August 1, 2015

Here's Some of the First Footage from Sony's Highly-Anticipated a7R II

Sony a7r II First Footage
Sony's latest mirrorless flagship, the a7R II, is about to begin shipping to the masses, and you know what that means: footage and reviews galore.

Dan Chung of Newsshooter is one of the first out of the gate with footage, and he took the camera out into the streets of London for a quick test. What he captured looks pretty damn good, especially for a quick test:

Here's what Chung has to say about how he shot and graded this brief string of shots:

I shot with the new Zeiss Batis 24 and 85mm lenses and a Touit 12mm f2.8. I shot to the internal SD card at 100 Mb/s in 4K. The picture profile was S-log 2 with S-Gamut and all noise reduction was turned off. The version you see above was given a five minute grade in FilmConvert to give an impression of what corrected footage can look like.

Chung also shared an ungraded version so that you can see how the images look straight out of the camera. He embedded information about the camera settings he was using, as well as which lenses were used on each shot:

More from Dan:

Here are a couple more tests, these are from Wayne:

I know it's not dark, but later on I may not get chance to film, so this is hopefully better than nothing. The video starts at ISO800, and runs through to 25600.

And here Wayne tests 4K and high ISO:

This video was shot in standard full frame mode at 25,600 ISO, with no cropping of the frame. The picture profile was set to PP7, which is S-LOG according to one of the commenters.

Another 4K test with high ISOs:

The folks at cinema5D also received an early copy of the a7R II, and their quick tests revealed that the cropped Super 35 mode on the camera produces some surprisingly strong results, especially in terms of internal noise reduction in low light settings. Check out this image from their test:

Sony a7r II s35 vs full frame
Credit: Cinema5D

If you missed it, here is some of the footage Sony first shared when the a7R II was announced: 

All in all, I'd say the a7R II is off to a great start in terms of becoming the video king of the mirrorless kingdom. It almost certainly won't oust the a7S in terms of low-light capability due to the much more pixel-dense sensor, but in many other aspects, including the internal 4K, sensor stabilization, and a much lower base ISO, it's safe to say that the a7R II will be a major hit with filmmakers when it starts shipping on Wednesday    

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No aliasing or moiré that I could spot. Impressive for a sensor with that many megapixels.

August 1, 2015 at 2:48AM

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Braden Storrs
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In the slow-mo shot of people coming out of the train station a guy with a stripey shirt on "moire's" to F@#k. But it is a very stripey shirt to be fair.

August 2, 2015 at 6:44AM, Edited August 2, 6:44AM

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John Stockton
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Impressive other than that the rolling shutter is still unbearable.

August 1, 2015 at 6:08AM, Edited August 1, 6:08AM

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Samu Amunét
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Check out eoshd forums for some rolling shutter examples. In FF mode rolling shutter is greatly improved - looks about the same as the A7s in crop shooting.

August 1, 2015 at 8:49AM

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Lane McCall
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I saw lots of jello on the hand held shots, a lot of jello.

August 2, 2015 at 6:44AM

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John Stockton
Filmmaker, Editor.
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I have to say how much I enjoy camera tests that show a variety of situations instead of just women in skimpy clothing, which seems to be the (sexist) norm.

As for the footage itself, it does look very good, and yes, free of moiré.

August 1, 2015 at 10:08AM, Edited August 1, 10:08AM

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Benjamin Reichman
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What if you only shoot women in skimpy clothing? How are you supposed to know if this camera is going to perform? Where the camera's sweet spot is? If the dynamic range is long enough? Or whether the auto focus asphyxiation is beefy enough to handle a rack on delicate skin tones?

August 1, 2015 at 5:30PM

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abfsc
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Quit shaming healthy heterosexual males, it's not gonna work. Thankfully they are still majority of the population.

August 1, 2015 at 7:08PM, Edited August 1, 7:08PM

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Terma Louis
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August 1, 2015 at 7:08PM, Edited August 1, 7:09PM

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Terma Louis
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If anyone has the link to A7R tests on women in skimpy clothing, please share it so I can go be offended and leave disapproving comments.

August 1, 2015 at 8:46PM

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Yea me too. I need to be offended also. Please could someone tell me how and when to be offended also as I am currently too stupid to figure it out on my own. If someone who is my interlectual superior could post some time markers on said video that would be extremly helpful. Thank you.

August 2, 2015 at 6:48AM

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John Stockton
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I wonder how the future vector cameras owners would see our amazing technology. Or perhaps, we would talk about which one camera have better holographic recovery data. I don't know about you, but equipment is not a impediment anymore, all I care now is how to get it.

August 1, 2015 at 12:24PM

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Edgar More
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Personally, for shooting video/film, I am more interested in the Sony A7S mark II. So'll skip this one and wait for things to get even better...(seriously)

August 1, 2015 at 1:23PM, Edited August 1, 1:23PM

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Erwin Hartsuiker
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If you are perpetually waiting for the next better camera to arrive you'll never buy a camera and never shoot anything. Look at some of the great stuff people were shooting with the "Canon 5D mark 2" which isn't even on the same page as these new camera's but people are still suggesting that they can't possibly shoot anything meaningful because the current spate of camera's don't have 'all' of the features 'they' need to do a good job. We can only pass the buck for so long before being forced to admit, it might be the camera operator at fault. Just a thought for all of us to consider. For the record, rolling shutter is an artifact that professional cinematographers working with 'film' have had to deal with for many years. Some people seem to think this is a digital only artifact, it's not.

August 2, 2015 at 7:02AM

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John Stockton
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I find it incredible that cameras today STILL have rolling shutters. It is completely unacceptable. The only reason global shutters aren't on these cameras is because the manufacturers want you to buy their higher-end cameras.

August 2, 2015 at 2:15AM

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Vidrazor
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Agreed.

August 2, 2015 at 6:54AM, Edited August 2, 6:54AM

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John Stockton
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Truth hurts

August 2, 2015 at 11:35AM

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Kyle Lamar
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You can say that again.

August 2, 2015 at 9:42PM, Edited August 2, 9:42PM

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The question is: Isn't the a7R II, worth 3500$ a high end camera at this price range? I mean there are lots of other cameras with 4K and good resolution (GH4) and the a7R II is so damn expensive... i would categorize it as a high end camera...

August 3, 2015 at 3:39AM

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Nico Saiger
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$3500 is entry level. $10k is entry level. Even $15k is prosumer.

August 8, 2015 at 1:16PM

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Brian
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