posted Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 1:01 PM EST


Want a really compact full-frame camera with oodles of resolution? If so, chances are the Sony A7R II is at the top of your shopping list, and for good reason: The svelte frame of Sony's Alpha camera line flagship boasts a whopping 42.4-megapixel resolution, and as you may have seen in my recent first field test, that allows it to capture truly staggering amounts of detail.

But what happens once the sun goes down? Can you still get great photos out of a camera with such a high resolution, especially if you're shooting handheld? That's what I wanted to answer in my second field test. And so I hit the road in search of some interesting new subjects. After a brief stop at the Tennessee Valley Fair in search of long-exposure subjects, I flew to action-packed New York City.


In part, I was there for the launch of the A7R II's latest sibling, the lower-res-but-light-loving Sony A7S II, as well as the impressive fixed-lens Sony RX1R II. But I made sure to set aside a full day in which to shoot with the Sony A7R II, along with some great lenses -- the Distagon T* FE 35 mm F1.4 ZA and Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA primes, as well as the FE 24–240 mm F3.5-6.3 OSS zoom.


Want to see how the A7R II acquitted itself when shooting handheld at high sensitivity in lower light? You'll find the answer to this -- and much more besides -- in my just-published Sony A7R II Field Test Part II. Check it out!


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