Sony α7S II

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Sony α7S II
Sony A7S II with FE 24-70 F4 ZA lens.jpg
TypeFull-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera
Lens mountSony E-mount
LensInterchangeable lens
Image sensor typeCMOS
Image sensor size35.6 × 23.8 mm (full frame type)
Maximum resolution4240 × 2832 (12 megapixels)
ASA/ISO rangeISO 50-409600
Recording mediumMulti slot for Memory Stick Duo/SD memory card
Focus areas169 focus points
Frame rate120fp
Shutter speeds1/8000 s to 30 s
Continuous shooting5.0 frames per second
ViewfinderElectronic viewfinder
Viewfinder magnification0.78
Frame coverage100%
Image processing
Image processorBionz X
Custom WBYes
Video/movie recording4K UHD (QFHD: 3840 x 2160)
Rear LCD monitor3 inches with 1,228,800 dots
Dimensions127×96×60 mm (5.0×3.8×2.4 in)
Weight627 g (22.1 oz) including battery
List priceUS$3,000 (2015 (2015))
US$2,399 (2018 (2018))
ReleasedOctober 2015 (2015-10)

The Sony α7S II (model ILCE-7SM2) is a 12.2-megapixel full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera made by Sony.[1][2] It was publicly announced on September 11, 2015 (2015-09-11) at a press conference held at the IBC 2015 exhibition in Amsterdam and was released in October 2015 (2015-10) with a suggested retail price of US$3,000 (body only) at the time.[3]

The α7S II is offered as a body only or in a package with a Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS zoom lens.


Image features[edit]

The α7S II features a 35mm (35.6 x 23.8 mm) full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor capable of capturing approximately 12.2 effective megapixels.[4]

Autofocus and metering[edit]

The camera's 169-point autofocus sensors use contrast-detection AF to capture and record.[5]


For still images, the α7S II's ISO is 100–102400 with expansion down to ISO 50 and up to ISO 409600 equivalent. For movies, the α7S II's ISO is 100-102400 equivalent with expansion down to ISO 100 and up to ISO 409600 equivalent. For still images or movies on auto setting, the camera's ISO is 100–12800 with selectable lower and upper limits.[2]


The α7S II's shutter speed range is 30 s to 1/8,000 s for still images. For bulb movies, the shutter speed range is 1/4 s (1/3 s step) to 1/8,000 s.[2]

The camera has an approximate maximum continuous shooting speed of 5.0 frames per second in Speedy Priority Continuous shooting drive mode and a shooting speed of 2.5 frames per second in Continuous shooting drive mode.[2]

Ergonomics and functions[edit]

The α7S II has a TFT LCD screen with a size of 7.5 cm (3 inches) and resolution of 1,228,800 dots with an adjustable tilt angle of 107 degrees up and 41 degrees down (approximate). The OLED electronic viewfinder has a resolution of 2,360,000 dots and a .78x magnification.[2]

The camera additionally has built-in Wi-Fi with NFC compatibility.[2]


The camera can record 4K UHD (QFHD: 3840 x 2160) internally in full frame format. The camera allows for movie image size to be set, as well as the frame rate per second, and compression method.[6]

The Possession of Hannah Grace was filmed entirely using the A7S II

Firmware update[edit]

On May 15, 2019 (2019-05-15), Sony announced batch firmware updates for the α9 and α7 line of cameras including firmware version 3.01 for the α7S II; its main change was improving overall stability of the camera body.[7]

International Space Station[edit]

Space station with arrows showing location of camera
Camera mounting on ISS

In December 2016 (2016-12), Japan's national aero-space agency, JAXA, installed a Sony α7S II outside the International Space Station's KIBO Japanese Experiment Module after determining it would be durable enough to withstand the vacuum of outer space.[8] According to Sony, the a7S II captured the first 4K footage in space using a commercial level camera.[9] In order to mitigate the temperature extremes of outer space, the camera mount is equipped with a heater and radiator.[10] Sony stated that the camera body was not modified but the software was modified to include the ability for full remote control from inside the Space Station.[10][11] JAXA selected the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS lens to capture images and record video for the purpose of this assignment.[12]


According to Sony's website, the α7S II model comes equipped with:[13]

  • Sony ILCE-7SM2 Camera Body
  • Battery Pack NP-FW50 (rechargeable)
  • Battery Charger BC-VW1
  • AC Adapter AC-UUD11
  • Neck/Shoulder Strap
  • Micro-USB Cable and Cable Protector

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sony expands range of compact full-frame mirrorless cameras with the launch of the ultra-sensitive α7S II". Press Centre - Sony. Sony Europe. Archived from the original on November 12, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Sony a7S II - Brochure" (PDF). Sony Canada. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  3. ^ Universe, Alpha. "Sony Announces The New Ultra-sensitive α7S II!". Sony. Archived from the original on November 12, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "Sony α7S II E-mount Camera with Full-Frame Sensor". Sony. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Sony Alpha A7S II Specs". CNET. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Sony Alpha 7S II: Digital Photography Review". Archived from the original on October 2, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  7. ^ "ILCE-7SM2 System Software (Firmware) Update Ver. 3.01 (Windows) | Sony USA". Archived from the original on October 16, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  8. ^ "Sony's a7S II stuns with 4K footage from outside the International Space Station". TechCrunch. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  9. ^ Sony. "The α7S II successfully recorded the first ever commercial level 4K footage in space from outside the International Space Station". Sony. Archived from the original on October 10, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Murnane, Kevin. "Sony's α7S II Camera Shoots Stunning 4K Video From The International Space Station". Forbes. Archived from the original on September 7, 2017. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  11. ^ "α7S II Has The Right Stuff For Outer Space". Sony | Alpha Universe. Archived from the original on November 13, 2019. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  12. ^ "α7S II 4K Videos and Images from KIBO ISS by JAXA". Sony Canada. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Sony A7S II Review". Imaging Resource. Archived from the original on October 17, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2019.

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