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Shake it, stir it, Sony Alpha 7 II will make it still

Dale Davies |
Sony Alpha 7 II is company's first with 5-axis in-body stabilization for still photos and video which reduces camera shake regardless of the lens used.

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Even if you are using lenses that have no stabilization, the sensor is shifted in the pitch, roll, yaw, X and Y axis to counteract camera movement. If E-mount lenses are used the body will correct in three directions and let the lens do the rest. You can even manually input the focal length for a better result. All of that will help reduce blur in low-light situations, even with a not so new lens. Sony has improved its hybrid autofocus system, which uses 117 phase and 25 contrast points.

Subject motion detection is also 50 percent quicker than at previous model, helping ensure that fast-moving subjects remain sharp. The full-frame sensor has 24.3-megapixels. The body has a slightly good grip. The new camers uses the BIONZ X image processor with 14-bit RAW support, has a max 1/8000 shutter speed, a 2.4 million dot finder and a 3-inch 1.2 million dot display. Max ISO is 25,600, and video capture is 1080P/60fps using XAVC-S or AVCHD.

The price for Japan will be Y190,000 ($1,600), but the Alpha 7 II has not been announced for North America yet


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