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Sony Alpha A7 II Digital Camera

MILC 24.3MP CMOS Nov 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Count Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
The 7 II dramatically expands your range of expression by compensating for five types of camera shake during handheld shooting of still images and movies. The highly effective 4.5-step*... More
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Expert Reviews Are Good

Digital camera expert review website Chip.de scored this camera 89 out of 100. This puts this digital camera in the top 1% of all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year when ranked by average expert review score.

Excellent User Reviews

Based on 43 user reviews the average user rating of this digital camera is exceptional. This puts this MILC digital camera in the top 7% of all the cameras of a similar spec and age when ranked by average user review score.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some Sony Alpha A7 II reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it had an electronic viewfinder. Anthony Robins said two years ago “I'm hardly ever aware that this is an EVF rather than an optical, unless I'm in very, very low light”. Also two years ago Brian Hrodgar said “Rate highly) I'm loving the EVF, weather-proofing and Menus of the A7” in his review of this digital camera. Michael J. Davies wrote in his Sony Alpha A7 II review “I read they are using the same EVF on the A7 as on the RX10, well its not! The A7 is pixelated”.

Some Sony Alpha A7 II owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was mirrorless. D. Clarke wrote on Amazon “The unloved Canon EOS M aside, there are no really bad mirrorless systems to buy into at the moment” in their review of this digital camera. Zakk mentioned in their review of the Sony Alpha A7 II on Amazon “At last a full frame mirrorless digital camera” and scored the product 5 stars.

One customer who purchased it considered that it had a good screen. Anthony Robins said on Amazon “The viewfinder and display are great” in his review.

One Sony Alpha A7 II owner who reviewed it considered that it had a good viewfinder. Zakk mentioned three years ago “The viewfinder is perfect and the articulated rear screen makes it easy for tripod work” and rated the product 5 stars.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few Sony Alpha A7 II owners who reviewed it considered that it was able to produce good images. Brian Hrodgar scored the Sony Alpha A7 II 5 stars and he said in his review “A pocket battleship of a camera, capable of creating stunning images”. Bwfc77 said on Amazon three years ago “Most importantly takes fantastic photos (well, I take the photos, of course.” in their review of this digital camera and rated the Sony Alpha A7 II 5 stars. Dr. G. J. Pepper said in their Sony Alpha A7 II review “The photographs are insanely gorgeous even using basic automatic mode” and rated it 5 stars.

Four customers said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Michael J. Davies wrote on Amazon “A Full Frame sensor in a body thats the same size as the RX10 is a dream come true” but in spite of that he scored it 3 stars. Three years ago T.j.byford said “So, like many, I dreamt of an affordable FF sensor camera.” in their review of this digital camera.

Several people said in their reviews that the product was good in low light. Mr. James Greene wrote on Amazon “This is a great wee camera for the money excellent all rounder and particularly good in low-light sony are in my opinion current leaders in the field of csc cameras”.

One Sony Alpha A7 II owner thought the Sony Alpha A7 II had a good picture resolution.

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Good Quality Lens

A number of Sony Alpha A7 II owners who purchased the Sony Alpha A7 II reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Amazon Customer wrote two years ago “Therefore one has to look for higher contrast to focus faster (e.g” . Amazon Customer also said “The fastest focus is the E-M1.”. Anthony Robins gave it a rating of 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon “For portraits I actually find it quicker than using autofocus lenses on my Canon”.

A few customers who bought it agreed that it had a good lens. Brian Hrodgar mentioned on Amazon “Watch those fast legacy lens prices continue to rise as people embrace full-frame” in his review of the Sony Alpha A7 II. Two years ago Dr. G. J. Pepper mentioned in their Sony Alpha A7 II review “The kit lens is great.”. Michael J. Davies said on Amazon “Image quality (with the Zeiss 24-70 FE lens) is very good.”.

One Sony Alpha A7 II reviewer concluded that it had a good zoom. Michael J. Davies said “Compared to the RX10 its poor where you simply use the zoom tab by the shutter release.- No built in ND filter”.

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Easy to Use

Some customers who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was easy to use. Anthony Robins said on Amazon “The focus zoom check thing is very quick to use.”. Brian Hrodgar gave the Sony Alpha A7 II a score of 5 stars and he wrote in his review of the Sony Alpha A7 II “The A7 is a joy to use with focus peaking”. James Nolan rated the Sony Alpha A7 II 5 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “Light meter so really quick to use” in his review of the Sony Alpha A7 II.

Three Sony Alpha A7 II owners who reviewed the product considered that it was easy to use the menus. James Nolan wrote on Amazon “There are 2 assignable buttons as well for favourite settings” in his review of this digital camera and rated the product as excellent. T.j.byford rated it 5 stars and wrote “Although it was often criticised, I never really had any problems with Sony's menu system.”.

Two people thought it was comfortable and easy to hold.

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Robust

Some Sony Alpha A7 II reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it was well made. Bwfc77 wrote “It feels solid, even rugged”. Dr. G. J. Pepper mentioned “Jello effect; whereas video taken at HD 1080 60p is rock solid” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product very highly. Dr. G. J. Pepper also mentioned “A built in ND filter would have been wonderful”.

A few Sony Alpha A7 II reviewers who reviewed the product thought it was reliable.

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Good Support

Six people mentioned in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. Anthony Robins wrote in his review of this digital camera “It's almost impossible to focus accurately, let alone quickly and reliably with legacy manual focus lenses”. Bwfc77 said on Amazon “Luckily I tracked down an American guide which explained them enough for me to understand the idea.”. Bwfc77 also wrote “Seriously, at this price you'd think Sony could do better on the guide front, surely?)So, not cheap.”.

Nice Design

Seven customers who purchased the product wrote that it was good looking. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of the Sony Alpha A7 II “Its still pretty fast”. Clara99 said on Amazon “Gorgeous pictures”. Clara99 also mentioned “I like the styling more than I thought I would (I prefer the look of the Olympus”.

Two people considered that it was ergonomic. Brian Hrodgar mentioned “Ergonomically I have found everything to be comfortable to use-it's feather-like compared to a D700-and the recent firmware version 1.2 update has reduced the camera start-up time” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Michael J. Davies said on Amazon “Ergonomically just a much more pleasurable camera to operate” in his Sony Alpha A7 II review but despite that he gave the Sony Alpha A7 II a score of 3 stars.

One Sony Alpha A7 II owner who bought it wrote that it was retro.

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Good Size

A few customers who purchased the product agreed that it was compact. James Nolan said on Amazon “I absolutely love this camera!Whenever I see DSLR users these days, I am reminded how compact the A7 really is” in his Sony Alpha A7 II review and rated it as excellent. The Blue Reviewer rated the Sony Alpha A7 II 80 out of 100 and wrote on Amazon “A full-frame one-of-a-kind compact resolution beast (the a7R is even more of a beast” in their review of this digital camera. Zakk said three years ago “Quality photos in a compact package”.

Two customers who purchased it agreed that it was a good body shape. T.j.byford mentioned “At that time it was the smallest body to house a dslr sized APS-sensor”. One person who reviewed the Sony Alpha A7 II thought it was a good size. Clara99 wrote three years ago “Such a good size and weight” in their Sony Alpha A7 II review.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was lightweight. Michael J. Davies said on Amazon two years ago “The camera is small, lightweight, good build quality” in his review of the Sony Alpha A7 II although he only gave it a rating of 60 out of 100.

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Good Product Quality

Some Sony Alpha A7 II owners who reviewed the Sony Alpha A7 II agreed that it was good quality. Bwfc77 mentioned “It exudes quality, feels great in my (rather large) hands” in their Sony Alpha A7 II review. Bwfc77 also mentioned “Performs with, real quality; an absolute pleasure to work with”. James Nolan said in his Sony Alpha A7 II review on Amazon “It's light though, with a really solid tactile feel with it's metal body and surprisingly comfortable to hold” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

A Best Selling Digital Camera

Across all digital cameras, the Alpha A7 II is one the most popular products currently on sale.

Sony Cameras Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Sony digital cameras and also specifically for Sony MILC cameras and found that in both cases Sony had good ratings compared to other manufacturers.

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Good Video Capture

A few Sony Alpha A7 II owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good for video recording. Dr. G. J. Pepper said in their review of the Sony Alpha A7 II on Amazon “For years I have been searching for that single piece of kit that will shoot perfect stills and perfect video”. Dr. G. J. Pepper also said “If you take video footage then you simply have to change the settings from PAL to NTSC”.

Good Flash

Two Sony Alpha A7 II reviewers who bought the product thought it had a good flash. Michael J. Davies wrote in his review on Amazon “While on the subject there is no mark on the body to line up the lenses to.- No flash.- Few lenses available (6 at the moment)” but despite that he only scored it 3 stars. Michael J. Davies also said “A built in flash”.

Good Connectivity

One Sony Alpha A7 II reviewer who reviewed it concluded that it was able to connect to the internet. D. Clarke wrote “Stepping gently round internet flamewars about equivalence in DOF”.

Good Technical Features

One Sony Alpha A7 II reviewer reckoned that this digital camera had good features.

Supports WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Alpha A7 II, the Sony Alpha A7 II supports WiFi connectivity.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Sony Alpha A7 II supports Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A7 II also support Full HD video.

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

Cameras of this age and type have megapixel counts of between 12MP and 29MP. The Alpha A7 II has one of the higher megapixel counts (24.3 megapixels) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on MILC cameras that came out more than a year ago.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The Sony Alpha A7 II has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of this type and age. This Sony camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by digital cameras of this spec and age. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this digital camera.

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±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The Alpha A7 II has a wider light exposure correction than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction, whereas most similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a ± 2EV (1/2EV step) light exposure correction.

A ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction is in fact the best light exposure correction amongst all digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Alpha A7 II.

The worst light exposure correction across comparable types of camera is ± 3EV (1/2EV; 1/3EV step).

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture

With a maximum aperture of 36, the Sony Alpha A7 II has a fairly small maximum aperture compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Alpha A7 II. The biggest maximum aperture of MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A7 II is 3.5 and the smallest is 38.

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Quite Many Total Megapixel Count

The total megapixel counts of cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Alpha A7 II range from 12MP to 31MP, and the average total megapixel count is 20MP. The Alpha A7 II has one of the more total megapixel counts (24.7 megapixels) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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Has Nine White Balance Modes

The Alpha A7 II has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent", "Shade" and "Underwater" are also found on this camera.

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Sony Alpha A7 II has a 6000 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. The image resolution of all digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Alpha A7 II ranges from 1280 x 1024 pixels (worst) to 8688 x 5792 pixels (best).

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Slideshow Playback Mode

This digital camera has a Slideshow playback mode, which is the most commonly found playback mode on comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

This camera has a ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction, which is the most frequently found flash exposure correction on similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Supports Four ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Alpha A7 II is more than most MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera supports 25 and 600 ISO speeds, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Alpha A7 II. The ISO speeds "100", "200" and "6400" are also supported by this digital camera.

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H.264 Video Format

This digital camera supports an AVC|AVCHD|H.264|MP4|MPEG4 video format, which is the most commonly supported video format on MILC cameras that came out more than a year ago.

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TFT Display

The Alpha A7 II has a better display than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than a year. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most cameras that are a similar age to it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

This camera's display (TFT) is actually the best display across all digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A7 II.

Across comparable types of camera the worst display is LCD.

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Very Short Flash Sync-Speed

The flash sync-speeds of MILC cameras that were released more than a year ago range from 0.00012s to 1s. With a flash sync-speed of only 0.004 seconds, the Sony Alpha A7 II has a quite short flash sync-speed compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha A7 II.

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11 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

A number of Sony Alpha A7 II owners mentioned in their reviews that the product did not have a good battery life. Two years ago Anthony Robins said in his review of the Sony Alpha A7 II on Amazon “Battery life is not good”.

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Alpha A7 II does not have a built-in flash, although it is worth noting that most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for more than a year also do not have a built-in flash.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Most MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7 II do not support video recording. The Sony Alpha A7 II is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

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Not Waterproof

The Alpha A7 II is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha A7 II are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other MILC cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A7 II, the Alpha A7 II does not have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony Alpha A7 II is not 3D compatible. Most of the other MILC cameras that were released more than a year ago are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most digital cameras of this type and age do not have a GPS. The Sony Alpha A7 II is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

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Only Has Three Photo Effects

The Alpha A7 II has a greater number of photo effects than most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This Sony digital camera has a Vivid photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A7 II. The photo effects "Neutral" and "Sepia" are also found on this digital camera.

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Thick

At 48.2 millimeters, the Alpha A7 II is fairly thick compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Alpha A7 II. Across all the MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the Alpha A7 II the depths range from 28mm to 78mm.

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Very Low JPEG Frame Rate

Across all the cameras of this age and type the JPEG frame rates range from 24fps to 60fps. The Alpha A7 II has a fairly low JPEG frame rate (only 30 frames per second) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Alpha A7 II.

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length

At 42 millimeters, the Alpha A7 II has a very long minimum focal length compared to most of the other MILC cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A7 II. Across all the similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha A7 II the minimum focal lengths range from 10mm to 42mm.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A7 II

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Sony camera was released over two years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Alpha A7 II has a fairly standard screen size compared to most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A7 II.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This camera supports an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 416 grams, the Sony Alpha A7 II has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A7 II.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Alpha A7 II has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the Alpha A7 II.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Format
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
HDMI Connector
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Networking
Wireless LAN Type
Other Features
Aspect Ratio
Technical Details
Image Processor

Expert Reviews

(1)
18 January 2016

Die Sony a7 II (Alpha 7 II)überzeugt im Test fast auf ganzer Linie und holt sich den Titel als derzeit beste Profi-DSLM. Zu Recht: Zahlreiche Optimierungen, nützliche Verbesserungen und der...

Size and handling
Image quality
Effective in, body stabilization system
Effective inbody stabilization system
Excellent 42-megapixel image sensor
Viewfinder colours slightly undersaturated
Position of Record button
Significant price increase over 7
Expensive
Omits PC sync socket

User Reviews

(22)
Reviewed 18 May 2015 by Dennisthemennis
(Verified Purchase)

Awesome ..

Reviewed 17 December 2014 by NJW
(Verified Purchase)

This camera is unbelievably good. Even a 6400iso it produces great results.

Reviewed 9 December 2014 by Michael J. Davies "Creosote"

I have "upgraded" from the Sony RX10 to the Sony A7.
A Full Frame sensor in a body thats the same size as the RX10 is a dream come true.
The camera is small, lightweight, good... Read more…

Reviewed 5 November 2014 by Geordiegrafter
(Verified Purchase)

My wife loves it but it's
A Sony.

Reviewed 17 October 2014 by Mr. James Greene
(Verified Purchase)

This is a great wee camera for the money excellent all rounder and particularly good in low-light sony are in my opinion current leaders in the field of csc cameras.

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