Sony has introduced the latest addition to its A7 range of compact cameras with interchangeable lenses and full frame. The new Sony A7 II presents as the most important development a new sensor stabilization system based on five axes. In addition, improved autofocus response and has been slightly redesigned camera body to improve ergonomics.
The new Sony A7 II presents a design that keeps the lines marked by previous models in the range. It is a chamber modern and professional look that ignores the retro inspiration from some competing models. Still, its compact size and its angular shapes seem to evoke the look of analog cameras 80s, but this is a personal opinion.
In any case, the design of the A7 II has been designed to maintain stability even though a large telephoto lens is used. It has also redesigned the shutter button, now bigger and more advanced, so that the action of firing produces less vibration. At the rear a folding LCD will find three inch Sony White Magic technology. A little further up we OLED electronic viewfinder and around the main screen, buttons for accessing menus and camera functions, many customizable .
The Sony A7 II incorporates Exmor CMOS sensor full-frame 24.3 megapixels and a BIONZ X image processor with the latest Sony technology to help the camera to get the best results, such as the “reduction technology specific noise area “, the” detail reproduction technology “or” reduction diffraction “. ISO sensitivity range is from 100 to 25,600, and the maximum shutter speed is 1/8000.
The autofocus system is one of the big winners in this new version of the A7. As in the previous models, the camera uses a hybrid technology combining a detection system 117 for phase detection point’s 25 point contrast. Besides all this, Sony announced that the A7 II is able to focus 30% faster than its predecessors and has also improved AF tracking function.
To the rear screen Sony has used a three-inch TFT LCD with a resolution of 1,228,800 points. This screen is hinged at 90 degrees upward or 45 degrees if folded down down. For its part, the display features OLED technology and has an equivalent resolution of 2.36 million dots. This display not only shows the image that will be captured, but also allows us to see the image you have captured, useful for sunny days or if you just want to make discreet checks. In the video section, the A7 II is capable of recording Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) in AVCHD or XAVC-S and MP4 format for the audio track.
But if there is a significant development in this new compact full-frame CSC is its stabilization system five axes. The technology used by the Sony A7 II gets moving the sensor in five different axes to stabilize the image and help us get well-focused photos. The axes are offset stabilizer swing and tilt the camera, the X and Y axes, and vibration or longitudinally.
As stabilization is performed by moving the full frame sensor, we can use the stabilizer of A7 II with any type of lens and not only with the native E-mount lenses using this camera. This means we can take this function using the lens-mount SLRs from Sony or any other lens you use with A7 II through numerous adapters available in the market.
Turning to connectivity, the Sony A7 II is equipped with an HDMI port, input for stereo headphone and USB external microphone, plus WiFi and NFC to share images with other devices without connecting cables or removing cards.
The new Sony A7 II will be available in early 2015 at a price of 1,800 euros, only the body, or 2,100 euros if we choose the kit that includes the 28-70mm lens.