Meet the α7S II — with ultra-high sensitivity, wide dynamic range, internal 4K movie recording and superior shooting stability.
Sensitivity to ISO 409600 and wide dynamic range refine stills/movies.
Ensures stable expression of stills and movies using various lenses..
Expansive power to express images of fine details with less moiré, jaggies and noise is evident in movies that the α7S II can record internally in 4K full-frame format.
This fast, accurate AF system performs reliably in light as low as EV (Exposure Value) -4.
Advanced features such as S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log3 and 120fps Full HD recording.
Ultra-high sensitivity, extra-wide dynamic range and improved image processing algorithm deliver high-quality images with spectacular details.
12.2 megapixels, wide ISO and dynamic ranges, and advanced light capture for subtler gradation.
Advanced algorithm realizes extra-fine detail with minimal noise in producing stills and movies.
The a7S II has evolved in both Stills and Movies adding internal 4K video recording, 5-axis image stabilization and High-speed AF with enhanced accuracy - while maintaining its legendary low-light/ low noise capability for extraordinary high sensitivity of up to ISO 409,6002. Additional updates include; S-Gamut, Cine/S-Log Picture Profiles and 120P Full HD 1920x1080 high-frame rate video for 5x slow motion.
· 12.2MP full-frame sensor for low light wide dynamic range
· Full-frame 4K movie recording1 w/ full pixel readout no pixel binning
· High ISO up to 409600 w/ fast 169-point AF in light as low as EV-4
· 5-axis in-body image stabilization benefits every lens
· 120P Full HD 1920x1080 high-frame rate video for 5x slow motion
· Supports Picture Profiles, S-Gamut. Cine/S-Log
· 2.4-million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder w/ ZEISS T* coating
· Shutter vibration suppression, first curtain shutter silent shutter
· Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi NFC w/camera apps
· Durable, reliable and ergonomically enhanced for professional use
12.2MP full-frame sensor for low light wide dynamic range
The innovative a7S II features a 12.2 effective MP full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor paired with a powerful BIONZ X image processor, allowing it to shoot at a sensitivity range of ISO 50 - 409600 with unprecedented dynamic range. The extra-large pixels on the a7S II collects dramatically more light than t raditional cameras to produce beautifully detailed low-noise images in even the most challenging lighting situations.
World's first Full-frame 4K movie recording with fu ll pixel readout and no pixel binning
The a7S II is the world's first camera to offer internal 4K movie recording in the full-frame format with full pixel readout and no line skipping or pixel binning - resulting in images that exhibit higher resolution and less moire and jaggies than typical 4K movies.
It also provides you the option of shooting 4k in the super 35mm format and the ability to capture uncompressed 4:2:2 Full HD or 4K QFHD output via HDMI to optional 3rd party external recorders. Enjoy the improved autofocus with 169 AF points and let every lens benefit from the 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization.
Fast precise focusing in light as low as EV -4 with 169-point AF
The a7S II has been upgraded from the a7S and now offers 169 AF points for fast, precise focusing with greater accuracy compared to the original a7S. The low signal-to-noise ratio produced by the image sensor of the a7S II enables the Fast Intelligent AF to detect contrast more easily and react speedily even in low-light situations (as low as EV-4), when it's even tough to check focus with the naked eye. The AF performance on the a7S II is also twice as fast as the a7S during video shooting.
5-axis in-body image stabilization benefits every lens
The 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE is fine-tuned for 4k video capture. It accurately compensates for blur caused by camera shake from five different directions-vertical, horizontal, pitch, yaw and roll-as opposed to only two in previous systems.
The 5-axis image stabilizing system excels during video recording and even compensates for blur caused by the user walking or running.
120P Full HD 1920x1080 high-frame rate video for 5x slow motion
For the first time ever in the Sony a7 camera series, the a7S II can support high frame rate 120fps shooting in full-HD resolution (1920x1080) 100Mbps using the entire full frame sensor. Video can immediately be reviewed on the camera screen and eventually edited into appealing 4x/5x slow motion footage in Full HD (24p/30p) resolution.
Supports Picture Profiles, S-Gamut. Cine/S-Log
The a7S II boasts numerous features, common to Sony's range of professional video cameras that enhance a cinematographer's ability to capture breathtaking video while benefiting their workflow. Video functionality has been enhanced with new picture profile settings; S-Gamut Cine/S-Log and S-Gamut/S-Log, simplifying color correction and delivering wide dynamic range (up to 1300%).
The a7S II even offers impressive 14-stop latitude in the S-Log gamma setting, while also supporting other popular profiles for cinematographers including S-Gamut/S-Log that can adjust settings like gamma, black, level and color adjustment, and can be saved for use in a multi-camera shoot. Other enhancements include the addition of Gamma Display Assist, a new function that allows users to pre-visualize the post-graded video when recording S-Log movies, and the improvement of the Zebra function for even greater control.
2.4-million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder with ZEISS T* coating
The XGA OLED Tru-Finder in the a7S II has been upgraded with the world's highest viewfinder magnification of 0.78x (roughly 38.5 degrees in diagonal field of view) and shows clear images across the entire display area. The use of ZEISS T* Coating ensures sharp reduction of reflections on the viewfinder. Unlike an optical viewfinder, the OLED Tru-Finder can be used to instantly show how exposure compensation, white balance and other selected settings are affecting the displayed image.
Durable reduced-vibration shutter
The a7S II 's shutter includes a new braking mechanism which cuts mechanical front/rear curtain vibration by about 50%. Additionally, you can use the electronic front curtain shutter mode for even less vibration.
This not only minimizes camera shake that can blur details and also reduces noise. Silent shutter mode eliminates shutter activation entirely for completely silent shooting. The new shutter mechanism on the a7S II is extremely durable having being tested to 500,000 cycles.
Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi/NFC.
Thanks to built-in Wi-Fi, you can easily connect to a compatible iOS or Android smartphone or tablet with the free PlayMemories Mobile App. From there you can control your camera, preview and frame using your mobile device and trigger the camera shutter or movie button.
Then instantly transfer a photo or MP4 movie to your device. NFC (Near Field Communication) provides "one-touch connection" convenience to Android smartphones and tablets with NFC. Simply touch devices to connect. Setting up your mobile device is as simple as downloading a free PlayMemories Mobile app.
Personalize your camera with PlayMemories Camera Apps.
Add new features to your a7S II with PlayMemories Camera Apps. Find apps to fit your shooting style - with everything from time lapse, motion shot and more.
Use apps that shoot, share and save photos to your smartphone using Wi-Fi, making it easy to post photos directly to your favorite social media site or backup images to the cloud without connecting to a computer.
Wider lens compatibility
Directly compatible with the growing family of E-mount lenses, the a7S II can also be used with Sony's A-mount and others lens systems with optional adapters. Sony's complete 'a' lens system includes several premium offerings from Carl Zeiss and G Series Lenses.
Sony's E-mount lens system is particularly well-suited for video shooting, with a variety of models containing "movie-friendly" features like smooth focusing, powered zoom control, and silent iris/aperture control. 5-axis image stabilization lets you enjoy unparalleled handheld shooting freedom with more of your favorite mountable lenses.
New-generation RGB filter with gapless on-chip lens design
The larger than normal pixel size on the 35mm full-frame image sensor with effective 12.2MP, employs Sony's latest image sensor technologies on the a7S. To boost the image sensor's light collection efficiency, a new-generation RGB color filter has been adopted, in addition to the gapless on-chip lens design, light concentration technology and photodiode expansion technology delivers unprecedented high sensitivity and low-noise levels with high dynamic range in every light condition from severe low light to bright sunlight.
By applying an AR coating on the surface of the seal glass over the image sensor, ghosting and flare have been minimized, further contributing to the a7S's high image quality.
Tough magnesium alloy body and robust lens mount
Designed for solid reliability and steady handling, the a7S II's compact body is built to withstand the rigors of shooting in the field, thanks to an internal structure and top, front, and rear covers all made of strong, rigid magnesium alloy. Furthermore, the a7S II features a robust lens mount with the strength and rigidity to match the body - this is especially good for mounting large, heavy lenses such as super telephoto lenses and those preferred for movie shooting.
3" LCD screen tilts up and down for easy high and low-angle framing
The tiltable 3" (1,229k dots) xtra Fine LCD Display makes it easy to photograph over crowds, or objects close to the ground or maybe you just want to get a different perspective. The screen can swivel up approx. 107° and down approx. 41°. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies thanks to WhiteMagic technology that nearly doubles the brightness of the display through a unique RGBW pixel structure for easier checking of the focus and image details.
Reviewed by 3 customers
A beautiful, low light camera that can be a 4K beast with an external recorder. Pick up the second version if you don't want to lug a second recorder around and want in body stabilization. If you don't need that though, get this camera.
I have owned a A7s for 18 months and love it. While I do take a lot of photographs my main interest is video. I live and travel on a sailboat and spend time in remote locations. I needed a new second camera and decided to stay with Sony. I have only used it a few days, but so far it's great. Having 4K internal was a major selling point, as well as my collection of FE lenses.
This is a great camera. It sees in the dark. It takes photos with very low noise to 25K. It's light. It has great dynamic range. I don't regret buying this and it has replaced my Canon SLRs as my goto camera for most events. It took me about a week to get used to the dials. It's so intuitive that I now twiddle the aperture, speed and ISO on the fly rather than having to access a separate function for the ISO adjustment. Because it has such an extended ability to take terrific pictures in the dark (to -4 LUX), it allows for a significantly wider choice of depth of field in low light that was previously not available. What are its drawbacks? It's only 12Megs, but a very good 12Megs, only really a drawback if your printing includes very large format. It's automatic focus using an adaptor with alien lenses is slow, not at all useful for action shooting. On the other hand, it has a great manual focus system that is so quick and natural that I don't miss the auto-focus speed. This allows me to use all of my Canon lenses. It eats its small battery quicker than my Canon. This is to be expected as it is using an electronic display at all times, either via eyepiece or back panel. I get about 200 shots. No problem. Take pocket of batteries. The last drawback is that the availability of prefessional grade lenses native to this camera (and thus a match to the electroncis for fast focus) has been skimpy, but Sony is rapidly adding more lenses and it is only a matter of time before Tamron, Sigma and other third party lens makers add their own offerings. In the mean time, my trusty adaptor is doing a fine job of linking to my Canon 'L' Lenses in manual mode.