The Sony a7S II takes the honour of being the first ‘commercial’ camera mounted outside the International Space Station (ISS) and used to capture 4K video.
There is much excitement around the camera’s ability to capture previously unobtainable footage of the earth at night from space. The full-frame Sony a7S II is known to have a high sensitivity performance up to ISO 409600. In addition, the camera features 5-axis image-stabilisation and internal 4K video recording (QFHD 3840×2160).
Sony has recently released a variety of these amazing 4K videos taken over USA and Japan with the Sony a7S II from outer space, 400km above the surface of the earth.
More videos are emerging, as the ISS completes an orbit around the planet approximately once every 90 minutes.
The Sony a7S II ’s Journey Into Space
The α7S II was carried to the ISS by the “KOUNOTORI” cargo transporter that launched from the Tanegashima Space Center on 9th December 2016.
On 8th February 2017, the camera was installed to the new exterior platform of the ISS known as KIBO, with a FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS power zoom lens attached. Japanese Experiment Module (JEM)
1. Pressurized Module 2. Experiment Logistics Module-Pressurized Section 3. JEM Airlock 4. JEM Remote Manipulator System 5. Exposed Facility 6. α7S II mount location
Taking durability and resistance tests to a new level, the Sony a7S II has proved reliable within the outer space environment, able to withstand high vacuum, cosmic radiation and abrupt temperature fluctuations.
And the images aren’t too shabby either.
Where to see the videos
Sony’s English site includes high-quality footage of the east coast of USA by night. The Japanese site includes footage over Japanese Islands, where we see snow-covered mountain peaks and the array of nighttime city lights.