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Sony - Alpha a7R II Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera (Body Only) - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 325 reviews

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 21 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's good, still needs some improvements

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    baadnewsbear
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    Obviously this is a great camera, and we purchased this for a couple reasons. Here are my Pros and Cons after messing with the camera for a week. Pros 1. More compact than my Canon 5d Markii 2. Video quality is amazing (resolution/auto focus) 3. Wifi capabilities to transfer images straight to web, Ironic because with such a high quality camera all i've done so far is upload images to Facebook and instagram... 4. Quick and quiet shutter 5. In-camera filters 6. exposure compensation easily adjustable 7. zeiss lenses <3 Cons: 1. Battery. Be ready to purchase a couple of these because they drain very fast. Im assuming its because it uses both screens along with lots of other features. 2. I've tried to use the camera without the back screen on but you have to look through the view finder to go through menus which is not easy. Not sure why Sony didn't add a feature where you can just view the menu on the back screen and use the view finder as just a view finder. 3. metabones adapter for canon lenses is disappointing. I understand that communication between 2 different models can cause confusion and is limited, but it shouldn't effect sharpness. Im really disappointed that my 70-200 ii isn't as sharp as it is on the canon. Oh well, just means i need to save for more Sony lenses. 4. While I'm ranting about lenses, Sony doesn't offer a Zeiss Lens that is larger than 70mm 5. Was having difficulty recognizing raw file on photoshop CS6, but works with CC. So that means more purchases in order to edit raws. Overall, this camera was a great purchase for our family. Seems to be great for what we use it for. This camera delivers on the fact that it is convenient. As all cameras have their strengths and weaknesses I always say go with the one that feel best in your hands.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Finest Image Possible

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    dcisive
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    I've been a professional digital photographer since 1999 having owned several Canon pro and half a dozen pro Nikon bodies and their top lenses. Multiple flashes and more along the way. DSLR's still rule regarding fast moving subjects in lower light, BUT this Sony A7RII is the NEW King of the Hill for shear image quality. It has the finest dynamic range, best low noise in higher ISO's and is a pure joy to use ditching the huge and heavy DSLR gear in general. To maximize one's results you are best off going with primes in the 20mm to 90mm range if possible as the resolution on this camera is so tremendous that in order to appreciate and realize it primes are the best lens choice I don't recommend the 24-70 f4 Zeiss as example for it's full of too many compromises. I recommend the 35mm f2.8 Zeiss for walk around and for serious and special results you can NOT beat the 55mm f1.8 being about perhaps their finest overall lens. If you need longer and can swing the price, there is NO question the 70-200G f4 lens is THE lens to own. Sharp wide open from one end to the other and solidly and professionally built. If you need a lens that can do it all don't hesitate to consider the FE 24-240 as it covers it ALL for general use. The HVL-43M is THE best flash for this camera no doubt. The plethora of picture adjustment possibilities are endless. The Jpeg results are by far the finest Sony has ever accomplished. RAW is no longer essential for dramatic results. The Video is industry leading for quality and so easy to use. I was amazed at the quality of the sound just from the built in mics. The screen is plenty large, bright and sharp. The buttons have a quality feel and are NOT mushy by any means. Its a lot of money but this is an ultimate body and deserves great lenses.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Looking to upgrade your game? This is the camera!

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    Scott
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    I love this camera. It does so much so well. Wifi, special apps that allow for real time HDR, water smoothing, etc. The 42.5MP backlit sensor is giving me beautiful images. I'm able to shoot up to 3200 ISO for events and it looks great. I may try to push it further. E-Mount lens focus functionality is second to none. You can use A-Mount lenses also with an adapter with great results too, though you lose some of the focus functionality available with e-mount lenses, but I've used both with great results. Battery life is not as good with my Sony A700, but with I added a vertical grip so I could put in two batteries. It is acceptable and I can generally get through an event. PLUS this camera does 4K video with excellence. There is nothing about this camera I don't like. That being said, if you shoot stills and have all A-mount lenses, you may wish to wait for the new Alpha 99 mk II coming out in November 2016. The video functionality is not as good, but you don't need to move to e-mount lenses. If you shoot mostly video, you may prefer the Sony A7S mk II. It has a very special sensor for low light video that the A7R does not have, but it's only 12MP for stills. If you want the best of both, the A7R mk II is simply outstanding. I'm very happy with the purchase. Now -- for those of you who do not think of Best Buy as a destination store for cameras, I understand -- BUT -- They were able to get the camera when no one else was, the staff was great, maybe not as knowledgeable as a "true" camera store, but if you add the Geek Squad protection (at an extra cost) you are set. When I need a camera repair, it's always a minimum of $400. My cameras are in the shop way more than I want them to be (I'm hard on cameras and lenses). The first repair will pay for itself. I'm sold.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stunning images

    Posted
    SonyCameraGuy
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    This camera is a significant advance over the SLR and SLT cameras I have owned (film and digital). You will need very good lenses to keep up with the sensor resolution, but Sony has quite a few now (SEL2470Z and SEL90M28G are currently serving me well in that capacity). The multitude of focusing options take a while to master, but are well worth the effort. The high ISO performance is excellent! I routinely use 6400 with stunning results. The A7RII provides an adequate frame rate for stills (5 FPS in Speed-priority Continuous mode), but one cannot expect images of this size to transfer quite as quickly as with other Sony cameras (e.g. 12 FPS for A77). Sony has e-mount specifications freely available and there are mount adapters for almost any lens you can name. Some even allow the functioning of in-lens stabilization with Canon and Nikon lenses. The batteries are small (to match the size of the body) relative to SLR and SLT models so you may need 3 or more for an all-day outing. Be warned of three potential consequences of purchasing the A7RII: 1) you will pixel-peep, 2) you will get a serious case of lens lust, and 3) you will spend a more time with your camera (and have fun doing it).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome DSLR. But poor User Interface

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    BestD
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    Ive had this camera for over a year now and have shot 1000's on 1000's of photos. It produces some really great pics! BUT the huge caveat is that it is not at all USER FRIENDLY. Not even a little bit. The settings menu and all the buttons all over the camera are not intuitive whatsoever. Ive worked with Canon and Nikon DSLR's and they are 10x more intuitive even if you haven't read the user manual. So to get great pics from this camera you really need to STUDY UP on all its features, functions, etc. Even after a year, I have to sit there and try to read up on how to do simple things on my camera. For instance, I forget how to format my memory card because the menu is so not intuitive that I have to literally scroll through almost 50 menu windows to try and find it. In the end, I have to just google it and read up which sub-menu it is located in! Also, after a year, both batteries that it came with are dead! I will charge them to full, and leave them out of the camera so that they are ready to go the following weekend. Then I go to shoot the camera, I pop in the battery and the thing is down to 9%!!! This started slowly happening over time and I really should have called Sony about this months ago but never got the chance. I finally called them and they tell me they cant help me because I am 1 month outside the 1 year warranty window. But I still give the camera 4 stars because it produces awesome pictures!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Step up your photo game

    Posted
    Quint
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    I had outgrown my old Nikon (entry-level DSLR) and was ready for an upgrade. Did a ton of research on what would fit my needs. Didn't think I would end up with a mirrorless system and have no regrets. My main requirements were: 1. weight 2. great image quality (especially during low-light scenarios) 3. great lens family (something I had not done in the past, but knew I was going to do going forward). PRO I've been shooting in various location and lighting scenarios over the last month and LOVE the image quality. Night shots are beautiful too! ISO range allows me to capture small details with no/little graininess. My entry-level camera night shots always left me wanting more clarity. I can't look at night shots taken on my mobile phones anymore. Why did I ever bother? Haven't done much with video yet so can't speak to that....yet. CONS Batteries don't last long. Two full batteries lasted a half-day excursion at a forest in Fire Island. Just ordered more for days I know will last longer, but for $50 a pop, this adds to the overall price of the system. This does keep the camera weight down though. A tradeoff for wanting a lighter camera. price? This is some pricey equipment. Something cheaper might be good for what I currently do, but this is also something I want to grow with as I step up my photography game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best all around camera's ever made...

    Posted
    eVojlib
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    Its amazing how much Sony was able to put into this camera while maintaining a fine balance of Image Quality and features. There really isn't anything this camera can't do well; however, with adapted lenses and even native lenses this camera will focus good but not perfect with faster objects. Some will complain the shadows show high levels of posterization, however, if you shoot a black bear inside a coal mine around midnight no lighting your asking for trouble. (Basically don't expect the camera to recover 15 stops of shadow detail and you may want to properly compose the shot next time) I personally shoot everything from landscape to urban city scape and this camera delivers, I can't say the same for the A7R which was still a fantastic camera but shooting handheld can yield some slightly blurred images if you didn't increase the shutter speed. Overall with its new stabilized body, 42 Megapixel back illuminated sensor, Improved auto focus and a host of other features this camera will promise to match or exceed the results from say the 5Ds and D810. Every camera will have an area where it will fall short, however, this camera does a lot of things very well and better composition and planning of the shot will go a long way in achieving the best results.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best for Video

    Posted
    darver
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    Having been a Canon shooter for 10 years it was a hard choice but Sony did just enough to make me switch (and Canon hasn't been too impressive lately anyways). That being said, this camera is a FANTASTIC VIDEO camera and a mediocre Photo camera. The S-log footage that was passed on to me in post processing/editing is what made me have to have this camera. It is amazing to be able to edit with. The dynamic range captured with this camera hold up fantastically in post. Add in 120fps and I was in. The bad news is that the auto focusing hunts when it is not in full sunny perfect conditions. The adapter for my Canon lenses is ok, but if you want to shoot seriously with this you better be ready to switch to all Sony Lenses (which are not bad at all). Just don't expect your 3rd party glass to hang with this adapter. I usually manual focus everything anyways since I'm doing mostly video and when I do do photos its usually not with a moving model. I'd say if nailing the photo shot is what you are looking for this is not the camera for you. If you want an AMAZING video camera with internal 4k that is a fraction of the cost and the size of the other "big boy" cameras that offer this, then this camera is definitely for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera needs good glass

    Posted
    ImNoCouchPotato
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    You've read all the glowing reviews. That's what we do, right. Anything negative is disregarded as being written by some ignorant nobody and then we press on to the next 5 star review. When you consider this camera, you are probably looking for something that will satisfy your pixel peeping appetite. If that's the case, it would serve you well to pay close attention to the glass you buy for this camera. Visit DXOmark and check the sharpness rating before you buy any lens. That is, if you care about sharpness. So far I've got the 90mm Macro, the 55mm f1.8 and the 28mm f2. All are at the top of the sharpness heap and show it in the images. Prior to these, I tried the 24-70 f4 and was disappointed with the sharpness in photos. For video it was fine, but you don't need ultra sharp lenses for video since you are only resolving about 8.8 megapixels. I'm waiting to see what kind of sharpness values the new G Master lenses get. In the meantime, I'll be saving up. Is it wrong to want the highest resolution? Maybe, but why use this camera if you are going to settle for less.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent ! Not Perfect Though

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    rooster
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    I read a million reviews, watched all the videos and decided to sell all my Nikon equipment and make the change. I am not a full time professional as I have a great job and this is more of a hobby that I have taken to the extreme. That is really important here because this camera is amazing in every way possible EXCEPT for sports shooting. The focus system is extremely complicated but one you figure it out it is AMAZING! Ok now for the down, this doesn't affect me because I mostly shoot portraits but this would make me very nervous at a wedding or paid event. If you shoot high speed continuos first of all its only good for about 10 shots before it slows down and shortly after stops. The camera has froze on me twice doing this so bad that I had to wait a long time and then take the battery out to get it reset. I love the size, I love that I can see what is being exposed prior to shooting very accurately and the quality of photos even at ISO 6400 and above are unbelievable. I will note I am only shooting with Carl Zeiss lenses but none the less. If you are looking for a light way low light beast and you are not shooting events or weddings for a living this is your camera. Amazing! I hope Sony will fix the bugs as this was a LARGE investment to have these types of freezes happen. Overall I still rate it five stars because the results don't lie and this has improved my results far beyond what I even imagined when prior purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AAAMAZING!!

    Posted
    Louie
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    This camera is absolutely amazing. I was lucky enough to get my hands on it and take it for a weekend on a trip. Sony does it again with yet another camera. Finding my way around the menus was a bit tough (even tougher if i didn't already have a sony A6K) I felt i LOVED the sony A6000 so much for a starting camera i really stepped it up when i got the A7Rii. it'll take me a few weeks to really learn the camera and its full potential. So all that being said i would recommend this to a serious photographer or someone looking to start a small business in photography. The A6000 is also a great little camera to start out on. But why not go the distance and "Go Big Or GO HOME" So buy and buy now! Also the Pictures attached were with a Zeiss 55mm lens

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I'm a believer

    Posted
    SpiderWayneWLD
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    Long time Nikon user. I first bought the Sony A7SII because I wanted something that worked with video better in low light...check! Then I wanted the A7RII because it has 42mp so I now I'll have one for video and one for photos...check! Now, using both the A7SII and the A7RII I can tell you both are better than my other DSLRS for both Videos and Photos in lower light situations. Also, I found them extremely easy to learn. I've read that others don'l like the menu on these cameras, I don't know why because I love them. Battery life is not as good as my DSLR's because but I fixed that buy getting the Vertical Grip which holds two batteries, so no biggy. Adding the Vertical Grip makes the camera bigger which I also like. I really didn't care if the camera was smaller because it's mirrorless. I bought it because it's photo and video quality is just pure awesome! Love this camera!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Camera. Huge upgrade from A7.

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    stekar
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    Was debating between this and the newer 7r3 model. At the end, factoring-in the huge discount and features set, I've opted for the 7r2 body. Coming from the original A7, i had battery, 35 f/2.8 and 85 f/1.8 lenses. The silent shooting in Af-S is extremely useful, and so is the face tracking. I just shot a basketball game with the a7r2 in 18MB, and was very pleased with the results. But if you plan to shoot a lot of sports at full resolution, go for the a7r3 or save up for the A9 (no EVF blackout). If you want to shoot landscapes on a tripod leveraging the a7r3's pixel-shift I wont recommend the a7r2. If your main objective is video, then look at the A7s2, but the A7r2 is not too far behind. All in all, the Sony A7r2 is an amazing camera, for stills and video. Lightroom processes RAW very well too. I'd also like to give a quick shoot-out to the BestBuy staff. Very professional, super patient with my numerous trips to the store in testing-out numerous lenses and focus conditions. Not to mention they were very knowledgeable. Kudos!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    All-around best camera available today (for $$)

    Posted
    ndukyh
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    Sony shot for the stars here, bypassing all of the competition in many ways. There are tons of reviews about this camera online so you can go take a look at them and I won't repeat it all but to sum it up it works amazingly well. I had a Canon 5D Mark III before and there are many ways in which this doesn't compare but where it counts, the A7R II hits the mark very well. Relative to that full-frame DSLR this thing has the following pros: - amazing electronic viewfinder that works very well - compact package - image quality is superb - so much detail These are the negatives: - high ISO is decent but not great (5DIII was better for me) - AF is good for people, candids, outdoor/landscape photog etc but not great once the lights get low or when your subject is moving quickly - lens selection could be better but with the amazing 35mm collection and 85mm Batis I am mostly covered for now - menus are just not as good I considered going back to the 5D III, considered the higher 6D, considered the 5Ds/R and just couldn't find an overall package that was going to be better than this once the right lens (Zeiss Batis) was released and the A7R II was released. Go read some reviews and see for yourself. If you have the money you won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Alright cam,but issues are present

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    Tradecraft
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    Got the A7 RII a weekend ago..One problem was the left lower rear side of the camera began to show heating issue,rather concerning as I've had experience in electronics in the past.I went online and checked reviews on this model and found many cases of overheating.I also noticed during this heating incident that the battery drained very quickly.Checked the version of firmware/software update and it indicated as being 4.0,so it's the latest version.Really disappointed in this incident,as I like the 42mp sensor,but I guess I'll have to get the A7 RIII in a few months due to cost and current budget.In my experience,Sony is on the right track with the features of mirrorless cameras,,etc.but the issues with the A7 RII should have been corrected, or at least Sony should offer a resolution to customers that buy this model or any other model that has issues on a mass basis.My motto,being in customer service in years prior,The customer is always right.Also,treat others as youd expect to be treated.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A new standard

    Posted
    HawaiiCam
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    I moved from Nikon to Sony for most of my shooting. I kept my DSLR gear for certain situations. I read a few prerelease reviews. They were all glowing, so I decided to preorder. The A7rII does indeed improve on everything my A7 does. The higher resolution is amazing. the focus speed is better. 5 axis stabilization does add to the tool. One must remember to carefully set white balance, ISO, and use top lenses to get the most from this extraordinary camera. It is a bit more demanding than a lesser tool, but it does reward you if you learn it and invest in top quality lenses. Low light ability is great, I did not need 102,000 but the 3200 and 6400 is better than any other camera I have used. Sony has set a new standard for top quality full frame cameras.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    amazing camera

    Posted
    Jared
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    The a9 is getting a lot of hype, but for many people this is still the best Sony camera for their needs...and nearly 2k less expensive. This two year old Sony former flagship still outshines the new flagship, a9, in certain departments that are critical to some of us. Namely, that 42mp sensor. The AF is still going to work just fine for us landscape and portrait photographers. Two memory card slots would have been nice, but I've only heard stories of memory card failures third hand. It's never happened to me or anyone I know. I know it happens though and it seems Sony is addressing this in their new cameras to come. I know a lot of people are interested in the latest and greatest. The a9 is an awesome camera. If you're a sports or wildlife photographer, maybe even an event photographer, you can probably justify that extra cost. For most of the rest of us we would probably be better served putting that extra 2k towards a piece of G Master glass.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Pro Quality Camera

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    Mel81

    I made the jump to full frame and I am absolutely loving it! I moved over to full frame from my previous Sony a55. This thing is solid, feels very good in your hands with the added dimension in the grip. It is light enough when compared to other larger DSLRS so carrying it is a joy. At the moment I am using the LAEA 4 with 2 minolta lenses, Sigma 85 1.4, and my Tamron 28-75 2.8 a mount lenses. I am planning on grabbing the 55 1.8, Macro 90mm, and Batis lenses soon but in the meantime I am enjoying every minute of this amazing camera. Note, for those of you who own A mount lenses make sure you research which lenses auto focus with the LAEA3 because most of mine did not work with that adapter. The LAEA4 works with all the older lenses that do not have a built in drive but you do lose the 399 focus points and several auto focus modes. However, I found that the LAEA4 focuses well with my lenses and the 1/2 stop I lose is no problem with this camera. This camera is NOT perfect, but it is definitely close to it and I believe with some firmware upgrades it will be even more AMAZING.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Endless Possibilities

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    Ernst937
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    I've been a Canon guy for a long time. Six years ago I almost got an Alpha SLR but with several L glass lenses I decided against it. Then came the first a7 and since I knew in my heart the future would be mirrorless I was thinking of buying one and trying it out. However I succumbed to my inner SLR FF snobbery and stayed 100% Canon. Then comes a7II, a7s, a7r. I really liked the idea of not being strapped down to one lens mount. I mean with M mount adapters, Metabones etc I was seeing the benefits already. Then last year the a7rII comes out and I try one out. I used my Canon 50mm 1.2 L with a metabones adapter and it focused faster than it could on a 5d mkIII and no back focus or hunting. Wow, focusing peaking, quick, easy to know you got focus pegged when the subjects eyes light up. Most of all see what my shot is going to look like including DOF. Sold my Canon bodies and got my first a7rII.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding camera

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    Gtx4
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    This is my first mirrorless camera and it took me a few weeks to know if it would be a keeper. At first I wasn't completely sure about its features, pluses and capabilities but once I became confident with the Sony approach and distribution of dials and controls I did realize I was getting my images to look better. Once I started testing it on the streets and deployed continuous AF and or face detection I further enjoyed bringing my street life takes to higher and exciting level. Last time I tested the camera in the landscape field and once I got back home and transfered my images to my Mac I was so happy to witness a broader dynamic range compared to my other cameras. I can definitely say my money was definitely well invested in Sony system. Yes, it is expensive but what you get it is worth the price. The vertical grip is an awesome addition for comfort and extra battery.

    I would recommend this to a friend