It was only a matter time before Sony released the update to its Alpha 7S model, which is 12Mp, low-light and video-centric. Sony A7s2 Black Friday Deals 2022 This model has been very popular in film and television. The Alpha 7S II was officially announced in September 2015, and it is now available for purchase. [Update] The Alpha A7S II, or to use its technical name, ILCE7SB.CEC, has been around for a while now, but it is still one our favorites that shoots 4K and still excels in low-light photography. [Update: The Alpha A7S II (or to give it its full technical name, the ILCE7SB.CEC) has been around for a while now. It is still one of our favorite cameras that shoots 4K and offers outstanding low-light performance for photography.
Although the camera’s changes are welcomed, the specification sheet contains few surprises and includes many of the same upgrades as the Sony A7 range. Like the A7R II’s A7S II, it can record 4K 4;2:0 8 bit video to a suitable speed memory card (in XAVC S format with no pixel binning and in XAVC S file type) and has a 5-axis stabilisation Pixel binning is a technique that combines the output of a small grid with pixels. It’s a way to get higher sensitivities out of a sensor while sacrificing a lower resolution. The Mark II, like the A7S can record 4K video via HDMI to an external recorder such as the Atomos Shogun via HDMI. It also supports 8-bit colour depth with 4:2:2 color depth.The 8-bit color means there are 256 shades for each primary colour. This may sound great, but it isn’t as good as recording externally to a Panasonic GH4 4K recorder. Its 10-bit output provides 1024 shades per color.
The A7S II is the first to be able to record full HD footage at 120fps at 100Mbps (without any pixel binning) and super-slow.The A7S cameras can also be used for low light photography. As before, ISO 409,600 is the maximum setting. The ISO 100-102.400 range is the native range. The 5-axis image stabilizer system, which we have seen and loved in the A7 II II and A7R II is also available for sharper images and smoother footage.
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The heart of the A7S II, like the original A7S is the 12.2Mp ExmorCMOS sensor. Masaaki Oshima from Sony, Deputy General Manager for the Digital Imaging Business Group’s Imaging Products and Solutions Sector said that the new camera uses the same sensor and processor as the A7S. However, new circuitry and improved noise reduction algorithms ensure that noise control is much better than ever before. The A7S II has been optimized for video recording.
Sony has increased the number autofocus points from 25 on its A7S camera to 169 with this new model. The new camera also boasts a 2x faster AF response when used in video mode. However, it still uses contrast detection autofocus and, unlike the A7 II, there is no phase detection element.
Sony’s Picture Profiles allow videographers adjust the look of stills and video in-camera. You can set Black Level, Gamma, and Knee (highlight compress), as well as color adjustment (Color Mode and Color Phase, and Color Depth and Detail).
Gamma settings are Sony’s SLog2 and the new Slog3 settings. These settings can increase dynamic range up to 1300% and create flat footage which is great for post-capture editing. S-Log2 was designed to preserve highlights, while S-Log3 captures more tonal range in the shadows and mid-tones. The new Gamma Display Assist option allows you to see the scene with natural contrast regardless of whether you are using an S-Log Gamma setting.
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The A7S II is missing a few key features that are common to professional large sensor video cameras like Sony’s. You will need to attach a neutral density filter as with all video SLRs/CSCs to allow you to use wider apertures to achieve shallow depth of field and a slower shutter speed of 1/50sec.
Sony continues to improve on the A7S’s low-light performance and has now introduced the Sony A7S II. This incremental upgrade is impressive but not overwhelming. The sensor has not been changed, but Sony has updated the image processing engine to deliver even greater high ISO performance. This is quite remarkable considering how great the original A7S was at high ISOs. The camera received a facelift just like its Mark II sibling, with better controls and ergonomics. It also gained Sony’s 5-axis image stabilization technology.
The A7S II has a refined design that saw the shutter release button and front control dial moved into a more intuitive position, similar to the other A7-series Mark II revisions. It is a solidly built and well-feeling camera. Although the grip is not large, it’s big enough to give you good grip. We liked the A7S II’s body and lens mount, which were both strengthened. The electronic viewfinder of the A7S II was very effective, with a magnification increase of 0.71x to 0.78x and double-sided aspherical elements. Although the tilting rear display of 3 inches is quite nice, touch functionality is still missing.
High ISO performance requires compromises. The Sony A7S II’s compromise is resolution power. The A7S II’s 12-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor is not up to the standard of modern full-frame cameras. However, it can still produce sharp, high-quality images. RAW and JPEG images deliver vivid, detailed images. JPEG images perform especially well. We found that recording RAW images really brings out all that the A7S II can offer. However, it allows for incredible flexibility in making exposure adjustments and delivering images that have an impressive dynamic range. Sony also offers uncompressed RAW image record capabilities for the A7S II. This gives users even greater access to data. The advantages of the lower resolution sensor are obvious when you look at the dynamic range RAW files. The A7S II is more impressive than the Sony A7R II at ISO102,400 by nearly a stop. The A7S II matches its predecessor at many ISOs. However, it does slightly outperform its predecessor at some ISOs.
The A7S II shines in this area of high ISO performance. There is virtually no noise at ISO 100. Noise levels are still low even at ISO 3200. Although the A7S II can shoot up to ISO 409 600, its native ISO stop at 102,400, it is capable of shooting up to ISO 409,600. Noise is quite high at the highest ISO speeds. Sony A7s2 Black Friday Deals 2022 We found an acceptable print size of 4″x6″ at ISO 102.400. 24″x36″ prints were acceptable up to ISO 400. ISO 800 dropped acceptable print quality to 20″x30″, which is still remarkable. 8″x10″ prints were acceptable up to ISO 12,800.