The Sony Full Frame Pro Mirrorless camera is overrated. I am actually perplexed by the level of blind fanaticism the camera currently enjoys in the market. Compared to its rivals the Sony (FF) Pro mirrorless camera is not value for money. Sony and Sony fanatics have laid several claims about new’ and advanced’ features in this camera. But honestly this camera came with nothing that was unheard of before it was unleashed into the market. I know to many I am already a Sony hater, but I am in real sense not. I am doing this for the sake of customers out there. I own a Sony (FF) pro mirrorless. After using it and a detailed comparison with other cameras here is an honest opinion about it.
Claim 1: Compactness
This is the major point of strength for the Sony Full Frame Pro Camera according to Sony. Kimio Maki believes that their (Sony) cameras are the smallest and the most compact in the markets. His assertion that “it is all about size-It is lighter and smaller” proves this. A simple practical demonstration refutes this claim by Kimio Maki. If you put the Sony Full Frame a7RII side by side with the Canon 5Ds both with their 24-70mm f/2.8 lens on, you will realize that there is no difference in length. The a7RII also has a length similar to that of the Sony a 99. This does not only refute the compactness claim by Sony, but it also is proof of their failure to overcome the laws of physics relative to camera design.
The law of physics in camera designs dictates that if something is taken from the camera body it then has to be given back to the lenses, and in the same amount. In this case, you have the option of a big body with big lenses or the vice versa. Sony opted for the latter and failed miserably regarding compactness. The Sony Full Frame Pro Mirrorless has a big lens and a small body. This way it does not only fail the compactness test but also the beauty test. This camera is larger than most DSLR’s and not beautiful either.it actually looks like a bazooka mounted on a matchbox.
Claim 2: Weight
Let us ask ourselves this question. Apart from compactness what is the other consideration to make when shopping for a professional camera? Weight is one of the answers we get. Sony, as we would expect, did not forget to lay claim about the Sony Full Frame Mirrorless Pro Camera being light in weight. However, this is not entirely true. The Sony camera only boasts of a smaller body simply because it carries a smaller battery. Sony decided to put a minuscule battery on this camera for the sake of a lighter body. When you buy this camera you actually end up having to carry multiple batteries with you. Its small battery does not last as long as the battery we have on other rival cameras. The Sony a7RII looks and feels lighter than the Canon 5Ds and the Leica SLI, but its minuscule battery pack negates this weight advantage.
Claim 3: In-body Image Stabilization
This is the other common claim Sony fanatics will put forward in defense of the Sony Full Frame Mirrorless Pro camera. The camera comes with a 2-axis IBIS system. But honestly, In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) is not a unique feature in the current technological world. It is even more obvious when it is a 2-axis IBIS system. This has been in cameras for more than a decade now. Sony’s 2-axis IBIS is not an advantage for it does not compare to what other brands have to offer. Sony has had this 2-axis IBIS since 2003. It is strange that they have made no attempts to upgrade it to match what other manufacturers are using. Pentax has included a 5- axis IBIS system in their latest camera. A 2-axis IBIS thus does not give the Sony FF camera any competitive edge.
Claim 4: Adapting Non-Native Lenses
You will also hear that you should consider a Sony Full Frame Mirrorless Pro camera for you can use it with a wide range of Adapting Non-Native Lenses. Just like the 2-axis claim, this is not even worth mentioning. Adapters are not the fanciest of gadgets. They can be inconvenient at times; when you pick the wrong ones. They are extra gadgets and an extra burden. Not forgetting to mention that there is the reduction of light transmission when adapters are used at times. You better go for native lenses.
Claim 5: Live Exposure Preview
You will also be persuaded to buy the Sony Full Frame Camera due to its live exposure Preview. Well, this does sound complicated and much of an achievement. But it simply refers to the ability of a cameraman to review the exposure in real time before taking the picture. The view occurs through the EVF. Sony deserves some credit here; At least they have something extraordinary for their mirrorless camera. Live Exposure Preview might not be part of the ordinary DSLR’s, but I can assure you it soon will be. With the recent efforts by Canon to patent their new Hybrid Viewfinder technology, Live Exposure Preview is here with us. Live Exposure Preview will be soon be a part of all cameras.
Considering all those five factors, I would not call the Sony Full Frame Camera extraordinary. It only beats rivals on one feature; the Live Exposure Preview. All the hype it is currently enjoying in the market is overrated. As a customer, you need to shop wisely and avoid falling into blind fanaticism for this camera.