Sport photographer Philip Palermo (Engadget) tested the A7rII in the possible least favorable scenario: Sports Photography. And the conclusion is surprisingly positive:
The A7R II held its own for the most part — despite not really being designed as a pro-level sports cam. I wish write times were peppier and hopefully Sony’s designers find ways to cram a bigger battery and, perhaps, a second memory card slot into this line’s compact frame. But overall, I came away impressed with how far Sony’s come with this line. Both the A7 bodies and first-party lens lineups are steadily improving. And thanks to the company’s rapid pace of deployment (six new models in two years) it seems like we’ve finally reached the point where “pretty damn good for a mirrorless camera” has turned into just “pretty damn good.”
And Dpreview updated their first impression review of the camera:
Looking at the a7R against the a7R II doesn’t reveal anything immediately mind-blowing. Linear resolution is increased by around 8%, but the differences go deeper than just a megapixel count. It may seem silly to focus at all on JPEG quality on such a heavy-hitting camera, but there are some changes worth mentioning. The JPEG engine for the a7R II shows great improvements over the a7R.
What difference does BSI technology make? Compared to the a7R there’s already an immediate difference. In fact, the gain is nearly a full stop over its predecessor. At 51,200, the maximum for the Nikon D810, the a7R II is again ahead by roughly one stop. Interesting, but what if the sensor is bigger and gathers more light, like the sensor in the Pentax 645Z? Almost unbelievably, they’re right on par with each other.
Ivo Scholz also posted his A7rII review:
I used to shoot with Canon, Nikon and Fujifilm. All of those have their advantages (well, except for Canon), but none of those camera manufacturers have come this close to a perfect camera. The A7RII is small, light and sturdy. It feels great, sounds nice and shoots wonderful pictures. Its EVF is by far the best I’ve seen and the autofocus is better than ever.
A7rII store list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Wex UK and ParkCameras.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
The A7sII preorder list:
In USA at Amazon, BHphoto, FocusCamera, Adorama.
In Europe at WexUK.
In Asia soon at Digitalrev.