Sony A7 II review

The Sony A7 II is a 'golden oldie', a camera that's been superseded but is still on sale, and at ever lower prices

Sony A7 II review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

As well as having a high-quality feel, a durable build and generally excellent control layout out (apart from the irritating video record button), the Alpha 7 II produces superb-quality images. And while its autofocus system isn’t up to the standard demanded by professional sports photographers, it’s fast and accurate in decent lighting conditions. The in-camera stabilisation system is also useful, enabling sharp images to be taken at shutter speeds that would not normally be possible when hand-holding a camera. It all adds up to make the Sony Alpha 7 II an extremely attractive camera at current prices.


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    Full frame sensor

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    In-body stabilization

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    Value for money


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    24 megapixels adequate but no more

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    Full HD video, no 4K

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    Modest 5fps continuous shooting

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The Sony A7 II has been superseded by the newer Sony A7 III, but Sony's policy of keeping older models on sale means you can now get it at seriously low prices. This full frame mirrorless camera might not have Sony's very latest tech, but it's still versatile, competent and powerful – and amazing value for money.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at