Arabian Gazette’s review of Sony Alpha 7R II mirrorless DSLR camera

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Sony has definitely hogged limelight and got the industry talking about its game-changing innovations in lens and sensor technology. Now, it is slowly creating its mark in the professional photography segment too, with the introduction of a new line-up of products including professional DSLR’s and full frame mirror-less cameras.

While we are witnessing Sony touch almost every avenue of digital imaging, the A7 Series may be the most exciting product to come out of Sony’s innovation lab, in a while. When the company first introduced its two full-frame mirror-less cameras – the Alpha A7 and A7R – the market welcomed it with extremely positive reviews.  A few series down the line, Sony full frame cameras have captured a niche market and is here to stay.

Most recent in the Alpha series is the A7R II which sits at the top of the flagship ‘expert’ line of Alpha models.  Considering that Sony has used the same sensor technology in the Alpha A7 R II – the kind used in Nikon D800 is impressive.  But being a first gen product from Sony, is it truly going to live up to its hype is what I decided to find out myself.  I was lucky enough to try my hands at one during a recent trip to India, where I could full exploit the camera to its fullest.

Imagine driving a Toyota or Honda sedan and then suddenly upgrading to a Mercedez Benz – that’s the same feeling I had when I first used the A7 R II, after using both Canon and Nikon for several years.  The Sony A7R II is a full frame mirror-less camera with 5-axis image stabilisation, featuring the world’s first and only 35mm BSI CMOS sensor and a hybrid auto-focus system and 4K video capabilities.

But first things first. We all know how Sony crafts their products with utmost quality and durability, but when it comes to cameras how does Sony really stack up against the two giants – Nikon and Canon? Well, seems like the Sony’s Alpha series is giving a run for money to these two companies or at least appears to be challenging the challengers in the market.

The first and the biggest noticeable difference between Alpha 7-series cameras and similar DSLRs from Nikon and Canon is the size.  The Alpha 7s are much smaller than their full-frame interchangeable lens peers (such as Nikon’s D610 and the Canon EOS 6D), an achievement made possible primarily because they’re not SLRs. The camera body is smaller and lighter. However, with the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM lens on, the size is almost similar to its competitors.

Price

Camera body 

Sony website:  US $3,199.99 (AED 11,744)
Souq.com: AED 10,999

As with most electronics, prices drop fast and therefore we advise you to check the latest price and deals from Sony as well as other top e-commerce websites.

Lens

Sony website: US $2,199.99 (AED 8,080)

Photo Gallery – Pictures from Sony Alpha 7R II

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Sony Alpha 7R II – Top Features

The letter R in Sony Alpha 7R stands for high resolution. Sony Alpha 7R is the world’s first back-illuminated 35 mm full-frame CMOS image sensor with 42.4 megapixels. The camera takes image resolution, sensitivity (up to ISO 102,400) and speedy response to new heights. Sony Alpha 7R also features Fast Hybrid AF, 5-axis image stabilization and advanced 4K movie recording, with sensitivity and speed to keep even fast-moving subjects looking sharp.

The Fast Hybrid AF system’s dense extra-wide focal plane phase-detection AF coverage keeps a subject in sharp focus entirely throughout the frame, while 5-axis image stabilization reduces blur which otherwise tends to affect handheld shots. High resolution is further enhanced by 4K movie recording featuring full pixel readout without pixel binning.

The Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM Zoom Lens is the ultimate choice for those seeking the highest possible optical performance for portrait, travel and event photography or even simple everyday shooting.

What Experts Say

Stuckincustoms says: Incredible
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM review: Best zoom in the range

The Verdict

Sony Alpha 7R is no doubt one of the best cameras that I have used so far.  With the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM lens, it’s the perfect combo and is all that you need on your next vacation.

 

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