Sony unveils a7R II full-frame mirrorless camera

sony a7r II

Sony today introduced its new flagship full-frame mirrorless camera, the a7R II. The interchangeable lens camera will be available in August for about $3200.

The camera features world’s first back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor, which realizes high resolution , high sensitivity and high speed AF response up to 40% faster than the original a7R due to 399 focal plane phase detection AF points.

sony a7r II

The camera also includes a 5-axis image stabilization system that can shoot and record 4K video in multiple formats including Super 35mm and full-frame format.  It also has a XGA OLED Tru-Finder with the world’s highest (0.78x) viewfinder magnification.

The 42.4 MP sensor combines gapless on-chip lens design and AR coating on the surface of the sensor’s glass seal to improve light collection efficiency.  This allows the camera to shoot at an ISO range of 100 to 25600 that is expandable to ISO 50 to 102400.

The 5-axis image stabilization corrects camera shake along five axes during shooting, including angular shake, shift shake and rotational shake that often affects video recording.

Sony’s new a7R II camera include the ability to record movies in 4K quality in either Super 35mm crop mode or full-frame mode.

The camera utilizes the XAVC S codec during video shooting, which records at a high bit rate of 100 Mbps during 4K recording and 50 Mbps during full HD shooting.

The camera has an upgraded XGA OLED Tru-Finder with a double-sided aspherical lens that delivers the world’s highest viewfinder magnification of 0.78x. ZEISS  T* Coating is also utilized to reduce unwanted reflections that interfere with the shooting experience.

Sony has also introduced a new LCD monitor model CLM-FHD5.  A compact 5.0 type Full HD (1920x1080p) LCD monitor, the CLM-FHD5 features enlarging and peaking functionality, false color and video level marker for adjusting exposure and S-Log display assist to assist S-Log shooting.

By 2016, the company will add an additional 8 new lenses to its FE full frame lineup, bringing the FE total to 20 lenses and the overall alpha-mount assortment to 70 different models.


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