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Sony Alpha A7S II Digital Camera

MILC 12.2MP CMOS 4x Jun 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Eight industry awards
Supports video recording
300 shots on 1 battery charge
10 Reviews

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Power

300 Shots On 1 Battery Charge

Twelve customers who reviewed the Sony Alpha A7S II agreed that it did not have a good battery life. Camerastuffreviewcom wrote in their review of this digital camera “300 shots on 1 battery charge” . Two years ago website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Short battery life”. They also wrote “Battery Duration” in their review.


Reviews

Eight Industry Awards

Experts really like this camera and have given it eight awards.

The experts at review sites Digitaltrends.com, Trusted Reviews and Camera Labs all decided that concluded that they would recommend this low megapixel camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

This Sony camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from both review websites Photoreview.com.au and Log.com.tr, both of which wrote that this low megapixel camera was fantastic.

This digital camera received a "Gold" award from review websites Digifotopro.nl who decided that this low megapixel camera was brilliant.

PhotographyBlog.com gave this digital camera an "Essential" award and it received a "4 Star" award from 01net.com.

Good Expert Reviews

Twenty-nine experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews and PC Mag have rated this camera on average 86 out of 100.

Excellent User Reviews

Users have rated this Sony digital camera as brilliant on average. 114 reviewers (93% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 94% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

We checked 23,306 user and expert reviews (including 262 verified purchases) for Sony cameras and found that on average Sony has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Other

Released Eleven Months Ago

It was June 2016 when this camera was released.


Features

Good Technical Features

Five people who reviewed it agreed that it had good features. Seeinglightmedia said in their Sony Alpha A7S II review on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The still features are decent”. TV Girl wrote “We really love this camera! Great features for a great price point”. Two years ago Oktay rated it 80 out of 100 and said in their review of this digital camera “You all read about good features, so here are negatives; Don't expect miracles”.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Alpha A7S II supports video recording, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Sony Alpha A7S II is 3840 x 2160 pixels. That's over one hundred and eight times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels. This Sony digital camera also support a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels and 1920 x 1080 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. Across all similar spec digital cameras that were released in the last year the video resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 4096 x 2160 pixels (best).

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Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

The Alpha A7S II has a pretty standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other latest low megapixel digital cameras.

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Design

Robust

Eleven people who bought the product reckoned that it was well made. M Ryan mentioned “It's solid, feels great in the hand”. William wrote “Not too shabby” and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Website Tim F, Producer said “This has helped us advance our flexibility and we now have two solid camera kits at our fingertips” in his Sony Alpha A7S II review.

Nice Design

Eight customers said that the product was good looking. Mayala wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “This camera produces a beautiful image and the Full Frame aesthetic is quite superb” but they scored the product 2 stars out of 5. Keith mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The viewfinder is really great for focusing with vintage lenses” in his review of the Sony Alpha A7S II. Steven wrote in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Love this camera! Beautiful images”.

Superb Video Quality

Sixteen customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good quality. Stuff.tv mentioned last year “Superb video quality” . Website Bhphotovideo.com gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “High image quality” in their Sony Alpha A7S II review. They also said “Quality build” in their review.

Easy to Use the Menus

Seven people considered that the product was easy to use. Kevin_jd scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com in April last year “Ridiculously sharp, great dynamic range, color, ease of use” in their review of the Sony Alpha A7S II. Kasparskursiss gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Assignable functions are amazingly handy and great”. Simon O said in April last year “Once you learn how to use it It's great” .

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use the menus. Website Bhphotovideo.com said “Smart Settings” in their review of this digital camera. Kendall gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote “The focus peaking is great when used on the lowest setting (it's passable on the higher settings.”.

Two people who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to setup. Trireme wrote in their review of this digital camera “Though technically sophisticated, this instrument is easy to set up and use” . Jack the Ripper said in his review of this digital camera “Camera is well built, easy to setup and handle”.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Sony Alpha A7S II supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other recently released low megapixel digital cameras also support Wi-Fi.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a Wi-Fi and we think the Sony Alpha A7S (£1,339.99) is also worth considering.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Alpha A7S II supports Near Field Communication (NFC), which is unusual. Most of the other recently released digital cameras do not support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Alpha A7S II has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out in the last year.

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Only 4240 X 2832 Pixels Image Resolution

The Alpha A7S II has a 4240 x 2832 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras that were launched in the last 12 months. Most newly released cameras have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all latest cameras the image resolution ranges from 2592 x 1944 pixels (worst) to 8688 x 5792 pixels (best).

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12.2 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12.2 megapixels digital camera.

If this camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to consider the Sony Alpha A7S (£1,339.99) (12.4MP).

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 2.95 inches, the Alpha A7S II has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year.

If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Sony Alpha A7S (£1,339.99) (3").

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Alpha A7S II has a vari-angle LCD display. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of 1,228,800 pixel, the Alpha A7S II's display resolution (numeric) is one of the highest amongst similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera. The display resolutions (numeric) of new low megapixel digital cameras range from 230,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 640,000 pixels.

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Flash

Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Alpha A7S II has a shoe mounting point, as do most of the other latest digital cameras.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The Alpha A7S II has an external flash connector, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Alpha A7S II has a flash exposure compensation. Most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also have a flash exposure compensation.

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The Sony Alpha A7S II has a self-timer, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for the last year.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Alpha A7S II has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for the last year.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The Alpha A7S II has a hand strap, as do most of the other digital cameras that came out in the last 12 months.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Alpha A7S II has a batteries included. Most of the other cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera also have a batteries included.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Alpha A7S II has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other new similar spec cameras.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Alpha A7S II has a battery charger included. Most of the other new digital cameras also have a battery charger included.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has a Microphone in

The Sony Alpha A7S II has a microphone in. Most of the other new digital cameras also have a microphone in.

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Has an HDMI

The Alpha A7S II has an HDMI. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also have an HDMI.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Alpha A7S II has a headphone outputs. Most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera also have a headphone outputs.

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Camera

Features Saturation Adjustment

The Alpha A7S II features saturation adjustment, as do most of the other recently released similar spec cameras.

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Features Histogram

The Alpha A7S II features histogram, as do most of the other new digital cameras.

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Has a Dioptre Correction

The Alpha A7S II has a dioptre correction. Most of the other latest digital cameras also have a dioptre correction.

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Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Sony Alpha A7S II has an anti-dust function. Most of the other digital cameras that came out in the last year also have an anti-dust function.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Alpha A7S II features contrast adjustment. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera also feature contrast adjustment.

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Battery

370 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Alpha A7S II takes more battery life (CIPA standard) than most of the cameras that were launched in the last 12 months. Most of the low megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera only take between 220 and 369 battery life (CIPA standard), however this digital camera takes 370 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Light Exposure

Supports Five ISO Sensitivities

The Alpha A7S II has a greater number of ISO speeds than most recently released comparable spec cameras. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 25, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivities 102400, 50, 100, 12800 and 409600 are also supported by this Sony camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Heavy

When compared to other cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera, the Alpha A7S II's weight of 584 grams is one of the heaviest. The weights of low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera range from 1g to 590g, and the average weight is 260g.

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Good Size

Three people mentioned in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Expert website Shutterbug.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It has a somewhat reworked body design” . Devo said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “The body itself is easier to grip” and gave the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Three customers who reviewed it agreed that it was compact. Leapman said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com in April last year “The body of the camera feels very sturdy and is nice and compact”. Egill Bjarki mentioned two years ago “Bottom line, this is a stunning product, super performer in a impressively compact body” .

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Audio

Noisy

Three people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was noisy. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Doesn't emit any noise, feels very pleasant” and scored this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars. They also said “Low Noise Floor” in their review.

Tim mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “It is very noisy” in his review of this digital camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Alpha A7S II has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released in the last year.

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Features Voice Recording

The Alpha A7S II features voice recording. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera also feature voice recording.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Four people mentioned in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A7S II was quiet. Photomatt mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The silent mode is great although in that mode it limits it's FPS (frames per second”. They also said “Silent mode utilizes an electronic shutter which has a few limitations” in their review.

Three people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was noisy. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Doesn't emit any noise, feels very pleasant” and scored this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars. They also said “Low Noise Floor” in their review. Tim mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “It is very noisy” in his review of this digital camera.

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Hinged Rear Display

Two owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good screen. Pc Mag said “Hinged rear display”. Oktay scored it 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Screen tilt is limited Heavy for its size Battery life very short, you will need 4 batteries for few hours of serious shooting” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people wrote in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Global Photographer wrote last year “Viewfinder is simply tremendous” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

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Excellent for Video

Eighteen owners who bought it concluded that it was good for video recording. Two years ago Trusted Reviews scored the product 80 out of 100 and mentioned “Excellent for video” in their Sony Alpha A7S II review. Website Bhphotovideo.com said “Clear Night Video” in their review of this digital camera and rated the product 80 out of 100. Kino mentioned “Video it's of great quality”.

Great in Low Light

Twenty-six owners said that it was good in low light. Stuff.tv wrote “Great in low light conditions”. Two years ago website Bhphotovideo.com said “Low Light Capabilities” in their review of this digital camera. They also mentioned “Low light shooting” in their review.

Nineteen owners said in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images. K.bett wrote in April last year “The auto white balance isn't as consistent as canon -can't take a photo while recording video which is so odd to me” in their review of this digital camera. Also in April last year Jpm mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Again image is great from the sensor.”. Videodave said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com in the same month “Incredible images, takes a little to get used to” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product 5 stars out of 5.

Four customers mentioned that it had a good picture resolution. Last year World Watcher wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “One other drawback is when shooting in 120 FPS the camera goes into crop mode” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. Paulyd rated this digital camera 80 out of 100 and said in their review of this digital camera “Purchased this for a documentary we are shooting”. Buzzhome Productions mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Shooting real estate video tours with this camera is much easier”.

Three owners who purchased the product mentioned that it had a good image sensor. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Full frame sensor” in their review of this digital camera. Almost There wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com in April last year “The sensor is awesome”.

Three owners who purchased it considered that it was good at handing highlights and shadows in pictures. Scott mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Here are my main highlights” and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5. Tim wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com last year “Exposing 2 stops over every time will blow out highlights, making the dynamic range equivalent of the regular cine profiles” in his review of this digital camera. Darth Vader said “Much better dynamic range than its predecessor with good detail in highlights and shadows”.

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Good Image Stabiliser

Five customers who reviewed the product considered that it had a good autofocus. Dave the Outdoor Guy mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “If you are ok with Manual focus the quality is better then Canon”. Global Photographer rated it 4 stars out of 5 and said “You can clearly see if you are out of focus even if focusing from a distance”.

Four people wrote in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. Website Bhphotovideo.com said “Internal Stabilization” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Global Photographer gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Stabilization is tremendous.”.

Four owners thought the Sony Alpha A7S II had a good lens. Humphrey gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned “A great camera that needs a great lens to go with it”. They also said “It needs a fast lens to keep up with it” in their review, and also mentioned “1) You absolutely need a fast lens”.

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Price

Good Value for Money

Twelve customers who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was good value for money. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their Sony Alpha A7S II review “Great Value”. Jpm wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “It would be nice if the professionally priced camera was professionally built” although they only rated this digital camera 3 stars out of 5. They also mentioned “Plastic cheap body, dials that feel like the delicate plastic they are” in their review.

Four owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was expensive. In April last year Gc Film & Images mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “It also makes it kind of expensive to buy all the accessories such as a cage, handles, external monitor, extra batteries”. Gc_photo wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “This camera IS expensive”. Almost There said in their review of this digital camera “For other uses, there are less expensive options” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

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Product Identifiers

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Barcodes 00006536110215, 00635131600548, 04548736018839, 04905524983289

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