The Sony Alpha 7R was revolutionary at the time of its release and delivered outstanding image quality in a compact form. Michael Topham finds out if the Sony Alpha 7R II is a significantly improved successor
Sony Alpha 7R II Review – Video Functionality
Sony hasn’t just concentrated on creating their best ever stills camera with the Alpha 7R II, they’ve created a camera that’s out to entice serious videographers too with a mightily impressive video spec. The inclusion of 4K-movie recording gives it an immediate advantage over the Alpha 7R, but it’s the way it’s capable of 4K internal recording with no pixel binning shooting in Super 35mm mode that sets it apart from what we’ve seen before in Sony’s Alpha 7-series. Using the XAVC-S codec it can record at a high 100Mbps bit rate in 4K – ideal for capturing fine movement details in movies, and 50Mbps is available in HD quality too.
There’s a list of other professional video features, including ‘Picture Profiles’, which are becoming standard on most Sony cameras and allow you to fine-tune the look of movies by adjusting gradation, colour and detail before storing it as a profile for future use. ‘Time Coding’ and the ability to shoot in ‘S-Log2 Gamma’ will also appeal to videographers wishing to create a wider dynamic range for smooth graduation with reduced whiteout and blackout. Just as you’d expect from a camera that’s so well suited to videographers, it also features a pair of 3.5mm ports on its side for audio monitoring and connecting an external microphone.