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Sony introduces stabilized A7II

Sony continues with their full frame mirrorless offensive and my guess is, that their rivals and industry leaders such as Canon and Nikon are not sleeping very well lately. New Sony A7II camera body adds another first, and also the last piece of the puzzle, to the full frame 24x36mm mirrorless concept, namely a 5-axis SteadyShot in-body image stabilizer, similiar to the one introduced with Olympus E-M5. The question has been answered. Yes! This incredible feature can also be implemented in a reasonably sized FF mirrorless camera.

Sony A7II

So what does this introduction means in relation to the already crowded market filled with various solutions?

Other than mentioned 5-axis SteadyShot, this Sony A7II is basically a marginally improved A7 model with a known midrange 24 megapixel sensor.Camera body has gained some weight and size, but still remains comparably light and small. Materials used and ergonomics are also said to be better.OLED electronic viewfinder and a single combined SD/MS card slot remain the same.Battery type is the same and its performance also. AF is believed to perform better, with never algorithms, and promises decent tracking performance at 5fps as opposed to 2.5fps in its predecessor. Video guys, you know who you are, will surely know how to appreciate better XAVC S codec.

Another great camera from Sony, but …

This camera must be viewed as a universal solution, meaning it’s great at most tasks, but it might not be the perfect solution for your particular needs. Landscape photographers will probably miss 36 Mpx A7R sensor, sports and action shooters will long for AF capabilities of the Sony A6000 or better, low light and wedding pros might prefer high sensitivity and responsiveness of the 12 Mpx Sony A7s camera, with latter sensor being also preferred by the users of legacy glass and of course by the videographers, who these days wouldn’t settle for anything less than a full 4K solution, which A7 mark II unfortunately is not. A fact that all currently available E-mount zoom lenses, marketed by Sony, already come with built-in OSS stabilization, will also make current A7 series users think twice about the need for an upgrade. To be fair, it has to be mentioned that existing OSS works with a little help on the “roll” axis, coming from the new in-body component. Clever approach from the Sony or former Minolta team or whoever is responsible for the idea of joining best features of two completely different systems.

Conclusion

This great and improved Sony A7II camera, which is rumoured to arrive in Europe in the Q1 2015, priced at 1.799,00 €, undoubtably presents a capable and quite compact solution for most any task, but for those of you, who need a bit more to be convinced, there are already circulating rumors about the new Sony flagship, namely a new Sony A9 alpha series professional E-mount camera body. Let’s wait a bit more and prepare to be amazed once again.

© 2014 The Unpublished Journal by Peter Mlekuž, All Rights Reserved; Source file of the featured product image is © 2014 by Sony corporation

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