November 21, 2014
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Sony A7m2 updated roundup post! Size comparison with the A7.

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Sorry for the fun tweet on top but Sony really has shown they can make the impossible possible by adding 5 axis stabilization on the FE cameras. I am wondering how Canon and Nikon managers will feel now :)

Time to extend our Sony A7m2 roundup post. Here is all the news that matters!
Worldwide only preorder is at Amazon Japan.
Full spec list and videos on SAR.
Full english A7m2 features list on SAR.
Image samples here on Sony.net.
Real life Images of the A7m2 on SAR.
A7II press and images at Sony Japan.
Image samples here at Sony Japan.
A7m2 discussion on SonyAlphaForum.
Sony Japan Unveils the a7II Mirrorless Camera, 70-300mm G SSM II A-Mount Lens (BHphoto).
Sony Announces A7 II – Nail in Coffin for Nikon and Canon? (JorgeTorralba).
Thoughts on the A7m2 by TheDigitalDigest.

The main things you need to know about the A7m2:
1)
Camera will be released in Japan on December 5 and cost 190,000 yen. It will ship in Europe in January for 1.799 Euro (no US price info yet).
2) It has an amazing 5axis on sensor stabilization. It works both in stills and video mode with up to 4,5 stop stabilization (CIPA standard).
3) The 5 axis stabilization is a world’s first on a FF camera and is also a Sony proprietary tech (not borrowed from the Olympus OMD). Source: SonyAlphaForum.
4) 5 axis stabilization works with all third party lenses (Source: SonyAlphaForum).
5) Sensor is the “almost” the same as the one used by the A7. But autofocus speed is 30% faster
6) The A7m2 has the shutter button on top of the grip and a new grip and texture on the A7 body.
7) It has a robust mount ring. No need to replace it with the Fotodiox solution :)
8) A7m2 has XAVC-s and X-Log2
9) Picture of Nikon and Canon managers after the A7m2 launch (SAR twitter) ;)

Sony A7m2 vs Sony A7 perfect size comparison via CameraSize:
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November 20, 2014
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Looks like the 5 axis stabilization works with third party (Leica M, Zeiss ZM…) lenses!

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The official Sony.net A7m2 presentation site doesn’t say if the Sony sensor stabilization works with third party (non Sony lenses) too. And there is only a footnote for third party adapters used on the A7 with the stabilization system. It says:

When using a third-party mount adapter, performance, functionality and operation are not guaranteed and Sony will take no responsibility if a malfunction occurs.

So it sounds like it actually works for all third party lens and adapter solutions! And here is an interesting image posted on Sonyalphaforum (via DC.watch) which shows how you can manually set the 5 axis stabilization for any focal length!


So is the new A7m2 is the holy grail for all manual lens owners?  If that is correct it means for the first time in history owners of lenses like the Leica M, Zeiss ZM, Konica Hexanon, Olympus OM series (and so on and so on) will get fully stabilized lens on a Full Frame camera!

Sony also stated that this 5 axis stabilization is not(!) borrowed from another company (aka Olympus OMD) but is fully proprietary (Source: Digitalcamera). And you gain up to 4.5 stops…CIPA certified(!). Sony said they wanted to include this feature on a “budget FE” camera first to make it quickly available for the mass. We can be 100% sure this is coming on the Sony A9 too (to be announced in January). The stabilization system also works for both stills and video mode! There is a first not so “professional” A7m2 5 axis stabilization test video on youtube. And here is the official Sony video which explains how the 5 axis stabilization actually works:

 

Sony A7m2:
Worldwide only preorder is at Amazon Japan.
Full spec list and videos on SAR.
Full english A7m2 features list on SAR.
Image samples here on Sony.net.
Real life Images of the A7m2 on SAR.

Triple A-mount lens release:
70-300mm II official release not on SAR.
First images of the 24-70mm II and 16-35mm II A-mount lens son SAR.

A-mount A77M2 firmware:
Coming in December with two great new features (here on SAR).

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One more thing:
Sony RX100 now sells for ridiculously low $329 at BigValue on eBay (Click here)
Full Black Friday deals can be seen on at that Amazon US page (Click here to see the long list).

November 20, 2014
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The big roundup: All you have to know about the new A7m2 (and the three A-mount lenses and A77m2 firmware)

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Today Sony announced the A7M2 (in Japan only!), three new (updated) A-mount lenses and the A-mount A77M2 firmware update (great stuff!). Here is the perfect overview to learn everything about the new products:)

Sony A7m2:
Worldwide only preorder is at Amazon Japan.
Full spec list and videos on SAR.
Full english A7m2 features list on SAR.
Image samples here on Sony.net.
Real life Images of the A7m2 on SAR.

Triple A-mount lens release:
70-300mm II official release not on SAR.
First images of the 24-70mm II and 16-35mm II A-mount lens son SAR.

A-mount A77M2 firmware:
Coming in December with two great new features (here on SAR).

The main things you need to know about the A7m2:
1)
Camera will be released in Japan on December 5 and cost 190,000 yen. It will ship in Europe in January for 1.799 Euro (no US price info yet).
2) It has an amazing 5axis on sensor stabilization. It works both in stills and video mode with up to 4,5 stop stabilization (CIPA standard).
3) The 5 axis stabilization is a world’s first on a FF camera and is also a Sony proprietary tech (not borrowed from the Olympus OMD). Source: SonyAlphaForum.
4) 5 axis stabilization works with all third party lenses (Source: SonyAlphaForum).
5) Sensor is the “almost” the same as the one used by the A7. But autofocus speed is 30% faster
6) The A7m2 has the shutter button on top of the grip and a new grip and texture on the A7 body.
7) It has a robust mount ring. No need to replace it with the Fotodiox solution :)
8) A7m2 has XAVC-s and X-Log2
9) Picture of Nikon and Canon managers after the A7m2 launch (SAR twitter) ;)

This is a really impressive camera for the money! All your lenses from Sony and third party lenses from every rangefinder/Mirrorless/DSLR system are now “miraculously” stabilized!

And SAR readers seem to really love this new camera:

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Videos:


α7Ⅱ from Sony: Official Video Release


α7 Ⅱ 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE from Sony: Official Video Release

November 20, 2014
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Sony A7m2 to sell for 1.799€ in Europe! Still no info on $$$ price.

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Image on top shows the new 75-300mmII A-mount lens on the new A7mII.

Neither Sony US (Click here) nor Sony Europe (Click here) do yet list the new Sony A7m2. But at least I got the pricing info for Europe (via SonyAlphaForum):

A7m2 body will cost 1.799 Euro
A7M2 with 28-70mm lens will cost 2.099 Euro
Both will ship from January

The new SAL-70300G2 will cost 1.199 Euro and ship by end of March.

Reminder:

Sony A7m2:
Worldwide only preorder is at Amazon Japan.
Full spec list and videos on SAR.
Full english A7m2 features list on SAR.
Image samples here on Sony.net.
Real life Images of the A7m2 on SAR.

Triple A-mount lens release:
70-300mm II official release not on SAR.
First images of the 24-70mm II and 16-35mm II A-mount lens son SAR.

A-mount A77M2 firmware:
Coming in December with two great new features (here on SAR).

 

November 20, 2014
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“Real life” Sony A7m2 pics and comparison with the A7.

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DC.watch posted that set of “real life” A7m2 pictures from the presentation in Tokyo. The image on tops shows the A7m more protruding grip (camera below) compared to the current A7. This makes it possible to put the shutter button on the way more comfortable top of the grip. it will also make it easier to hold the camera with larger lenses attached.

All you need to know about the new A7m2 can be found here:
Worldwide only preorder is at Amazon Japan.
Full spec list and videos on SAR.
Full english A7m features list on SAR.
Image samples here on Sony.net.

Click on the images to see the large version:

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