Sony Alpha 7R II

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    Highlights

    • 42.4 MP Full Frame BSI-CMOS Sensor
    • No Optical Low-pass Filter
    • 100 - 25,600 Native ISO
    • 399 Focus Points
    • 5-Axis Image Stabilization
    • 3.0" 1,229k dot Tilting Screen
    • 0.5" 2,359k dot Electronic (OLED) Viewfinder
    • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
    • 3840 x 2160 Video Shooting
    • 30 min Video Recording Limit
    • Built-In Wi-Fi
    • Wheather Sealed Body
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    Overview

    Sony Alpha 7R II was announced in 2015 and is a Full Frame (35.9 x 24 mm) Mirrorless camera with 42.4 Megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 100 to 25,600 and expands to 50 - 102,400 in boosted mode. The camera has a Tilting 3.0" screen with 1,229k dot resolution and built-in 0.5" Electronic (OLED) viewfinder with 2,359k dot resolution. It has a built-in 5-Axis Sensor Shift in body image stabilization.

    Sony Alpha 7R II can capture video up to 3840 x 2160 resolution.


    Here is the Sony Alpha 7R series lineup, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the cameras within the same series.

    Sony Alpha 7R series lineup
    Model Date Sensor Native ISO Screen Price
    Image cannot be found Sony a7R V October
    2022
    61.0 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 32,000 Articulated 3.2"
    2,360k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Sony a7R IV July
    2019
    61.0 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 32,000 Tilting 3.0"
    1,440k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Sony a7R IIIA October
    2017
    42.4 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 32,000 Tilting 3.0"
    2,360k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Sony a7R III October
    2017
    42.4 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 32,000 Tilting 3.0"
    1,440k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Sony a7R II June
    2015
    42.4 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 25,600 Tilting 3.0"
    1,229k dot
    Image cannot be found Sony a7R February
    2014
    36 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 25,600 Tilting 3.0"
    1,230k dot

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Sony Alpha 7R V vs Alpha 7R IV vs Alpha 7R IIIA vs Alpha 7R III vs Alpha 7R II vs Alpha 7R.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Sony Alpha 7R II.

    PROS

    •   Video Capture
    •   Large Sensor
    •   High Resolution Sensor - 42.4 Megapixel
    •   399 Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Large Viewfinder - 0.5"
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 98
    •   High Video Resolution - 3840 x 2160
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Orientation Sensor

    CONS

    •   Low Video Recording Limit
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   No Built-In Bluetooth
    •   Short Battery Life - 290 shots

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   Price
    •   100 Lowest Native ISO
    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   -2 EV Min AF Detection
    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,229k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,359k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 5.0 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
    •   Weight - 625 g (1.38 lb / 22.05 oz)

    Predecessor

    Here we are comparing Sony Alpha 7R II to its predecessor Alpha 7R and displaying the major changes.

    UPGRADES Sony Alpha 7R II vs Sony Alpha 7R
    Sensor Type BSI-CMOS vs CMOS
    Higher Sensor Resolution 42.4 Megapixel vs 36 Megapixel
    Max Image Resolution 7974 x 5316 vs 7360 x 4912
    More Focus Points 399 vs 25
    Tracking Autofocus vs
    Phase Detection for Autofocus vs
    Image Stabilization 5-Axis Sensor Shift vs
    Higher Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent) 0.78x vs 0.71x
    Higher Max Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Higher Flash Sync Speed 1/250 sec vs 1/160 sec
    Higher DxO Low Light ISO 3434 vs 2746
    Higher DxO Color Depth 26.0 vs 25.6
    Higher DxO Overall Score 98 vs 95
    Higher Video Resolution 3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080
    DOWNGRADES Sony Alpha 7R II vs Sony Alpha 7R
    More Expensive $3199/ €3500 (body only) vs $2299.99 / £1699 (body only)
    Lower Resolution Screen 1,229k dot vs 1,230k dot
    Lower DxO Dynamic Range 13.9 vs 14.1
    Heavier 625 g (1.38 lb / 22.05 oz) vs 465 g (1.03 lb / 16.40 oz)
    Shorter Battery Life 290 shots vs 340 shots

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Sony Alpha 7R II vs Alpha 7R.

    Successor

    In 2017 Sony Alpha 7R II was replaced by Sony Alpha 7R III. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Sony Alpha 7R II and its successor.

    UPGRADES Sony Alpha 7R III vs Sony Alpha 7R II
    Higher Native ISO 32,000 vs 25,600
    More Focus Points 425 vs 399
    Touch-to-Focus vs
    Animal Eye Detection vs
    Higher Image Stabilization Compensation 5.5 stops vs 4.5 stops
    Touch Screen vs
    Higher Resolution Screen 1,440k dot vs 1,229k dot
    Higher Resolution Viewfinder 3,686k dot vs 2,359k dot
    Higher Max Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Higher DxO Low Light ISO 3523 vs 3434
    Higher DxO Dynamic Range 14.7 vs 13.9
    Higher DxO Overall Score 100 vs 98
    Higher USB Speed USB 3.2 Gen 1x1 (5 GBit/sec) vs USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
    Built-In Bluetooth vs
    Longer Battery Life 650 shots vs 290 shots
    More Storage Slots 2 vs 1
    DOWNGRADES Sony Alpha 7R III vs Sony Alpha 7R II
    Max Image Resolution 7952 x 5304 vs 7974 x 5316
    Heavier 657 g (1.45 lb / 23.17 oz) vs 625 g (1.38 lb / 22.05 oz)

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Sony Alpha 7R II vs Alpha 7R III.

    Screen and Viewfinder

    Tilting screen

    Sony Alpha 7R II has a 3.0" Tilting screen with 1,229k dot resolution. Tilting screen makes this camera very useful for photography purposes but not so useful for video shooting.

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    Sony Alpha 7R II with Tilting screen


    Electronic (OLED) Viewfinder

    Camera has a built-in 0.5" Electronic (OLED) viewfinder with 2,359k dot resolution. It has a 100% coverage and 0.78x magnification.

    Sensor

    BSI-CMOS Sensor

    Sony Alpha 7R II features a 42.4 megapixel Full Frame BSI-CMOS sensor with dimensions of 35.9 x 24 mm and a total area of 861.6 mm2. Its native ISO range is 100 - 25,600 and expands to 50 - 102,400 in boosted mode.

    The camera has BSI-CMOS sensor, short for Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor sensor. In traditional CMOS sensors, the wiring and circuitry are located on the front side of the sensor, which can block some of the incoming light. BSI technology flips this design by placing the photosensitive elements (pixels) on the backside of the sensor, allowing more light to reach the pixels. This significantly enhances light sensitivity and improves low-light performance. BSI-CMOS sensors are particularly effective in low-light conditions, as they can capture more light, resulting in brighter and less noisy images. This makes them well-suited for indoor and night photography. BSI-CMOS sensors deliver a higher SNR and reduced cross-talk.


    Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how Sony Alpha 7R II's Full Frame sensor compares with other types of sensors:

    Sensor size chart
    Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
    Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
    Image cannot be displayedFull Frame35.9 x 24 mm861.6 mm23:21x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
    Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
    Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with BIONZ X processor and can take pictures up to 7974 x 5316 resolution. It can also take pictures with lower resolutions like Full Frame (3:2 - 5168 x 3448, 3984 x 2656, 16:9 - 7952 x 4472, 5168 x 2912, 3984 x 2240), APS-C (3:2 - 5168 x 3448, 3984 x 2656, 2592 x 1728, 16:9 - 5168 x 2912, 3984 x 2240, 2592 x 1456) with 3:2, 16:9 aspect ratios.


    Lens Mount

    Sony Alpha 7R II has Sony E lens mount. Due to Full Frame sensor its crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is 1x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length.


    No Low-Pass Filter

    There is no optical low-pass filter (OLPF), also known as an anti-aliasing filter, in front of the sensor. This results in a slightly sharper image but may also introduce moiré patterns and aliasing artifacts when photographing subjects with fine, repetitive patterns or details.


    In-Body Image Stabilization

    The camera has a built-in 5-Axis Sensor Shift in-body image stabilization (IBIS) with 4.5 stops of compensation. This means that you are still getting vibration reduction when camera is paired with non-image stabilizied lenses. It also works with lenses with optical image stabilization and in combination can achieve even better compensation.

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    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    Built-in Wi-Fi

    Camera has a built-in Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n, 2.4 GHz) which allows to easily transfer photos and videos from the camera to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, printers, or computers. This eliminates the need for cables and allows for quick and convenient media sharing and social media integration. It gives you the ability to control your camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. This is particularly useful for taking self-portraits, group shots, or capturing images in challenging conditions without having to touch the camera. Firmware updates can also be downloaded and installed wirelessly.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in WiFi.


    NFC

    Sony Alpha 7R II has Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which simplifies the process of pairing it with other NFC-enabled devices like smartphones or tablets. It allows to quickly transfer photos and videos or remotely control the camera from compatible device. NFC can also be used for authentication and security purposes. It can verify your identity before accessing certain features or transferring sensitive data. It can be used with NFC-enabled accessories as well, such as lenses, flashes and GPS devices.


    USB Input and HDMI Output

    Sony Alpha 7R II has a USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) input for data transfer. There is a Micro HDMI connector for video signal output.


    Battery

    Sony Alpha 7R II comes with NP-FW50 battery pack with battery life of 290 shots.


    External Storage Slots

    The camera has a single SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo Hybrid (UHS-I) card slot.

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Sony Alpha 7R II has Electronically controlled Vertical-traverse Focal-plane shutter. Shutter speed can go up to 1/8000 sec. Camera can shoot continuously up to 5.0 fps.


    Focusing

    Sony Alpha 7R II has 399 focusing points and from -2 to +20 EV detection range There is also face detection feature which automatically finds and focuses on faces.


    Exposure

    Camera's exposure metering ranges from -3 to +20 EV and you can set the exposure compensation within the ±5 EV range. You can also do exposure lock, exposure bracketing and manual exposure adjustment.


    Flash

    Sony Alpha 7R II has no built-in flash but an external flash may be connected via Hot Shoe. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/250 sec. Flash compensation can be set from -3 to +3 EV with 1/3 or 1/2 EV step increments.

    Physical Parameters

    Sony Alpha 7R II has dimensions of 127 x 96 x 60 mm (5 x 3.78 x 2.36"). It weighs 625 g (1.38 lb / 22.05 oz) which is neither heavy nor lightweight.

    127 mm (5")

    96 mm (3.78")

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    96 mm (3.78")

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    60 mm (2.36")

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    Sony Alpha 7R II dimensions

    Sony Alpha 7R II for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Sony Alpha 7R II is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    EXCELLENT
    86

    Sony Alpha 7R II gets a score of 86 and is EXCELLENT choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,229k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    GOOD
    78

    Sony Alpha 7R II gets a score of 78 and is GOOD choice for Sports photography.

    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   399 Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,229k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,359k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 5.0 fps
    •   Short Battery Life - 290 shots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Wildlife Photography

    GOOD
    74

    Sony Alpha 7R II gets a score of 74 and is GOOD choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   399 Focus Points
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,229k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,359k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 5.0 fps
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Short Battery Life - 290 shots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Portrait Photography

    EXCELLENT
    86

    Sony Alpha 7R II gets a score of 86 and is EXCELLENT choice for Portrait photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   399 Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,229k dot
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Street Photography

    EXCELLENT
    88

    Sony Alpha 7R II gets a score of 88 and is EXCELLENT choice for Street photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   399 Focus Points
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,229k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 625 g (1.38 lb / 22.05 oz)

    Travel Photography

    GOOD
    84

    Sony Alpha 7R II gets a score of 84 and is GOOD choice for Travel photography.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,229k dot
    •   High Video Resolution - 3840 x 2160
    •   Low Video Recording Limit
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 625 g (1.38 lb / 22.05 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 290 shots

    Sony Alpha 7R II Evaluation

    We evaluate Sony Alpha 7R II and give score of 81 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
    81

    Sensor

    GOOD
    82

    We give Sony Alpha 7R II a score of 82 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   High Resolution Sensor - 42.4 Megapixel
    •   100 Lowest Native ISO
    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 98

    Photo

    GOOD
    83

    We give Sony Alpha 7R II a score of 83 for Photo parameters.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 5.0 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec

    Video

    AVERAGE
    64

    We give Sony Alpha 7R II a score of 64 for Video parameters.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   High Video Resolution - 3840 x 2160
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   Low Video Recording Limit

    Focusing

    EXCELLENT
    87

    We give Sony Alpha 7R II a score of 87 for Focusing parameters.

    •   -2 EV Min AF Detection
    •   399 Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus

    Screen and Viewfinder

    GOOD
    78

    We give Sony Alpha 7R II a score of 78 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,229k dot
    •   Large Viewfinder - 0.5"
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,359k dot

    Connectivity

    EXCELLENT
    90

    We give Sony Alpha 7R II a score of 90 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   HDMI Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   No Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    AVERAGE
    66

    We give Sony Alpha 7R II a score of 66 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 625 g (1.38 lb / 22.05 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 290 shots


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