Welcome to my Sony a7II (ILCE-7M2) resource page. Here you will find the latest firmware version for the a7II, user guides, FAQs and product images.
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Sony a7II Overview
The Sony a7II was announced on November 26 2014 and with it came a number of nice improvements over its predecessor the Sony a7.
The body of the a7 II is physically larger than the a7 and about 25% heavier. The body is now 100 percent magnesium alloy whereas the a7 featured a front plate made out of a composite material.
The slightly larger body makes room for the new 5-axis sensor-based image stabilization which was absent from the a7 Mark 1.
Sony claims that the autofocus was improved by around 30% over its predecessor and tracking was also improved by 1.5x.
DPReview awarded this camera their Silver Award and concluded their in-depth review with the following:
The Alpha 7 II continues to push Sony’s full frame mirrorless line of cameras into ground-breaking territory. It is the only full frame mirrorless camera to offer in-body image stabilization systems and its performance is excellent. The body is comfortable to shoot with and offers a broad set of features that should appeal to both still and video shooters. Unfortunately the a7 II’s high ISO image quality is not as good as other full framers. Raw files are also less malleable than the competition and JPEGs tend to suffer from aggressive noise reduction.DPReview
I’ve not used the a7II myself but I’ve read plenty of reviews about it. If you are looking for a low cost full-frame camera and shoot mainly landscape or still images, then this is still a camera worth looking at.
If however you like to shoot action, portraits or anything that places more strain on the AF system, then I’d recommend taking a look at the Sony a7III instead.
Sony a7II Key Specs
- 24.3 megapixel 35mm full-frame Exmor™ CMOS sensor
- ISO range 50–25600
- 5-axis sensor-based image stabilization
- Hybrid AF system with 25 contrast-detect and 117 phase-detect points
- Bionz X image processor
- 3-inch tilting LCD with 1.23 million dots (640×480, RGBW)
- 2.36M dot OLED viewfinder
- 1080 footage at up to 50Mbps (XAVC S)
- Wi-Fi with NFC capability and downloadable apps
- Magnesium alloy body
- 599g / 21.13 oz with battery and memory card
You can find the full Sony a7II details and specifications over on Sony’s product page.
Sony a7II FAQS
The Sony a7II was announced on November 26 2014 and released for first shipment in December 2014.
UHS-I SD cards (both SDHC and SDXC) are supported in the single memory card slot as well as Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo.
The Sony a7II uses the Sony NP-FW50 lithium ion rechargeable battery.
Yes. The Sony a7II is a full-frame 35-mm camera.
Sony claim that the a7II is dust and moisture resistant, they don’t claim that it is fully waterproof and you should therefore use a rain cover if using the camera in wet weather or very dusty environments.
The Sony a7II has a 24.3 megapixel sensor.
If you shoot the a7II in APS-C mode then the image is cropped to 10.0 megapixels (3936×2624 pixels) with an aspect ratio of 3:2.
1.43 lb / 650 g (with battery and sd card).
The body only includes: AC adaptor, accessory shoe cap, body cap, eyepiece cup, micro USB cable, power cord, rechargeable battery NP-FW50, shoulder strap.
The maximum fps (frames per second) for the mechanical shutter of the a7II is 5 fps.
The Sony a7II does not have a silent / electronic shutter, only mechanical.
The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.
Yes. The a7II is a professional camera that sits in Sony’s Alpha Series of professional mirrorless cameras.