Sony A7R II review

The Sony A7R II is now two generations old in the Sony Alpha line-up, but at today's prices this 42MP camera is a bargain

5 Star Rating
Sony A7R II review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

It's amazing to think that the Sony A7R II goes all the way back to 2015, and yet it still has in-body image stabilisation, 4K video and Sony's super-sharp 42.4MP full frame sensor. The Sony A7 range has moved on since then, with later models adding 10fps continuous shooting, more advanced AF and, in the case of the Sony A7R IV, even more pixels. But Sony has kept the older A7R II on sale at steadily falling prices, making it exceptional value for hobbyists and enthusiasts who want to step up to a new level of image quality that not many cameras can beat, even now.


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    42.4 million pixels

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    In-body image stabilization

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    4K video


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    Only 5fps continuous shooting

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    Previous generation AF

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    Limited battery life

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The Sony A7R II was launched in the early days of Sony's full frame mirrorless camera range, but even now its specifications look compelling. It's true that later models are faster, more versatile and more powerful, but at today's prices you won't find this combination of features and performance anywhere else.

Update: With the 2020 holiday season approaching, we expect to see some great deals on the Sony A7R II. Forget the fact that it's five years old – this is a 42-megapixel full frame camera with phase-detect AF and 4K video, and we expect to see some very aggressive price deals where this camera might cost as little as $1,200/£1,200 or even less. If so, the Sony A7R II will be one of the bargains of the year.

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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