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Pentax’s first foray into the world of full-frame DSLRs arrives in the shape of the 36Mp Pentax K-1. Costing just $1800 and boasting a high-resolution sensor, built-in sensor shift stabilization, and a weather-sealed body, it’s a lot of camera for your money. Let’s see how its sensor scores stack up in our industry-standard bench tests.
Canon’s iconic EOS 5D series of full-frame DSLRs have had wide appeal with both pro and enthusiast photographers, blending great image quality and good features in a more affordable mid-range body design. Boasting a significant number of upgrades over its predecessor, including increased resolution, an updated autofocus system, Dual Pixel RAW capture, improved metering and 4K-video capture, the latest Mark IV looks like a mouth-watering prospect for the still photographer.
Sony has been very busy introducing new lenses for their mirrorless models. Announced alongside the FE 50mm F1.8, this lens — the stabilized FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS — is a tele-zoom lens initially designed for the company’s full-frame bodies, but it will also appeal to users of Sony’s APS-C mirrorless bodies, for which it’s the equivalent of a 105-450mm.
For photographers working in fast-paced environments or after the convenience of a multi-purpose optic, zoom lenses are often a versatile option. Image quality on zooms has improved across many lenses, too, which in some cases come close to rivalling the performance of a prime.
Featuring a whopping 42.4Mp resolution, the Sony A7R II mirrorless camera is one of the highest-resolution consumer cameras currently available. It’s also currently the only camera to feature a full-frame 35mm BSI (backside illuminated) sensor — technology that allows the photocells to capture a greater intensity of light, and in theory, maximize image quality.
After introducing the new no-compromise G Master series for full-frame Alpha mirrorless cameras, Sony announced an inexpensive FE 50mm f/1.8 to add to the lineup. At $249, the new lens is much more accessibly-priced than that lofty GM series, or the Zeiss-branded FE 55mm F1.8 introduced soon after the initial launch of the full-frame cameras themselves.
One of three new lenses announced as part of Sony’s new no-compromise G Master series for full-frame a models, the new FE 85mm f1.4 GM sounds highly promising. Though it carries a hefty price premium — the new model will set you back close to $1,800 — it features cutting-edge optical technology.
Announced as one of a trio of lenses in the new G Master series, the new FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM boasts some pretty advanced technology to complement future sensor and camera designs. The G Master range sits above the maker’s already high-end G series and carries a hefty premium. The FE 24-70mm F2.8 will set you back close to $2,200.
Carl Zeiss’s latest range of Batis lenses has been specifically designed for the Sony A7 series of full-frame mirrorless cameras such as the Sony A7R II and Sony A7S II. Together with the legendary optical precision and outstanding build quality for which Carl Zeiss lenses are known, the new Batis lenses also feature autofocus and an innovative OLED display on the lens barrel that gives both focus distance and depth-of-field information. The first new lenses released in the Zeiss Batis lineup are the 25mm f/2 wide-angle prime and 85mm f/1.8 short telephoto prime.
Carl Zeiss’s latest range of Batis lenses have been specifically designed for the Sony A7 series of full-frame mirrorless cameras such as the Sony A7R II and Sony A7S II. Together with the legendary optical precision and outstanding build quality for which Carl Zeiss lenses are known, the new Batis lenses also feature autofocus and an innovative OLED display on the lens barrel that gives both focus distance and depth-of-field information. The first lenses released in the Zeiss Batis lineup are the 25mm f/2 wide-angle prime and the 85mm f/1.8 short telephoto prime.
I was holding off purchasing the F2.8 24-70 due to its poor measured performance on the A7r. But now I have purchased it and used it a couple of days. Worth every penny. Other major changes: Many lenses with PMP well above above 30 mp. Whereas we were content with lenses rated in the high teens on 22 and 24 mp ff cameras, now regular pmp potential from the high 20's to the low 40's is the new standard, on A7rII and Canon 50DS-R, Even with carefully selected more budget oriented primes like the Sony 28mm F2, 90mm f 2.8 and 55mm 1.8., resolution unheard of is being achieved on a camera with fantastic low light potential, and in some cases, while retaining the small form factor. No lens measurements yet on Canon's new 5D MkIV, which may now face some tougher competition, but which also may soon be shown to have excellent pmp from Canon's own high quality lenses. DXO has documented that photography has taken some amazing step forward.
It could be said, these measurements, having arrived so late, change nothing. But to me a game changer. The numbers provide needed stunning confirmation that as used with the A7rII, these lenses, that were suffering from lower numbers tested on the original A7r, are every bit the equal, and in many cases significantly better than the best from Nikon, Canon, Sigma and others. Higher pmp than that achieved by the Canon 50 megapixel camera; higher than achievable by the new Canon 5D Mark IV and higher even than numbers from the Nikon D810. In fact in the case of the Sony FE90mm f2.8...PMP that achieved 100% of actual MP...Maybe the first time ever in this data base. Suddenly third party lenses with semi functional adapters are near irrelevant. Long time in coming...but congratulations due to Sony.
Great comment. Interesting to see the zoom scores too. The 24-70 2.8 has a sharpness score of 28 on the A7RII compared with 17 on the A7R. Got to question why that lens was not tested first on the A7RII - though in fairness that jump in performance is surprising.
As shown in the comments sections here (http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX1R-II-sensor-review-Take-two and http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Tamron-SP-45mm-f-1.8-Di-VC-USD-Review-Tasty-prime-for-Nikon-FX), the team is working on that.
Will you be doing an update to your DXO numbers with the new RAW update for the a7rII. Also there are currently no lenses tested with this new model. It would be great to see how the lenses stack up on this new body. Their have been several new lenses released and I use your numbers to help me decide which fit my needs. Thanks for all your hard work it is very much appreciated. Thanks, Tayne
Re: Uncompressed RAW update and lens testing-- When?
I too would like too see some lens results for this camera--as would many others. It's quite disappointing that the camera with the best sensor score still doesn't have such tests. Many people do depend upon DxO in making critical lens selections.
Re: Uncompressed RAW update and lens testing-- When?
<div id="linkdxomark">This a comment for <a href="http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Sony/A7R-II">this page on the website</a></div>Will you be doing an update to your DXO numbers with the new RAW update for the a7rII. Also there are currently no lenses tested with this new model. It would be great to see how the lenses stack up on this new body. Their have been several new lenses released and I use your numbers to help me decide which fit my needs. Thanks for all your hard work it is very much appreciated. Thanks, Tayne
Hi all, Retesting all devices would be too time consuming, which is why we never retest cameras, lenses or mobiles, unless the test unit was deficient, leading to inaccurate results. This also ensures the normalization of our measurements. For your information, we are currently working on the Sony A7R II lens recommendations, but I unfortunately cannot provide you with any precise publication date at the moment. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
I would buy into the Sony system if they had touch screens. Why on earth no touch screen?
My old Canon 70d with dual pixel and touch screen which was able to pull very cinematic focus changes. 1080 max video res though. Another wonderful feature for stills: touch a point of interest and the very moment the camera attains focus it captures the image.
Then I bought a Samsung NX1 for mostly shooting 4K to a PIX-E5H also capable of cinematic focus by touch. Again this camera allows you to touch a point of interest and capture the still image the moment it achieves focus.
Now I'm shooting the Panasonic AG-DVX200 and a PIX-E5H still very happily taking advantage of cinematic touch to focus capabilities.
I sounds as if the a7R II would be awesome in terms of face tracking etc but it is HOBBLED by not having a touch screen. How do you change faces (or point of interest) for focus, in mid-take, while shooting video? Abandon the camera's intelligence and focus manually. Wait, what?
After shooting video with several cameras capable of cinematic focus pulls by simply touching the screen I will NEVER go back to another focus method for run-n-gun documentary type shooting. The touch to focus during video significantly increases the percentage of good takes while allowing me more time to think about composition and point of view and less time thinking about focus.
Before anyone comments about how they prefer physical buttons (the non-smartphone users among us I assume), please realize that all three of these cameras offer full normal functionality through button pressing, and they also allow important (imho) additional features which can't be accomplished with button pushing.
Hey Sony... anybody listening? Why no touchscreen?
I don't have an issue with the results but with the images of the cameras provided. The size of the sensor in the Sony is visibly bigger than the other two. We know they are the same size. If seems funny that DxO which prides itself on it details would grossly overstate this one unless it was intentionally done. If it was done in ignorance, it calls to question the outcomes. At least disclose and dis-claim the images as being representative but not necessarily accurate,
What a stupid comment! If yo paid attention to the images of ALL cameras when they are listed by DXO you would see that they simply compose the image of each camera to fill the space in the image area... It in no way is trying to represent the A7RII has a 'bigger sensor' LMOA! Just look at some of the micro 4/3 or APSC camera body images!