Sony Al­pha 7R II

Price £2,499 (body only)

Amateur Photographer - - Testbench -

WHEREAS the Al­pha 7 II is po­si­tioned as the all-rounder and the Al­pha 7S II is en­gi­neered for op­ti­mal low-light per­for­mance, the A7R II ful­fils the role of res­o­lu­tion heavy­weight within Sony’s flag­ship full-frame mir­ror­less trio. It shows marked im­prove­ments over the A7R in just about ev­ery depart­ment. Not only has res­o­lu­tion been upped from 36.2MP to 42.4MP, the A7R II doesn’t suf­fer from the same per­for­mance com­pro­mises of its pre­de­ces­sor. In­deed, the A7R II is able to match the A7 II for con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing speed (5fps) at nearly twice the res­o­lu­tion, and even out­per­forms it by two EV stops with its ex­tended sen­si­tiv­ity range of 50-102,400.

The A7R II fur­ther benefits from the ad­di­tion of a more ad­vanced Hy­brid aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem than found in­side the A7 II and A7S II. This em­ploys 399 phase- de­tec­tion and 25 con­trast- de­tect AF points for viewfinder-wide cov­er­age and all-but-in­stan­ta­neous focus lock. The A7R II also matches the A7S II with its sup­port for 4K video cap­ture at 24/30fps, but adds the abil­ity to record 4K footage us­ing the full width of its 35mm sen­sor.

Else­where, the A7R II benefits from all the usual bells and whis­tles you’d ex­pect of a flag­ship model in­clud­ing tough mag­ne­sium al­loy con­struc­tion, weather-seal­ing, a large and su­per-sharp EVF, a high-res­o­lu­tion tiltable LCD dis­play, a wide ar­ray of phys­i­cal con­trols and gen­er­ous cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions. All this com­bines to make it one of the most de­sir­able and costly op­tions in this mir­ror­less roundup.

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