Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera

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80% Silver Award
Ultimately, the Alpha 7 is a nice step-up for current NEX owners, and will certainly tempt those who want something smaller than conventional full-frame cameras.”

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Key Features

  • 24.3 MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • Up to 4 FPS in Speed Priority Continuous shooting
  • ISO 100-25600(AUTO ISO 100-6400)
  • 1080/60p/24p HD video (AVCHD/MP4)
  • 3" tiltable LCD with 921,600 dots
  • 1/2-inch XGA OLED color electronic viewfinder with 2.4M dots
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • Multi-interface shoe (optional external flash sold separately)
  • Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo card slot
  • Compatible lenses: Sony E-mount Full Frame, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta Maxxum A-mount lenses confirmed via optional LA-EA3/LA-EA4 adapter

Product Description

The Sony Alpha 7 is a full-frame E-mount mirrorless camera. The A7 is very similar to its more expensive sibling (the A7R), except that it uses a 24 megapixel CMOS sensor with on-chip phase detection. The A7 twins are the smallest and lightest full-frame cameras on the market.

While the cameras can use any E-mount lens, there will be a crop factor involved (unless you don't mind vignetting). Sony is producing a new line of FE-series lenses that take advantage of the larger sensor.

The A7's use the new Sony Bionz X processor, which produces images with better detail, less noise, and reduced diffraction. Other features include a 3-inch, tilting LCD, XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, Multi-interface (hot) shoe, Wi-Fi with NFC, and 1080/60p video recording.


Body type
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Other resolutions 6000 x 3376, 3936 x 2624, 3936 x 2216, 3008 x 1688, 3008 x 2000
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Bionz X
ISO 100-25600
White balance presets 10
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Extra fine, fine, standard
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4)
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 117
Lens mount Sony E (NEX)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,230,000
Touch screen No
Screen type Xtra Fine LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.71×
Viewfinder resolution 2,359,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via Multi Interface shoe)
Continuous drive 5.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Videography notes headphone and microphone ports, XLR support via adapter
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI port with 4K still, uncompressed video output)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port Yes
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes with NFC and wireless control via PlayMemories Mobile app
Remote control Yes (wired)
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 340
Weight (inc. batteries) 474 g (1.04 lb / 16.72 oz)
Dimensions 127 x 94 x 48 mm (5 x 3.7 x 1.89)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None


DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

Score Breakdown
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Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Metering & focus accuracy
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Low light / high ISO performance
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Movie / video mode
Silver Award
Silver Award
80 %
Overall Score

The Alpha 7 has broken new ground in the full-frame market, in terms of both size and price. Its compact size, broad feature set and very good raw image quality make it a compelling option for those wanting a large sensor. Unfortunately, the JPEGs have many issues, performance and battery life could be better, and the controls would benefit from a rethink.

Good For

Those seeking a full-frame sensor in a small body, determined third-party and historic lens owners, video enthusiasts, and social media mavens

Not So Good For

User Reviews

  • pramarko, Oct 24, 2013 GMT:
    Hands-on Sony A7 Kit impressions

    Today i had a chance to play with the Sony A7 coupled with the 28-70mm kit lens for about an hour and a half. They didn't have the LA-EA4 adapter, so i couldn't test it with my alpha lenses. What i liked and surprised me even after reading and watching numerous previews: - superb image quality, even at really high ISO settings - the camera is small and incredibly light, even comparable to my Lumix LX5 with a wide angle lens attached - speedy and accurate focus - great customisation options ...

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  • zilver, Nov 22, 2013 GMT:
    Sony A7 review from a non-pro

    Hey, So far I've seen a lot of professional and manual focus experts trying the camera and give very useful insights, however I'm more of a hobbyist and enjoy new toys with autofocus, so here's my brief experience. +++ Build quality is superb, best I've seen in the mirrorless peers, more solid than RX1, E-M1. I feel it's on par with 5D Mark III and Leica M (design is subjective, just talking about build quality) ++- Shutter, few reviews mention that sound is loud and slow, I find it perfectly ...

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  • DaveCS, Nov 27, 2013 GMT:
    Ergonomics Are Key...

    I never thought I would try, let alone "enjoy" a Sony camera but these new Alphas are game changers for me. First, let me state that, for me, ergonomics are a big selling point with the compact cameras (and even DSLRs).  I've tried many and currently own a Nikon D600, Nikon Coolpix A and Fuji X100.  The ergonomics on the Alpha 7 are probably the best or at least equal to the best on any compact camera yet.  The next closest camera would be the Ricoh GR Digital (original). If you can operate, ...

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  • jeangenie, Dec 6, 2013 GMT:
    What Does the World's First Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless Camera Offer?

    We got the first A7s at our store, and I've had a little time to play around with them. I haven't done a proper photo shoot or test with them yet, but considering how much talk this camera has stirred up on the forums, I thought that some of you would appreciate hearing what info I have to give as soon as possible, so there's less talk about what-ifs. For starters, the camera feels great. I would have liked a slightly wider profile with a slightly deeper grip, but I have big hands - I'm sure ...

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Introduction to a7 and a7R Mirrorless Cameras by Sony

Questions & Answers


Sony A7 & A7R aggressive noise reduction and focusing

Hi all, Have been wanting to get my hands on either of these cameras for quite some time. Heard excellent reviews about image quality and detail regarding both. Being a Canon SLR 5D3 user with various  lenses…the weight of carrying all this gear is doing my shoulder and back in after an all day shoot. Ideally the A7's were a great lighter alternative. Decided to go into the city camera store and take a few test shots and must say I was a little let down in what I saw later on my computer. The image quality and exposure at first look on standard size computer view was admittedly quite impressive and stunning…beautiful colours and gorgeous DOF, nice exposure. Focusing was also much quicker than I anticipated given the reviews you hear about this. However when blown up to 100% and over, I found the detail started to look a little smeary and blotchy. I have read a few reviews that Sony are using quite strong in camera noise reduction to smooth out the grain and loss of detail is ...

montygm asked
8 months ago


245 pages of a7(r) images. I use my a7r with adapted lenses; manual focus only, raw only. Without a doubt, my favorite camera in the last 45 years. Graham Continue Reading

Graham Best answered
8 months ago

Please post a few images you are not happy with. Leave the EXIF in tact. It's the best way to get a quality response. Continue Reading

Tuloom answered
8 months ago

Hi, Grace... There's an undefinable knack for getting good high ISO images from the A7 series. If the light weight, any-lens capability and spectacular EVF don't attract you enough to learn them, I'd strongly suggest you stick with what you have and know. The shots below were right after I got my A7, with the kit lens, ISO 6400 in deep shadow. Same shoot, but with an old Tokina 17mm at f5.6, ISO 1000 I've never used a 5DIII, just rented 5DIIs twice for video, and after two shoots, I was sold on the D7000, bought two, and found them much less problematic. I'm still getting used to the A7. But I can see how just picking it up at a camera store and taking a few shots with it could lead to unsatisfactory results, especially with high ISO. Continue Reading

Mel Snyder answered
8 months ago


Small Rant: all A7/r reviews are from Pro perspective, not casual NEX user

Explanation: All reviews I have come across are from photographers who are Pro, shoot Full Frame and typically use D800 or MkIII. Also some Leica shooters, but that crowd for now shy away from engaging in direct comparison a bit :) But overall, all questions for these people have been answered 10x by now with 1000 samples. My first APSC camera was NEX 5N. I own about 10 lenses, mix of AF e-mount, Alpha+LAEA2 and various adapted manual. I would describe myself as prosumer, very engaged but past-time shooter only. I think there are a lot of you out there with my perspective. Where are our reviews? Surely they will come, but here are a few questions i am waiting to be answered: > APS-C vs Full Frame Feel? NEX7+E2418 vs A7+FE3528. Havent found any direct comparison yet. > Phase Detect AF with standard E mounts? There are some youtube tests on A7 which seem slow. Do we know these lenses are actually supported on A7 as they are on NEX? > Sample RAWs of cropped shots yes, my favorite NEX ...

phynesse asked
1 year ago


For any non-Pro or anyone without deep pockets, the NEX 7 is a bargain.  Native lenses all cost less than $1000, while most A7 lenses are over $1000.  Do you really want to spend $3000 just to buy a few lenses?  Why not get the Zeiss 24mm lens and the Sony 50mm F/1.8 OSS instead? As mentioned the NEX 7 with the Zeiss 24mm lens will out perform the A7 with the 35mm F/2.8 lens.  It will also cost hundreds less for the camera/lens.  Also, with the NEX 7 you have speed boster options too. I am disappointed to see all these people giving up on the small NEX bodies with great IQ as a primary camera so quickly.  I still believe they are good enough for almost everyone. Continue Reading

DT200 answered
1 year ago

I have discovered that the amount of money I am willing to spend on photography is somewhat correlated with the skill level I've acquired in photography. When I first convinced myself to start getting serious, the $600 or $700 NEX 5N seemed outrageously expensive. 6 months later, I couldn't believe I was buying a Sony Zeiss 24 for $999. I had to buy the insurance to help justify it . . . just in case. I very much had buyer's remorse. I sent it back only to buy another a few months later after looking at the images I had produced. Wishy washy to the max. ;) Fast forward to earlier this year and I am buying a Canon 6D and kit lens for over $2,000 and a Canon 50/1.2L for well over $1,000 and adding a $900 Sigma 35 and another Canon 100L macro lens (I did sell the 6D kit lens before ever using it). This amount of spending was outrageous to me 2 years ago and now it seems appropriate to help ensure the image I see with my eyes is not inhibited by the equipment I use. I can still grab my ... Continue Reading

sean lancaster answered
1 year ago

Most of the so called Pro reviews are from individuals who have a close relationship with Sony....... Continue Reading

Keit ll answered
1 year ago


Full frame forum

Has anyone found a good FF A7 series forum on the net? Cheers

dave asked
3 months ago


He can write whatever he bloody well pleases. We do not require your commentary or permission. Continue Reading

Tuloom answered
3 months ago

The OP is trolling now. He has been told the forums would be split more than once. He started yet another thread last night, yet again asking about the split. That thread was removed or locked, too. Two in one day. He is now acting out like an adolescent in response to his locked threads. Please do not suggest other forums for him to devalue. Continue Reading

Tuloom answered
3 months ago

He can ask, and other can answer. If you don't like it, don't read the thread. It was not locked because it was inappropriate, as the thread is a month old. I revived it to see where we were at, progress-wise. It was locked to avoid further discussion on the subject. While I do not agree with the reason given, I suspect it was done more as a measure to avoid further bickering back and forth on whether there should be a FF forum. If ever there was a dead horse, it is that topic. There needn't be any more discussion on whether or not or why, just when. It'd be nice to have some idea. Nobody is saying this forum is INADEQUATE. Dave is looking for a Sony FF dedicated forum, which does not currently exist, here. I think that's a fair question. You aren't a moderator last I checked, so put your forum policeman badge away. Continue Reading

pixelpushing answered
3 months ago


  • Sony a7 camera body
  • Lens kit includes FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 Lens
  • Body cap
  • Rechargeable battery (NP-FW50)
  • AC adapter (AC-UB10)
  • Shoulder strap
  • Micro USB cable

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