Sony Launches A7ii with Enhanced Stabilization

November 20, 2014

By Greg Scoblete

Sony has released details on the Alpha A7ii, the successor to its popular A7 full frame mirrorless camera. 

The updated A7ii will feature a 35mm-sized sensor with 5-axis image stabilization that can work in tandem with the company’s line of optically stabilized lenses to enhance the overall stability of stills and videos when the camera is in motion. Using the new stabilization system, Sony claims the A7ii can achieve 4.5 stops of correction, according to CIPA standards.

The autofocus system has also gotten a makeover with 117 phase detection points and 25 contrast detection points plus an improved motion prediction algorithm for better AF tracking. The camera will also start up 40 percent faster than its predecessor.

Physically, the A7ii gets a new front dial, a bigger hand grip, a repositioned shutter release and a reinforced lens mount.

On the video side, Sony added support for the S-Log2 profile and the XAVC-S codec with a bit rate of 50Mbps.

Other specs, such as the 24-megapixel sensor and ISO range of 100 to 25,600, have not changed from the A7.

The A7ii will be released in December in Japan. No word yet on U.S. pricing and availability.

UPDATE: Sony has released U.S. pricing for the A7II: it will retail for $1,700 (body only) or for $2,000 when bundled with the FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS zoom lens. It goes on sale December 9th.