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Sony Alpha A7S II

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Sony Alpha A7S II Review

With excellent reviews and at under 2 years old, we have ranked the Sony Alpha A7S II number 223 across all digital cameras.
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228 Reviews + 9 Awards
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Overall Score
61
Good

Why Has it Scored 62?

It has great expert reviews and fantastic user reviews with 94% of buyers recommending this digital camera to others. This digital camera has received nine awards including a "Recommended" award from Trusted Reviews plus two other sites and an "Editor's Choice" award from Log.com.tr plus one other site. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
At over a year old this digital camera is slightly out of date, and newer cameras with more up to date technology are available. View the latest digital cameras 2017.
Customers report good picture quality, it is robust and is easy to use. However they also report unacceptable noise level and poor battery life.
It has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution
Fairly high ISO sensitivity (max)
Only 4240 x 2832 pixels image resolution
Quite low megapixels sensor

Should You Buy it Now?

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Sony Alpha A7S II Video Reviews


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

Sony Alpha A7S II size in context

Sony Alpha A7S II In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Nine Industry Awards

The experts at three expert review sites all concluded that they would recommend this camera. Trusted Reviews and Camera Labs both gave this Sony digital camera a "Recommended" award and Digitaltrends.com gave it a "Recommended Product" award.

This Sony camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by both review websites Log.com.tr and Photoreview.com.au, both of which said that this camera was fantastic.

This camera was given a "Gold" award by review site Digifotopro.nl who decided that this digital camera was superb.

Three more expert review sites all concluded that this digital camera was very good. This Sony digital camera received an "Essential" award from PhotographyBlog.com, 01net.com gave it a "4 Star" award and EISA.eu gave it an "EISA Best Product" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

29 experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Trusted Reviews, Ephotozine and PC Mag have rated this camera on average 86 out of 100. The expert review sites think this Sony camera is one of the better digital cameras.

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Excellent Owner Reviews

The average owner rating of this camera is marvellous based on 199 owner reviews. 119 reviewers (94% of all reviewers) gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 94% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Users Report Good Picture Quality

21 customers concluded that it was good in low light, 15 customers thought it was able to produce good images and four customers who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. three customers concluded that the product was good at handing highlights and shadows in pictures and two people reckoned that the product had a good image sensor.

Customers Report Unacceptable Noise Level

Four customers mentioned in their reviews that it was noisy.

Customers Report Poor Battery Life

Six customers concluded that it did not have a good battery life.

Customers Report it is Robust

Seven people concluded that this digital camera was well made.

Users Report it is Easy to Use

Seven customers concluded that it was easy to use and three customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was easy to setup.

Very Good Brand

Based on 32,324 expert and user reviews (including 10,628 verified purchases), Sony has very good reviews for its digital cameras. Sony also has very good reviews specifically for its digital cameras. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report Good Video Capture

15 people who purchased it mentioned that it was good for video recording.

Users Report Good Lens Quality

Six people who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good autofocus and four customers wrote that it had a good lens.

Customers Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two people who reviewed the Sony Alpha A7S II wrote that it had a good viewfinder.

Users Report Great Product Quality

11 owners thought the product was good quality.

Users Report Great Technical Features

Four people who reviewed it thought it had good features.

Customers Report it is a Good Size

Three customers reckoned that the product was a good body shape and two people mentioned that it was compact.

Customers Report Nice Design

Eight people who bought it considered that it was good looking.

Customers Report That it is Reasonably Priced

11 people concluded that this digital camera was good value for money.


Features

Only 4240 X 2832 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest image resolution of the Sony Alpha A7S II is 4240 x 2832 pixels. That's 25% lower image resolution than the most frequently found resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. The best resolution of all digital cameras is 8256 x 6192 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Quite Low Megapixels Sensor

The Sony Alpha A7S II's sensor megapixels of only 12.2MP is in the lowest 22% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature. The megapixels of cameras range from 0.3MP to 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP.

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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 Sony Alpha A7S II is 3840 x 2160 pixels. That's over four times the resolution of the most frequently found resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Across all cameras the resolution ranges from 160 x 120 pixels (worst) to 4096 x 2160 pixels (best). A video resolution of 3840 x 2160 is known as "UHD-1".

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The Sony Alpha A7S II's ISO sensitivity (max) of 410,000 is very high compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the highest 1% of all cameras when ordered by this feature. The average ISO sensitivity (max) of all digital cameras is 14,000, with the lowest being 200 and the highest being 820,000.

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

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Heavy

The weight of the Alpha A7S II of 584g is quite heavy compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the heaviest 12% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. Digital cameras have weights of between 50g and 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g.

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The Alpha A7S II features flash exposure compensation. 80% of cameras do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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Average Display Diagonal

The display diagonal of the Sony Alpha A7S II of 2.95" is relatively standard compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Wide Range of Maximum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

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

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Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Alpha A7S II has an anti-dust function, which is unusual. 91% of digital cameras do not have an anti-dust function.

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Has a Microphone in

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

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Alpha A7S II supports Wi-Fi, unlike 72% of digital cameras which do not support Wi-Fi.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Alpha A7S II has a vari-angle LCD display, unlike 84% of cameras which do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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

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

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Alpha A7S II features saturation adjustment, which is unusual. 88% of cameras do not feature saturation adjustment.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The Sony Alpha A7S II has an external flash connector. 87% of digital cameras do not have an external flash connector.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

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

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Sony Alpha A7S II supports Near Field Communication (NFC), unlike 88% of digital cameras which do not support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Quite High Display Resolution

The display resolution of the Sony Alpha A7S II of 1,230,000 pixels is very high compared to most other cameras. It is in the highest 4% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. Cameras have display resolutions of between 3 pixels and 16,000,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 590,000 pixels.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Alpha A7S II has a shoe mounting point. 90% of cameras do not have a shoe mounting point.

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Wide Range of Closest Focusing Distances Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the closest focusing distance depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of closest focusing distances are possible with this camera.

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Has a Headphone Output

The Alpha A7S II has a headphone output. 94% of digital cameras do not have a headphone output.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Alpha A7S II's digital zoom of 4x is fairly typical compared to most other cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The Alpha A7S II supports a maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. That's over four times the resolution of a 1920 x 1080 pixels digital camera, which is the most common resolution supported by cameras. 1920 x 1080 pixels is also supported by this digital camera. This camera also supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Across all digital cameras the worst resolution is 160 x 120 pixels and the best is 4096 x 2160 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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Quite Large Viewfinder Screen Size

The Sony Alpha A7S II's viewfinder screen size of 0.5" is quite large compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the largest 19% of all cameras when ranked by this feature. The average viewfinder screen size of all cameras is 0.41", with the smallest being 0.17" and the largest being 8".

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4240 X 2832 Pixels Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Alpha A7S II is 4240 x 2832 pixels. That's 25% lower still image resolution than the most common resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. The best resolution of all digital cameras is 6016 x 4016 pixels and the worst is 384 x 480 pixels.

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370 Battery Life

Most cameras take between 100 and 4,699 battery life, including the Alpha A7S II which takes 370 battery life.

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Has a Self-Timer

The Alpha A7S II has a self-timer, unlike 82% of digital cameras which do not have a self-timer.

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Quite Big Eye Relief

The eye reliefs of digital cameras range from 8mm to 27mm, and the average eye relief is 19mm. The Sony Alpha A7S II's eye relief of 23mm is fairly big compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the biggest 7% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Wide Range of Aspherical Lenses Depending On Lens Used

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

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Supports Dioptic Correction

The Alpha A7S II supports dioptic correction, which is unusual. 90% of digital cameras do not support dioptic correction.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Alpha A7S II has a built-in speaker(s), which is unusual. 92% of digital cameras do not have a built-in speaker(s).

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Age

Released 14 Months Ago

This camera has been on the market since June 2016.


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Barcodes 00006536110215, 00009608235591, 00027242894273, 00635131600548, 04548736018839, 04905524983289

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