Compact and lightweight, the α7C II is the full-frame camera that serious creators have been waiting for. Packed with cutting-edge capture technology for both stills and movies, it’s the essential tool for capturing the world the way you want to.
Delivering outstanding performance and excellent image quality for both stills and movies, the α7C II's new 33.0 megapixel1 Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor provides high-speed readout, high sensitivity from ISO 100 to ISO 512002, low noise, and highly accurate color reproduction.
The advanced BIONZ XR processing engine delivers up to eight times3 more processing power than its predecessor. It minimizes processing latency while boosting movie and still image processing power, achieving natural gradations, realistic color, low noise, superior image quality and fast menu response.
Dedicated AI Processor for advanced subject recognition and tracking The α7C II is equipped with an AI processing unit that can handle significant amounts of data, enabling more accurate recognition and tracking of subjects and recognition of a wider range of subject types.
The α7C II offers 4K 60p/50p movie capture7,8 with full pixel readout and no pixel binning, taking advantage of the latest BIONZ XR processing engine and its wide dynamic range to produce exceptionally smooth images of fast-moving subjects. When recording 4K movies at 30p, full-frame 7K oversampling delivers 4K with enhanced clarity and detail.
Enjoy even more stable handheld shooting for stills, thanks to the α7C II’s high-precision image stabilization unit, advanced gyro sensors, and optimized image stabilization algorithms that effectively correct 7.0-steps5 of camera shake. Compatible lenses with built-in image stabilization6 combine with improved synchronization between the body and lens to make framing easier even at telephoto focal lengths that can otherwise cause a large amount of blur.
Active Mode provides enhanced image stabilization for handheld shooting. A precision image stabilisation unit, advanced gyro sensors, and an optimized image stabilisation algorithm work together for exceedingly smooth, stable movie footage. In addition to in-body stabilization, compatible lenses with their own built-in image stabilization12 coordinate with the camera body for highly effective control, enabling handheld telephoto shots with greater clarity.
Employing the latest processing engine combined with an advanced AE algorithm, the α7C II can detect the skin area of faces and adjust exposure accordingly for both stills and movies. It achieves consistent exposure control even in challenging shooting conditions when the subject is backlit, in shadows or direct sunlight, or not directly facing the camera.
A 2.36 million-dot (approx.) XGA OLED electronic viewfinder with 0.70x magnification delivers high resolution and contrast for clear viewing, even in bright sunlight. The finder frame rate can be set to [High] (120 fps), twice the normal frame rate, for a smooth viewfinder image with minimum display motion blur when tracking and shooting moving subjects.
The α7C II is compatible with Sony’s extensive lineup of optically advanced E-mount lenses, including the G Master™ series that blends breathtaking resolution with exquisite bokeh, and the G Lens™ series with excellent image quality and smooth bokeh. Compact and lightweight, these lenses offer a wide range of photographic and videographic applications.
Set the visual mood with Creative Look, which offers 10 customizable presets so you can capture the world the way you want. Either use the presets as they are or adjust eight parameters, including contrast, saturation, and shadows4, to create shareable stills and movies in-camera without the need for post-production editing.
Lossless RAW image compression provides efficient compression for smaller file sizes with no loss in image quality, enabling the camera to shoot up to 27 frames in continuous bursts. There are three lossless-compression image sizes (S/M/L) to suit any application, and a Light image quality selection that generates less data is provided for JPEG and HEIF images.
The α7C II's mechanical and electronic shutters allow continuous shooting at up to 10 fps, or up to 8 fps19 in live view mode, making it easier to capture the most photogenic moments and expressions with moving subjects.
In-camera 10-bit 4:2:2 recording is available when using Long GOP or All-Intra compression9, making it possible to color grade for fuller, more natural gradations while generally providing greater editing freedom.
The α7C II boasts an S-Log3 gamma curve that emphasizes gradation characteristics from shadows to mid-grey (18% grey), achieving 14+ stops of latitude10. S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3.Cine color gamut settings are also provided. You can apply a custom LUT (Look Up Table) with a Log gamma curve to preview how the footage will look in post-production, or to even record footage conveniently with a PP LUT already applied.
Utilizing the same color science from Sony’s highly regarded Cinema Line, S-Cinetone delivers natural mid-tones that are essential to healthy-looking skin tones, plus soft colors and gorgeous highlights straight from the camera without post processing.
With the breathing compensation function turned on, the α7C II employs Sony’s original Clear Image Zoom technology to suppress focus breathing, enabling professional-quality rack and refocusing. Breathing metadata can also be used with the advanced breathing compensation capabilities of the latest Catalyst Browse/Prepare Plugin software during post-production.
Using AI-based subject recognition technology, Auto Framing automatically crops for optimum framing when shooting movies. Even when the camera is mounted on a tripod, the framing is continually adjusted so that the recorded footage looks like the subject was being followed by a camera operator. Accurate tracking is possible even when the camera is being operated remotely via the Creators' App17 on a smartphone.
The in-camera time-lapse function allows you to create time-lapse videos within the camera itself. The exposure interval27 can be set from 1 second to 60 seconds, making it easy to compress slow action into enjoyable time-lapse sequences. When a compatible video light (sold separately) is attached to the camera, it can be set to turn on just before each exposure so that time-lapse sequences can be shot in low-light settings.
The α7C II uses up to 759 phase detection points18 in a high-density array that cover approximately 94% of the image area when shooting stills, enabling it to recognize the subject even when they only occupy a small area of the frame.
The α7C II boasts greatly improved AI-based subject recognition, offering higher tracking reliability in a wider range of shooting situations. Specify a subject and half-press the shutter button to get the camera to start tracking, leaving you free to concentrate on framing and composition.
With its innovative AI processing unit, the α7C II can accurately recognize human movement, achieving significant improvement in human eye recognition. Its human pose estimation technology uses a skeleton-based model, enabling it to recognize not just eyes, but also body and head positions with high precision, so it can even lock onto and track a subject facing away from the camera or with their face partially obscured.
The α7C II features a powerful AI processing unit, capable of human, animal, bird, insect, car/train and airplane14 recognition. Animal recognition now recognizes the eyes of some grazing and small animals, in addition to the eyes and heads of dogs, cats and similarly featured animals. It can even recognize these animals when their eyes are obscured from view. The camera also features bird recognition, enabling it to pinpoint the eyes of a variety of bird types as well as recognizing birds' heads and bodies.
Equipped with the latest AF algorithms, the α7C II achieves high AF precision down to light levels as low as EV -4.0 in AF-S mode (ISO 100 equivalent, F2.0 lens). It also includes a Focus Priority mode that provides more reliable AF in low light or when using smaller apertures.
When shooting stills with AF-C or AF-S autofocus, the lens's focus ring can be rotated to instantly switch to manual focus mode at any time. This makes it easy to switch focus to a different subject on the fly.
The α7C II can automatically shoot up to 299 images with sequentially shifted focus points according to intervals and a sequence specified by you. Pick the perfect shot, or post-process multiple shots to achieve creative composites with incredible depth of focus.
Movie making is made simpler with the Focus Map28 function that allows you to visualize depth of field when recording video. Focus information is overlaid on the live view display in real time so that you can easily identify the in-focus and out-of-focus areas — particularly useful when shooting with a large-aperture to create a narrow depth of field. The camera also offers peaking display, making it possible to check auto and manual focus while recording.
Suppress flicker from artificial lighting whether you're shooting stills or movies. Simply select "Anti-flicker Shoot", or use "Var. Shutter" to fine-tune shutter speeds to match pulsing frequency of some light sources which can cause visible interference when filming.
The α7C II features a new Still/Movie/S&Q dial, allowing fast, independent selection. It's conveniently located next to the mode dial, which can then be used to easily select the exposure mode and other key settings for each shooting mode.
The α7C II is designed to give you a secure, stable and comfortable hold. Or attach the new GP-X2 removable grip extension (sold separately) for maximum comfort and minimum fatigue during long shooting sessions.
The α7C II features a large 3.0-type 1.03 million-dot (approx.) touch-panel LCD monitor with a 3:2 aspect ratio and side-opening vari-angle flexibility. This allows greater positioning and framing freedom, giving you plenty of creative options for handheld and gimbal-mounted shooting of stills and movies.
Simply swipe in from the left or right edge of the shooting display to reveal touch icons that allow quick changes to the shooting mode and more. You can now long-press menu items to register them to My Menu for quick access as needed, making the camera even more easily customizable.
The α7C II features a Main Menu structure with a logical layout which provide more efficient access to important shooting parameters, such as frame rate, shutter speed, and more. It can be assigned to a custom key for quick access when needed, and touch operation means that adjusting key settings has never been faster.
A variety of high-performance compatible microphones can be connected to the camera’s Multi Interface Shoe for direct, noise-free digital audio transfer to the camera. Or choose from a variety of high-output flash units such as the HVL-F60RM2 that support high-speed continuous shooting, giving you even more ways to capture creative imagery.
The camera is equipped with an anti-dust system through a charge protection coating on its optical filter and an image sensor shift mechanism. There's also a [Shutter When Power Off] function that closes the shutter when the camera's power is turned off, protecting the image sensor from dust and particles while changing lenses.
USB PD (Power Delivery) is supported for fast in-camera battery charging, supplying 3 to 4 times more power than previous models. A USB charger or mobile battery that supports USB PD can be connected to the camera's USB Type-C® port so you can undertake extended shoots with ample power supply.
Built for reliability in professional working environments, the α7C II is protected by a lightweight, high-rigidity magnesium alloy used for the top cover, front cover, internal frame, and rear cover.
The α7C II is well sealed at critical buttons and dials, and interlocking body seams add double protection, providing excellent resistance to dust and moisture in challenging outdoor conditions20.
Connection stability when transferring images from the camera to the Creators' App mobile application on a smartphone has been greatly improved. Transfers continue in the background even if the smartphone display sleeps or a different app is launched. Workflow from shooting to sharing has been notably improved overall.
Connected to a personal computer or smartphone22 via USB, the α7C II can function as a 4K (2160p) webcam. Large-aperture lenses, narrow depth of field, and bokeh can be used to create striking images, and advanced AF functions such as Eye AF support online meetings and live streaming events. You can even record your livestream in the camera.
Built-in Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac) allows communication on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz30 bands for fast and stable data transfer.
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