Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera

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Product Highlights
  • 24.3MP Full Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Direct Compatibility with E-mount Lenses
  • 3.0" Tiltable TFT LCD with 921.6K-Dots
  • 2.4M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full 1080/60p with Uncompressed Output
  • Fast Hybrid Autofocus; 5 fps Burst Rate
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Multi-Interface Shoe
  • Direct Access Interface

The Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera from Sony incorporates a full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor into an E-mount body thus providing the light gathering capability and detail-rich imaging of a full-frame sensor with a compact, lightweight, and versatile mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera system. The 24.3MP sensor enables high resolution images and low light effectiveness with its standard ISO sensitivity range of 100-25600. The new BIONX X image processor offers fast processing and operation speeds such as 5 fps burst shooting and front-end LSI (large-scale integration) improves the early stages of image processing resulting in more natural details and richer tones. 14-bit RAW output preserves the detail provided by the sensor.

An enhanced Hybrid Autofocus system combines a 117-point, phase-detection AF system with a 25-point contrast-detection system for high speed and accuracy. Flexible spot focus areas in addition to multipoint, center-weighted, and zone focusing contribute to its functionality and manual focus assist can be optimized for full-frame or APS-C-format shooting zones. New Eye AF Control provides highly precise eye-detection for shots that place the focus directly on the subject's eye, even when they are partially turned away.   

Full HD 1080 video capture with 24p/60i/60p frame rates is supported in both AVCHD and MP4 codecs. Uncompressed video can be recorded off-camera via an HDMI connection, and both built-in and external stereo recording is available. HDMI and wireless output allows for viewing of still images on ultra HD 4K television. The 3.0" tiltable LCD has a 921.6k-dot resolution and WhiteMagic technology for better visibility in bright light. A high-contrast 2.4M OLED electronic viewfinder provides 100% coverage, a wide viewing angle, and features the same 3-lens optical system used in the Sony a99 DSLR.

Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capability enable easy wireless transfer of images as well as remote shutter control from smartphones and tablets. Remote Control via a USB connection enables still photo adjustment control and now includes video capture control. The Quick Navi Pro interface system can display all camera adjustments on the LCD for rapid setting changes when needed. 

The advanced Sony Multi-Interface shoe expands compatibility options for flash, microphone, and other accessories, and as an E-mount full-frame camera, the Alpha a7 is compatible with all present APS-C sized E-mount lenses in APS-C Crop Mode as well as the new E-mount full-frame Zeiss and Sony G-series lenses. Lens mount adapters with a tripod mount are also available to use A-mount lenses on E-mount cameras and an optional dedicated battery grip enables stable extended shooting and vertical orientation stability.

Full Frame Compact Mirrorless Digital Camera
The Sony Alpha a7 incorporates a full frame 35.8 x 23.9 sensor into the compact, lightweight form of an E-mount mirrorless camera providing the imaging prowess of full frame and the convenience and versatility of mirrorless.
24.3MP Exmor CMOS Sensor
With 24.3 effective megapixels, the Exmor CMOS sensor captures high-resolution, low-noise images with rich tonal gradation and low-light sensitivity. The normal ISO range on the Alpha a7 is 100-25600.
BIONZ X Image Processor
The new BIONZ X image processing engine reproduces textures and details in real time via extra high-speed processing capabilities. Together with front-end LSI (large scale integration) that accelerates the earliest processing stages, it enables more natural details, more realistic images, richer tonal gradations, and lower noise whether you shoot still images or movies.
Fast Hybrid Autofocus
Enhanced Fast Hybrid auto focus combines speedy phase-detection AF with accurate contrast-detection AF, which has been accelerated through a new Spatial Object Detection algorithm. Phase-detection AF with 117 densely placed phase-detection AF points swiftly moves the lens to bring the subject nearly into focus, then contrast-detection AF with wide AF coverage fine-tunes precise focusing.
Up to 5 fps Continuous Shooting
New faster, more accurate AF tracking, made possible by Fast Hybrid AF allows you to capture action shots and that 'perfect' moment with 5 fps continuous shooting in Speed Priority Continuous Shooting Mode. Differing from the Alpha a7R, the Alpha a7 provides a Hybrid Focus system that enables faster focusing and frame rates for photographers who favor performance speed.
Compatibility with Sony's E-mount Lenses and New Full-Frame Lenses
Maintaining its lightweight form, the Alpha a7 is fully compatible with Sony's present APS-C E-mount lens system and the new line of E-mount compact full-frame lenses from Carl Zeiss and Sony's premier G-series.
3.0" Tilt LCD Monitor
The tiltable 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD Display offers a 921.6K-dot resolution and makes it easy to photograph from low or high angles, swinging up 84° and down 45°. WhiteMagic technology dramatically increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.
2.4M-dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
With its 3-lens optical system the viewfinder faithfully displays what will appear in your recording, including the effects of your camera settings. You'll enjoy rich tonal gradations and improved contrast. High-end features like 100% frame coverage and a wide viewing angle enable comfortable and stable eye-level composition.
Full HD Movie at 24p/60i/60p with Uncompressed HDMI Output
The Alpha a7 supports in-camera AVCHD codec frames rates in super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p. MP4 codec is also available for smaller files for easier upload to the web. Also, it is possible to capture Full 1080 HD uncompressed clean-screen video files to external recording devices via an HDMI connection in 60p and 60i frame-rates.
Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
Connectivity with smartphones for One-touch sharing/One-touch remote has been simplified with Wi-Fi/NFC control. In addition to Wi-Fi support for connecting to smartphones, the Alpha a7 also supports NFC (Near Field Communication) providing convenient transfer of images to Android smartphones and tablets. Users need only touch devices to connect; no complex set-up is required. Moreover, when using Smart Remote Control - a feature that allows shutter release to be controlled by a smartphone - connection to the smartphone can be established by simply touching compatible devices.
Direct Access Interface
Quick Navi Pro displays all major shooting options on the LCD screen so you can rapidly confirm settings and make adjustments without searching through dedicated menus. When shooting opportunities arise, you'll be able to respond swiftly with just the right settings.
New Eye AF control
Even when capturing a subject partially turned away from the camera with a shallow depth of field, the face will be sharply focused thanks to extremely accurate eye detection that can prioritize a single pupil. A green frame appears over the prioritized eye when focus has been achieved for easy confirmation. Eye AF can be used when the function is assigned to a customizable button, allowing users to instantly activate it depending on the scene.
14-bit RAW Output
14-bit RAW image data of extremely high quality is outputted by the Alpha a7. This data preserves the rich detail generated by the image sensor during the 14-bit A/D conversion process. When developed with Sony's Image Data Converter RAW development software, these images deliver particularly high quality photographic expression and rich gradation.
Wired Remote Control with Video Capture Control
Remote Camera Control allows you to control your Alpha a7 from your computer using a USB cable. It has been updated to include video capture control.
Multi-Interface Shoe
The Alpha a7 features the advanced Multi-Interface Shoe that dramatically expands compatibility with Sony digital imaging accessories such as flash units, microphones, lights, and monitors thus increasing the potential of your photo and movie shooting.
Imaging
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Camera Format Full-Frame
Pixels Actual: 24.7 Megapixel
Effective: 24.3 Megapixel
Max Resolution 6000 x 4000
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 35.8 x 23.9 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVCHD
Audio: AAC LC, AC3
Bit Depth 14-bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Image Stabilization None
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 24 fps
1440 x 1080: 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 117
Contrast Detection: 25
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Size 1/2"
Viewfinder Pixel Count 2,400,000
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.71x
Diopter Adjustment - 4 to +3 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting Live Preview LCD (921,600)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600 (Extended Mode: 50-)
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 30 - 1/8000 seconds
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Bulb, Manual, Movie, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Sweep Panorama
Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 20.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Underwater
Burst Rate Up to 5 fps at 24.3 MP
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Fill-in
Hi-Speed Sync
Off
Rear Sync
Red-eye Reduction
Slow Sync
Wireless
Built-in Flash No
Dedicated Flash System TTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 5.0 fps
Self Timer 2 seconds, 10 seconds
Interval Recording No
Connectivity AV / USB Multi, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Software System Requirements Windows: Vista (SP2), 7, 8
Mac: OS X 10.6 or later
Power
Battery 1x NP-FW50  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1080 mAh
AC Power Adapter AC-UB10 (Included)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.0 x 3.7 x 1.9" / 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2 mm
Weight 14.67 oz / 416 g main unit only
Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh)
  • AC-UB10 AC Adapter
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Shoe Cap
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • Micro USB Cable
  • PlayMemories Home App
  • Image Data Converter Version 4
  • Limited 1-year Warranty
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    SonyAlpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera
     
    4.5

    (based on 63 reviews)

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (50)
    • Great resolution (48)
    • Easy to use (38)
    • Large clear LCD (36)
    • Good in low light (35)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (40)
    • Complicated controls (5)
    • Poor in low light (4)
    • No image stabilization (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (45)
    • Low light (38)
    • Family photos (35)
    • Macro photography (21)
    • Weddings (18)
      • Reviewer Profile:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The Best DLSR Replacement

    This camera plus Canon glass using the Metabones Mark III adapter is unstoppable. I previously owned a NEX-6, which I loved but the preservation of detail with a full frame sensor is quite...Read complete review

    This camera plus Canon glass using the Metabones Mark III adapter is unstoppable. I previously owned a NEX-6, which I loved but the preservation of detail with a full frame sensor is quite noticeable. The camera looks and feels like an old school range finder but has a nice modern flare with very customizable buttons. Sony have really figured out how to make a digital diopter that is as functional and clear (if not better) than optical. I've tried both the A7 and A7R and I can tell you right now, the A7R is overkill. I notice minimal difference between the two cameras in both picture and video quality. The A7 seems to be even better for me since the battery life exceeds the hungry A7R and the A7 is sharper in low light. I've also sent uncompressed video from this camera via an Atomos NINJA 2 and the jump in detail is significant. The AVCHD codec in the A7 is fine but it crashes under highly detailed scenes. If you really want to use this in the field, an external recorder with a higher bit rate will really help. (see my attached green screen example). I haven't had enough time with this camera to make a full critical review, but it's a good sign when you use a camera for a few days, look at the pictures and your initial reaction is 'wow'. If you have Canon glass and are looking to upgrade your clunky DSLR, there's nothing better right now. The attached image was taken at full auto on the camera with a Canon 70-200mm and Metabones Mark III adapter.

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    Lightweight modern camera

    Everyone has at least heard of this camera since it's release. It has an excellent sony exmor sensor known for its low ISO dynamic range and the uniformity if it's high ISO noise. The...Read complete review

    Everyone has at least heard of this camera since it's release. It has an excellent sony exmor sensor known for its low ISO dynamic range and the uniformity if it's high ISO noise. The sensor alone is miles ahead of anything Canon has released to date. The EVF is phenomenal to use with focus peaking. It took me only a few hours to learn how to accurately focus with a 35/1.4.

    That said, there are serious problems. My camera crashed multiple times within the few hours that I used it. Even requiring me to pull the battery out for a hard reset on a few occasions. The start time is a few seconds (slow compared to the .1 second start time of even my 6 year old rebel XT). Then there is the larger problem: the sleep from wake time is 2-3 seconds. The alternative is to constantly leave the camera active but then the rear LCD backlight is on which reduces the horrendous battery life from 300 photos to substantially fewer. You really need at least 3-4 batteries to make it through a 3-4 band concert. But wait! Sony doesn't include a battery charger so you'll have to spend 5 hours charging it by USB cable unless you pay another $30 for an off brand charger. The shutter lag between pressing the shutter and firing the shutter is 4x as long as a canon 1D3 and 2x as long as a 5D2, that just embarrassing.

    It's a great concept but it would be prudent to wait for the second generation where they actually execute this camera to its fullest.

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    5.0

    A Winner

    By Vernri

    from New York

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    As my FF DSLR got heavier, I have been looking for a lighter and more compact slterativr. I thought the Fuji X line was it. Their glass was very good but the cameras despite improvements still are slow to focus. The Sony A7 is not. For scenic and portrait work it is very fast. The lens selection is limited now, but quality glass is available, ie Zeiss. The EVF is a pleasure to use, the brightness make it easier to focus/check focus, but the raw files need tweaking to get them back to what the EVF showed. I have not gotten rid of my Nikon and lenses yet, but I am shooting the Sony every day.

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    5.0

    "I would buy this product again and agai

    By Al Jeronazzo

    from New York

    About Me Pro Photographer

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      Cons

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          Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          I'm professional fashion photographer since 30 years.I sold my Nikon D800 and I bought A7.I never seen before a RAW like A7. Looks like analog film.In some cases I did'n need to use photoshop!And I have to say that the lens included in the kit is amazing.I suspect it made by Zeiss.........!Every shoot I say wow!

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          4.0

          The perfect travel companion

          By Chad the trekker

          from Chicago

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

            The perfect travel camera that allows you to use your creative self without all of the bulk

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            5.0

            Game Changer

            By MrMendez20

            from NYC

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Resolution
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

              Full Frame mirrorless camera? I love what Sony is doing with their mirrorless technology, I had two pervious NEX models and now upgraded to the A7. The quality and ability to adapt this camera to countless lenses is perfect for any photographer. My personal favorite feature besides the full frame of course would be the apps that you can load directly to the camera. This tells me that Sony will continue to make this camera better over time as the ever growing tech world evolves.

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              4.0

              Friendly camera

              By Shoestring shooter

              from Cold Spring, NY

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good resolution
              • Small / Compact
              • Small Body Large Sensor
              • Technological Achievement

              Cons

              • Noisy Shutter
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

              I mostly shoot macro work of fine art. This camera gives me enough resolution and exposure range. It's friendly and easy to use. I give it a 4 and not a 5 because (1) Sony hasn't brought out enough lenses, the lenses they have brought out aren't all stellar, and they're rather expensive, and (2) Sony is probably going to bring out the next model pretty soon. Battery life is poor, too. But if those few issues weren't true, I'd give it a 5.

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              5.0

              Thrilled. No Regrets.

              By Joe

              from Western North Carolina

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

              Switched to mirrorless Sony A7 after 30+ years of photography. Upgraded from 7-year-old semi-pro APSC DSLR. Have shot 35mm SLR & DSLR, as well as medium format SLR, TLR and view cameras. So far, I'm thrilled, and have no regrets. Here are some of the issues I was concerned about prior to purchase.Size: Feels great in the hand, similar in size to a metal bodied SLR from the '60s or '70s. Perfect size, and I carry it with me a LOT more than I did my DSLR.Viewfinder & Screen: I was very worried about loosing the optical viewfinder. Not only have I not thought about it after the first hour or two of shooting, but I've found I love being able to see DOF and exposure adjustments in the viewfinder. Assumed I would hate the tilting screen, and would have preferred a fixed screen. Turns out, tilt screen is a huge advantage when working from a tripod. I'm amazed at how much more pleasant still life/table top work is.Focus: There's nothing scientific about my assessment, but having read so much about it's "sluggish" AF performance, I expected to find that it was noticeably slower than my DSLR. That wasn't the case at all. I have not tried to shoot a sporting event, but I've shot many pictures of my pets, which are up close moving targets, and I'd say I had about the same success rate with this camera as I did with my DSLR. It's worth noting that I usually shoot with center point, single servo focus, rather than automatic or continuous focus modes, and tend to anticipate movement and let action pass through the frame whenever possible, rather than trusting camera to achieve focus on complex or moving subjects. Keeping that in mind, I've been very happy with the AF performance. But if you've been shooting a more modern DSLR and are accustomed to it achieving focus in complex situations, you might feel differently.Lens Size: Aside from the significant issues of limited selection and annoyingly high cost, I was worried about the size of the 55, which looked big. (Before buying the A7, my goal was to have compact 50 & 20 primes for carrying around with a DSLR, and I wanted small glass.) Turns out, the 55 is fine. It feels about the same size as older manual AIS glass, maybe a little longer. It's not the pancake I was dreaming of, but its size has never bothered me once I started shooting with it. And it's a great lens, producing wonderfully sharp detail in combination with the short DOF made possible by the sensor. The images are fantastic.Build: Very solid, very well made. But it's no DSLR. I'm careful with it in a way that I wasn't with my DSLR. For example, when I say I can "put it in my laptop bag," I mean I put it in a protective case within my laptop bag; I wouldn't just dump it in there. But it strikes a very nice balance between feeling very well crafted while not being cumbersomely heavy. The true test will be in 5+ years. And if I was doing a lot of event coverage, and was jostling through crowds with my cameras dangling around my neck, I might prefer a DSLR. But it's well enough made that returning it never crossed my mind; it's definitely got a quality feel to it.Overall: As another reviewer said, it has helped make me excited about photography again. I loved my DSLR, but the difference between the A7 and a DSLR remind me a little of the differences between medium format SLRs and TLRs. SLRS always got the job done, but they weren't much fun. TLRs were a joy to shoot with, and any quirks they had simply became part of the photographic process. The A7 is kind of like a TLR, but without the inherent shortcomings. And like the TLR, I'm excited about picking it up and taking pictures, rather than having mixed feelings about schlepping a lot of heavy gear.

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              5.0

              Outstanding product

              By Marcelo

              from Rio, Brazil

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                  First time I ever write a review. I shoot mostly landscape and seascape and after a trip to New Zealand I returned home with longstanding low back pain due to heavyweight equipment I carried with me: Nikon D800, Nikon 16-35mm f/4; Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8; Nikon 105mm f/2.8; and Nikon 24-120mm f/4 + filters, batteries and an aluminum Manfrotto tripod. Although I am fully satisfied owner of that equipment set, I felt the need of a smaller yet good camera to carry around more often. I also wanted to step into the field of street photography and DSLRs were way too big and clumsy for that matter. Just my opinion, though.
                  Knowing Sony has built a great reputation of creating camera sensors and having enjoyed them myself with the D800, I felt Sony´s A7 might be the perfect candidate. I shoot RAW; I ETTR; I am picky with low ISO noise and also enjoy having the possibility of getting usable high ISO files. So prior to buying the A7 I´ve actually downloaded A7´s RAW files for close inspection and was pretty impressed by what I´ve seen. When I got to B&H´s superstore I quickly felt that it was the right camera.
                  So here´s what I got: Sony A7 + Sonnar 35mm f/2.8, Sonnar 55mm f/1.8, Nikon 20mm f/2.8D + Metabones adaptor. I got that Nikon with the sole purpose of shooting landscape once in a while, but it turned out to be an interesting lens for street photography as well.
                  Camera body is small and very lightweight but that´s the whole point. Paired with both Zeiss lenses and the Nikon + Metabones, it felt comfortable on my hands. It´s perfect for street photography.
                  What constantly blows me away is what really matters: image quality. It´s hard to believe that there´s such a capable 35mm sensor inside that small body. RAW files are crystal clear, practically noise free, and I haven´t noticed any sort of image degradation caused by the controversial lossless RAW compression algorithm.
                  Both Zeiss lenses are stunning. They will get you tack sharp images SOOC. Focusing is not as slow as I thought it would be, but it certainly isn´t as nearly as accurate as a DSLRs. The Nikon 20mm f/2.8 D, on the other hand, provides average to good image quality (say, between 6 and 7 in a 10 point scale). It´s cheap and lightweight though and tackles the lack of dedicated Sony/Zeiss lenses on the wide angle field of view, at least for a while. Focusing and setting aperture manually has led me to shoot with a mildly paced mindset. It´s something that I enjoy but obviously a matter of personal taste.
                  I don´t think battery life is really an issue. It dies faster than DSLR batteries but it´s not what people go around saying.
                  Summing up, I think Sony has nailed it: A7 is a fantastic camera and I definitely recommend buying it.

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                  5.0

                  "Less really is more!"

                  By JourneyswiththeMessiah.

                  from Alpharetta, GA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Limited Zoom

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                  When Sony introduced the fixed-lens RX1, I thought, "If only they had made it with interchangeable lenses and a viewfinder." The a7 series is that camera. I spent a lot of time testing both the a7 and a7r, eventually choosing the a7 for my personal needs. Although the a7r packs a massive amount of resolution, I felt the combined focus systems of the a7 fit my needs for photographing people and the 24 megapixel sensor delivers excellent resolution. It actually produces a better capture than my Canon 5D Mark III. My biggest concern was whether the a7 could deliver the focus speed and viewfinder refresh rate I need to photograph people. Indeed it does. Along with the accuracy of the EVF, turning off the " instant review" makes using this camera very similar to using a DSLR. For now, I carry it with the Zeiss 55 F1.8 and, because of its tiny size, I am confident that I will not miss an important opportunity because I do not have enough sensor. Other than super fast action photography, this camera does not take a backseat to a DSLR.

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                  5.0

                  Breathtaking photos in a compact package

                  By Phoxrox

                  from Phoenix AZ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Poor Image Stabilization
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                  Up to this point, all of my cameras have been MFT, but I have an extensive collection of legacy and MF lenses. I still love my MFT cameras for their compact size/weight and utility, and they will continue to be my go-to choice for much of my photographic needs. And I have to say, the quality of MFT is more than satisfactory for what I do, including RAW, video, HDR, etc. That being said, this Sony A7 has opened up a whole new world for me, particularly with my legacy lenses. The IQ is even more spectacular than MFT, but they both have their strong suits. While there have been some complaints I have read about the controls/menus of the A7 or lack of this or that feature, I don't find it to be any more or less user-friendly or full-featured than anything else. It is easy enough to learn and use. There are also not a lot of native lenses for this camera. So what, I have my MFT cameras for auto focus and auto everything else - I will use the A7 for the time being for creating masterpieces with manual glass. Sure, I am paying for the auto features now, but I may want those later, and the cost of this camera is very competitive with other full frame mirrorless choices, if you know what I mean.

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                  5.0

                  Very enjoyable camera

                  By felixie

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Great Resolution
                  • High Dynamic Range
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Noise at high ISO
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                  This camera is light, yet feels good in hand. very convenient menu access when you customize and get used to it. Love the DRO feature, perfect for gloomy days. wifi and NFC works perfectly. Two batteries are generally enough but I've got three. Perfect with my old FD and FL lenses. EVF looks great although barely use it in practice.
                  Only drawback is the high ISO performance. But still it's good for the price.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Camera

                  By Terry

                  from NJ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Great Resolution
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Nature

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                  Fantastic image quality from this camera. Makes me happy I went full frame.

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                  5.0

                  thanks sony

                  By vh

                  from Philadelphia

                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                      Nice and small, great sensor. I have sold all my Canon gear and would do it again, no regrets.

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                      5.0

                      excelent camera

                      By Luis Corona

                      from Mexico City

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                      There are so many reviews in english so for the people that we speak spanish im make my review in spanish (there are a few reviews with the same things)Me encanto esta camara tiene un diseño unico y un peso increible, si te encanta la calidad de imagen ya sea para ser tu primera camara o una camara de viaje de tu equipo de trabajo es la mejor opcion, tiene muchas opciones por configurar y siempre te hace sentir como si fuera un equipo propio no importando si usas otras marcas de camara. Lo positivoEs una camara Full FramePoco pesoUn excelente BackupOpcion a usar tu optica con adaptadores sin perder su distancia focal inicialLos archivos RAW de buen peso y buena calidadEl material de construcción es bueno La opcion de NFC WIFI es muy facil de usar para subir o compartir alguna foto en tiempo real la camara convierte un archivo RAW en JPG para que lo pueda leer el telefono y poder compartir en tiempo real algun momentoLo NegativoPocas opciones de optica del fabricante o de otros fabricantes *por el momento estoy ansioso por ver que desarolla sigmaEl enfoque es algo lento en condiciones de poca luzPor MejorarMe gustaria que se pudiera apgar el LCD posterior de la camara para ahorrar bateria con una opcion mas sencilla de acceso *como la fuji x100s

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                      5.0

                      Best full-frame camera ever

                      By Mayank

                      from Littleton, CO

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                      Going from gigantic DSLR camera to Palm-size killer full frame is an amazing feeling.
                      Resolution is wonderful.
                      Lightening quality is great.

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                      5.0

                      A pint sized powerhouse

                      By Shearwater

                      from NE Ohio

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                      I purchased this camera and the Zeiss 35 and 55 mm lenses about a week ago to relace my A900. Although pricey, the IQ of this combo is simply outstanding. There are only a few cameras in its class for picture quality and most of those are much larger and more expensive.Because of its small size and light weight, this will be my everyday carry around camera and travel camera.The major disadvantage of the camera is its limited battery power - you need to purchase a couple of extra batteries and a standalone charger.I am not sure that it is a good choice for people with large hands.

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                      5.0

                      Great lineage of cameras

                      By Tammy

                      from New Orleans, LA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Video

                      Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                      I have been a longtime Sony user and couldn't be more happy with my latest addition. I started with the A850, then did the a99, and purchased this one last week. (Glad that they retain a great resale value when I upgrade.)

                      Compared to the SonyA99, it handles better and the dials even easier. As a con, I don't think the EVF is quite as smooth and using center focusing isn't as easy.

                      With the 35mm lens I am blown away by the sharpness. I could not be happier with the sharpness and clarity. This camera makes me very happy.

                      Same great sensor and so much easier to carry. I just hope that Sony makes a flash with the power of the 60 but balances better.

                      As with all of the EVF cameras, I recommend buying extra batteries right away.

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                      5.0

                      Great little travel camera

                      By JesseJMorgan

                      from Paris, France

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact
                      • Travel

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Casual Use
                      • Street Photography
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                      I've had it for a few weeks now. I love it so far! I normally shoot with a 5DII and a 1DIV for work. But I hated bring them on vacation or just walking around town. The L-series lenses are amazing, but so heavy!

                      This is the perfect every-day, walk-around camera for the professional or enthusiast.

                      I got a second battery (recommended, the battery sucks) an aftermarket charger (you need to charge via the camera, which is slow and awkward).

                      I paired it with the Zeiss 55mm 1.8, which is an impressive lens. It's performs more or less as I wanted it to, a smaller DSLR.

                      The buttons can take a bit to get used to, but I think it's mostly because I am used to shooting Canon (which I think has terrible button placement). I actually think the Sony is better.

                      Build quality overall is good. I scratched the LCD the first day though, so be careful with that. It feels good in your hands, and I have big hands.

                      The camera is very light, and even paired with the slightly larger when I wanted it to be 55mm, it's still barely noticeable when walking around.

                      I love pairing it with my iPhone so I can share the photos and upload to Instagram. It's not the smoothest process but it works.

                      It's pretty good in low light, but not as nice as I'd like it to be compared to the 5DII. I looked into the A7R and the A7S (which was not released at the time I bought this) and didn't think their features were worth the extra $1000.

                      The A7R also had a REALLY loud shutter. I would guess almost 2-3 times louder than the A7. Which is distracting when shooting pretty much anything other than landscapes.

                      I can't wait for a 24mm lens for this, and a nice telephoto with a wide aperture.

                      Overall it fit the role I wanted it for.

                      I would NOT recommend this camera for:
                      - Professionals as an "A" camera. Unless you do street photography maybe.
                      - Wedding photogs. Get a full sized DSLR.
                      - Video. Get a real video camera
                      - Anyone who wants a "point and shoot" or has never shot outside the "Auto" or "P" settings of their current DSLR. This camera is over your head.

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                      5.0

                      Buy this now!

                      By Greenapol

                      from Germantown, MD

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos

                      Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                      For a dad photographer like me who just post pictures on facebook, the quality of the pictures are more than enough! Walking around for 2 hours in Williamsburg for vacation, your neck will thank you! Buy this now!

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                      5.0

                      Totally Awesome Full Frame Upgrade!

                      By Shelley Sargent

                      from Houston

                      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Adapters Exist For Lenses
                      • Can Use Canon Fd Lenses
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Battery Life
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Lens Options Suck
                      • Lens Prices For Sony Suck

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Shooting With Fd Glass
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Very Mobile
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                      I bought this just 4 days after it was released after lots of thought and research. I was originally thinking of upgrading from my Rebel XTI to a Canon 6D, I very much felt I was ready for a full frame model of camera, crop sensor was making my Nifty Fifty (50mm f/1.8) very difficult to shoot in smaller places which I found to be a common situation I landed in (abandoned buildings).A friend highly suggested this model and I am absolutely loving it! I didn't purchase a sony lens to go along, instead opting to purchase an adapter and use Canon FD lenses and managed to get my hands on a fabulous 50mm f/1.4 for [$] BUCKS! I do highly recommend this to all who are also considering the "Big Switch" or just looking for a more compact way to carry their camera with them. But I also suggest the adaptor and use of FD glass! Super cheap!

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                      4.0

                      Compact Wonder

                      By Kalan

                      from Dallas, Tx.

                      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Battery Life
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Clunky Menu

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Portraits
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                      I use this for fashion photography and short films.

                      The full frame sensor, small form factor, and price are the three reasons I bought this camera. It's simply a great deal.

                      Image quality is great, and ergonomics are pretty good.

                      I don't necessarily like where the menu button is placed, I find it kind of awkward. And the menu system itself takes a bit to get use to.

                      But other than that, it's a camera. A tool. And a great one to have.

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