Runner-Up, Best Overall: Sony A7R II
Sony’s A7R II full-frame mirrorless camera offers an incredible 42.3 megapixels of resolution that’s paired with the largest backside-illuminated sensor on the market. There’s no question that Sony’s A7R II is a weather-sealed, ergonomically pleasing camera that’s only real flaw is its shorter battery life (it can shoot just 340 images before recharge). However the excellent low-light performance and built-in image stabilization will have you all but ignoring the short battery life. The CMOS sensor itself offers superb resolution and noise performance, so still images and video that are nothing short of spectacular. Additionally, the 399 on-sensor autofocus detection points are so good, they can focus on the subject’s eyes even while in motion.
The inclusion of 4K video is notable since it’s not generally offered with full-frame high-resolution cameras where the focus is very much on still photo results. Capturing 4K in full-frame or Super 35 format with a full spread of manual controls provides compelling results that help make the Sony an incredible feature-to-price purchase.