Disappointing Rolling Shutter on the Sony A7r II

Sony acknowledged the need for improvement in regards to rolling shutter on the A7s so we had high hopes for the A7r II.

As these videos show, it’s pretty bad in S35 mode (crop mode), and it’s only on par with older tech in full-frame mode.

Is this a limitation of reading out from a high-megapixel sensor or is this Sony protecting their professional video camera lines?

On the positive side the reports about dynamic range so far have suggested that the A7r II is similar to the A7s in this regards.

  • bwana

    Any feel for how the A7R II performs in low light situations? I have the A7S, A7R and A7 II. I use the A7S & A7R for astro/nightscape photography. Wondering how the A7R II would perform!?

  • Blandest

    Dan Chung has stated:

    “Low light performance was the third big surprise. I wasn’t expecting great things from a camera with such a high pixel count – I was wrong. The camera acquits itself very well even at 6400 ISO. Noise is present but the image was still usable. I compared it on the monitor to my a7S. The a7S full-frame 4K output was as expected better than the S35 a7R II 4K image. What surprised me is that the a7R II 4K S35 image was less noisy than the a7S APS-C 4K image (which I believe is upscaled to 4K internally from 2.7K). I can only assume that the new BSI rear sensor illumination technology of the a7R II sensor is making this possible.”

    This is the best indication we had so far, which was better than we were expecting (we were expecting marginal and incremental improvements over the likes of the A7r or D810).