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20 november månad 2014
Sony Introduces the α7 II
World's First1 Full-Frame Camera with Optical 5-Axis
Image Stabilization
Sony has released the α7 II (ILCE-7M2), the next in the α7 series of
interchangeable-lens models and the world’s first1 camera with optical 5-axis
image stabilization designed for a full-frame image sensor.
The camera offers outstanding image quality in a compact size and light build,
and it carries on the traditions of the α7 series, which includes the world’s
smallest and lightest interchangeable-lens full-frame camera (α7R). A 24.3
effective megapixel 35 mm full-frame Exmor® CMOS sensor moves along five
axes to compensate for camera shake, providing optical image stabilization
equivalent to up to 4.5 steps faster shutter speed of correction2 for still images.
Shooting sharp handheld stills and video is now possible under conditions that
may have required a tripod in the past. In this and other scenarios, users can
enjoy beautifully rendered images from the full-frame sensor with the
convenience of image stabilization. In-camera image stabilization also offers
sharper images for those using A-mount lenses on an optional lens adapter.
Among 35 mm full-frame interchangeable-lens cameras, according to Sony research as
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of November 2014.
Based on CIPA standards. Compensates for angular shake (pitch and yaw). Measured
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using a Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA lens, with long exposure noise reduction off.
Main Features of the α7 II
1. World’s first1 full-frame camera with optical 5-axis image
stabilization
Detects and corrects various camera shake along five axes for still images and
video, including angular shake (pitch and yaw) that tends to occur when shooting
with a telephoto lens, shift shake (along the X and Y axes) that becomes
noticeable as photographing magnification increases, and rotational shake (roll)
that often affects shots at night or when recording video.
The full-frame image sensor moves to compensate for these kinds of camera
shake. For still images, stabilization is equivalent to up to 4.5 steps faster shutter
speed of correction.2
Optical 5-axis image stabilization ideal for a variety of αTM lenses3
Handheld low-light shooting at slower shutter speeds becomes possible, allowing
for greater creativity and mobility without the need for a tripod. The camera’s inbody image stabilization is therefore effective even in combination with E-mount
lenses without Optical SteadyShot (OSS). For A-mount lenses as well (using an
optional mount adapter such as LA-EA4 or LA-EA3), camera shake is
compensated for along five axes within the camera body. Users can thus make
the most of the beautiful rendering power of various α lenses with the α7 II.
Some lenses are not compatible with 5-axis image stabilization.
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Verify image stabilization results with live view functionality
Monitor the corrected image in real-time on the camera’s LCD screen or in the
OLED viewfinder, thus allowing for fine-tuned framing and focusing even when
using a telephoto or macro lens.
2. Speedy, accurate autofocus with Fast Hybrid AF
Wide AF coverage with the employment of a 117-point focal plane phasedetection AF sensor (in combination with a 25-point contrast detection AF points)
117-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor and 25 contrast detection AF
points are placed over a wide area of the screen, making use of the superb
tracking capabilities of the phase detection AF and therefore enabling clear
capture of moving subjects that might otherwise evade focus.
30% faster AF responsiveness4
A more advanced algorithm is used to detect the subject position, enabling
optimal lens drive. In a variety of scenarios, autofocus is very responsive – 30%
faster than in previous models4.
1.5 times the tracking ability of previous models4 with an improved motionprediction algorithm
An improved, original Sony algorithm for the prediction of moving bodies results
in a 1.5 times improvement in performance in tracking a subject and predicting
its next movement. Additionally, AF and automatic exposure (AE) continue to
track the subject during high-speed continuous shooting (up to 5 fps), so that a
sudden movement or expression of the subject is never missed. Finally, greatly
improved tracking ability and subject capture are made possible through the
advances in image analysis technology with “lock-on AF,” a feature that
optimizes focusing on the subject in accordance with its size.
Compared to the α7. Based on Sony’s internal metrics.
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3. Superior image quality and enriched video recording functionalities
with the full-frame sensor and BIONZ XTM image processing engine
35 mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor for high resolution and sensitivity, with
minimal noise
The camera is equipped with a full-frame Exmor CMOS image sensor with
approximately 24.3 effective megapixels. High resolution and larger pixels
enhance sensitivity and reduce image noise to release the full potential of lens’
optical performance. Images are rendered beautifully and bokeh effects
attainable only with full-frame sensors become possible.
BIONZ X image processing engine for superb detail and natural textures, less
noise
Loaded with an advanced BIONZ X image processing engine. The fast processing
enabled by this engine enhances images in several ways, through “detail
reproduction technology,” which recreates natural-looking textures even in the
minute details of an image; “diffraction-reducing technology,” which prevents
loss of detail when aperture stopped down; and “area-specific noise reduction,”
which greatly reduces noise while maintaining exceptional detail and texture
even under low light conditions such as nighttime and indoors.
Supports high bit rate XAVC-S recording
In addition to recording in AVCHD Ver. 2.0 Full HD (1920×1080) 60p (50p)/60i
(50i)/24p, the camera records in XAVC-S, a consumer format derived from the
professional XAVC® format.5 This offers outstanding Full HD video quality at a
high bit rate of 50 Mbps. Long GOP compression is used, targeting differences
between frames, along with the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec for video. Regarding
audio recording, linear PCM is used and files are saved in the MP4 format.
XAVC-S recording requires an SDXC memory card rated at Class 10 or higher.
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Full-featured video recording that suits professional workflows
Picture profiles enable convenient in-camera tone adjustment. The α7 II also
supports the S-Log26 gamma function, which preserves a wide dynamic range,
and a wide S-Gamut mode. Other features include Time Code/User Bit (useful in
editing), Rec Control (for synced recording with compatible external recorders),
marker display/settings, and dual video recording.
S-Log2: Original Sony gamma curve designed for HDR recording. Even under conditions
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when detail would otherwise be lost in highlights or shadows, images can be edited to
recover detail.
4. Enhanced usability and reliability
Refined usability
Grip shape and height keep the camera steady even when using a large
telephoto lens. The shutter button has been shifted toward the front, to a
position that feels more natural. This, along with the button’s increased size,
helps reduce camera shake. Shooting comfort and convenience were a priority in
design. Ten customizable buttons can be assigned to any of 56 functions.
The tilting display features a White MagicTM LCD screen for exceptional visibility
even under bright sunlight.
Sharp, high-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ viewfinder for accurate previewing
An XGA OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder with a 2.36 million dot equivalent resolution
and high contrast, enabling faithful reproduction of setting adjustments, finetuned focusing using magnified display or peaking features, and bokeh effects.
The viewfinder also allows for clear review of previous shots. Because the camera
is fully APS-C-compatible, it displays the entire view even when APS-C lenses are
used.
Reliability that professionals can appreciate
Sturdy magnesium alloy construction of the top, front cover, and internal
structures ensures that the camera is both durable and light. The robust
mounting structure easily handles large telephoto lenses, heavy video lenses,
and many others.
Main buttons and dials are also sealed to help keep out moisture and dust, and
an interlocking double layered construction of media and port covers as well as
body seams ensures greater moisture and dust resistance. Overall, the camera is
designed to be used by photographers in any number of situations without
having to worry about the safety of their cameras.
Quick startup time – 40% faster4
After the camera is switched on, it is ready to shoot 40% sooner than current
models.4
5. Wi-Fi and NFC enabled for connectivity with mobile devices; support
for PlayMemories Camera Apps that allow the camera to evolve even
further
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Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity for mobile linking
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Features can be expanded with PlayMemories Camera Apps
By installing an updated Lens Compensation app (enabling the storage of lens
information in Exif data, compensation of recorded video, and import/export of
lens compensation values), users can manually set correction values for lens
peripheral shading, chromatic aberration, and distortion.
To learn more, visit the PlayMemories Camera Apps website:
(www.playmemoriescameraapps.com/portal/).
Accessories
VG-C2EM Vertical Grip for the α7 II
A vertical battery grip designed specially for the α7 II, this grip enhances stability
and camera control in vertical or horizontal shooting. Holds two NP-FW50
rechargeable battery packs (not included) for longer battery life when shooting.
Highly reliable water and dust resistant construction.
Compatible models: α7 II
LCS-ELCB Soft Carrying Case for the α7 II
A case made for the α7 II that includes a leather body case and lens jacket. The
battery pack and memory card can be removed without having to take the
camera out of the case. NFC/USB are also accessible while the camera is in the
case.
Compatible models: α7 II
FDA-EP15 Eye-piece Cup
Soft replacement eye-piece cup designed for comfort.
Compatible models: α7 II, α7S, α7R, α7
α interchangeable lens [A-mount]
70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM II (SAL70300G2)
Telephoto zoom lens that brings subjects into sharp focus while creating the
beautiful bokeh that G lenses are known for. Ideal for outdoor sports and wildlife
photography as well as short-range shots from as close as 1.2 m. Also suited for
portrait and tele-macro shooting such as floral photography.
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Nano AR coating minimizes flare and ghosting from reflections within the lens
to improve rendering performance.
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Approximately 4x faster AF tracking than the current lens model SAL70300G.
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Moisture and dust resistant design.
Main specifications
Model Name
Lens mount
Image
Image sensor
sensor
Number of
pixels
(effective)
Lens mount
Recording
Still images
format
Movies
Movie
Picture
functions
Profile
Other
Clean HDMI output
Media
α7 II (ILCE-7M2)
E-mount
35mm full frame (35.8 x 23.9mm), Exmor CMOS sensor
Approx. 24.3 megapixels
E mount
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF baseline compliant),
RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
XAVC S / AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4
Picture Profile (Off/1-7, Black Level, Gamma (Movie,
Still, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2), Black
Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Saturation, Color Phase,
Color Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset)
Time Code/User Bit, Rec Control, Auto Slow Shutter,
Dual Video Rec, Marker Setting
1920 x 1080 (60p (50p) / 60i (50i) / 24p)
YCbCr 4:2:2 8bit/RGB 8bit
Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory
Stick XC-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHSI compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
Focus
system
Type
Focus point
Sensitivity
range
Exposure
control
Metering type
ISO
sensitivity
(Recommended
Exposure
Index)
Shutter
Shutter
speed
Electronic
front curtain
shutter
SteadyShot INSIDE (image
stabilization)
Drive
Viewfinde
r
LCD
screen
Audio
Continuous
shooting
speed*1
No. of
recordable
frames
(approx.) during
continuous
shooting*1
Type
Total number
of dots
Field
coverage
Magnification
Type
Total number
of dots
Adjustable
angle
Microphone
Speaker
Interface
Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)
Full frame: 117 points (phase-detection AF) / APS-C: 99
points (phase-detection AF) /25 points (contrast-detection AF)
EV -1 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens
attached)
1200 zone-evaluative metering
Still images: ISO 100-25600 (ISO 50/64/80
expandable), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower
limit and upper limit), Multi Frame NR (expandable up to
ISO 51200)
Movies: ISO 200-25600 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 200-6400)
Still images: 1//8000 to 30 sec., Bulb
Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 sec.
Yes (On / Off)
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 55mm F1.8 ZA lens mounted. Long exposure NR
off.)
Hi: Max. approx. 5fps, Low: Max. approx. 2.5fps
Continuous shooting Hi: 77 frames/25 frames (RAW)
Electronic viewfinder (XGA OLED Tru-Finder)
2,359,296 dots
100%
Approx. 0.71x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 diopter)
7.5cm (3.0 type) TFT drive
1,228,800 dots
Up approx. 107 degrees, down approx. 41 degrees
Built-in stereo microphone
Built-in, monaural
Multi interface shoe, HDMI micro connector (Type-D),
Microphone terminal (3.5mm Stereo minijack),
Headphone terminal (3.5mm Stereo minijack), Multi /
Micro USB Terminal
Wireless LAN (built-in)
Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band)
NFC
NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible
PlayMemories Camera Apps Yes
Battery
Rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50
Weight
Approx. 599g (with battery and Memory Stick PRO
Duo), approx. 566g (body only)
Dimensions
Approx. 126.9 x 95.7 x 59.7mm
(W x H x D, CIPA compliant)
Operating temperature
0-40°C
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För mer information
Alexandre Di Caro, Nordic Product Manager, Alpha systemkameror, Sony Nordic
alexandre.dicaro@eu.sony.com / +46 8 585 45064
Eller
Lene Aagaard, PR Communications Manager, Sony Nordic
lene.aagaard@eu.sony.com / +45 43 55 72 92
Eller (och för produkttester):
Johan Hallstan, presskontakt och produktlån, Hero Kommunikation
sony@herokommunikation.se / +46 73 425 89 54
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