Sony Al­pha 7 II

Price £1,199 (body only)

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SONY cur­rently of­fers three mod­els within its full-frame Al­pha 7 range. The 24.3MP Al­pha 7 II is best thought of as an all-rounder and de­liv­ers a bal­anced com­bi­na­tion of res­o­lu­tion, flex­i­bil­ity and cus­tomi­sa­tion.

Re­leased in 2015, the Al­pha 7 II suc­ceeds the first- gen­er­a­tion Al­pha 7 model that came out in 2014. While the orig­i­nal was hailed as some­thing of a tech­no­log­i­cal break­through on ac­count of be­ing the first mir­ror­less cam­era to in­cor­po­rate a full-frame sen­sor, it did suf­fer from some han­dling is­sues. The A7 II sets out to ad­dress these. To this end, it’s an un­qual­i­fied suc­cess; the hand­grip is more pro­nounced, and the but­ton lay­out is re­ar­ranged to make op­er­at­ing the cam­era much more in­tu­itive.

In­ter­nally the A7 II shares the same 24MP full-frame sen­sor and BIONZ X im­age pro­ces­sor of its pre­de­ces­sor, which pro­vides a na­tive sen­si­tiv­ity rage of ISO 100-25,600, along with a con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing speed of 5fps. In ad­di­tion, the A7 II also uses the same 124-point Hy­brid AF sys­tem as the orig­i­nal that em­ploys 99 phase- de­tec­tion points along­side 25 con­trast- de­tect points for im­pres­sively hasty focus ac­qui­si­tion. While there’s no 4K video sup­port, the A7 II does pro­vide an im­pres­sive ar­ray of 1080p Full HD and 720p HD video cap­ture op­tions.

One new fea­ture for the A7 II is the ad­di­tion of built-in Sony SteadyShot 5-axis im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion tech­nol­ogy. This pro­vides up to 4.5 stops of com­pen­sa­tion, which is ex­tremely use­ful for shoot­ing hand­held at slower shut­ter speeds or with long tele­photo lenses.

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