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Sony Alpha A7S II

Sony Alpha A7S II Digital Camera

MILC 12.2MP CMOS Oct 2015
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User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 7 user reviews the average user rating of this Sony camera is outstanding. Most Alpha A7S II owners think it is one of the better digital cameras of this age and spec.

Good Quality Pictures

Several customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was good in low light. P. Burgess gave the Sony Alpha A7S II a score of 5 stars and said in their Sony Alpha A7S II review on Amazon “Great low light cam\era”. P. Burgess also wrote “Super low light camera and used for those low light situations”. Rjm wrote “It's an amazing low light camera” in their review of the Sony Alpha A7S II.

Some Sony Alpha A7S II owners who purchased the Sony Alpha A7S II agreed that it had a good ISO range. In November last year Rjm scored this digital camera 5 stars and said on Amazon “No problems whatsoever starting ISO at 3,200 when night shooting”. Tescodirect rated it 80 out of 100 and wrote “The D610 is fairly good when you raise the ISO, certainly better than any other camera I have owned until this point.”.

Several people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was able to produce good images. Rjm said “I use the camera mainly for astro photography where it excels” in their review of the Sony Alpha A7S II. William D Pummell wrote in his Sony Alpha A7S II review “It takes lovely photos” and gave this digital camera an excellent rating.

One person who reviewed the Sony Alpha A7S II reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. P. Burgess mentioned “Its simply amazing for shooting up to very high ISO's without noise” in their review and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars.

One Sony Alpha A7S II owner mentioned in their reviews that it was able to produce clear pictures. Rjm wrote “My friend, shooting with his Nikon D800 was amazed at this and loved the clarity of being able view the picture taken in the viewfinder in lovely detail”.

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Sony Has Good Camera Reviews

Sony is one of the better rated digital camera brands according to average reviews from experts and users, and Sony also has good reviews for its MILC cameras.

Easy to Use

One Sony Alpha A7S II owner reckoned that this digital camera was easy to setup. Michael Clark rated this digital camera as excellent and he said “Very quick to set up and achieve professional results” in his review of the Sony Alpha A7S II.

One person who purchased the Sony Alpha A7S II considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Last year Tescodirect gave this digital camera a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned on Amazon “For dimly-lit venues you have to go a little higher than I am comfortable with (i.e”.

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Good Video Capture

Several Sony Alpha A7S II reviewers reckoned that the product was good for video recording. Rjm scored the product very highly and wrote on Amazon “My Oly EM1 is loads better on video with its 5 axis stabilisation”. Tescodirect said in their review of the Sony Alpha A7S II on Amazon “It is very good for video.”.

Good Quality Lens

Several Sony Alpha A7S II reviewers who bought the product reckoned that it had a good autofocus.

Good Product Quality

One Sony Alpha A7S II owner said in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A7S II was good quality. Rjm wrote “I rarely use it for video - it has no in body stabilisation and even if the quality is superb” in their review of the Sony Alpha A7S II.

Good Connectivity

One person who bought the product considered that it had email functionality. William D Pummell wrote on Amazon “Supplier (tiffany3 on Amazon Marketplace) responded promptly to my email and arranged prompt delivery”.

Robust

One customer who reviewed it thought it was reliable. Rjm said “The focus is fast and reliable even in almost complete darkness”.

Good Support

One customer who reviewed the product considered that it had good technical guidance. Rjm scored the product very highly and said in their review “The camera is great with manual focusing lenses due to the focus peaking”.

Good Technical Features

One Sony Alpha A7S II reviewer who reviewed the Sony Alpha A7S II concluded that it had good features. William D Pummell gave it a score of 5 stars and he wrote in his review of the Sony Alpha A7S II on Amazon “The high ISO features will be very useful to me”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Sony Alpha A7S II reviewer who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it had a good viewfinder.

Supports WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other digital cameras of this type and age, the Sony Alpha A7S II supports WiFi connectivity.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support WiFi connectivity to this digital camera and we think the Sony Alpha A7 II[plb_2584731_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Alpha A7S II supports Full HD video, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

Alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sony Alpha A7 II[plb_2584731_price].

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

Other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might want to consider include the Sony Alpha A7 II[plb_2584731_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The Alpha A7S II has a greater number of supported image formats than most similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Sony camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by cameras of this type and age. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this digital camera.

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Very High Maximum ISO Speed

With a maximum ISO speed of 409,600, the Alpha A7S II's maximum ISO speed is one of the highest amongst MILC cameras that were launched more than a year ago. The maximum ISO speeds of MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha A7S II range from 6,400 to 410,000.

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

The Alpha A7S II has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than most digital cameras of this type and age. Most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for 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 actually the best light exposure correction across all cameras of this age and type.

A ± 3EV (1/2EV; 1/3EV step) light exposure correction is the worst light exposure correction amongst similar types of camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many digital cameras that are a similar age to it.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Alpha A7S II is 3840 x 2160 pixels. That's over four times the video resolution of a 1920 x 1080 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Alpha A7S II. 1920 x 1080 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this digital camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels is equivalent to 4K Ultra HD video. This has four times the detail of Full HD video.

A 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution is actually the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7S II.

Across comparable types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Very High Display Resolution

The average display resolution of cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Alpha A7S II is 920,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 460,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. At 1,228,800 pixel, the Alpha A7S II has a quite high display resolution compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Very Large Viewfinder Screen Size

At 0.5 inches, the Alpha A7S II has a very large viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other MILC cameras that came out more than a year ago. The viewfinder screen sizes of digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha A7S II range from 0.39" to 0.5".

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Very Big Eye Relief

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Alpha A7S II the eye relief range from 17mm to 23mm, and the average eye relief is 20mm. The Sony Alpha A7S II has one of the biggest eye relief (23 millimeters) amongst cameras of this age.

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Has Nine White Balance Modes

The Sony Alpha A7S II has a greater number of white balance modes than most cameras of this spec and age. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the Alpha A7S II. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent", "Shade" and "Underwater" are also found on this Sony camera.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Sony Alpha A7S II has a maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. That's over four times the video resolution of a 1920 x 1080 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution.

A 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution across all similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A7S II.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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

This digital camera has a ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction, which is typical of many cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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370 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Alpha A7S II is a camera that takes 370 shots shots per battery charge. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Alpha A7S II take between 230 and 749 shots per battery charge.

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Supports Three Audio Formats

The number of audio formats supported by the Alpha A7S II is more than most cameras of this age and spec. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats AC3, LC-AAC and LPCM are also supported by this digital camera.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the Alpha A7S II is more than most cameras of this spec and age. This camera has an Auto light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha A7S II. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this digital camera.

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Supports Five ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Sony Alpha A7S II is more than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 25,600, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 102400, 50, 100, 12800 and 409600 are also supported by this Sony camera.

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H.264 Video Format

This camera supports an AVC|AVCHD|H.264|MP4|MPEG4|XAVC-I video format, which is the most frequently supported video format on digital cameras of this age and type.

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Quite Small Minimum ISO Speed

Digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha A7S II have minimum ISO speed of between 50 and 1,600. The Sony Alpha A7S II has one of the smaller minimum ISO speed (only 50) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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21 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

One Sony Alpha A7S II reviewer who purchased the product thought it was not a good body shape.

One customer who purchased it wrote that it was not heavy and bulky. Tescodirect said in November last year “My current set-up is a Nikon D610 combined with a Sigma 70-200mm f2.8, which is a large, conspicuous and heavy combination” in their Sony Alpha A7S II review.

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Poor Design

One customer who reviewed the product considered that it was not smooth. Rjm said “It isn't smooth unless mounted in a tripod” in their Sony Alpha A7S II review however they rated the product 5 stars.

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Alpha A7S II does not have a built-in flash, although keep in mind that most of the other MILC cameras that were launched more than a year ago also do not have a built-in flash.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Most MILC cameras that came out more than a year ago do not support video recording. The Alpha A7S II is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Alpha A7S II is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Alpha A7S II are also not 3D compatible.

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Not Waterproof

Most digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Alpha A7S II are not waterproof. The Alpha A7S II is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Sony Alpha A7S II does not have a GPS. Most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7S II also do not have a GPS.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Alpha A7S II does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Alpha A7S II also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

Cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha A7S II have megapixel counts of between 12MP and 29MP. The Alpha A7S II has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 12.2 megapixels) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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Quite Small Screen Size

At only 2.95 inches, the Sony Alpha A7S II has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Alpha A7S II. The average screen size of comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the Alpha A7S II is 3".

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Very Small Extra / Smart Zoom

Across all the digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7S II the extra / smart zooms range from 2x to 59x. The Alpha A7S II has one of the smaller extra / smart zooms (only 2 times zoom factor) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Only Supports Four Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Alpha A7S II is more than most MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. This Sony camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by cameras of this age and spec. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0", "MPF" and "RAW" are also supported by this camera.

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Only Has Four Photo Effects

The Alpha A7S II has a greater number of photo effects than most MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as 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 around for around the same time as the Alpha A7S II. The photo effects "Black&White", "Neutral" and "Sepia" are also found on this Sony camera.

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Quite Few Total Megapixel Count

The least total megapixel count of cameras of this age and type is 12MP and the most is 31MP. With a total megapixel count of only 12.4 megapixels, the Sony Alpha A7S II has a quite few total megapixel count compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released one year ago.

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Very Short Maximum Battery Life

Digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Alpha A7S II have maximum battery lives of between 1h and 6h. At only 1 hour, the Sony Alpha A7S II has a quite short maximum battery life compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7S II.

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Only 4240 X 2832 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Alpha A7S II has a higher image resolution than most comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera has a 4240 x 2832 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. Digital cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A7S II maximum image resolutions range from 1280 x 1024 pixels to 8688 x 5792 pixels.

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Only 1920x1080@25fps Resolution and Capture Speed

The Alpha A7S II has a 1920x1080@25fps resolution and capture speed which is higher than most cameras of this type and age. Most MILC cameras that were released one year ago have a 1920x1080@30fps resolution and capture speed. In addition, this camera have resolution and capture speeds of 3840x2160@24fps, 1920x1080@120fps, 1920x1080@24fps, 1920x1080@50fps, 1920x1080@60fps and 3840x2160@25fps and 3840x2160@30fps. The worst resolution at capture speeds of all MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A7S II is 1280x720@50fps and the best is 3840x2160@30fps.

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Heavy

The Alpha A7S II is fairly heavy (584 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A7S II. The weights of digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha A7S II range from 180g to 680g.

Alternative digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Sony Alpha A7 II[plb_2584731_price] (416g and higher rated).

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Thick

With a depth of 60.3 millimeters, the Alpha A7S II is fairly thick compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha A7S II. The average depth of digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Alpha A7S II is 47mm.

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Quite Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The Alpha A7S II has a fairly short maximum camera shutter speed (only 30 seconds) compared to most of the other cameras that were launched more than a year ago. Cameras of this spec and age have maximum camera shutter speeds of between 0.25s and 120s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 40s.

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Fairly Long Flash Sync-Speed

At 1 second, the Alpha A7S II has a fairly long flash sync-speed compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha A7S II. MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7S II have flash sync-speeds of between 0.00012s and 1s.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A7S II

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Sony released the Alpha A7S II.

SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This digital camera supports an MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth looking at include the Sony Alpha A7 II[plb_2584731_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Alpha A7S II has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than a year.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras and we think the Sony Alpha A7 II[plb_2584731_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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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
Extra / Smart Zoom
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
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
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Built-In Processor
Diopter Adjustment
Eye Relief
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery Size
Maximum Battery Life
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Networking
Wireless LAN Type
Technical Details
Video Capture Resolution (max)

User Reviews

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Great product but didn't come with the right HDMI protector, and couldn't even install the HDMI protector it came with as it didn't come with the correct screws to fit it!

Reviewed 4 July 2016 by Sam
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This is a great cage. Works very well, easy to setup and very flexible. The wooden handle looks good but more importantly functions well as does the tigger button. On the whole I think this is... Read more…

Reviewed 18 February 2016 by Amazon Customer
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Greate cage for my A7S2. Love it. And the deleivery went easy and smooth. Only bad thing was that I couldn't track my package.

Reviewed 29 January 2016 by Amazon Customer | 11 Comments
(Verified Purchase)

Very well made cage/rig. I especially like the Arri type wooden handle.

Reviewed 25 December 2015 by Niall Mc Nally | 11 Comments
(Verified Purchase)

Really love the quality & compact nature of Tilta cage, the service & deliver where spot on. I'm very happy with it. Check the photo attached of how I built & store it, for mobile use in a backpack.

I have had this camera for about a year and it is superb. I rarely use it for video - it has no in body stabilisation and even if the quality is superb, it isn't smooth unless mounted in a tripod.... Read more…

Reviewed 7 April 2015 by Philip Gottschalk
(Verified Purchase)

Amazin photos!

Reviewed 28 March 2015 by Tescodirect | 14 Comments

The reviews of this camera on Amazon are quite brief, so I thought I would put together a more detailed one. Overall I think it is a really good camera, but there are some very inflated claims for... Read more…

Reviewed 2 March 2015 by MartinAndersen3d

Offcause a fantastic camera.. My biggest consern is the back screen, there is no protection of the backscreen. On canon cameras you can flip it around, to protect the backscreen when your... Read more…

Reviewed 24 January 2015 by William D Pummell
(Verified Purchase)

A super camera - while I have had it only a few days I know I am going to love using it. It takes lovely photos, and the high ISO features will be very useful to me.
Supplier (tiffany3 on... Read more…

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