Sony A7 II Review

March 4, 2015 | Mark Goldstein | |

Specifications

  • Advanced Features

    • Face Detection : On, Off, Face Registration, Face Selection; maximum eight faces detected
    • Smile Shutter™ technology : Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
  • Camera

    • Camera Type : Interchangeable lens digital camera
    • Lens Compatibility : Sony E-mount lenses
  • Convenience Features

    • Still Image Playback Options : Single (with or without shooting information Y RGB histogram & highlight/shadow warning), 9/25-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (L: 18.8x, M: 12.3x, S: 9.4x), Panorama (Standard): 25.6x, Panorama (Wide): 38.8x, Auto Review (10 / 5 / 2 sec, Off), Image orientation (Auto / Manual / Off selectable), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (Date / Still / MP4 / AVCHD / XAVC S), Forward / Rewind (movie), Delete, Protect
  • Drive System

    • Continuous Shooting Speed : Continuous shooting: Hi: max. 5 fps, Lo: max. 2.5 fps
    • Flash Sync Speed : 1/250 sec.
    • Shutter Speeds : Still images:1/8000 to 30 sec, Bulb, Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4(1/3 steps) up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode)
    • Self-timer : 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay, selectable
    • Shutter Type : Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
    • Drive Mode : Single Shooting, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec delay 3/5 frames selectable), Bracketing (Cont., Single, White Balance, DRO)
  • Exposure System

    • D-Range Optimizer : Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto / Level (1-5)), Auto High Dynamic Range (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1-6 EV, 1.0 EV step))
    • Auto Exposure Lock : Available with AE lock button. Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. Can be disabled from the Menu
    • Exposure Compensation : +/- 5.0 EV (1/3 EV or1/2 EV steps selectable) with exposure compensation dial : +/- 3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    • Picture Effect(s) : 13 modes: Posterization (Color, (B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R, G, B, Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera (Normal, Cool, Warm, Green, Magenta), Soft High-key , Soft Focus (High, Mid, Low), HDR Painting (High, Mid, Low), Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature(Auto, Top, Middle(H), Bottom, Right, Middle(V), Left), Watercolor, Illustration(High, Mid, Low)
    • Exposure Settings : AUTO (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Movie (Programmed AE (P) / Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M)), Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection
    • Scene Mode(s) : Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Night Portrait, Anti Motion Blur
    • Metering Modes : Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
    • Metering Sensitivity : EV -1 to EV 20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
    • Metering : 1200-zone evaluative metering
    • ISO : Still images: ISO 100-25600 equivalent (1/3 EV step), (ISO numbers up from ISO 50 can be set as expanded ISO range.), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit) Movies: ISO 200-25600 equivalent (1/3 EV step) / AUTO (ISO 200-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
    • Noise Reduction : Long exposure NR: On / Off , available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec. High ISO NR: Normal / Low / Off
    • Creative Style : Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia, Style Box (1-6), (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))
    • Color Temperature : 2500 to 9900K & Color Filter (G7 to M7: 15-steps, A7 to B7: 15-steps)
    • White Balance Mode : Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight) / Flash / Underwater/ Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & Color filter (G7 to M7: 15-steps, A7 to B7: 15-steps) / Custom AWB micro adjustment: G7 to M7 (15-steps), A7 to B7 (15-steps) Bracketing: 3 frames, H/L selectable
    • Exposure Bracketing : Bracket: Cont. / Bracket: Single, With 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1.0 EV, 2.0 EV, 3.0 EV increments, 3/5 frames selectable
    • AE Lock : Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. Available with AE lock button. (On/Off/Auto)
  • Flash

    • Flash Bracketing : 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 EV steps, 3/5 frames selectable
    • Flash Metering System : Pre-flash TTL
    • Flash Compensation : +/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
    • Flash Modes : Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync, Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable), Wireless, Hi-speed sync. 
  • Focus Control

    • Focus Features : Eye-start AF (only with LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 attached (Sold separately)), Lock-on AF, Eye AF, Predictive control, Focus lock
    • Manual Focus Assist : 35mm full frame: 5.9x, 11.7x APS-C: 3.8x, 7.7x
    • AF Illuminator : Built-in LED, Range: Approx. 0.3m - approx. 3.0m (with FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS attached)
    • Focus Sensitivity : EV-1 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
    • Focus Area : Wide (117 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF)) / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S / M / L) / Lock-on AF ( Wide / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S / M / L))
    • Focus Points : 35mm full frame: 117 points (phase-detection AF) APS-C: 99 points (phase-detection AF) / 25 points (conotrast-detection AF)
    • AF Modes : Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus
    • Focus System : Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF / contrast-detection AF)
  • Focus system

    • AF micro adjustment : Yes, (Sold separately) with LA-EA2 or LA-EA4
  • Imaging Sensor

    • Pixel Gross : 24.7 Megapixels (approx.)
    • Color Filter System : RGB primary color filters
    • Effective Picture Resolution : 24.3 Megapixels (approx.)
    • Anti Dust : Charge protection coating on optical filter and image sensor shift mechanism
    • Imaging Sensor : 35mm full frame Exmor CMOS sensor (35.8 x 23.9mm)
  • Interface

    • Vertical Grip Connector : Yes
    • NFC : Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)
    • HDMI Terminal : HDMI® micro connector (Type-D)
    • HD Output : HDMI micro connector (Type-D) BRAVIA Sync (Control for HDMI) PhotoTV HD 4K Still Image PB
    • Wi-Fi : Yes (Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz band) )
    • Remote Commander : Yes, via optional RMT-DSLR2 (sold separately)
    • Multi Interface Shoe : Yes
    • Headphone Jack : Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
    • Microphone Input : Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
  • LCD Display

    • Peaking : Yes (Level setting: High / Mid / Low / Off, Color: White / Red / Yellow)
    • Real-time image adjustment display : Yes (On / Off)
    • LCD Type : 3.0” (7.5cm) TFT (1,228,800 dots)
    • Angle Adjustment : Up by approx. 107 degrees, Down by approx. 41 degrees
    • Brightness Control : Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode
    • Grid Display : Yes (Rule of 3rds Grid / Square Grid / Diag. + Square Grid / Off)
    • Customization : Graphic Display, Display All Info, No Disp. Info, Digital Level Gauge, Histogram, For viewfinder
    • Zebra : Yes
  • Movie function

    • HDMI Info. Display : On / Off selectable
  • Other Features

    • Clock Function,Setting : Yes
    • Area Setting : Yes
    • Eye-Fi ready : Yes
    • Shop Front Mode : Yes
    • Help guide : Yes
  • Power

    • Battery Type : One rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50
    • External Power : AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (sold separately)
    • Number of Still Images : Approx. 270 shots (Viewfinder) / Approx. 350 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)
    • Power Consumption (in View Finder Operation) : Still images: approx. 3.5W (with FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached) Movies: approx. 4.2W (with FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)
  • Power

    • External power : Yes via optional AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (sold separately)
    • Compatible standards : Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting
  • Recording

    • Panorama Still Image Size : Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M) Horizontal Std: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M) Vertical Wide: 5,536 x 2,160 (12M) Vertical Std: 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)
    • Video Resolution : XAVC S Full HD - 1920 x 1080/60p@50Mbps Full HD - 1920 x 1080/30p@50Mbps Full HD - 1920 x 1080/24p@50Mbps *Class 10+ SDXC memory card is required for recording in XAVC S AVCHD™:
      PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
      FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
      FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
      FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
      FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps

      MP4:
      HD - 1440 x 1080/30p@12Mbps
      VGA - 640 x 480/30p@3Mbps
    • Audio Format : XAVC S: LPCM 2ch. AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3), 2ch., Dolby Digital Stereo Creator MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch.
    • Video Format : XAVC S / AVCHD™ format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4
    • Video Mode : XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 MP4: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
    • Color Space : Still: sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINOS Color Movie: xvYCC standard (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS Color
    • Still Image Size 16:9 : 35mm full frame: L: 6000 x 3376 (20M) M: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M) S: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M) APS-C: L: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M) M: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M) S: 1968 x 1112 (2.2M)
    • Still Image Size 3:2 : 35mm full frame: L: 6000 x 4000 (24M) M: 3936 x 2624 (10M) S: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M) APS-C: L: 3936 x 2624 (10M) M: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M) S: 1968 x 1312 (2.6M)
    • Still Image Mode : RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Extra fine, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
    • Media Type : Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
    • Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 24.3 megapixels (approx.)
    • Microphone/Speaker : Built-in stereo microphone or XLR-K2M / ECM-XYST1M (sold separately) Built-in, monaural speaker
    • Still Image File Format : JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
    • 14bit RAW : Yes
  • Shutter

    • Flash sync. speed : 1/250 sec.
    • Electronic Front Curtain Shutter : Yes (On / Off)
  • Viewfinder

    • Display : Graphic Display; Display All Info.; No Disp. Info.; Digital Level Gauge; Histogram
    • Brightness Control : Auto / Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)
    • Type : 1.3 cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (color) (2, 359, 296 dots)
    • Field of View : 100%
    • Magnification : Approx. 0.71 x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1)
    • Diopter Adjustment : -4.0 to +3.0m-1
  • Weights and Measurements

    • Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) : Approx. 1 lb 3.6 oz. (556 g)
    • Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx. 5 x 3 7/8 x 2 3/8” (Approx. 126.9 x 95.7 x 59.7mm) (W/H/D) excluding protrusions
    • Weight (Approx.) : With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo Approx. 1 lb 5.1 oz. (599 g)
  • Wi-Fi

    • PlayMemories Camera Apps : Yes
    • View on TV : Yes
    • Send to Computer : Yes
    • View on Smartphone : Yes