ULTIMATE BUYING GUIDE Sony Full Frame Camera – a7II a7RII a7SII a7III a7RIII a9
– This helpful shopping guide is brought to you by our friends over at Squarespace What is going on hypershooters? This is Jason Wong and welcome to the ultimate Buying Guide for full-frame Sony Alpha mirrorless cameras Today, we’ll be talking about several different cameras The A7 II, the A7R II, the A7S II, the A9, the A7 RIII and the A7 III That is a hell of a lot of cameras to go through I’m not gonna try to go into too much details about this camera Rather I’ll just go over what you need to know to help you make the best decision as to which camera to get And apparently that One Camera Guy uploaded a very similar video Man I hate that guy Na am just messing Danny and I are good, but if you need a second opinion as to which cam to get go ahead and check out his video right up here But of course finish watching this video first before you go ‘cos my video is better Okay just to reiterate, this guide is just on full frame cameras Sorry we don’t have enough time to touch up on APSC bodies And what you’re gonna notice in this video is that a lot of the features overlap That’s because each of these cameras are an upgrade from the previous ones What remains to be consistent is that all of them have in-body image stabilization, a headphone jack, and a mic jack, which are all uber important for video shooting But don’t ,worry we’ll dive into each of the specific features and how they benefit certain photographers and certain videographers Oh and one more thing If you’re buying any of these cameras during the holiday sale from an authorized retailer, you also get a complimentary three months of Adobe Creative Cloud photography plan So you’re getting a subscription, a three month subscription of Photoshop and Lightroom for free And just really quickly, if you are a student make sure you sign up for the EDU discount You get possibly up to 10% off I’m not too sure if that was stacked with the current discount right now because I’m not a student but go ahead and check with B&H and Adorama, and let me know in the comments down below if the EDU discount will get honored with this current holiday sale as well So first off we have the A7 II for $897 body only For $100 more you get a to 20-75 kit lens with it In my opinion this camera is better suited just for photography only and we’ll get into reasons why that is in just a bit, but $900 to about $1000, it’s a great price for a full-frame camera especially to anybody who’s looking to get into the full-frame game on a budget First off, this camera has in-body image stabilization, and correct me if I’m wrong, but I do believe the A7 II was the first full-frame camera to have in-body image stabilization built into the camera So here’s what that means I don’t have an A7 II personally So I’m gonna demonstrate with the A7 III How in-body image stabilization helps is if you are hand holding the camera trying to take the shot and you’re shooting at a slower shutter speed it’ll still be able to get a clear sharp shot of your photo The stabilization is also very helpful for whenever you’re hand-holding to get the shot and you don’t have a tripod or a monopod And seriously in-body image stabilization is a game-changing feature in all of these full-frame cameras, and what’s cool is that this feature got carried over to future generations of the Sony Alpha cameras So I won’t be repeating myself too much when it comes to introducing the other cameras having in-body image stabilization The A7 II has fast hybrid autofocus, which uses phase detection autofocus, and contrast detection autofocus to achieve focus really quickly The camera also has 117 autofocus points Now it may seem like I’m just throwing a number at you, but we’re gonna be talking about why that is important later when we talk about the other cameras For now what you need to know is that that’s just a small focus area that your camera seeks focus within The A7 II has face detection autofocus That means if it detects a face on the screen, it will latch focus on to it It’s also capable of eye detection autofocus That means if it detects an eye on the screen it will focus on the eye However, the eye autofocus technology is outdated on the A7 II because cameras after that are capable of continuous eye autofocus, That means whenever, let’s say I move around, the eye autofocus will track me, but on the A7 II once you get the eye autofocus if I move around that focus is gonna stay where I grabbed focus on Hopefully that makes sense Even though it is outdated on the A7 II, if you’re working with static models or a friend or a family that’s just gonna be posing still, eye autofocus on the A7 II will work just fine For continuous shooting, the A7 II is only capable of five frames per second So not very stellar when it comes to fast-moving objects So let’s just say if you have kids that are active in sports or if you’re active in sports and you just want to shoot a teammate
maybe kicking a ball or shooting some hoops, this camera may not be it for you Again it’s more for things that are a bit slower pace or more for static objects or subjects In my opinion if you are a still-life photographer or if you want to get into portrait photography, model photography, family photography, a little bit of street photography, architecture photography, even landscape, the A7 II will be a great camera for you Now if you were looking to shoot videos with the A7 II, I would push you into a different direction Now there’s nothing wrong with the A7 II It shoots up to 1080p full HD 60 frames per second but the market right now has something that’s a lot better and cheaper for videos Plus those newer cameras can shoot in 4K up to 30 frames per second For the same price I would push you more towards the A6500 instead That one is capable of shooting 4K up to 30 frames per second, 1080p up to a 120 frames per second and the video autofocus is much better on the A6500 It also has S-Log2 and S-Log3, two flat color picture profiles that you can use for cinematic grading Whoops, I mentioned that I wouldn’t be talking about an APSC camera but I guess I just did That will be the only time I would suggest an APS-C camera over a full-frame camera, if we’re talking about doing videos between the A7 II and the A6500 Alright moving on Moving on to the Sony A7RII and I’m very excited to talk about this one just because this is my first Sony camera ever and it has my full seal of approval This one for the holiday is going for about a $1598, which is a heck of a deal for this camera I understand it is significantly more expensive than the A7II right now, almost a $700 difference This in my opinion is the best hybrid full-frame camera that you can get on a budget because you’ll be future proofing yourself if you get the A7RII It’s capable of 42 megapixel photos and 4K videos This is a massive upgrade over the A7II In addition to having in-body image stabilization, fast hybrid autofocus, and five frames per second, you’re shooting 42 megapixel photos Now 42 megapixel is pretty insane So you better have the hard drive space ready for the A7RII, but there’s a lot of benefits when you’re shooting 42 megapixels, one of which is cropping If you crop heavily before, you’re gonna notice that your quality of the photo the resolution of the photo will degrade, you’re gonna notice the photos not as sharp It’s a little bit more pixely but with the 42 megapixel you have much more room to work with You can crop in without losing too much details The second advantage is heavy post-processing There’ll be a lot more pixels for you to sample off of when you’re doing any sort of heavy alterations like blemish control And this has 399 face detection autofocus points more than double what the A7II has That just means there are more autofocus points on the screen, a larger autofocus area for your camera to see focus within The A7RII is capable of continuous eye autofocus as opposed to the A7II That means if your model is moving around or your kids are moving around a lot on the screen the eye autofocus will continually track their eyes to ensure you get a clear sharp shot of them The A7RII has a huge bump in the video department You can shoot in full frame and cropped frame 4K up to 30 frames per second In fact if you shoot 4K in super 35 mode you get slightly better quality because the camera will be shooting in 5K in a 4K composition giving you a little more details in your videos In terms of HD option, you still have 1080p up to 60 frames per second and you can do 120 frames per second but only in 720p and the A7RII has S-Log2 for you cinematic shooters out there So my recommendation for the A7RII applies to the same group of photographers Portrait photographers, family photographers, landscape and architect photographers Yes 42 megapixel may sound like an overkill but there’s just so many times that I’m so glad that I had those extra megapixels to work with But even casual shooters will find the A7RII much more beneficial with that continuous eye autofocus and the 399 autofocus points And I would highly recommend this for video shooters as well The video autofocus on this camera is superb So if you’re using it to vlog with, the face detection autofocus will work great or if you put this on a gimbal to do any sort of tracking shot, the A7RII is fantastic for that as well Before we move on to the other cameras I just wanted to give a quick shoutout to our friends over at Squarespace I’m sure you’ve heard by now Squarespace is the all-in-one solution for anybody looking to create a beautiful website without the pain and hassle of knowing any coding Like me, I personally use Squarespace to house my portfolio work, that I can quickly send off to potential clients where they can see all of my most recent wedding films and my best of the best photos With Squarespace’s easy to use interface creating a portfolio is as simple as click and 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This bigger battery here will allow you to shoot photos all day and up to two to two and a half hours of 4K movie recording With the A7RII you’ll probably have to bring at least a couple of extra batteries and even more than that if you’re shooting 4K videos The bigger battery alone has what gotten me to switch out of my II series camera These things are seriously awesome With the II Series camera, I have to constantly find chargers, find plugs to charge my batteries at weddings whereas the bigger batteries I don’t bring battery chargers anymore I’d bring about four to five batteries and it will last me the entire day Plus changing focus on the A7III is a lot easier now thanks to the joystick, and this thing here will be super important to a lot of professionals out there Dual SD card slots If you’re making a lot of money doing a huge client project or you’re shooting weddings, anything that’s once in a lifetime having dual SD card slots with redundant recording can save your life I mean your career, but they’re both the same thing, and video the camera is capable of shooting 4K up to 30 frames per second but if you’re shooting in full frame what the camera will actually do is it’s gonna shoot in 6k but it’s gonna down sample to a 4K composition So you’re gonna be getting super crispy detail in your videos and if you want to do slow motion on the A7III you’ll be glad to know that it’ll be able to do with 1080p up to 120 frames per second with no cropping Just to emphasize that point even further the A7SII crops when you’re shooting 120 frames per second in 1080p and the A7RII can only shoot a 120 frames per second in 720p only So yes that’s a big deal, and the A7III can shoot in S-Log2, 3, this new picture profile called Hybrid Log-Gamma That’s why earlier when I say if you’re planning on getting the A7SII, forget about it Go straight for the A7III because you still have all those amazing features that you would find on the SII in the III right here and if you’re worried about low-light there are some tests out there that actually says the A7III has very comparable ISO performance in low-light when you compare it to the A7SII The A7SII still slightly wins but unless you’re shooting in pitch darkness the A7III will still do a pretty bang-up job So the A7III will be great for a lot of different types of photographers and videographers out there Portrait photographers, landscape photographers, even event photographers will really love the A7III just because of the 10 frames per second and better autofocus For videographers, filmmakers, and cinematographers they will enjoy using this camera as it has a lot of very similar features of the A7SII but of course getting a slightly better quality bump in 4K and in 1080p Alright moving on to the A7RIII This will be a very hard camera to pitch but I’ll do my best anyway This is actually my favorite hybrid camera out of all the ones that I’ve talked about and I’ll have to make another video talking about why that is, but for now just think of the A7RIII having very very similar features of the A7III The only difference would be that it is an R series camera, so it’s capable of shooting 42 megapixels Now I already talked about the benefits of shooting 42 megapixels already You can go ahead and rewind here if you want to listen to the reasons again This has 399 autofocus points, about 300 points less than the A7III However I never thought the A7RIII was slow at grabbing focus If anything the rate at which both of these cameras grab focus are very, very similar The A7RIII always have done a good job grabbing focus So there’s nothing wrong with having less autofocus points If anything the A7III might perform slightly better but for the most part it’s really hard to tell between two Couple of other small things The LCD screen here is a little brighter over the A7III It has a higher resolution compared to the A7III And it actually has a very unique feature of its own It’s called pixel shift So if you’re shooting architecture or I guess maybe landscape, I think no only architecture If you’re shooting a lot of architecture, this camera would do a really good job Unfortunately I don’t do too much of that I can’t really show you any good samples, but just know that if you are an architectural photographer and you really want to have that 42 megapixel camera camera would will have a feature that might help you out a lot Oh right and the price So for this holiday season it’s about $400 off You can get this camera for about $2800, which isn’t bad at all Again if you’re looking for something that’s more well-rounded for a better price, the A7III is really really hard to beat Alright, finally for the last camera, the Sony A9, the creme de la crème The flagship full frame camera from Sony
Right now you can get it for $1000 off The original price is $4500, but you can now get it for $3500 And let me just tell you, the A9 is an absolute insane of a camera If you’re a sports photographer, you’re an event photographer especially weddings, or you’re shooting cars, you’re shooting planes, you’re shooting Superman, this is the camera to get It is a 24 megapixel camera It has 693 autofocus points, but it is capable of shooting 20 frames per second no blackout, with anti distortion That is absolutely bonkers for a camera like this That means if you’re shooting 20 frames per second and you can shoot 20 frames silently too You’re not gonna get a blackout screen You won’t see black at all You’ll be able to track your subject as they go by without any interruptions That means if you go out to shoot Tiger Woods and he’s swinging his club, it’s called club right ‘cos I don’t play golf, so I’m not too sure, but when he swings his club, you’re not gonna be distracting him You’re not getting that horrible warping of his club You’re gonna get a perfectly good shot How insane is that? Now I personally have used it to shoot concerts and to shoot this air show right here, and I’m already just like wow this is like cheating I am getting these amazing shots that is in tack sharp focus with the Sony A9 That’s something that I don’t think I can really get with the A7RIII or the A7III The A9 is truly an amazing piece of tech for photography and you owe it to yourself to get one Again if you are a sports photographer, events photographer, they seriously market this camera for sport shooters and wildlife too Anything that requires any sort of high-speed action, fast pace, get the A9 Now you might be wondering well Jason if the A9 is such an amazing piece of camera, how come you don’t own it? How come you don’t own this camera? Well I’ll tell you I would love to own the A9 Unfortunately it does have an Achilles heel No picture profiles, which a lot of people complain about It’s a flagship model, and no picture profile I mean I get it, it’s not marketed as a video camera It’s marketed as an insane photography camera With that said it’s still capable of shooting 4K up to 30 frames per second, 1080p up to 120 frames per second Great autofocus, all that good jazz If it had picture profile, I would have been fine to drop $4500 for that camera Unfortunately nowadays I shoot a lot with Hybrid Log Gamma, which is one of the picture profiles that could be found in the newer III series cameras So if it had that, of course, of course, I would get the A9 That would be ultimate, ultimate hybrid shooting camera like ever So hopefully the A9 Mark II will have picture profiles, but until then I’m very satisfied with renting out the A9 for whenever I need that 20 frames per second because seriously that 20 frames per second, no joke, no joke at all 20 frames, oh my god, 20 frames per second Jesus Sorry got a little carried away right there Undoubtedly I know I’ll be getting a lot of lens questions So I’ll tell you what? Hopefully in the next day or two I’ll have an ultimate buying guide for full-frame lenses for Sony Alpha cameras, or somewhere along that line It should be coming out a few days after this video But in terms of the best accessories to get for your Sony camera, like memory cards, batteries and straps, camera snaps, those camera straps are important, check the description box below If I try to detail every single one of them, it’s just gonna take another 15 minutes So check the description box below I promise you they’re the best that you can get for these cameras Aside from that, if you are new to Sony let me know which camera you’ll be picking up after watching this video and if you already own a bunch of Sony, a bunch, a funch, a bunch of Sony cameras, let me know what you think of my recommendations Guys thank you so much for watching I’ll see you guys in my next video Peace!