Sony A7S II Hands-On Review

On this extensive review of the A7S Mark II Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake from the Camera Store in Canada go to NY to test the A7S II and see how it does in real world low light shooting.

The review starts with a look at the capabilities of the camera in stills, but Drake quickly takes over from Niccolls to talk about the video features which are interesting – better ISO, image stabilization and internal 4K (and a few other things of course like S-LOG3, LUTS etc.).

Here is a reminder of the A7S II specs:

  • Sensor: 12MP Full Frame (same as the A7S).
  • Processor: BIONZ X.
  • Stabilization: 5-axis sensor stabilization (similar to the A7 II and A7R II).
  • Auto focus system: 169 points for contrast-detection AF.
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100 – 102,400, extendable to an ISO 50 – 409,600 range (same as the A7S on paper).
  • Auto focus: Hybrid phase/contrast detection AF system – capable of going down to -4EV (with better accuracy).
  • Video capabilities: 1080p video at 120fps with a full-frame readout (first for the A7 series), internal 4K @30p (like the A7R II), S-Log3 (up to 14-stops of dynamic range).
  • Video formats: XAVC format at up to 100Mbps.
  • Continuous shooting speed – 5 fps (with AF).
  • Viewfinder: New, larger 0.5″ OLED electronic viewfinder with 0.78x magnification and 2.36m dot.
  • Connectivity: Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC.
  • User upgrades – better grip, silent shooting mode, better lens mount, charge with USB while the camera is still working (very useful indeed).
  • Price: $3000 (on Amazon).

You can find many more previews and reviews on our Photography review section here on LensVid. You can find many of TheCameraStore videos here on LensVid.

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