Following on from the game-changing Sony a7, the full-frame a7 II is a credible option to those looking for a more compact alternative to a full frame DSLR, the new model adds a 5-axis image stabilization system covering up, down, yaw left & right, and pitch up & down, this provides equivalent compensation to that of using a 4.5 step slower shutter speed. A highly sophisticated Hybrid AF system, which is 30% faster than that of the A7 offers a wide area of coverage allowing tracking 1.5x better than its predecessor, which you can depend on making this ideal for sports, or wildlife photography.
From a design & aesthetics perspective the new model offers better, more rugged build quality featuring a bigger grip, a new front dial & relocated shutter release button aimed at optimizing the user experience. The repositioned on/off switch is operable with the index finger helping with the start-up time which Sony claim is 40% quicker than its predecessor.
Videographers have been included int he updates, with support for the XACV S codec allowing a bit-rate of 50Mbps, as well as the option to record in shareable MP4 format, as well as AVCHD or XACV S simultaneously.
In addition to the new features, the a7 II also plays host to a 3-inch, tilting LCD, a XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, a Multi-interface (hot) shoe, Wi-Fi with NFC, and 1080/60p video recording, featuring XAVC S recording, & a new 'flat' picture profile.