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Sony Alpha A7R Mark II (ILCE-7RM2) Review - Verdict

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Value For Money

The Sony Alpha A7R Mark II is available for £2599 body only which makes it reasonably good value for money, with the size benefit of particular interest. Alternative full-frame mirrorless cameras are only available from Sony, so the options available include the:

Sony Alpha A7, 24mp, FullHD video, £819 body only
Sony Alpha A7 Mark II, 24mp, 5-axis IS, £1249 body only
Sony Alpha A7R, 36mp, FullHD video, £1339 body only
Sony Alpha A7s, 12mp, 4K video (to external recorder), £1649 body only

Alternatively you will need to look at a Digital SLR if you're looking for an ILC (Interchangeable Lens Camera) with a full frame sensor, such as the 50mp Canon EOS 5DS R (£3199), and 36mp Nikon D810 (£2349). If size is an issue and you'd like a smaller camera then you could look at the Olympus / Panasonic Micro Four Thirds range, as well as the Fujifilm X series. 

Have a look at more compact system cameras in our Top 10 Best Mirrorless Cameras 2015. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Sony Alpha A7R II Verdict

With this, the latest camera in the Sony Alpha 7 series, the Sony Alpha A7R Mark II has got pretty much everything right. With a high resolution 42.4 megapixel backlit full-frame CMOS sensor, Sony has not only increased the megapixel count for additional resolution, but also managed to reduce noise levels by making it a backlit CMOS sensor. Another factor that is important with such a high-resolution sensor is shutter vibration, and to combat this Sony has developed a new shutter system with no vibration and reduced noise. In addition to this, in order to get sharp results, the camera's built-in 5-axis image stabilisation system moves the sensor to ensure shots are sharp and detailed even when shooting hand-held. 

The A7R-II has an impressive tilting screen, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), 5fps continuous shooting, good AF tracking, and 4K video recording, along with a good sized and comfortable body. This makes it an enjoyable camera that you want to use. Although it may not meet everyone's needs as some may wish to shoot at a quicker speed than the 5fps continuous shooting on offer.

Earlier complaints about the Sony Alpha 7 series having a lack of lenses available have mostly been resolved by the rapid introduction of new, high-quality prime lenses and zooms over the last few years, and the range is set to expand further with support from both Sony and Zeiss developing lenses for the system. There are also lenses available from other third parties, including Samyang, Venus, Mitakon, Voigtlander, and Lensbaby, as well as the option to use any other full-frame lens with an adapter.

The Sony Alpha A7R Mark II offers a higher resolution sensor than the Nikon D810, and is just £250 more expensive, whilst being £400 cheaper than the Canon EOS 5DS (and £600 cheaper than the 5DS R), which makes the A7R Mark II very good value for money. If you have the money to invest in a high-resolution full-frame camera, then the Sony Alpha A7R Mark II should be very high on your list, and as an upgrade from an earlier Sony Alpha 7 series camera, the A7R-II is a culmination of all of the best features rolled into one fantastic camera. 

Sony Alpha A7R II Pros

Excellent image quality possible
5-axis image stabilisation system
Impressive noise performance considering high resolution
Improved range of high quality lenses available
Includes 2 batteries and a charger in the box
Extended ISO range
4K video recording
Wi-Fi and NFC
Sony PlayMemories Apps 
Dual-axis electronic level

Sony Alpha A7R II Cons

5fps continuous shooting could be too slow for some
USB3 would speed up image transfers

FEATURES  
HANDLING  
PERFORMANCE  
VALUE FOR MONEY  
VERDICT  

The Sony Alpha A7R II is a culmination of all the best features from Sony's expertise rolled into one fantastic camera.

 


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Photographs taken using the Sony Alpha 7R II

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