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Sony Alpha a7R II Mirrorless Camera Body: Photos and videos bring important moments to life thanks to a 42.4-megapixel Exmor R full-frame CMOS sensor. Instantly share images via your smartphone, PC or HDTV via built-in Wi-Fi.

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    What's Included


    • Alpha a7R II Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera (Body Only)
    • Owner's manual
    • Rechargeable battery (NP-FW50)

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (283 out of 291)

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    Features


    42.4 megapixels resolution delivers gorgeous shots with lifelike detail

    The Exmor R full-frame CMOS sensor produces high-resolution photos with intense clarity.

    ISO 100-25,600 (expandable to 50-102,400)

    Shoot sharp photos and videos in almost any lighting conditions, so you can capture brilliant sunrises, sunsets and nighttime images.

    Don't miss a shot with high-speed continuous shooting

    Take photos at up to 5 fps to easily create detailed photos of sporting events and other fast-moving action.

    3.0" TFT monitor

    1,228,800 dots resolution and 5-step brightness control offer clear visuals for framing or reviewing shots, and the tilting design makes it easy to find just the right angle.

    Capture spectacular movies in full 4K Ultra HD

    Preserve special memories with brilliant, smooth footage and crisp audio. Also supports 1920 x 1080 and 1280 x 720 resolution for versatile shooting options.

    Electronic viewfinder makes it easy to frame shots

    XGA OLED viewfinder with 2,359,296 dots resolution, auto and manual brightness control, 5-step manual temperature control and 100% coverage provides a great view.

    TTL (Through the Lens) preflash control

    Helps you achieve optimal lighting conditions with a compatible external flash (not included).

    Fast hybrid phase- and contrast-detection autofocus for sharp shots

    Up to 399 focus points ensure accurate tracking, and automatic, single-shot, continuous, direct manual and manual focus modes provide flexibility.

    Wirelessly stream still images and movies to a smartphone, PC or TV

    Built-in Wi-Fi allows simple connectivity.* NFC (near-field communication) technology supports remote operation via a compatible device.

    Ensure smooth, clear footage every time

    SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization with 5-axis compensation helps counteract the effects of camera shake and vibration for quality videos.

    Face-detection technology puts everybody in their best light

    Detects up to eight individual faces to ensure stunning portraits.

    Micro HDMI output allows easy connection to an HDTV

    Easily connect your camera to an HDTV for immediate movie playback. HDMI cable required, sold separately.

    Memory card slot for storing and transferring images

    Accepts MS PRO Duo, MS PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, SD, SDHC, SDHXC, microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC formats.

    *Requires high-speed Internet service.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 291 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 19 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      It's good, still needs some improvements

      Posted
      baadnewsbear
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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

      Looking to upgrade your game? This is the camera!

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

      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

      The Finest Image Possible

      Posted
      dcisive
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member
      • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

      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

      Stunning images

      Posted
      SonyCameraGuy
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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: 5 out of 5 stars

      Step up your photo game

      Posted
      Quint
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

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

      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

      Awesome DSLR. But poor User Interface

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

      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

      Great camera needs good glass

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

      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

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars with 19 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about durability, flash, optics and storage. Editors are less positive about battery and reliability and have mixed opinions about viewfinder. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 91/100 = Excellent quality.
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