Welcome to my Sony A7C II (ILCE-7CM2) battery and battery charging guide where I cover all of the compatible battery and charging options for the Sony A7C II mirrorless camera.
What’s in the Box?
If purchasing new then the Sony A7C II includes one Sony NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (2280mAh) in the box.
Unfortunately there is no external charger included and Sony has also stopped including USB chargers and USB-C cables in the box.
This means that you will only be able to charge the battery in-camera if you happen to have one of these already from another device. Which I expect many of us do.
I’ve included some recommended cables and chargers a little further down this article.
The official compatible battery for the Sony A7C II is the Sony NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (2280mAh).
There are many third-party NP-FZ100 batteries on the market but a lot of these batteries will not work correctly with the A7C II and may display warning messages.
Those that do work correctly can stop working or throw error messages when the A7C II receives a new firmware update.
The official battery compatible with the Sony A7C II is the Sony NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (2280mAh).
If you really want to take a risk with a third-party battery then one of the more reliable options is the Watson NP-FZ100. However, these batteries might still display warnings and I would still recommend sticking with the official Sony batteries despite their higher price.
Like I’ve already mentioned, the Sony A7C II does not include an external charger in the box. If you prefer to charge your cameras batteries externally then here are your options.
The official Sony battery charger for the NP-FZ100 battery is the Sony BC-QZ1. With this charger you can charge the official NP-FZ100 battery in around two hours.
If you need to shoot for longer then you might want to invest in the Sony NPA-MQZ1K multi battery kit. This can charge 4x NP-FZ100 batteries in approximately 480 minutes and also power two USB devices and the A7C II at the same time. The NPA-MQZ1K includes two NP-FZ100 batteries, a cable protector and a mounting plate.
Watson Mini Duo Charger
This Watson mini duo charger is one of the better third-party charging options. With it you can charge two NP-FZ100 batteries in around 5 hours. It features built-in overcharge, short-circuit, and power surge protection.
This charger is designed for Watson NP-FZ100 batteries, so you will be taking a risk if you charge original Sony NP-FZ100 batteries with it.
The Sony Alpha A7C II supports USB PD (Power Delivery) for fast in-camera battery charging via its USB-C port.
Unfortunately Sony does not provide a USB charger or USB-C cable with the A7C II.
If you don’t already have a USB-C cable then here are a couple of options.
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 USB 3.1 Gen 2 which will also enable you to transfer files at the maximum speed that the A7C II is capable of.
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 for the A7C II. It supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 which will enable you to transfer files at the maximum speed that the A7C II is capable of.
You can use a Power Delivery (PD) certified power bank to charge the battery when the A7C II is powered off. Sony recommends using a USB-PD device that is compatible with an output of 9V/3A or 9V/2A.
ANKER 10,000mAh PowerCore Slim PD
The ANKER 10,000mAh PowerCore Slim PD is one of many power bank options that could be used to charge the A7C II.
The battery life of the Sony A7C II will vary depending on your camera settings and also environmental factors. On cold days the battery will drain much faster than on warmer days.
Battery Life Shooting Stills
The A7C II can achieve approx. 550 shots (Viewfinder) and approx. 560 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard).
These are CIPA standard figures and in the rear world if you are shooting a lot of continuous bursts then you can easily shoot thousands of images before depleting the battery.
Battery Life Recording Video
Shooting movies (actual) will get you approx. 100 min (Viewfinder) or approx. 105 min (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard).
Sony A7C II Guides & Resources
The Sony A7C II is compatible with the Sony NP-FZ100 rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
Using the Sony BC-QZ1 battery charger it takes around 2 hours to fully charge a single NP-FZ100 battery.
Yes. The A7C II supports USB PD (Power Delivery) for fast in-camera battery charging via the camera’s USB Type-C port.