing dis­counted to a street price of about RM7,200. How­ever, if you're look­ing to use the cam­era mainly for video, then the two stop ad­van­tage you gain plus the ad­van­tage of the 5-axis sta­bi­liza­tion is cer­tainly in­valu­able when you don't have the ad­van­tage of us­ing a longer ex­po­sure in­ter­val to al­low for lower ISOs.

Ul­ti­mately, if you must have the best in low-light capture for video and pho­tog­ra­phy, then the A7S II is your bet. by

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