Sony today introduced its new model of full frame mirrorless camera α7S II, highlighting the benefits of it such as to capture photographic images and video recording in low light conditions. Another point to consider is that this new model will also allow the internal recording of 4K video under XAVC S codec, given that in the previous model, users needed to have an additional external recorder to shoot these video clips. In addition, continuing the theme of the video, the bit rate reaches 100 Mbps, and there’s no use of pixel binning technique by which neighboring pixels are used to reduce the amount of noise made in an image, resulting in a loss of quality.
The α7S II has a better X BIONZ processing algorithm that allows it to maximize the sensor’s performance, maintaining a 12.2 MP quality, offering a better representation across the range of ISO sensitivity, which ranges from 50 to 409.600, especially in the medium-high range offering some high detail images with minimal noise. It also has five-axis stabilizer, as well as the A7 II model, launched during last November.
Full HD video recording at 120 fps, allowing videos up to five times slower than normal speed, the improvement in its electronic viewfinder, improvements in the design of the grip and trigger button for a “more natural” experience, increased up to 169 points of focus, improving of the Zebra function, the addition of two new video profiles to offer a high dynamic range and color correction (S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log3 and S-Gamut3/S-Log3), support for Wi-Fi and NFC, and compatibility with PlayMemories, an application of the company, fills out other aspects of this new model. In the own press release there is not mention of any kind about the performance of the battery itself, although like other α7 line camera models, it’s likely to reach up to 350 shots.
From Sony’s note, the use of the UHS Class 3 memory card is recommended to record under the rate of 100 Mbps, while it also recommends using SDXC top beyond class 10 memory cards to record videos under the XAVC S codec. According to the company, the new model presented is scheduled to arrive in October in approximately $3,000 in the United States, and already in 2016, will launch seven new goals, reaching up to 20 goals to choose for all users of online α7 cameras.
As a picture is worth a thousand words, we leave you with the video Moonlight recorded with the previous model, allowing us to get a better idea of the quality that can be obtained with the new model presented today:
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