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The Sony A7 II is a 'golden oldie', a camera that's been superseded but is still on sale, and at ever lower prices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The Sony A7 II has been superseded by the newer Sony A7 III, but Sony's policy of keeping older models on sale means you can now get it at seriously low prices.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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Angela Nicholson

Angela has been testing camera gear from all the major manufacturers since January 2004 and has been Amateur Photographer’s Technical Editor and Head of Testing for Future Publishing’s photography portfolio (Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-PhotoPractical PhotoshopPhotography Week and Professional Photography magazines, as well as the Digital Camera World and TechRadar websites). She is the founder of SheClicks - a community group that encourages and supports female photographers.