Sony a7R II vs a7S II Made Easy In This Video Comparison

January 30th, 2016
Sony a7R II vs a7S II Made Easy In This Video Comparison

B&H, in association with Zacuto, has put together a handy video comparing the features & image performance of the Sony a7R II and Sony a7S II cameras.

a7R II vs a7s II: The Debate Rages On

The a7R II vs a7S II debate is an interesting one. Despite one being designed primarily for video and the other for photography, it’s not a clear-cut yes or no answer. Adding 4K and full frame/crop features into the mix produce a range of results over the two mirrorless camera bodies.

We posted this detailed article back in November, giving great insight into the comparisons between the two—both in 4K/1080 and Full frame/cropped sensor modes.

The above video condenses the information nicely and agrees with our findings regarding image performance. Here they are in a nutshell:

  • a7S II better than a7R II in low light (a7R II capped at 25,600 ISO)
  • a7R II cleaner in low light in cropped mode than in full frame mode
  • a7S II optimum 4K performance in full frame mode
  • a7R II optimum 4K performance is in cropped mode
  • Both cameras more of less on par in optimum 4K modes (a7R II falls behind in 4K full frame mode)
  • a7R II slightly worse rolling shutter than a7S II
  • a7R II better with rolling shutter in full frame than in cropped mode

a7R II vs a7S II

a7R II vs a7S II: The Pros of Each

There’s also a few features that separate the two. Below I’ve listed what can be considered ‘pros’ over the alternative camera body.

Sony a7S II

  • 120 FPS 1080
  • S-Log 3
  • Gamma Display Assist
  • ISO range 102,400 – 409.600

Sony a7R II

  • 4K mode in Full Frame and Cropped Mode
  • More Auto Focus points (399 v 169)
  • Faster AF performance with Metabones Adaptor
  • 42 Megapixel Stills

Here’s part 3 of the video that sums everything up very nicely.

Our November article goes into far more detail from an image performance perspective a7RII vs a7S II. If you haven’t already, you should definitely check it out!

 

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Markus Lubenica
Markus Lubenica
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When you’ll learn that no A7* is able to do 4k internal, neither external?! Please don’t always repeat Sonys consumer sales man lies in senseless affiliate marketing blogs. It’s UHD! :P

Ruben Fernandez Naar
MemberJanuary 30th, 2016

yeah yeah yeah, we all know it´s UHD. for practical intents and purposes it´s 4k.

Ram Sarup
Ram Sarup
GuestJanuary 30th, 2016

(Facepalm)

Peter Nicoll
MemberJanuary 30th, 2016

The A7Rii is still surprising capable as a video Camera. One helpful element is that is base ISO is better for shooting in broad daylight.

Here is a great example.

https://vimeo.com/153142836

João Rosa
MemberJanuary 30th, 2016

sooooo, please clarify me on this, since it was the first time i’ve heard about it. On the 7Sii, if you use cine manual lenses, you have to add manually the focus length of the lens, BUT it only stabilizes in 3 axes ?! Not on 5 ?! (min 5:43). Thanks

Eric Darling
Eric Darling
MemberJanuary 31st, 2016

5-axis stabilization is limited to Sony’s own electronic lenses.

Anonymous
Anonymous
GuestJanuary 31st, 2016

Both the video and photography review comparisons were the most helpful I have seen to date. It is extremely helpful to understand that the A7RII in the hands of an advanced photographer and videographer can be set up to have almost all the virtues of the A7SII and few weaknesses along with its extra strengths. For me this answered all my concerns and as we heed a camera to do both well we will land on getting the A7RII as long as the firmware fix really corrects the overheating internal 4 K UHD issue

Sean Conley
Sean Conley
GuestJanuary 31st, 2016

A7rII can shoot 4K in APS-C mode, a7sii cannot. A7sii shoots 120fps in 1080, a7rii does not. A7sii has better low light. The end.

BX Miklos Nemeth
MemberJanuary 31st, 2016

If only at least one of them had touch-screen for touch-to-autofocus or touch-to-magnify.

Joachim Richter
MemberFebruary 1st, 2016

Sony, please give me this camera:
A7s II with AF and 4K APS-C mode from A7r II

 Othmar Heidegger
Othmar Heidegger
MemberNovember 18th, 2016

Vielen Dank für diesen fundierten Test!

 MARTHA FLORES
MARTHA FLORES
MemberJuly 5th, 2017

Hi thanks for the post.
Do you know if is possible to install “Gamma Display Assist” in a 7RII?

 Alastair Archibald
Alastair Archibald
MemberAugust 19th, 2018

I have both: the A7S II for video, extreme macro and night street scenes, and the A7R II for high-detail stills.

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