Sony A7S II Field Test: Big improvements make their way to Sony’s low-light champ
posted Friday, December 11, 2015 at 6:30 PM EDT
Sony's A7S blew us away last year with its unique low-res full-frame sensor and impressive high ISO capabilities. Now, with the Sony A7S II, they've updated the camera on multiple fronts: improved processor, internal 4K video, more AF points, five-axis image stabilization, and better ergonomics to name a few. Photographer Jeremy Gray has been spending some quality time with this new Sony full-frame mirrorless camera and a handful of nice Sony glass, and he's now returned with his in-depth Sony A7S II Field Test.
Following the "Mark II" revisions of the A7 and A7R, the A7S II sports a similar and much-improved body design with repositioned controls -- and they allow for tons of user customization. In addition to this improvement, Jeremy comes back from his shooting experience very impressed with the A7S II in other respects. The image quality of the A7S II is outstanding. However, being primarily a landscape photographer, the Sony A7S II's low-resolution felt a bit limiting to him -- especially if you want to make large prints, for example. However, the camera's high ISO performance more than makes up for this downside. Also, the camera now offers internal 4K recording, which results in excellent quality video, and at very little hassle considering the external recorder requirement of the predecessor.
The camera does have its downsides, though. While the AF was snappy and quick in most situations, the burst performance hampers its capabilities at capturing certain subjects. Plus, the menu system of the camera can often feel frustrating.