SINGAPORE - Sony will launch its new flagship full-frame mirrorless camera, the a7R II, here next month, for $4,099 (body only).
Sony's a7R II is pegged as the world's first interchangeable lens camera to feature a 42.4-megapixel full-frame backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS image sensor that promises high resolution, high sensitivity and high speed response.
BSI image sensors are better than conventional image sensors because they allow more light to hit the photo diodes on the image sensor. This allows the a7R II to have an ISO sensitivity setting of up to ISO 102,400.
The image sensor packs in 399 focal-plane phase-detection autofocusing (AF) points, and 25 contrast-detection AF points, for auto-focus speeds that are up to 40 per cent faster than on the original a7R. With this camera, photographers no longer need to choose between getting a camera with a faster response, or one with a higher resolution.
The a7R II also sports a five-axis image stabilisation system to reduce camera shake, and it is capable of recording ultra high resolution 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) videos in multiple formats, such as Super 35 or full-frame.
It comes with a tiltable 3-inch LCD screen, and an electronic viewfinder (EVF) that Sony claims to have the world's highest viewfinder magnification of 0.78x. In other words, the display gives users super clear imagery to compose and view pictures.
With built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication, the a7R II connects to both Android and iOS smartphones for various creative features, such as creating time-lapse photography.