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Sony Alpha ILCE-7 Mark II Hands-On Preview

We have a hands-on look at the Sony Alpha A7 II with 5-axis sensor shift image stabilisation.

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Sony Alpha ILCE-7 Mark II Hands-On Preview: Sony Alpha A7 II (4)

Ahead of our full review, we had a hands-on look at the Sony Alpha A7-II (ILCE-7M2) - the update to the A7 - with improved handling, as well as the addition of sensor-shift 5-axis image stabilisation, which we were able to have a close-up look at: 

Sony Alpha ILCE-7 Mark II Hands-On Preview: Sony Alpha A7 II Sensor IS
Sony Alpha A7 II Sensor IS Unit

Sony Alpha A7 II Key Features

  • 24.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
  • XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder, 2.359m dots
  • 3inch tilting screen, 921k dots
  • Full HD video, 60p, 50p, 25p, 24p
  • Clean HDMI output
  • Fast Hybrid autofocus
  • 117 phase-detection AF points
  • 25 contrast-detection AF points
  • 5fps continuous shooting with AF Tracking
  • Smart remote control, Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Tough magnesium weather sealed body
  • ISO100 to ISO25600, can be expanded to ISO50

The A7-II features 5-axis image stabilisation sensor shift unit, that moves the whole 24.3 megapixel full-frame sensor, meaning that image stabilisation works with all lenses, including any legacy lenses attached via an adapter:


5-axis image stabilisation sensor shift demo video from Sony:


Sony Alpha 7 II Hands-On Photos of Equipment

We also had a hands-on look at the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS lens, and Zeiss Vario-Tessar 16-35mm f/4 T* lens:

Sony Vario-Tessar FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS T* Hands-On Photos of Equipment


Sony FE 70-200mm f/4G OSS Hands-On Photos of Equipment


Sony Alpha 7 II Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels24.3Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)6000
Pixels (H)4000
Sensor TypeExmor CMOS
Sensor SizeFull-Frame
Sensor Size (width)35.8mm
Sensor Size (height)23.9mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1228k dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity50 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Underwater
Exposure Comp+/-3
Viewfinder Resolution2,359,296 dots
MagnificationNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 1440x1080
Video FPS60p, 25p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • Memory Stick (Sony)
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeInfo-Lithium Battery (NP-FW50)
Battery Life (CIPA rating)270shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsAC Adapter (USB), Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FW50), MicroUSB Cable, Shoulder strap

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Photographs taken using the Sony Alpha 7 II

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pablophotographer 12 2.2k 450
4 Feb 2015 1:33AM
Bravo Sony.
But ... why not have an additional USB 3 port and a 1:1 framing option too?

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