The best Sony A7 II deals in February 2024

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Want a portable full-frame camera with semi-pro mettle? Then set your eyes on this second-generation, interchangeable-lens offering from Sony. It may be two generations old (having since been replaced by the A7 III and most recently, the A7 IV), but that just means there are now some great deals to be found on the older Sony A7 II.

Also known as the ILCE-7M2 or Alpha 7 Mark II, the Sony A7 II offers a maximum 24.3MP pixel count, using the same sensor as the original A7. But the big advantage that the A7 II has over the A7 (which is also still available in stories) is the optical five-axis image stabilisation, which provides 4.5 extra stops of shutter speed. The camera accepting the same E-mount Sony lenses as other A7-series models. 

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Standout specs include a sensitivity range that runs between ISO 50-25,600, together with a usefully tilting 3in LCD, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, and a maximum continuous shooting speed of 5fps.

Autofocus and start-up times are also up to 40% faster than those on the A7, the former thanks to a 117-point phase-detect AF system that works in combination with 25-point contrast-detect AF, ensuring sharpness no matter where the subject lies in the frame.

Eye-level composition is achieved via a crystal-clear 2.36million-dot, 0.5-inch EVF, one that's so good that it’s easy to forget you aren’t using an optical finder. In addition to this, there’s a helpful sensor just above the EVF window, which detects when the camera is held to the eye and switches power from the main screen to the finder accordingly.

Handling-wise, the A7 II resembles a downsized DSLR, with a forward-placed shutter release button and front control wheel. It also has a deeper, more comfortable handgrip than its forebear. 

The A7 II’s controls are sensibly arranged and the menu systems logically structured. Just below the shutter release, at the top of the grip, you’ll find a small protruding dial that’s used for exposure adjustments. There are also customisable buttons, but, oddly, the rear LCD here isn’t a touch-sensitive panel.

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That said, it’s all about the quality of the Mark II’s images, and in this respect it doesn’t disappoint. The camera produces detailed images in a range of conditions, and it’s capable of delivering plenty of punch. Image noise is kept well under control until ISO 6400, although at ISO 12,800 and 25,600, noise reduction applied to JPEGs starts to take its toll. 

Under regular daylight conditions, the A7 II’s autofocus system is competent, and it also does a very good job in lower light, albeit with a little hesitancy and the odd adjustment back and forth.

Overall, the A7 Mark II is an eminently capable option for the enthusiast or even pro photographer, and it’s a perfect vector for jumping aboard Sony’s system.

Similar cameras: Sony A7 III, Nikon Z6, Canon EOS R

Sony A7 II Key Specs

Take a close look at the Sony A7 II, a premium full-frame camera

Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Full-frame | Megapixels: 24.3MP | Lens mount: Sony E-mount | Screen: 3in tilting, 1.228million dots | Viewfinder: EVF, 2.36million dots | Max burst speed: 5fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Enthusiast/Professional

Impressive EVF
Superb image quality
No touchscreen
Some focusing hesitation in low light

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.