Sony unveiled its α7R II along with two other cameras of different classes, the RX100 IV and RX10 II, at its regional launch late last week. The α7R II is Sony’s premium flagship full frame mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera that is all the hype in professional and hobbyist photography circles – Long before it was even officially launched.
So what is with all the hype? Here are five reasons why Sony’s α7R II is all the rage right now.
1. It sees everything
Every single wrinkle, pimple cover-up and facial contour. That is how clear images taken with the α7R II are and no, we are not in any way exaggerating. Packed in this small wonder is the world’s first back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor which gives high resolution 42.4MP, high-sensitivity of up to ISO 102400 and a high-speed auto focus that is 40 per cent faster than its predecessor, the α7R. Just think of the α7R II as a DSLR on steroids.
Aside from the theatrics, the α7R II has an adjustable LCD display (107 degree up 41 degree down), shutter speeds of 1/8000 to 30 seconds for still images, fits E-mount lens, it also boast an in-built Wi-Fi and has NFC features. These last two features allow you to get quick access to your images without actually going through the hassle of having to use a computer!
2. Video recording in 4K? Yes please
While most of the other contenders are filming in FHD, the α7R II is capable of filming in amazing 4K resolution (QFHD 3840 x 2160).
Choose between two different modes of recording, the Super 35mm crop or full-frame. The α7R II is the first camera to be able to feature this in-camera Full-frame mode. This utilizes the full width of the 35mm sensor for 4K recording. Home videos of family gatherings will never be the same again, say goodbye to badly pixelated images and hello to crystal clear videos!
The α7R II also records better. What do we mean? It has an in-built XAVC S codec during video recording that records at a rate of 100Mbps during 4K recording and 50Mbps during FHD recording.
3. Greater stability than its predecessor
With great 42.4MP comes the impending problem of blurred images, due to shaky hands. In fact, this was one of the main problems that the α7R was faced with – Great quality images only if you either used a tripod or were bestowed a steady pair of hands.
Sony has fixed all of that with the 5-Axis Image Stabilisation system built into their latest α7R II to support all 42.4MP worth of high resolution shooting. This helps correct shaky hands along five axes during photo taking. This includes:
Aside from correcting the problems faced by most, this 5-Axis Stabilisation system which compensates shakes enables shooting at a shutter faster speed - Approximately a whole 4.5 steps faster.
4. A feather weight contender
The α7R II might be a contender for now but it is definitely set to be the next challenger. Weighing only 625g (with its battery and memory stick) and measuring 126.9x92.7x60.3mm, the α7R II is about 180g lighter than its competitor (who shall not be named).
These physical features combined with its technical specifications make the α7R II one of the best DSLRs of its class given its compact size, amazing features and ultra-portability.
5. Ultimately, it boils down to needs versus want
As compared to other similar elite DSLR brands of its class the α7R II is relatively affordable, although it is still a substantial amount for a camera if you are just a beginner.
Aside from this, images taken with the α7R II really stands out as it so clear and with the new stabilisation system, you no longer have the annoying blurred image syndrome every time you try to capture an image without a tripod – All while still getting that high resolution picture your family and friends are going to love.
The α7R II will be
available from August onwards and looks to retail for SG$4099 (body only).
Lastest update on August 5, 2015 10:11AM: Sony's α7R II will be available in Singapore from August 6 onwards at SG$4099.
By Geralyne Kaye Ong / August 4, 2015 11:00AM GMT+8
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