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Top 7 Game Changing Features of the Sony A7RII

Here is all you need to know about the new Sony A7R Mark II. We breakdown the 7 key features in easy to read bullet points.

7. Fast 399 Point Phase-Detect Auto Focus

  • New image sensor features 399 focal-plane phase-detection (the faster type found in DSLRS) AF points
  • Over 60% coverage of either the horizontal or vertical directions in the frame (see video above)
  • 25 contrast-detect AF points
  • 40% faster than the Sony A7R
  • 5FPS Continuous Burst Mode
  • -2EV to 20EV AF Sensitivity Range (improvement over the 0EV – 20EV range of the A7R, which means the A7RII has better low light AF performance)

6. Full-Frame 42MP Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor

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3 Detailed Reasons Why it is Still Too Early to Switch to a Full Frame Mirrorless System

It’s  been more than a year since the debut of the world’s first full frame mirrorless system and just this past month we’ve already seen the second generation Sony A7 Mark II hit the shelves (and our first impressions are here).  We are pretty much past the honeymoon phase along Roger’s Law of New Product Introductions (new products being mirrorless full frame systems). Early adopters have adopted. Initial nonbelievers are recanting. Now comes the point where the mainstream consumers are thinking whether or not they should ditch the DSLR and switch over to the mirrorless.

It isn’t an easy decision. Investing in a system is expensive and learning to use it takes time. My colleague Christian gave us 10 Reasons to Switch from a DSLR to a Mirrorless System. I present you with 3 key counterpoints as to why the mainstream should wait. This article will focus on full frame systems rather than APS-C. It is geared towards prosumers seriously invested in their gear and professionals who make their living with their cameras.

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10 Reasons To Switch From a DSLR to a Mirrorless System (With Examples: Nikon vs Sony)

Choosing photographic equipment can be both complicated for professionals and extremely difficult for beginners and amateurs. Beginners are often overwhelmed with choices. Pros make a living with their gear and talent know what they need in terms of specs, lenses and accessories. But in the face of endless choice, even they can get lost.

UPDATE: Check out our first impressions and field test of the A7II here and the 7 game changing features of the latest A7rII!

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The Sony A7s, first Full Frame mirrorless camera that can reach 409,600 ISO

Just like Jason Lanier who switched from Nikon to the Sony A7S, Serge Ramelli (by the way Serge has amazing tutorials on YouTube!) and Michael Shainblum who switched respectively from Canon to Sony A7R and A7S, many other professionals are either changing or starting to study the possibilities of switching to a mirrorless system. And for sure, for some professionals the A7rII will be a no brainer as it offers some features never proposed on a DSLR body until now like a silent shutter, BSI sensor 5 axis in-body stabilization and the possibility to use as well E-mount, A-mount and Canon lenses (and a Nikon adapter should follow).

Their decisions are interesting to study. It is important understand why this system is a game changer, not only for consumers like us, but also for professionals. Switching from a traditional DSLR to a mirrorless system like Sony’s for a pro represents a big change, not as much as switching from film cameras to digital cameras, but this new technology is reliable and represents its little revolution of its own in the photography field.

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Reasons Why A7 Users Should and Shouldn’t Upgrade to the A7II

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.

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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)

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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.

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