The message is clear. Sony is not messing around.
Sony just released a pair of impressive cameras geared toward consumers and enthusiasts with the RX100 IV and the RX10 II. Rounding out the trio is something for the pro and serious amateur photographer – the Sony Alpha A7R II, which features a whopping 42.4MP back-illuminated full frame sensor.
While upping the resolution considerably, the back-illuminated technology applied to the sensor should yield better low-light sensitivity and, as a result, cleaner images in higher ISO settings up the max ISO 102,400.
The A7R II also features the impressive 5-axis in-body image stabilization to which we were introduced on the 24MP Sony A7 II late last year. The AF system gets another solid upgrade with 399 phase-detection AF points on the image sensor, which Sony says yields up to 40% faster AF speed.
The video features get an upgrade as well, providing up to 4K resolution, including Super 35mm crop mode without pixel binning, as well as full frame mode (with pixel binning). Video files are captured using the familiar Sony XAVC-S codec at 100Mbps in 4K and 50Mbps in 1080p. Additionally, 720p at 120fps is supported along with Picture Profile and S-Log2/S-Gamut.
The viewfinder has a large 0.78x magnification and is an updated 2.36M-dot XGA OLED EVF. The A7R II also includes built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.
The new full frame shooter retails for $3200 and should ship in August with pre-orders starting June 17. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
Wish they would change the monitor to a flip out style rather than their current layout, but that’s just a gripe.
This looks like an awesome camera. Too bad it doesn’t support EF/EF-S natively – maybe will end up pushing outside of budget range when needing to factor in an adapter from Metabones at $500+ to avoid swapping all my glass. In that aspect, the Blackmagic URSA Mini may be a better buy? Lots of number crunching if Canon doesn’t offer a real 4K solution soon…
G Grimes says
Can’t wait to see a shootout between the new Sony and Canon’s 50 MPIX entries. I don’t care about video or high ISO, just quality of stills at ISO 100.
How does the dynamic range compare to other cameras?
Jan Karlsson says
And Sony did what I wish Canon have done. :(
But if Sony not have a much better dynamic range, I will buy a Canon….maybe ?
But WHY have Sony no designer ? Ugly as hell, and I don’t normally care about this, but Sony make so many ugly cameras and not one even feel good in any hand.
If you become angry now ? It’s just because you don’t have used any other brand.
Them all looking like military stuff, looking very old before they have come out on market.
When Sony start to make elegant bodys, like Canon, Nikon and other brands, than they have a winner.
People care about this more than Sony think.
Or maybe them waiting for the right moment, so that all buyers that now get this ugly as hell body, also feel that them must buy a new elegant body to not look silly?
I wish to say that Sony make everything so much better, but thats not possible right now ;)
Sorry for my bad English