Sony a7C II, a7C R & FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM II Lens Announced

The previously rumored Sony a7C II, Sony a7C mirrorless cameras and FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM II lens are now officially announced.

Pre-order links:

Sony a7C II Body at Amazon, B&HAdorama.

Sony a7C II with 28-60mm Lens at Amazon, B&HAdorama.

Sony a7CR Body at Amazon, B&HAdorama.

Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM II Lens at Amazon, B&HAdorama.

Sony a7C R

Introducing the Sony a7C R, an innovation that distills the exceptional resolution and imaging prowess of the a7R V into a sleek and minimalist profile. Catering to travel photographers and resolution enthusiasts seeking a lightweight solution, the a7CR seamlessly integrates the same 61MP Full-Frame Exmor R Back-Illuminated CMOS sensor found in the a7RV. While upholding the signature compactness of the C line, this camera stands out as both 29% lighter and 53% smaller in volume compared to the a7R V. Remarkably weighing just under 1.14 pounds, the a7CR holds the distinction of being the smallest Alpha model to date while delivering such an astounding resolution.

While the a7CR’s appeal as a compact photo camera is undeniable, its video capabilities are equally impressive, offering an array of professional video features synonymous with Sony’s renowned Cine line.

Highlighted features include:
– 10-bit 4:2:2 All-I XAVC S-I recording
– S-Log3 and S-Gamut3.Cine recording
– Over 15 stops of dynamic range
– Super35 4K QFHD output with meticulous oversampling from 6.2K (equivalent to 2.6 times the information of traditional 4K files)
– Support for shooting up to 4K60 and FHD 120P in full-frame mode

The trajectory of the a7CR is poised to reshape the landscape of compact travel cameras, seamlessly blending high resolution with full-frame capabilities. For those who seek enhanced grip or possess larger hands, the camera includes an additional base-mounted extension handle. This handle also features a ¼-20″ thread for effortless tripod mounting, while ensuring continued accessibility to the battery. Speaking of which, although the camera’s form factor bears resemblance to Sony’s APS-C line, the a7CR accommodates an NP-FZ battery port, offering ample power for full-day shooting endeavors.

Sony a7C R Key Features:

  • 61MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI Sensor
  • BIONZ XR Image Processor
  • Shooting Up to 8 fps, ISO 50-102400
  • 240.8MP Pixel Shift Multi Shooting
  • 10-Bit Full-Frame 4K60p Video
  • S-Log3, S-Gamut3, S-Cinetone, User LUTs
  • 7 Stops of In-Body Image Stabilization
  • 693-Point Phase Detection, 79% Coverage
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3″ 1.03m-Dot Vari-Angle LCD Touchscreen

Sony a7C II

The a7C II features a full-frame image sensor boasting around 33.0 effective megapixels. It incorporates the latest advancements in both still photography and video functions, all within a compact and lightweight design. Its dimensions measure approximately 4.88 inches in width, 2.8 inches in height, and 2.5 inches in depth, with a weight of about 18.1 ounces. This model represents the second-generation iteration of the Alpha 7 C, renowned for its fusion of performance and features within a compact frame. Designed for versatile shooting scenarios, such as travel and street photography, it caters to those seeking both convenience and excellence.

Enter the realm of the a7C R, a novel compact full-frame interchangeable lens camera that brings forth the extraordinary high-resolution and rich gradation capabilities found in a full-sized image sensor. Boasting approximately 61.0 effective megapixels, the same sensor featured in the Alpha 7R V, this camera harmoniously merges this remarkable sensor into a lightweight and compact body. Its form factor closely resembles that of the Alpha 7C IIii, weighing about 18.2 ounces. Beyond everyday snapshots, the a7C R excels in capturing high-quality images across a diverse range of settings, including portraits, wildlife, and landscapes. This makes it a valuable companion for creative pursuits, providing both mobility and exceptional performance.

Both of these models are armed with the identical AI-processing unit and BIONZ XR processors found in Sony’s most recent interchangeable lens cameras, such as the Alpha 7R V and Alpha 6700. Leveraging Real-time Recognition AF, they achieve precise recognition of a wide variety of subjects. With 5-axis in-body image stabilization, they grant a significant 7.0-stepiv advantage in still photography. In terms of video capabilities, both models support high-quality 4:2:2 10-bit video recording, capable of reaching up to 4K60piii. They also incorporate Sony’s renowned S-Cinetone™ color science, enriching videos with a cinematic aesthetic. Furthermore, these cameras are equipped with Active Mode in-body image stabilization, AI-based auto-framing, digital-audio interface support, and an array of other features designed to elevate the quality of video shooting.

Sony a7C II Key Features:

  • 33MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI Sensor
  • BIONZ XR Image Processor
  • Shooting Up to 10 fps, ISO 50-204800
  • 10-Bit Full-Frame 4K30p Video
  • S-Log3, S-Gamut3, S-Cinetone, User LUTs
  • 7 Stops of In-Body Image Stabilization
  • 759-Point Phase Detection, 94% Coverage
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3″ 1.03m-Dot Vari-Angle LCD Touchscreen
  • Internal Mic + Inputs, USB Streaming

Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM II Lens

Introducing the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM II Lens, a fresh addition to the rapidly growing collection of compact photographic and videographic tools. This upgraded wide-angle zoom lens builds upon the foundation laid by its predecessor, offering users a host of enhancements to explore. Foremost among these improvements is Sony’s achievement of reducing both the lens’s size and weight by 20% and 10%, respectively. This transformation makes the lens an invaluable asset for those prioritizing efficient luggage use. What truly sets this achievement apart is that, despite its more compact form, the lens’s optical performance has undergone a substantial overhaul, resulting in remarkable image quality.

The FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II (model SEL1635GM2) effectively caters to the demands of photographers and videographers in search of high-performance lenses. With the distinctive descriptive capabilities and high-speed autofocus (AF) inherent to the G Master series, this lens unlocks the full potential of advanced camera bodies. Expanding the horizons of wide-angle zoom lenses, the second-generationii lens now boasts a maximum aperture of F2.8. This expansion complements the existing standard (24-70mm/ SEL2470GM2) and telephoto (70-200mm/ SEL70200GM2) options, both recognized as the world’s lightest in their respective categoriesi. These lenses collectively elevate the Alpha system, offering exceptional resolution performance and reinforcing the ability to capture a diverse array of rich shooting environments.

Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM II Lens Key Features:

  • Full-Frame | f/2.8 to f/22
  • Fast Wide-Angle Zoom
  • 20% Lighter, 10% Smaller than Previous
  • Four XD Linear AF Motors, Floating Focus
  • Aperture De-Click and Lock Switches
  • Zoom Smoothness Switch
  • XA and Super ED Elements
  • Fluorine Coating
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction