Sony A7r II Camera Review. Shooting without Compromise.


Sony A7r II Camera Review. The Sony A7r II is their best mirrorless camera to date with an all new 5-axis image stabilisation, 42 MP and much faster auto-focus. It also boasts an impressive on-chip phase detection auto focus system, bright clear viewfinder, and a much more intuitive custom button layout.

Sony A7r II camera Review Build Quality

The build quality and handling is similar to my Sony A7R with some interesting upgrades. Although a little heavier, it still felt solid with it’s magnesium alloy body construction and weather sealing. This doesn’t mean it’s water or splash proof!

One improvement is relocating the shutter release button to a more natural position, and making the grip larger. Not only does it feels better but Sony also gave the A7rII a new textured matte finish, making it more resistant to fingerprints and dirt.

Sony A7r II Review Features

Where do we start! As I’m mostly a landscape photographer I welcome the all new, high 42 MP full-frame sensor with impressive 5-axis (IBIS) in body image stabilization. This means ALL adapted lenses can be stabilizied and partnered with the 42 MP sensor, giving you the ability to shoot hand held in low light, without compromising the image quality.

I have been a big fan of the digital viewfinder since it first came into production and the Sony A7r II is even better. What could be easier than being able to act on the given information in your image, before pushing the shutter release. Simply – what you see is what you get! Unfortunately, I’m still guilty of chimping but always through the viewfinder as it’s a lot clearer than the LCD, especially in sunlight.

The control dials are well paced and you can easily customise the buttons, to suit your photography style of shooting.

Sony A7r II Camera Review – Image Quality

Of course the real test of any camera is in the image quality and the Sony A7r series has never disappointed me! I mostly shoot RAW and should I under or over-expose my images, it never ceases to amaze me the details I can still bring out in Adobe LightRoom or Photoshop. The image detail is absolutely insane!

The ISO range starts from ISO 50, and goes all the way up to ISO 102,400 and capturing detail in low light situations is simply phenomenal. Like the original a7R, the a7RII has no anti-aliasing filter.

If you like to shoot HDR you’ll welcome the additional bracketing modes, and now you can even shoot bracketed exposures with a timer.

3 Image: 0.3 EV, 0.5 EV, 0.7 EV, 1.0 EV, 2.0 EV, 3.0 EV
5 Image: 0.3 EV, 0.5 EV, 0.7 EV, 1.0 EV, 2.0 EV, 3.0 EV
9 Image: 0.3 EV, 0.5 EV, 0.7 EV, 1.0 EV

Sony A7r II Camera Review – Specs

  • 42.4 MP Full-Frame Back Illuminated Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processing Engine
  • 5-Axis Image Stabilisation
  • Fast Hybrid AF with 399-point Phase-Detectection
  • OLED EVF (electric viewfinder)
  • 3.0″ 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • Wide ISO range from ISO 50 to ISO 102400
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • 4k Movie Recording

To get the best out of the Sony A7r II full-frame camera, I recommend you use any of the native FE series lenses, especially from the Sony G Master professional line-up.

Sony A7r II Camera Review – Conclusion

The Sony A7rII is worth the hype and once you learn how to use it, you’re guaranteed to come away with amazing images and 4k video. It does everything you need it to do and much more. Perhaps I should admit I’ve been converted into a Sony Artisan!

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