Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera

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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
     
    4.8

    (based on 41 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good in low light (35)
    • Compact (32)
    • Easy to use (26)
    • Large clear LCD (21)
    • Great resolution (20)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (21)

    Best Uses

    • Video (32)
    • Low light (30)
    • Travel (21)
    • Weddings (21)
    • Family photos (15)
      • Reviewer Profile:
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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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    Hmmm....

    I am a 30+ year video professional. Like many others I jumped on the DSLR bandwagon due to the small size and filmic looks from full frame sensors. I have extensive use with...Read complete review

    I am a 30+ year video professional. Like many others I jumped on the DSLR bandwagon due to the small size and filmic looks from full frame sensors. I have extensive use with Canon MkII, MkIII, 6D and 60D. While I loved much of the footage I shot with the Canon systems, I always wanted more dynamic range, a better codec and professional video features. I'm not complaining because in truth these cameras were designed as still cameras with some video capabilities. I imagined the A7s as the opposite!!!???

    If you are a video enthusiast who can appreciate the A7s' video-centric features, then this camera seems like the logical next step. 50mps recording, s-log, 15+ steps of dynamic range and 4k capable... not to mention, audio monitoring, EVF, etc. So it should be the next big thing for SLR video enthusiasts???

    I've had my A7s for about 2 weeks. The images are beautiful, well. that is, when I can get the camera to turn on?? I have had two issues. One, when the camera boots all I can see are menus and such but no video image on LCD or EVF. Or when I power the camera I get no images or menus? I have confirmed that this is not a battery or lens issue... Lets just say the issues are not operator errors.

    So maybe I have a lemon? I don't know. I have told B&H and we are in the process of swapping out my current A7s with a new one, well, that is as soon as they have one to exchange with me.

    So.... my expectations were grand, my experience has not been great. I have not heard of others having the same problems I have experienced. So do not judge this camera by my experience, please read other reviews about how this camera performs.

    Because of my particular experience, I have not choice but to downgrade my rating.

    All in all, the Sony products I have used in broadcasting for over 30 years have been absolutely stellar and I expect the next Sony A7s to perform as expected. Just thought I would share my experience wit the new Sony A7s.

    Steve

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    5.0

    So far, really great!

    By LMSavannah

    from Charleston, SC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good in Low Light

    Cons

    • Xavcs Not Compatible Fcpx

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    XAVC S looks great on my TV, but is not yet compatible with Final Cut X. Contacted Sony about importing and they were estonishingly unhelpful. Low light is several stops better then the a7r. Comes with two batteries. In still mode, it does not get particularly bad battery life, but in Video, it burns through a battery in about a half hour... Dynamic Range is extremely good. Silent shutter is, Silent. No really, it is Silent.

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    4.0

    So far, so good

    By dangerh33

    from South Easton, MA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor Image Stabilization

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Video

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    Received this today and immediately put it to action. First impressions, small. It goes without saying and if you just read the specs, but this camera is size of a big point and shoot (remember those?). Smaller than the 5D MIII, almost TOO small. I got the Sony battery grip which helps, but with an adapter (metabones speed booster) and lens on it, it becomes very front heavy. I'll be looking for a cage or bracket that fits with the battery grip for more balanced ergonomics. Forget handheld on this camera. You need to have it on something. Handheld, unless you're a statue, is very difficult giving its next to nothing weight. ***Important. I ordered some of the 32GB Sony SD(XC) cards rated at 94MB/s. They will NOT work on this camera if you want to utilize the XAVC codec. The camera will simply not do it, gives an error message. You have to use the 64GB (or higher) version of these cards to access the improved codec. I happened to have a 128GB SD(XC) card, and it fired up just fine. The menu is intuitive and fast. There will be a quick learning curve, but I anticipate it being easy. With the MetaBones adapter and Canon lenses, you need to shoot in APS mode. Having 'APS' off will default the camera to the full frame sensor, which gives crazy vignetting / barreling on a full frame lens (+adapter). The APS mode with a Metabones adapter and Canon L glass looks fantastic. I see this camera being an excellent 2nd camera to the FS700, as with the sensor size and Sony settings, it's very close. S-Log 2 is a good time. Coloring with Magic Bullet or Film Convert yields very nice results. As you know, crank the ISO to 3200 to access the S-Log 2 which is quietly tucked in the Menu under Picture Profiles (PP7). On board mic is actually usable for a reference track, not bad. Quirky con: the 2 strap handles on either side. When you move the camera, it sounds like screws are loose inside. I'd like to remove these sometime soon, no use for a strap.Play with Picture profiles. I found that the "low light" monster everyone is raving about is only effective when you're NOT in S-Log 2. We shot in somewhat dark conditions and it was very noisy. Of course you can adjust this with noise reduction, but it's not optimal. I have to play with this some more to give a more accurate review of the low-light. Overall, very impressed with what this camera can do for its size and price. Looking forward to 4K, but I'll wait to properly record it on a Shogun or Odessey Q7. Image quality: ExcellentForm Factor: Great, but VERY small (get a rig, cage, bracket or something)XAVC Codec: Very robust dynamic range. Full Frame? : Only with a Sony lens. Once you slap an adapter on there, it's APS city - Super35 - still awesome, just back-up. Same as FS700.Great 2nd camera, I hope the vendors start cranking out rigs for it asap.

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    4.0

    Love it!

    By meguyonbike

    from joplin mo

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good in Low Light
    • Great for video
    • Small / Compact
    • Works W E Crop Lenses

    Cons

    • 120fps Crop Mode
    • 12mp Resolution
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    So far, this camera is amazing! I don't have many full frame lens options so I've also used this with my e-mount crop sensor lenses. It seems to do a decent job with those lenses as well.
    For video the main disappointment is that when you are using the camera with the 120fps option it crops the image down(to crop sensor mode), as well as only doing it in 720.
    For photos it is definitely a little bit of a challenge working with just 12mp. But you can't beat the low light sensitivity so I'm still stoked on what I have!

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    5.0

    Awesme camera

    By odum

    from Charleston, SC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    i use this camera for low light situations (what it was intended for) its absolutely amazing and since it was good at low light, ment it was good for some fast shutter speeds. check out some of the pictures on my sight

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    5.0

    Best DSLR for video that I've used.

    By Matt

    from Los Angeles

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    I've been using the canon 5D's (Mark 2 and 3) for the past 4 years and recently switched to the a7s. I'm blown away by the video capabilities of this camera. The dynamic range is superb, low light is better than anything I've ever seen, the internal compression is great (XAVC), being able to shoot both full frame and aps-c in 1080 make all of my lenses more versatile, and frame rates up to 120fps makes this a killer camera. The only downside is the rolling shutter in full frame mode, but if you have IS lenses or shoot on a tripod it's a non-issue.

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    4.0

    A7s is it is a keeper

    By OE

    from NE

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good in Low Light
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Video

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    So far I am really impressed with this tiny camera. It will mix with my FS700 and C100 very well, and it probably spells the end of using my 5DmkII for video, I will keep it and my 7D for stills though.

    I am working on a sensible kit for it. I have the remote and it works well. I really like the EVF, so the trick is to make a kit that takes advantage of the EVF and still can house the O7Q or the Shogun (on order), I have also heard rumors of much smaller 4K recorders coming soon, this is very interesting. I think by next summer there will be several HDMI 4K recorders out in the wild. And that is fine with me. Right now I really only need HD. 4K is just icing on

    My initial impression of the A7s is it is a keeper. And it may become one of my all time favs, time will tell. I always go through a longish period of getting to know a new cam, finding a few PPs that work for me. The most important (p)art for me is to match my other cams. Like I said this will be a B or C cam to my FS700. But it also can do things the larger cams can't. And the low light is just astounding. This will probably also become my location scouting cam and all around carry cam. With a Pancake lens it will fit anywhere and may take the place of my GoPros, the pic quality blows them right out of the water. I also see it a a great drone cam, more on this soon.

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    5.0

    Amazing camera

    By Agent Roux

    from Orlando FL

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Video

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    I have both the a7r and the a7s. I shoot time lapse and mini documentaries. I use a Dynamic Perception motion control system for the time lapse. The a7r and the a7s are both fantastic tools for specific tasks. The a7r is a fantastic still photo platform that shoots great video. The a7s is a fantastic video camera that shoots great stills. They are small, lightweight and packed with technology. I can carry half as much gear because everything works on both bodies and I have one operating system to learn, although the a7s does has more menu choices. I was blow away by the stills coming out of the a7r and impressed by the video. I am more than blow away by the video I can shoot with a7s and as a still camera it holds it's own with the a7r. I'm still trying to dial in the video and work out what settings I like for what situation but the fun is in the learning. For anyone looking to lighten their load and shoot fantastic stills and video this is a great option. The a7s alone will do that. The combination of the a7r and the a7s is even better.

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    5.0

    Worth every penny

    By Evolv Media

    from Florida

    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

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

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    I can only echo what everyone else has already commented about. It's a great camera overall. I think the ergonomics are very comfortable overall. I traded in my canon t2i which ended up saving me about $ on the A7s. I use this primarily for video. No need to buy the expensive Metabones adapter ( have one for my FS100). I just purchases a $ adapter on @ which powers the lens and control most of the functions including EXIF data. I would have gone with the GH4, but Micro Four Thirds is a deal killer for me. Battery life is horrible when shooting video. Less and an hour.

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    5.0

    The best camera that I have ever used!

    By Pepe

    from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      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:

      This is the best camera that I have ever used! I am completely satisfied with it in every single way. I have owned the 5DM2, BMCC, BMPCC, GH3, GH4, and have to say that none of those can compare to the A7S. I had purchased 3 GH4's for my business thinking that it would be the best camera for me, but I quickly realized after using the A7S that I was wrong. I quickly returned them and purchased A7S cameras instead and am very glad I did. This one is a keeper.

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      5.0

      Best investment so far!!!

      By Manny M.

      from Houston Texas

      Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

      I have had this body since before it came out. I had to wait a while do to the fact that I did not have any lenses for it but I have been using a 28-70 telephoto for now and it still has an amazing quality. From using the FS 100/700 at school, this small camera blows them both out the water. I have used it at a local video shop for display for others to see and every one is amazed by its abilities. I use it over my schools expensive film equipment and have yet to receive less than an A!
      Iihave yet

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      5.0

      Another Superb Member of the Series

      By Evan in CA

      from Newport Coast, CA

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

      Although I have just started using this body, it clearly builds on the excellence of the Alpha 7 R for its own niche uses, including video and superb optical quality in very low light situations.

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      5.0

      Holy S

      By shoot and destroy

      from Big Sur, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

      a revolutionary breakthrough for photographers AND film makers.

      I got this sweet little camera when it came out and have been shooting for a month now, and I am floored at how much I like it.

      Being a canon guy, I never thought the day would come when I would want to jump ship, but this camera is INSANE. The quality rivals probably every canon camera and for sure rivals the fs700. I can't believe the color, sharpness and how fun it is to shoot. AND it looks pretty cool.

      Just go to vimeo and search for a7s and see the footage for yourself.

      I also never realized how much I would love sonys zeiss lenses. Got the 55 1.8 and the autofocus is instant.

      I love it. I love that sony didn't hold back some features until we all bought it, like what I feel canon has been doing.

      only cons are battery life, but with the grip I shot a full wedding on just those two batteries.

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      5.0

      Awesome Camera

      By Jack

      from Placentia, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

      Awesome low-light performance.
      Convenient functions of NFC to phone.
      Get to use your old lenses.
      Focus speed is not bad.
      Silent Mode.

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      5.0

      A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing!

      By Cliff

      from Hollywood FL

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Amazing Dynamic Range
      • Amazing Low Light
      • Amazing Sensor
      • Cinematic Image
      • Great Config Ability
      • S-log2

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life
      • Small Battery
      • Very Small Body

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Sky Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

      This camera is a raging BEAST! Sony took a 747 jet engine (12mp monster sensor) and installed it into a small Toyota Corolla body! It's such an odd and ironic match up.The camera does not look impressive on the outside. However, once you browse into the configuration setup and see all the incredible features Sony placed there,..you will be extremely impressed.The low light performance is second to none. It truly is remarkable and that is certainly NOT an exaggeration in any way. Pros:Insane low light image.Fantastic image processing.Spectacular dynamic rangeFull manual control with no gimmicks.No line skipping = sharp, sharp, SHARP detail.CLEAN, manual mic inputsS-LOG2. Yes,....S-LOG 2 on a $[$]camera!!Full image profile control -Knee/slope, Black levels, Saturation, Cine Gammas, sharpness...and much more.FF, 10 megapixel oversampled, 4:2:2, S-LOG, 4K image from HDMI. (I never dreamed Sony would allow that much image output on a camera this "cheap")Sony allows almost every button to be assigned for about 20 different functions that you choose.Function menu icon programmable. Sony lets YOU select and save all the function shortcuts you want all available with the touch of 1 button.Cons:Small batteryVery small body. (hard for big hands to hold)Internal 4:2:0 codec. (should be 4:2:2)I could type allot more of what I think about the A7s but I'll just sum it up by saying that this camera easily smashes my EX1r, FS100 and any other camera I have ever worked with in low light. The cinematic quality is just wonderful. Call it a "Pocket RED" or "Pocket ARI" or even "Pocket Sony F55"Great job Sony! Keep up the great work.

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      5.0

      Like an old sports car that delivers

      By John Collier, Worlds greatest photograph

      from Detroit MI

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        If you ever had the chance to ozzoz down into the bucket seats of a classic 60s sports car you know the feeling you get from the mirror less Sony digital cameras. The speed is there and the quality is as good as any of the top brands…in fact because it is full frame it has an edge over many in its category. To over-ride any of the auto features is a breeze. And setting the functions up through the menues a snap. My work is general so I need a camera to do both video and still . Some of my journalist assignments require me to take both down and that is an easy accomplishment for the Alpha a7s. I like the idea that there are many different ways of using this camera…look at the screen from two feet away or look through the viewfinder…it does it all. The auto focus better than my own eyes and the auto and manuel focusing an easy accomplishment. The best part about it are the images..bright , sharp, colorful …great with detail.

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        5.0

        Great Camera

        By J.R.

        from Monmouth Beach, NJ

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Xavc S Difficult To Edit
        • Xavcs Difficult To Import

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        Great camera, overall. I'm primarily using this camera for film, but love taking stills with it. It takes wonderful stills, so don't let a 12.2 megapixel camera fool you. The wide shots are amazing and the video quality is wonderful. The only problem I encountered was the file format. The XAVC S codec it shoots in wraps its files into MP4s. These files are extremely difficult to import into all major film editing softwares, so you'll need to find a video compressor/converter software to edit the clips you shoot. The high ISO is great, though I may need to tweak my settings cause at the extreme highs I'm getting more noise than I had expected, though I've seen videos with these ISOs with much less noise, so I'm sure it can be adjusted. The rolling shutter is what everyone was worried it would be, so if you need a film DSLR and plan to shoot action scenes with shaky cam, look elsewhere because this camera is not built for it. Can't wait or the HDMI output to be released!

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        5.0

        Amazing!

        By JB in Atlanta

        from Atlanta, Ga

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          There are many reviews out there about the A7s so I'll just say it is everything it needs to be. I'm definitely excited about the 4k output once the Shogun is here. At that point I think this camera will be hard to beat. There are some quirks: form factor, soccer mom picture profiles...but that's a small price to pay for such a powerful machine. I'd buy it again in a flash.

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          5.0

          S For Swag

          By BionzMan

          from Irvine, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

            By far, the best Mirrorless I have ever used. Image quality is stunningly beautiful, sharp and vibrant.

            Noise handling is top-notch. Beats my Canon 5D mk3 and the Nikon D800e at high ISO settings.

            Will definitely recommend this!

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            5.0

            First "Pro" Level Mirrorless Camera

            By lonesome

            from The Central Coast of CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fantastic Low Light
            • FAST Accurate AF
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Dr
            • Great Resolution
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Charger Big And Clunky
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

            OK, first I use this camera for people, weddings, and stuff like this and don't do video. I routinely used the Small Raw feature on my 5D3 for this so a 12mp file size is perfect. It took some huevos and vision for Sony to do this but, for it's intended use, 12mp is perfect. Criticizing this camera for such "low" resolution is like bagging on a great two-iron because it can't drive a golf ball 300 yards. But what really excites me is that, with the rediculous low light capabilities, huge DR, lightning speed and the brilliant silent shutter, it's almost impossible to blow a shot for any technical reason. Yes, it's AF is in the hunt with the 5D3 but it is much more accurate. And you can remove AF from the shutter and use it with back button focusing. Shooting routinely with the lenses wide open the AF is perfect. The color, saturation, vibrance and tonality are so good that there's dissapointingly little to do in post processing. I routinely use Leica lenses with a Novaflex E adapter and they all work brilliantly. The EVF is killer good even in bright daylight so, even wearing glasses these manual focus lenses are fluid to use and easy to focus. So bottom line and for my purposes, this camera is by far and away the best camera I've ever used. It is fluid, fast, sure, easy to use, forgiving and inspiring in every way. It is so good that it is forgettable, simply getting out of the way and allowing you to easily shoot whatever you can conjure up. Brilliant. I do believe that the A7s is the first mirrorless camera to be a truly professional tool and at least the equal than any DSLR out there for shooting people. Is it perfect? No but it is so so close. The ONLY things I would love for Sony to do is to include a few items in the Function menu for easy access that are now burried in the menu - all an easy firmware upgrade. These are: Silent/Regular Shutter, Format and Auto ISO minimum shutter speed. It would also be great to have a custom function that would allow control of Wheel direction. I have heard that some would like image stabilization but the noise is so low that higher ISO is not noticable. Other manufacturers take note - a fully pro mirrless camera can be done. Bravo Sony!

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            4.0

            Awesome Camera!

            By Jason

            from Laurinburg, NC

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

            veryday Shooting is no longer, everyday! I've done a blog post about all the things I come across as I come across them.

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