Sony Alpha 7 II Mirrorless Full Frame Camera

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Sony a7II Mirrorless Camera

The successor to the renowned Sony A7 mirrorless full-frame camera. complete with an A-Mount 70-300mm SSM II G Lens. The latest A7 II adds numerous attributes to the specification which includes a five-axis optical imaging stabilizer, which Sony is claiming as a first in the world for a camera with a full-frame sensor.

A big boost for low-light imaging

The Optical image stabilizer physically counteracts the slight hand movements which occur with certainty when handling a camera without using a tripod, thereby diminishing the blurring consequences of camera shake upon your photos. This new system counterbalances movement along five unique axes including movements in up/down and left/right directions along with three angular movements roll, yaw and pitch. These last three occur as the camera swings to the left and right;, tilts up and down rotates clockwise or rotates anti-clockwise while hand holding. Sony claims as much as 4.5 correction stops, meaning you will have the ability to hold the camera by hand using shutter speeds as much as 4.5 stops less without noticeable camera shake.

This camera is wonderful news for photographers who enjoy shooting in poor light and will also improve picture quality by allowing lower ISO settings to be used. The system also instrumental when shooting movies, where it is a colossal advantage for hand-held images.

Not the exclusive mirrorless camera featuring 5-axis stabilization

Although it may be the first on a full-frame sensor camera, the Sony A7 II is not an exclusive mirrorless camera to contain a five-axis image stabilizer. Of noteworthy mention is the Olympus OM-D E-M1 which has provided this stabilization function since it was initially announced in September of 2013, albeit using a significantly smaller image sensor which is rated at a somewhat lower stabilization of 4 stops according to the CIPA standards.

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Body type SLR-style mirrorless  
Max resolution 6000 x 4000  
Other resolutions 6000 x 3376, 3936 x 2624, 3936 x 2216, 3008 x 1688, 3008 x 2000  
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 24 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels  
Sensor size Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
Processor Bionz X  
ISO 100-25600  
White balance presets 10  
Custom white balance Yes  
Image stabilization Sensor-shift  
Image stabilization notes 4.5 stops  
Uncompressed format RAW  
JPEG quality levels Extra fine, fine, standard  
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4)  
Manual focus Yes  
Number of focus points 117  
Lens mount Sony E (NEX)  
Focal length multiplier 1  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting  
Screen size 3  
Screen dots 1,230,000  
Touch screen No  
Screen type Xtra Fine LCD  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type Electronic  
Viewfinder coverage 100%  
Viewfinder magnification 0.71  
Viewfinder resolution 2,359,000  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash No  
External flash Yes (via Multi Interface shoe)  
Continuous drive 5.0 fps  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)  
AE Bracketing 5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing Yes  
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)  
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S  
Videography notes Supports XAVC S codec (50Mbps) and S Log2 flat picture profile  
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI port with 4K still, uncompressed video output)  
Microphone port Yes  
Headphone port Yes  
Wireless Built-In  
Wireless notes with NFC and wireless control via PlayMemories Mobile app  
Remote control Yes (wired)  
Environmentally sealed Yes  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 350  
Weight (inc. batteries) 599 g (1.32 lb / 21.13 oz)  
Dimensions 127 x 96 x 60 mm (5 x 3.78 x 2.36)  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
Timelapse recording No  
GPS None



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