Sony Alpha A7R II Detailed Review

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In additional Alpha A7R II was introduced by Sony in June 2015. It belongs to the Mirrorless Cameras category.

Sony is well-known and shouldn’t require further introduction, please see our manufacturer’s page for more digital cameras by Sony.

Brand Sony
Category Mirrorless
Date 06/2015
Sensor Properties

The Alpha A7R II has a Full frame CMOS sensor with size of 36 x 24 mm² (1.41″ x 0.94″).

Picture of Alpha A7R II’s sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: Alpha A7R II comparing sensor sizes

The 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

The Alpha A7R II’s image sensor has an effective resolution of around 42 megapixel. The resolution is far above average and will easily be sufficient for years to come. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed in A2 size or larger, even if unwanted parts of the photo have to be cropped.

The Sony supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Sony’s RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

The Alpha A7R II features a mechanism for automatic sensor cleaning.

Format Full frame
Sensor area 35.80 x 23.90mm²
(1.41″ x 0.94″)
Resolution (physical) 43.60 megapixel
Resolution (effective) 42.40 megapixel
Pixel size 20.00 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 5 frames/second
Interchangeable lens
Mount Sony E Mount
Viewfinder Properties

The Alpha A7R II uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel, an excellent value for a viewfinder like this which makes the camera a joy to use.

The magnifcation is c. 0.78x, an excellent value for an electronic viewfinder.

Type Elektronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.78x
Resolution 2.36 megapixel
Dioptric correction

The Alpha A7R II’s shutter speed varies from 1/8000s to 30s.

Max. shutter speed 1/8000s
Min. shutter speed 30s
Sensitivity Properties

The Alpha A7R II’s sensitivity is from 100 ISO and 25600 ISO.

Also, Sony’s sensitivity can be boosted to 102400. Therefore, ISO boosting will lead to growth noise.

Min. sensitivity 100 ISO
Max. sensitivity 25600 ISO
Boost 102400 ISO
Exposure Modes

The Alpha A7R II supports all general exposure modes.

The Sony allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The Alpha A7R II’s auto focus processor uses 399 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. when panning the camera).

Manual focus is also possible with the Sony, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

Type Phase Detection, Contrast Detection
AF points 399
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The Alpha A7R II doesn’t feature a built-in flash. That is not unsusual in this camera category.

A flash or a trigger for remote flashes can be attached to the Sony’s hotshoe.

Hot shoe
Display Specs

The Alpha A7R II features a monitor with a diagonal of 76.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 1.29 megapixel. That’s about average.

The camera’s display is articulated, a plus for selfies and other challenging situations.

The Alpha A7R II does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Type LCD
Size 76.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution 1.29 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

Alpha A7R II video supported the resolution with 3840 x 2160 pixel.

Also the camera is equipped with an external microphone.

Sony Alpha A7R II Video parameters:

Max. resolution 3840 x 2160 pixel
…with frame rates 24 frames/second
25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The Alpha A7R II has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

Eventually, if the wifi connection is disabled the wired connection may be used.

Connect the Sony to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Sony connects to your PC over USB 2.0. Given the high resolution that the camera supports, USB 3.0 would have been a nice addition.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera will accept all common SD HC and SD XC cards. Sony MemorySticks can be used, too.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 1
Memory cards SD
Micro SD
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick Micro

The Sony Alpha A7R II has a NP-FW50 LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 340 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The Alpha A7R II’s battery battery parameters:

Type NP-FW50 LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life 340 photos

The Sony Alpha A7R II’s size is 126.9 x 95.7 x 60.3mm³. (5.0″ x 3.8″ x 2.4″). That dimensions are without lens. The weight of camera is 5.0″ x 3.8″ x 2.4″ grams (625 oz.) without lens weight.

Here is front and top view of the Alpha A7R II:

Dimensions Comparison

For a better idea of the size of the camera, takes a look off camera and ID card comparison image.

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