Which camera should you buy, Sony A7S II of Sony A7S. Before we begin you must know that the sensor inside both the camera is same, although lot of optimization has been done to improve the AF performance, introduction of 5 axis image stabilization system and 4K internal video recording mode with fast AF + IS support. The another advantage of Sony A7S II is high frame rate 120/100fps in full 1080p which the A7s only had in 720p.’
A major group Sony A7S users mainly use Sony A7S for low-light event, but if you are looking for major performance upgrade in low-light area you may get disappointed to see the results below.
I am able to notice a bit of noise optimization in in Sony A7S II camera, but I am not able to notice any major performance upgrade in low-light sensitivity. If you are a low-light shooter you must wait for the next version Sony A7S III. New users must buy Sony A7S II since both camera have exactly same price tag.
Nike Women Submission Video filmed on the Sony a7s II Submitted by Michael Danila
Always fun to get to look back on the past year. These are the “Wood” Favorites Video 2015 of Jan-Joost van Stiphout
Favorite Wood Video Production: Il Bacaro
Favorite Camera: Sony A7s Ii
Testing out the new Sony A7S II at Reign or Shine IX at NJIT. 4K Resolution, 120fps at 1080, and sLog 3. This camera is a BEAST! Needless to say, I had a lot of fun dancing and shooting that day. – Submitted by Michael Danila
A raw Bourbon St. performance we stumbled upon while out doing a Sony A7S II and a7s comparison test shoot in the French Quarter. Danny Caporaletti —- By Kevin Hughes
Sony A7S II Problems
We are also putting a problem faced by one of our readers – Submitted by Kevin Hughes
Fellow shooters! Do I just have a NOISEY A7SII? Look at my video and tell me if you have this problem with your camera. Shooting in any slog I get bad horizontal line noise in iso’s from 1600 to 10,000 – but it cleans up at 12,800. See youtube video here to see what I’m talking about and more details:
Sony announced the Sony A7S II camera in IBC Press Conference today, unluckily the camera features the same sensor as of Sony A7S II camera. Sony added latest available technology inside the camera including 5-axis IS and internal 4K video recording with full pixel readout and m…
After the announcement of Sony A7SII, now it is important for you to know how it is superior to its predecessor Sony A7S and what new features are added in comparison to its predecessor.
Sony Alpha 7SII vs. Sony Alpha 7S Specification Comparison Table.
Features / Models
Sony Alpha 7SII
Sony Alpha 7S
Sensor size / type
Full-Frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm)
Full-Frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm)
Contrast Detect (sensor)
Contrast Detect (sensor)
30 sec 1/8000 sec
30 sec 1/8000 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed
4096 x 2160 (30p) Internal Recording
4096 x 2160 (30p) External Recording
2X Faster Compared to A7S
Tilting 3″ Rear Touch screen LCD (921,600)
Tilting 3″ Rear Touch screen LCD (921,600)
Built-in + NFC
Battery Life (CIPA)
Not Specified By Manufacturer
127 x 94 x 48 mm
Not Specified By Manufacturer
Sensor: Since both the siblings have 12.2MP Full-Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor and BIONZ X Image Processor. Due to their presence, it minimizes the noise production and also enables sensitivity from ISO 100-102400, which is further expandable to ISO 50-409600. The Sony didn’t increase the ISO range of Sony A7SII. Our earlier expectation was that it will come with more ISO range than its predecessor, to make the image sensor more sensitive to light.
Auto-focus: Sony A7S II features fast and Intelligent AF system employs 169 AF points, the AF points are composed of 25 contrast-detection points and nine central AF points that have been split into 16 segments each, the AF system not only faster than of Sony A7s but it also features greater accuracy.
Sony A7S II supports Internal UHD 4K Recording, which the Sony A7S II was missing. The video of Sony A7S II contain more details, better color, contrast and sharpness compared to the Sony A7S. The Sony A7S II is free from line skipping or pixel binning, the A7S II features full pixel readout the terminates the issue loss of details, advance AF detection algorithm speed-up the AF speed of the camera 2 times more compared to its predecessor.
Sony A7SII can record 120fps at 100Mbps without pixel binning in full frame format also results in 4x/5x slow motion footage in Full HD. It has the ability to shoot 4x/5x slow motion footage internally.
Introduction of image stabilization: presence of 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization system in Sony A7SII makes it smooth shooting of stills and video by reducing five types of camera shake and it also it will give the option to the users to use any lens, or adapted lenses without facing any problems created by camera shake. But there is absent of such type of stabilization system in Sony A7S.
Rest of the core specification remains same.
Verdict: The Sony A7S II camera does have many upgrades over the Sony A7S camera but the sensor and image processor remains same. Finally the image quality of both the camera will be similar. For still shooters and owners of Sony A7S camera we don’t recommend to update you current camera against A7S II and you must wait for a better model, possibly the Sony A7S III with a new sensor and image processor.
The biggest disappointment is the use of same sensor instead of developing a new one, Sony does have the capability to make Hybrid sensor as we already see in Sony A7R II camera. It’s better to say Sony updated the Sony A7S Camera, it’s not a new version
Sony A7S II today announced by Sony with Major upgrade in core specification of the camera. The new camera arrives with 5-axis IS system. Enhanced image, video and AF algorithm, the camera now has been upgraded to 169 AF points and features very fast AF speed along with greater accuracy.
Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS, A mode, 1/10 sec., F11, ISO 1600, Manual white balance
Sony A7S II samples images surfaced over the web, the images you see are only available at limited resolution [Click on the image to enlarge.], we will add post soon as any new image / high resolution image added to web.
FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS, M mode, 1/15 sec., F10, ISO 3200, Manual white balance
Sony Announced new A7S II at IBC Press Conference today with 5 axis image stabilization system and 4K internal video recording with full-pixel readout. However the sensor remains same and the top ISO limit remains stucked to 409600. The A7S II now features169 AF points for fast, precise focusing with enhanced accuracy.
For the first time in A7 series camera Sony introduce 120fps recording @ Full HD format without pixel binning in full frame format. Video functionality has been further enhanced with new profiles; S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log3 and S-Gamut3/S-Log3. These new profiles deliver wide dynamic range and colour correction is easier to perform. The AF system of the A7S II is approx 2 times faster in video mode compared to A7S camera.
Ultra-high sensitivity up to 409600i with low noise across the whole range
Wide dynamic range across entire ISO range delivering smooth tonal gradation from dark to bright conditions
In-camera 5-axis optical image stabilisation for expanded shooting possibilities
Internal 4K movie recording featuring full pixel readout without pixel binning in full-frame format
Wide range of professional movie functionality including S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log3, new Gamma Assist Display, enhanced Zebra Function, Full HD 120fps recording and 4x/5x slow motion recording and full pixel readout without pixel binning in full-frame format
High-speed AF with enhanced accuracy in wide ranging scenes and advanced shooting functions
Sony today announced the latest addition to its award winning series of compact, full-frame α7 cameras with the introduction of the α7S II. Offering ultra-high sensitivity and wide dynamic range across the entire ISO range and 5-axis image stabilisation for greater shooting control, the α7S II delivers stunning image quality for photographers who shoot in the most challenging light conditions. Be it the brightest of mornings or darkest of nights, the α7S II enables new levels of photographic expression at whatever shutter speed you wish to deploy. The α7SII also incorporates a host of pro-style movie functions including the ability to shoot 4K video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning in full-frame format, making it an extremely appealing proposition for photographers and videographers alike.
The α7S II delivers an awe-inspiring sensitivity range of ISO 50-409600[i], thanks to the combination of its 35mm full-frame 12.2 megapixel[ii] image sensor and BIONZ X image processing engine. The sensor optimises the dynamic range across the entire ISO range and broadens the range of tonal gradation in bright environments and minimises noise in dark scenes meaning that it delivers impressive results even in the most extreme conditions. The upgraded image processing algorithm of BIONZ X maximises the sensor’s capabilities and improves depiction throughout the full sensitivity range with particular emphasis on the mid-to-high range. This means that the resulting stills and movies demonstrate extra-fine detail with minimal noise.
The α7S II can record 4K[iii] movies internally in the XAVC S format[iv] meaning that content is wonderfully detailed. Because information from all pixels is utilised without line skipping or pixel binning, the camera can maximise the expanded power of the full-frame image sensor and produce 4K movies with higher image clarity and negligible moiré. Full pixel readout without pixel binning is also employed when shooting Full HD[v] movies which means that it collects information from approximately five times as many pixels that are required to generate Full HD[vi] and condenses the information to produce extremely high quality movies.
In a first for the α7 series, the α7S IIcan record 120fps at 100Mbps[vii] with full pixel readout without pixel binning in full frame format which can be edited into wonderful 4x/5x slow motion footage[viii] in Full HD. The α7S II also has the ability to shoot 4x/5x slow motion footage internally which can be immediately reviewed on the camera screen.
Video functionality has been further enhanced with new profiles; S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log3 and S-Gamut3/S-Log3. These new profiles deliver wide dynamic range and colour correction is easier to perform. The α7S ll even offers impressive 14-stop latitude in the S-Log3 gamma setting. The camera also supports S-Gamut/S-Log2 which is very popular among cinematographers and videographers. Gamma Display Assist is a new function that allows users to monitor images or check focus when recording S-Log movies and the Zebra function has been improved for even greater control.
5-Axis Image Stabilisation
The new α7S II is equipped with the innovative 5-axis image stabilisation system that is proving extremely popular in the α7 II and α7R II cameras. The system corrects camera shake along five axes during shooting, including angular shake (pitch and yaw) which has the greatest impact on image quality and tends to occur with a telephoto lens, shift shake (X and Y axes) which becomes noticeable as magnification increases, and rotational shake (roll) that often affects night shooting or video recording.
The autofocus system on the α7S II has been upgraded and now offers 169 AF points for fast, precise focusing with greater accuracy.[ix] The power of the image sensor means that the absence of noise in images generated, enables the Fast Intelligent AF to detect contrast more easily and react speedily even in low-light situations (as low as EV-4), when it’s even tough to check with the naked eye. When shooting video, the AF performance is twice as fast as the predecessor model.[x]
The XGA OLED Tru-Finder in the α7S II has been upgraded and offers the world’s highest viewfinder magnification[xi] of 0.78x (roughly 38.5 degrees in diagonal field of view) and shows clear images across the entire display area. The use of ZEISS T* Coating ensures sharp reduction of reflections on the viewfinder and unlike an optical viewfinder, the OLED Tru-Finder can be used to instantly show how exposure compensation, white balance and other selected settings are affecting the displayed image.
A number of enhancements have been made to the look and feel of the α7S II to make it more user friendly, reliable and intuitive. Its magnesium-alloy body is both light and highly robust and the grip and shutter buttons have been re-designed so that the camera feels more natural in the hand. For situations when you just want to blend into the background, silent shooting mode can be activated for 5fps continuous shooting[xii] and reliability has been enhanced with reduced-vibration shutter movement.[xiii] The lens mount has been further reinforced to ensure greater resilience, particularly when attaching third party lenses and users can now charge the camera via a USB power supply whilst the camera is in operation, thus extending battery life. For greater comfort and safety, Sony is also launching the LCS-EBF; a new premium leather body case for the α7S II which is also compatible with the α7R II and α7 II.
The α7S II is also Wi-Fi® and NFC compatible and fully functional with Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile application available for Android™ and iOS™ platforms, as well as Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Apps, which add a range of fun creative capabilities to the camera. Learn more at www.sony.net/pmca.
The new α7S II full-frame interchangeable lens digital camera from Sony will be available in Europe in November 2015, priced at approximately €3,400.
[i]Standard ISO 100 – 102400, Expandable to ISO 50-409600
Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec., High ISO NR: Normal/Low/Off selectable
Multi Frame NR
Auto/ISO 100 to 409600
Auto WB/Daylight/Shade/Cloudy/Incandescent/Fluorescent (Warm White/Cool White/Day White/Daylight)/Flash/Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & Color Filter (G7 to M7: 57 steps, A7 to B7: 29 steps)/Custom/Underwater
AWB micro adjustment
G7 to M7 (57 steps), A7 to B7 (29 steps)
3 frames, H/L selectable
169 points (contrast-detection AF)
EV -4 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus
Wide (169 points for contrast-detection AF) / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Zone / Expand Flexible Spot / Lock-on AF (Wide / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Expand Flexible Spot)
Lock-on AF, Eye AF, Focus lock; Eye-Start AF and AF micro adjustment (both only available with optional LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 attached), AF illuminator (built-in, LED type, range: Approx. 0.30-3m), AF ON
1200-zone evaluative metering
Exmor CMOS sensor
EV -3 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
AUTO (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Movie / High Frame Rate (Programmed AE (P) / Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) )
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
+/-5.0 EV (in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps), with exposure compensation dial: +/-3.0 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Bracket: Single/Bracket: Cont., 3/5/9 frames selectable. With 3 or 5 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0 or 3.0 EV increments, with 9 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1.0 EV increments.
Available with AE lock button. Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. Can be disabled from the Menu.
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
Still images: ISO 100-102400 (expandable to ISO 50-409600), AUTO (ISO 100-12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Movies: ISO 100-102400 equivalent (expandable to ISO 100-409600), AUTO (ISO 100-12800 equivalent, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
XGA OLED, 1.3 cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (color)
Total number of dots
Auto/Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)
Color temperature control
Manual (5 steps)
Approx. 0.78x (with 50 mm lens at infinity, -1 m-1)
-4.0 to +3.0 m-1
Approx. 23mm from the eyepiece lens, 18.5mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m-1(CIPA standard)
Graphic Display / Display All Info. / No Disp. Info. / Histogram / Digital Level Gauge
Real-time image-adjustment display
7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT drive
Total number of dots
Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode
Up approx. 107 degrees, down approx. 41 degrees
Display selector (Finder/LCD)
Graphic Display / Display All Info. / No Disp. Info. / Histogram / Digital Level Gauge / Shooting information for viewfinder mode
Real-time image-adjustment display
35 mm full frame: 4.2x, 8.3x, APS-C: 2.7x, 5.4x
Yes (selectable level + range or lower limit as custom setting)
Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Still images: 1/8000 to 30 sec., Bulb
Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 step)
NTSC: Up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto Slow Shutter mode)
PAL: Up to 1/50 in AUTO mode (up to 1/25 in Auto Slow Shutter mode)
Flash sync. speed
Electronic front curtain shutter
SteadyShot INSIDE (image stabilization)
Image Sensor-Shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation (Compensation depends on lens specifications)
4.5 steps (Based on CIPA standard. Pitch/Yaw shake only. With Sonnar T* FE 55 mm F1.8 ZA lens mounted. Long exposure NR off)
Flash Control (with optional external flash)
+/-3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV stops)
3/5/9 frames selectable. With 3 or 5 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 EV increments, with 9 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0 EV increments.
Sony α System Flash compatible with Multi Interface Shoe. Attach the shoe adaptor for flash compatible with Auto-lock Accessory Shoe.
FE level lock
Single shooting, Continuous shooting, Speed Priority Continuous shooting, Self-timer, Self-timer (Cont.), Bracketing (Cont., Single, White Balance, DRO)
10 sec. delay/5 sec. delay/2 sec. delay/Continuous self-timer (3 frames after 10 sec. delay/5 frames after 10 sec. delay/3 frames after 5 sec. delay/5 frames after 5 sec. delay/3 frames after 2 sec. delay/5 frames after 2 sec. delay)/Bracketing self-timer (Off/2 sec. delay/5 sec. delay/10 sec. delay)
According to latest rumors Sony may announce a new F series camcorder and a ” new creation.” on Friday, take a look at what SAR.com website source said
New Sony F cam Friday is S35, not FF. 4K internally, but 8 bit XAVC-L (note the L) 100 Mbit max. No HFR as far as I can tell, 30fps max in 4K. Looks like a baby FS7. Price will be between old FS700 and current FS7, likely $5,000-6,500 USD. Differentiation on FS7 is much better CODEC, higher frame rates (incl 60p 4K), option for RAW and ProRes, bigger build.
More notes from the sources
Sony will shock everybody soon with their new creation.
At this moment we don’t have any confirmation that which innovative image technology related product Sony will show us. We do expect either Sony will announce a 4K camcorder or may be Sony A7000 / A7S II camera.
According to the latest rumors floating over the web, Sony may announce new products soon, the to be announced list includes.
1. Sony A7S
2. Sony A7000
3. Sony a99II
4. Sony FE 24-70mm GM Lens for FE mount fullframe camera
6. Zeiss Loxia Wide-angle lens for FE mount fullframe camera
7. Sony A-mount lenses
The most confirmed camera in the list is Sony A7000, since the camera was expected to arrive back on May 2015 but due to some sensor heating issues while recording the 4K movies delayed the announcement of the camera. We strongly hope the Sony will sure announce Sony A7000 camera on Sep 2015.
According to a leaked document via wikileaks Sony was rumored to announce new A7 series in 2015, we have already seen Sony A7II and A7R II and the only left camera is Sony A7S.
Almost 3 years passed away after the announcement of Sony A99 II camera but no update arrive till now, we expect sony will soon announce A99 II with a completely new sensor and a option to record 4K videos.
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