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Sony Alpha A7S II

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Sony Alpha A7S II

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Sony Alpha A7S II
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A multi award winning but 2 year old MILC camera, with a Gold award from three expert review websites and 10 further awards from other expert sites
MILC 12.2MP 4240 X 2832 Pixels CMOS Oct 2015
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Sony Alpha A7S II Review

With excellent reviews but at over 2 years old, we have ranked the Sony Alpha A7S II number 108 in best selling cameras and number 373 across all digital cameras.
95
Reviews
324 Reviews + 13 Awards
52
Value for Money
Average
76
Features
Good Features
79
Age
2 Years Old
75
Overall Score
Very Good

Why Has it Scored 75?

It has great expert reviews and marvellous user reviews with 93% of buyers recommending this camera to others. This digital camera has received 13 awards including a "Gold" award from DP Review plus two other sites and a "Recommended" award from Digitaltrends.com plus two other sites. Praktica cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However this Sony digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2018.
Customers report good picture quality, great product quality and it is robust.
The Alpha A7S II has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
Extra stability for all shooting
Of the world's best RAW converters by phase
Supported in capture one express (for sony)
Her expand your shooting pleasure and give your photography a professional edge with accessories designed for exceptional performance, durability and practical
Essional level options open up new possibili
Wide-ranging accessories meet every need
Y for action under all conditions, even using large lenses, the 7s II integrates advanced functions that are worthy of extraordinary imaging performance in the long
Rtly engineered for durability under du
Optimal operability
advanced fast intelligent AF featuring enhanced accuracy even in the dark and accelerated AF for movie shooting, the 7s II helps to assure that you capture clear stills and mov
intelligent AF accelerates speed and preci
Focus with more finesse
T-in stabilization clarifies every situa
Ensation for five types of camera shake that can blur stills/movies shot handheld matches the camera's great sensitivity so you can use more shutter speed/iso/aperture setti
3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution
A stability for all shooting<br>built-in stabilization clarifies every situa
Internally records 4k movies in full-frame format featuring full pixel readout5 without pixel binning, and includes an array of advanced movie functi
At the forefront of 4k
A-high sensitivity, extra-wide dynamic range and improved image processing algorithm deliver high-quality images with spectacular deta
More dynamic detail
Nd your powers of perception with the new 7s II, for extra sensitivity, wide dynamic range, accurate focusing, and unshakeable stability to shoot with solid assura
Liant features realize what you can ima
Expand your expressive freedom
the 7s II with ultra-high sensitivity, wide dynamic range, internal 4k movie recording and superior shooting stabil
Sensitivity mastered
Ure one express (for sony) is one of the world's best RAW converters, rendering precise colors and incredible detail. it contains flexible digital asset management, all the essential adjustment tools and fast, responsive performance in one customizable and integrated soluti
Lower than average megapixels
Only 4240 x 2832 pixels image resolution

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared it with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is very good for everyday photography, ranking number 291 in everyday photography cameras. It is also very good for landscape photography, ranking number 308 in landscape photography cameras as well being very good for wildlife photography, ranking number 304 in wildlife photography cameras.
75
Portrait Photography
Very Good
78
Landscape Photography
Very Good
78
Everyday Photography
Very Good
75
Sports Photography
Very Good
76
Wildlife Photography
Very Good

Should You Buy it Now?

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How Big is the Sony Alpha A7S II?

The Sony Alpha A7S II is 126.9mm wide and 95.7mm tall. It is 60.3mm deep and weighs 584g.

Sony Alpha A7S II front dimensions
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Sony Alpha A7S II In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

13 Industry Awards

Amongst cameras, this Sony digital camera is one of the most awarded by digital camera experts.

This camera received a "Gold" award from websites DP Review, What Digital Camera and Digifotopro.nl all of whom decided that this Sony digital camera was marvellous.

The editors of review websites Digitaltrends.com, Trusted Reviews and Camera Labs all endorse this Sony camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

This camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by websites Log.com.tr, Photoreview.com.au and Reviewed.com all of whom thought that this Sony camera was good.

The writers at three more expert review sites all decided that this Sony camera was very good. Digital Versus gave this camera a "5 Star" award, PhotographyBlog.com gave it an "Essential" award and 01net.com gave it a "4 Star" award.

The editor of one additional expert review site decided that this camera was very good. This was from EISA.eu who gave it an "EISA Best Product".

Good Expert Reviews

Based on 36 expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, DP Review and Trusted Reviews this camera has an average expert rating of 86 out of 100. This means that experts think this Sony camera is one of the better cameras.

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Excellent User Reviews

On average, people who bought this Sony camera rated it as terrific. 171 reviewers (72% of all reviewers) gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 93% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Users Report Good Picture Quality

35 customers wrote that it was good in low light, 31 people mentioned in their reviews that it was able to produce good images and seven people who reviewed it mentioned that it had a good picture resolution. four people wrote in their reviews that it was good at handing highlights and shadows in pictures, three people wrote that it had a good image sensor and two people who bought it concluded that it was able to produce clear pictures.

Users Report Good Product Quality

20 owners who bought it wrote that it was good quality.

Customers Report That it is Robust

Nine customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was well made and three people said in their reviews that this digital camera was strong and durable.

Users Report That it is Easy to Use

13 owners agreed that the product was easy to use, seven customers mentioned that it was easy to use the menus and three people considered that it was easy to setup.

Users Report Good Lens Quality

Eight people who purchased this digital camera wrote that it had a good autofocus and seven people who reviewed it thought it had a good lens.

Very Good Brand

We checked 22,092 expert and owner reviews (including 7,416 verified purchases) for Sony cameras and found that on average Sony has very good ratings compared to other brands. 92% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Six people who reviewed the Sony Alpha A7S II thought it had a good viewfinder.

Users Report Excellent Technical Features

Four customers mentioned in their reviews that it had good features.

Customers Report Good Video Capture

24 customers who purchased it thought it was good for video recording.

Users Report That it is a Good Size

Four customers who bought this digital camera said that it was compact and three owners wrote in their reviews that it was a good body shape.

Users Report Excellent Design

17 owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking and three owners wrote that the product was smooth.

Users Report That it is Reasonably Priced

13 people agreed that it was good value for money.

Customers Report Acceptable Noise Level

10 people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was quiet.

Users Report Great Battery Life

Eight people who reviewed it thought it had a good battery life.

Value For Money

Poor Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews but average features and is over 6 months old, and at £1,799.99 it is more expensive than 88% of cameras.

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Age

Released Over Two Years Ago

This camera was released in October 2015.

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Features

Only 4240 X 2832 Pixels Image Resolution

The Alpha A7S II has a maximum image resolution of 4240 x 2832 pixels. That's 25% lower image resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels camera, which is the most common resolution. Across all cameras the best resolution is 8256 x 6192 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Lower Than Average Megapixels

The megapixels of cameras range from 0.3MP to 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP. The Alpha A7S II's sensor megapixels of only 12.2MP is lower than average when compared to most other digital cameras. It is lower than 78% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This Sony digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Alpha A7S II is 3840 x 2160 pixels. That's over four times the resolution of a 1920 x 1080 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found resolution. In addition, this camera has a maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels. Across all cameras the resolution ranges from 160 x 120 pixels (worst) to 3840 x 3840 pixels (best).

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Higher Than Average Maximum ISO Sensitivity

The Sony Alpha A7S II's maximum ISO sensitivity of 410,000 is higher than 99% of all cameras when sorted by this feature. The ISO sensitivities (max) of cameras range from 200 to 820,000, and the average maximum ISO sensitivity is 14,000.

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

This Sony digital camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabilizer depends on the lens being used.

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Heavier Than Average

The average weight of all cameras is 300g, with the lightest being 50g and the heaviest being 1.5kg. The Sony Alpha A7S II's weight of 584g is heavier than average when compared to most other cameras. It is in the heaviest 12% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The Alpha A7S II features flash exposure compensation, unlike 78% of cameras which do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Alpha A7S II supports Wi-Fi, which is unusual. 69% of cameras do not support Wi-Fi.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Sony Alpha A7S II has a built-in speaker(s), unlike 91% of cameras which do not have a built-in speaker(s).

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370 Battery Life

The Alpha A7S II is a digital camera that takes 370 shots battery life.

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Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Alpha A7S II has an anti-dust function. 90% of cameras do not have an anti-dust function.

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Has a Headphone Output

The Sony Alpha A7S II has a headphone output, unlike 93% of cameras which do not have a headphone output.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Alpha A7S II features saturation adjustment, which is unusual. 87% of cameras do not feature saturation adjustment.

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Wide Range of Minimum Focal Lengths (35mm Film Equiv) Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) are possible with this camera.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Alpha A7S II has a vari-angle LCD display, unlike 83% of cameras which do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Has a Self-Timer

The Sony Alpha A7S II has a self-timer. 82% of cameras do not have a self-timer.

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Has a Microphone in

The Sony Alpha A7S II has a microphone in, which is unusual. 88% of cameras do not have a microphone in.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Alpha A7S II supports Near Field Communication (NFC). 87% of digital cameras do not support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Alpha A7S II has a shoe mounting point. 89% of cameras do not have a shoe mounting point.

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Smaller Than Average Display Diagonal

Across all the cameras the display diagonals range from 1" to 7.7", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". The display diagonal of the Sony Alpha A7S II of only 2.95" is in the smallest 33% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Higher Than Average Display Resolution

The display resolution of the Alpha A7S II of 1,230,000 pixels is higher than average when compared to most other cameras. It is higher than 95% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature. Across all the cameras the display resolutions range from 23,000 pixels to 6,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 620,000 pixels.

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Bigger Than Average Eye Relief

The eye relief of the Alpha A7S II of 23mm is in the biggest 8% of all cameras when sorted by this feature. The eye reliefs of cameras range from 8mm to 27mm, and the average eye relief is 19mm.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Alpha A7S II features contrast adjustment, which is unusual. 83% of cameras do not feature contrast adjustment.

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3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Alpha A7S II is 3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels. That's over four times the resolution of the most frequently found resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (which is also supported by this Sony camera). This camera also supports video resolutions of 3840 x 2160 pixels, 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. Across all cameras the best resolution is 4096 x 2160 pixels and the worst is 160 x 120 pixels. A video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels is equivalent to 4K Ultra HD video. This has four times the detail of Full HD video.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Alpha A7S II's digital zoom of 4x is pretty typical compared to most other digital cameras. It is bigger than 42% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The Alpha A7S II has an external flash connector, unlike 86% of cameras which do not have an external flash connector.

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Supports Dioptic Correction

The Sony Alpha A7S II supports dioptic correction. 90% of digital cameras do not support dioptic correction.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

sony ilce7sm2b

Barcodes:

00635131600548, 04548736018839

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