Sony Alpha 7R II Preview

Sony's Alpha series of Interchangeable Lens Cameras has a new flagship model for 2015. The Alpha 7R II (model ILCE-7RM2) boasts the world's first back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS image sensor, with 42.4 megapixels. It also features the BIONZ X image processor as well as a Fast Hybrid AF system and 5fps continuous shooting with AF tracking engaged.

Filmmakers and/or low light photographers are going to love the in-camera 5-axis image stabilization system (requires Sony Optical SteadyShot Alpha lenses) which allows the camera to produce a 4.5 steps faster shutter speed equivalent for stills, as well as acting as a Steadicam during movie recording.

Speaking of movies, the Alpha 7R II can shoot 4K quality (QFHD 3840x2160) @ 100Mbps in either Super 35mm crop mode or full-frame mode, making it the world's first digital camera to offer in-camera full-frame format 4K recording capacity. Other professional video features include Picture Profile, S-Log2 Gamma, S-Gamut, 120fps high frame rate movie shooting in HD (720p), time code, and clean HDMI output.

Lastly, the Alpha 7R II is Wi-Fi & NFC capable. Designed to work with the free PlayMemories Camera Apps for iOS and Android devices, these wireless technologies allow you to remotely control your camera, use your tablet or smartphone as a remote display, or transfer images to your smart-device in order to share images and videos across various social media platforms.

Sony Alpha 7R II Features
  • 42.4 MP Back-illuminated CMOS image sensor
  • BIONZ X image processor
  • 5-axis image stabilization system
  • Fast Hybrid AF system
  • 5fps continuous shooting with AF tracking
  • Silent Shooting Mode
  • XGA OLED Tru-Finder
  • 4K quality (QFHD 3840x2160) @ 100Mbps
    • Super 35mm crop mode or full-frame mode
    • Full HD 1080p @ 50Mbps
    • 120fps high frame rate movie shooting in HD (720p)
    • Picture Profile
    • S-Log2 Gamma
    • S-Gamut
    • time code
    • clean HDMI output
  • ISO 100-25600
  • Wi-Fi & NFC
    • PlayMemories Camera Apps

The Sony Alpha 7R II (model ILCE-7RM2) will be available in August (2015) for about $3200 (body only)

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