Sony A7s II camera tested at DxOMark (compared to Nikon Df and D810)

DxOMark published their tests results for the Sony A7s II camera

Sony A7S II vs Nikon Df vs Nikon D810 comparison

The A7S II occupies a somewhat unique position in the marketplace. We’ve compared the A7S II with the Nikon Df, mindful of the fact that the Nikon has no video capability but outperforms the Nikon D4s in low-light, even though it achieves the same overall DxOMark score as its sibling. And we’ve also elected to compare the A7S II with the Nikon D810. Both models have superior color sensitivity, with the Df offering a one-bit improvement at base and mostly throughout the range. The D810 has a two-bit advantage at base, dropping to 21.8 bits at ISO800, but it can’t maintain the advantage from ISO1600 onwards, where it matches the Sony.
The Sony starts to reveal some advantages when it comes to dynamic range. It can’t compete with the D810 at low ISOs, but it matches the Df and catches up with the D810 from ISO400, after which at ISO3200, the Sony takes the lead. The Nikon Df, however, used to stand out for its low-light, high-ISO capabilities, but now it only matches the A7R II (see above), and is only fractionally above the A7S II. The D810 is another capable camera that offers near-identical performance, which goes to show just how good a camera it is.

Sony A7S II versus Sony A7S versus Sony A7R II comparison

Although the DxOMark score is slightly below the earlier A7S, the difference is pretty much negligible. The A7S II is slightly behind in color sensitivity, equating to just 0.3 bits color depth, which isn’t really perceivable in use. However, the maximum score of 23.6 bits at base through 22.1 bits at ISO400 is considered excellent. Compared to the A7R II, though, color sensitivity is over 2 bits lower at base, which is noticeable, and impressively, that model maintains a significant improvement through ISO6400, at 18.3 bits.
With a difference of around –0.3 EV, the new model is also slightly behind its predecessor in high ISO capabilities (the low-light ISO use case determines the maximal ISO sensitivity required to achieve our benchmark 30 dB SNR). It is also behind the A7R II, but the difference of around –0.15 EV is negligible in most cases.
As for dynamic range, the new model is practically identical to its predecessor — and not just at base, but more or less throughout the ISO range. However there has been an improvement or refinement perhaps, between ISO3200 and 12800 (albeit at the expense of ISO25600 and 51200). Against the A7R II, though, the A7S isn’t quite so tolerant at low ISOs, but it’s not behind by much and as you might expect, dynamic range in the A7S II overtakes the A7R II from ISO3200 onwards.

DxOMark's conclusion:

Like its predecessor, the sensor in A7S II has impressive low-light performance — in fact, very impressive high ISO dynamic range, particularly between ISO3200 and 12800. But it comes at the expense of pixel count and the dynamics are not much of an improvement over the A7S, which (along with the $2999 price tag) we suspect will continue to limit the appeal to still photographers. As a camera intended primarily for videographers, however, that may not be much of an issue. Anyone that has invested in the A7 or A7R variants looking for a complementary video-centric model need look no further than the A7S II.

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