Sony A7RII ILCE-7RM2 Low Light Test Video – Street Light Sydney

Sony A7RII (ILCE-7RM2) Low Light Test – Sydney Street Light

Camera Settings Update: As with everyone else using the A7RII for video productions, I have evolved my settings over the many shoots with this camera. My current settings for general productions are listed below. These settings might not yield the maximum dynamic range, but they give me an easy base for grading and are a bit easier to work with than slog-2.

Current Camera Settings:
Firmware 3.30
Picture Profile 6 (Black Level +2, Gamma – Cine4, Color Mode – Cinema, Detail -4, Saturation -2)
XAVCS 4K 25p 100M (I shoot everything 4k and crop to 1080 as applicable)
APS-C/Super35mm – On
Post: Custom LUT

My decision to jump into the Sony range of cameras was largely based on the dream of finding a great all round camera that would perform reasonably well in low light. When Sony announced the A7RII (ILCE-7RM2) and its specifications, I knew I’d be most likely placing one of the first pre-orders.

I’ve only just begun shooting on the A7RII (ILCE-7RM2), but I’m already wondering how I was making video before I had. Sure, the transition from other brands is a bit of an adjustment, especially when the muscle memory in your fingers forces you to press the menu button instead of the record button, but once you re-train yourself, it’s hard imaging filming without the Sony A7RII.

About this video:

The purpose of the video is to simply see how well the Sony ILCE-7RM2 would perform in real world low light conditions. The footage was shot at a range of ISO settings from 800 to 6400. I’ll list the camera settings below, but the general aim was to use the camera without too much preparation in normal ambient street light. No additional light sources or preparations were made before any shot. I simply slapped the camera on a tripod, set up the shot and hit record. I bought the camera as a lightweight “run and gun” style tool and I wanted to see how it would perform as such.


The quality of the low light footage after a quick and simple grade was more than acceptable for small project filmmaking. I am sure with a lot more preparation and post-production effort, the results would be even better. However the point was to see what I could get out of camera without too much fuss. Shooting with SLOG2 for the first time has been a bit of a learning curve as getting low noise with it seems a bit more tricky and I think really limits maximum ISO to 3200 or maybe 6400 at the top if you really really hate much noise in your footage. I did not use noise reduction plug-ins in post on this footage or any sharpening. I can see that in the future I’ll have to make allowances for sharpening as this footage seems on the soft side, given the -7 detail settings and low F-stops.

The Sony A7RII has really changed the way I can get out and capture reasonably good looking footage without over thinking and over gearing a shoot. I can now throw the lightweight body, lenses, ND filters and a tripod in a bag and focus on the joy of filmmaking. The freedom and capability it has enabled has made this one of the best purchase decisions I have made as a videographer and photographer. I can’t wait to pre-order the A7RIII!

Focus Peaking: I’m still getting used to the Focus Peaking functionality of the A7Rii and it’s definitely a huge help, but from the final footage in the test, I have realised that in low light it seems that while the peaking indicates a specific focus point, sometimes it’s also best to make some final micro focus adjustments before pressing record. I’ve noticed several shots that seemed to be at peak focus according to the indicator, but could have been made sharper with further non peaking adjustments. Still a very useful perk and I’ll practise more with it to get best results.

Camera Settings/Equipment:
Firmware 2.0
XAVCS 4K 25p 100M (Scaled to 1080 in post)
APS-C/Super35mm – On
ISO Range – 800 to 6400
Picture Profile 7 (SLOG2, S-Gamut, Detail -7, Saturation -3
Lenses – Canon 35mm 1.4, 16-35mm 2.8, 70-200mm 2.8
Adaptor – Metabones IV
Post: Grading Magic Bullet Suite 12.1, No denoiser, No unsharp mask.

Thanks for watching!


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  • Great video. I have just bought a7r ii and I wonder in order to get grain-free footage during night time, ISO up to what level can be increased? I mean completely grain free footage. While shooting 4K 24 fps.. Please guide.

    Milan Jani July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • Do you reckon when using Slog2 turn on Super 35 will result better in low light? I find Slog2 performs very poorly in low light. However, I have not tried to turn Super 35 on with it.

    RidingRonin July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • Nice video , thanks for share.!!!

    specialized41 July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • Sony A7R III are available 😋

    Vuitor July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • I'm seeing tons of Macroblocking in this video. Is that just me? Video is excellent in every other way

    Jose Martin July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • there are really too much transitions, fast cuts and panning for a real judgement. sometimes a slower pace would have been good. the grading looks like there went something wrong. many shots have no nice shadows and sometimes there is a very limited DR. i really like the editing and the composition and you have a good eye and nice angles. the footage maybe good but the endresult looks somehow limited. and there are many artifacts. maybe your uploaded file was too small. you should at least take 3ombit ore more.

    CALO65 July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • Awesome! I've just ordered myself the Sony A7RII 🙂

    Ramadan Besim July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • I have state that I enjoyed the video. Composed well and established feeling. I have been researching a new camera and thought I would watch other production by individuals and yours was the first… Your information provided was extremely helpful. Nicely done and thank you for sharing your work.

    Harrison Dodge July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • How did you do the panning or moving shots so smoothly without rolling shutter or shakiness?

    sadbravesfan July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • Sick video !!

    justun chan July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • and people say it's not that grade in low light condition. Maybe it's the colour grading that's good but overall it's good enough.

    Eddy Tang July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • Did you feel a lot during this video that you need more iso? Why you didnt use it up to 12800? I far as I know its should be still usable.

    lofocky July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • i want this camera so bad

    Aiur Productions July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • Thanks for all the comments guys… If you look in the description and in the opening sequence of the video all the camera settings are detailed and my thoughts on the camera performance. Thanks again for the feedback.

    Bitter Munky July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • I'm thinking you used the words "test" in the title to buffer your ego.
    rather than actually indicate you would provide any useful details about the ISO … shutter
    and lens settings used. thanks for a useless video 🙂 looks mildly ok

    zee anemone July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • How do you make a video like this? This is stunning!!

    Happy Lemon July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • great job. Would you please share the setting on the camera while shooting this video ?

    Thanks a lot in advance

    Lively Ocean Films July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • nice video man.

    Elmer Cuaton July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • Great stuff! Curious how you got the smooth horizontal shots? Using a slider?

    Craig Murray July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • Question: Do you think the A7 ii is better in low-light than A7R ii?
    I think at leas the noise should be less cause of less pixels per area.

    filmemacher July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • I wish there would be a review for A7 vs A7 II vs A7 s

    filmemacher July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • i did some shots and some low light tests. My footage is extremely noisy with even -7 details with slog2 and sgamut. how do you coop with it?

    Waqar Ahmed July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • I love the bgm!

    Ivan Dong July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • what adapter did u use? Were Canon lenses' AF on par with native lenses? thx

    robert July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply
  • thanks for the vid. great scenes.

    nodemachine July 18, 2020 3:03 am Reply

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