The camera offers outstanding image quality in a compact size and light build, and it carries on the traditions of the a7 series, which includes the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable-lens full-frame camera (a7r). A 24.3 effective megapixel 35 mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor moves along five axes to compensate for camera shake, providing optical image stabilisation equivalent to up to 4.5 steps faster shutter speed of correction for still images. Shooting sharp handheld stills and video is now possible under conditions that may have required a tripod in the past. In this and other scenarios, users can enjoy beautifully rendered images from the full-frame sensor with the convenience of image stabilisation. In-camera image stabilisation also offers sharper images for those using A-mount lenses on an optional lens adapter.
- The world’s first full-frame camera with 5-axis image stabilisation – in a compact body
- Fast Hybrid AF captures your subject and doesn’t let go
- Stunning image quality and versatile movie functions
- More sophisticated operability and higher reliability
- Wi-Fi/NFC + PMCA
- 24 MP full-frame CMOS sensor
- NEW 5-axis Image Stabilisation
- 5 fps AF/AE shooting with tracking
- Advanced Hybrid AF: phase-detect and contrast-detect AF
- XGA OLED Tru-Finder (100% coverage/0.71x)
- Dust/moisture-resistant magnesium alloy body
- NEW Full HD (60p (50p), 60i (50i), 30p (25p) , 24p) movie recording
- NEW Now supports the XAVC S codec
- 4K photo output and support for TRILUMINOS Display
- 3.0″ tiltable LCD, 1.23million dots
- NFC and Wi-Fi
- ISO 100-25,600
- 30-1/8000sec. shutter speed range
- Takes Sony E-mount lenses
Compared to the a7 – What’s new?
- SteadyShotTM INSIDE 5-axis image stabilisation
- Recording formats: XAVC S /AVCHD/MP4
- Full HD Movie: 60p (50p), 60i (50i), 30p (25p), 24p
- Picture Profile
- S-Log2 gamma
- Time code/User bit
- REC Control
- Dual Video Rec
- Marker Display/Marker Setting
- 3.0-type 1229K-dot tiltable LCD screen
- Memory Recall (MR) for settings from internal or external memory
- Button customisation function
- Magnesium alloy body
- Dust and moisture resistance
- Anti-dust system
- Quick startup
Versatile, full-frame mid-zoom lens with OSS
The Sony E28-70mm f3.5-5.6 OSS FE Lens is built for Sony’s full-frame E-mount compact system cameras, such as the alpha a7 and a7R, but will also work with Sony’s NEX range. From family portraits to landscapes, the E28-70mm with Optical SteadyShot (OSS) is a versatile, everyday lens for blur-free shooting throughout the zoom range. The lens is equipped with three aspherical elements and one ED glass element for minimal aberration and beautiful contrast. The travel friendly design is enhanced further by dust and moisture resistant seals.
5-axis image stabilisation
The a7 II dramatically expands your range of expression by compensating for five types of camera shake during handheld shooting of still images and movies. The highly effective 4.5-step* compensation lets you confidently zoom in faraway subjects, snap detailed close-ups, capture night scenes and more – all with minimal camera shake blur. * Based on CIPA standard. Pitch/yaw shake only. With Sonnar T* FE 55 mm F1.8 ZA lens mounted. Long exposure NR off.
35 mm full-frame 24.3-megapixel* Exmor CMOS sensor
The image sensor delivers beautiful images from corner to corner and stunning 24.3-megapixel resolution. You’ll enjoy low noise, an extremely wide dynamic range, and amazingly rich and subtle gradations. Moreover, innovations that could only be achieved by Sony reproduce details more faithfully so that every scene looks incredibly real. * Approximate effective megapixels
Compatibility with wide-ranging mountable lenses*
New 5-axis image stabilisation lets you enjoy unparalleled handheld shooting freedom with more of your favourite mountable lenses. The short flange-back distance in the E-mount a7 II contributes to broad lens compatibility. * When using a third-party mount adapter, performance, functionality and operation are not guaranteed and Sony will take no responsibility if a malfunction occurs.
Automatic optimisation for every a lens
Confidently use your favourite E-mount and A-mount lenses, knowing the a7 II will analyse information from the lens to optimise depiction performance and 5-axis image stabilisation for the particular lens you mount. When using E-mount lenses with optical stabilisation (OSS), the a7 II combines the best of in-lens and in-camera image stabilisation.
5fps AF/AE shooting with accurate tracking
When your subject is moving fast, you can beautifully capture the decisive moment with sharp, well-exposed results via 5fps continuous AF/AE shooting. A dramatically improved algorithm accurately predicts subject movement so you can steadfastly track the subject even when shooting continuously.
Robust magnesium alloy body
The remarkably compact and lightweight body is solidly built to withstand the rigours of shooting in the field. It’s the ideal blend of lightweight, solid reliability and steady handling, thanks to a top cover, front cover and internal structure constructed of rigid magnesium alloy.
Full-frame expression without the bulk
The a7 II packs powerful movie-making capabilities in extremely compact dimensions. You can create movies of breathtaking visual and sound quality with exquisite background blur, remarkably clear details, and the sensitivity to bring dark scenes to vibrant life. Features like Picture Profile and P/A/S/M modes further expand your creative options.
High-performance Fast Hybrid AF with wide coverage and 30% faster response
The newly enhanced Fast Hybrid AF system delivers extremely high-speed response, highly accurate prediction and wide area coverage for autofocusing and tracking you can always depend on. Remarkably fast for a full-frame camera AF system, it ensures maximum speed by optimally employing phase-detection or contrast-detection AF depending on the scene.
Pro-quality XAVC S format
For extremely high image quality and minimal noise, record movies in the high-bit-rate XAVC S format, which was developed based on the professional XAVC 4K/HD format. It enables Full HD (1920 x 1080) image recording at 50Mbps (60p/50p, 30p/25p, 24p)* and employs linear PCM sound for high-quality sound recording. * NTSC/PAL
Note: Sony recommends using an SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 U3 memory card that is 64GB or above when shooting movies in the XAVC S format.
BIONZ X image processing engine
BIONZ X faithfully reproduces textures and details in real time, as seen by the naked eye, via extra high-speed processing capabilities. Together with front-end Large Scale Integration that accelerates processing, it enables more natural details, more realistic images, richer tonal gradations and lower noise when shooting still images and movies.
Robust lens mount
The strength and rigidity of the body and lens mount have been enhanced to provide an especially solid foundation for mounting large, heavy lenses such as super telephoto lenses and those preferred for movie shooting.
Enhanced grip and shutter button
The grip is refined in shape and height to support a more secure grasp of the camera even when a large lens is mounted. This also contributes to more confident operation of the shutter button and dials. Moreover, the shutter button has been reshaped and shifted forward to enable more natural shooting with less camera shake.
Lock-on AF tracking
It’s easy to keep moving subjects in focus with enhanced Lock-on AF, which analyses even more information from the scene to ensure usage of the optimal AF point for smooth, stable autofocusing. Its ability to detect and track moving subjects has now been significantly improved, thanks to Sony’s advanced proprietary image analysis technology.
High-contrast, high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder
The viewfinder offers impressive visibility that contributes to stress-free, intuitive operation. You can accurately monitor what will appear in your final images because it faithfully displays the effects of your various camera settings. Moreover, an advanced 3-lens optical system ensures rich tonal gradation and extremely high contrast.
Stable viewfinder image
Monitor the stabilising effects of camera shake compensation in the viewfinder or LCD screen while shooting still images by pressing the shutter button halfway or magnifying the image, and while shooting movies by entering movie mode. Even when using a telephoto or macro lens, you can fine-tune framing and focusing with stress-free stability.
Fine-tune the look of movies before shooting by adjusting gradation, colour adjustment and detail. Adjusted parameters can be saved with other settings as a profile, and up to 7 profiles can be stored for later recall.
Detail reproduction technology and diffraction-reducing technology
Detail reproduction technology depicts details more faithfully with a more natural sense of dimension, while diffraction-reducing technology suppresses the effects of diffraction to faithfully reproduce fine details even when shooting at small aperture settings.
Area-specific noise reduction
Area-specific noise reduction selectively divides the image into areas based on patterns (such as edges, textures and flat areas like blue skies), then applies the most appropriate noise reduction for each area to markedly reduce noise and achieve a new level of clarity.
Time code / User bit
This function provides a “Record Run” setting that only advances the time code while recording, a “Free Run” setting that advances the time code whether recording or not, a drop frame method and a non-drop frame method. The a7 II can also output an embedded time code when the clean HDMI output setting is in use.
S-Log2 gamma setting
This proprietary Sony gamma setting, featured in professional camcorders, creates a 1300% wider dynamic range for smooth expression of gradation with reduced white-out and black-out. Through colour grading in post-production, you can make the most of the low-noise image and super-rich detail to achieve various types of image expression.
Clean HDMI output
An HDMI terminal makes it easy to transfer Full HD movie signals in real-time to an external monitor for accurate, large-screen viewing and listening. This feature supports uncompressed movie recording on external recording equipment and lets you output uncompressed movies with the shooting info display function off.
Easy button customisation
Button customisation empowers you to shoot just the way you like, with frequently used functions assigned to the customisable buttons of your choice. You can easily assign any of 56 functions*1 to any of 10 buttons*2 to enjoy speedier, more intuitive operation and maximum convenience. *1 Some functions can only be assigned to certain buttons. *2 10 buttons including focus hold button on lens.
Meticulously crafted controls
Controls are refined for intuitive operation and immediate adjustment of parameters while viewing scenes through the viewfinder. The front and rear dials have been thoroughly refined and positioned with overall handling in mind to enable easier, more efficient turning. It’s a level of refinement that even surpasses that of other a7 series models.
Convenient tiltable LCD screen
The LCD screen tilts upward approx. 107 degrees and downward approx. 41 degrees to accommodate wide-ranging shooting angles. This flexibility combines with compact mobility to greatly expand your shooting options. Viewing is also clear under direct sunlight thanks to WhiteMagic technology that nearly doubles the brightness of the display.
Anti-dust system and coating
To keep your photos blemish-free, a special anti-static coating on the surface of the optical filter suppresses the attachment of both dry and moist dust particles when changing lenses. An anti-dust mechanism also vibrates at high speed when you select Cleaning Mode to remove any particles adhering to the filter.
Connect to smartphones and tablets with one touch!
Instantly transfer a photo or MP4 movie to your Android smartphone or tablet by simply touching it with the a7 II – thanks to built-in Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication)*. Touching your mobile device with the camera can also activate Smart Remote Control, which lets you control the camera’s shutter release from your smartphone or tablet. * Requires NFC-compatible Android device.
Multi Frame NR (Noise Reduction)
This mode composites four shots to significantly suppress noise and raise sensitivity, letting you clearly capture dark scenes without a tripod or flash. Camera shake blur is also lowered while contrast and detail are raised.
PlayMemories Camera Apps*
The exciting new application download service, PlayMemories Camera Apps, lets you add new functions to your camera’s existing feature-set to heighten photographic expression according to your own creative needs. www.sony.net/pmca. * Requires a valid Sony Entertainment Network account. Some apps require a fee.