Sony excited and annoyed a lot of people with the announcement of the Sony A7 Mark II this November. It created excitement because the new camera comes with the world’s first full-frame in-body image stabilization for a mirrorless camera, better ergonomics and materials, and autofocus refinements.
It also annoyed the existing A7 owners because the A7ii is coming out just one short year after the debut of the A7 (here are our first impressions). While 1 year (or less) production cycles are typical for consumer products, professional models like the Canon 5D and the Nikon DX00 series typically have a 2+ year production cycles. It’s going to be hard to keep up, buying a new camera every winter.
In this review, let’s look at 4 issues on whether existing Sony A7 users should or should not upgrade to the A7ii and whether photographers over in Canon and Nikon land should consider the A7 or the A7ii.
4. Five-Axis IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization)
The biggest hoopla about the Sony A7ii is really its 5-axis in-body image stabilization (IBIS). This is a first for full-frame cameras, chiefly because Canon, Nikon, and Leica, the only other full frame camera manufacturers, subscribe only to the optical image stabilization (OIS) philosophy. Other manufacturers sticking with IBIS include Olympus, Panasonic, and Ricoh/Pentax.