Sony's A7S II is a 4K-capturing professional in your darkest moments

Sony's A7S II is a 4K-shooting pro for your darkest moments

We already acquired a stunning, refreshed A7R II just some months in the past, and Sony’s keen to maintain the improve practice a-rollin’. The corporate unveiled the A7S II just some days again, and regardless of a spec sheet that reads quite a bit like its predecessor’s, this factor appears poised to nab the low-mild capturing crown. In the event you’ve seen the unique A7S in motion, you will know that is no small feat — let’s discover collectively, we could?

To offer us a style of how good this factor is at midnight, Sony arrange a pair of A7S IIs in a poorly lit room festooned with flowers and a rotating tray of sushi. Regardless of the inky (and pungent) circumstances, each cameras sucked up a reasonably astonishing quantity of sunshine and the image as portrayed on a wall-mounted tv got here with out the snowstorm of noise some cameras produce at ISO 32,000. For the document, you’ll be able to technically crank the A7S II as much as 409,600, which is not an enormous enchancment on paper — the unique A7S and Nikon’s D4S might shoot on the similar prolonged vary — however that is no nice sin if the outcomes are something like what we obtained out of final yr’s mannequin.

Actually, whereas we’re speaking about similarities, there are lots to see right here. Each variations of the A7S have a full-body 12-megapixel sensor (the higher to suck up photons with, my pricey) and run with the identical BIONZ X picture processor tucked away inside. In the meantime, the basic boxy aesthetic of the A7 line stays principally untouched, and you will really feel proper at residence in case you’ve performed with the A7R II since they share a close to-equivalent management cluster and weight. That additionally means they’re constructed like tanks (you realize, in a great way), and weigh noticeably greater than the RX100 II I used for these arms-on photographs.

Sony's A7S II is a 4K-shooting pro for your darkest moments

I might argue final yr’s A7R was a greater video digital camera than it was a nonetheless shooter (critically, take a look at this), so Sony went massive with the video upgrades this time. The most important addition? You will not want an exterior recorder to shoot 4K video. It is lastly been constructed proper into the A7R II, and Sony took this chance to ditch pixel binning — lengthy story brief, meaning clearer video in low mild conditions. Sony additionally introduced at the moment that the up to date A7S can shoot in 14-bit compressed or uncompressed RAW, the latter of which ought to assist hold these tremendous low-mild photographs even clearer. Alas, it cheekily (and understandably) taped up the SD card slot door so I could not seize any worthwhile pattern photographs. Sensing a theme right here? An up to date 169-level autofocus and 5-axis optical picture stabilization additionally did a positive job holding issues regular and crisp at midnight. All issues thought-about, the A7S II is shaping as much as be a really worthy purchase, however just some palms-on time (and some hours publish-midnight) can affirm whether or not you must decide this up as an alternative of the brand new A7R II. Keep tuned for a full verdict quickly.