Summary

Highly Recommended awardSony's fifth full-frame mirrorless camera is its most impressive to date, an unashamedly high-end model aimed directly at buyers of Nikon's D810 and Canon's EOS 5DS(r). It features a 42 Megapixel back-illuminated full-frame sensor, 4k video, built-in stabilisation, an electronic viewfinder with a huge image, tilting screen, Wifi with NFC and a powerful embedded phase-detect AF system with 399 AF points. The real-life resolution and noise essentially match the EOS 5DS(r), the 4k video, especially in the cropped Super-35 mode, looks great, and the new AF system with its broad and dense array is fast, works well in low light and can confidently track moving subjects. Meanwhile the combination of built-in IS, an improved grip, electronic first-curtain shutter and improved damping means the A7r II gives you a much better chance of enjoying its high resolution than typical DSLRs. The buttons and dials may be a little small, the IS compensation modest and it could have been even better with a touchscreen, but ultimately the A7r II is one of the most impressive digital cameras to date. PS - if movies are your absolute priority, the A7s Mark II has the edge for video and extreme low light performance.

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Sony Alpha A7r II review

Samples

The following images were taken with a final production Sony Alpha A7r Mark II fitted with a variety of lenses including the FE 16-35mm f4, FE 28mm f2, FE 35mm f1.4, FE 55mm f1.8, FE 90mm f2.8, FE 70-200mm f4G OSS and Sigma ART 50mm f1.4 via an adapter. The A7r II was set to its best quality Large Fine mode, capturing 42 Megapixel images with Fine compression. In each case I used Auto White Balance and the standard Photo style unless otherwise stated. Body-based stabilisation was enabled for handheld shots and disabled for tripod-based shots. All of the images below are JPEGs out-of-camera and are available to download in larger or their original formats for analysis. Click on the desired image to access the files at Flickr.

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/60, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:160, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/100, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/125, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/1000, Aperture:1.4, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/125, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/80, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/160, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/5000, Aperture:1.4, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/1250, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/3200, Aperture:1.4, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/30, Aperture:1.4, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:0.3, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1.6, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:50, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:0.8, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:0.4, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/5, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/10, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/20, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/40, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:3200, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/80, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:6400, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/160, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:12800, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/320, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:25600, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/640, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:51200, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/1250, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:65535, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/50, Aperture:1.4, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1.6, Aperture:11.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/320, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/15, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/40, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/50, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/500, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/500, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/1000, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/50, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/6, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/6, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:0.3, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/8, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:0.8, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1.6, Aperture:11.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/4, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/20, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/60, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:90.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/10, Aperture:11.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:90.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:2.5, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:30, Aperture:11.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:30, Aperture:13.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:3.2, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:15, Aperture:11.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/160, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:158.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:13, Aperture:16.0, ISO Sensitivity:50, Focal length:100.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/25, Aperture:2.0, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:28.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/30, Aperture:11.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:28.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/10, Aperture:2.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:28.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/60, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:28.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/50, Aperture:11.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:55.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/250, Aperture:11.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:180.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/400, Aperture:11.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:200.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/500, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:107.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/25, Aperture:9.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/25, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:90.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/15, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:90.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/30, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:90.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/500, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:90.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/320, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:27.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/80, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:55.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/200, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:3200, Focal length:90.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/1000, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:12800, Focal length:32.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/500, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:12800, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/400, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:12800, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/1000, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:12800, Focal length:31.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/1250, Aperture:1.4, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/1250, Aperture:1.4, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/20, Aperture:11.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/320, Aperture:1.4, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:35.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/500, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:55.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/400, Aperture:11.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:55.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/60, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:55.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/200, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/30, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:28.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:2.5, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:25600, Focal length:55.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:3.2, Aperture:2.0, ISO Sensitivity:6400, Focal length:55.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/200, Aperture:10.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:28.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/250, Aperture:2.0, ISO Sensitivity:25600, Focal length:28.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:2.5, Aperture:16.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:28.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/4, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:28.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/320, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:200.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/200, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:55.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:25, Aperture:10.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:70.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/50, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:147.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/125, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:153.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/320, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:200.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/250, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:200.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:0.5, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:28.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/40, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:55.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/40, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:55.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/1250, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:55.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1.3, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:55.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/40, Aperture:2.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:28.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/640, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:28.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/50, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:28.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/60, Aperture:2.0, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:28.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/10, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:28.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/40, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:28.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/60, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:55.0 mm

 

Above: Model:ILCE-7RM2, Model:ILCE-7RM2, Shutter speed:1/2000, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:500, Focal length:327.0 mm

 

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