Ever since the release of the original a7, Sony hasn't been shy about quickly updating their now-popular line of full-frame mirrorless cameras. Geared towards cinematographers, low-light shooters, and anyone who likes a lot of tech, the Sony a7S II is now the sixth camera in the series since 2013. Boasting in-body 5-axis stabilization and a promise of clean images throughout its impressive ISO range, the a7S II is likely to continue growing the brand's reputation for making quality compact full-frame cameras.
Sony's press release lays out some of the new camera's key features:
- Ultra-high sensitivity up to ISO 409,600 with low noise across the whole range
- Wide dynamic range across the entire ISO range, delivering smooth tonal gradation from dark to bright conditions
- In-camera 5-axis optical image stabilization for expanded shooting possibilities
- Internal 4K movie recording featuring full pixel readout without pixel binning in full-frame format
- Wide range of professional movie functionality including S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log3, new Gamma Assist Display, enhanced Zebra Function, Full HD 120 fps recording, 4x/5x slow motion recording, and full pixel readout without pixel binning in full-frame format
- High-speed AF with enhanced accuracy in wide ranging scenes and advanced shooting functions
Coming in at $2,999, the Sony is decidedly more expensive. However, with a 35mm equivalent full-frame sensor, wildly high ISO capabilities, and now-proven 5-axis stabilization, there is no doubt the a7S II will contend with its contemporaries in the cinematography department.
For still shooting, the new camera's high-speed autofocus should be impressive. According to Sony, the a7S will focus about twice as fast as its predecessor and be able to maintain autofocus in conditions as dark as -4 EV. That's nothing to turn your nose up at. If it works, no camera on the market will be able to see in the dark as well as the a7S.
Other impressive features include the upgraded XGA OLED Tru-Finder with .78x magnification, Wi-Fi integration, silent shooting mode with up to 5 frames per second, and the ability to charge the camera via USB while still in operation.
So, what do you think? Is the Sony a7S a game changer or just another incremental upgrade? And what about those native lenses?