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With 5-axis in-body image stabilization, this Sony a7 II mirrorless camera lets you take clear, arresting images on the go. The 3" tiltable TFT-LCD and high-contrast OLED EVF make it easy to accurately frame your shot.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • a7 II Mirrorless Camera
    • 28-70mm lens (SEL2870)
    • Rechargeable battery (NP-FW50)
    • AC adapter (AC-UUD11)
    • Micro USB cable, eyepiece cup
    • Shoulder strap, body cap, accessory shoe cap
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (233 out of 240)

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    Features


    24.3-megapixel full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor

    With a gapless on-chip lens design captures high-resolution images.

    28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens included

    For intricate picture detail. Accommodates most Sony E-Mount lenses and other lenses with the use of adapters.

    3" TFT-LCD

    Can be tilted up or down, so you can easily achieve high- or low-angle framing.

    High-definition movie mode

    Allows you to record clips at 1920 x 1080 resolution at 60p or at 1280 x 720 resolution at 120p, making it simple to capture special moments in crisp, smooth detail.

    Burst mode

    Lets you take up to 5 fps for dynamic, fast-action capture.

    ISO 100-25,600

    Enables shooting in most lighting conditions.

    Fast Hybrid autofocus

    With phase detection allows you to capture sharp, blur-free images.

    High-contrast OLED EVF (electronic viewfinder)

    With 2.4 million dots permits eye-level framing.

    External flash mount

    Lets you attach a compatible flash (not included) via the multi-interface shoe, so you can achieve bright, properly lit shots.

    5-axis in-body image stabilization

    Along with Optical SteadyShot helps eliminate camera shake and blur in both still images and movies.

    Face detection

    Detects up to 8 faces, making it easy to take stunning group shots.

    Built-in 2.4GHz Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)

    Enables wireless image sharing. NFC (near-field communication) permits one-touch image transfer with select devices.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 240 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 22 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome camera

      Posted
      MikeE
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I bought this camera roughly a year ago, so I've had the chance to use it extensively before writing this review. Like most cameras, it's not perfect, but I have found it to be an overall outstanding camera. Rather than write a long, long story, I'll get into the pros and cons. First, I purchased this as an "Open Box" deal from Best Buy and probably saved about $500 at the time of purchase. PROS - Great full-frame sensor with excellent resolving power. Colors are accurate, and noise is reasonably well controlled. I don't have any issues with this sensor. - FAST! When set to Continuous Shooting - High, you'll be impressed with how quickly it rattles off shot after shot. I've been shooting some fashion runway shows, and you need a fast camera. This fits the bill. - Electronic viewfinder. Compared with an optical viewfinder, I would go with an electronic viewfinder any day. This allows you to see real-time changes when setting white balance, and there is no comparison when it comes to magnified views for manual focus. - Quality of construction. This camera is built rock solid. It has a good amount of heft to it. You can tell that this is built to stand up to hard use. - The various markings are engraved and filled, which means that they won't wear off in a couple of years. Unlike other cameras that I've owned. - You can easily dial in exposure compensation or magnify the image for manual focus. I have found this to be a very friendly camera. I don't have to "fight" the camera to use it. CONS - The body is too short. I have average-sized man hands, and the camera needs to be a bit taller for a firm grip. I bought an aftermarket battery grip, which makes it a bit too tall (win some, lose some). - Getting to some menu items requires too many button presses. In general, the camera takes the Asian design approach of filling most space on the body with buttons and dials and leaving it up to you to memorize the location and function of each. I actually don't have a solution to this. - Major battery hog. In addition to the limited number of frames per battery charge, this camera seems to suck power even when it's turned off. After a week, the battery usually has dipped to about 60%. I went to an external battery solution, because the worst thing to happen is to lose power in the middle of a shoot. OTHER COMMENTS I sold the kit lens, as I found that I rarely used it. It's a bit larger than I wanted for a kit lens, and instead I bought the Sony G 70-200mm zoom, which was used to take the attached image. When I want to use a kit zoom, I borrow the one from my Sony NEX-7. This lens is average at best. I have only shot a few minutes of video, as I have dedicated video cameras, so I can't speak to video performance. This camera has heft to it, and when I get really lazy, I opt for the NEX-7. When shooting with manual focus lenses, I found that my hit rate decreased. Using a manual focus lens with a full-frame sensor requires more attention when focusing. I tend to use the magnify function, which makes a difference. Overall, I think this is an awesome camera. It is well worth the money that I paid. The black and white shot was taken with my manual-focus Rollei QBM f/1.8 50mm Planar - my favorite SLR lens.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      This camera deserves more reviews.

      Posted
      Yarnim
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      There are many independent reviews out there from blogs and dedicated photo forums, but average buyer reviews on the A7 II on major retailers sites are relatively rare. I think it may be due to the recent overflow of new tech introduction and so many cameras going on sale, especially on the sony side with four different lines of A7, ever so popular A6000 etc and Sony's aggressive pricing. Anyhow, on to the camera. Ergonomics: Though it comes down to what the user prefers or is used to, I personally think the A7 ii is by far the best thought out camera sony has ever introduced as far as ergonomics and camera controls go. It feels great in the hand, just adds about the right weight to balance between rather big and heavy lenses for the body's size. Build: The camera to me, reminds me a lot of the NEX 6 build, which is a very good thing. It may be closer to NEX 7, but Ive never held one personally. Of course, it has that added weather sealing so no doubt better. However, there are definitely some quirks such as port and card placements etc. I'm sure Sony had reasons but every port / battery etc cover on this thing opens up differently. Most of them are pretty easy to figure out but that USB door is always so difficult for me to pull out but it is a minor annoyance. The bigger issue is the memory card slot that feels extremely flimsy and flaps open really easily just by the friction against your hand, palm whatever and today it opened as I was pulling it out of the bag. I am afraid that flimsy thing is going to break and fall out. IQ: It uses an exact same sensor that is in the A7. There are added focus points and supposedly a faster AF, but there is just not going to be a worlds of difference from the original. Real strength of course if the 5axis IS but if you do not plan on using the camera with lenses that lack OSS, this is of no benefit to you at all. It should help with videos, but I'm not a video guy and a lot of reviews seem to indicate the performance improvement is rather minimal. There were also the notorious hallation effect on the A7 sensor, which is still somewhat present with the A7 II. Shooting in low light conditions with a lot of artificial lights? You should go with a different camera. But for everything else (minus BIF / fast sports), the A7 ii simply delivers. There are also a known issue of the camera just going poof, with some camera error that cannot be fixed unless sent in to sony for service, which upon research, seem to have to do with the 5axis IS or EFCS. A lot of users report this issue sometimes right out of the new box, sometimes a few weeks in, etc. Again, you cannot fix this yourself. It must be sent back to Sony. Looks like they repair it under warranty. I don't think any of the A7ii out are out of their warranty periods, so if that ever happens to anyone outside warranty, Im not sure what they'll do, but something to keep in mind, as it is not uncommon issue. The biggest drawback: Sony depreciation. It simply sucks. If you are cost sensitive person, Do NOT buy any sony camera upon release or at MSRP. You will regret.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great first full frame mirrorless

      Posted
      Neveragain

      I love my A7 ll camera. It's my first mirrorless camera but I'm really liking all the cool features, even if it can be a little overwhelming learning all of the menus. 5 stars. However, It will take me a while to get the bad taste out of my mouth when I use it because of the way I was treated by the store manager at the Pasadena store. I purchased an open box camera that clearly stated that all the accessories were in the box. Upon inspection, none of the accessories were in the box. I asked for a further markdown, which the salesperson said is customarily 5-10 %. That would cover the missing accessories so I was okay with that. When the salesperson came back, he said the manager was only wiling to reduce the price an additional $20. Plus I could get the great additional discount of 25% off three accessories. I told them I didn't need 3 accessories, just the missing Sony charger. As an aside, all of the accessories are priced significantly higher in the store vs. Bestbuy's own website so, you're not getting a discount at all. ( example: Sony battery-$79.99 in store, $51.99 on their website; battery charger-$49.99 in store, $39.99 on website. So, back to my long winded story. I ask for the store manager and explain that i just want the discount to reflect the missing pieces, since the basis for the original discounted price included the accessories. The label also states that there were some scratches. He examines the camera and doesn't see any scratches, so he tells me if I don't buy the camera now he's going to reprice it higher, so buy it now or lose out. I frankly didn't see any scratches at the time either, so I say fine I'll take the camera with the $20 discount for the missing accesories and be on my way. He tells me he's not going to honor that offer anymore and I have to buy the charger and he'll take the $20 off the charger instead. Well, guess what? The charger is $10 cheaper on their own website, so now my deal is really only $10 off and I was forced to buy a charger to get it. I still bought the camera, but was mildly irritated with the whole interaction. I was basically made to feel like he was doing me a favor by "letting" me have it at the price that was already marked. Well, I get it home and it turns out it is scratched and it's not just cosmetic. After cleaning the monitor the were a few small scratches, so it was discounted properly after all. So I went back to Bestbuy today, not to complain, but to buy a case for the camera. I just happened to bump into the store manager and tell him BTW the camera was scratched after all. His response was that I still got a good deal and that the offer of 25% three accessories still stands. Wow, really! Thanks for the generous offer that is availible to ANYONE who shops at Bestbuy on your overpriced accesories. And that's competing with their own website. Don't even get me started on "real world" prices that can be found on the internet. He could've just let me have the camera for the original deal of $20 off the camera (a whopping additional discount of 1.5%) and I wouldn't be writing this. Instead, i got my arm twisted into buying a charger I could've easily found cheaper online. So my effective discount ended up being zero. Now, I'm completely ticked off and will never be shopping at Bestbuy again. I'm not sure if they've noticed, but are other choices out there to shop. Never shopping there again. NEVER AGAIN.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Great Camera for Photographers and Videographers

      Posted
      THORTHEFIFTH
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      The A7 Mark II may seem like a minor upgrade from the original and a step in the wrong direction when comparing to the A7s but, this camera is an amazing device with some amazing qualities. First, let me tell you the cons: Battery life leaves you a bit disappointed especially when you use the features you bought the camera for, The native lens choices are abysmal and It doesn't have that mind blowing low light ability. The Pros far outweigh the few cons, I assure you. The camera is full frame. In fact, this is one of the cheapest full frame cameras on the market. It has a healthy 24MP sensor that easily compares to the 5D Mark III in the tests I've run. The best part of any mirrorless camera is the ability to adapt lenses and that is where this particular camera will blow your mind. The biggest draw here is the In-Body-Image-Stabilization, IBIS, that allows you to use any full frame lenses, with proper adapter including canon auto focus glass, with stabilization. This isn't a substitute for Optical Stabilization but believe me, it works very well. To see this on a full frame camera is a blessing. This camera also includes a few of the video upgrades from the A7s including the video codec which works very well and stands its ground against the 5D. I highly recommend this camera to anyone interested in breaking free of a single lens system and wanting the incredible versatility of a Mirrorless system along with the image stabilization features. While it's no slouch, you might want to look at the A7s or GH4 if video is your focus. For Photos, this is the winner.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great camera that will last for years

      Posted
      planesta
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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I chose the Sony a7 platform for many reasons but the primary was due to the mirrorless design.. Mirrorless caused the camera to be much smaller than DSLR equivalents which was a big concern of mine due to the type of photography I was wanting to focus on (Adventure motorcycling/landscape/wilderness) but also has the flexibility to be a fantastic portrait and lifestyle camera as well. Another benefit of mirrorless is due to the EVF (electronic view finder) giving you a representation of what you are going to get before you take the picture.. Unlike typical glass/mirror cameras where you are optically looking at the subject the EVF allows the application of settings to show through making it easier to get that first shot closer to what you are wanting. This is a fantastic camera for the price and allows you to get into professional level photography for a great price allowing you to focus on quality lenses that fit the e-mount or a-mount (this camera supports both a-mount lenses and canon lenses with inexpensive adapters) platform. As you continue to build you have a lens platform that will be around for years to come. I also do videos and this model supports quality video as well as (with a cable adapter) wireless mics making it a great platform for run and gun video shooting with quality depth of field you only find in high end movie cameras. I can record non-stop for 30 minutes making it perfect for the type recording I do. I would love to record longer than that but this seems to be a pretty standard limit on most DSLR's due to overheating concerns. I definitely recommend this camera. One thing to note is the lenses for this camera do tend to run higher than the comparable canon or nikon.. For my needs the mirrorless design outweighed the negative of the extra cost in lenses and if I were moving from another platform it wouldn't even be a consideration due to the adapter option for cross platform lenses.. (note- you do lose focus control and other features when using cross platform lenses) I was also able to purchase a Godox speed light flash with wireless trigger for ridiculous low price and it works in conjunction with the Sony perfectly... So if flash is a need that is your option.. Godox TT685s Great camera, David Mays

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Mirrorless that's way ahead of the game

      Posted
      jbrooks
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      Sony has pulled out all the stops on their A7 line of mirrorless cameras and the A7II is no exception. They are so far ahead of the game when it comes to these cameras that the other brands haven't even announced a compact mirrorless full frame and Sony has already released 7 of them. The camera has nearly every feature you could want and the customizable buttons are nothing short of wonderful. Yes the lens selection could be better but it continues to grow with exceptional products and you cannot argue that it's only getting better - especially with the introduction of the Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 and the Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2. When a company like Zeiss takes the time to put out amazing lenses like these, one should take notice and know that there is a bright future ahead for both the A7 series and the e-mount lens ecosystem. If you're making a switch from canon or Nikon, their are top of the line electronic lens adapters that allow you to keep your current set of glass and if you're in the a-mount family already, the Sony adapters are awesome - especially with the most recent firmware update which enhances the autofocus via the adapters to nearly native response times. Sony is just getting started with full frame mirrorless cameras and I'm very proud to be an owner of their A7II after owning the NEX-5N for years prior!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Sony A7 mk2 - technological marvel

      Posted
      dossie3043
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      Initially purchased a Nikon D750 from Best Buy and loved this camera. Unfortunately in video mode with continuous auto focus turned on, noise from the auto focus motors was picked up on the audio track by the internal mic. As a result I subsequently returned it and purchased the Sony A7 mk2 instead. I am much happier with this purchase and found the A7 mk2 to be technologically way ahead of the 750. Some of the features I like: -Electronic view finder. All menus and selections visible on the LCD are also visible in the viewfinder, including all live view changes. -Smaller and lighter than any DSLR - means I can now carry a smaller lighter camera bag. - 5 axis stabilization !! Absolutely amazing. -Focus peaking – during manual focus, camera can highlight parts of the image that are within the focused depth of field which proves for highly accurate focusing. -Completely silent continuous autofocus during video recording. -NFC for quick transfer of images to my cell phone. -WiFi tethering for quick upload of images to my computer. -Articulating LCD screen for multiple viewing angles. -Not only does it have face tracking but also face registration where you can teach the camera to recognize up to 8 faces. It will then auto focus on those faces using the priority you specify.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      I did not like this camera

      Posted
      mt8284
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      Besides the dismally short battery life, I returned this camera for the following reasons: 1. It didn't take photos that were any better than my older cropped sensor A57 sony SLR. This was true in low light, capturing motion, daytime photos, etc (a variety of conditions). 2. The photos this did take were often blurry because this camera just isn't fast. It's slow to react and laggy. The auto focus left a lot to be desired. 3. Even in manual mode, I found that this camera didn't give me much more than my 6 year old camera that cost 1/3rd as much. The new technology wasn't palpable. 4. A lot that makes up good photos is good glass. There aren't many lenses to choose from relative to Canon or Nikon and the lenses out there that are for the A7ii are very expensive for what they are. There's also far smaller of a used market for Sony cameras and lenses and that's going to affect how much you spend for their products and how much you're going to get when you try to sell them. This isn't a bad camera, it's just not a camera that feels very "professional grade." You could purchase a camera that is just as good for a third or half as much from Canon, Nikon, or even, Sony. Yes, the Sony SLRs are a whole lot better than their own mirrorless. I don't think mirrorless is ready for prime time quite yet. As for the battery, the last straw for me was when I went to a wedding and I ran out of a fully charged battery in 2 hours. I ended up going back into the car and getting my trusty old A57 and enjoyed using the old camera even more than the new one. The pictures were every bit as good too. I used the A7ii for one month and I returned it.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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        Hi, mt8284, It is unfortunate that the camera had to be returned. Sony takes into consideration all feedback to improve the performance and quality of our products and services. We're always looking to make Sony better. We will forward your information to the proper department. Thank you. -Vincent sony_US

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars with 22 reviews

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