Prepare your wallet. The Sony a7 II is here, and it’s amazing

Sony has just launched the later iteration of their extremely popular Alpha series of mirrorless cameras in the A7 II. The device marks Sony’s first device with five-axis image stabilization. The a7 II packs an impressive set of specs, particularly for such a small device. With 24.3 effective megapixels, the 35mm Exmor CMOS Sensor gives crisp, lifelike colors, and sharp, blur-free images, particularly when combined with the built-in stabilization. This allows for amazing low-light shots, without the need for a tripod.

For A-mount lenses using optional mount adapters, camera shake is compensated for along five axes right inside the camera body, practically nullifying and pitch, roll and yaw the user may input during operation. Auto-focus speed has likewise been given a boost, with the a7 II able to lock-on an impressive 30% faster than previous models.

To add security, even when shooting with large lenses, the mount on the A7 II has been reinforced, making the magnesium-alloy-constructed camera even more resistant to the bumps cameras see when they’re on the field.

We were able to get some time with the device, and frankly, the image stabilization is amazing. While it won’t make up for, say a shot on a bumpy, moving vehicle, three too many coffees and shots that are dramatically zoomed in come out tack-sharp. Low light performance should also be greatly improved thanks to the five-axis system.2015-01-29 12.35.59

The A7 II is priced at PHP 89,999 for the body only, and 105,999 with a 28-70mm lens.