Sony A7 II Gets U.S. Release Date

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Recently, we reported on Sony’s new mirrorless camera, which will reportedly make camera shake — and the marring blur so often associated with unsteady hands and other unwanted motion — a relic of the recent past. Available at first only in Japan, the new A7 II has been given an official U.S. release date.

Just in time for last-minute holiday shoppers, the A7 II will be made available in the United States beginning December 9 for $1,700, a full hundred dollars more than was originally supposed. A kit set, which will include an FE 28-70mm, f/3.5-f/5.6 OSS zoom lens, will purportedly set buyers back a cool $2,000.

The next generation to Sony’s Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R, the A7 II is said to employ 5-axis in-body stabilization to deliver crisp, still photos and video even when lenses with no stabilization capacity. Another bonus is the 24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor. In addition, the camera will carry a new and improved hybrid autofocus system with 117 phase points, 25 contrast points, and a 30 percent boosted speed over earlier models. Sped-up motion detection also promises to capture fast-moving objects in sharp focus.

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