Sony Announces the α7R II Camera

MatthewA By MatthewA, 9th Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Sony has launched the successor to its a7R photo camera, which boasted a 36.4MP resolution. Now Sony has raised the bar with the α7R II that includes the first full-frame 42.4 MP BSI CMOS sensor. The President of Sony Electronics stated, “Sony continues to deliver game-changing imaging products that are changing the way imaging enthusiasts, hobbyists and professionals can see and capture the world.”

Sony Announces the α7R II Camera

The α7R II is a revolutionary camera in a number of ways. Firstly, it has a 42.4 MP resolution that is about a 17% enhancement on the a7R's resolution of 36.4 MP. It could deliver a 5 – 10% increase in image detail compared to the original a7R.

Secondly, the α7R II has a back-lit sensor. That means that it can gather more light than those cameras with more standard structures. The back-illuminated sensor can get much more light than front-illuminated alternatives. The back-lit sensor also has faster transmission speeds, and the sensor's data output is 3.5 x faster than the a7R.

The camera boasts a 5-Axis image stabilization system that Sony has refined for high-resolution photography. As such, that will minimize camera shake along five axis. So the camera's image stabilization minimizes blurring for maximum image clarity.

Of course, the α7R II also has video recording options. With this camera you can record 4k videos with an Ultra HD resolution amounting to 3840 × 2160. The α7R II has 35-mm crop and full-frame shooting modes for videos. This camera has the XAVC S7 codec for video shooting that records at 100 Mbps for 4k and 50 Mbps for HD.

Sony has added a new CLM-FHD5 LCD to the camera. That is an 3-inch LCD with a Full HD resolution. It also has a tilting LCD so that you can rotate it to alternative angles.

So it seems that the α7R II is going to revolutionize photography. It is a cut above the original a7R, and few other cameras can match its specs. It is retailing at $3,200. Below are some further specifications for the camera.

Camera Format: Full-Frame
Resolution: 42 MP
Aspect Ration: 3:2
Sensor: CMOS, 36 x 24 mm
AV Recording Resolution: 3840 x 2160: 30 fps, 24 fps, 25 fps
1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps, 50 fps, 25 fps
1280 x 720: 120 fps, 100 fps
Video Format: 4k and HD
Display: 3" Rear Screen Tilting LCD (1,228,800)
Video Clip Duration: 30 minutes
Supported Storage Cards: SD, SDHC, SDXC, PRO Duo and PRO HG-Duo
File Formats: JPEG, RAW, AVCHD for movies, AAC LC for audio
Shutter Speed: 1/8000 – 30 seconds


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