Sony A7rII surprise conclusion at DearSusans: “They have done what only film manufacturers bothered to do before them. They have crafted a look”.
This is probably the most “philosophical” A7rII review to date. Dearsusans claims that “While my informal and brief testing can’t let me conclude that anything in the quantity department is any better than before (resolution, dynamic range …) quality is a quantum leap ahead in the A7rII.”
And with Quality they mean theA7rII images have a much improved “aesthetics” suggesting that Sony completely changed the way images get produced:
It seems that, through the combination of slightly lower contrast, better white balance and something else…colours show better differentiation. Without being more saturated, they feel bolder and more balanced. Photographs, even when pushed hard, don’t get that slightly cartoonish look that happened on occasion with the previous camera.
Black and White photos: What I’m seeing is not only more clarity, notably in the shadows, but also better, smoother tonality. Even with contrast pushed significantly read way too much, as above ? ), photographs remain rich and smooth. This was not always the case with the A7r which could sometimes become grainy and harsh.
They have done what only film manufacturers bothered to do before them. They have crafted a look.
A7rII (left) vs A7r (right): “Colours and tones are more differentiated, the photo seems brighter and more lively. Resolution is also slightly better and holds sharpening better, too.”
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