Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera

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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.

Reviews

User Reviews

4.78571 out of 5 stars
  • 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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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

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
5 months ago

ANSWERS

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
5 months 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
5 months ago

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

Keit ll answered
5 months ago

QUESTION

A7 vs OM-D E-M1 speed?

Hi, I am not a professional photographer but a keen amateur. Today I tried out the A7 and OM-D E-M1 primarily to see the size difference as I had read the OM-D was 'much' larger than normal m43 cameras but A7 reviews had failed to mention this. Anyhow, I was surprised that they were both almost identical sizes and I found both a joy to hold and use. The one thing that surprised me and I'd like to canvas opinion on was the speed with which the cameras were ready to take another shot. The OM-D was ready almost instantaneously and you could rattle off 2, 3, 4 etc. really quickly whereas the A7 took about 1 to 1.5 secs (rough guess) to be ready to take the next shot. Is this purely down to processing the extra pixels? It seemed odd to me and was a disappointment with an otherwise stunning camera. Do other A7 owners find this 'lag' or was something not set correctly on the store demo? Your input is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Tom

4 months ago

ANSWERS

As far as back to back shots, I have no issue shooting RAW waiting on the A7. I have instant review turned off (blocks out viewfinder too long). To me it feels very quick. I haven't used the EM1. In contrast, my Samsung NX300 is comparatively slow shooting, a bunch of RAW shots in a row and the camera will be processing for some time before it is ready again (it is much better than the older NX cameras, not bad, but the difference between a consumer camera and a pro camera). So I don't think you would have an issue on the A7 shooting quickly, maybe not sports, but for firing off a quick burst of 5 shots during a portrait shoot (5 is just a random number, it will fire as quick as I press the shutter), and keep going without the camera freezing up. Eric Continue Reading

viking79 answered
4 months ago

No, it's normal. Steve Huff mentionned it in his review: http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2013/11/29/the-sony-a7-and-a7r-camera-review-by-steve-huff/ "These cameras do indeed feel slower than an Olympus E-M1 or RX1 in use and I kind of compare them to shooting medium format. Slow paced and steady. Aim, compose, fire. These are not the cameras for sports shooters or machine gun blazing shutter crazies as they are not." "I like the build, the feel, the design and the features but I think the response is just not there when compared to my Olympus E-M1, which is lightning fast in response. I have been shooting that E-M1 like mad and when I switched it up to the A7 and A7r it seemed like I was working in slow motion..and I am not talking about AF, just overall response time of the camera." Continue Reading

bluevellet answered
4 months ago

I read ear some bad reviews on the a7 focusing and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it focuses and also in low light. As much has to do with the lens as the camera. The 75-300mm on my E-M1 in low light hunts a lot. To be honest I have no issues with the focus. I have had much slower over the years and got by fine. The high ISO pictures from the a7 blows the E-M1 out of the water. Full frame at $2000.00. It's a better bargain than the $1300.00 E-M1 Continue Reading

cosmonaut answered
4 months ago

QUESTION

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
11 days ago

ANSWERS

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
11 days 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
11 days ago

Hi Mel, I wouldn't quite say that it "doesn't attract me enough to learn". I find that rather an insulting and narrow minded remark to be quite honest. From the files I have downloaded from DP review I haven't been impressed with the lack of good sharpening results on Photoshop. When slightly sharpened at the lowest levels the result you get is quite processed and grainy which is the best way I can describe it. Also the level of noise reduction applied by camera was another concern which I was interested to hear from other users. I did download your shot of the man playing the guitar and was curious as to your camera settings such as if this was taken raw or jpg and whether you changed or added any sharpening to the shot or camera. Regards, Continue Reading

montygm answered
10 days ago

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WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

  • 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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