November 27, 2014

The Sony a7 II Mirrorless Full-Frame Camera Arrives in the U.S. in December

We've been eagerly waiting on word from Sony about the U.S. release date of the newest addition to their a7 line of cameras, the a7 II. Well, now we have it.

Sony announced yesterday that the a7 II will arrive in the U.S. on December 9th, which is around the same time the company plans on releasing them in Japan. (Europe is scheduled for January.) The camera supports for the XAVC-S codec, shoots 1080p 60fps, S-Log2, and a new 5-axis in-camera stabilization system. This feature compensates for "five types of camera shake," allowing users to shoot handheld, zoom, and capture close ups with "minimal camera shake blur." Furthermore, this stabilization system works with a wide range of lenses (though some may require adapters). Needless to say, this added stability will come in handy for 

You can read all about the a7 II's features in this article we posted a week ago when Sony made the initial announcement, but here's a rundown of important specs.

Technical Specifications

  • Sony E-Mount (Full Frame)
  • Image Sensor Exmor CMOS; 35.8 x 23.9 mm
  • Effective Pixels: 24.3MP, Total Pixels: 24.7MP
  • Still Image File Format: JPEG, RAW
  • Storage Media: SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick PRO Duo/PRO-HG Duo/XC-HG Duo
  • Viewfinder Type: XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder
  • Shutter Type: Electronic first curtain shutter available
  • Image Stabilization: 5-axis in-body image stabilization equivalent to 4.5 stops
  • Top Continuous Shooting Rate: Up to 5 fps in continuous high; 2.5 fps in continuous low
  • ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100-25600 (expandable to ISO 50-51200 with multi-shot NR)
  • Autofocus System: Fast Hybrid AF
  • Number of Focus Points Phase detection: 117 / contrast-detection: 25
  • Autofocus Sensitivity: -1 - +20 EV
  • Movie Recording: 1920 x 1080; 60p, 60i, 24p
  • File Format: XAVC S, AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MP4 (YCbCr 4:2:2 8-bit, RGB 8-bit)
  • Video Data Rate XAVC S: 50 Mbps
  • AVCHD: 28 Mbps (60p, PS), 24 Mbps (60i & 24p, FX), 17 Mbps (60i & 24p, FH)
  • MP4: 12 Mbps (1440 x 1080, 30 fps), 3 Mbps (640 x 480, 30 fps)
  • Audio Recording Built-in stereo microphone, optional external stereo microphone
  • Audio File Format XAVC S: Linear PCM, 2 channel
  • AVCHD: Dolby Digital AC3 2 channel
  • MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2 channel
  • Maximum Recording Time: 29 min.
  • Interface: HDMI micro (type D), multi/micro USB, Multi-interface Shoe, 3.5mm stereo microphone jack, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity: (IEEE 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz band); NFC Forum Type 3 Tag
  • Operating Environment: 32-104 °F / 0-40 °C
  • Dimensions: 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.4" / 126.9 x 95.7 x 59.7mm
  • Weight: 1.3lb / 599g (with battery and memory card)

The a7 II will become available for purchase in less than two weeks, but B&H is taking pre-orders for it now. For just the body, you're looking at spending $1699, but if you want a kit, $1999 will get you an FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens tacked on. (Now that the a7 II is about to hit the market, you can now save $400 on the Sony a7 body (only) as well as the lens package.)

For more information about the a7 II, check out Sony's website    

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11 Comments

I spoke with a Sony market rep for the Chicago area this week and he confirmed that the in-camera stabilization will work with any lens attached, not just Sony A or E-mount lenses. That is a huge frickin' deal.

November 27, 2014 at 10:39AM

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Luis Cardenas
DP, Editor
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Suck... No 4K in now days???! 4:2:2 8-bit .... Who need it? This is good only for photographers...

November 27, 2014 at 11:09AM

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XAVC S-Log 2 with 60fps, a crop mode, and unprecedented image stabilization for any lens you put on it? That's an amazing little machine for film makers, and will supplement A7s packages very nicely.

November 27, 2014 at 2:37PM

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Steven Bailey
Writer/Director/Composer
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They need to differentiate their lineup. A7II is indeed a "photo first" camera while A7s is a "video first" camera. And A7r II will probably be equally capable for both video and stills..

November 27, 2014 at 3:46PM

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Dan Leo
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That's not really how the A7r is situated - it's current iteration is far inferior video wise to the A7s, and in many ways it's photo capabilities are also inferior to the A7 mark I (slower fps, worse autofocus, the ridiculous shutter noise on the A7r...). The A7r is a specialty camera, not designed around ergonomics or well rounded capabilities - it just makes the highest fidelity photos of any full frame digital camera without any image compromises. Massive dynamic range, massive resolution, gunning for Medium Format results. I've taken portraits with it, and for that it's incredible, but dedicated videographers need not apply.

November 27, 2014 at 8:13PM

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Interesting to know whether it has also the APS-C crop mode, and if the image stabilization takes 4,5 stops ?

November 27, 2014 at 5:04PM, Edited November 27, 5:04PM

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Jean Counet
Cinematographer
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Just to speculate, I think any videographers would be wise to wait for the inevitably fairly imminent A7s II announcement. Yes, this in camera stabilisation is a dream come true, for video especially, but the next A7s will probably - hopefully - tackle the rolling shutter issue (yes please) and most likely do 4K internally (whatever) - on top of which the video-designed sensor already creates a far superior image.

If Sony managed to get internal ND's into it that camera would be unstoppable and I would consider upgrading to it from a C300, no matter the form factor and 8000 dollars between them. I know that sounds like a trivial requirement, but full, fast exposure/depth-of-field control when shooting docu-work by yourself is hard to let go once you've tasted it.

November 27, 2014 at 7:59PM

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I'm digging this technology. I won't be buying in this time but can't wait for future generations of these cameras. Game over canon and your crappy IS lenses that are slow as shit.

November 27, 2014 at 8:02PM

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matt
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Wish it was in my a7s..

I'm a bit concerned about what the rolling shutter will be like.

November 28, 2014 at 3:42AM

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November 29, 2014 at 12:12PM, Edited November 29, 12:12PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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thanks !

November 29, 2014 at 9:10PM

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