The A7 II feels much better in the hand than the A7. I am fairly ham-fisted and the A7’s grip was a tad too small for my mitts. The A7 II’s more pronounced grip is a godsend. The A7 II is slightly heavier than the A7 but with the 24-70 Zeiss lens on it, it is hard to tell the difference.
The A7 didn’t really suffer from a very loud shutter but the A7 II’s shutter is a bit quieter. It’s a pity that Sony elected to not have a fully electronic shutter option like they do in the A7S. Maybe they can take a page from Fuji’s playbook and “kaizen” the feature in a firmware update.
The camera includes the usual manuals, strap, and battery, however, Sony has opted to include a USB charger instead of a dedicated battery charger. Seriously? This is supposed to be a pro level body and you expect us to charge the battery in the camera? I ended up ordering the Sony charger from Amazon and some adapter plates for my Watson Duo Charger from B&H. Sony also opted to use their smaller W series batteries (like in all of the previous A7 models), so plan on ordering spares (I already have two and plan on getting two more).
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