Mirrorless cameras are relatively new to the camera world and Sony is leading the pack with it’s A7 line. Sony offers multiple options for photographers and videographers the most noteworthy ones are…
-A7RII has 42.4 megapixels and is designed for photographers.
-A7SII has 12.2 megapixels, which is better in low light, and is designed for videographers.
-A7II has 24.3 megapixels – which is a great blend for videographers and photographers.
The Sony A7II, A7RII, and Sony A7SII all have 5-axis stabilization technology which helps deliver sharper photos and smoother videos when holding the camera in your hands.
.6 sec, ISO 100, F22, Sony A7II
1/200 sec, Iso 100, F6.3, Sony A7II
Sony Camera Lenses
Previously, one of the shortcomings of Sony mirrorless cameras is the selection of lenses. I thought about buying a Sony camera in 2014 but decided to wait because there weren’t many lenses. Finally, there are plenty of lenses available and more are arriving on the market each day. Below are some of my recommended lenses for the Sony A7II.
*I carry around the last two in the list, but I still want to buy the first two.
Video Quality of Sony A7II
The Sony A7II is great for video! The 5-axis stabilization makes it easy to film while on the go. Since I don’t have the ability to cary sliders and multiple tri-pods, most of our video is hand-held. I was skeptical of the advertised “5-axis stabilization” but when tried out the camera I could tell it really made a difference. While the camera doesn’t shoot in 4K, I didn’t feel that would limit us with any video since no users have 4k screens.
Low Light Situations of Sony A7II
The Sony A7II does great in Low Light. While it’s not the best camera on the market in low light situations, I’ve found I can shoot up to ISO 6400 without any issues for web photos. If you’re photos are for printing any size larger than 8×10, the ISO 6400 will have too much noise.
The photo below is of dancer in a small old Italian barn during our trip to Puglia. The low light made it very difficult to capture the dancer without too much blur. Also, since we were only 2 feet away from the dancer, I used my wide angle 14mm lens.
1/250 sec, ISO 6400, F2.8 14mm, Sony A7II
Picture Quality of Sony A7II
The Sony A7 cameras are the worlds smallest full frame cameras. Sony sensors are some of the best on the market and several reputable brands use Sony’s sensors; Nikon and Fuji to name a few. The photo quality of the Sony A7 or A7II rivals any of the large body DSLR cameras. The Raw files are approximately 42MB each so even with the 24.2 MP camera there’s plenty of info in each file. The sharpness and clarity of the images can be seen in the photo below.
This image of Bergen was shot without a tripod. The image is sharp even when zoomed in all the way.