Watch: This Is How a Sony A7R II Mirrorless Camera Gets Built from Scratch

If you've ever wondered how a Sony A7R II camera is made, you'll want to check out this video. 

Who doesn't like to get a peek behind the curtain to see how things are made, especially when those things are powerful cameras.? Well, the team over at Shutterbug was lucky enough to go on a trip to Thailand to visit the Sony Technology factory in Chunburi to find out how the Sony A7R II is put together by hand and then packaged for resale. They documented their experience in the video below, which takes you behind the scenes to show you how employees assemble, test, and box up one of the most popular mirrorless cameras on the market today.

Unfortunately, Shutterbug wasn't able to take recording devices into every area of the factory, but they were able to catch a glimpse of how employees assemble, test, and package the A7R II by hand. That's a pretty impressive feat, considering the sheer volume they're able to churn out every day. Shutterbug says:

According to factory officials, around 800 finished boxes—which include two Sony A7R II camera kits per box—are produced each day at the facility in Chonburi for a total of 1,600 cameras.

There must be something about film equipment either receiving a human touch while it's being made or being made from scratch, because those that are are some of the most highly regarded gear used by filmmakers. LEE filters are expertly hand-dyed, which is quite an accomplishment when you consider how consistent a lens filter has to be. The Hikari Glass plant makes all of the glass used in Nikon's Nikkor lenses completely from scratch, a testament to effort the company has put into perfecting the process of making such high quality optical glass.      

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March 23, 2017 at 12:05AM

Sameir Ali
Director of Photography

here's a version without annoying soundtrack..

March 23, 2017 at 6:50AM, Edited March 23, 6:50AM

Laurence Von Thomas

Do you have a version without the annoying video;)

March 24, 2017 at 3:24AM, Edited March 24, 3:24AM

Clive Rose

I may have caught a typo in the first paragraph. How does an employee "church" out a camera?

March 24, 2017 at 7:11AM


While I appreciate the notion, the producers of the Science Channel show How It's Made don't have anything to worry about, that's for sure. In fact, they've featured a few pretty color show segments, depicting camera manufacturing (film and digital), as well as some high-end cinema lenses. What's missing in this video (aside from not seeing ANY of automated production of the actual parts being assembled) is some sort of linear "path" to follow. You need some context; to see a progression from one assembly to the next for any of it have meaning. As it is, they could be making just about anything electronic...

March 24, 2017 at 1:28PM

Douglas Bowker
Animation, Video, Motion-Graphics

What a ridiculous waste of time. This video doesn't "show" diddly squat. PLUS... the sound track is annoying as hell.

March 26, 2017 at 6:57AM