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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 1,229K-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 1.23M-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 1,229K-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 (1,229,000)
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 sec, 10 sec
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, 7.2VDC, 1080mAh
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 (1080mAh)
  • 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

  • Included Free

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    SonyAlpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera
     
    4.5

    (based on 53 reviews)

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (43)
    • Great resolution (41)
    • Large clear LCD (32)
    • Good in low light (31)
    • Easy to use (30)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (36)
    • Complicated controls (5)
    • Poor in low light (4)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (40)
    • Low light (34)
    • Family photos (31)
    • Macro photography (19)
    • Weddings (16)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (24), Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
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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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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

    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

    Verified Buyer

    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

        Verified Buyer

        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

        Verified Reviewer

        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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        5.0

        I love this camera, takes great pictures

        By Marcela

        from Doral, Fla

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Resolution
        • Great Zoom
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        travel
        nature
        portraits

        I like that the camera is Full frame and very small comparing to other Full frame cameras.
        I do not want to carry big heavy camera when I travel
        It takes great pictures.

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        5.0

        Nice FF Mirrorless, very high IQ

        By Master Chief

        from New Jersey

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        After I bought a Sony a7r from B&H along with Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 and Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 OSS. I found a7r is little bit noisy when shooting indoor comparing to my Canon 5DM3 under same shooting condition and parameters. Auto WB on a7r is also warmer than 5DM3. I then bought a Sony a7 from B&H. A7 IQ is similar to Canon 5DM3 under all conditions. I also found the EVF and controls are very good, now I can keep my eye on EVF and use the controls to change any shooting parameters in Manual mode and see the effect instantaneously, that is something I cannot do with 5DM3 OVF. A7 shutter is a little bit quieter than A7R thanks to its e-first curtain.

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        5.0

        Best full frame camera pound for pound.

        By Xero

        from California

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        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
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        I've used this camera now for more than a month & I LOVE IT. It's easy to use & extremely customizable. I use this primarily with 3rd party lenses & legacy lenses from the 1950's to 1970's & they all work great & easy to use with this camera. Images are quite sharp with these old lenses thanks to it's focus peaking. The only thing I wish this camera had was an IBIS (in body image stabilizer) for the 3rd party lenses with no electronic connection. Oh yeah, battery life sucks but I just bought extra batteries & an external 20,000 ma battery so not a problem for me since I do nature/landscape photography. I still give it a 5 however because it's just that good. The a7r was overkill in pixels although the lack of aa filter would've been nice, however, I figured I wanted the more well rounded specs.

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        4.0

        Pretty good

        By Neal

        from Chicago, IL

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Complicated Controls
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        I am an amateur photographer. I occasionally shoot events, but I primarily shoot candid portraits and landscapes. For most of my uses, this camera is excellent.

        The image quality and low light performance is fantastic, and the camera generally feels pretty responsive. Zooming in on images and swapping between zoomed images is slow (sometimes takes several seconds), even with very fast SD cards. The controls are somewhat awkward, but I am getting used to them.

        The continuous autofocus (AF-C) actually performs quite well. It locks on to objects and tracks them. It's a very useful feature, enabling a new twist on focus-and-recompose. I have not tested AF-C with sports or anything else fast-paced, so I am not sure how well it works there.

        The viewfinder and screen are both good. Battery life is adequate. An extra battery or two is a must, as is the external charger.

        So far, this camera is looking like a solid contender for replacing my D600. There are some trade-offs, but it better fits my shooting style. I just wish it handled better. I was hoping this camera would also replace my E-M1, but I will be keeping that for events and other times where I need greater flexibility and faster handling.

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        4.0

        Sturdy upgrade from NEX-7

        By teaberry

        from Texas

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Complicated Controls

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        I've had e-mount NEX cameras for about five years now and have been upgrading from NEX-5 to 5n, to 6, to 7, and now the a7. I must say the menu access is quicker, but if you're used to NEX menus, it's a learning curve. The button layout isn't as intuitive as I thought too so you'll have to definitely read the manual (I didn't have to on the NEX-7). But this is built like a tank (a small one) and I'm looking forward to using it on FE lenses and legacy or A-mount lenses with adapter.

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        5.0

        Incredible resolution.

        By Noe

        from Queens, NY

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        I bought this camera as a go between my Nikon D90 which is excellent but has an APSC sensor and my awesome but heavy D700. It was an excellent choice! This must be what Goldie Licks felt like... Just Right!

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        5.0

        best mirrorless ff camera

        By Yangkyu

        from Atlanta. GA

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        It's perfect size to carry everywhere you go because of its size and weight. The image quality is as good as DSLRs.
        Plus I can use any MF lenses with adapters and it's easy to focus manually with color peaking feature.

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        5.0

        7R is Overkill

        By fred

        from Kansas City

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        I use my a77 most the time but its just to big and i need more ISO often. I travel a lot and take lots of portraits etc. I dumped my Nikon gear for Sony 3 years ago and haven't looked back the a77 has given me the best photo's I could ever imagine. its made friends and family grateful. So I spent 2 weeks reading reviews feeling both cameras the 7 and the 7R at the stores, I still buy at B& H no sales tax easy return etc. I got the a7 with the Zeiss 55 1.8 a metal lens too, better be. ..Get the 7 because the 7R is just over kill, take the money you saved and buy the Zeiss 55 1.8 , you will be amazed at the pics, much better lens than the kit, better and faster focus too, thats worth a lot to me. And I can still crop 24mp all day long. Im 6' 2" with huge hands, its a small camera, I can easily run everything. Next is the lens adapter so I can use some other lenses. But remember the worlds bet photographer only used a 50mm his entire life. If he had this thing he would loose his mind. And all the noise about steel body on the 7R, I don't plan on dropping it, the knobs aren't metal on the 7? , I can't tell, feels like metal to me. I can afford the 7R but I honestly see no point what so ever, [$] gets you the 7 and the Zeiss 55 1.8. Forget the kit lens....The a77 kit lens is from heaven, not this one on the 7 though. Now I have the 2 best cameras I could imagine for two different functions. Taking pics outside at home the a77, when I leave on trips or low light, dinner parties without a flash bugging everyone, turn the a7 to 2,000 iso and shoot, no noise everyone at the table is happy.

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        5.0

        Artistry, gadgetry and nostalgia

        By DR JS

        from Princeton, NJ

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        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

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

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        As a 20+ years Canon shooter, leaving Canon is one the hardest decision I have ever made. But at the end, SONY's little Alpha 7 have won me over. Let's be perfectly clear, this Camera is not right for everyone. Whether or not you like this Camera, will depend on your shooting style, shooting history, and technical competency. Here is a list of pros and cons for me:Pro:* One of the best full size sensor currently on market* One incredible performer in low light* A beautiful electronic viewfinder and under most conditions make you forget you are not using an optical viewfinder* Very helpful focus aid for manual focus shooters (peaking and magnification)* Professional quality bodies with well thought out designs* Very small and light (with the right lenses)* Short flange focal distance means almost all vantage manual focus lenses can be adopted* Body very aggressively priced at $[$]. With discount, it is an even better deal.* Good WIFI implementation and connectivity to the web and smartphones. A well thought-out strategy for social media/sharingCons:* Paucity of full frame E lenses and lenses are very expensive* Battery drains fast* JPG quality leaves something to be desired* Doesn't come with a dedicated charger* Some control are less intuitive and not as conventional* AF is still sluggish compared to high end DSLR* Lack accessories to support studio shooting (ie. wireless flash controller)While sports and bird photographers will be underwhelmed by the lack of lenses selection and slow AF performance, street and travel photographers would be equally delighted by this camera's image quality, weight reduction and portability. Case and point, A7 with a 35mm Zeiss prime lens weights a mere 530 g or just only slightly over one pound! For discreet street photography, it doesn't get any better than this. In this regard, A7 probably best approximate the Lecia M9 rangefinder experience for street photography. Of course, Lecia will sets you back $[$]for body only!One reason for me to pickup this Camera is its ability to shoot many (or should I say almost all) of the legacy manual focused glasses. Any vantage glasses from the famous last year (Canon, Lecia, Nikon, Olympus, etc) can be adapted to be used on this camera. If you don't mind working in manual focus mode, these lenses produces very respectable images with classical 60/70/80s flares. Working with these lenses bought me back to the days when I was learning how to take pictures on my father's Canon AE1. In fact, I took very first few pictures on this Camera with his 50mm FD lenses. Although I bought my Camera with a nicely appointed 35mm Zeiss 2.8 lenses, it left neglected in my covered while I was busy exploring one vantage after another. A7's ability to use these lenses its full frame glory, is nothing short of a revelation. SONY's ability to focus peak and magnify view finder on the fly, make using manual focus vantage lenses a joy. In fact, I think this Camera is best enjoyed with small and fast light prime lenses from the 80s. For example, the Canon FD looks to be made for the SONYs both in style and performance. Lecia glasses are simply stunning both in quality and appearance when mated to the A7.A7 is an extraordinary complex camera with a lot of options. It is a sad thing that SONY didn't include a manual with the box and the online manual doesn't help but scratch the bare surface of its capabilities. It will take time, dedication, and no how to master this camera. Even thought some of the control and menu still feels some what less thought out comparing to professional photography tools from Nikon and Canon. With this said, a little familiarization and work is all that stood between hours after hours of enjoyment.I find working with A7 is a more deliberate picture making process. This is not good or bad, just different. This again reminds me how I used to take pictures shooting film. With this said, A7 has no shortage of modern gadget appeals. SONY has a well implemented WIFI application suite which is sure to please many. Right in the camera, you can establish direct link with smartphone/tablet, upload photos to computer and post pictures to facebook/flickr. The remote shooting application is intriguing and sure to delight my kids' self addictive generation. SONY also have downloadable applications which you can get/buy to compliment this Camera's appeal.To summarize, A7 is a beautifully crafted piece of engineering marvel and a perfect balance between artistry, gadgetry and nostalgia. It may not be a perfect camera, but SONY gets my vote for its forward thinking and innovation.

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        5.0

        Artistry, gadgetry and nostalgia

        By DR JS

        from Princeton, NJ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        As a 20+ years Canon shooter, leaving Canon is one the hardest decision I have ever made. But at the end, SONY's little Alpha 7 have won me over. Let's be perfectly clear, this Camera is not right for everyone. Whether or not you like this Camera, will depend on your shooting style, shooting history, and technical competency. Here is a list of pros and cons for me:Pro:* One of the best full size sensor currently on market* One incredible performer in low light* A beautiful electronic viewfinder and under most conditions make you forget you are not using an optical viewfinder* Very helpful focus aid for manual focus shooters (peaking and magnification)* Professional quality bodies with well thought out designs* Very small and light (with the right lenses)* Short flange focal distance means almost all vantage manual focus lenses can be adopted* Body very aggressively priced at $[$]. With discount, it is an even better deal.* Good WIFI implementation and connectivity to the web and smartphones. A well thought-out strategy for social media/sharingCons:* Paucity of full frame E lenses and lenses are very expensive* Battery drains fast* JPG quality leaves something to be desired* Doesn't come with a dedicated charger* Some control are less intuitive and not as conventional* AF is still sluggish compared to high end DSLR* Lack accessories to support studio shooting (ie. wireless flash controller)While sports and bird photographers will be underwhelmed by the lack of lenses selection and slow AF performance, street and travel photographers would be equally delighted by this camera's image quality, weight reduction and portability. Case and point, A7 with a 35mm Zeiss prime lens weights a mere 530 g or just only slightly over one pound! For discreet street photography, it doesn't get any better than this. In this regard, A7 probably best approximate the Lecia M9 rangefinder experience for street photography. Of course, Lecia will sets you back $7000 for body only!One reason for me to pickup this Camera is its ability to shoot many (or should I say almost all) of the legacy manual focused glasses. Any vantage glasses from the famous last year (Canon, Lecia, Nikon, Olympus, etc) can be adapted to be used on this camera. If you don't mind working in manual focus mode, these lenses produces very respectable images with classical 60/70/80s flares. Working with these lenses bought me back to the days when I was learning how to take pictures on my father's Canon AE1. In fact, I took very first few pictures on this Camera with his 50mm FD lenses. Although I bought my Camera with a nicely appointed 35mm Zeiss 2.8 lenses, it left neglected in my covered while I was busy exploring one vantage after another. A7's ability to use these lenses its full frame glory, is nothing short of a revelation. SONY's ability to focus peak and magnify view finder on the fly, make using manual focus vantage lenses a joy. In fact, I think this Camera is best enjoyed with small and fast light prime lenses from the 80s. For example, the Canon FD looks to be made for the SONYs both in style and performance. Lecia glasses are simply stunning both in quality and appearance when mated to the A7.A7 is an extraordinary complex camera with a lot of options. It is a sad thing that SONY didn't include a manual with the box and the online manual doesn't help but scratch the bare surface of its capabilities. It will take time, dedication, and no how to master this camera. Even thought some of the control and menu still feels some what less thought out comparing to professional photography tools from Nikon and Canon. With this said, a little familiarization and work is all that stood between hours after hours of enjoyment.I find working with A7 is a more deliberate picture making process. This is not good or bad, just different. This again reminds me how I used to take pictures shooting film. With this said, A7 has no shortage of modern gadget appeals. SONY has a well implemented WIFI application suite which is sure to please many. Right in the camera, you can establish direct link with smartphone/tablet, upload photos to computer and post pictures to facebook/flickr. The remote shooting application is intriguing and sure to delight my kids' self addictive generation. SONY also have downloadable applications which you can get/buy to compliment this Camera's appeal.To summarize, A7 is a beautifully crafted piece of engineering marvel and a perfect balance between artistry, gadgetry and nostalgia. It may not be a perfect camera, but SONY gets my vote for its forward thinking and innovation.

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