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Sony A7S II | Hands-On Field Test In NYC {CSTV}

By Anthony Thurston on October 17th 2015

We have talked a lot about the a7R II, thanks to its 42mp sensor and 4K video recording. But Sony’s latest A7 series camera, the A7S II, is now available and many of you are surely wondering which model to spring for.

Now, the biggest and most obvious difference between the a7R II and the A7S II is the sensor. 42MP in the a7R II and 12MP in the A7S, and while in traditional photography circles this may be an advantage for the a7R II, in the video and low light photography world it is a major advantage to the A7S II.

[REWIND: 5 Ways That I Customize My A7R II Work Better for Me]

In the video I am sharing with you today, the guys over at The Camera Store TV have done another brilliant hands-on field test, this time featuring the new A7S II. It is not only a great overview of the camera, its abilities, and new features over the previous A7S – but it’s also a perfect example of the video you can get out of the new camera.

Personally, I agree with Chris, the a7R II is the better all around camera. But if you fall into one of those specialties that could really benefit from the low light and video performance, then obviously the A7S II is the better choice for your bag.

What do you guys think of the new A7S II? Would you choose the A7S II or the a7R II if given the choice? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[Via CSTV on Youtube]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dan Boey

    The a7s wasn’t really meant to appeal to the pro photographer as much as a videographer. These updates to its second gen (4K internal, 120fps, Slog3) are absolutely great and I would never say A7rii has the edge unless your priority is taking stills. They even mention in the review that the A7rii (although it also shoots 4K) doesn’t look good unless its cropped into APS-C mode.
    For a street photographer i’d also recommend the a7sii over the a7rii because of the better low light hands down.
    In the end it would great to have both but my money is in for the a7sii purely because i shoot videos 90% of the time, also the overheating being a possibility w the a7rii is a real turn off.

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  2. Branko Sreckovic

    Hmmmmmm I am Nikonian (still) and my bet is S. But I don’t print photos which size is in feet or meters.
    The smaller the size of file the better and faster handling of recorded data. Also I didn’t retire yet my D70s so I am not good reviewer.

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  3. Jeremy Adams

    Love Chris and Jordan’s reviews.

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  4. robert garfinkle

    As many of you know, I’m not a Sony camera guy…

    But, if I were to spring for one or the other, I might first be inclined to only get the “R” and not the “S”, as it goes the “R” sounds like it’d apeal more to me based on what type of photography I do…

    Actually, and wondering if anyone agrees – that the low light, video features hit me more as a Family camera, not so much as a professional camera… why? well, the first place my head went, with low light and video, was a kid’s birthday party, or some event like that, where you don’t need epic-size images produced, yet need to capture family / friend type events, even video…

    But, the “R” seems like it’d appeal more to a photographer who does landscape / studio work, almost in the same category as the D810…

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    • Max C

      Kids parties are usually in the afternoon not late night. Weddings are usually late night so professionals do use both the R and the S. Try to think before you type. A lot of Canon & Nikon guys are trying to imply that the camera is not a professional camera even though the camera is full-frame and have all the features and more of the other two brands. If you are happy with canon & nikon, that is fine because they also make great cameras but stop trying to insult people who use sony.

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    • robert garfinkle

      Sorry Max, no problem. Yeah, probably should have worded it differently, and did not mean to be insulting – as I can see how it’d come off that way… no offense

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