Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera

You Pay: $2,498.00
Product Highlights
  • 12.2MP Full-Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Gapless On-Chip Lens Design
  • 3.0" 921.6k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • XGA 2.36M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full HD Recording in XAVC S
  • 4:2:2 UHD 4K Output via HDMI
  • Full Pixel Read-Out, S-Log2 Gamma
  • Expandable Sensitivity: ISO 50-409600
  • Fast Intelligent 25-Point AF System

The Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera features a full-frame 12.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor to enable notable video and still image quality with an expansive dynamic range, low noise, and extended sensitivity to ISO 409600. At the sensor level, this full-frame sensor features a unique on-chip gapless lens design, which incorporates small lenses between neighboring pixels in order to increase light-gathering efficiency and promote greater image quality across the entirety of the sensor plane. The sensor and processor combination also avails a wealth of speed throughout the camera system, including a top continuous shooting rate of 5 fps, support for 4K video recording, and a fast 25-point contrast-detection AF system with sensitivity to -4 EV.

Beyond its still image performance, the a7S is also quite adept in regard to recording video. It is able to output uncompressed 4:2:2 UHD 4K video to an optional external recorder over HDMI, as well as record full HD 1080p video in the high-quality XAVC S format at 50 Mbps in multiple frame rates. Extending the video recording capabilities is support for S-Log2 gamma, which helps to expand the effective dynamic range during recording, as well as picture profile options, time code, and zebra marker display aids. Sound can be recorded in the AAC/Linear PCM format via the internal stereo microphone, with a built-in headphone jack for on-board monitoring, or via an external microphone.

Rounding out the a7S's imaging capabilities, both a 3.0" 921.6k-dot tilting LCD monitor and 2.36 million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder are available for image monitoring and review. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, with support for NFC, is available, too, for instant sharing of imagery from the camera as well as remote camera control from a linked mobile device.

Full-Frame Exmor Sensor and BIONZ X Image Processor
Incorporated within the sleek body design is a 12.2MP full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, which work together to enable an expansive dynamic range with minimal noise and notable sensitivity. The a7S features a native sensitivity range from ISO 100-102400, which is further expandable to ISO 50-409600. Coupled with the large individual pixel size the 12.2MP sensor affords, this camera is well-suited to use in low-light conditions.

The sensor's design also features a new-generation RGB color filter array, as well as a gapless on-chip lens design. Together, these two technologies enable truly efficient light-gathering abilities that further reinforce the low noise, high-sensitivity design. Furthermore, an anti-reflective coating has also been applied to the seal glass of the image sensor to minimize surface reflections, glare, and ghosting for contrast-rich, color-neutral imagery.

The sensor and processor combination also avail a wealth of performance-related benefits to still shooting, including a Speed Priority continuous shooting rate of 5 fps, or a 2.5 fps shooting rate with continuous AF. The contrast-detection AF system employs 25 distinct points to quickly and precisely acquire focus in light levels as low as -4 EV to support working in a wide variety of shooting conditions.
Full Pixel Read-Out with Clean HDMI Out for 4K Recording
Line-Skipping has been the Achilles Heel of video recording DSLR and Mirrorless cameras since video recording was first introduced. Most full-frame and APS-C still cameras have extremely high pixel counts, which is great for still photography, but makes utilizing the whole sensor technically infeasible when recording video since scaling down, say a 36 megapixel image in real time would require a much more expensive image processor and generate more heat than such a compact body could handle. So traditionally these cameras skip lines when recording video, leading to major aliasing and moiré from the large sample gaps as well as decreased resolution and increased noise. However, the lower resolution sensor of the a7S is designed for video recording and features a full sensor readout without any line skipping. This means you will see a sharp image devoid of major aliasing and moiré whether recording internally at 1080p or externally in UHD 4K.

For times when the high quality 50 Mbps XAVC S Codec is not enough the a7S is able to output uncompressed UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at a 4:2:2 color depth over HDMI to compatible third party recorders. Or, if recording internally to a memory card the HDMI can output 1080p at 4:2:2 for external recorders or HD monitors that don't support 4K inputs. The full list of supported HDMI output signals is:

  • 3840 x 2160 (30p/24p)
  • 1920 x 1080 (60p/24p)
  • 1920 x 1080 (60i), YCbCr 4:2:2 8-bit/RGB 8-bit
Up to 120 fps High Speed Video Recording
In addition to the standard 24p/30p/60i recording formats the a7S is also able to record at much higher frame rates for slow motion playback, albeit at lower resolutions. 1080p video can be recorded in up to 60p using the entire sensor. And 120 fps is possible at 720p using an approximately APS-C sized center crop of the sensor. 120 fps recording allows for about 5x slow motion when played back in 24p.
Customizable Color Profiles and S-Log2 Gamma
To make sure the a7S is able to use its extensive dynamic range while recording video it incorporates extensive customizable color and gamma controls. Users can adjust the gamma, black level, knee, color level, and more. Also users can use the same S-Log2 Gamma Curve that is found on high end Sony Cinema cameras that squeezes up to 1300% more dynamic range into the video signal then traditional REC709, for increased post-production flexibility.
Flexible Timecode Options
The a7S has multiple timecode recording options to meet different workflows. It has the standard 'Record Run" mode that only advances the timecode when recording, as well as "Free Run" timecode that advances the timecode even when not recording, which can be great for syncing multiple cameras at live events. It can also record timecode in both drop frame and non-drop frame modes. When recording internally the a7S is also able to output timecode via HDMI. Timecode output is not supported when outputting 4K over HDMI.
Live Video Overlays
The a7S features many of the same real-time visual overlays and aids that professional video users have come to rely on. These include focus peaking to aid in manual focusing, zebra markers to help judge overexposure, and an audio level overlay for mixing audio. Also focus magnification is available for checking critical focus. These are available in both viewfinder and LCD display.
Audio Input & Headphone Jack
The a7S features a 3.5mm microphone input jack for compatibility with external microphones. And for users needing more the a7S is also compatible with the Sony XLR-k1M XLR Adapter for recording professional balanced XLR audio signals with phantom power and adjustable mic/line inputs.
For monitoring audio the a7S features a 3.5mm headphone jack as well as real time audio levels for a visual reference.
Body Design
Revolving around a compact, sleek body design, the a7S features both a large rear LCD monitor as well as a bright electronic viewfinder. The rear 3.0" 921.6k-dot Xtra Fine LCD features a tilting design (up 90° and down 45°) to benefit working from both high and low angles. Also benefitting visibility with the rear monitor is the incorporation of WhiteMagic technology, which noticeably increases brightness for easier viewing in sunlit conditions. When shooting at eye-level, the 0.5" XGA OLED electronic viewfinder features a high 0.71x magnification and a 2.36 million-dot resolution for precise monitoring capabilities.
Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables the a7S to instantly share imagery to mobile devices for direct sharing online to social networking, via email, and to cloud storage sites. NFC (Near Field Communication) is also supported, which allows for one-touch connection between the camera and compatible mobile devices; no complex set-up is required. Once connected, the linked mobile device can also display a live view image on its screen and remotely control the camera's shutter.

Additionally, PlayMemories Camera Apps are also supported via the built-in Wi-Fi connection, and allow you to personalize the camera's features depending on specific shooting styles. Apps are available to suit creating portraits, detailed close-ups, sports, time lapse, motion shot, and other specific types of imagery.
Other Camera Features
  • Picture Effect modes: Posterization (Color, B&W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-Key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-Tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration.
  • Create Style settings: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, and Sepia (all with +/- 3 step contrast, saturation, and sharpness adjustment).
  • Color space: sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINOS Color.
  • Picture Profile parameters: Black Level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine 1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Color Level, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, and Reset.
  • Scene Selection modes: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, and Anti Motion Blur.
  • Face Detection is available to base exposure and focus on up to eight recognized faces. Furthermore, Eye AF can be used for even greater precision by maintaining critical focus on a subject's eye.
  • Auto Object Framing automatically creates compositions revolving around portrait and still life subjects and aesthetically crops imagery based on the rule of thirds, where the subject is located within the frame, exposure on your subject, and, in the case of portraiture, the direction he or she is looking.
  • 2x Clear Image Zoom can be used to effectively double the magnification afforded by any lens in use with minimal image degradation. For even greater magnification, 1.5x and 2x Smart zoom is available, as well as 4x digital zoom.
  • Playback modes: Single (with or without shooting information, Y RGB histogram & highlight/shadow warning), 9/25-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (Maximum magnification L: 13.3x, M: 8.7x, S: 6.7x), Auto Review (10/5/2 sec., off), Image orientation (Auto/Manual/Off selectable), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (Still/Date/MP4/AVCHD/XAVC S), Forward/Rewind (Movie), Delete, and Protect.
Imaging
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Camera Format Full-Frame
Pixels Actual: 12.4 Megapixel
Effective: 12.2 Megapixel
Max Resolution 12MP: 4240 x 2832
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 4:3
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 35.8 x 23.9 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MP4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: AAC LC, AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM
Bit Depth 14-bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed)
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Memory Stick XC-HG Duo
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps
1280 x 720: 120 fps
1440 x 1080: 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
Video Format High Definition
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (50Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 30 fps (50Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps (50Mbps)
High Definition
1280 x 720p / 120 fps (50Mbps) (50Mbps)
High Definition
AVCHD
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (28Mbps)
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps (24Mbps)
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps (17Mbps)
High Definition
AVCHD
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps (24Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps (17Mbps)
High Definition
MP4
1440 x 1080p / 30 fps (12Mbps)
Standard Definition
MP4
640 x 480p / 30 fps (3Mbps)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Video Clip Length Not Specified By Manufacturer
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Optional External Mic: With Video
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Continuous-servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 25
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Size 0.5"
Viewfinder Pixel Count 2,359,296
Viewfinder Eye Point 27.00 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.71x
Diopter Adjustment - 4 to +3 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Touchscreen Tilting  LCD (921,600)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-102400 (Extended Mode: Auto, 50-409600)
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 - 1/8000 sec, Bulb Mode
Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 1/4 - 1/8000 sec in Movie Mode
Remote Control RM-VPR1 (Optional)
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Movie, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama
Metering Range: EV 3.0 - 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, Shade, Underwater
Burst Rate Up to 5 fps at 12.2 MP for up to 200 frames
Up to 2.5 fps at 12.2 MP for up to 200 frames
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Fill-in
Hi-Speed Sync
Off
Rear Sync
Red-eye Reduction
Slow Sync
Wireless
Built-in Flash No
Max Sync Speed 1 / 250 sec
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Proprietary
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 5 fps
Self Timer 10 sec, 2 sec
Connectivity 1/8" Headphone, 1/8" Microphone, DC Input, HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Software System Requirements Windows: Vista (SP2), 7 (SP1), 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-PW20 (Optional)
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.0 x 3.7 x 1.9" / 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2 mm
Weight 1.08 lb / 489 g with battery and memory card
Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera
  • 2 x NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh)
  • BC-TRW W Series Battery Charger (Black)
  • AC Adapter
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Body Cap
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Cable Protector
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    SonyAlpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera
     
    4.7

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good in low light (61)
    • Compact (55)
    • Easy to use (46)
    • Great resolution (36)
    • Large clear LCD (31)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (38)
    • Complicated controls (5)
    • No image stabilization (4)

    Best Uses

    • Video (53)
    • Low light (51)
    • Travel (39)
    • Weddings (31)
    • Family photos (23)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    we test a pre-release A7s, impresive!!

    Hello, my name is Gerardo Campos of Geco Films.
    We have been one of the few that have had the chance of testing the new photo and video camera SONY A7S. You...Read complete review

    Hello, my name is Gerardo Campos of Geco Films.
    We have been one of the few that have had the chance of testing the new photo and video camera SONY A7S. You can find our test in vimeo under this name: "sony A7s test geco english subtitles"
    This is the new camera that has a 4K sensor, with a 4K output
    It does NOT record internally in 4K
    One of its main features is its light sensibility.
    There are some reviews going around on internet, but we wanted to do our own testing.
    We filmed simple shots on the street, since we didn´t have the camera for much time.
    We also tested its slow motion performance, since this camera can work up to 120 fps in 720p mode.
    The camera is small and very light
    Easy to maneuver
    The Menu is fairly well distributed.
    This camera´s light sensibility is phenomenal
    We have some images here. I will show you what we captured on the screen and how the camera delivers the image.
    This camera reaches 409.000 ISO, which is insane.
    We tested it in 409000 ISO, but the truth is that we didn´t find anything dark enough to shoot in that setting without burning.
    I´ll show you some nighttime images of buildings
    The image can be recovered since the camera has a very wide dynamic range
    More than 15 stops points of dynamic range
    You can notice this when recovering the scene.
    When you have a burnt or clipped image, although it seems to be unrecoverable. In post production, as you reduce brightness and highlights you will see how much information is held within the image.
    You can recover invisible image data which may be useful.
    Obviously the camera is noisy in 409.000 ISO, inappropriate for high quality use. However the image could be usable up to 50.000 ISO or maybe even 102.000 ISO, if it were later filtered with Denoise or Neat Video.
    It could be useful in a wide range of instances. Such as documentaries were the camera is used in night vision avoiding infra red. In scenes were animals or insects are photophobic.
    This camera would be great for those circumstances.
    It is a small camera, so its transportation is optimum.
    It is light weight and you can use which ever lens you chose.
    You would only need a small tripod, nothing sophisticated and you would be set to work in scenes with no light at all. It is impressive!
    You can find our test in vimeo under this name: "sony A7s test geco english subtitles"

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    a7S and a7R — Not for action photograpy

    I professionally shoot high school, club, and collegiate sports. I own the Sony a99 and a7. I love the size, WiFi capability, and everything about the A7. However, on both of...Read complete review

    I professionally shoot high school, club, and collegiate sports. I own the Sony a99 and a7. I love the size, WiFi capability, and everything about the A7. However, on both of my above body's, the 24MP sensor is too noisy above ISO 3200. When I shoot sports, especially indoor sports, such as swimming and diving, I often want to use an ISO of 3200+ to achieve the highest possible shutter speed and lowest noise for a given aperture.When I read about the low-noise, high ISO capability of the a7S, with its large photo site, 12MP sensor, I couldn't wait. When the a7S became available for pre-order, I immediately ordered one. It finally came in, and it met my every expectation except one: When placed in "Continuous Auto Focus" (AF-C) mode, using any of the new FE mount lenses, the camera takes from 1 to 3 seconds to focus. This makes the camera useless for indoor or outdoor, high speed action photography and videography.I spoke to Sony several times about this problem. They agree that the camera's focusing system hunts some before it focus locks on the target. Two different Sony reps said that this is a product of "Contrast Only" autofocus used in the a7S and a7R. My a99 and a7 use "Phase and Contrast" autofocus and they both focus much, much, much faster that the a7S or a7R.Now I can see Sony using "Contrast Only" autofocus in the a7R which is designed more for studio or landscape photography, but why Sony didn't take the slow "Contrast Only" slow focus into consideration for the a7S — a camera that could have revolutionized low-light, high ISO action shooting, is beyond me. What a major shame!If you want to see this for yourself, it's easy. Go to any Sony dealer, mount any Sony FE autofocus lens on an a7S or a7R, select "AF-C" in the Focus menu, and watch how much it hunts and how long it takes to focus when the shutter is depressed half way down.I sent the camera back. If this problem can be fixed with firm-ware, I will buy another one, and update my review to 5 stars. Otherwise, two stars is all it deserves, as I shoot moving subjects. The a7 currently is a much better choice over the a7s or a7R for action shooting.

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    5.0

    The next level

    By Egill Bjarki

    from Hong Kong

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Video

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    I got and use this camera mostly for it's video functions. Coming from Canon DSLR setup, this was a significant upgrade. Comparing HD footage from the A7S and 5DMIII is just completely different, the Sony footage is ALLOT sharper. Coupled with good control of the S Log2 (PP7) profile, you are really given allot more dynamic range. The colour-grading ability is also much higher. Although it does not record 4K internally (and not externally in a user-friendly way yet), this is a huge step forward for me.There is a bit of a learning curve regarding shooting in S Log2. Personally, I get the best results by over exposing, without blowing highlights, then bringing the footage down in post.Focusing in S Log2 is a challenge, with the super flat profile, it can be very hard to see where you set the focus. The peaking feature is very helpful here. I do find myself double checking, zooming into the area to check before hitting record. You can actually also zoom into the footage during recording, without the outcome being cropped.Native ISO on S Log2 is 3200. So no matter what lens or aperture you plan on using, a ND filter setup is a must in my mind. I keep referring to S Log2, that is really the only profile you should record in. You are not using the cameras full potential otherwise.The ISO performance of this camera is just insane. That only applies if you over expose the video and bring the footage down in post. Bringing up a underexposed scene will end up quite noisy, that also applies to base iso 3200 for S Log2.Looking forward to unlocking the 4K feature!

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    5.0

    great!

    By F dreves

    from Valdivia, Chile

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Complicated Controls
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    great camera, not only iso sensitivity. The best thing is its sharpness and dynamic range.

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    5.0

    A revolutionary camera

    By Lio

    from Puerto Rico

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    This camera may seem small and inoffensive but
    its gonna wow you.
    This is really a video camera in a Dslr Body
    Best 1080 resolution out there of any dslr or mirrorless
    Best in lowlight
    Buy it you wont regret it.

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    5.0

    Establece una nuevo estándar.

    By Carlos Navarro

    from Buenos Aires, Argentina

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good in Low Light
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    Soy usuario de la gama alta de Canon hace varios años. Abandone el formato ASP-C por los problemas de ruidos, baja profundidad de campo y latitud. Hace años de desembarque en el Full Frame de la mano de Canon 1D MIII (1,3x) y recientemente Canon 5D Mark III con 24-70 f2.8 L y 70-200 f2.8 L. Estaba contento con los resultados de mi cámara, muchas veces acudía a un flash de apoyo y recientemente comencé a usar 50mm 1.4 buscando lenes mas luminosos en condiciones de poca luz. ¿El problema? El peso y la poca discreción de un equipo tan grande y pesado. Finalmente pensé en adquirir una segunda cámara para viajar mas liviano y llamar menos la atención y B&H me recomendaron la SONY a7S. Seguí el consejo y para mi sorpresa hoy es mi cámara principal. Más latitud, más ISO, menor peso y discreta. Una cámara que con el 24-70 f4 solo pesa 980g con Full Frame y saca fotos en la oscuridad. La resolución de 12,2 MP no es problema en absoluto. La probé en NYC recorriendo sus calles con más de 10.000 disparos y en el 99% de los casos fue efectiva.Puedo remplazar con está cámara a las Canon 5D MIII, no en todos los frentes, pero es lo que buscaba para viajar liviano sin perder calidad.

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    5.0

    great

    By Aldo Miike

    from Sao Paulo, Brazil

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • 64 Gb Sd Card Needed

    Best Uses

    • Video

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    Everything I wanted. I only wish that you could tell during the purchase that a 64Gb sd card it's needed for better quality videos.

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    5.0

    Wonderful surprise in a small package

    By Sibea

    from Boston

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    I was trully impressed with low noise and exceptional low night capability of this camera. I compare this with my Nikon D800e and even Hasselblad H4D 50MS. The picture quality is on par with the big boys providing one use a quality lens. I bought the Voigtlander 50mm F1.1 and to try out on this and it picture quality in wide open is very close to my Nikon 50mm f1.4 (or I would say a little sharper). Comparing with the Hasselblad 100mm f2 is still a bit lag of overall corner sharpness but is close.

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    5.0

    Product needs a little improvement

    By Louis1255

    from Medford,NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • Poor Image Stabilization

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    An excellent product for stills and video needs a much more sophisticated WiFi Remote Control with at least half-a-mile range radius than the supplied toy like Remote Controller with few feet range for this price.

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    5.0

    Best all purpose a7

    By brian

    from New York, NY

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light

      Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

      I use this camera mainly for street photography and especially at night. It has insane iso capabilities (as you've all heard I'm sure). I have mine set to auto iso usually with a max of 51200. Pics are still very useable at this range although you will see a little bit of noise... but we're talking about useable at 51200 here- that's pretty incredible. The beauty of having a vast iso range like this particularly for my uses, is that even when the sun goes down I can still shoot with fast shutter speeds and freeze action as I please because auto-iso will take care of the rest. Also- 12mp is more than enough. Don't believe the numbers hype.

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      4.0

      Great all purpose camera for stills.

      By Trezo Je

      from Port Orange, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

      I love photography in low light settings. I have tried several cameras with expensive fast lenses trying to get "the shot" in low light situations and struggled with missed shots because the lens is searching during auto focus or the subject is moving.

      I chose the Zeiss 24-70mm lens with a maximum aperture of 4, for my initial lens. Combined with this camera, I am able to capture a lot of shots in low lit areas and tight spaces.

      Since I mostly get close to my subjects, 12MP images are not limiting at all. I really enjoy the smaller file size too, though 16MP might have been the sweet spot.

      The ability to shoot in absolute silence when needed is fantastic. I can sit in a room with family members and pull off great shots without the flow of their social interactions being perturbed by the beep of the focus lock and the click of the shutter.

      There have been some complaints about the focusing ability in low light in some situations: it is not an action camera, but I have barely missed a shot with people moving about and acting normally, including quick gestures with the hands in manual mode.

      The A7S also captures fantastic images in normal light and the images have an impressive dynamic range: another factor in my decision to get this camera. The detail captured in the highlights and shadows is very good.

      This camera excels in the areas is has been advertised to do. It was not intended for action photography, which I believe is the intended niche for the A7.

      For my purposes, the camera is a joy to use. Using the camera mostly for stills, not video, it fulfills some specific needs suited for my tastes: great low light capture and great dynamic range. The ability to shoot completely silent is especially useful when hanging out with family and friends: hearing the beep of the focus lock and the click of the shutter really does distract people, if not annoy them, and that makes getting good shots more difficult.

      I cannot think of a reason to give the camera anything less than four stars keeping my personal expectations in line with the intended uses for this camera.

      There are quite a few reviews honing in on its video capabilities. It is also a fantastic stills camera, provided the inherent constraints of the design work with your style of photography.

      I am completely satisfied with this camera.

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      5.0

      Amazing Low Light Performance

      By Buckdarmha

      from Pacific Northwest/SF Bay Area

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Documentation

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Video

      Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

      I still can't get over how good this camera performs at high ISO settings. Coupled with the Zeiss 1.8/55mm, it produces stunning color and sharpness. The documentation is horrible – sLog is accessed on Picture Profile 7, and I guess it will output 4K on the HDMI when I hook it up to a Shogun (coming soon!) but you wouldn't know it from the manual. But you don't by technology for the paper manual, so I still give it five stars.

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      5.0

      Even Better Than Expected

      By Zack

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        After seeing a number of videos with test footage from the camera, I was very excited to try the camera out because of its image quality. I originally intended on renting the camera for a video shoot, but decided to take the leap and just buy the camera anyways. Couldn't be happier with the camera. It does nearly everything I'd like it to do. Big upgrade from my Canon rebel T3i. The EVF is beautiful, peaking is incredibly helpful... I'm very satisfied with my decision to buy the camera. Highly recommend anyone considering this camera to take the leap as I did and get the camera, you won't be disappointed.

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        5.0

        amazing camera with awesome form factor

        By Mac Ruiz

        from Lake Havasu AZ

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Rolling Shutter

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        I use this alongside of my fs-700 as a B-cam in many professional environments. Everyone know that this cam has great low light but the image quality is brilliant. and can control the highlights like a beast. Note the battery life is not all that bad!! If you do have to shoot fast objects or more violent camera movements switch to apc mode and that takes care of rolling shutter.-----

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        4.0

        Pretty darn amazing

        By Tim

        from Vancouver BC

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good in Low Light
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • LCD Scratches easy
        • Lens Selection
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        The A7S is brilliant. Fairly light weight. The usability is OK. The viewfinder is quite good but I wish it was off set to the far left side like on the NEX 7. If you're doing low level shots, the giant view finder blocks the center top part of the screen.
        The flippy-uppy screen is decent. The battery life is average at best (which is why it comes with 2)

        Video wise - I can confidently shoot at 80,000 iso with just grain. The image quality and detail is still there at 80 000. Ridiculous. If you're shooting video in stills mode (M) you don't get an accurate preview of the noise in the video or viewfinder until you hit the record button.

        Still wise - it's not bad! Sure it's only 12mp but that should be plenty for most people. However, out of the box, crop mode is set to auto. When you're using some 3rd party lenses via adapter, the A7S will sometimes automatically set the camera to crop mode even when using a full frame lens resulting in lower res files (5.1mp). I unfortunately learned this the hard way when on a shoot. About a quarter of the still taken with the same lens (ef 24-105 f4l) where of lower res.

        Still a great camera but I'd recommend turning off a bunch of the default auto features:
        Set auto crop mode to OFF
        High ISO NR : OFF
        Auto Shutter Speed : OFF (this is can cause the shutter speed to slow down in low light causing laggy/choppy video - Especially when shooing 24p)

        You can't take stills in movie mode so I suggest sticking to M and record from there.

        Other than the quirky default settings, The A7S is quite an amazing camera so far. I do still prefer my NEX 7 for stills because it's faster with twice the resolution.

        Great all around tool with exceptional video capabilities with decent stills ability too.

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        4.0

        Great low light camera

        By Josh Tree Park

        from Garden Grove, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Complicated Controls
        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        I bought the product primarily for it's video capability.The Pros- Great ISO suppression, almost no noise even at 3200 ISO.- Great usability - custom hot keys and etc.The Cons- Can't compare with expensive cameras - few details are missing in features but what do you expect from a camera under $3K?- Menus that can be better with Firmware update.

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        5.0

        Great camera so far!

        By Kastur Troi

        from Dallas, Texas

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor Image Stabilization
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        This has been a great replacement for my Canon 5D Mark III. I was looking for a full frame camera that also does 4K (still waiting, so benefit of the doubt here) and is great in low light.I am still using Canon glass as I am heavily invested in their L series. The adapter I purchased makes auto focus a mess but I just turn on focus peaking and use the manual focus. Still great results!

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        5.0

        Almost perfect.

        By pro producer

        from DC

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor Image Stabilization
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        The best, although far from easiest, video camera for low profile documentary work I have ever used. There are only three real problems with the camera: 1. The rolling shutter is really hard to deal with. You can try shooting APSC/crop sensor even with full frame lens to minimize, but if Sony can figure out how to put a global shutter in this camera it will be a killer. 2. The SLOG2 profile, which is irresistible, takes an eternity to color correct and grade. Plus you need ND filters to shoot in daylight in SLOG2. The other profiles produce amazing out of the camera footage.3. The optional XLR adapter is terrific, but completely impractical without a cage because there's no place to mount it on the camera. Battery life blows. Those are quibbles, because the A7S is a joy to use.

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        5.0

        A game Changer

        By Alejandra

        from MIami, FL

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • 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 a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        I'm so glad I decided for the new Sony A7s.

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        4.0

        Fantastic Camera - Specific Use!

        By Jimmy1228

        from New York, NY

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Street Photography
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        I shot with Nikon for over 6 years so trading in one of my DSLRs for this setup was a very big step. My choice to swap was to be able to shoot urban photography much more discreetly and for that purpose, this was an excellent choice!The great things are a small physical form-factor. while still providing full-frame output. The low-light ISO performance is unbelievable. Some have called out the 12 MP as an issue but for me, I can honestly count on one hand how many times I've printed 20"x30" so truly, 12 MP is MORE than enough. Also, I'm framing as I would print (minimal cropping). Last point about the 12 MP: I traded in my D700 (12 MP) so I'm in roughly the same place. The silent shooting mode works well - almost creepily well. I haven't used it in fast-motion situations nor indoor so I cannot confirm/deny the banding issue yet, but for outdoor journalistic or street photography, it works well. The dynamic range you're able to get out of a single image is quite good (attaching a vert shot at sunset). My setup is the a7s paired with a Leica 35mm Summilux.I will say that migrating from the D700, one of my current "downsides" is the transition in getting used to a different UI and menu setup. Also, in order for the smaller physical form factor, there are setting/controls that are imbedded into the electronic menu instead of externally. Some customization of the buttons help - but not all custom functions can be associated (hopefully a firmware update of sorts could address?). Other than that, the only other primary downside the battery life. Granted - the a7s sold in the US comes with 2 batteries (I believe I read somewhere else that in other countries it may only be 1?). However, even with 2 batteries, this is the first time I was concerned that I might not last the full day (full disclosure, I haven't run into the problem yet but then again, I had not shot with the rear LCD screen on on my DSLRs in the past so seeing 32% remaining after a half day took me by surprise - perhaps another mental adjustment).Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to test out the video capabilities just yet - though I hear this is one of the highlights (apologies!). However, certainly something I look forward to as I use this more.

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        5.0

        My God. It's Full of Stars!

        By modrocket

        from Santa Monica, CA

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          Having fun exploring the galaxy with this CMOS sensor.

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          4.0

          What You Expect - Impressive Low Light

          By Dylan

          from New York, NY

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good in Low Light

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls
          • Poor Image Quality
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Video

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          This camera is as the reviews suggest - impressive for video, and mediocre in photo.

          The low light is great. I have no trouble bumping it to ISO20,000+ for acceptable results. It's an impressive camera by no doubt.

          Photos aren't bad by any means, just not as extraordinary. I had some issues with the focus peaking, but is that something to rely on anyway?

          Also, watch out for rolling shutter - especially in silent photo mode.

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