Sony Alpha 7 II Review: A Powerhouse

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Sony has always made lot of noise about its Alpha 7 series of mirror-less interchangeable lens cameras and it deserves it as well. The ensemble involves of the remarkable Alpha 7S, Alpha 7, and Alpha 7R. This year, Sony launched two new cameras, the Alpha 7 II and Alpha 7R II to this collection. Both feature image stabilization (IS) technology designed by Sony itself.

The Alpha 7 II has a fine-tuned design making it bigger, and quicker auto-focus performance. Does the Alpha 7 II succeeds its predecessor? Is it value for money?

Find out in our review.

Design

In spite of its big size and weighing more, the Alpha 7 II can be handled well than its ancestor. We think this quality is given the fact that Sony has used a magnesium alloy with an understated finish and has stretched the hand grip.  When you will hold it you will know how premium it feels and Sony has really put in efforts to make it. Even though it weighs 600g, holding it feels awesome.

Do not worry if the camera makes any noise, it is just the sound of the parts of the mechanical image stabilisation system. You might be annoyed with noise the shutter makes when clicked, it might distract you.

The E-mount for the lens is placed on the front and swapping lenses is also made easy. The power switch/shutter button combination is placed on the top of the hand grip, and   the front dial is placed on the front of the grip.

The speaker, hot shoe for accessories, mode dial, two custom buttons and exposure compensation dial are all placed on the top. The left has a lappet that conceals the microphone socket, headphones socket and Micro-USB port. A flap on the right masks the SD card slot. At the bottom of the camera you will find a battery compartment and the tripod socket.

On the back you will find the LCD and viewfinder with a rubber eye piece. Next to it is the diopter adjustment dial which will help you adjust the picture. On the thumb rest you will find the small movie recording button.

Features

It continues to use the same 35mm full-frame 24.3-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor. What’s innovative is 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system. The sensor’s light sensitivity spans from ISO 50 to ISO 25,600.

It has a mishmash of contrast detection and phase detection auto-focus systems. The following focus approaches are available: in single-shot, continuous, direct manual focus and manual focus. It also has the following focus ranges: center, flexible spot and wide, zone. The metering modes available are spot, center-weighted, and multi-segment.

It has also added the wireless feature with WiFi and NFC. Also Sony provides a Micro-USB cable for charging, battery and a lanyard loop. The software is designed to be stress-free and we advise you to opt for customized buttons to quickly access your preferred selections.

Performance

The camera has similar awesome performance as its ancestor Alpha 7 with the new the new addition of sensor shift IS. It really takes care of the shaky movement. The video recording speaks for itself. When you use the full-frame sensor helps you achieve crisper shots. Using the lens you will realize the real strength of the camera. It allows you to capture true-to-life colors. It does an awesome job in maintaining the auto white balance. The microphone captures good sound which cuts down your cost in buying a mic.

Verdict

You will love Sony Alpha 7 II, it is an accomplishment that only Sony is capable of. It is a good option to DSLRs. Plus there is a popular status the mirror-less cameras with interchangeable lenses have achieved.

Picture courtesy- amateurphotographer.co.uk


by techtalks @TechTalks October 14, 2015 11:22 AM UTC

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