October 19, 2016 at 10:16AM, Edited October 19, 10:17AM


Which Version Of That Camera Should I Buy?

Beforehand you judge this as something like "what camera should I buy?" this is not that kind of a post. This question has already be answered. It will be the Sony Alpha 7s.
Now the much more interesting question is about the version of this specific camera.
So this is the choice to make: Either buy a Sony A7s II or a Sony A7s with a Atomos Ninja Flame. Either one costs about the same amount of money.
Some detail from me: I mostly shoot films on set and I nearly never do any run 'n' gun type of shooting (if I do I use a GH4). So this is not about how handy or big a setup is. Both cameras are nearly identical in terms of sensor, image quality and low light capability.
The A7s II has one important advantage for me: sensor stabilization. Internal 4K and S-Log at lower ISO is out of the game because otherwise I'd use the recorder and I roughly shoot log footage.
As you may recognise at this point it's just about sensor based image stabilization vs. external recorder.


I've been using my A7sII for almost a year now and it has been great. The image stabilisation has helped me in so many situations, especially when I need to go handheld for certain shots. SLog 3 is great for shoots where you have full control on lighting however if you don't, you can always switch to Cine4 which allows you to go down to ISO 200 (Especially great for projects like weddings). Finally the image quality and sensor is superb for the price. My A7sII is my main camera, I use it for most of my projects and the low light has especially come in handy.

Just recently I was called to be a DoP on a short film. Since it was short notice I wasn't able to rent the lights in time so I was going off the natural light which was a few windows with a very cloudy english day and some fluorescent ceiling lights. Even with the lack of lights I would of wanted I was still able to pull off the image that the director wanted.

All in all the A7sII is a great camera for the price and has a bunch of great features that has helped me out in hundreds of situations. The biggest problem with camera is the menu but that is standard with all sony cameras.

October 19, 2016 at 3:58PM

Toby Garside
Writer, Director, Director of Photography, Indie Filmmaker

Thanks. I think that made my decision.

Eric Halbherr

October 21, 2016 at 3:07AM

Just one question left. What about the AF? A7R II has a great AF. The A7S II has the same AF technology but less focus sensors. How well does AF with video work?

October 21, 2016 at 3:08AM

Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller

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