Announced roughly a year after the original Alpha 7 (α7), Sony’s Alpha 7 Mark II (α7 II) is the fourth in a line of Compact System Cameras (CSCs) with 36 x 24 mm sensors and features some significant improvements on the α7. The most important is in-camera stabilisation, provided by a new sensor-shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation. It can detect and correct camera shake along five axes for still images and video, covering pitch and yaw, roll and shift shake on two axes and provide up to 4.5 EV of compensation, depending on the lens.
Angled view of the Sony α7 II with the Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS lens supplied for this review. (Source: Sony.)
Styled like its predecessor but with modifications to improve usability, the α7 II incorporates a number of important technological enhancements that upgrade its capabilities and performance. These are listed below.
Who’s it for?
Like its siblings, the Sony is designed for experienced photographers and its price tag dictates that most potential purchasers will be well-heeled enthusiasts and professional photographers who are attracted by the compact body size, high resolution and large image sensor. The table below compares the four models in the range.