Just a week after first unveiling the Alpha 7 II, Sony has announced that the mirrorless camera will be available for purchase in the US on December 9th. It will be priced at $1,699 as body-only and $1,999 with an FE 28-70mm, f/3.5-f/5.6 OSS zoom lens, which is the same price as its predecessor.

The Alpha 7 II offers several new features compared to the Alpha 7, including the latest 5-axis in-body stabilization system, something which can be used while capturing still photos as well as video footage. It also includes some design improvements to help reduce camera shake regardless of the lens that may be attached to the camera body.

In addition, the camera incorporates an enhanced autofocus system that combines 117 phase and 25 contact points to provide 30 per cent faster autofocus responsiveness, and also supports high bit rate XAVC-S recording.

The Alpha 7 II retains several features from the Alpha 7 as well, including a 24.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, the 3″ tilting LCD display on the back, offering a 3:2 aspect ratio capable of displaying 1.23 million dots, the ability to tilt the screen 107 degrees upwards and 41 degrees down, shutter speeds of up to 1/8000 second, an ISO sensitivity that can range between 100 to 25,600.