Sony a7R II includes full frame 42MP sensor, lauches in August

Camera makers have been busy introducing new models today, and among them is Sony, which has already taken the wraps off a couple models. Newest among it all is the maker's Sony Alpha 7R II, a mirrorless offering featuring a full-frame BSI CMOS sensor and a 42.4 megapixel resolution. Says Sony, this is the first ever back-illuminated Exmor R full-frame CMOS sensor, and it boasts a very high ISO of 102,400. In addition, Sony promises the auto focus is faster than the previous a7R, with 399 focal plane phase detection auto focus points.

The latest a7R is a large camera sporting 5-axis image stabilization and the ability to record footage in up to 4K resolution. Some features have been tweaked over the previous model, such as the XGA OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder, which now includes 0.78x magnification. Light collection efficiency, says Sony, has also increased thanks to anti-reflective coating on the sensor's glass seal and a gapless on-chip lens design.

This latest model also features faster data output by 3.5x, as well as a high-speed BIONZ X image processor and the eschewing of an optical low pass filter. The shutter is new with reduced vibration (only 50-percent of the previous a7R), and the durability cycle for the shutter has increased to 500,000 images. There's also a Silent Shooting mode for when needed.

The camera is capable of 5fps continuous shooting with AF tracking thanks to its Fast Hybrid AF system and motion detection algorithms. Other features include WiFi and NFC, compatibility with Sony PlayMemories Camera apps, and a ZEISS T Coating to cut down on light reflections.

Camera launches in August for $3,200 USD.