Sony Alpha7 Mark II Review in 2019: Comparison with Sony Alpha7 Mark III

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Before launching the Sony Alpha7 Mark III, Sony first released the Sony Alpha7 Mark II. This camera was released in 2014. Sony Alpha7 Mark II is perfect for camera enthusiasts who have old manual lenses. Even so, the Sony Alpha7 Mark II camera still has the stability of shots. This camera also has a good quality camera body. The location of the button and others produces an effective and efficient design.

Sony companies also design this camera for amateurs. Apart from to watch, this camera is also shown for fans who don’t have a budget for high-end products but want to get access to the world of full-frame photography. This camera has advantages, but there are also disadvantages. Then what if compared with the latest alpha series, Sony Alpha7 Mark III?

Sony Alpha7 Mark II Features

Sony Alpha7 Mark II is equipped with Exmor R CMOS sensor. This sensor is BSI (Back-Illuminated) technology. With this sensor allows more light collection. This camera is capable of performing approximately 15 dynamic range stops with low sensitivity. In addition, this camera has an ISO gamma2 log starting from ISO 800 rather than 3200, reducing the need to use an ND filter. Sony Alpha7 Mark II is able to record RAW 14 bits in compressed or compressed format.

Sony Alpha7 Mark II
Sony Alpha7 Mark II

The image stabilization of the Sony Alpha7 Mark II is a 5 axis sensor. Sony Alpha is the first camera to display this technology in the E-mount series. The Sony Alpha7 Mark II also features 5 axis stabilization. This feature makes any lens attached to the camera get the stabilizer advantage. So that it can use a lower shutter speed when shooting without causing blurry images due to hand shake.

Body of the Sony Alpha7 Mark II

Sony designed this camera concisely. Sony Alpha7 Mark II has a thin size when compared to other DSLRs. The weight of the Sony Alpha7 Mark II camera weighs 599 grams. This camera is quite a compact and sturdy camera. The Sony Alpha 7 Mark III does not have a mirror and an optical viewfinder prism inside the camera. However, this camera has a stabilizer inside the camera body. The camera body is made of magnesium alloy metal.

Sony Alpha7 Mark II
Sony Alpha7 Mark II

The Sony Alpha7 Mark II also has a deeper grip or grip compared to other Alpha series. In addition, this camera has a denser shutter button position. So for those whose hands are not too big, this camera is very comfortable to hold. By moving the shutter button forward, at the top of the camera there is an empty space, and Sony Engineers wisely added a custom button to a total of 2 (C1, C2).

Weaknesses of the Sony Alpha7 Mark II

The Alpha Series released in 2014 has several weaknesses. The battery runs out quickly. Even though Sony has added one extra battery, this battery life is still considered as a deficiency of the Sony Alpha7 Mark II. Next is a limited choice of lenses. Not only limited, but the lens for the Sony Alpha7 Mark II is also quite expensive. The Sony Alpha7 Mark II also has an autofocus that isn’t too good. Autofocus is still not as fast as a sophisticated DSLR camera or Sony A6000 when tracking subjects move fast.

Furthermore, JPEG output is disappointing for DSLR-class cameras. The last disadvantage is that there is no external charger. External chargers can be purchased separately.

Sony Alpha7 Mark II
Sony Alpha7 Mark II

Sony Alpha II VS Sony Alpha III

Sony’s improvements include, among other things, the overall usability when shooting in continuous mode. The Sony Alpha7 Mark III allows operating the main menu, FN menu and other parameters when the image is being written to the memory card. This is what Sony Alpha7 Mark II has not been able to do. In addition, on the Alpha7 Mark III series, Sony equipped it with electronic shutter or silent options. Second, the shooting speed continues to increase from 5fps to 10fps with AF or AE tracking. This speed is available with a mechanical or electronic shutter but note that the bit depth of RAW is reduced to 12.

In scenes that present fluorescent lights and other types of artificial light, the A7 III can activate the Anti-Flicker option. It detects lamp frequencies (between 100Hz and 120HZ only) and shutter times to minimize color anomalies or exposure variations between frames. Note that the burst speed can go down as a result and this function is not available with e-shutter or in movie mode.

Read too about Sony A7 III; New Sony’s Full Frame Mirrorless with Faster Speed and Great Autofocus System


Although it was released in 2014, the Sony Alpha7 Mark II still has its own charm. In addition, even though Sony has released the latest version, there is no harm in choosing this camera to capture your moments. The features of this camera are not too different from the latest cameras. So, this camera is still worthy of being your choice in 2019. Are you interested?


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