Sony A7R II Battery Life

A7R II Review – 11 – Battery Life

Battery life is a very important aspect of a camera and it is a very hard thing to review. There are many factors affecting battery drainage but what I can already tell you, if you would happen to know the first A7 models, that it hasn’t gotten much better.
For better or for worse, it hasn’t annoyed me that much as I have always been disciplined regarding charging my batteries. I must say that having the EVF and the back screen on all the time is very very straining. Like on your smartphone, the screen is one of the main battery life suckers. The A7R II comes with two batteries and a separate battery charger which already helps tremendously. As for reviewing battery life, as I said, too many factors come into play. It depends on your shooting style (do you shoot many bursts? do you record many videos?), the temperature, the screen usage and brightness etc. If you do not really need the wireless functions of your camera then turn off Airplane mode. This already helps pushing the life of your battery considerably.
With one battery, I can shoot for about 2-3 days in all shooting styles, coming home with many pictures and even videos. I got 3 in my bag now, so I am good. Which does not mean that you would be. Under heavy usage, one battery can last only a few hours.

FROM THE OFFICIAL MANUAL
online manual here
Battery life and the number of images that can be recorded/played back using a battery pack:
Screen mode
Shooting (still images):
Number of images: approx. 340

Actual shooting (movies):
Battery life: approx. 55 min.

Continuous shooting (movies):
Battery life: approx. 95 min.

Viewing (still images):
Battery life: approx. 280 min., Number of images: approx. 5600

Viewfinder mode
Shooting (still images):
Number of images: approx. 290

Actual shooting (movies):
Battery life: approx. 50 min.

Continuous shooting (movies):
Battery life: approx. 95 min.

Note:
The above battery life and number of images applies when the battery pack has been fully charged. The battery life and number of images may decrease depending on the conditions of use.
The battery life and number of images that can be recorded is for shooting under the following conditions:The battery pack is used at an ambient temperature of 25°C (77°F).
Using the lens FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS (sold separately)
Using Sony Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark2) media (sold separately)
[Viewfinder Bright.]: [Manual][±0] [Monitor Brightness]: [Manual][±0] [Display Quality]: [Standard] The number for “Shooting (still images)” is based on the CIPA standard, and is for shooting under the following conditions (CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products Association):
DISP: [Display All Info.] Focus Mode: AF-S
One picture is taken every 30 seconds.
The power is turned on and off once every ten times.
The number of minutes for movie shooting is based on the CIPA standard, and is for shooting under the following conditions:The image quality is set to 60i 17M (FH) .
Actual shooting (movies): Battery life based on repeated shooting, zooming, shooting stand-by, turning on/off, etc.
Continuous movie shooting: Battery life based on non-stop shooting until the limit (29 minutes) has been reached, and then continued by pressing the MOVIE (Movie) button again. Other functions, such as zooming, are not used.
If the remaining battery is not displayed, press the DISP (Display Setting).

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