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Todd Berlin - Customer Service Specialist : Online Sales
Todd Berlin – Customer Service Specialist : Online Sales

The recently announced Sony A7R Mark II has caused a lot of excitement over the past few weeks. Sony continues to show that they’re heavily invested in their mirrorless range of camera bodies and lenses. If we connect the dots, an A7S Mark II will no doubt be on the cards in the not too distant future.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though. The A7R II has only just been announced, let alone started shipping. What makes it so exciting then? Several things; for many people, potentially the biggest thing will be 4K internal recording (along with the S-Log2 Gamma profile). This is the first in the A7 range that offers 4K internal, although the A7S can output it via HDMI. The next big feature is the Back Side Illuminated (BSI) sensor-which if you’re unfamiliar with, essentially allows for better light gathering. The resolution has been bumped up to 42 megapixels and the ISO performance now maxes out at 102,400, so we’re expecting it to be significantly better in low light, albeit not quite as good as the A7S.

Sony A7R Mark II
The A7R Mark II also gets the 5-axis in body image stabilisation (IBIS) that’s found in the A7 Mark II for up to 4.5 stops of compensation. This body though, adds 399 phase detect Auto Focus points for MUCH faster focusing. All of this results in an incredibly packed block. I have no idea how they manage to fit it all into the sensor and have it able to move in 5 directions, but it’s a very impressive feat. The body is slightly thicker to make room for the sensor and the grip has been redesigned to be more ergonomic, as in the A7 Mark II.

Much of the other features and controls are carried over from the A7R and we can’t wait to put it through its paces.

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