A7s2 vs A7r2 Which is better to rent for your next short film or video production?
Who cares – they are both awesome! Both are huge improvements over the mkI of each.
What’s new and better?
First, thankfully, the ergonomics are better! I could barely hold the old A7s without a half cage. Yes I’ll still want one for the mkII versions, but at least it’s pretty good without. The grip is so much nicer. Far from as comfy as Canon or Nikon, but usable.
Next, obviously, 4k internally. Remember you need SDXC not SDHC cards to get every recording mode! No idea why Sony went that way, we’ve got some fast SDHC cards… but there you go.
IBIS – In Body Image Stabilization. You aren’t replacing your Ronin M yet… but it sure is nice to be able to buy cheaper non image stabilized lenses. It’s really quite good and actually with a bunch of practice and steady hands, you might be close to fooling people into thinking you’re on a Movi.
The A7s2 hasn’t improved over 400,000 ISO. We’re arguing in the office whether it’s cleaner at high ISO than the A7s, or if we’re just imagining it is. Either way, it’s still amazing to see in near darkness.
The A7r2 is really quite a superb still photo camera (as well as 4k video of course) and the Phase Detect AF knocks it out of the park over the A7s2. I’d still rent the Canon 5Ds R if I only needed stills and not video, but the A7R II is a perfect blend of photo and video quality.
So, which should you buy, the A7s II or the A7r II? Beats me… I bought both! 🙂
If you want to get hands on with them, shoot us an email, you’re welcome to pop in and take a look. If you want to rent one, just email with the dates you need and we’ll hook it up! Prices and packages are listed on the DSLR page.