As you may have read across the web, Sony announced last week the much-anticipated new a7RII. This time around it looks like Sony has listened to the feedback and come out with one heck of a full frame camera. Not only does it have a new 42mp sensor, but a vastly improved AF system, electronic shutter and silent mode (a fix for shutter shake), updated ergonomics and button placement, 4K video and much more. Here is the main specs:

  • 42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 399 Phase-Detect AF Points & 5 fps Burst
  • Internal 4K XAVC S Video & S-Log2 Gamma
  • Weather-Resistant Magnesium Alloy Body
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • ISO 102,400
  • no shutter blade motion
  • 3.5x faster than the A7r
  • A7rII focus is almost 40% faster than the one of the A7r
  • Minimum ISO w/ Auto ISO
  • 14bit RAW file
  • Fast AF with Canon lenses using lens adapter

I love my a7R for stills. It has been used countless times since buying one in December 2013. For video I’ve been using the A7s which produces perfect HD. The a7RII is a big step up for video from the first version with internal 4K and 1080 up to 60p. Moreover in 4K super 35mm mode there is no pixel binning which is absolutely awesome!

In an interview with Dpreview, Sony Senior General Manager of the Digital Imaging Business Group Kimio Maki explained why 42.4 mp struck the perfect balance between resolution and ISO sensitivity.  To achieve both they created a full-frame back-side illuminated sensor in the goal to improve the resolution and the ISO sensitivity over the original a7R. SWEET! Like the original a7R, a7RII has no anti-aliasing filter. It can deliver the finest detail and ISO range expanded for better performance at high ISOs.

Kimio Maki also gave some information about their upcoming FE lenses and it looks very exciting!

“Our lenses have to be better than [those from other manufacturers]. That is my mission. We have already made a 35mm F1.4 and 90mm macro – both were based on customer’s requirements, and also we have a full F4 zoom lineup, so our next lenses will be at the upper end of the lineup.”

“A F2.8 lineup is necessary, and brighter [primes].”

You can read the full interview on Dpreview.com and also a very interesting article ”Did Sony just do the impossible“.