Just over a year ago, Sony announced its A7 Full Frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Since then it’s been joined by the professionally-focused A7R and the 4K A7S. These cameras are weather sealed and designed to be a DSLR replacement. Today, Sony announced the A7 II, the second iteration of this camera and they didn’t stay still.
A7 II Specs
In terms of specifications, the A7 II doesn’t change that much compared to last year’s model. It features a similar 24.3mp sensor and Boinz X processor. The sensor is full-frame 35mm equivalent. It also has a 117pt autofocus system and can shoot 5.0 frames per second. In video mode, the A7 II can shoot Full HD video in 50FPS. The main difference is that the A7 II uses the XAVC-S video codec in addition to AVCHD. It still uses the full-frame E-Mount (FE) that is backwards compatible with APS-C E-Mount lenses. In terms of size, the A7 II is a bit larger and heavier than the original A7. Weight for the new body is 556 grams compared to the previous model at 417 grams. Most of this is due to an enlarged grip on the A7 II which increased the depth of the camera from 48.2mm of the to 59.7mm. Its not for larger batteries since the A7II still uses the NP-FW50 good for the roughly same 270-350 shots on a single battery.
At base glance the A7 II isn’t that much difference from the A7 I… except for one important part. The A7 II includes a 5-axis image stabilization system. Image stabilization isn’t that uncommon, but it’s usually 2 or 3-axis, not 5. The system features full 4.5 compensation for better shots in low light and zoomed-in shots where shake is much more noticeable. The stabilization system is also automatically optimized for the specific lens. The A7 II also features a new hybrid autofocus system that is 30% faster than the previous model. It’s the A7, only better.
Pricing and Availability
Here’s the bad news: As of now, the A7 II is only available in Japan. Worldwide pricing and release information was not given. If you’re in the land of the rising sun, you can get it for ¥184,560 on Amazon Japan. That equates to between $1500-1600 in US dollars. The release date in Japan is pegged as December 5th.
Sony has revealed The US ship date and pricing for the A7 II. It’ll ship December 8th at $1699 for body only and $1999 in a kit with a 28-70mm Lens. These are the same prices as the previous model. You can order it on Amazon US.
In terms of the overall package, the A7 II shares a lot in common with last year’s model. However, the 5-axis stabilization and faster autofocus will make it a better camera. I’m not sure I’d be selling my original A7 if you have one, but if you’re looking at the A7, you may want to wait until the second generation hits your shores.
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