If you're into shooting twilight scenes, nightscapes, or theater performances, you might want to take a good, long look at the Sony a7S II. This camera shares its acclaimed predecessor's reputation for incredible low-light performance. Fewer megapixels on the generously sized full-frame sensor allow each pixel to be larger and work more efficiently. Large pixels are light-gathering beasts, compared to the smaller-sized pixels of high-megapixel count sensors. Extended sensitivity, low noise levels and high dynamic range ensure fine detail rendering from the darkest shadows to the brightest highlights, for beautiful photos in all lighting conditions. The a7S II also supports 14-bit uncompressed RAW images for the highest quality tonal gradation, so you can fully capitalize on the camera's wide dynamic range.
The a7S II's Fast Intelligent autofocus system gives you accurate contrast detection and quick focus even when light and visibility are low. And when it comes to video, the a7S II is a solid performer with an impressive array of features for videographers on all levels.
Advanced features for videographers
The a7S II produces stunning, low-noise, Full HD video which, at 120 frames per second, blows most of its competition right out of the water. In Super 35mm format, data is processed from every pixel for sharp, finely detailed footage. This camera also records in 4K in full-frame format. A multi-interface shoe lets you connect professional microphone kits for balanced audio to match the video quality. The a7S II's enhanced Zebra function tells you which parts of a scene are overexposed so you can easily make adjustments, and Gamma Display Assist allows you to view the scene with natural contrast on the LCD or in the viewfinder.
Advanced features like Picture Profile and the new S-Log3 Gamma setting let you adjust color, gradation, and dynamic range for richly detailed movies in any light. A clean HDMI output sends uncompressed movie data to an external recorder or monitor. You can keep recording with the camera even when using this function.
Rock-steady image stabilization
Sony has taken plenty of steps to ensure the a7S II produces crystal-clear photos and shake-free videos. Five-axis image stabilization optimized for high-resolution sensors compensates for camera shake from five different directions, giving you freedom to shoot handheld, zoom in on distant subjects, and capture sharp night scenes. You can monitor the effects of camera shake compensation in the viewfinder or LCD screen while shooting and adjust framing and focusing if needed for steady results. The a7S II's reduced-vibration shutter has a braking mechanism that cuts down on vibration, and Silent Shooting Mode uses an electronic shutter that cuts out shake caused by mechanical shutter movement.
Your phone adds functionality
Built-in Wi-Fi means you can instantly transfer photos and videos from the a7S II directly to your phone or tablet for easy uploading and sharing. NFC touch pairing is also available for compatible Android™ devices. Sony's PlayMemories Camera Apps include free and paid apps that complement your photographic style and interests. There's the indispensable free Smart Remote Control app that lets you use your mobile device to control shooting on the a7S II, along with specialized apps for things like light painting, time-lapse, stop motion, and multiple exposure, plus plenty of editing effects to fine-tune your photos and add your own personal touches.
- 12.2-megapixel full-frame Exmor™ CMOS image sensor (35.6 x 23.8 mm)
- BIONZ X image processor for high-resolution, low-noise photos and fast autofocus performance
- compatible with Sony full-frame FE lenses and Sony E-mount lenses (in crop mode)
- Sony LA-EA3 and LA-EA4 adaptors allow you to use Sony A-mount lenses
- Wi-Fi lets you transfer photos and video to smartphones and tablets for easy image sharing
- NFC touch pairing with compatible Android™ devices
- PlayMemories Camera Apps let you add new camera functions and capabilities
- 2,359K-dot Organic LED (OLED) super high-resolution electronic viewfinder for easy eye-level composition
- sturdy magnesium-alloy body
- multi-interface shoe expands camera's compatibility with external flash and video accessories
- 3" 1,228,800-dot LCD screen tilts upward 107 degrees and downward 41 degrees for easy framing of self-portraits and composition from odd angles
- 4K Ultra HD video recording with 100 Mbps maximum bit rate
- uncompressed, clean HDMI output supports 4K and full HD
- Anti-Dust Technology keeps image sensor clean for spotless photos
- sealing around buttons and dials adds protection from the elements
- mode dial locking mechanism prevents accidental changes to shooting mode
- USB power supply lets you power the camera via USB connection to a computer or portable battery to conserve battery life while shooting
- fast, precise autofocus with contrast-detection AF system
- Eye AF control for accurate eye detection; can prioritize a single pupil when subject is partially turned away from camera
- program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
- 9 scene modes, including Portrait, Sunset and Hand-held Twilight, for accurately exposed images in different shooting environments
- 13 picture effects include Retro Photo, HDR painting, and Toy Camera modes
- Sweep Panorama mode stitches images together to create expansive vistas
- up to 5 frames per second in continuous shooting mode
- silent shooting mode eliminates camera shake caused by shutter movement; can be used with continuous shooting
- shutter speed range: 30-1/8,000 seconds, bulb
- ISO range: 100-409,600
- exposure bracketing: 3, 5, or 9 frames in variable increments
- flash sync at 1/250 second
- records in RAW and JPEG formats
- records photos and videos onto SD, SDHC and SDXC cards and Memory Stick PRO Duo and PRO-HG Duo memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
- high-speed micro USB interface (cable included)
- micro HDMI output (cable not included)
- 3.5mm microphone input and 3.5mm headphone jack
- 5"W x 3-13/16"H x 2-3/8"D
- weight (with battery): 22.1 oz.