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Sony Alpha a7 II (no lens included)

Full-frame 24.3-megapixel mirrorless camera with Wi-Fi® and NFC touch pairing

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Overview

Our take on the Sony Alpha a7 II (no lens included)

You'll have a hard time communicating the true beauty of the Grand Canyon with a cell phone. That's because the image sensor inside is usually the size of the nail on your little finger. The Sony Alpha a7 II boasts a full-frame sensor, which means it sees the world with the scope of a 35mm film camera. You'll be able to capture rich colors, sharp details, and cinematic vistas. The camera also offers high-quality video recording, and an HDMI output that will let you showcase your work on a compatible HDTV.

The Sony Alpha A7 II features a compact mirrorless body that's compatible with a wide range of Sony E-mount lenses (not included).

The Sony Alpha a7 II features a compact mirrorless body that's compatible with a wide range of Sony E-mount lenses (not included).

Get the big picture with a full frame sensor

You'll have a hard time communicating the true beauty of the Grand Canyon with a cell phone. That's because the image sensor inside is usually the size of the nail on your little finger. The Sony Alpha a7 II boasts a full-frame sensor, which means it sees the world with the scope of a 35mm film camera. You'll be able to capture rich colors, sharp details, and cinematic vistas. The camera also offers high-quality video recording, and an HDMI output that will let you showcase your work on a compatible HDTV.

Super-fast autofocus and rock-steady image stabilization

If you're at a fast-moving event — something that's over in a flash like a horse race — you want to know your subject is in sharp focus as you snap the photo finish. The a7 II features a super-fast BIONZ X image-processing engine and a specially designed hybrid autofocus system that incorporates 25 contrast-detection and 117 phase-detection points to give you fluid, precise focusing. You can expect sharp, detailed shots while capturing up to 5 continuous frames per second. The a7 II will keep all that motion from getting blurry, thanks to a high-tech image stabilization system that encompasses all five ways your camera can move — vertical, horizontal, pitch, yaw and roll.

Stay connected

Sony's remarkable Wi-Fi® technology is built right into the camera, so you're ready to upload images to social media at a moment's notice. The NFC (Near Field Communication) feature offers the convenience of one-touch pairing with compatible Android™ devices. The free Sony PlayMemories family of apps will help transfer and upload files, and even remotely view and control your camera.

Product Highlights:

  • 24.3-megapixel effective recording
  • compact full-frame camera has only about half the weight and bulk of many competing full-frame DSLRs
  • full-frame Exmor™ CMOS image sensor (35.8 X 23.9mm) for rich tonal gradation and true-to-life color
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization helps keep blur and shake out of your photos
  • Wi-Fi® sharing allows you to transfer photos and video to smartphones and tablets in addition to viewing them on compatible TVs and PCs
    • easy NFC pairing with compatible Android™ devices
    • PlayMemories camera apps, downloadable via Wi-Fi from Sony, let users install new camera functions as desired
  • 2,359K-dot Organic LED (OLED), super high-resolution electronic viewfinder makes critical evaluation of your frame at eye level easy
  • weather-sealed magnesium-alloy body
  • Fast Hybrid autofocus system combines 117 phase-detection and 25 contrast-detection points for lightning-quick autofocusing
  • Eye AF control features extremely accurate eye detection that can prioritize a single pupil, for shooting subjects in very shallow depth-of-field situations
  • multi-interface shoe expands camera's compatibility with Sony Handycam® camcorder accessories like microphones and lights
  • 3" LCD screen adjusts 130 degrees vertically to accommodate difficult shooting angles
  • high-def, high-quality movie mode with stereo sound (up to 1080p @ 60 frames per second)
  • BIONZ X image processor for high-resolution, low-noise photos and fast autofocus performance
  • captures high-resolution, low-compression HD movies in 1080/60p, 60i, and 24p
  • accepts optional SD, SDHC and SDXC cards and Memory Stick PRO Duo, PRO-HG Duo, and XC-HG Duo memory cards
Settings:
  • 9 scene modes, including Portrait, Sunset and Hand-held Twilight
  • 13 picture effects include Retro Photo, HDR painting, and Toy Camera modes
  • compatible with Sony E-mount lenses
  • 4K still image output available over HDMI or Wi-Fi to compatible Sony TVs
  • Horizontal/Vertical Sweep Panorama mode stiches images to create vistas
  • Smile Shutter™ technology snaps a picture when it detects a smile
  • continuous shooting mode: 2.5 frames per second (up to 5 frames per second in Speed Priority mode)
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/8,000 seconds, bulb
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-25,600 selectable
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed micro USB interface (cable included)
  • mini HDMI output (cable not included)
  • 3.5mm microphone input and 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 5-7/16"W x 3-3/4"H x 2-3/8"D
  • weight (with battery): 16.7 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable NP-FW50 lithium ion battery
  • battery charger/AC adapter
  • shoulder strap
  • micro USB cable
  • body cap

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camera body (black)
  • Body cap (installed)
  • Hot shoe cover (installed)
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2V 1020mAh 7.3Wh)
  • AC-UU11 AC adapter (DC output: 5V 1.5A)
  • 2' USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro USB on other end)
  • Neck Strap
  • Instruction Manual (English)
  • Instruction Manual (French)
  • Limited Warranty sheet
  • Wi-Fi Connection/One-Touch (NFC) Guide (Eng/Fren)
  • Product registration sheet
  • Lenses & Accessories brochure
  • Capture One Express (for Sony) booklet

I like it very much. Great price with no tax. It's worth to have one. It's my first camera. I wish to capture all the beautiful scenery in the trips.

Anonymous, Walnut, CA

Reviews

Sony Alpha a7 II (no lens included) Reviews

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Sony Alpha a7 II (no lens included)

donald from Titusville, FL on 2/19/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After 2 sessions of use , I have been surprised with versatility of this body and the clarity and crispness of this full frame body. Smaller in size than the regular models , this mirrorless unit very simple to use even with the adapter and my older sony/minolta glass.Great in nice light and did well in low light and night shots around last full moon.

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Sony Alpha a7 II (no lens included)

Anonymous from Walnut, CA on 1/16/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I like it very much. Great price with no tax. It's worth to have one. It's my first camera. I wish to capture all the beautiful scenery in the trips.

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Great balanced feel

Tom d. from Midlothian, VA on 4/12/2016

Couldn't be happier. A singular replacement to our vintage Nikon FE. Balanced well, great selection of glass. Incredible pictures and features set. Don't listen to all the hubbub about the menu navigation; it's easy to use with customized buttons.

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Great image stabilized camera

Anonymous from Charlottesville, VA on 4/8/2016

So far, I love this camera. Feels much different in the hand than the original a7. I can use my vintage glass on this camera which gives new life to my Canon lenses. Sharp and fast (not as fast focusing as my Alpha6000 but very close)

Pros: Weather sealed, image stabilization, OLED viewfinder ,great feel in the hand

Cons: Not as many megapixels as the a7rii

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Hands-on research

Features and Specs

General
LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD Yes
Wi-Fi Built-in
Touchscreen No
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent None included
Optical Zoom N/A
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash No
HDMI Output Micro
Memory
Internal Memory None
Memory Media Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Image
Sensor Size Full-frame
Megapixels 24.3
Image Stabilization Sensor Shift
Highest Resolution 6000 x 4000
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080/60p
Dimensions
Width (inches) 5-1/2
Height (inches) 3-13/16
Depth (inches) 2-7/8
Weight With Battery (ounces) 21.1
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Recording Features
Built-in Wi-Fi
Play And Print Functions
Battery Information
Software

Recording Features

Overview: The Sony α7II (ILCE-7MK2) alpha series camera kit contains the α7II camera body, along with a rechargeable battery, adjustable neck strap, and USB cable. The α7II 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 α7II uses a 3" Xtra Fine LCD screen with 1,229,000 dots. You can tilt the LCD up approximately 90° for low angle shots or approximately 45° for high angle photography. The Sunny Weather brightness setting utilizes WhiteMagic technology to dramatically increase the display's visibility in bright daylight. The brightness of the LCD monitor can also be adjusted in 5 steps from -2 to +2.

0.5" OLED Electronic Viewfinder: The 0.5" high contrast Tru-Finder OLED electronic color viewfinder has approximately 2.4-million dots, and provides approximately 100% field of view. 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 Options: You can choose how much information appears in the viewfinder and LCD monitor. There are five options each for the LCD screen and Viewfinder: Graphic Display, Display All Info, No Display Info, Level, and Histogram. There's also a "For Viewfinder" display option which shows multiple camera settings at once on the LCD screen that you can use when shooting with the viewfinder.

Live View: The α7II'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 exposure settings.

SteadyShot Inside: The α7II is equipped with the world's first 5-axis in-body image stabilization system in a full-frame camera. SteadyShot Inside reduces image blur caused by camera shake from five different directions: vertical, horizontal, pitch, yaw, and roll. This system provides excellent stabilization for both still images and movies. Previous systems had only vertical and horizontal image stabilization. E-mount lenses with Optical SteadyShot, E-mount lenses without OSS, and A-mount lenses with an LA-EA adapter can utilize the 5-axis image stabilization for both still images and video.

Image Sensor: The α7II features a full-frame 35mm Exmor CMOS image sensor (35.8 x 23.9mm). It has approximately 24.7-millio    n total pixels and 24.3-million effective pixels.

Still Image Recording Formats: The α7II can shoot 35mm full-size image sensor photos, up to 24 megapixels. The camera has an APS-C Size Capture feature that can be turned on or off, allowing you to take photos equivalent to those taken with an APS-C size image sensor. 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. You can also record still images using the RAW format, 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-Size APS-C Size Capture
3:2 Large 24M: 6000 x 4000 10M: 3936 x 2624
3:2 Medium 10M: 3936 x 2624 6.0M: 3008 x 2000
3:2 Small 6.0M: 3008 x 2000 2.6M: 1968 x 1312
16:9 Large 20M: 6000 x 3376 8.7M: 3936 x 2216
16:9 Medium 8.7M: 3936 x 2216 5.1M 3008 x 1688
16:9 Small 5.1M: 3008 x 1688 2.2M: 1968 x 1112
3:2 RAW (L) 24M: 6000 x 4000 10M: 3936 x 2624
16:9 RAW (L) 20M: 6000 x 3376 8.7M: 3936 x 2216

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:

  • Standard:
    • Vertical: 3872 x 2160
    • Horizontal: 8192 x 1856
  • Wide:
    • Vertical: 5536 x 2160
    • Horizontal: 12416 x 1856

Movie Recording Formats: The α7II can record moving images in XAVC S (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with 2-channel LPCM audio), AVCHD Ver. 2.0 format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with Dolby Digital 2ch audio) or MP4 (MPEG-4/H.264 with 2-channel AAC audio). You can choose from the following file formats and bit rates:

File Format Average Bit Rate Resolution
XAVC S 60p 50M 50 Mbps 1920 x 1080 (60p)
XAVC S 30P 50M 50 Mbps 1920 x 1080 (30p)
XAVC S 24P 50M 50 Mbps 1920 x 1080 (24p)
AVCHD 60p 28M (PS) 28 Mbps 1920 x 1080 (60p)
AVCHD 60i 24M (FX) 24 Mbps 1920 x 1080 (60i)
AVCHD 60i 17M (FH) 17 Mbps 1920 x 1080 (60i)
AVCHD 24p 24M (FX) 24 Mbps 1920 x 1080 (24p)
AVCHD 24p 17M (FH) 17 Mbps 1920 x 1080 (24p)
MP4 1440 x 1080 12M 12 Mbps 1440 x 1080 (30fps)
MP4 VGA 3M 3 Mbps 640 x 480 (30fps)

Dual Media Options: The α7II camera accepts two types of media for capturing still images: Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, and Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, plus SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. The maximum number of images that can be recorded on a memory card formatted with this camera varies slightly between the two types of media.

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 1.4x (Medium images) or 2x (Small images) by digitally magnifying the center of the image. Combined with the camera's Digital Zoom and Smart Zoom, you can increase magnification up to 8x over the lens' maximum focal length.

Focus Modes: The α7II's Fast Hybrid auto focus system utilizes both phase detection (117 points) and contrast detection (25 points) for determining the focus. This new algorithm is updated from the α7, and improves focusing speed by approximately 30%. 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.
  • DMF: After focusing automatically, you can make fine focusing adjustments manually (Direct Manual Focusing).
  • 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.

Eye-Start AF: When the Eye-Start AF is turned on, the camera will start auto focusing when you look through the Electronic Viewfinder. This feature lets you focus on your subject more quickly to prevent missing special moments.

AF (Auto focus) Area: You can select between 4 settings:

  • Wide: The camera focuses automatically on a subject in all ranges of the image.
  • Zone: You can select a zone (consisting of 9 focus areas) 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.

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.

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.

Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:

  • Single Shooting: Default setting for standard picture taking.
  • Continuous Shooting: You can take photos continuously while the shutter button is held down. In Hi-speed mode, up to 50 extra-fine images at 5 images per second can be taken. In Lo-speed mode, up to 69 extra-fine images can be shot at 2.5 images per second.
  • Self-Timer: You can set the camera to three different self-timers:
    • 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.
    • 10 Seconds/3 or 5 Images: The camera records 3 or 5 images continuously after a 10 second delay. You can choose the best shot from the shots taken.
  • Bracket Shooting: The camera is capable of shooting multiple images, each with a different setting. 2You can choose from the following Bracket options:
    • Continuous Bracket: Shoot 3 or 5 images, each with different degrees of brightness (0.3EV, 0.5EV, 0.7EV, 1.0EV, 2.0EV or 3.0EV). The images are taken as you press and hold the shutter button.
    • Single Bracket: Same as Continuous Bracket above, except that the shutter button is pressed for each image.
    • WB Bracket: The camera records three images, each with different color tones, according to the selected settings of white balance, color temperature, and color filter. You can select Low (small changes in white balance) or High (large changes in white balance).
    • DRO Bracket: The camera records three images, each with different degree of D-Range Optimizer. You can select Low (small changes in DRO) or High (large changes in DRO).

Shooting Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you select from the following shooting modes:

  • 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 Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually, letting the camera set the appropriate aperture. 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.
  • Manual Exposure: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (shutter speed and aperture) manually.
  • 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 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.
  • Sweep Panorama: Shoot expansive scenery or high-rise buildings with dynamic composition.
  • 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.

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, Posterization, Partial Color, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Miniature, 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 Sharpness.

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. When shooting movies, the exposure can be adjusted in a range of +/-2.0 EV.

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: This method uses the whole screen divided into 1200 zones to measure light.
  • Center: 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: Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White), Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Flash, Underwater Auto, Color Temperature, Color Filter, and Custom (1/2/3).

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, between 100 and 25600, depending upon the exposure mode. When the Expanded ISO range is turned on, sensitivity can be set as low as ISO 50. You can also set a lower and upper limit for the ISO sensitivity between 100 and 6400. For Movies, the sensitivity is set between ISO 200 and 25600.

Multi-Interface Shoe: The α7II 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-F20M, HVL-F43M, or HVL-F60M. The ECM-XYST1M stereo microphone is also compatible.

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.

Built-in Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi Overview: The Sony α7II 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 α7II, your smartphone must have the PlayMemories Mobile application. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and requires iOS 4.3 or later. It is also compatible with Android smartphones and tablets with the Android 2.3 - 4.4 operating environment.

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. NFC One-touch Sharing allows you to directly send single images from the camera to the smartphone.

Wi-Fi Functions: The following wireless functions can be performed with the α7II:

  • 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 TV. While connected, you can playback images in a slideshow. You can choose from a short or long interval between slides, and select HD or 4K playback. Some BRAVIA TVs have special effects which can be selected for a slideshow.

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 Image Index mode, you can view 9 (3 x 3) or 25 (5 x 5) images at once.

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 seconds.

View Mode: There are five View Modes to choose from for playing back images and movies: Date View, Folder View (Still), Folder View (MP4), AVCHD View, and XAVC S.

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 α7II 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.

BRAVIA Sync: When connecting the camera to a Sony TV with BRAVIA Sync via HDMI, you can control the camera with the TV's remote control.

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.

Battery Information

InfoLithium Battery: The α7II is powered by the supplied NP-FW50 InfoLithium battery. The battery communicates data to the camera, so that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed. The battery life specs are as follows:

Function Battery Life Number of Images
Shooting Still Images LCD --- Approx. 350 images
Viewfinder --- Approx. 270 images
Viewing Still Images Approx. 280 min Approx. 5600 images
Recording Movies
(Typical)
LCD Approx. 65 min ---
Viewfinder Approx. 60 min ---
Recording Movies
(Continuous)
LCD Approx. 100 min ---
Viewfinder ---

Charging: The NP-FW50 InfoLithium battery requires approximately 150 minutes to reach a full charge in the camera, using the supplied AC-UUD11 AC adapter and USB cable.

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 halfway.

Software

Downloadable Software: The α7II 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 Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP2), and Mac OS X v10.7 - v10.10 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 XAVC S and AVCHD movies to your computer.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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This is an upgrade to a full frame from the A6000 that i have loved from day 1. [ Dennis  Dec 06, 2017 ]
Upgrade to a6000 [ Robert  Feb 16, 2017 ]
Best bang for your buck compared to other full frame cameras. Amazing camera and full of features. The best part is the in body image stabilization which means you can use manual vintage lens with an adapter and still get great images when you have to slow down your shutter speed. [ Derick  Sep 14, 2016 ]
Great price. One of the best cameras out there. [ John P.  Apr 28, 2016 ]

2 questions already asked

1 battery (you need 1 more), 1 5V 1.5A charger (buy a betetr charger), micro USB cable, body strap, Manual [ Leonid  Feb 02, 2017 ]
No double exposure feature available on A7 series full frame cameras. [ Leonid  Oct 10, 2016 ]
There is nothing at this time that will allow you to shoot multiple exposure photographs in camera. A future firmware update may address this. Your only option at this time is to use external photo editing software like Photoshop or an app. Sony has an APP that I've heard scattered reports of working with the A7 but I can't get a solid confirmation on this. Its called PlayMemories. [ martyn  Oct 10, 2016 ]
Multiple Exposure is an app on the camera that can be purchased for$4.99 [ John P.  Oct 10, 2016 ]
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