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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 (1080mAh)
  • 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

    (based on 27 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good in low light (24)
    • Compact (22)
    • Easy to use (19)
    • Great resolution (16)
    • Large clear LCD (15)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (12)

    Best Uses

    • Video (21)
    • Low light (19)
    • Travel (16)
    • Weddings (14)
    • Family photos (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (18), Photo enthusiast (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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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

     

    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

    Reviewed by 27 customers

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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

      Verified Buyer

      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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          5.0

          Simply Incredible

          By Cryin'Ryan

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          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

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

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          This camera will blow your socks off. Yeah yeah yeah the whole 12 megapixels thing. Understandably photographers may turn the other cheek, but for me as a filmmaker this camera is REVOLUTIONARY. Shooting in pitch dark with little to NO NOISE. NeatVideo plugin works fantastic with any footage that might have a little noise. But at 56,000 iso this camera flourishes. Picture profiles for days. SLOG 2 and cine gammas. The functionality is superb. Being able to pull focus inside the viewfinder and replay footage! What? My Canon 5D Mark III is done for. And yes I used the 5D Mark III with MAGIC LANTERN RAW. That's the only way I shot with that camera. With the Sony a7s you no longer need to jump through hoops to get amazing footage out of your camera. Even with the 8-bit output of the a7s you still retain so much information in your footage. And I can only imagine what projects are going to look like with the Atomos Shogun when it comes out. 4K all the way. Being able to download apps straight to the camera is pretty interesting too. I downloaded the time lapse app and have been experimenting with that. Ten bucks and no pesky intervalometer. Sweet. For me, there's really only ONE con to this camera and thats the battery life. Which is probably why they give you two batteries when you buy it. If you are a low budget filmmaker like myself. Please waste no time and buy this camera. I promise you will not be disappointed. The Panasonic GH4 AND Sony a7s. BOTH INCREDIBLE CAMERAS.

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          3.0

          Hmmm....

          By SailFish Films

          from Jensen Beach, Florida

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          Pros

          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Inconsistent Operation

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          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

          Sharp

          By Egill Bjarki

          from Hong Kong

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          Coming from a DSLR setup for video, the HD footage from this camera is SHARP and a huge step forward. The lights sensitivity is well documented, besides that selling point, the Slog2 picture profile option is fantastic. Be sure to over expose to get the best results, when you do that and set the white balance correctly, you will get very impressive results.

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          4.0

          Very Impressed

          By Theory Y Design

          from Panama City Beach, FL

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          I got the a7s as a replacement for my fs100. I'm very impressed in the low light ability. I am using it with an ef-emount metabones adapter. all my canon glass works great with the full frame sensor. The ability to punch in to aps-c mode is great when you need that extra range. Along with the GH4, the a7s is becoming a dual A cam setup. I'm able to interchange them based on each strength. Only 4 star because of battery life, no internal 4K and lack of native lens options. other than that, great camera!

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          5.0

          Could not recomend more

          By Luke Sargent

          from California

          About Me 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

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

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          Aside from just amazing video/photo quality the form function of the camera is amazing, incredibly small, light and durable. It feels like a tank in your hands. The slow motion is amazing and I can't speak highly enough about the low light. As well the focus peaking and viewfinder are the best things in the world when it comes to focus. The only downside is the battery life. It last about three hours

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          4.0

          Sony Alpha 7s is great!

          By Bert

          from Hermosa sd

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          Really happy with it. Yesterday I filmed a massage done in candlelight at f4 and there was only very slight grain. I really like the way the camera renders colors. It's also nice and sharp.

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          5.0

          Love it! Great Video! Easy to Use.

          By Campers

          from NYC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          I had a Blackmagic Cinema Camera but as I do a lot of run and gun I bought the a7S and am very happy about that. The autofocus, autoexporsure and overall autos make it very easy to shoot video run and gun. I love the ability to shoot anywhere with the low light capabilities. Overall I am very happy with this over my cinema camera.

          One thing I liked more on the CC is that it was obviously a video only camera. It had specific controls for that where as this is obviously meant to be a photos camera that can do video. It's not a deal breaker but it's something that I wish was a little better.

          QUality is great. Make sure you have a 64gb SDXC card to do the better codec, no one tells you this but it needs to be 64gb to shoot in XAVC S.

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          5.0

          Petite, but Powerful!

          By Whitespace Films

          from Minneapolis, MN

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Dynamic Range
          • Good in Low Light
          • Lots of Features

          Cons

          • Bad Rolling Shutter
          • Short Battery Life
          • Too small

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          I wish I could give this a 4.5 star rating, because nearly everything about this camera is great, with a couple of small setbacks. First of all, the good:

          1. As you probably know, the low-light performance of this thing is outstanding! I would not hesitate to use the camera at ISO 10k, and even up through ISO 30k, the image is clean. It starts to get noisy around 52k, though it is still certainly useable. I've used the 5DMIII, C300, and FS700, and I would put the high ISO performance above all of them.

          2. Dynamic Range. I haven't done any scientific tests, but in several real-world projects shot with this camera, shot in S-Log2, I felt that the DR was more than adequate. Add in the zebras, and you are almost guaranteed to not blow anything out! Although the seven picture profiles are pre-set with different shooting parameters, they can all be equally customized, and very specifically, to meet any shooting situation.

          3. Lens options. I come from the Canon DLSR world, so all of my lenses are Canon EF mount. However, the E mount of this camera allows you to get an adapter for pretty much anything you want to mount onto it, including EF lenses. I have an adapter from Metabones, and I think it works great.

          4. Sharpness and detail. Some of the default settings seem to give an unnaturally sharp image, but if you just turn down some of the in-camera detail, you end up with an image that looks more detailed than sharp, and that's an important distinction. Detailed is good; sharp (in this case) looks fake.

          Now, the bad....

          1. The rolling shutter, while recording in full frame at 24p, is bad. Depending on what you're shooting, even a slight swaying motion makes the world look like jello. However, I am so used to having some jello in my shots due to using DSLRs so much, I already know how to shoot around it. It seems to go away when using the APS-C crop mode or when shooting in higher frame rates, though.

          2. When shooting at higher frame rates, moire and aliasing start to show up. I've heard this is because of line-skipping going on. When shooting at 60fps, I would say the moire and aliasing is similar in strength to a Canon 60D or 70D, and at 120fps, aliasing gets much stronger.

          3. The battery life with the included batteries is rather awful. By default, I think I got about 60 minutes of use, even when just going through menus. I have heard that switching the camera to airplane mode is supposed to help, but I have not yet tested the run time in that mode.

          4. The camera, being mirrorless, is so small that I find it difficult to hold. I'm a big guy, at 6'4", and the 5DMIII's grip feel SO much better in my hand than the a7s. I feel like I have to pinch the grip to keep it secure. However, since I use the camera 95% for video, it is almost always on a monopod, tripod, or glidecam, so I don't have to hand hold it much. Besides, with the rolling shutter the way it is, I don't think I'd want to hand hold it much anyway.

          Overall, I am very pleased with this camera! Even with the little annoyances, this is a huge step up for me, even from a 5DMIII, it just seems to do everything better.

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          5.0

          Best digital camera for my uses.

          By Anders

          from Portland, Oregon

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls
          • 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:

          This camera is the best digital camera for my uses I have ever owned. I am a true multimedia artist... I shoot about 60% stills and 40% video and with both shoot in lower light a majority of the time. I had been using a Nikon D800 for both before and it was good at low light but this camera is better. Video there is no comparison the a7s makes the d800 look broken. I also think overall the noise with the A7s that is present is far better looking than the noise with the d800. any noise with the d800 just looked bad but the a7s noise when i manage to get it looks more like film grain to me. I use this camera with a metabones adapter with my large collection of Nikon AIS lenses and it works perfectly. The small size, focus peaking and silent shutter make the a7s a revelation. Only downsides I see are the poor battery life and the controls being a bit confused but i bought extra batteries and i'm sure i will get used to the controls eventually. only thing the d800 does better is printing large or heavy crops and autofocus in normal light... none of those apply to me so for me the A7s is far superior.

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          5.0

          Great camera

          By zombii

          from Dallas, TX

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good in Low Light
          • Highly Configurable
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Silent Shutter Option
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          This is the camera I've waited more than 45 years for. It has no equal for low light use. Easily usable to ISO 64000 and decent even beyond. The silent shutter option is also a big plus. Why sony hasn't introduced this before seems to be more about their fear that you might sneak a shot without the whole world being able to hear the shutter than for any technical reason. The image quality is very good although I think the A7 is slightly better in that regard. However, I have the A7 as well as the A7S and if I have to make a choice, I'll take the A7S hands down. Build is very good. Not as good as a Leica but what is? Only real negative is the battery life which isn't great but it uses the same battery as the NEX cameras and they don't have great battery life either. Fortunately, the batteris aren't expensive so you can have several In that regard, there are two included, not just one. If you're a low light shooter or shoot where the silent shutter is of value, this is the camera for you.

          I don't do video so I have no comment on that.

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          4.0

          Best small form video camera

          By david2.384

          from WV

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Native Lens Selection
          • Pricey
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          I am working on a caving documentary, and the A7s is the best small form stills video camera I have ever used. It actually exposes locations slightly brighter than my eyes can see. Its small and light weight for travel. It has customizable buttons avoiding menus while shooting, a robust video codec at 50 Mbps, Slog2 for dynamic range, audio in and out, zebras, peaking, and a view finder that works while shooting video. The camera gets 5 stars but I gave it 4 because of the native lens selection. I know it has an adaptor, but it takes away some of that range finder form factor that makes this camera so nice. Other than that, I actually love this camera. I don't miss my 6D at all. (It also takes pretty great photos)

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          4.0

          My F3 shrunk to an NEX7!!!

          By JD

          from Los Angeles, CA

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          Pros

          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Size
          • Weight

          Cons

          • Custom Keys
          • Rolling Shutter

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          I have used this camera as a second camera to cut with my F5 and F3. and with the S-log profile, it really matches well.The mirrorless design E mount is one of the most versatile mounts out there, and opens up a lot of great lensing possibilities.I really like how Sony basically make an F3 into the Nex7 with this camera. Its a dream come true for my documentary projects, but on bigger jobs, the major limitation is the rolling shutter on this camera. In this price range its as good as it gets, but the shutter really separates it from the Pro cameras.some of the button placements are awkward on the camera, but it'd be great to get more options when setting the custom keys!

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          5.0

          Why you should/shouldn't buy it.

          By MeanGrain

          from Boulder, CO

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          Pros

          • Customizeable Controls
          • Easy to Use
          • Evf
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Film-like Images
          • Good in Low Light
          • High Iso Performance
          • Shallow Flange
          • Small / Compact
          • Very Sharp Video
          • Xavc Codec

          Cons

          • Af Too Slow For Sports
          • Lower Photo Resolution

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Night Vision Goggleslol
          • Travel
          • Video Monster

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          First off let me start by saying that I love this camera for photo and video. Sony gives you 2 batteries, a USB cable, and external wall charger, and a cable support attachment. All very welcome additions.

          You can see some samples I shot on my youtube channel, www.youtube.com/MeanGrain

          Here's what you should consider if thinking about buying one:

          Resolution/Photo-I do not crop photos, so 12MP is great for me. If you plan to crop or print like 36" or 48" wide prints then you might want more resolution.

          Resolution/Video-Cannot say enough about the detail this camera captures internally. I look forward to seeing what the 4k looks like eventually but I since I deliver everything in 1080P, I won't need it for a while. MUCH sharper than the 5D mkIII and 6D.

          Dynamic Range-I love the cine profiles for added DR, S Log is amazing but requires 3200 ISO or higher so get some NDs. DXoMark doesn't test profiles, they test in standard profile and look at just JPGs. I can assure you that when you switch to cine or SLog profiles you will be simply amazed.

          Codec-I have shot on the 5D mkIII and C100 and guess what? The AVCHD (28MB/s codec) used in the C100 shows less compression artifacts than the 90MB/s h.264 used in the 5D/6D. Trust me when I say that the XAVC (50MB/s codec) is amazing. I'm excited to capture 4k 8-bit 4:2:2 and scale it to 1080p 10-bit 4:4:4!!!

          ISO-Kind of silly to talk about this, because you already know that in low light this camera performs like no other. When you pump up the ISO it really looks like film grain rather than digital. THE MOST FILM-LIKE DSLR CAMERA I'VE USED, PERIOD. Video and stills are both usable (professionally) up to around 50k ISO!! If you are good at noise reduction in post, you could use 100K ISO professionally in the right situation.

          You get so many options that Canon doesn't give you (even ML is kinda weak at) like focus peaking, zebras, and WB calibration for use with calibration cards (which I highly recommend).

          This camera has dethroned the 5D mkIII as the DSLR to have for filmmaking and Canon has A LOT of catch-up to do here, A LOT. I did a bunch of side-by-side tests and this camera supersedes the 5D mkIII in every way possible (for video).

          If you are primarily using this camera for photos, it is a poor choice for sports with a fairly slow AF and not the best for landscapes with the lower resolution. However, this will be my go to camera for portraits... the film-like quality of the images is a step up from the best DSLRs available.

          If you want images that look like they came from a film camera, this is the only logical choice, period.

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          5.0

          Amazing filmmaking tool

          By Marc

          from Washington D.C.

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Battery Life
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Looks cool
          • Small / Compact
          • Very Nice Lcd
          • Very Nice Lcd Screen

          Cons

          • Bit Of Moire
          • Limited Lenses
          • No Internal 4k
          • Some Moire

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Video

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          As a filmmaker's camera, it's amazing. This is more of a review for anyone using the camera for it's video capabilities. Let me explain the things I like and don't like.First off, LCD screen is awesome, colors are very accurate and I like that it comes out a bit and tilts up and down. Sucks that it doesn't flip out to the side for those overkill quality selfies but that's ok. Buttons are very responsive and feel good, you can change settings really fast once you have some muscle memory going. Doesn't lag.Camera feels very solid, grip feels solid. Camera looks pretty awesome as well.The internal stereo mic is actually amazing, not thin, reproduces bass very well and you can hear details well. The interface is easy to use. Once you get used to it, everything is in the right place and makes sense. Took me some time to figure out the color profiles, apparently for picture profiles you have to go to menu, the camera icon, and #5, and switch it from off to PP7 if you want to use s-log2 for extended dynamic range. Which, by the way, is a fantastic tool, even if the minimum iso is at 3200. One small thing I really liked was that instead of it just showing you a battery with three or four bars as battery life indicators, it shows a percentage! And even when it says it's at basically 0%, you still have a few more minutes that the camera can stay on. But I wouldn't trust that all the time. Another small but good thing is that if you mount this camera on a cookie mount for your tripod and need to change the battery, the thread is far enough away from the battery compartment on the bottom so you don't have to remove the cookie to replace the battery - which, by the way, this camera comes with 2 batteries.Dynamic range is fabulous but only really in PP7's S-log2, and I've found that the noise in s-log2, after the footage is color corrected and what not, looks more like film grain (to me) than noise, when I process footage my way at least. So the noise is not a major distractor when trying to tell a story. One thing I don't like about this camera: there is a bit of Moire in high detailed things off in the distance. This is mostly in 720p 120fps mode but I have noticed a bit in 1080p 60fps. I have less moire in my hacked GH2 but at the cost of that footage not holding up well in post and not neeearly as good dynamic range. Make sure you turn the sharpness on your picture profile down (and if you are in PP7, you'll need to snoop around with the settings to get it where you want, I suggest going through them thoroughly.) The moire really isn't a big problem with the sharpness down and the footage is perfectly usable, so don't let that turn you off from this camera.That's another thing, this footage, even in just xavc format, holds up very well when altering colors. Not perfectly, but very acceptably. Imagine what it would be like like if recorded in 4:2:2.Real quick I will say this: if you have no need of slow motion, you might be better off with anything from Blackmagic. I need slow motion for most things I shoot.Which, by the way, this camera does 120fps. However, it is a 720p crop from 1080p (it zooms in further). It does full 1080p at 60 30 and 20 though.Very shallow depth of field due to the Full-frame sensor.Pretty bad rolling shutter, but it only gets worse with longer focal lengths. So I recommend wider angle lenses when there's a lot of directional motion in your shots that could end up looking strange.Also, it sucks that there are almost no lenses that you can use with this camera unless you buy an adapter. I got my self a perfectly great Rokinon 85mm f1.4 (Rokinon just released a line of lenses specifically for FE (full-frame E-mount) lenses) and it only cost me $. There is some color fringing when there's bright light illuminating something out of focus, but if exposed properly it won't show up as much and it's perfectly usable if graded the right way as well. But in terms of FE mount lenses, the ones available right now are expensive and the zooms are not fast so you're better off with an adapter and a lens that can do full-frame cameras.And to clarify, this camera has an FE mount. It's the same exact thing as an E-mount. Except the F in front means Full Frame, which is telling you only full frame lenses will work with this camera, unless you want seriously unusable vignetting if you use aps-c lenses.This is VERY important: MAKE SURE YOU ONLY USE 64gb+ SDXC (not SD"H"C) cards that can write at speeds at least 50mb/s or faster (I am using a transcend that I got for $ that writes at 65mb/s) if you want to film with the xavc codec. Otherwise, it won't work.Oh, and low-light performance? I CAN SEE STARS at night with this thing. Leagues better than my own eyes. It'll blow your mind. And it's totally usable footage. Even if there is some grain in the footage, youtube is my final destination for footage shot with this camera. The compression gets rid of some of the noise. But yeah, best low-light performance from any camera I've ever seen to be quite honest, SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE RED EPIC if you want to do anything in low light.Also: I'm ok with it not recording 4k in-camera. Instead of upgrading to a 4k camera in the future, I'm ok with spending is $2k on an Atomos Shogun. And by the time I need it, it should be cheaper.You might ask, why not the GH4? It's cheaper and does internal 4k. To answer that: the a7S blows the GH4 out of the water with low light performance. I'd rather be able to film a story no matter how dark it gets whenever wherever, rather only during certain lighting conditions with a GH4. And also, 120fps vs 96fps, full frame vs micro 4/3.I probably missed a few things, but I've only had it for a day, and this is what I've noticed right off the back. Will have this camera for a good while. Because bottom line, regardless of pixel peeping, it has all the tools I need (totally visible scenes in low-light without heaps of distracting noise, slow motion up to 120fps, s-log2 gamma that makes highlight detail much more visible) to make great stories with that aren't limited to only being able to see footage in certain conditions.

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