In this quick accessory guide you’ll find my top 10 recommended accessories for the Sony A7C II compact mirrorless camera.
Please let me know in the comments below if there are any accessories that you think should be included.
1. Sony PCK-LG2 Screen Protector
Just a word of caution when installing this. If you don’t manage to align it perfectly the first time it’s best to just leave it as is. If you remove it and try again it will lose its stickiness. Trust me on this, I’ve already made this costly mistake!
The Sony PCK-LG2 is not a cheap screen protector and if you’d prefer a cheaper third-party option then the Expert Shield Screen Protector for the Sony A6700 should fit fine since they use exactly the same LCD.
2. Kingston Canvas React Plus UHS-II Memory Card
The Sony Alpha 7C II is compatible with UHS-II and UHS-I SD memory cards in its single card slot.
I’d recommend the faster UHS-II cards because these will help the buffer to clear faster and also speed up the time it takes to copy files over to your computer.
Although I’ve not yet tested these cards in the A7C II I have tested them in many other Sony cameras and they have always performed very well.
They are V90 rated so will comfortably allow you to shoot in all of the video formats supported by the A7C II.
They are available in 32GB (SDHC), 64GB (SDXC), 128GB (SDXC) and 256GB (SDXC) sizes.
For further advice on memory cards for the A7C II including the slower but less expensive UHS-I cards please visit my Sony A7C II Memory Card Guide.
3. Sony NP-FZ100 Battery & BC-QZ1 Battery Charger
The Sony NP-FZ100 (2280mAh) rechargeable battery is the official supported battery for the Sony A7C II. One of these should be included with the camera when purchased from new.
It’s not a cheap battery but I would recommend using this battery over third-party alternatives that may not function correctly in-camera and potentially risk damaging your A7C II.
The Sony A7C II does not include an external battery charger or USB-C charging cable in the box when purchased. Hopefully this has not come as a surprize to you!
The official Sony charger for the NP-FZ100 battery is the Sony BC-QZ1 Battery Charger. It will charge a single battery in approximately 150 minutes.
4. USB-C Cables
The NP-FZ100 battery can be charged inside the A7C II via its USB-C port and a compatible cable.
If you don’t already have USB cables at home then here are a couple of options depending on the connection on your USB charger (which hopefully you have already, if not click here).
Anker PowerLine II USB-C 3.1 Gen2
Use this cable with a USB-C charger. It has a USB-C connector on each end and supports transfer rates of up to 10Gbps.
Anker USB-A to USB-C Cable
Use this cable with a USB-A charger. It has a USB-A connector on one end and a USB-C connector on the other end. It supports transfer rates of up to 10Gbps.
5. Sony RMT-P1BT Remote Commander
The RMT-P1BT bluetooth remote provides a reliable connection up to around 18m or 60 feet away from the Alpha 7C II’s camera body.
It covers essential camera controls including shutter release, focus, a lock switch that prevents accidental operation during transport, movie recording start/stop and power/digital zoom. There are also two custom buttons that mirror the functions set to the C1 and AF-ON buttons on your camera body.
The remote features a very fast 0.05 seconds release time which is helpful for catching fast action shots like the one above.
The RMT-P1BT also supports continuous shooting, you can simply hold down the shutter button to shoot continuously.
It’s important to note that you can’t link location information with a smartphone when the [Bluetooth Rmt Ctrl] is set to [On].
Also if you want to manually control the focus using this remote, you need to switch the camera into MF mode using the camera’s menu, and not the MF/AF switch on the lens, if you use the lens AF/MF switch then the remote won’t work.
6. Peak Design Cuff + Slide Lite Straps
The Peak Design Cuff wrist strap will help to protect your A7C II from accidental drops. It connects via Peak Designs anchor system and the wrist loop magnetically locks into place.
The Peak Design Slide Lite can be worn as a sling, neck, or shoulder strap. It uses internally-padded nylon webbing has a smooth side that glides over clothing in sling mode and a grippy side that prevents slipping in shoulder mode.
7. Peak Design Travel Travel Tripod
You’ve probably purchased the Sony A7C II for its compact form factor so it makes sense to pair this with a compact tripod.
There are two versions of the Peak Design Travel tripod. A carbon model that weighs 1.27 kg (2.81 lbs) and an aluminum model that weights 1.56 kg (3.44 lbs). Both versions have a maximum weight capacity of 9.1 kg (20 lbs).
The tripod features a very compact form factor and 5 section quick release legs that deploy in seconds without having to flip over like traditional travel tripod legs.
There’s an omnidirectional ergonomic ball head included that is compatible with all PD plates and most 3rd party Arca-type plates.
When collapsed the tripod measure 39.1 cm (15.4”) in length and 7.9 cm (3.125″) in diameter. The maximum height (center column raised) is 152.4 cm (60″), or 130.2 cm (51.25″) with the center column down. The minimum height (low mode) is 14 cm (5.5”).
The following review from Dustin Abbott is worth watching if you’d like to learn more about this tripod.
8. Manfrotto PIXI EVO Mini Tripod
If the Peak Design tripod is still too big then I can highly recommend the Manfrotto PIXI EVO Mini Tripod. The legs extend for additional height and stability and it can also be used as a selfie stick. It supports a maximum weight of 2.49 kg / 5.5lbs.
9. Sony ECM-M1 Shotgun Microphone
The Sony ECM-M1 uses beamforming technology and advanced digital processing technology to provide eight audio recording modes including stereo to deliver outstanding sound quality in a wide range of situations.
The microphone takes advantage of the Sony A7C II’s digital audio interface to avoid the noise and distortion associated with analogue transmission.
Sony’s introducing video below will help you to learn more about this microphone.
And for an independent review I’d strongly recommend watching Gordon Langs review:
10. Sony GP-X2 Grip Extension
The Sony GP-X2 Grip Extension provides helps to make the compact body of the A7C II a little more comfortable to hold, especially for those with larger hands.
The improved little finger placement ensures a steady grip and helps to prevent fatigue during long sessions.
Fortunately you can still replace the battery without removing the grip from the camera body.