Quick look at the Sony A7II, how does it compare and integrate with current A7 models

Quick look at the Sony A7II, how does it compare and integrate with current A7 models

A quick video comparing the A7II with the A7s and A7r. A few things I should add:
You will need a fast 64 GB SDXC card to record in XAVC S codec, SDHC cards will only allow AVCHD.
I am using the PNY 64 GB SXHD, currently the best deal, I have been using these cards for a few month on the A7s without issues.

Relocated shutter button: makes perfect sense on the new grip, not a significant upgrade, since I don’t have a problem with the shutter location on current models.

AF speed: I don’t have the A7 any longer to do a side by side comparison, feels very snappy in good light, you even get the little dancing squares from the A6000 (only in wide af mode).

Sensor: same as in A7, I don’t mind the AA filter since it is very weak, however, this sensor without an AA filter would have been a nice upgrade.

Port access: I am not a fan of the new rubberized port covers on the A7II, the orig design was and is much better.

Who should get the A7II: anyone who misses image stabilization on their lenses.

Who shouldn’t get the A7II: A7s shooters, who don’t need the additional resolution. AF speed is about the same in bright light, in low light the A7s focuses faster and the insane high ISO easily makes up for the lack of IBIS.

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8 thoughts on “Quick look at the Sony A7II, how does it compare and integrate with current A7 models

  1. mike.kobal Post author

    Hi Pablo! That is actually easy to answer: great camera and lenses and if you have absolutely no interest in video, go for the Fuji system, however, if video is equally important to you, the A7 system is the way to go.

  2. Pablo

    Hi Mike,
    What do you think about the Fujifilm XT1 and lenses like the 23mm 1.4 and the 56mm 1.2?
    I’m having a hard time trying to decide between this camera and the sony A7 ( not the sony A7II)

  3. Laurence Zankowski


    It is obvious that SONY will be doing what they can to prop up their name in lieu of recent events, so i feel you just might see some crazy developments in the content acquisition arena from them.

    As for the A7s take alook at this. It is finally coming into full production and release:


    Hopefully this link still goe to the Atomos Shogun review video.
    Be well

  4. Bob Krist

    Great comparison, Mike, thanks for the info. That stabilization is very tempting, but the increased size and weight of the body, not so much (for me, anyway). Hope all is well and that you have a wonderful holiday (and I hope the Krampus didn’t get you!:-)

  5. Mark Lewis

    Thanks, Mike. Oh the decisions to make. These are exciting times. The thing I love most about these Sony A7 models is the size and the ease of using manual focus lenses.

  6. mike.kobal Post author

    Thanks Mark! Any camera would benefit from IBIS. Esp if you are shooting video or prefer lower ISO.
    I know many are hoping for an A7sII with IBIS, I don’t think it will happen. Hey, you never know, Sony might just surprise us and integrate IBIS in all future cameras :)

  7. Mark Lewis

    Do you think the A7s will get the same upgrades as the A7II? Do you think the A7s will benefit from IBIS? Thanks for the great blog and reviews.

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