Sony Alpha a7 II Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera (Body Only)

Model Number: ILCE7M2/B
Web Code: 10424485

Sony Alpha a7 II Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

Overview

Capture images as they were meant to be seen with the Sony a7 II mirrorless camera body. Its 24.3MP full-frame Exmor sensor and high-speed BIONZ X image processor faithfully reproduce colours, textures, and details as seen by the naked eye. Built-in 5-axis image stabilization compensates for 5 different types of camera shake while shooting handheld.
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Overview

Capture images as they were meant to be seen with the Sony a7 II mirrorless camera body. Its 24.3MP full-frame Exmor sensor and high-speed BIONZ X image processor faithfully reproduce colours, textures, and details as seen by the naked eye. Built-in 5-axis image stabilization compensates for 5 different types of camera shake while shooting handheld.

Full-frame advantage, BIONZ X performance

  • Equipped with a 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor, the a7 II captures stunning images with a wide dynamic range and true-to-life colour reproduction in 24.3MP resolution. Play back and admire the lifelike, vibrant colours of the wildflowers in your garden, output in brilliant 4K resolution on your compatible TV.
  • The BIONZ X image processing engine faithfully reproduces textures as seen by the naked eye for more realistic images with precise detail and richer tonal gradations. You won't just capture the myriad of eyes and fangs of a spider hanging in your garden, but also the droplets of dew suspended in its web.
  • Featuring a native ISO sensitivity range of 100 to 25600, the Exmor sensor and BIONZ X combine to deliver incredibly detailed images with exceptional clarity, texture, and low noise when shooting in low light at mid to high ISO ranges. Easily capture all of the splendour of your lantern-lit backyard in sharp detail.

Focused and stable

  • Built-in 5-axis image stabilization compensates for 5 types of commonly experienced camera shake, including pitch at yaw at long focal lengths, horizontal and vertical shift at high magnification, and roll during long exposure. Shoot everything from once-in-a-lifetime events to everyday situations, worry-free.
  • Capture decisive moments and fast-moving subjects with 5fps continuous AF/AE shooting. Thanks to a predictive algorithm that expertly tracks your subject's movements, the a7 II delivers sharp, well-exposed images shot continuously.
  • Enhanced Lock-on AF tracking keeps moving subjects in sharp focus, so capturing the erratic flying of a hummingbird dancing through your garden is smooth and stable.
  • Fast Hybrid AF system delivers a much wider coverage area using 117-point phase-detection autofocus and 25-point contrast-detection autofocus. Phase detection sensors help focus on the playful raccoon bounding across your yard, as well as his off-centre companion in hot pursuit.

Capture and record like a pro

  • The a7 II records in XAVC S format, ensuring you get maximum clarity and detail. XAVC S records at 50Mbps for Full HD 1080p (60p/50p, 30p/25p, 24p) footage. It also uses linear PCM sound recording for high-quality audio.
  • Dual video recording allows you to simultaneously record an XAVC S and an MP4 movie, or an AVCHD and an MP4 movie.
  • The a7 II supports 14-bit uncompressed RAW format, making the most of the full-frame sensor's wide dynamic range and ensuring maximum quality of tonal gradation.

Frame the shot the way you want

  • High-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder lets you view your surroundings in rich detail. Preview your recordings, including the effects of camera settings, so you can tweak exposure, colour, and focus before taking the picture.
  • Tiltable 3-inch 1229K-dot LCD screen flips up about 107 degrees and down 41 degrees so you can indulge in perfectly framed low-angle shots, and change your view on a whim. Dare to stand on the cliff's edge and photograph the plunging depths below.
  • WhiteMagic technology makes it easy to see the LCD screen under direct sunlight. WhiteMagic almost doubles the brightness of the display for at-a-glance reviewing of focus and image details.

Professional convenience

  • Shoot like a pro thanks to instant access to the features you need to shoot on the fly, including full manual control and 10 customizable buttons that allow you to assign 1 of 56 functions to any of those buttons. Quickly choose shooting modes and camera settings with a rear-mounted control wheel and top scroll wheel.
  • The a7 II sports advanced shooting features, such as a zebra assist and focus peaking. Zebra assist mode allows you to see what areas in your frame are overexposed, while focus peaking lets you see what areas of the frame are in focus. The a7 II also has 13 creative filters, auto HDR, and more, allowing you to add unique flair to your images.
  • Equipped with a Multi Interface Shoe, the a7 II lets you take advantage of a range of accessories, such as video lights and shotgun microphones (not included) to help you create more professional-looking videos.

Expertly built

  • Compact, lightweight design, features a robust magnesium alloy body and lens mount that's dust and moisture resistant. Get peace of mind that your gear will survive if the weather becomes unfriendly.
  • An anti-dust system and anti-static coating ensure that dry or moist particles that could get in when you're swapping lenses won't stick to the optical filter, keeping your photos blemish free.
  • A beefy pistol grip and repositioned shutter button ensure a secure natural hold on the camera. Enjoy comfortable handheld shooting with less camera shake, even with a large lens.

Share your highlights

  • With Sony's PlayMemories Camera Apps, you can find apps that'll let you control and view your camera from a Wi-Fi-enabled smartphone, as well as share and save photos. Post those thrilling shots of your multi-day hike directly on Facebook, given you can find a Wi-Fi connection in the wild.
  • Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity make wireless file transfers and one-touch pairing easy. The PlayMemories Mobile app lets you touch your camera to an Android smartphone or tablet, and create an instant connection through NFC for sharing, remote control, and basic editing.
  • Sony's lithium-ion rechargeable NP-FW50 battery lasts up to 350 stills on a single charge, while the innovative InfoLITHIUM battery system lets you see the power percentage remaining so you can shoot with confidence.
Camera Model
Sony a7 II
Camera Kit
Camera Body Only
Lens Mount
Sony E-Mount

Image Sensor

NFC Enabled
Yes
Sensor Type
Exmor CMOS Sensor
Image Sensor Format
Full Frame
Sensor Crop Factor
Not Applicable
Effective Megapixels
24.3 MP
Total Pixels
24.7 MP
Colour Filter System
R; G; B primary color
Colour Space
xvYCC standard (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS Color
Low Pass Filter
No
Dust Reduction
Yes
Processor
High-Speed BIONZ X Image Processing Engine

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
1.3 cm (0.5 Type) Colour Electronic Viewfinder
Percentage Coverage
100%
Effective Magnification
Approx. 0.71 x (with 50mm lens at infinity; -1m)

Diopter Adjustment

Depth of Field Preview
Yes

LCD Features

LCD Size
3 in
LCD Resolution
1,228,800 dots
Swivel LCD
Yes
Live Preview
Yes

Auto Focus

AF Type
Fast Hybrid AF (Phase-Detection AF/Contrast-Detection AF)
Focusing Modes 1
AF-S (Single-shot AF); AF-C ( Continuous AF); DMF (Direct Manual Focus); Manual Focus
Focusing Modes 2
AF-S (Single-shot AF); AF-C ( Continuous AF); DMF (Direct Manual Focus); Manual Focus
AF Points
117 Points - 35mm Full Frame (Phase-Detection AF); APS-C: 99 Points (Phase-Detection AF); 25 Points (Contrast-Detection AF)
AF Point Selection
Yes
AF Assist Beam
Yes; AF Illuminator with Built-in LED Type

Exposure

ISO
100-25600 equivalent (1/3 EV step); (ISO numbers up from ISO 50 can be set as expanded ISO range.); AUTO (ISO 100-6400; selectable lower limit and upper limit) Movies: ISO 200-25600 equivalent (1/3 EV step) / AUTO (ISO 200-6400; selectable lower limit and upper limit)
White Balance Settings 1
Auto; Daylight; Shade; Cloudy; Incandescent; Fluorescent (Warm White; Cool White; Day White; Daylight); Flash /Underwater/ Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & color filter (G7 to M7(15-step); A7 to B7(15-step)); Custom
White Balance Settings 2
AWB Micro Adjustment: Yes(G7 to M7;15-step)(A7 to B7;15-step)
Auto White Balance
Yes
White Balance Bracketing
3 Frames; H/L Selectable
Exposure Compensation
+/- 5.0EV(1/3 EV; 1/2 EV steps selectable) (with exposure compensation dial : +/- 3EV (1/3 EV steps))

Shutter

Shutter Type
Electronically-Controlled; Vertical-Traverse; Focal-Plane Type
Shutter Speeds
Still Images:1/8000 to 30 sec; Bulb; Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps) up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode)
Shutter Lag
Not Applicable
Self-Timer
Self-Timer (10/2 sec delay selectable); Self-Timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec delay 3/5 frames selectable)

Drive

Drive Modes
Single Shooting; Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable); Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable); Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec delay 3/5 frames selectable); Bracket: Single; Bracket: Cont.; White Balance bracket; DRO bracket
Drive Modes 2
Single Shooting; Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable); Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable); Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec delay 3/5 frames selectable); Bracket: Single; Bracket: Cont.; White Balance bracket; DRO bracket
Max Burst Jpeg
Continuous shooting: Hi: max. 5 fps; Lo: max. 2.5 fps
Max Burst Raw
Continuous shooting: Hi: max. 5 fps; Lo: max. 2.5 fps
Max Burst Raw+JPEG
Continuous shooting: Hi: max. 5 fps; Lo: max. 2.5 fps
Max Burst Other Format
Not Applicable

Flash

Built-in Flash Type
Not Applicable
Recycling Time
Not Applicable
Flash Metering System
Not Applicable
Flash Sync
Not Applicable No Built-In Flash
Flash Guide Number
Not Applicable

Video

Video Output Format
NTSC
Video Modes
(XAVC S HD): 1920 x 1080(60p; 50M); 1920 x 1080(30p; 50M); 1920 x 1080(24p; 50M); (AVCHD): 1920 x 1080(60p; 28M; PS); 1920 x 1080(60i; 24M; FX); 1920 x 1080(60i; 17M; FH); 1920 x 1080(24p; 24M; FX); 1920 x 1080(24p; 17M; FH); (MP4): 1440 x 1080(30fps); VGA(640 x 480; 30fps)
Movie File Formats
XAVC S; AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant; MP4
Movie Video Compression
XAVC S:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Movie Audio Compression
XAVC S:LPCM 2ch; AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch; Dolby Digital Stereo Creator; MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
Max Video Resolution
1920 x 1080 (FHD)

Playback

Image Playback Modes 1
9/25-frame index view; Auto Review (10/5/2 sec; Off); Delete; Enlarged display mode (L: 18.8x; M: 12.3x; S: 9.4x; Panorama (Standard): 25.6x; Panorama (Wide): 38.8x); Folder selection (Date/Still/MP4/AVCHD/XAVC S); Forward/Rewind (movie); Image orientation (Auto/Manual/Off selectable); Panorama scrolling; Protect; Single (with or without shooting information Y RGB histogram and highlight/shadow warning); Slideshow
Movie Playback Modes
High-Speed BIONZ X Image Processing Engine

Storage & Interface

Card Slot
1
Storage Media
SDXC Memory Card (UHS-I compliant); SDHC Memory Card (UHS-I compliant); SD Memory Card; Memory Stick XC-HG Duo; Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo; Memory Stick PRO Duo
Data Interface
Multi/Micro USB Terminal; Multi Interface Shoe
Video Interface
Multi/Micro USB Terminal
Wi-Fi
Yes
NFC
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Jpeg
Yes
Raw
Yes
Raw+Jpeg
Yes
Other Formats
JPEG Extra fine; JPEG Fine; JPEG Standard
Guided Shooting Mode
No
Languages Supported
English; French; Italian; Spanish; Chinese
Compatible Operating Systems
PC
Supplied Software
Not Applicable

Included Lens

Lens Frame Colour
Not Applicable
Lens Range
Not Applicable
Stabilized
SteadyShot Image Stabilization with 5-axis compensation INSIDE Camera Body
Model Number
Not Applicable
Filter Size
Not Applicable
35mm Equivalent
Not Applicable
Lens Weight
Not Applicable

Body Features

Stabilized Body
SteadyShot Image Stabilization with 5-axis compensation INSIDE Camera Body
Body Colour
Black
Intelligent Shoe
Yes (Multi Interface Shoe)
Cable Release
No
Weather Sealed
Yes

Power

Battery Type
Rechargeable Lithium-ion
Included Battery Model
Sony NP-FW50
Additional Compatible Batteries (not inc)
Not Applicable
Back-up Battery
No
Power Saving Modes
Yes

Physical Features

Width
12.69 cm
Height
9.57 cm
Depth
5.97 cm
Weight
556 g

Warranty

Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts
1 Year
Manufacturer's Warranty - Labour
1 Year
  • Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50
  • AC Adaptor
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Accessory Shoe Cap
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Instruction Manual

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Of the 468 reviewers who responded, 442 would recommend this product.

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  • Do not buy this camera for Astrophotography
    Verified BuyerReviewed by SuperUser23 - April 13, 2018

    I bought this body for landscape photography which in my case includes astrophotography. Most of the latest Sony Alpha cameras employ a spatial filtering noise reduction algorithm when using Bulb mode. This noise reduction targets hot pixels. It affects RAW files and cannot be turned off, even when using Uncompressed RAW. The primary issue with the spatial filtering is that it greatly affects astrophotography: dimmer stars that occupy only a few pixels are erased, essentially “mistaken” for noise by the filtering algorithm. The result is an astrophoto with greatly reduced visibility of dim stars and an overall appearance of reduced resolution.

    Review originally posted on sony.com

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

  • Pleasing, understated camera
    Verified BuyerReviewed by Harbroe - May 5, 2016

    This camera, to a serious amateur, provides so many features. As a full-frame device you expect excellent quality images, and it doesn't disappoint. It does what it advertises, all controls seem to be in the right place, and the menu system is as straightforward as it can be given the flexibility offered. Things to consider - Start-up following a battery change seems slow. There's no integral flash. Though I prefer a separate source, an integral one can mean achieving an image in a hurry. Bluetooth connection to a phone etc for remote monitoring and release is a bit clunky. But these are minor issues compared with the rest of the design.

    Review originally posted on sony.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Poor advertising for a good product
    Reviewed by mysticsoul2 - June 19, 2015

    This camera is advertised in the new products window as a 42MP camera, but when I went to the store online to buy it, there it says 24MP. Immediately I stop, because now I am not sure what I am buying. It's a habit, after all the great design, you market it so poor. That was the same stupidity when I bought my A7R, they had the same specifications on both the A7 and A7R, I had to call like three times to be sure exactly what I am buying. Maybe i'll have to call three times to verify the specs. again before I buy, Cannon or Nikon might come out with something similar and I go for that since there specs. are correct. Delays are not good in business.

    Review originally posted on sony.com



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