Sony A7S II Review: Upgrades and refinements to an already excellent camera


posted Monday, February 29, 2016 at 6:04 PM EDT

Following up on the well-received and impressive low light Sony A7S, the Sony A7S II brings with it numerous improvements help make the A7S II an even better camera overall. To start, the A7S II's body has received the same redesign and improvements that debuted on the A7 II and A7R II, including repositioned buttons, a revised handgrip, and a more robust body.

Inside, the 12.2-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor remains the same, but the 5-axis Image Stabilization system and autofocus system is new. Autofocus still utilizes contrast detection and provides autofocus performance in low light down to -4 EV, but there are many more focus points and features. We found that the autofocus performance was very good overall.

Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS at 200mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 320. This image has been modified.

Our full Sony A7S II review is now finished. Included in our review is image quality comparisonprint quality analysis, and our final verdict. The A7S II improves upon an already solid foundation by refining the camera body and adding numerous new features and improvements.

The Sony A7S II was awarded our "Best Low Light Camera" in our 2015 Camera of the Year awards -- it even managed to produce an acceptable 4" x 6" print at ISO 102,400!

Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS at 27mm, f/8, 5s, ISO 50

While the A7S II is not perfect, it does combine excellent low light performance, impressive autofocus, and a wide array of video features with a high-quality camera body. For photographers looking for a mirrorless camera up to the challenge of capturing quality images in very low light, read our full full review to see if the A7S II checks the rest of your boxes.

Sony FE 28mm f/2, f/2, 13s, ISO 5000

Sony A7S II Review • Conclusion

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