Three months after launching new, revolutionary Sony Alpha a7R II, Sony RX100 IV, and Sony RX10 II, Sony has decided it is time for new growth in its MILC class, more precisely in the a7 series of full-frame cameras, so the company proudly presented another new iteration - this time Sony Alpha a7S II.
The new Sony Alpha a7S II continues with magic in the area of video recording where its predecessor Sony Alpha a7S has left. The highest resolution of video recording is 4K (3840 x 2160), in the XAVC S format, which means that videos abound in details. What is significant is that while recording, absolutely every pixel of the 12.2MP full-frame image sensor is being utilized, without line skipping or pixel binning, which gives videos incredible clarity and sharpness. Full pixel readout without pixel binning is also employed when shooting Full HD, which means that information collected is approximately five times as many pixels required to generate Full HD is collected, so the information is condensed, which results in Full HD videos that even professional video cameras would be jealous of. Moreover, the new a7S II represents the first camera from the a7 series that can record 120 fps at 100 Mbps with full pixel readout without pixel binning, and it also boasts the ability to shoot 4x/5x slow-motion footage internally, which can be immediately reviewed on the camera screen.
The video functionality of the new iteration has been brought to a completely new level thanks to entirely new options. There are profiles S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log3 and S-Gamut3/S-Log3, which deliver wide dynamic range and add to easier color correction, as well as a completely new function - Gamma Display Assist - which enables users to monitor images or check focus when recording S-Log movies; as for the Zebra option, it has been improved in order to bring even greater control.
Aside from the said 12.2MP sensor, the mirrorless Sony a7S II took over from its predecessor a BIONZ X processor, which in combination with this full-frame sensor delivers the ISO range worth respecting - 50-409,600 (100-102,400 native) - which is also the same as in the case of the old a7S. On the other hand, the focus has been significantly improved, and it now features 169 AF points, which greatly affected its accuracy. The Alpha a7S II also sports the innovative 5-axis image stabilization system, which has proven to be extremely successful in the Sony Alpha a7 II and Sony Alpha a7R II models. The XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder has also been upgraded, so it offers the magnification of 0.78x, which places it among the world's top viewfinders, while the resolution has remained the same - 2,359,296 dots.
Above all, the Sony a7S II is characterized by a number of tiny details that make work with it easier, more comfortable and intuitive. The grip and shutter button have been redesigned so that the camera feels more natural in the hand; the mount has been further reinforced in order to ensure greater resilience, especially when lenses of other manufacturers are mounted; the camera can be charged via a USB power supply even though the camera is in operation, thus extending battery life; for situations when it is necessary that the user be as unnoticeable as possible, there is a silent shooting mode with 5 fps burst speed, where vibrations caused by shutter movement have been reduced to a minimum; it features built-in Wi-Fi with NFC.
The new Sony Alpha a7S II will be available for sale in Europe in November for €3,400, while in the US it will hit the shops in October at a price of $2,999.
The news was taken from SONY.