Sony's A-class march into the future of photography
Sony A7 ii
Price: from €1,800 Rating: ****
If the future of high-end 'prosumer' cameras looks small, portable and mirrorless, Sony is one of two companies (alongside Panasonic) that is ahead of the pack. Its A7 ii (referred to as 'mark 2') ticks many semi-pro boxes chiefly by dint of its full-frame (24 megapixel) sensor. That feature (and its €2,000 price tag) boosts it into rivalry with Nikon's 610 and Canon's 6D, despite not having anything like the range of lenses of these models. The A7 ii doesn't quite have the video chops of other rivals, such as Panasonic's GH4, as there's no 4K on board. But this is a high-end snapper built for port-ability, not studio work or outdoor tripod-dependency. Sony is building a really impressive modern camera range.