Sony A7R II Field Test Part I: Our favorite full-frame mirrorless camera is back, and better than ever
posted Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 2:19 PM EDT
Want a full-frame, interchangeable-lens camera that's compact and fully-featured? The Sony A7R has ticked all the boxes since it first launched back in late 2013 -- and now its successor is here in the form of the Sony A7R II.
No question about it: I fell in love with the original Sony A7R, and so did my Imaging Resource colleagues. Not only did we give it a Dave's Pick award, but we also named it our Camera of the Year for 2013. That leaves the A7R II with some mighty big shoes to fill, and recently I took it out on the streets of beautiful Portland, Oregon to see how it compared to its much-lauded predecessor.
On paper at least, the Sony A7R II certainly looks to have what's necessary to wrest the throne from its elder sibling. It shoots faster for longer, boasts an improved viewfinder, adds phase-detection autofocus and 4K video to the mix -- and as if that weren't already enough, it offers even greater resolution and sensitivity than ever before.
But how did the Sony A7R II perform out in the real world, and am I on the cusp of crowning my new favorite full-frame camera? Find out now in the first part of my Sony A7R II Field Test. (And don't forget to take a look over my Sony A7R II Gallery, as well -- there are even more photos in there that I didn't have room to include in the Field Test itself!)