Sony A7S II camera is a stable, sensitive, 4K-shooting soul

It’s pairing a huge ISO range with 5-axis image stabilisation

Remember the Sony A7S, the compact system camera we described on these very pages as a “low light master” for its talents at shooting in dark and dismal conditions? Well, it’s just got an updated edition that should be even more at home in the gloom.

The Sony A7S II, announced today, has the same huge ISO range (50 to 409600) as the original model, but now it’s packing 5-axis image stabilisation as well. That means you’ll be able to shoot at slower shutter speeds than before, so pictures taken in low light can be both sharp and low on noise.

The same 12.2MP full-frame sensor is on board (and it’s a good ‘un – don’t let the lack of megapixels convince you otherwise), but Sony says improvements have been make to autofocus accuracy (it’s apparently twice as fast as the original A7S when shooting video), to the OLED viewfinder, which now offers the world’s highest viewfinder magnification, and to “the look and feel” of the camera body.

More importantly, it can now shoot 4K video internally. The previous model could shoot 4K, but had to actually record it on an (expensive) external device, but with the A7S II that luscious Ultra HD footage doesn’t need to go anywhere. You’ll also be able to record full HD footage at 120fps for smooth slow motion playback.

Update 16/10: The Sony A7S II is finally coming to Singapore. Available from Sony Stores, Sony Centres, and selected Sony authorised dealers from 17 October 2015, it's going to cost you a pretty penny at S$4299 just for the body alone.

The upside to this is that if you purchase it before 25 October, you'll get a free 4K compatible SF-64UZ SD card worth S$196. FE lenses and accessories are given a purchase-with-purchase offer too but you'll need to check with the Sony stores for the full details.