Sony A7S II Hands-On Field Test (In New York!)

The Sony A7S was a tremendous camera that we filmed many TCSTV episodes on. But while the A7S is still unmatched for low light video ability, Sony has lunged ahead and replaced it with an even more impressive model. Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake flew out to New York to take a look at this compelling new camera!
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Opening song performed live by the High & Mighty Brass Band
Shot by Jordan Drake & Chris Niccolls, edited by Jordan Drake
Shot on the Sony A7S II & A7S


  1. Smiff

    SmiffАй мурун

    Awful music

  2. Achilleas Labrou

    Achilleas LabrouАй мурун

    The a7S II was introduced one year after the original a7S of 2014. So its 12MP sensor couldn't be so different than the previous. However the sensor stabilization and the faster processor of a7S II offers better handheld shooting and 4K without external recorder.

  3. Mc Quinoa

    Mc Quinoa4 ай мурун

    Why is a7sii still so expensive?

  4. Angela Nguyen

    Angela Nguyen8 ай мурун

    What audio equipment are you guys using? Are you wearing lav mics? How is the audio so clear?

  5. David Connell

    David Connell11 ай мурун

    What is the music at 2.28?

  6. ssolmonologue

    ssolmonologueЖыл мурун

    hi I am a7sii user and i have worry about night scene. I uesd to s-log2 or s-log3 (day scene) But at the night, these setting is so noisy (I shoot over exposure about 2 stops) This film is so clean night clip. so this clip used not pictureprofile? how get good film in night?? (even I worry to buy new camera(10bit 4k gh5) )

  7. Romario

    Romario7 ай мурун

    Use the cine profiles at night. I use cine 4. Slog i probably best used in controlled settings where you can control the lighting etc

  8. solo traveler

    solo travelerЖыл мурун

    I m looking for low light video camera With zoom Would you recommend me this camera? If yes which lens is good for zoom in low light

  9. solo traveler

    solo travelerЖыл мурун

    @iamlem Hahaha yes I'm in Thailand I want to make night videos bars girls etc

  10. iamlem

    iamlemЖыл мурун

    solo traveler lol low light camera with zoom.

  11. DiRRoxa

    DiRRoxaЖыл мурун

    *Sonho de consumo*

  12. Moe Vil

    Moe VilЖыл мурун

    What microphone did you all use for this shoot?

  13. Armen Kalomian

    Armen KalomianЖыл мурун

    Do canon lenses work on this camera with the adapter?

  14. Mat Demaz

    Mat DemazЖыл мурун

    This camera is insane. Can't wait to get one of these things used. I honestly can't tell the video quality apart from cameras that cost like 20 times more.

  15. Carnel Foreman

    Carnel ForemanЖыл мурун

    Did you all use a lavalier mic for this?

  16. Hannah Whiston

    Hannah WhistonЖыл мурун

    Was a mic used to film this? If so, which one?

  17. King Ko Tang

    King Ko TangЖыл мурун

    A7s is better.

  18. James Kenninger

    James KenningerЖыл мурун

    great video very informative. Also i can't keep this to myself. because i would do this. .. . @<a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="865">14:25</a> "alright so that pretty much raps things us for us here in new york"

  19. John Doe

    John DoeЖыл мурун

    Sony suck's

  20. Jaya

    JayaЖыл мурун

    When sony a7sm3 launch ,expected date

  21. HARISH reddy

    HARISH reddyЖыл мурун

    sir plz reply

  22. HARISH reddy

    HARISH reddyЖыл мурун

    sir I am doing short film and I want to become future director so plz tell me best camera to buy for my start up rang is 35k

  23. Ambi

    AmbiЖыл мурун

    That moment when your watching 2-4 mins long music videos then you get a fucking 16 min long ad go fuck yourselves who ever thought that was a good idea.

  24. Muhammed Rafeeque kunju

    Muhammed Rafeeque kunjuЖыл мурун

    which camera you used to shoot this video?

  25. Ukulele Cheats

    Ukulele CheatsЖыл мурун

    What mic setup are you using here? It is super good quality considering that you are in the city


    MICHAEL CRASHЖыл мурун

    Excellent job

  27. Alexandr Vladimirovich

    Alexandr VladimirovichЖыл мурун

    wtf is it need so high iso values for shooting in low light? i can shoot on 200iso within 1.4 aperture on my lumix gx80 in low light despite the fact that the lumix has 2x smaller sensor than fullframe cameras

  28. backpack collective

    backpack collective2 жыл мурун

    Awesome video! Would be really interesting to see a Sony A7Sii vs A7Riii / A7iii low light face off (video)...

  29. Richard's World Traveler

    Richard's World Traveler2 жыл мурун

    Chris grew up in the US? I was wondering why he was unusually cool for a Canadian.

  30. Ching Siang

    Ching Siang2 жыл мурун

    hey guys, I just discovered this review recently while I'm looking through other reviews as I wanted to upgrade my camera. I currently own a canon 600D and the sony a7sii caught my attention. but then the Panasonic GH5 seems to be much more practical than the sony a7sii. If you were in my situation, which one will you go for? and why?

  31. Matt Orfalea

    Matt Orfalea2 жыл мурун

    What's your audio setup here?

  32. TheCameraStoreTV

    TheCameraStoreTV2 жыл мурун

    We used a Sony UWP-D11 kit in this episode. Nice Lav setup.

  33. Achilleas Labrou

    Achilleas Labrou2 жыл мурун

    For if the Sony a7s II had double SD slots would the best professional camera of all.

  34. Howard Kahn

    Howard Kahn2 жыл мурун

    sony certainly could have produced the a7's bodies with "A" mount ability, there was no need to change the size of the mount and call it "E" mount, SINCE THE WEIGHT OF THESE "E" MOUNT LENSES WILL VERY SOON RIVIL THE "A" MOUNTS WEIGHT...........They could have made a "A" mount 2 camera body, NOT SCREW ALL THE "A" MOUNT USERS! Show less REPLY

  35. Nick Miller

    Nick Miller2 жыл мурун

    Check out this video I made (feedback appreciated) -

  36. Alfred Fonacier III

    Alfred Fonacier III2 жыл мурун

    What lens were you guys using for video?

  37. MashieGamie

    MashieGamie2 жыл мурун

    What is the lense ?

  38. Ovundah Okene Junior

    Ovundah Okene Junior2 жыл мурун

    Thank you for this comprehensive video, I loved it!

  39. JourneyOfBin

    JourneyOfBin2 жыл мурун

    Even that 25000 iso is usable

  40. 111danish111

    111danish1112 жыл мурун

    Does megapixel size depend on lenses ? It says this a full frame camera however it is only "12.2MP" . How is a full frame camera capable of only 12.2megapixel ?

  41. TheCameraStoreTV

    TheCameraStoreTV2 жыл мурун

    +111danish111 It’s quite a bit easier to pull high frame rates off the smaller sensors of the cameras you mentioned. If you’re looking for 4K/60P, we recommend the Panasonic GH5. Jordan @ TCSTV

  42. 111danish111

    111danish1112 жыл мурун

    Thanks for answering !! I am trying to understand modern camera/camcorder technology . Can you please answer one question : Why aren't there 4k 60 fps affordable camcorders out there when smaller cameras like Hero6 , Yi 4k plus and even smartphones like iphone 8 which can do 4k at 60 fps exist ?

  43. TheCameraStoreTV

    TheCameraStoreTV2 жыл мурун

    +111danish111 The A7S II is optimized for low light 4K video capture, which only requires 8MP. If you want high resolution stills, check out the A7R II! Jordan @ TCSTV

  44. Mo Barrett

    Mo Barrett2 жыл мурун

    I was listening to his voice for the first half without watching the actual video---genuinely thought it was Owen Wilson/Steve Carrell doing an A7SII review.

  45. Camera Gear

    Camera Gear2 жыл мурун

    SONY Alpha A7S III 2018 ?

  46. iglyduckling

    iglyduckling2 жыл мурун

    To he honest, I shoot weddings and so far 12MP is more than enough even for 2x4 feet canvas. What really counts is low light capabilities it gives so I could take precious moments of the brides and grooms, and the way it can shoot at 1/10 speed with blurry part of the image but still retain sharpness in other parts, that's priceless!

  47. A View to the World

    A View to the World2 жыл мурун

    It looks really good in low-light environment.

  48. life in general

    life in general2 жыл мурун

    star burst crap

  49. Stirling Davison

    Stirling Davison2 жыл мурун

    Who was able to stream this video in 4K?? ... Not me, it froze constantly. 1440p was the highest res I could watch this video on. Why is everybody so hung up on 4K?? It looked great at 1440p ... Oh, great review once again guys.

  50. Joseph Böhme

    Joseph Böhme2 жыл мурун

    The overall look of many still seems to have 'air' fog' did you guys really focus? Your shot <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="454">7:34</a>0- <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="570">9:30</a> is so badly color graded you cannot appreciate the cam.

  51. Alexey Plastun

    Alexey Plastun2 жыл мурун

    Thanks for a great video. I'm looking at buying 7s ii. At the end you guys mention that it's focus by wire only camera, while the specs claim that manual focus is available. Did I misunderstand smth?

  52. TimelineProvision TP

    TimelineProvision TP2 жыл мурун

    lol this guy cant film or take photos for shit. the settings are all wrong and didn't do the camera justice

  53. Luke&Line

    Luke&Line2 жыл мурун

    Hey guys! Love all of your videos, what mics do you use in your reviews and is this audio internal from the Sony A7sII?

  54. Alexander Kappel Äikäs

    Alexander Kappel Äikäs2 жыл мурун

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="616">10:16</a> that looks sooo much like the guy from Brasstracks

  55. dennis ma

    dennis ma2 жыл мурун

    did you use a dedicated microphone for this documentary or the sound simply was captured by the camera? i have the camera for over 6 months but i havent fully maximised its potential for video recording. thanks a lot!

  56. Brad Smith

    Brad Smith2 жыл мурун

    You sound exactly like Grant Imahara

  57. David Gill

    David Gill2 жыл мурун

    It gets the shots --- but man, that lighting it resolves is uncompelling as hell

  58. BKG Productions

    BKG Productions2 жыл мурун

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="636">10:36</a> - <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="676">11:16</a> Can anyone give me some insight on how to achieve this while shooting?

  59. morgan Lund

    morgan Lund3 жыл мурун

    This is a great review! One of the more helpful ones thanks!

  60. Sagar Patel

    Sagar Patel3 жыл мурун

    Where are you at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="367">6:07</a>?

  61. Prashant Rawat

    Prashant Rawat3 жыл мурун

    one thing these guys never reveal is the Lens ... this is some top of the line lens .. you won't get this quality with kit lens ..

  62. Norcal

    Norcal3 жыл мурун

    Jordan did an awesome job on the review

  63. OliverfromDenmark

    OliverfromDenmark3 жыл мурун

    but... This costs 4000 dollars without a lens in my country :(

  64. Ravi Paswan

    Ravi Paswan3 жыл мурун

    which camera use to shoot ?

  65. Sudoku

    Sudoku3 жыл мурун

    I'm good with my a6000 it does what I need and want, don't need a 3k camera if I can earn back the money using the camera. you could say I'm broke but trust me if I knew that I would get more profit after I bought this camera I would easily kick out a loan and buy it or even rent it, however I asked myself a question and that is what would my clients see? will they truly notice the difference between an a7rii and an a6000 maybe but is it noticeable enough that the a6000 would look bad? nope not really. Is it noticeable to justify a 3k camera? no not really. At the end of the day I'm justifying myself why I shouldn't but that doesn't mean that I'm wrong because at the same time it is based on myself and my situation and only I know that. this is no malice to anyone with an a7sii because I know you bought it for "real use". You can use my view on this to understand your own situation so have a nice day everyone

  66. Kevin H

    Kevin H3 жыл мурун

    £2000? Christ.

  67. co ol

    co ol3 жыл мурун

    Hello! Do you think this can be my first camera to buy? I didn't have any camera before!

  68. co ol

    co ol3 жыл мурун

    Ghost Walker thank you so much! This helps a lot (:

  69. Ghost Walker

    Ghost Walker3 жыл мурун

    Danaz Sdiq I dont think this is a good camera for a beginner . It's pricey and relatively hard to go for a beginner DSLR like a canon t5 or Nikon d3400

  70. co ol

    co ol3 жыл мурун

    I mean is it appropriate?

  71. Andrew White

    Andrew White3 жыл мурун

    Great video! Whats your guess on a release date for the a7siii? Any rumors? Any guesses?

  72. LAHegarty

    LAHegarty3 жыл мурун

    When this dude says ISO, I want to kill myself.

  73. daniel sarn

    daniel sarn3 жыл мурун

    Si Knight Thanks for that and yeah quite confusing but mostly technical jargon, cheers.

  74. Si Knight

    Si Knight3 жыл мурун

    yeah, its a common misunderstanding. It was created by the International Organisation for Standardisation so if it was an acronym it would be IOS. In fact, ISO comes from the Greek isos meaning equal. Here is the link:

  75. daniel sarn

    daniel sarn3 жыл мурун

    Si Knight I thought ISO stood for "International Standards Organisation"? - "A standardised industry for measuring light"

  76. Si Knight

    Si Knight3 жыл мурун

    LAHegarty why? he pronounces it correctly, I.S.O is not an acronym

  77. Ultimate Backing Tracks

    Ultimate Backing Tracks3 жыл мурун

    Which Picture Profile are you using for videos?

  78. Ben

    Ben3 жыл мурун

    Using manual focus lenses probably helped with battery life.

  79. Markus W

    Markus W3 жыл мурун

    Are you generosity?

  80. Comet Confetti

    Comet Confetti3 жыл мурун

    Ok quick question. I really want to get this camera, BUT! I'm afraid that when I do they will announce a newer version of it. Do you have any idea when they will be releasing a new one.

  81. ludah

    ludah3 жыл мурун

    there will ALWAYS be the new one. remember that. get it now and enjoy it , tomorrow may never come

  82. ben

    ben3 жыл мурун

    what lense was used

  83. CalyptusCity

    CalyptusCity3 жыл мурун

    Hey, thanks for the review. I would like to ask you if you have a channel or this video on vimeo. i want to see it in better quality?

  84. Ryan Heldoorn

    Ryan Heldoorn3 жыл мурун

    Hi Guys, what picture profile did you feel was best for photography? I know most like to use s-log 2 & 3 in video for the dynamic range but what are your thoughts for photos. Thank you in advance.

  85. Gixxerkartman

    Gixxerkartman3 жыл мурун

    So, you mark up the camera by $800 over Nice review, but people will not buy from your site when you're putting it at such an outrageously high price compared to other sites.

  86. Gixxerkartman

    Gixxerkartman3 жыл мурун

    My apologies, thanks for clearing that up!

  87. TheCameraStoreTV

    TheCameraStoreTV3 жыл мурун

    Our prices are in Canadian currency because we're a Canadian company. If you look at the exchange rate, you'll see that we're extremely competitive. Jordan @ TCSTV

  88. denniszenanywhere

    denniszenanywhere3 жыл мурун

    Good review. Heard so many bad things about the poor after-sales service of Sony. Is it really true? And I've heard so many exasperated by Sony's use of a vendor for repairs etc?

  89. nadir fox

    nadir fox3 жыл мурун

    great camera

  90. Stbr Films

    Stbr Films3 жыл мурун

    what lenses is he using 28-70mm?

  91. Fabvre Grégoire

    Fabvre Grégoire3 жыл мурун

    A lot of videos about the A7S II show how in low lights it is great. Fine. But how is it in shining day light with blue sky ? No bending ?

  92. Fabvre Grégoire

    Fabvre Grégoire3 жыл мурун

    what abput overheating ?

  93. Shane Benjamson

    Shane Benjamson3 жыл мурун

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="232">3:52</a> is that shot with the A7s II? Or with something else, because there's nothing on the bottom of the screen unlike the rest of the video to tell you what ISO and camera it's shot with. I really, really need to know this anyone?

  94. Ziyang Zhang

    Ziyang Zhang3 жыл мурун

    Is the Bill Cunningham at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="730">12:10</a>?


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  96. ПЕРВЫЙ

    ПЕРВЫЙ3 жыл мурун

    canon 5dm iv is better

  97. peter zamora

    peter zamora3 жыл мурун

    hello guy how are you ? how i can contact to you ?

  98. Stefan F

    Stefan F3 жыл мурун

    Got mine on Amazon today has the best price at the moment

  99. TheCameraStoreTV

    TheCameraStoreTV3 жыл мурун

    Doing well! Send me an email to Jordan @ TCSTV

  100. Es Gee

    Es Gee3 жыл мурун

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="516">8:36</a> left hand. Yikes