Sony A7II First Impressions, Hands-on Previews

First hands-on previews and impressions now available for the newly announced Sony Alpha A7 II full-frame mirrorless camera.

EosHD and Pocket-lint has posted the very first English preview for the Sony A7II camera. Both are not the full reviews but especially the EosHD posted a video shot to see how does image quality compare to the Sony A7s and how effective exactly is the “SteadyShot Inside” for video?

Excellent first coverage for Sony A7II can be seen from these sites, if you wonder how the new Alpha A7II performs. See also the hands-on video previews below.

Sony A7II Hands-on Previews and Tests

The Sony Alpha A7 II will officially ship in the US on December 9th for $1700 for the body only, or as a kit with the FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS zoom lens for $2,000.

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WhatDigitalCamera posted that short A7II first look video.

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EOSHD Sony A7 II test shoot with 5 axis SteadyShot Inside from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

From EosHD preview:

The 5 axis stabilisation system is also somewhat underwhelming. I didn’t find it as effective for video as the system Olympus employ in their OM-D E-M1. Handheld pans and tilts are not so much the issue, it is the lack of damping on very high frequency jitter. Granted it was a very cold day and my hand was a little shakier than it normally is! But the difference is obvious. Sony seem to have their own system and it just doesn’t work as well as the one in the E-M1 for video.

The system undoubtedly has an advantage for stills, but even then the advantages vs the A7S are debatable. The A7S can shoot at such high ISOs, you can use a shutter speed like 1/100 to avoid blur from camera shake in low light. The A7 II can certainly shoot at speeds like 1/10 handheld and get a sharp shot, meaning you can shoot at lower ISOs than on the A7S in low light but the A7S is pretty much as clean at ISO 12,800 as the A7 II is at 3200!

From Pocket-Lint test:

We got to play with the original A7 and the A7 II and did find the new model to be quicker. Perhaps most notably in continuous autofocus, where it’s automated adjustment between subjects at different distances wasn’t as far behind our Nikon D810 (which we also had in tow) as the earlier system.

Sony Alpha A7II Mirrorless Camera Price and Availability

The Sony Alpha A7II full-frame mirrorless camera is available in camera stores below body-only for $1,700. Bundled with an FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS it will cost $2,000.

Buy Sony Alpha A7II Camera
Sony Alpha A7II Camera Body Only $1,700 Amazon | Adorama
Sony Alpha A7II with FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS kit $2,000 Amazon | Adorama