Sony a7S II | Review & Specs
Continuing the success of the Sony a7S, the a7S II is performing a bomb-like entry into the photographic world with its performance in low light. a7S II offers the necessary features such as 5-axis image stabilization system and 4K video recording support for the a7S II in a compact body.
Sony has achieved a great success with its compact camera with full frame sensor and is pushing the boundaries of every new a7 machine. Finally, the 42.4 megapixel a7R II meets the needs of photographers who value high megapixels, and this time with the a7S II model developed for users who shoot in low light. The a7S II, an improved version of the Sony a7S, is a niche product that everyone can not have, even though every photographer’s dreams come true with photo and video performance.
Looking at the design line of the Sony a7S II, it seems to have a great similarity to the other a7 series machines. The machine, which has almost the same design as the a7R II and A7S, uses a magnesium alloy body. Let’s say that the machine weighs 627 grams, including the battery, is not much smaller than most DSLRs on the market. Improvements made to the ergonomics make the A7S easier to use and the front and rear of the machine are almost identical to the A7S. We see that the shutter button located at the top of the a7S is placed in the grip section of the a7S II.
The shutter button has been moved to the handle part, making shooting easier. The machine, which you can grip tightly with the help of a grip, makes you feel like you are using a DSLR machine. At the top of the machine there is also a timer wheel that helps you to set the shooting modes and a wheel that makes it possible to adjust the exposure compensation. While the SD card input is located on the right side of the machine, microUSB, micro-HDMI, headphone and microphone inputs are located on the left side of the A7SII. The Sony a7S II also features a Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder. This viewfinder makes it particularly easy to shoot in daylight. When you look at the back of the machine, you can see 1.228 million points of 3 inch moving screen. It is important to note that this screen does not have the touch feature.
Image Stabilization Feature
One of the differences that distinguishes the Sony a7S II from the A7S is its anti-vibration feature. As with the Sony a7 II and a7R II, the a7S II also features 5-axis image stabilization. This feature
helps to reduce the vibration that can occur in photographs and video footage to a minimum. Image stabilization, which makes it particularly easy to shoot in low light conditions, makes it possible to shoot smoother and clearer video footage. Except the Zeiss and G-Master lenses, all other lenses support this feature.
If you use Canon, Nikon or Leica lenses with Sony a7S II adapter, these lenses have anti-vibration feature as well. Speaking of ready lenses, the Sony a7S II kit comes with a 24-70 mm F / 4.0 Zeiss lens if purchased with a kit. Ideal for landscapes and portraits, this lens is performing very well. Although this lens produces quality results in photos and videos, we recommend using low aperture lenses to get the full performance from the camera. The A7S II, which we tested with the G-Master 85mm F / 1.4 lens, performed spectacularly in low light conditions both indoors and outdoors. Let’s not forget that the size of the lens, which provides good background blurring in portrait shots, is great.
Great Low Light Performance
The main difference that separates the Sony a7S II from its competitors on the market is its high ISO sensitivity. While the maximum value of ISO sensitivity in the previous model was 102,400, this figure can reach up to 409,600 in the new model. Thanks to this value, the 12.2 megapixel camera provides great convenience to the user when the light is inadequate, allowing you to shoot crisp and sharp frames without the need for a tripod even if the ambient is dim. It is stated that the machine which gives good results up to 25,600 ISO offers the ISO 51,200 and higher ISO values. The success of the Sony a7S II is also reflected in video performance. Although the autofocus performance of the machine is slower than the A7R II, let’s say the A7S II still performs well.
Especially in low light, the a7S II is able to detect accurately and quickly. Unlike the A7S, the 4K video recorder without the need for an external recording device is also showing the success of the camera in video performance. If 4K video recording at 100 Mbps is selected at the camera which offers professional quality shooting, you need to use a very fast SD card. If you have a slow card, the machine can record 60 Mbps 4K video instead of 100 Mbps. The a7S II can record 120 frames per second at full HD resolution and meets all the needs of professional users with its video capabilities. The S-Log3 profile also supports this machine, compared to S-Log2 in the shade to mid-tone better tonal production.
The a7S II has a 14-segment range with the S-Log3 gamma setting. With PlayMemories application developed for Wi-Fi support and mobile platform, it is also possible to wirelessly transfer captured photos to mobile devices. As Sony says, let’s not forget that the fully loaded pille has a short battery life of 370 frames. In the end, the Sony a7S II is one of the best on the market, especially in low light conditions and 4K video capability.
- 35,6 x 23,8 mm CMOS
- 12.2 megapixel resolution
- 169 AF points
- BIONZ X
- 1/8000 – 30 seconds
- 3-inch Fine TFT LCD (1,229 million points)
- 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 60i, 24p), 720p
- MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
- SD / SDHC / SDXC
- Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo / Pro-HG Duo
- Micro-USB 2.0, mini-HDMI, headphone, microphone
- Wi-Fi, NFC
- Approximately 370 frames
- 127 x 96 x 60 mm
- 627 grams (with battery)
- $2,998.00 ( base )
Why / Why Not?
Why: Marvelous low-light performance, 4K video recording, image stabilization system
Why not: High price, short battery life