Sony A7 II

Sony Alpha A7 II front
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Boost to 51200)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 599g - 127 x 96 x 60mm
  • Released November 2014
  • Succeeded the Sony A7
  • Refreshed by Sony A7 III
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Sony A7 II overview

Sony A7 II is Sony's Pro Mirrorless digital camera initially revealed on November of 2014. It houses a 24 MegaPixel, CMOS Full frame size sensor with a peak resolution of 6000 x 4000.

Sony launched this model as a way to upgrade the previous Sony A7 (Read Full Comparison) & subsequently released the more recent Sony A7 III (Read Full Comparison) as a way to upgrade this camera.

The A7 II places at #39 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & all round #87 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can use our Smart camera finder to see camera listings based on your custom criteria.

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Below is a diagram of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Sony A7 II history

The Sony A7 II is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the full list below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Sony-Alpha-A7R-V front thumbnailSony A7R V
A7 II vs A7R V
61MPFull frame10.0 fps2022
Sony-Alpha-A7-IV front thumbnailSony A7 IV
A7 II vs A7 IV
33MPFull frame10.0 fps2021
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Sony-Alpha-a1 front thumbnailSony a1
A7 II vs a1
50MPFull frame30.0 fps2021
Sony-Alpha-A7S-III front thumbnailSony A7S III
A7 II vs A7S III
12MPFull frame10.0 fps2020
Sony-Alpha-A9-Mark-II front thumbnailSony A9 II
A7 II vs A9 II
24MPFull frame20.0 fps2019
Sony-Alpha-A7R-IV front thumbnailSony A7R IV
A7 II vs A7R IV
61MPFull frame10.0 fps2019
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Sony-Alpha-A7-III front thumbnailSony A7 III
A7 II vs A7 III
24MPFull frame10.0 fps2018
Sony-Alpha-A7R-III front thumbnailSony A7R III
A7 II vs A7R III
42MPFull frame10.0 fps2017
Sony-Alpha-A9 front thumbnailSony A9
A7 II vs A9
24MPFull frame20.0 fps2017
Sony-Alpha-A7S-II front thumbnailSony A7S II
A7 II vs A7S II
12MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
Sony-Alpha-A7R-II front thumbnailSony A7R II
A7 II vs A7R II
42MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
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Sony-Alpha-A7-II front thumbnailSony A7 II24MPFull frame5.0 fps2014
Sony-Alpha-A7S front thumbnailSony A7S
A7 II vs A7S
12MPFull frame5.0 fps2014
Sony-Alpha-A7R front thumbnailSony A7R
A7 II vs A7R
36MPFull frame4.0 fps2014
Sony-Alpha-A7 front thumbnailSony A7
A7 II vs A7
24MPFull frame5.0 fps2014

Sony A7 II Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of advantages and disadvantages of the Sony A7 II based on factors that are often seen as important in a digital camera.

change lenses (Sony E mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
environment proof
exports RAW formats
good high ISO (25,600)
good min ISO (100)
great sensor size (Full frame)
has external microphone jack
has HDMI support
has headphone jack
has manual focus
has phase detect auto focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
MP count decent (24MP)
NFC support
nice clear screen (1,230 thousand dot)
provides face detection focus
provides tracking autofocus
screen tilts
screen is not selfie friendly
terrible battery power (350 CIPA)
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
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Sony A7 II Sensor information

The Sony A7 II is powered by the Bionz X processor chip. The specification of the sensor on the Sony A7 II is 35.8mm x 23.9mm (Full frame). The 856 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 6000 x 4000 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter can produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 24MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 to 25600. The ISO can be extended electronically to 50 to 51200. RAW photos are supported therefore you have more margin for error.

The image below displays the A7 II's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The A7 II sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is displayed in green.

Sony Alpha A7 II sensor size Photography Glossary

To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony A7 II dimensions

Sony A7 II has a weight of 1.32 lbs (599 gr / 21.13 ounces) & the size of the camera is 127mm x 96mm x 60mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.4"). The weight of general Pro Mirrorless camera is 722 gr and the Sony A7 II is lighter compared to various competitors.

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Below is a photo of the Sony A7 II besides a soft drink to help you get a feel for its size.

Sony Alpha A7 II dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show the button design on the A7 II.

Sony Alpha A7 II topview buttons dials

Sony A7 II Lens information

The A7 II works with the Sony E mount and has 170 lenses currently available. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the A7 II.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samyang-24mm-f1.4-ED-AS-UMC-Sony-E-NEX lensSamyang 24mm f1.4 ED AS UMC24mmf/1.4 580g
Sigma-40mm-F1.4-DG-HSM-A-Sony-FE lensSigma 40mm F1.4 DG HSM A40mmf/1.40g
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Sigma-90mm-F2.8-DG-DN-C-FE-Mount lensSigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN C90mmf/2.8 295g
Samyang-20mm-F1.8-ED-AS-UMC-Sony-E lensSamyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC20mmf/1.8497g
Zeiss-Loxia-85mm-F2.4-Sony-FE lensZeiss Loxia 85mm F2.485mmf/2.4594g
Samyang-AF-135mm-F18-FE lensSamyang AF 135mm F1.8 FE135mmf/1.8 772g
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Tamron-18-300mm-F3.5-6.3-Di-III-A-VC-VXD-Sony-E lensTamron 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD18-300mmf/3.5-6.3 620g
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Sony A7 II Connectivity

The A7 II has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily send images and at times alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

A few apps also provide a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external screen. A lot of cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB port.

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Sony A7 II Video information

The highest video resolution on the Sony A7 II is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in MPEG-4, AVCHD and XAVC S file format. 1080p resolution delivers a great balance in video quality versus file size but FULL HD won't leave you with any room to downsample. The body does include both headphone and microphone jack making it especially valuable whilst recording sound.

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Sony A7 II Weather Sealing

Sony A7 II features environment sealing which makes it a fantastic pick for use in tough locations. This can be particularly useful if you are uncertain about the elements you may encounter in outdoor photography.

Sony A7 II Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony A7 II is equipped with a 3 inch tilting display with a resolution of 1,230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder details for Sony A7 II are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 2,359 thousand dots
  • Coverage 100%
  • Magnification 0.71x

For bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders can be quite useful.

Sony A7 II Shutter information

Sony A7 II continuous shooting speed is 5.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000s.

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Sony A7 II Flash and Hot shoe information

Sony A7 II features external flash ability but is without built in flash.

Sony A7 II Autofocusing information

Sony A7 II features both Phase Detect AF as well as Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker & accurate compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera supports Face detection which can be handy for taking portraits of people.

The Sensor supports 117 focus points to pick from. It also boasts Tracking AF for moving objects. Sony A7 II includes manual focusing in case it is needed in low light scenarios or you need to have more precise control on focusing.

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Sony A7 II Battery life

The battery power (NP-FW50) on the Sony A7 II is fashioned to last for 350 shutters according to the CIPA standards making it lower as compared to it's competitors. The typical Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X comes with the highest (870) battery life in this group of cameras.

Following is a collection of Pro Mirrorless cameras having the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Photography Glossary
Canon-EOS-R3 front thumbnailCanon R3
A7 II vs R3
760 yesnoyes
Nikon-Z9 front thumbnailNikon Z9
A7 II vs Z9
740 yesnoyes

Sony A7 II for varying forms of photography

The following chart provides a analysis of the Sony A7 II for varying forms of photography. To find out more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Sony A7 II Portrait photography advice

The Sony A7 II gets a points tally of 82 which is fantastic, and means the camera is a outstanding choice to use for portrait images. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW files & ability to work with external flash.

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has manual focus
megapixel count decent (24MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports face detect focusing
supports RAW formats

Sony A7 II Street photography factors

Having a superb score of 80, the Sony A7 II is a terrific fit for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of image quality and portability.

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screen tilts
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
weather proof
above average high ISO (25,600)

Sports photography with Sony A7 II

A very good sports photography points total of 74 means the Sony A7 II is a good fit for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have fantastic focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
has tracking autofocus
weather proof
supports phase detect auto focus
max frames per second very slow (5.0 fps)
not so great battery pack (350 CIPA)

Sony A7 II Travel photography details

Portability is really crucial in choosing a camera for travel. On the whole, the Sony A7 II gets a nice 61 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent choice to buy for your trips.

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weather sealing
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
low battery power (350 shots)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen

Sony A7 II Landscape photography features

If you find yourself looking to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Sony A7 II at it's very high grade of 80 for a landscape camera is a awesome fit amongst it's rivals.

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you can focus manually
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (24MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
good high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
environment sealing
low battery life (350 per charge)

Sony A7 II Vlogging details

A vlogging camera preferably should posses a moving display screen, microphone input and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Sony A7 II is just not appropriate as a vlog camera as it delivers a subpar rating of 36.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external microphone support
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen

Sony A7 II Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the A7 II, below is a selection of the highest rated cameras which fall within the family of Pro Mirrorless.

The graph below will give you a bird's eye view of the A7 II vs it's top ranked competitors suggested above.

Following are additional cameras you might look at as alternatives. To read through a comprehensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Sony Alpha A7 II
Pro Mirrorless
Body design
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Bionz X
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor measurements
35.8 x 23.9mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW images
Highest native ISO
Highest boosted ISO
Lowest native ISO
Lowest boosted ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Sony E
Number of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Screen sizing
3 inches
Screen resolution
1,230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
2,359 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Continuous shooting speed
5.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash settings
no built-in flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
599 grams (1.32 lbs)
127 x 96 x 60mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.4")
Battery life
350 pictures
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Time lapse shooting
With downloadable app
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
Price at launch