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Overview: The Sony α7RII (ILCE-7RM2) Interchangeable-lens
digital camera kit contains the α7RII camera body, along
with two rechargeable batteries, battery charger, adjustable neck strap, and USB cable. The α7RII has
a full-frame 35mm image sensor, and is compatible with Sony E-mount lenses. With
the LA-EA4 Mount Adapter, the camera can also use Sony A-mount lenses.
3" Tiltable LCD Screen: The α7RII uses a 3" LCD screen with
1,228,800 dots. You can tilt the LCD up approximately 107°
for low angle shots or tilt it down approximately 41° for high angle photography. The brightness of the LCD monitor can be adjusted
in 5 steps from -2 to +2, plus a Sunny Weather mode.
0.51" OLED Electronic Viewfinder: The 0.51" high contrast Tru-Finder
OLED electronic color viewfinder has 2,359,296 dots, and provides approximately 100% field of view.
The viewfinder has a Zeiss T* (T-star) coating to reduce surface reflection, and
features the world's highest viewfinder magnification of 0.78x. You can adjust
the brightness in 5 steps. The built-in diopter lets you adjust the viewfinder
image to your individual eyesight. You can set the camera to switch between the
LCD screen and viewfinder automatically when you look into the EVF, or choose
one or the other in the camera's menu.
Display Modes: In the viewfinder and monitor, you can
choose from the following display types: Graphic Display, Display All Info,
Display No Info, Histogram, and Digital Level Gauge.
Live View: The α7RII's Live View lets you use the LCD screen and Electronic Viewfinder to frame your photos as you shoot.
When the Live View display is set to "Setting Effect On", the LCD or viewfinder
will provide an accurate preview of your photo, including the white balance,
exposure compensation, creative style or picture effect. With the "Setting
Effect Off", you can check the image composition without the effects of the
Image Sensor: The α7RII features a back-illuminated, full-frame 35mm Exmor-R CMOS image sensor (35.9
x 24.0mm) with a 3:2 aspect ratio. It has approximately 43.6-million total pixels and 42.4-million effective pixels.
Still Image Recording Formats: The α7RII can shoot 35mm
full-size image sensor photos in Large, Medium, and Small sizes. It can also shoot APS-C size equivalent
pictures in L, M, and S. Still images are recorded in JPEG file format in Standard, Fine, and
Extra Fine compression rates. You can choose to shoot in 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio, and in large, medium, and small image sizes.
With a firmware update, you can record still images using the 14-bit RAW format
(Large size only), which is uncompressed with no processing performed in the camera. RAW images must be transferred to a computer for processing, editing, and printing using the
downloadable Image Data Converter software. You can select the following image sizes:
| Aspect Ratio/Size ||35mm Full-Frame ||APS-C Size |
| 3:2 Large ||7952 x 5304 (42M) ||5168 x 3448 (18M) |
| 3:2 Medium ||5168 x 3448 (18M) ||3984 x 2656 (11M) |
| 3:2 Small ||3984 x 2656 (11M) ||2592 x 1728 (4.5M) |
| 16:9 Large ||7952 x 4472 (36M) ||5168 x 2912 (15M) |
| 16:9 Medium ||5168 x 2912 (15M) ||3984 x 2240 (8.9M) |
| 16:9 Small ||3984 x 2240 (8.9M) ||2592 x 1456 (3.8M) |
|3:2 RAW (L) ||7952 x 5304 (42M) ||5168 x 3448 (18M) |
| 16:9 RAW (L) ||7952 x 4472 (36M) ||5168 x 2912 (15M) |
Panorama Photos: The Panorama mode lets you record panoramic images by holding down the shutter button as you pan across the scene. Panoramic photos can be taken in several different resolution settings:
- Vertical: 3872 x 2160
- Horizontal: 8192 x 1856
- Vertical: 5536 x 2160
- Horizontal: 12416 x 1856
Movie Recording Formats: The α7RII can record 16:9 4K in
XAVC S format and a maximum 100Mbps bit rate, as well as Full High Definition movies
at 50 Mbps. You can also record movies in AVCHD and MP4 formats. All of the
formats use MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression. Audio is recorded in 2-channel
LPCM (XAVC S), 2-channel Dolby Digital (AVCHD), and 2-channel AAC (MP4). Movies
can be recorded in either NTSC or PAL. You can select from the following bit rates/image quality
| File Format || Resolution || Average Bit Rate || Recording Time |
(64 GB SDXC)
| XAVC S 4K ||
3840 x 2160 ||
30p / 100 Mbps |
30p / 60 Mbps
24p / 100 Mbps
24p / 60 Mbps
1h 15m |
| XAVC S HD ||
1920 x 1080 ||
60p / 50 Mbps |
30p / 50 Mbps
24p / 50 Mbps
2h 35m |
1280 x 720 ||
120p / 50 Mbps ||
2h 35m |
| AVCHD ||
1920 x 1080 ||
60p / 28 Mbps / PS |
60i / 24 Mbps / FX
60i / 17 Mbps / FH
24p / 24 Mbps / FX
24p / 17 Mbps / FH
5h 05m |
| MP4 ||
1920 x 1080 ||
60p / 28 Mbps |
30p / 16 Mbps
5h 20m |
1280 x 720 ||
30p / 6 Mbps ||
22h 00m |
Dual Media Options: The α7RII camera has a single slot for
recording media, and will accept the following types of memory cards:
|Memory Card ||Still Images ||Movie Formats |
|MP4 and AVCHD ||XAVC S |
|Memory Stick PRO Duo ||All ||Mark2 only ||Not compatible |
|Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo ||All ||All ||Not compatible |
|SD Memory Card ||All ||SD Speed Class 4 or UHS Speed Class U1 or faster ||Not compatible |
|SDHC Memory Card ||All ||SD Speed Class 4 or UHS Speed Class U1 or faster ||Not compatible |
|SDXC Memory Card ||All ||SD Speed Class 4 or UHS Speed Class U1 or faster ||SD Speed Class 10 or UHS Speed Class U1 or faster |
When recording at 100 Mbps or more, UHS Speed Class U3 is required.
Clear Image Zoom: Clear Image Zoom, powered by Sony's By
Pixel Super Resolution Technology, increases the effective focal length of the
lens by up to 1.5x (Medium images) or 2x (Small images) by digitally magnifying
the center of the image with no image degradation. A separate Digital Zoom of
approximately 4x is also available.
Focus Modes: The α7RII's Fast Intelligent
auto focus system combines the high-speed BIONZ X image processor and improved
algorithms with optimized image sensor read-out speed to provide ultra-fast auto
focusing. You can choose from the following Auto/Manual Focus Modes:
- AF-S (Single-shot Auto focus): The camera focuses and
the focus is locked when you press the shutter button halfway down.
Recommended for use with motionless subjects.
- AF-C (Continuous Auto focus): The camera continues to
focus when you press and hold the shutter button halfway down. Recommended
for use when the subject is in motion.
- AF-A (Automatic Auto focus): AF-S and AF-C are switched
according to the movement of the subject. When the shutter button is pressed
halfway, the camera continues to focus when the subject is in motion, and
locks the focus when it determines the subject is motionless.
- Direct Manual Focus (DMF): After focusing
automatically, you can make fine focusing adjustments manually by turning
the focus ring on the lens.
- Manual Focus: When it is difficult to get the proper focus in auto focus mode, you can adjust the focus manually. This mode allows you to set the distance of a subject by rotating the focusing ring to achieve a sharp focus.
AF (Auto focus) Area: The α7RII features 399 focus points
for phase-detection auto focusing, and 25 points for contrast-detection AF. You can select between 6 settings:
- Wide: The camera focuses automatically on a subject in
all ranges of the image.
- Zone: You can select a zone on the monitor on which to focus.
- Center: The camera uses the AF area located in the center area exclusively.
- Flexible Spot: You can change the size of and move the focusing area in order
to focus on a small subject or narrow area.
- Expand Flexible Spot: If focus isn't possible on the
single selected point, it uses focus points around the flexible spot as a
secondary focus area to facilitate focus.
- Lock-on AF: When the shutter button is pressed halfway,
the camera tracks the subject within the select AF area. You can select the
desired tracking start area by designating the area as a flexible spot or an
expanding flexible spot.
Eye AF: The new Eye AF function can be assigned to a
customizable button. When Eye AF is selected, the camera focuses on a person's
eyes for extremely sharp focusing of the face.
Face Detection/Smile Shutter: The camera can detect human faces, and adjusts the focus, exposure, performs image processing and adjusts flash settings for best results. Faces can be registered, and priority given to those faces over others in the frame. Up to 8 faces can be detected and/or registered. When the Smile Shutter feature is enabled, the camera will automatically release the shutter when a slight, normal, or big smile is detected.
Auto Object Framing: When the camera detects and shoots
faces, subjects shot with macro or subjects captured using Tracking Focus, the
captured image is automatically trimmed into a suitable composition. Both the
original and the trimmed images are saved. The trimmed image is recorded in the
same size as the original image size. This feature can be turned on or off in
Focus Lock: If a subject is off-center and outside of the AF area, you can lock the focus of the camera.
AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject.
The AF illuminator has a range of 0.99' to 9.8'.
SteadyShot Inside: The α7RII is equipped with
sensor-shift-type SteadyShot image stabilization system to reduce the effect of
camera shake. This system is carefully fine-tuned to match the 42.4-megapixel
performance of the camera, allowing you to photograph faraway objects without
the blur of camera shake. SteadyShot INSIDE features 5-axis compensation with an
effect equivalent to 4.5 stops faster shutter speed. It can compensate for camera shake in the
following ways: Horizontal, Vertical, Pitch, Yaw, and Roll.
Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:
Single shooting, Continuous Shooting, Self-timer, Self-timer Continuous, and
Bracketing (continuous, single, white balance, and DRO).
Continuous Shooting: The camera
can record still images continuously while the shutter release button is
held down. In Continuous Lo speed, the camera records up to 2.5 fps. In
Continuous Hi speed, the camera can record at up to 5 frames per second. The
maximum number of recordable frames depends upon the image quality setting:
- Extra Fine Large: 24 frames
- Fine L: 30 frames
- Standard L: 37 frames
- RAW: 23 frames
- RAW+JPEG: 22 frames
Self-Timer: You can set the camera to several self-timer settings:
- 10 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 10 seconds later. This is convenient when the photographer wants to appear in a photo.
- 2 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 2 seconds later. This is convenient to reduce camera-shake.
- Continuous Self-timer: The camera records 3 or 5 images
continuously after a 10, 5, or a 2 second delay. You can choose the best shot from
the multiple shots taken.
- Bracketing Self-timer: The camera records multiple
images, each with a different exposure, after a 10, 5, or 2 second delay.
Bracket Shooting: Bracket shooting allows you to shoot
3, 5, or 9 images, each with different degrees of exposure, white balance,
flash intensity, and dynamic range. You can select the increment steps for each
frame of the bracket.
Exposure Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you select from the following
- Auto: In the menu, you can choose which of the following are
desired when the Mode Dial is set to Auto:
- iAuto (Intelligent Auto): This mode allows easy shooting with settings adjusted automatically.
- iAuto+ (Superior Auto): The camera recognizes and evaluates the shooting condition and sets the appropriate settings automatically. The camera saves one appropriate image by combining or separating images as necessary.
- Program Auto: For shooting with the exposure adjusted
automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value), while
allowing you to adjust other settings manually.
- Aperture Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually, letting the camera set the appropriate shutter speed. This mode gives you greater control over the depth of field.
- Shutter Speed Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually, letting the camera set the appropriate aperture.
You can choose a shutter speed of 1/8000 to 30 seconds for still images, or
1/8000 to 1/4 second for movies. With a high shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it is frozen on the image. With a slow shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it were flowing.
Bulb photography is also available in this mode.
- Manual Exposure: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (shutter speed and aperture) manually.
- Scene Selection: You can select an appropriate mode for the subject or the shooting conditions to allow you to shoot the image with a suitable setting for the subject:
Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held
Twilight, Night Portrait, and Anti Motion Blur.
- Sweep Panorama: Shoot expansive scenery or high-rise buildings with dynamic composition.
- Memory Recall (1, 2): You can register often-used
camera settings (including Shooting Mode, Aperture, Shutter speed) in one of
two memory positions on the Mode Dial for easy recall.
- Movies: You can record movies in 4K, Full HD, or standard
definition in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio. When selected on the Mode Dial, you can
select the desired movie settings, including Program Auto, Aperture
Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual Exposure.
Picture Effect: In Intelligent Auto or Superior Auto mode, you can select
Picture Effect to get one the following effect filters to achieve more impressive and artistic expression: Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization
(color), Posterization (B/W), Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color (Red,
Green, Blue, or Yellow), High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone
Mono, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration.
Creative Style: The Creative Style function lets you select
the desired image processing. You can adjust exposure (shutter speed and
aperture) as you like with Creative Style. You can choose from: Standard, Vivid,
Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn
Leaves, Black & White, or Sepia. You can also adjust Contrast, Saturation, and
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure)
The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-3.0 EV in
1/3-step increments by turning the dial on the top of the camera or +/-5.0 EV in
1/3-step or 1/2-step increments in the menu.
AE Lock: You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.
Metering Mode: A 1200-zone evaluative sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject from the following three methods:
- Multi Segment: This method uses the whole screen divided into 1200 zones to measure light.
- Center Weighted: While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this method measure the average brightness of the entire screen.
- Spot: This method measure light only in the spot metering circle in the center of the frame.
White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options, and adjust the +/- 3 to fine tune the colors:
Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White),
Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight),
Flash, Color Temperature, Color Filter, Underwater, and Custom.
Color Temperature/Color Filter: You can adjust the white balance further by selecting Color Temperature or Color Filter in the Custom White Balance option. With Color Temperature, the higher the number, the more reddish the image, and the lower the number, the more bluish the image. Color Filter achieves the effect of Color Compensation filters for photography. Based on the set color temperature as the standard, the color can be compensated to Green (G) or Magenta (M).
ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity
to light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO
can be set manually or automatically, depending upon the exposure mode. For
still images, the sensitivity can be set to ISO 100 to 25,600, with extension to
ISO 50 minimum and ISO 102,400 maximum. ISO Auto will set the sensitivity
between ISO 100 and 6,400. For movies, the sensitivity is ISO 100 to 25,600
manually, or ISO 100 to 6,400 automatic.
Multi-Interface Shoe: The α7RII does not have a built-in flash,
but is equipped with the
Multi-Interface Shoe, allowing you to use an external flash, such as the
HVL-F43M, or HVL-F60M. The ECM-XYST1M stereo microphone is also
Flash Features: When an optional external flash is
attached, the camera offers several Flash Modes: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow
Sync, Rear Sync, and Wireless. You can adjust the amount of flash light in a
range of -3.0 EV to +3.0 EV with the Flash Compensation feature.
Wi-Fi Overview: The Sony α7RII has built-in Wi-Fi so you can
interface the camera with your smartphone or Wi-Fi-enabled laptop computer and
wirelessly perform various shooting and playback functions. The camera also
supports NFC (near field communication).
PlayMemories Mobile: To interface with the Sony α7RII, your
smartphone must have the PlayMemories Mobile application. The app is compatible
with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and requires iOS 7.0 or later. It is also
compatible with Android smartphones and tablets with the Android 4.0-5.1
NFC (Near Field Communication): By touching an NFC-enabled
Android smartphone or tablet to the "N" mark on the right side of the camera,
the smartphone will be connected automatically via Wi-Fi, and the PlayMemories
Mobile app will be launched. The two devices must touch for approximately 1-2
seconds to make the connection.
Wi-Fi Functions: The following wireless functions can be
performed with the α7RII:
- Smart Remote: You can use a smartphone as a remote
controller for the camera. Still images shot via remote control are
automatically sent to the smartphone's memory. You can also change some of
the camera's settings, including EV, Self-Timer, and Review Check.
- Send to Smartphone: You can transfer still images to a
smartphone for viewing. Images can be transferred in its original image
size, or resized to 2M or VGA. RAW images are converted to JPEG format
before being transferred.
- Send to Computer: You can transfer images stored on the
camera's memory card to a computer connected to a wireless access point or
wireless broadband router in order to easily make backup copies.
- View on TV: Images can be viewed on a network-enabled
Play And Print Functions
Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index or as a Slide Show. During Index View mode, you can view
9 (3 x 3) or 25 (5 x 5) images at once.
Enlarged Display: You can enlarge an image during playback
to view details of your photos. The maximum magnification depends upon the size
of the original image: Large: 24.9x, Medium: 16.2x, Small: 9.4x.
Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.
Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.
Slide Show: You can automatically play back still images
continuously in a slide show. You can set the interval to 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30
View Mode: Recorded images are divided into folders,
allowing you to view only those images in that folder. You can select from the
following folders: Still, Date, MP4, AVCHD, XAVC S HD, and XAVC S 4K.
D-Range Optimizer/Auto HDR: The camera allows you to correct the brightness and contrast of an image automatically, using the D-Range Optimizer (DRO) and Auto High Dynamic Range functions. The DRO optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of the image; you select the optimal level from Lv1 (weak) and Lv5 (strong). When Auto HDR is selected, the camera shoots three images with different exposures, then overlays them to create one image with the correct exposure and an overlaid image.
4K Still Image Playback: The α7RII can output images in 4K
resolution to an HDMI-connected TV that supports 4K. The 4K playback function
can be selected in the Playback Menu only when the camera is connected to a
4K-compatible TV via HDMI or Wi-Fi.
Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.
Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.
- DPOF Compatible: Using the camera, you can specify the images and the number of images to print before you print images at a photo-shop or with your printer.
- Memory Card: You can print images with a Memory Stick or SD card compliant printer.
- Computer: You can copy images to a computer using the
available downloadable software and print the images.
InfoLithium Battery: The α7RII is powered by the NP-FW50
InfoLithium battery (supplied). Two NP-FW50 batteries are included with the camera. The battery communicates data to the camera, so
that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed.
Charging: The camera comes with the BC-VW1 battery charger
and the AC-UUD11 AC adapter, allowing you to charge the NP-FW50 battery outside
the camera or inside. Using the battery charger, the battery is charged in
approximately 4 hours 10 minutes. Charging the battery inside the camera, with
the included USB cable and AC adapter, takes approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.
Battery Life: The battery life when using the LCD monitor
will differ from the battery life when using the viewfinder. The estimated
battery life is as follows:
|Activity ||Monitor or Viewfinder ||Battery Life ||Number of Images |
|Shooting Still Images ||Monitor ||N/A ||Approx. 340 images |
|Viewfinder ||N/A ||Approx. 290 images |
|Typical Movie Recording ||Monitor ||Approx. 55 min ||N/A |
|Viewfinder ||Approx. 50 min ||N/A |
|Continuous Movie Recording ||Monitor ||Approx. 95 min ||N/A |
|Viewfinder ||Approx. 95 min ||N/A |
|Viewing Still Images ||Monitor ||Approx. 280 min ||Approx. 5600 images |
Optional Battery Grip: With the
optional VG-C2EM Vertical Grip, and the second NP-FW50 battery, you can
double the battery life of the camera.
Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the
camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 10 seconds, 1 minute,
2 minutes, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power
Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button
HDMI: The camera has a Micro HDMI (Type D) connector that
allows 4K movie and 4K still image playback. It is also compatible with BRAVIA
Sync, which allows you to control the camera with the TV remote, when connected
to a BRAVIA Sync TV. No HDMI cable is included.
Digital Terminal (USB): The camera's Micro USB port lets
you connect the camera to your home computer for transferring photos and movies.
The digital interface is compatible with Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0). Connecting the
camera to your PC via USB also provides power to the camera to save battery life
during extended use (camera on), or to charge the battery (camera off).
Microphone: A 3.5mm stereo minijack is provided for
connecting a microphone.
Headphone: The 3.5mm stereo headphone jack lets you listen
to audio through headphones during movie recording or playback.
Downloadable Software: The α7RII does not include software in
the box. Instead, Sony offers software for Windows- and Mac-compatible computers
for importing still images and movies recorded with the camera to your computer.
The software is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems. You can download the software to your computer using
the appropriate URL
provided in the supplied Instruction Manual. The following downloadable
software is compatible with the camera:
- PlayMemories Home: With PlayMemories Home, you can view your images, and use
various convenient features to enhance the images you have shot.
PlayMemories Home is required for importing AVCHD movies to your computer.
Compatible with Windows 10, 8.1/8, 7 (SP1), Vista (SP2), and Mac OS X
- Image Data Converter: Image Data Converter software is needed
for playing back and editing images recorded in RAW format with various
corrections, such as tone curve and sharpness. With Image Data Converter,
RAW images can be adjusted with white balance, exposure, Creative Style, and
converted into JPEG or TIFF formats. Compatible with Windows 10, 8.1/8, 7
(SP1), Vista (SP2), and Mac OS X v10.6-10.10.
- Remote Camera Control: Remote Camera Control can be
used to control the camera from your computer. You can also change the
camera's settings, perform interval timer shooting, and record images
directly to the computer. Compatible with Windows 10, 8.1/8, 7 (SP1), Vista
(SP2), and Mac OS X v10.8-10.11.
PlayMemories Camera Apps: The α7RII is compatible with
PlayMemories Camera Apps, which enables you to add new features to the camera by
downloading a new app and installing it in the camera. Apps are available to fit
your shooting style, including portraits, close-up photography, sports, time
lapse, angle shift add-on, etc. Many apps are available via a free download,
while more advanced apps require a fee of $4.99 or $9.99.