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Sony Alpha 7II (ILCE-7M2)

Price :  $ 1,698.00
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Key features

The new mirrorless model is the world’s first full-frame camera to feature 5-axis image stabilization, allowing it to compensate for camera movement in five different directions to produce extremely sharp handheld images. The α7II camera is equipped with a 24.3 effective megapixel 35mm full-frame sensor, and adds 30% faster AF responsiveness, enriched video shooting capabilities, redesigned ergonomics and more.

New Image Stabilization Technology

The innovative 5-axis image stabilization on the new α7II detects and corrects camera shake along five axes during shooting, including angular shake (pitch and yaw) that tends to occur with a telephoto lens, shift shake (X and Y axes) which becomes noticeable as magnification increases, and rotational shake (roll) that often affects shots at night or when recording video.  The 24.3 MP full frame sensor moves to accommodate all of these types of shake, with stabilization equivalent to up to 4.5 steps faster shutter speed of correction.

Additionally, the 5-axis stabilization works cooperatively with Sony α lenses with optical steady shot (OSS) to provide maximum stabilization and clarity, while also performing admirably with Sony α A-mount lenses and third party lenses without on-board stabilization. Effects of the stabilization can be previewed via live-view on the LCD or OLED viewfinder of the camera.

Speedy, Accurate Autofocus with Hybrid AF

The new α7II employs a 117-point focal plane phase detection AF sensor with 25 contrast detection AF points, with approximately 30% faster AF responsiveness and 1.5 times more accurate subject tracking than the original α7 model4 thanks to a series of new algorithms for detecting subject distance and predicting motion.  Additionally, AF and now automatic exposure (AE) is provided while tracking subjects during high-speed continuous shooting at up to 5 fps.

Enriched HD Video Functionality

The new full-frame camera shares the powerful BIONZ X image processing engine with several other high-end Sony cameras, and adds a variety of advanced video functionality including the addition of XAVC S5 codec, which records video at a high data rate of 50 Mbps with advanced compression for impressive video quality.

For the professional and prosumer customers, the α7II adds picture profiles for convenient in-camera tone adjustments and supports the S-Log2 gamma function which preserves a wide dynamic range.  It also includes Time Code (useful for editing), Rec Control (for synced recording with external recorder) and dual video recording.

Design, Controls, Wi-Fi® and New Accessories

Ergonomically, compared to the original α7, the α7II model has a larger shutter button that has been moved closer to the front of the camera for optimal finger position.  It is constructed with sturdy magnesium alloy on the top, front cover and internal panels for a sturdier, more solid feel in the hand, and boasts about a 40% faster start-up time compared to the α7 camera.

The new α7II camera is Wi-Fi® and NFC compatible and fully functional with Sony’s PlayMemories application available for Android™ and iOS platforms.  New accessories designed for use with the new α7II include the VG-C2EM vertical grip and LCS-ELCB soft carrying case.

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Specification

General Camera type Interchangeable-lens digital camera
Lens mount E-mount
Image sensor Type 35 mm full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm), Exmor CMOS sensor
Number of pixels (effective) Approx. 24.3 megapixels
Number of pixels (total) Approx. 24.7 megapixels
Image sensor aspect ratio 3:2
Anti-dust system Charge protection coating on optical filter and image sensor shift mechanism
Recording system (still images) Recording format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Image size (pixels) [3:2 aspect ratio]35 mm full frame L: 6000 x 4000 (24M), M: 3936 x 2624 (10M), S: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M)

APS-C L: 3936 x 2624 (10M), M: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M), S: 1968 x 1312 (2.6M)

[16:9 aspect ratio]35 mm full frame L: 6000 x 3376 (20M), M: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M), S: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M)

APS-C L: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M), M: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M), S: 1968 x 1112 (2.2M)

[Sweep Panorama]Wide: Horizontal 12416 x 1856 (23M), vertical 5536 x 2160 (12M), Standard: Horizontal 8192 x 1856 (15M), vertical 3872 x 2160 (8.4M)
Image quality modes RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Extra fine, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
RAW output 14 bit
Picture Effect 13 modes: Posterization (Colour, B/W), Pop Colour, Retro Photo, Partial Colour (R, G, B, Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolour, Illustration
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia (Contrast -3 to +3 steps, Saturation -3 to +3 steps, Sharpness -3 to +3 steps) (Style Box 1-6 also provided)
Dynamic range functions Off, Dynamic Range Optimiser (Auto/Level (1-5)), Auto High Dynamic Range: Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1.0-6.0 EV, 1.0 EV step)
Colour space sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINOS™ Colour
Recording system (movies) Recording format XAVC S / AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4
Video compression XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Audio recording format XAVC S: LPCM, 2chAVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3), 2ch, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator

MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch

Image size (pixels) [1080 60i compatible device]XAVC S: 1920 x 1080 (60p/50Mbps, 30p/50Mbps, 24p/50Mbps)

AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28Mbps/PS, 60i/24Mbps/FX, 60i/17Mbps/FH, 24p/24Mbps/FX, 24p/17Mbps/FH)

MP4: 1440 x 1080 (30fps/12Mbps), 640 x 480 (30fps/3Mbps)

[1080 50i compatible device]XAVC S: 1920 x 1080 (50p/50Mbps, 25p/50Mbps)

AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (50p/28Mbps/PS, 50i/24Mbps/FX, 50i/17Mbps/FH, 25p/24Mbps/FX, 25p/17Mbps/FH)

MP4: 1440 x 1080 (25fps/12Mbps), 640 x 480 (25fps/3Mbps)

Picture profile Yes (Off / PP1-PP7) Parameters: Black level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2), Black Gamma, Knee, Colour Mode, Saturation, Colour Phase, Colour Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset
Movie functions Audio Level Display, Audio Rec Level, Auto Slow Shutter, HDMI info. Display (On/Off selectable), Time Code/User Bit, Picture Profile, Creative Style, Picture Effect, Rec Control, Dual Video Rec, Marker Setting
Colour space xvYCC standard (x.v.Colour when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS™ Colour
Clean HDMI output 1080 60i compatible device 1920 × 1080 (60p/24p) / 1920 × 1080 (60i), YCbCr 4:2:2 8bit / RGB 8bit
1080 50i compatible device 1920 × 1080 (50p) / 1920 × 1080 (50i), YCbCr 4:2:2 8bit / RGB 8bit
Media Media Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
Slot Multi slot for Memory Stick Duo / SD Memory card
Noise reduction Noise reduction Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec., High ISO NR: Normal/Low/Off selectable
Multi Frame NR Auto/ISO 100 to 51200
White balance Modes Auto WB / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight) / Flash / Colour Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & Colour Filter (G7 to M7: 15 steps, A7 to B7: 15 steps) / Custom / Underwater
AWB micro adjustment G7 to M7 (15 steps), A7 to B7 (15 steps)
Bracketing 3 frames, H/L selectable
Focus system Type Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF / contrast-detection AF)
Focus point 35 mm full frame: 117 points (phase-detection AF)APS-C: 99 points (phase-detection AF) / 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
Sensitivity range EV -1 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
AF modes Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus
Focus area Wide (117 points for phase-detection AF / 25 points for contrast-detection AF) / Centre / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Zone / Lock-on AF (Wide / Zone / Centre / Flexible spot (S/M/L))
Other features Lock-on AF, Eye AF, Predictive control, Focus lock; Eye-start AF and AF micro adjustment (both only available with optional LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 attached), AF illuminator (built-in, LED type, range: Approx. 0.30-3 m), AF ON
Exposure control Metering type 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering sensor Exmor CMOS sensor
Metering sensitivity EV -1 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Metering modes Multi-segment, Centre-weighted, Spot
Exposure modes AUTO (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Movie
Scene Selection Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Handheld Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
Exposure compensation +/-5.0 EV (in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps), with exposure compensation dial: +/-3.0 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
AE bracketing Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, With 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1.0 EV, 2.0 EV, 3.0 EV increments, 3/5 frames selectable
AE lock Available with AE lock button. Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. Can be disabled from the Menu.
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) Still images: ISO 100-25600 (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, AUTO (ISO 200-6400 selectable lower limit and upper limit)
Viewfinder Type XGA OLED, 1.3 cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (colour)
Total number of dots 2,359,296 dots
Brightness control Auto/Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)
Colour temperature control Manual (5 steps)
Field coverage 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.71x (with 50 mm lens at infinity, -1 m-1)
Dioptre adjustment -4.0 to +3.0 m-1
Eye point Approx. 27 mm from the eyepiece lens, 22 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 m-1 (CIPA standard)
Display Graphic Display / Display All Info. / No Disp. Info. / Histogram / Digital Level Gauge
Real-time image-adjustment display On/Off
LCD screen Type 7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT drive
Total number of dots 1,228,800 dots
Brightness control Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode
Adjustable angle Up approx. 107 degrees, down approx. 41 degrees
Display selector (Finder/LCD) Auto/Manual
Display Graphic Display / Display All Info. / No Disp. Info. / Histogram / Digital Level Gauge / Shooting information for viewfinder mode
Real-time image-adjustment display On/Off
Focus magnifier 35 mm full frame: 5.9x, 11.7xAPS-C: 3.8x, 7.7x
Zebra Yes
Peaking MF Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Colour: White/Red/Yellow)
Other features Face detection On / On (Regist. Faces) / Off, Face registration, Face selection (Max. number of detectable faces: 8)
Auto Object Framing Yes
Clear Image Zoom Still / Movie: Approx. 2x
Digital zoom Smart zoom (still images) M: Approx. 1.5x, S: Approx. 2.0xDigital zoom (still images) Approx. 4x

Digital zoom (movies) Approx. 4x

PlayMemories Camera Apps Yes
Lens compensation Peripheral shading, chromatic aberration, distortion
Shutter Type Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter speed Still images: 1/8000 to 30 sec., BulbMovies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 step)

1080 60i compatible device: Up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto Slow Shutter mode)

1080 50i compatible device: Up to 1/50 in AUTO mode (up to 1/25 in Auto Slow Shutter mode)

Flash sync. speed 1/250 sec.
Electronic front curtain shutter Yes, On/Off
SteadyShot INSIDE (image stabilisation) Type Image Sensor-Shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation (Compensation depends on lens specifications)
Compensation effect 4.5 steps (Based on CIPA standard. Pitch/yaw shake only. With Sonnar T* FE 55 mm F1.8 ZA lens mounted. Long exposure NR off.)
Flash Control (with optional external flash) Control Pre-flash TTL
Flash compensation +/-3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Flash bracketing 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, 3 EV steps, 3/5 frames selectable
Flash modes Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off selectable), Hi-speed sync*1, Wireless*1
External flash Sony α System Flash compatible with Multi Interface Shoe. Attach the shoe adapter for flash compatible with Auto-lock Accessory Shoe.
FE level lock Yes
Drive Drive modes Single shooting, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec. delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.) (10 sec. delay; 3/5 exposures selectable), Bracketing (Cont., Single, White Balance, DRO)
Speed (approx., max.)*2 Continuous shooting Hi: Max. 5fps, Continuous shooting Lo: Max. 2.5fps
No. of recordable frames*2 (approx.) Continuous shooting Hi: 50 frames (JPEG Extra Fine L), 77 frames (JPEG Fine L), 80 frames (JPEG Standard L), 25 frames (RAW), 23 frames (RAW & JPEG)Continuous shooting Lo: 69 frames (JPEG Extra Fine L), 200 frames (JPEG Fine L), 200 frames (JPEG Standard L), 30 frames (RAW), 27 frames (RAW & JPEG)
Playback Modes Single (with or without shooting information, Y RGB histogram & highlight/shadow warning), 9/25-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (Maximum magnification L: 18.8x, M: 12.3x, S: 9.4x), Auto Review (10/5/2 sec, off ), Image orientation (Auto/Manual/Off selectable), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (Still / Date / MP4 / AVCHD / XAVC S), Forward/Rewind (Movie), Delete, Protect
Interface PC interface Mass-storage, MTP, PC remote
Multi/Micro USB Terminal Yes*3
Wireless LAN (built-in) Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band)*4Playback of still images and movies on smartphones, PCs and TVs
NFC™ Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)
HD output HDMI micro connector (Type-D), BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV HD, 4K still image playback
Multi Interface Shoe Yes
Others Auto-lock Accessory Shoe compatible with supplied shoe adapter, Microphone terminal (3.5 mm Stereo minijack), Headphone terminal (3.5 mm Stereo minijack), Vertical Grip Connector
Audio Microphone Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-XYST1M / XLR-K2M (sold separately)
Speaker Built-in, monaural
Print Compatible standards Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting
Custom function Type Custom key settings, Programmable setting
Memory function Yes (2 sets)
Power Battery Rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50
Still images Approx. 270 shots (viewfinder) / approx. 350 shots (LCD screen) (CIPA standard)
Movies Actual*5*6: Approx. 60 min with viewfinder, approx. 65 min with LCD screen (CIPA standard) Continuous*5*7: Approx. 100 min with viewfinder, approx. 100 min with LCD screen (CIPA standard)
External power AC Adapter AC-PW20 (optional)
Operating temperature Range 32°-104°F / 0-40°C