I have been getting a few questions about which camera is the better choice between the NEWSony Alpha A7r Mark II and A7s Mark II. The fact is, they are vastly different in performance and the A7r Mark II us designed for High Resolution Photography, where the Sony A7s Mark II is designed for insane low light performance and high quality video. Even though the camera bodies are the same, the guts inside are not, and you should know the difference’s before making a final decision!
The A7r Mark II for example has a 42.2mp sensor and the A7s Mark II has a 12.2MP sensor. Clearly you will not be printing billboards with the A7s Mark II image files, but you can capture shots in the dark, which makes up for the lack of resolution I would say 😉 It all depends on your specific needs..
Asking yourself a few key questions will help determine what you actually need I believe…
Do I need a full frame video camera or high resolution photography camera?
The Sony A7s Mark II is designed to pump out full frame UHD 4k Video in amazing quality. The A7r Mark II can also do 4k, but not as good quality. It does Super 35 Mode which is a crop factor version of what the A7s II can do pretty much… If you need full frame video then you will want the A7s mark II for sure.
Do I want to use Lens Adapters and Alternative lenses?
If you want Autofocus, then the Sony A7r Mark II would be the better option by far. The 399 Phase detection AF points embedded on the sensor allow for super fast and accurate auto focus. Even when using an electronic lens adapter, the AF speeds are very fast and almost as good as native E-Mount lenses when using wide-angle like the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 lens for example… Sony A7r Mark II lens adapter testing and more here >>
I hope this article clears things up for those struggling on the differences between these tow cameras and what they actually mean in the real world. Please feel free to ask questions below if you have them and I will be glad to help clear up any concerns you might have 😉
Have a great day, Jay
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