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Sony A7R II: A different beastThe Sony A7R II improves on almost every aspect of its predecessor.
In the newly reignited war over resolution in professional cameras, Sony's $3,200 A7R II weighs in at 42 megapixels. That's right between the 5DS's 50 megapixels and the D810's 36 megapixels. But the camera really doesn't need to claim highest resolution to stand out in the crowd of full frame cameras. It's excellent photo quality, great video including support for 4K and its compact comfortable design speak for themselves. I'm Lori Grunin for c/net and this is the Sony a7R II. The sturdy dust and weather sealed body has a big grip to help balance even heavier lenses. As well as an intelligently designed easy to navigate control lay out. I'm not fond of the somewhat mushy shutter, and I hate the flat hard to manipulate record button, but none of these are really deal killers. You can remap almost all of the controls which helps. It's feature set lacks nothing obvious. Except perhaps a touchscreen or a second card slot. It includes essentials like pro shooting profiles for video, a huge bright electronic viewfinder and a tilting LCD. There are a couple of photo issues like unexpected artifacts at high ISO sensitivities and some clipping and highlights But you'll have to read my review for details on those nuances. But the issues with the stills have/s don't seem to affect video. The camera's real weakness is performance, though calling it a weakness might overstate a bit. At five frames per second for continuous shooting, and with solid autofocus and processing performance, It's really in the middle of the pack for its class. Just don't try shooting sports if every shot counts. The biggest problem is battery life, you'll need at least two and probably more batteries to get through a day of shooting without recharging. Whether or not that matters to you is your call. [MUSIC]