Wed, 09/16/2015 - 10:06am
My very first impression when picking up the brand spanking new Sony α7S II was the lightweight and small frame of the mirrorless body.
I had just been part of an hour long ‘round table’ in Sony’s Madison Avenue, midtown Manhattan 35th floor Sony Club room where this model was announced along with a couple of other 4K technologies.
Without getting too long winded here, one of the main differences with the α7S II and the similar looking α7R II has to do with the size of the pixels on each of their full frame sensors. The α7S II has larger pixels making it a better low light tool while the higher pixel count on the α7R II will please still photography shooters. There are other differences so do your research.
Sony was proudly showing off the α7S II impressive 169-point autofocus system. There is actually quite a bit of new technology in this model compared to what us DSLR video shooters are accustomed to so Videomaker readers should search the web to learn about Sony’s 5 Axis Stabilization and all the other improvements with the α7S II.
I asked Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging about the rolling shutter issues some reviewers had found with previous models and he assured me Sony’s engineers are working on the matter and felt many of these issues wouldn’t be present in the α7S II.
Also available for a test run was the recently announced 4K UHD Cinema Camera PXW-FS5 (List $5,600, body only).
The main takeaway from Sony President & COO Mike Fasulo, Deputy President Toshi Okuda and the other Sony bigwigs was that HD is the past and 4K - well UHD 4K - is the present in Sony’s cameras and television sets. The other takeaway was that the Japanese corporation is listening to their users, as they repeated over and over.
The Sony α7S II ships in October, list price $2,999.00 for body only.
Morgan Paar is a 20+ year media production veteran with two degrees in Motion Picture and Television Production. Morgan is a producer, cinematographer, editor, filmmaking professor and media consultant. Paar co-founded the production company Nomadic Frames which specializes in travel video production. Morgan’s work has taken him to over 50 countries on five continents.