Sony a7R II Review – First Impressions & Footage

Sony’s new A7rII is the first in the A7 family to record video in a 4K (UHD) quality internally. My colleague Sebastian Wöber already preformed a preliminary LAB test to the camera and found the quality in APS C (super 35) mode to be sightly better than in the full frame mode (exactly like Sony predicted). In this video I used both shooting modes and I dare you to spot the different between them….(1:45 to 1:51 is a good example).

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EDIT 1: Interested in a lowlight footage and review? Please check my latest review here: https://www.cinema5d.com/sony-a7rii-lowlight-footage-nighttime-shots/

EDIT 2: Interested in a lowlight comparison between the Sony A7rII and the Sony A7s? Check out our latest review by clicking here.

EDIT 3: Interested in a rolling shutter test– Compared to Sony A7s, Samsung NX1, Canon 1DC, Panasonic GH4Check out our latest review by clicking here

Now, if you are in a rush and have no time/patience to read my full Sony A7rII review, let me summarise it for you in two sentences:

– Sell your A7s (or any other photo camera that shoots video you currently have)
– Buy the new Sony A7rII ….

Sony’s engineers did a remarkable job getting it right. I can’t remember myself having so much fun shooting and then looking at the footage with any other photo camera that shoot video since starting reviewing those cameras. (I currently own the Sony A7s and Canon EOS 1DC).

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Ergonomically, this camera is thicker to hold than the Sony A7s and to my opinion it is just right. (Please not that most if not all Sony A7s cages will note fit the new camera). Sony also improved the shooting mode rotation wheel by adding a press lock button. It’s not that on the A7s this wheel was constantly twisting but undoubtedly for some this is a useful feature.

For us shooters, the EVF and LCD screen are one of the most important components in any camera let alone a 4K one, so I’m very happy to report that Sony took a step forward by improving the one found in the new A7rII in comparison to the EVF and LCD found on the A7s. The build-in EVF is by far the best I’ve ever used in any Sony camera up to date.

Camera menu and assign buttons. If you are a Sony user, you will feel immediately at home. The most noticeable changes over the A7s are:

– The recording file format and record setting are now on the same menu page5S6A0794
– You can now assign the movie record functionality to other buttons. I assigned mine to the AF/MF button so it was VERY easy to start recording with my thumb when holding the camera.
– Additional button (C4) was added, allowing even greater flexibility when assigning functions.
– What was not addressed is the possibility to assign an external button to the APS C/full frame mode. My solution is to have it ready in the menu, so by clicking twice (menu, then the desired crop mode) I can access it fast and easy.

SD cards: Like with ALL of Sony’s latest 4K photo cameras that can shoot video (RX100IV, RX10II), you can use an SDXC card which is larger than 32 GB, 90MB/s, U1 (class 10) standard in order to be able to record in 4K mode.

Light sensitivity: Sony’s A7rII native ISO is rated 800. I find it to be a perfect balance between sensitivity and the ability to use it when shooting in SLOG 2 outdoor. The big question is, “how good is it in low light in compression to the A7s”?. The day shoots in my review are all taken in ISO 800 but the ones in the first 23 seconds. Those are done in ISO 3200 up to 6400. We will publish a separate video within the next days to help determine how good the camera’s lowlight performance is.

Battery life: Same as with the A7s. For extended recording time I turn the camera to “flight mode”. Alternatively you can use the excellent Varavon TPower 7412 battery pack solution.

Picture quality:  I can easily say that this is currently the best photo camera that shoots video in the market. As a documentary shooter, Sony continues its tradition of introducing a “complete solution” rather then a “camera only” device. The XLR-K2 can accompany the new camera for a better audio. In my video review, most of the footage was take with Sony’s FE/PZ 28-135mm G lens which proved to be a perfect fit.

Downsides: 
-As this is my first encounter with the camera, the only major downside is its lower resolution when shooting high speed / slow motion (100/120fps in 720p). It looks like Sony wants us to buy an additional camera like the RX10II or RX100IV for enhanced slow motion performance …

-Rolling shutter on the new Sony A7RII is both good and bad. If you need a camera with good rolling shutter performance in 4K (UHD) you can either resort to the Sony A7RII Full Frame Mode or avoid this camera altogether and go with the Panasonic GH4 instead. The Sony A7s performs better, but the difference is not huge. (to read our full rolling shutter article. please click here)

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All in all, Sony, very well done!

Music used in this review: Always by Shawn Williams curtesy of themusicbed

Edited on Adobe Premiere CC2015, graded with James Miller’s LUTs

For those who are interested in the ungraded version: (download in in 4K)

Watch it on Vimeo

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Michael Westcott Reply
Michael Westcott August 2, 2015

great review and footage is king! Thanks!

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Johnnie Behiri August 2, 2015

Hi Michael. Thanks for taking the time watching and commenting about the video.

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Sebastian Kubatz August 2, 2015

where can I buy the Varavon TPower in Germany and are there any other battery options out there? purchased the 7r2 and it’ll arrive here on wednesday

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Johnnie Behiri August 2, 2015

Hi Sebastian.

I will check with Varavon on Monday morning and come back to you when I get the answer.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Johnnie Behiri September 29, 2015

Deniz,

Thanks for sharing the alternative products!

Johnnie

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Johnnie Behiri August 4, 2015

Hi Sebastian.

Varavon informed me that they don’t have a German distributor but you might be able to buy the battery at Camerakings in the UK or alternatively directly at varavon.com

Hope that’s help.

Thanks

Johnnie

Joe Montalto Reply
Joe Montalto August 2, 2015

I wish someone would just review the low light already!!!!!

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Johnnie Behiri August 2, 2015

Coming very soon.

Jason Knight Reply
Jason Knight August 2, 2015

I know it’s off topic what eyecup is on the camera in the photo?

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Art Alexeev August 2, 2015

Seconded, I kinda hate the “eyecup” on the A7 series, it’s a nightmare in bright conditions. Would really like to know how I can rectify that.

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Steven Waldstein August 2, 2015

+1 Inquiring minds want to know about the eye cup. Is it from bluestartproducts? I found these and thought it might be from them. http://bluestarproducts.ca/sg_userfiles/EyecushionChartNewDesignUPDATEDMarch252015.pdf

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Johnnie Behiri August 2, 2015

Hi Jason, Art, and Steven

At the end of the article under “ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT USED”- Others, you will see a link to:
Kinotehnik Blue Star Oval Small Eye. Thant’s the eyecup.

How to fit it all together? Take a look at this video: https://vimeo.com/103261808

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Steven Waldstein August 2, 2015

Thanks. Completely missed. it.

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Art Alexeev August 2, 2015

Thanks a lot for the tip, and for the coverage! Looking forward to your further discoveries!

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Laurance Marvin August 2, 2015

The compositions and editing are really well done the “tonal” range values are NOT. The shadow values are very smoky…to light and the exposure is 1.5 stops over exposed. The contrast is super flat..that my be a creative choice, but it destroys all of the other great work in this video. I see the A7RII also as a great game changer. You have to ask yourself…what is wrong with the people at NIKON ?

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Johnnie Behiri August 2, 2015

Hi Laurance,

Thanks for the input!.

Are you referring to the “graded version” or the SLOG 2 one?

Thanks.

Johnnie

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Leonard Norwitz August 2, 2015

Love your eyepiece. What is it exactly? Any idea where I can order one? I live in the U.S.

Thanks for the review. I’m expecting my a7Rii in the next couple of weeks.

Leonard

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Johnnie Behiri August 2, 2015

Hi Leonard

At the end of the article under “ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT USED”- Others, you will see a link to:
Kinotehnik Blue Star Oval Small Eye. Thant’s the eyecup. You can get it as B&H

How to fit it all together? Take a look at this video: https://vimeo.com/103261808

Thanks!

Johnnie

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James Whitehouse August 2, 2015

Where is the rolling shutter in this footage? I didn’t notice any.

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Kris August 2, 2015

Any heating issues? (Not sure if this was shot in a way that would provide meaningful insight. Could it, for instance, record a full 29 minutes at 4K internally, in 90F/32C weather?)

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Johnnie Behiri August 2, 2015

Hi Kris.

I must say that the camera was working hard during the shooting (hot) day but at any given I didn’t try shooting with it for 29 minutes.

If it’s beneficial for you in anyway, I can do so during Tuesday. Hope it’s going to be a hot day…:)

Thanks

Johnnie

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Alex H August 6, 2015

Just got the camera today and can confirm over heating issues with 4k. cool room ran for 40 minutes then turned off saying camera needs to cool down. In my hot office (25c) ran for 22 minutes. Can’t believe this issue isn’t anywhere in the recent reviews … its a huge problem and a deal breaker for many :(

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Johnnie Behiri August 11, 2015

Hi Alex.

Please keep us updated as I did not have this problem during my review and the camera is now back at Sony.

Thanks!

Johnnie

John Nelson Reply
John Nelson August 2, 2015

Yes I agree, the low light is a deciding factor me.

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Johnnie Behiri August 2, 2015

Hi John.

A low light test and a compression to the A7s coming soon.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Johnnie Behiri August 11, 2015

Hi John

Lowlight footage and review: https://www.cinema5d.com/sony-a7rii-lowlight-footage-nighttime-shots/

Thanks

Johnnie

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Daniel Vuong August 3, 2015

Nice video,
I’m still blown away what sony is doing right now.
I still only have my Canon 7D, but just got recently the 70-200mm f2.8 IS as a birthday present.
Right now I probably wait what Canon brings with the 5Dmk4 (what I heavily doubt).
But hopefully the the AF with metabones adapter is really that good as people are saying.
The A7RII just looks as the perfect hybrid camera to me (tho I can’t afford it yet)

Btw I saw the you shot the video in Vienna, where I study and live there. Thanks for such a great video and review!

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GELAX STUDIO August 3, 2015

Canon won’t amaze U,C100M2 is above all 5D series,which cannot shoot 4K and its DR is only 11 stops

Also u need to take notice of the dual AF system ,it is only working silently with STM lens,non-STM lens will make annoying noise ,even with USM lens(due to the interal len-motor)

Unfortunately there are very few STM lens for users to choose now.
Unlike the canon EF lens, all Sony E-mount lens works silently and some of they featured powerzoom !

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Daniel Vuong August 3, 2015

Well I’ve never said Canon will amaze me. Its more like there’s some little hope left, they’d bring something out with at least some good improvements, therefore I wrote “I highly doubt it” :P
We all know Canon could easily be able for some good stuff, but it seems more the company policy/mentality is against the way sony is acting on the market right now. unfortunately :(
I don’t have any choice than waiting anyways because as a usual uni student I dont have money.
So A7RII or the next “real” 5D? It doesnt matter.

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Johnnie Behiri August 3, 2015

Hi Daniel.

Thanks for watching the video and commenting.

Don’t hold your breath for the 5Dmk4. It looks like Canon is trying to differentiate between DSLRs and their C line. I guess they will concentrate more on the professional market with their up coming C500 which will combat the Alexa in that market.

Regarding the Sony A7rII. The metabones works well in photo mode but so so in video mode so don’t count on it too much.

Regarding Vienna. An amazing clean safe easy going town. No wonder it gets higher ranks for life quality.

Thank you!

Johnnie

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Daniel Vuong August 3, 2015

yeah it kinda sucks, that Canon is going this route. But seeing they are splitting so many things
like their cinema and dslr line (stills/video, 750d/760d, 5ds/5dsr etc.) I see the 5dmk4 will be probably a dissapointment.
Well I’m still more on the still side with a bit video. So the A7RII would be the best of both, like you said the best photo camera with video.
And regarding the AF in video, I’d probably also use some dedicated e-mount lenses if I really need AF in video.
But now its time for some extra money saving haha :D

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Frank Ayar August 3, 2015

Laurance Marvin your comentary is absolutely correct, technically this video is poorly done, the colors do not match the reality, the contrast does not exist, there are also problems with the color temperature and gamma very low, sorry Behiri

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Johnnie Behiri August 3, 2015

Hi Frank.

Thankfully not everybody has to like what I do and shoot.

As I already answered you in Vimeo, that was my choice to “paint” the early morning in blue.

I encourage you do download the ungraded version, colour correct it and share with the community. I will happily publish it in this review with a given credit to you.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Frank Ayar August 3, 2015

Sorry Mr.Behiri but There’s none so blind as those who will not see

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Johnnie Behiri August 3, 2015

I like poetry too!

Thanks!

johnnie

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Frank Ayar August 4, 2015

This was not poetry, was an old proverb

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Johnnie Behiri August 4, 2015

Frank.

Last attempt from my side.
It is only a camera review. Can we please keep it civilised?

Thanks!

Johnnie

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GELAX STUDIO August 3, 2015

Hi Johnnie,are all videos shooted by handhold?

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Johnnie Behiri August 3, 2015

Hi GELAX STUDIO

From minute 2:04 all handheld.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Francesco Marzullo August 3, 2015

a summary of a review should not be to sell a camera to buy another. Your blogs are the ones that feed the idea that a more expensive camera produces better movies. you are a consumerist

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Johnnie Behiri August 3, 2015

Hi Francesco.

I guess we can both agree that this camera (like others) is only a tool. it has little to do with “creativity”.

Now. As many of us are shooting “once in a life time events” (be it documentaries, weddings, image videos, etc), its better to do it with the best available tool your money can buy.
If you are a working professional or an enthusiastic shooter who cares about the technical quality of your equipment, then to my opinion the Sony A7rII is currently the best available tool at a certain price point.

Hope my “Sell your camera” statement is clearer now.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Kaster Troy August 3, 2015

Great video and fantastic composition! I really like the grade too. Looks just like the type of grade Philip Bloom would do. One question… Why do you think the image quality and low light is better while in S35 mode rather than FF? On the a7s, the picture quality and low light is much better in FF mode than aps-c. So you would think it would be the same way on the a7rII.

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Greg Latham August 3, 2015

That’d be Millers deLUTS, which Bloom uses a lot as well. I personally like them a lot but some find the look a little ‘Instagram-y’ which is a little unfair.

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Kaster Troy August 3, 2015

Lol yepp, that’s the first thing I thought of was Deluts! It is very “instagram-y” gives it kind of an 80’s feel i think.

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Johnnie Behiri August 3, 2015

Hi Kaster.

Please take a look at our LAB tests. It might explain better our findings.

Image quality: https://www.cinema5d.com/sony-a7rii-a7s-lab/
Lowlight: https://www.cinema5d.com/sony-a7rii-sony-a7s-lowlight-review/

The S35 4K crop mode is claimed by Sony to provide the best quality video image. This is because it does not use pixel binning techniques to create a 4K image from the 42 MP sensor.

Thank you!

Johnnie

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Michael Pansini August 3, 2015

Thanks for your review and the footage and edit provided. I think it gives people a very good idea of the capabilities of this camera, as well as a demonstration of the huge strides that Sony has made in the space in a very short time. The footage looks lovely and it shows that the A7rII is more than capable of being a workhorse camera for a lot of different styles of production. I’m not in a rush to sell my A7s and shogun combo just yet though, but when I need a second camera this will be a no brainer for me. Somewhat surprised though by the tone and general negativity in this comments section, its just a camera guys, not the second coming !

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Johnnie Behiri August 3, 2015

Hi Michael.

Thanks for taking the time watching the video and commenting.

We will run another test soon between the A7rII internal 4K recording and the Sony A7s/Shogun combo.

And yes, some negativity in this comment section but that’s acceptable as long as it is professional and not personal….

Thanks again!

Johnnie

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niky narchos August 3, 2015

…should I also sell my canon 1dc..??

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Johnnie Behiri August 3, 2015

Hi niky.

If it wasn’t about loosing so much money I would have sold my 1DC too….

If you find someone who would like to by our cameras, let me know :)

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Jonathan Pais August 3, 2015

I’ve read that this camera has heat issues when recording 4K…

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Johnnie Behiri August 3, 2015

Hi Jonathan.

My friend Dan Chung was running into an overheating problem with the camera when shooting in 4K.

I’m yet to have this problem. If and when I do, I’ll edit my review and include this information.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Jonathan Pais August 3, 2015

Thanks Johnnie, that’s the review I was referring to. As it is, I am limited to 29 minutes shooting video with my GH4 and I’ve yet to shoot anything non-stop for that long anyway. So as long as the Sony doesn’t overheat before that time, it wouldn’t make a difference in my case.

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Alex H August 6, 2015

Just got the camera today and can confirm over heating issues with 4k. cool room ran for 40 minutes then turned off saying camera needs to cool down. In my hot office ran for 22 minutes. Can’t believe this issue isn’t anywhere in the recent reviews … its a huge problem and a deal breaker for many :(

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Johnnie Behiri August 7, 2015

Hi Alex.

Truly sorry to hear (bad news for all of us)!

I’m yet to experience the overheating phenomenon myself.
Will ask Sony if they can comment about this issue some of us are experiencing.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Roberto Garces August 3, 2015

Thanks for your work. It is good information for those of us considering this camera. I am not sure if there is an issue with my laptop screen but it seems to me that this “LUTs thing” is starting to get out of hand. I wouldn’t be surprised if this very same video shot on a Betacam SP will “feel” more appealing.

Thanks again.

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Johnnie Behiri August 3, 2015

Hi Roberto.

Thanks for the thumbs up.

Please try downloading the ungraded version and see if it looks better for your eyes without the “LUTs thing”.

Betacam SP…a name from the far past….and to compare for how much Sony was selling those to broadcasters and what we have now…

Thanks.

Johnnie

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Roberto Garces August 4, 2015

Hi Johnnie.

Thanks for your reply.

I am afraid I didn’t explain myself properlly. I am not a native English speaking person.

I meant to say that perhaps we are going on a direction where some LUTs are getting kind of too out of reality. I mentioned Betacam SP because you could get fantastic colours that were “real” and very lovely without very sophysticated workflows. Of course it was very expensive. Not all could afford it, unlike the models today.

Have a good day,

Roberto.

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Johnnie Behiri August 5, 2015

Hi Roberto. We both aren’t… so no worries…:)

The Sony A7s/A7rII can produce very nice colours “out of the box” (see my year old A7s test https://www.cinema5d.com/sleep-eat-taste-wine-and-relax-a-sony-a7s-camera-video-review/ It was all shot with “PP off picture profile” and no LUT was applied afterwards.

Regarding LUTs. Personally I’m getting to like the workflow/freedom when working with those. True, sometimes it is getting out of hands and the possibilities are ENDLESS, nevertheless, it is a great way to explore, get to know your equipment better and dive into a world of creativity which was not possible before.

Now. I’m not a colourist or naiver pretend to be one. The look I add is reflecting my personal taste/mood at a given time. That is why I’m currently always adding a “non graded version” of the footage I take so people can unlock the true potential of any reviewed camera by manipulating the colours by themselves. (over 600 people already downloaded the ungraded version of the above video so I guess the thought behind adding such a version is correct.

Anyway, hope we both agree that “out of the box” footage can look marvellous and from the other hand, it won’t hurt to explore a bit with LUTs….:)

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Roberto Garces August 7, 2015

Hi Johnie.

You are right, we both agree on that “out of the box” can look great and that it doesn’t hurt to explore a bit with LUTs.

Let’s just don’t loose the good habit of aiming to getting nice looking “out of the box” footage in the first place. For instance, using a ND filter instead of relying on software for colour correction.

Thanks for your reply and your good work.

Roberto.

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Michael Carmine August 3, 2015

When will you guys do your Rolling shutter test of Sony A7rII?

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Johnnie Behiri August 3, 2015

Coming soon!

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Johnnie Behiri August 4, 2015

Hi Michael.

Here we go: https://www.cinema5d.com/sony-a7rii-rolling-shutter/

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Ben Neal August 4, 2015

Wonderful footage!

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Johnnie Behiri August 4, 2015

Thank you Ben, appreciated!.

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Arturo Bandini August 4, 2015

Your “independent” review? As opposed to what other review? Cinema5D also non-“independent” reviews? I think you could just say review and leave off the “indie” marketing term. :)

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Johnnie Behiri August 4, 2015

Arturo, am I missing something?

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Ben Neal August 4, 2015

Frank, that was an excellent comment! Hilarious! I’ve never heard anything like it on the internet before. I told you to fuck off, because you need to fuck off! You came on here solely to bitch at the guy who made this video and to start a fight. You also did the same on vimeo. Johnnie was very nice to you, accepted your criticism, and even advised that you color correct it yourself and he would post it, giving you credit. However, that was not good enough for you. You obviously just wanted to start another pointless fight on the internet, so, once again, fuck off Frank! I’m not replying to you.

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Ben Neal August 4, 2015

Hey Johnnie,

I’m not sure if my comment posted, but I’m about to buy a new camera. I have my choices down to the C100, GH4, A7s, and this camera. Which camera would you suggest buying? I want to film documentaries, narrative films, and commercial stuff like weddings.

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Johnnie Behiri August 4, 2015

Hi Ben.

My current favorite camera out of the first 3 is the Sony A7s.

Regarding the A7rII. The footage coming out of it in 4K is very clean and nice!. It was truly a pleasure working and testing this camera.

Before recommending it over the A7s I need to investigate further more the overheating issue reported by my friend Dan Chung. (I didn’t have this problem yet). The other thing I’m about to test is the HD quality coming out of this camera as not all of my stuff will be filmed in 4K….

I hope to shoot my HD test review during Thursday and then upload the short feature on Friday. By then I’ll be more knowledgeable and be able to give you a more concrete advice.

Last. If possible, please try before you buy. What works for me and my shooting style, might not work for you or others.

Thank you!!

Johnnie

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Ben Neal August 4, 2015

Thanks so much! I look forward to your other tests!

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Ben Neal August 4, 2015

Oh, and I forgot to ask, I’ve heard that the A7s records 4k externally, but I’m not really sure what that means. Could you explain that for me?

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Johnnie Behiri August 4, 2015

The Sony A7s records HD internally and can record to an external recorder like the Atomos Shogun or Convergent Design’s Odyssey 7Q in 4K.

You can learn more from a video we recorded back at NAB 2014 interviewing Jeromy Young from Atomos: https://www.cinema5d.com/nab-2014-video-atomos-shogun-gets-the-4k-out-of-sonys-a7s/ or about the Q7 here: https://www.cinema5d.com/convergent-design-odyssey-7q-adds-hdmi-4k-recorder/

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Carlos Acuesta August 5, 2015

Hi Johnnie. great footage. i wonder if you used auto focus of all the footage, if so, it appears that the auto-focus is great! Do you have slowmo features of this camera? Thanks

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Johnnie Behiri August 5, 2015

Hi Carlos.

Thanks!

All was shot in manual focus (although auto focus with the Sony’s 28-135mm f/4 G lens is a breeze).

Slow mo….

-in 1080p the max frame rate can be 50/60 fps
-In 720 the max frame rate is 100/120 fps

Hope that helps.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Carlos Acuesta August 5, 2015

Thanks Johnnie, thumbs up!

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niky narchos August 5, 2015

…is my red one mx going up for sale also..?

thanks for the test.

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delaflow.com August 5, 2015

we want low light reviev :)

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Chris Quevedo August 5, 2015

hey how did he get that eye piece attached to the sony? he posted a few pics of the same thing on his a7S and I would LOVE for a way to do this

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RONALD WEISSMAN August 10, 2015

Any recommendation for a Sony or Canon-mount standard zoom for run and gun situations for S35 video–given S35’s better low light performance? The PZ 28-135, at 42mm, isn’t wide enough to be practical.

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Johnnie Behiri August 10, 2015

Hi Ronald.

Please check my lowlight review and test footage here: https://www.cinema5d.com/sony-a7rii-lowlight-footage-nighttime-shots/

-The 28-135mm is also not fast enough for some night situation (f/4).
-I guess the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 will do well. For now I’m using the Tokina 11-16mm 2.8. Around 14mm there is no vignetting and it is wide enough. of course the zoom side is very limited but for now it is the best solution I have.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Johnnie Behiri August 11, 2015

Hi Ronald.

Your question is proved to be the hardest to answer. It’s crazy no one is manufacturing such a lens…

The Canon 24-105mm f/4 was my main run&gun lens but it’s not wide enough when shooting crop, not fast enough for lowlight and not sharp enough compered to other lenses (so why did I actually use it)….:)

Seriously speaking, The Tokina 11-16mm works well although the zoom range is not there. I’m yet to test the Sigma 18-35mm and see if any good in combination with this camera.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Roman Königshofer December 11, 2015

Hi Johnnie,

but when you shoot crop on the a7rII you can just use a speedbooster with the 24-105, right?
So it roughly becomes a 24-105 f2,8 which is an awesome rund and gun lens. Or is my thinking wrong?

Roman

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Johnnie Behiri December 15, 2015

Hi Roman.

You are thinking right, the thing is, this is relatively a soft lens. You start noticing the differences only when using other lenses.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Hunter Jackson August 11, 2015

Hi Johnnie,

I’ve been reading a ton of reviews and thinking about purchasing the A7Rii. Do you use sony lenses or a metabones adaptor? Also was the footage shot in full frame or super 35 crop?

I’d love to know your thoughts on the aliasing/moire effect in full frame as well as the high ISO limits in FF vs. S35.

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Johnnie Behiri August 11, 2015

Hi Hunter J.

In this particular review I mostly used the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G. (the minority of the shotes were done with Samyang 35mm T/1.5 Cine, Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8 and Canon 70-200mm f/4).

The footage is a mixture of both modes. (Crop mode is a bit sharper and cleaner but FF is absolutely usable).

Regarding lowlight performance, please take a moment to read my review and see the footage here: https://www.cinema5d.com/sony-a7rii-lowlight-footage-nighttime-shots/

Thank you!

Johnnie

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Oscar M August 16, 2015

Is this a fried sensor or what is going on :(

http://tinypic.com/r/14446×5/8

Any answers would be appreciated.

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Johnnie Behiri August 17, 2015

Hi Oscar.

Unless I get it wrong, the provided link has not enough information to conclude if it is a fried sensor or not.

Thanks!

Johnnie

Matt Norman Reply
Matt Norman August 19, 2015

Hi there, so as an owner of the 1DC are you saying that this camera beats the 1dc?

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Johnnie Behiri August 19, 2015

Hi Matt.

Leaving the photo capabilities of both cameras aside as I did not test the A7rII for photos, I would say yes!.

The 1DC is a great camera and I love it for video (https://vimeo.com/95684251) BUT, it falls short when comparing it to the Sony A7rII in functionality, usability and lowlight performance.

The aesthetics of the video is different. Many (including myself) love the “out of the box” Canon look but with a bit of attention, you can bring the Sony to look similar.

It’s a shame that Canon never updated the 1DC. (besides some minor audio enhancements). The Sony on the other hand is a total solution. The build in EVF is great (so you don’t have to invest on an external EVF), the XLR audio attachment can help you to achieve better quality audio and the 28-135mm f/4 G zoom lens can be a valid accessory if you are looking for a modestly priced true ENG style zoom lens.

So here we go. A total solution vs. a camera only.

Hope that helps.

Thank you!

Johnnie

Tony Johnson Reply
Tony Johnson August 20, 2015

no mention that shooting 4k generates too much heat so it shuts down after about 8 – 13 mins ?

thats a pretty big reason not to buy this.

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Johnnie Behiri August 20, 2015

Hi Tony.

The review is my own experience. During my long shooting day the camera did not shut down even once. It can be due to the fact that I did not shoot (very) long sequences.

I’m fully aware that some users are experiencing overheating problems but if you look closely, for some the camera switches off after longer periods of time, not 8-13 min so there is no “rule” here

At the end of the day, it really depends what you shoot. I can be that this camera is not the right one for long interviews, concerts, weddings or anything that requires long sequences.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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john hardaway September 28, 2015

Here is a music video which we shot entirely on the sony a7rii (except the drone footage). The slow mo was shot at 720p. Pay particular attention to the slow mo in the low light situations (half way through the video). My goodness! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3iigMsWovY

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Johnnie Behiri September 29, 2015

Hi John.

Thanks for sharing!. Indeed an impressive piece of work. Congratulations!

Johnnie

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john hardaway October 19, 2015

thankyou!

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Pablo Pucci October 18, 2015

1- Which Picture profile did you use? If you used s-Log 2 can you give me an advise on how to expose?

2- Which software did you use for color correction?

3- Which Lut´s did you use or recommend?

Thanks

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Pablo Pucci October 18, 2015

-4 on handheld shots did you use a grip or cage or just your skilled hands?