Sony’s A7 II Kills Camera Shake Dead

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Long the bane of both professional and amateur photographers the world over, camera shake has been known to mar perfectly framed photographs for all eternity. But according to Sony, their new A7 II mirrorless camera is set to make such hideous outcomes a thing of the past.

The successor to last year’s first of a kind full-frame mirrorless shooters (the Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R), the new A7 II has 5-axis in-body stabilization, which takes the eradication of camera shake a step further by neutralizing involuntary movement regardless of what lens is used. It’s said to also work effectively when using lenses with zero stabilization capabilities, and only certain corrections are made when using E-mount lenses.

The newly improved hybrid autofocus system employs 117 phase points and 25 contrast points, effectively speeding the camera up by 30 percent over its predecessor models. Also sped up to the sum of about 50 percent faster is the camera’s ability to detect a subject’s motion, resulting in a preponderance of crisp snapshots of rapidly moving objects. The camera’s 24.3-megapixel sensor is the same as Sony’s previous models, as is the BIONZ X image processor. Maximum shutter speed is reportedly 1/8000.

Available for the time being in Japan only, the A7 II is selling there for the equivalent of about $1,600 U.S. dollars. There’s no word yet on stateside availability.

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