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Sony Alpha A7 Mark II Camera Review

The Sony Alpha A7 Mark II (A7II) follows the original Alpha A7. The A7II adds a 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system for the first time in a full frame mirrorless camera. The A7II uses a Hybrid Auto Focusing system similar to the original A7. However, Sony says it is 30% faster and 1.5X better than tracking compared to the A7. Sony has also improved the build quality, using a magnesium alloy frame and weather sealing. Sony made the front grip a little deeper which improves the handling of the camera quite significantly.

The A7II is a full frame camera designed to be used with “FE” mount lenses. The FE mount is the same as the E mount, designated for the APS-C crop cameras such as the highly popular A6000 and NEX series cameras. The E mount lenses can be mounted on the A7II, but the images will be cropped accordingly since the E mount lenses do not cover the full frame sensor.

Additional A7II features:

  • A tilting 3-inch LCD.
  • An XGA OLED electronic viewfinder.
  • Wi-Fi and NFC for wireless image transfer and camera control.
  • Multi-interface shoe (no built in flash, however).
  • XAVC S recording format.
  • A ‘flat’ picture profile for videographers who want to adjust their video in post.
  • 1080/60p video recording


  • Body Only - $1699.99
  • Body with 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens - $1999.99

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What I Like

  • Small Size
  • EVF
  • Viewfinder Level (2-axis)
  • Built in Image Stabilization

What I Don't Like

  • Battery Life
  • Start Up Time (1-2 second delay)
  • low light autofocus performance

Overall User Rating

4.41 out of 5

based on 450 user reviews online.

: 66% (295.57)
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: 7% (30.9)
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Sensor Size Full Frame
Megapixels 24
Body Construction Magnesium Alloy
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.4
Weight 1.22
Weather Sealed Yes
Memory Card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Dual Command Wheels Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 100
ISO Range 100-25600 (Extended: 50-25600)
Mirror Lock Up Not Applicable
Burst Rate 5
LCD Size 3
LCD Resolution 1,228,800
Articulated LCD Screen Tilt Only
Touchscreen No
Image Stabilization Yes
Remote Shutter Release Wired & Wireless (InfraRed)
WiFi Yes
AF Points 117 Phase Detection / 25 Contrast Detection
AF Sensitivity -1ev - 20ev
Minimum Shutter Speed 30
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000
Flash Sync Speed 1/250
Built In Flash No
Wireless TTL Flash No
Video Specs 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps
1440 x 1080: 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
Mic In Yes
Headphone Out Yes
Built In Mic Stereo

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