Sony Alpha A7S II Review

Overall Score

89

Main Features

  • 12 MP Full frame CMOS Sensor
  • 100 - 102400 ISO
  • 5-axis Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 2359k dot Electronic viewfinder
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • 4K 3840 x 2160 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 127 x 96 x 60 mm, 627g.
  • Price Category:
  • Replaced: Alpha A7S

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Sony Alpha A7S II Overview


First introduced in October, 2015, Sony Alpha A7S II is a 12 MP Mirrorless with a Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm) sized CMOS sensor. Sony replaced the older Sony A7S with Alpha A7S II. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Sony A7S II with Sony A7S

Sony A7S II Series History
Model Year $ Sensor ISO Weight Dimensions
Sony Alpha A7R IV Sony A7R IV 2019 61MP 100 - 32000 665g 129 x 96 x 78mm
Sony Alpha A7 III Sony A7 III 2018 24MP 100 - 51200 650g 127 x 96 x 74mm
Sony Alpha A7R III Sony A7R III 2017 42MP 100 - 32000 657g 127 x 96 x 74mm
Sony Alpha A7S II Sony A7S II 2015 12MP 100 - 102400 627g 127 x 96 x 60mm
Sony Alpha A7R II Sony A7R II 2015 42MP 100 - 25600 625g 127 x 96 x 60mm

Proc and Cons of Sony A7S II


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Sony Alpha A7S II with competitors in pro mirrorless cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
5-axis Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
3840 x 2160 (4K) Max Video Resolution
AF Face Detection
102400 Max Native ISO
5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
Microphone Port
Environmental Sealing
169 Focus Points
Flash Sync Port
Remote Control with a Smartphone
NFC Connectivity
Tilting Screen
External Flash
RAW Support
1229k dots Screen Resolution
1/8000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
Headphone Port
2359k dot Viewfinder Resolution
5 AE Bracketing Range
Focus Bracketing
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
Low Battery Life: 370 shots
No Articulating Screen
Weight: 627g
Type Scores

Sony Alpha A7S II has an Overall Score of 89/100 and ranked #14 out of 195 in Mirrorless cameras, and ranked #16 out of 1201 in all cameras.

Sony A7S II Scores
Imaging score
78
Features score
86
Value for money score
89
Portability score
79
Overall score
89
Average Scores in Pro Mirrorless
Imaging Score
69
Features Score
74
Value For Money Score
80
Portability Score
74
Overall score
76

Physical Dimensions of Sony A7S II


Sony Alpha A7S II weighs 627g and has external dimensions of 127 x 96 x 60mm (5.0 x 3.78 x 2.36"). Considering that the average weight of Pro Mirrorless cameras is 675g, Sony A7S II is 48 grams less than the average weight of cameras in this category. Sony A7S II is less by 10mm more than the average length in Pro Mirrorless.

Weight Comparison
Pro Mirrorless Cameras


Sony A7S II
627g
Average weight
675g
Min weight
465g
Max weight
1320g

Thickness Comparison
Pro Mirrorless Cameras


Sony A7S II
60mm
Average Thickness
64mm
Min Thickness
37mm
Max Thickness
97mm

Here is the front and top view image of Sony Alpha A7S II with the dimensions:

Sony Alpha A7S II

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight Alpha A7S II Dimensions Alpha A7S II
Sony Alpha A7R II Sony A7R II 625 g 627 g 127 x 96 x 60 mm 127 x 96 x 60 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Canon 5D MIV 890 g 627 g 151 x 116 x 76 mm 127 x 96 x 60 mm
Sony Alpha A7S Sony A7S 489 g 627 g 127 x 94 x 48 mm 127 x 96 x 60 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 Panasonic GH5 725 g 627 g 139 x 98 x 87 mm 127 x 96 x 60 mm
Sony Alpha A7 II Sony A7 II 599 g 627 g 127 x 96 x 60 mm 127 x 96 x 60 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon 5D MIII 950 g 627 g 152 x 116 x 76 mm 127 x 96 x 60 mm
Sony Alpha a6500 Sony A6500 453 g 627 g 120 x 67 x 53 mm 127 x 96 x 60 mm
Sony Alpha A7 III Sony A7 III 650 g 627 g 127 x 96 x 74 mm 127 x 96 x 60 mm

Specifications of Sony Alpha A7S II


General
Brand Sony
Model Alpha A7S II
Announced October, 2015
Body Type SLR-style mirrorless
Lens
Lens Mount Sony E (NEX)
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 1
Number of Lenses 116
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Resolution 1229k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution 2359
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.78
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 169
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/30 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec
Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range no built-in flash
Flash Modes no built-in flash
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions - mm
Sensor Area 0.0 mm²
Sensor Resolution 12 MP
Max Image Resolution 4240 x 2832
Max Native ISO 102400
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 409600
Min Boosted ISO 50
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 370 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model NP-FW50
Physical
Weight 627 g
Physical Dimensions 127 x 96 x 60 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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