Sony A7R II Review

September 29, 2015 | Mark Goldstein |
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Specifications

Size & Weight

Dimensions (W x H x D)
126.9 x 95.7 x 60.3 mm
Weight
582 g (Body Only) / 625 g (With battery and media)

WiFi®

View on Smartphone
Yes
View on TV
Yes
PlayMemories Camera Apps™
Yes
Wireless & Network Capabilities
NFC One-touch functionality, Wi-Fi

Lens

Lens Mount
E-mount
Lens Compatibility
Sony E-mount lenses

Sensor

Sensor Type
35mm
Sensor Type
35mm full frame (35.9 x 24.0mm), Exmor R CMOS sensor
Number Of Pixels (Effective)
42.4 MP
Number of Pixels (total)
Approx. 43.6 megapixels
Image Sensor Aspect Ratio
3:2
Anti-Dust System
Yes (Charge protection coating on optical filter and image sensor shift mechanism)

Zoom

Smart zoom (Still Image)
35mm full frame: M: Approx 1.5x, S: Approx 2x, APS-C: M: Approx 1.3x, S: approx 2x
Digital zoom (Still Image)
Approx: 4x
Digital zoom (Movie)
Approx: 4x

Recording (still images)

Recording Format (Still images)
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Image Size (pixels), 3:2
35mm full frame L: 7952 x 5304 (42M), M: 5168 x 3448 (18M), S: 3984 x 2656 (11M), APS-C L: 5168 x 3448 (18M), M: 3984 x 2656 (11M), S: 2592 x 1728 (4.5M)
Image Size (pixels), 16:9
35mm full frame L: 7952 x 4472 (36M), M: 5168 x 2912 (15M), S: 3984 x 2240 (8.9M), APS-C L: 5168 x 2912 (15M), M: 3984 x 2240 (8.9M), S: 2592 x 1456 (3.8M)
Image Size (pixels), Sweep Panorama
Standard: Horizontal 8192 x 1856 (15M), vertical 3872 x 2160 (8.4M), Wide: Horizontal 12416 x 1856 (23M), vertical 5536 x 2160 (12M)
Image Quality Modes
RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Extra fine, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
RAW Output
14 bit
Picture Effect
13 modes: Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R, G, B, Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration
Creative Style
Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia (Contrast -3 to +3 steps, Saturation -3 to +3 steps, Sharpness -3 to +3 steps) (Style Box 1-6 also provided)
Dynamic Range Functions
Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level (1-5)), Auto High Dynamic Range (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1.0-6.0 EV, 1.0 EV step))

Recording (movie)

Recording Format
XAVC S / AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4
Video Compression
XAVC S:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Image Size (pixels)
[NTSC]: XAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160 (30p/100Mbps, 30p/60Mbps, 24p/100Mbps, 24p/60Mbps), XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/50Mbps, 30p/50Mbps, 24p/50Mbps), 1280 x 720 (120p/50Mbps), AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28Mbps/PS, 60i/24Mbps/FX, 60i/17Mbps/FH, 24p/24Mbps/FX, 24p/17Mbps/FH), MP4: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28Mbps, 30p/16Mbps), 1280 x 720 (30p/6Mbps), [PAL]: XAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160 (25p/100Mbps, 25p/60Mbps), XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080 (50p/50Mbps, 25p/50Mbps), 1280 x 720 (100p/50Mbps), AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (50p/28Mbps/PS, 50i/24Mbps/FX, 50i/17Mbps/FH, 25p/24Mbps/FX, 25p/17Mbps/FH), MP4: 1920 x 1080 (50p/28Mbps, 25p/16Mbps), 1280 x 720 (25p/6Mbps)
Audio Recording Format
AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch, XAVC S:LPCM 2ch
Picture Profile
Yes (Off / PP1-PP7) Parameters: Black level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Saturation, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset
Other Movie Functions
Audio Level Display, Audio Rec Level, AF Tracking Sensitivity, AF Drive Speed, Auto Slow Shutter, HDMI info. Display (On/Off selectable), Time Code/User Bit, Picture Profile, Creative Style, Picture Effect, Rec Control, Dual Video Rec, Marker Setting, PAL/NTSC Selector

Shooting

Face Detection
On / On (Regist. Faces) / Off, Face registration, Face selection (Max. number of detectable faces: 8)
Clear Image Zoom
Still / Movie: Approx. 2x
Lens Compensation
Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion
Smile Shutter
Yes (selectable from 3 steps)

Storage Media

Compatible Recording Media
Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro(M2), SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant), microSD memory card, microSDHC memory card, microSDXC memory card,
Storage Media Slot
Multi slot for Memory Stick Duo/SD memory card

Noise reduction

Noise Reduction
High ISO NR: Normal/Low/Off selectable, Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.
Multi Frame NR
Auto/ISO 100 to 102400

White balance

White Balance Modes
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(57-step), A7 to B7(29-step) / Custom
AWB Micro Adjustment
G7 to M7 (57 steps), A7 to B7 (29steps)
Bracketing
3 frames, H/L selectable

Focus

Focus Type
Fast Hybrid AF(phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)
Focus Point
35mm full frame: 399 points (phase-detection AF) APS-C: 357 points (phase-detection AF) / 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
Focus Sensitivity Range
EV-2 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
AF Mode
AF-A(Automatic AF), AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus
Focus Area
Wide (399 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points(contrast-detection AF)) / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) /Expand Flexible Spot/ Lock-on AF ( Wide / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) /Expand Flexible Spot)
Other Features
AF illuminator (built-in, LED type, range: Approx. 0.30-3m), AF ON, Eye-start AF and AF micro adjustment (both only available with optional LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 attached), Focus lock, Lock-on AF, Eye AF, Predictive control
AF Illuminator
Yes (with Built-in LED type)
AF Illuminator range
Approx. 0.3m - approx. 3.0m (with FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS attached)

Exposure

Metering Type
1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Sensor
Exmor™ R CMOS sensor
Metering Sensitivity
EV-3 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Metering Mode
Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Modes
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 Selection
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
Exposure Compensation
+/- 5.0EV (1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps selectable) (with exposure compensation dial : +/- 3EV (1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps))
Auto (AE) Bracketing
Bracket: Cont., Bracket: Single, 3/5/9 frames selectable. With 3 or 5 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0 EV increments, with 9 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1.0 EV increments.
AE Lock
Can be disabled from the Menu., Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. Available with AE lock button. (On/Off/Auto)
ISO Sensitivity
Movies: ISO 100-25600 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 100-6400 equivalent, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Still images: ISO 100-25600 (expandable to ISO 50–102400 for shooting still images), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit)

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
XGA OLED, 1.3cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (color)
Number of Dots
2,359,296 dots
Brightness Control (Viewfinder)
Auto/Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)
Color Temperature Control
Manual (5 steps)
Field Coverage
100%
Magnification
Approx. 0.78 x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1)
Diopter Adjustment
-4.0 to +3.0m-1
Eye Point
Approx. 23mm from the eyepiece lens, 18.5mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m-1 (CIPA standard)
Viewfinder Display
Graphic Display, Display All Info., No Disp. Info., Digital Level Gauge, Histogram
Real-time Image Adjustment Display (Viewfinder)
On/Off

LCD Screen

Screen Type
7.5 cm (3.0-type) TFT drive
Total Number of Dots
1,228,800 dots
Brightness Control (LCD)
Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode
Adjustable Angle
Up by approx. 107 degrees, Down by approx. 41 degrees
Display Selecter (Finder/LCD)
Yes (Auto/Manual)
Real-time Image Adjustment Display (LCD)
On/Off
Peaking MF
Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Quick Navi
Yes

Shutter

Shutter Type
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter Speed
Bulb, Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 step), NTSC: Up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto Slow Shutter mode), PAL: Up to 1/50 in AUTO mode (up to 1/25 in Auto Slow Shutter mode), Still images: 1/8000 to 30 sec.
Flash Sync. Speed
1/250 sec.
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
Yes (ON/OFF)
Silent Shooting
Yes, On/Off

Image Stabilization

Steadyshot
Image Sensor-Shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation (Compensation depends on lens specifications)
Compensation Effect
4.5 steps (based on CIPA standard. Pitch/yaw shake only. With Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA lens mounted. Long exposure NR off.)

Flash

Flash Control
Pre-flash TTL
Flash Compensation
+/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Flash Modes
Flash off, AutoflashFill-flashSlow Sync. Rear Sync.Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable) WirelessHi-speed sync
External Flash Compatibility
Sony α System Flash compatible with Multi Interface Shoe, attach the shoe adaptor for flash compatible with Auto-lock accessory shoe
Wireless Control
Yes
FE Level Lock
Yes

Drive

Drive Modes
Single shooting, Continuous shooting, Self-timer, Self-timer (Cont.), Bracketing (Cont., Single, White Balance, DRO)
Self-Timer
10 sec. delay/5 sec. delay/2 sec. delay/Continuous self-timer (3 frames after 10 sec. delay/5 frames after 10 sec. delay/3 frames after 5 sec. delay/5 frames after 5 sec. delay/3 frames after 2 sec. delay/5 frames after 2 sec. delay)/Bracketing self-timer (Off/2 sec. delay/5 sec. delay/10 sec. delay
No. of recordable frames*2 (approx.)
Continuous shooting Hi : 24 frames (JPEG Extra Fine L), 30 frames (JPEG Fine L), 37 frames (JPEG Standard L), 23 frames (RAW), 22 frames (RAW & JPEG)
Speed (approx. max.)
Continuous shooting Hi : Max. 5fps, Continuous shooting Lo: Max. 2.5fps

Playback

Playback Modes
9/25-frame index view, Auto Review (10/5/2 sec, off), Delete, Enlarged display mode (Maximum magnification L: 24.9x, M: 16.2x, S: 9.4x), Folder selection (Still / Date / MP4 / AVCHD / XAVC S HD / XAVC S 4K), Forward/Rewind (movie), Image orientation (Auto/Manual/Off selectable), Panorama scrolling, Protect, Single (with or without shooting information, Y RGB histogram & highlight/shadow warning), Slideshow

NFC™

NFC™
Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)

Interface

PC Interface
Mass-storage, MTP, PC remote
HD Output
HDMI micro connector (Type-D), BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV HD, 4K movie output, 4K still image playback
Multi Interface Shoe
Multi/Micro USB Terminal Multi Interface Shoe Microphone minijack Headphone minijack Vertical Grip Connector
Multi Interface Shoe
Yes

Audio

Microphone
Built-in stereo microphone or XLR-K2M/ECM-XYST1M (sold separately)
Speaker
Built-in, monaural

Print

Compatible Standards
Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting

Custom function

Custom Function Type
Custom key settings, Programmable setting

Power

Supplied Battery
NP-FW50 Rechargeable Battery Pack
Battery Life (Movies)
Actual: Approx. 50 min (Viewfinder) / Approx. 55 min (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard), Continuous: Approx. 95 min (Viewfinder) / Approx. 95 min (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)
Internal Battery Charge
Yes
External Power
AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (sold separately)
Battery Life (Still Images)
Approx. 290 shots (viewfinder) / approx. 340 shots (LCD screen) (CIPA standard)

Others

Body Material
Magnesium alloy, High rigidity engineering plastic exterior
Operating Temperature
32°-104°F / 0-40°C

What's In The Box

  • Power Cord
  • Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50 X 2
  • Cable Protector
  • AC Adaptor AC-UD10
  • Battery Charger BC-VW1
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Accessory Shoe Cap
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • Micro USB Cable