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Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera

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Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Key Features
  • 24.3MP Full Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Direct Compatibility with E-mount Lenses
  • 3.0" Tiltable TFT LCD with 921.6K-Dots
The Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera from Sony incorporates a full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor into an E-mount body thus providing the light gathering capability and detail-rich imaging of a full-frame sensor with a compact, lightweight, and versatile mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera system. The 24.3MP sensor enables high resolution images and low light effectiveness with its standard ISO sensitivity range of 100-25600. The new BIONX X image processor offers fast processing and operation speeds such as 5 fps burst shooting and front-end LSI (large-scale integration) improves the early stages of image processing resulting in more natural details and richer tones. 14-bit RAW output preserves the detail provided by the sensor.
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Sony A7 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Full Frame Compact Mirrorless Digital Camera
  • 324.3MP Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • 4BIONZ X Image Processor
  • 5Fast Hybrid Autofocus
  • 6Up to 5 fps Continuous Shooting
  • 7Compatibility with Sony's E-mount Lenses and New Full-Frame Lenses
  • 83.0" Tilt LCD Monitor
  • 92.4M-dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 10Full HD Movie at 24p/60i/60p with Uncompressed HDMI Output
  • 11Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
  • 12Direct Access Interface
  • 13New Eye AF control
  • 1414-bit RAW Output
  • 15Wired Remote Control with Video Capture Control
  • 16Multi-Interface Shoe

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

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

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

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

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

Full Frame Compact Mirrorless Digital Camera

The Sony Alpha a7 incorporates a full frame 35.8 x 23.9 sensor into the compact, lightweight form of an E-mount mirrorless camera providing the imaging prowess of full frame and the convenience and versatility of mirrorless.

24.3MP Exmor CMOS Sensor

With 24.3 effective megapixels, the Exmor CMOS sensor captures high-resolution, low-noise images with rich tonal gradation and low-light sensitivity. The normal ISO range on the Alpha a7 is 100-25600.

BIONZ X Image Processor

The new BIONZ X image processing engine reproduces textures and details in real time via extra high-speed processing capabilities. Together with front-end LSI (large scale integration) that accelerates the earliest processing stages, it enables more natural details, more realistic images, richer tonal gradations, and lower noise whether you shoot still images or movies.

Fast Hybrid Autofocus

Enhanced Fast Hybrid auto focus combines speedy phase-detection AF with accurate contrast-detection AF, which has been accelerated through a new Spatial Object Detection algorithm. Phase-detection AF with 117 densely placed phase-detection AF points swiftly moves the lens to bring the subject nearly into focus, then contrast-detection AF with wide AF coverage fine-tunes precise focusing.

Up to 5 fps Continuous Shooting

New faster, more accurate AF tracking, made possible by Fast Hybrid AF allows you to capture action shots and that 'perfect' moment with 5 fps continuous shooting in Speed Priority Continuous Shooting Mode. Differing from the Alpha a7R, the Alpha a7 provides a Hybrid Focus system that enables faster focusing and frame rates for photographers who favor performance speed.

Compatibility with Sony's E-mount Lenses and New Full-Frame Lenses

Maintaining its lightweight form, the Alpha a7 is fully compatible with Sony's present APS-C E-mount lens system and the new line of E-mount compact full-frame lenses from Carl Zeiss and Sony's premier G-series.

3.0" Tilt LCD Monitor

The tiltable 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD Display offers a 921.6K-dot resolution and makes it easy to photograph from low or high angles, swinging up 84° and down 45°. WhiteMagic technology dramatically increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.

2.4M-dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder

With its 3-lens optical system the viewfinder faithfully displays what will appear in your recording, including the effects of your camera settings. You'll enjoy rich tonal gradations and improved contrast. High-end features like 100% frame coverage and a wide viewing angle enable comfortable and stable eye-level composition.

Full HD Movie at 24p/60i/60p with Uncompressed HDMI Output

The Alpha a7 supports in-camera AVCHD codec frames rates in super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p. MP4 codec is also available for smaller files for easier upload to the web. Also, it is possible to capture Full 1080 HD uncompressed clean-screen video files to external recording devices via an HDMI connection in 60p and 60i frame-rates.

Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC

Connectivity with smartphones for One-touch sharing/One-touch remote has been simplified with Wi-Fi/NFC control. In addition to Wi-Fi support for connecting to smartphones, the Alpha a7 also supports NFC (Near Field Communication) providing convenient transfer of images to Android smartphones and tablets. Users need only touch devices to connect; no complex set-up is required. Moreover, when using Smart Remote Control - a feature that allows shutter release to be controlled by a smartphone - connection to the smartphone can be established by simply touching compatible devices.

Direct Access Interface

Quick Navi Pro displays all major shooting options on the LCD screen so you can rapidly confirm settings and make adjustments without searching through dedicated menus. When shooting opportunities arise, you'll be able to respond swiftly with just the right settings.

New Eye AF control

Even when capturing a subject partially turned away from the camera with a shallow depth of field, the face will be sharply focused thanks to extremely accurate eye detection that can prioritize a single pupil. A green frame appears over the prioritized eye when focus has been achieved for easy confirmation. Eye AF can be used when the function is assigned to a customizable button, allowing users to instantly activate it depending on the scene.

14-bit RAW Output

14-bit RAW image data of extremely high quality is outputted by the Alpha a7. This data preserves the rich detail generated by the image sensor during the 14-bit A/D conversion process. When developed with Sony's Image Data Converter RAW development software, these images deliver particularly high quality photographic expression and rich gradation.

Wired Remote Control with Video Capture Control

Remote Camera Control allows you to control your Alpha a7 from your computer using a USB cable. It has been updated to include video capture control.

Multi-Interface Shoe

The Alpha a7 features the advanced Multi-Interface Shoe that dramatically expands compatibility with Sony digital imaging accessories such as flash units, microphones, lights, and monitors thus increasing the potential of your photo and movie shooting.

Sony A7 Specs

Imaging
Lens MountSony E
Sensor ResolutionActual: 24.7 Megapixel
Effective: 24.3 Megapixel
Camera FormatFull-Frame (1x Crop Factor)
Image StabilizationNone
Exposure Control
Shutter SpeedElectronic Shutter
1/8000 to 30 Seconds
Bulb Mode
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range0 to 20 EV
Interval RecordingNo
Self-Timer2/10-Second Delay
Aspect Ratio3:2
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth14-Bit
Recording ModesAVCHD
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50p/59.94p [28 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/50i/59.94i [17 to 24 Mb/s]
MP4
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50p/59.94p [28 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 25p/29.97p [16 Mb/s]
HD (1280 x 720) at 25p/29.97p [6 Mb/s]
Recording LimitUp to 29 Minutes
Video SystemNTSC
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo Hybrid (UHS-I)
Resolution921,600 Dot
Display TypeTilting LCD
TypeElectronic
Size0.5"
Resolution2,400,000 Dot
Coverage100%
MagnificationApprox. 0.71x
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +3
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 117
Contrast Detection: 25
Autofocus Sensitivity0 to +20 EV
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesAuto, Fill Flash, Hi-Speed Sync, Off, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Wireless
Dedicated Flash SystemTTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe
Battery Type1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1080 mAh
Dimensions (W x H x D)5 x 3.7 x 1.9" / 127 x 94 x 48.3 mm
Weight14.67 oz / 415.89 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.165 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9 x 6.25 x 5.95"

Sony A7 Reviews

Best camera I’ve owned

By Ran1967
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-02

I bought this camera a month ago to use in a photography class. Once I learned the camera, it was off to the races. My previous cameras were SLR’s and I wanted to get back into photography after years away. The newer technology blew me away. I looked into a DSLR but my friend ( and the class teacher) said going to a full frame mirrorless camera was the way to go and Sony had the best technology. It was a wise choice and I couldn’t be happier.

fantastic workhorse

By billybear
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-03-01

I like and enjoy the almost unlimited features of the A7 so much that I bought a second one so I don't have to change lenses in dusty enviroments. This camera is still able to go up against anything out there. The features are almost unlimited and picture quality is outstanding. The menus are extensive and you can personalize settings to meet your needs. The more I use one the more I find other great things it will do. Quality is outstanding and due to its small body size it is easy to pack and go.

Cheap, good for video, but better, improve your budget.

By Mauricio
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-17

I was using my new camera for a month and its good for the video, but Im a bit disappointed at the reaction speed when its off or on hold. Maybe its just because Ive always used Reflex autofocus cameras. The worst problem I had was about the bottom button. It still works, but one day he stopped doing the natural click he did. In summary; If I had known all this was going to happen, I would have bought another camera.

New level of photography

By jloz
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-10-16

This camera has really opened a new set of possibilities for photography. I thoroughly enjoy using this camera. The quality of the photos are exceptional. Paired with the "G" and "GM" lenses, I take professional photos with almost every snap. This camera pretty much does everything for you. Starting out, I had one lens (the Sony 24-70) which is a great lens for the price. I now own three lenses and they bring out the best of the camera. If you are still on the fence, or are considering other camera systems such as Canon or Nikon, look no further. This camera is a fantastic buy right now since prices have come down. You will not regret it. The A7M3 is a fantastic camera.

great features

By bubu88
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-25

i bought this a two weeks ago and i enjoy it because is very light camera

Beginner photographer

By Veronica
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-11-21

This has been a great experience, it’s been fun for me because I have came from a Sony a6000 to a full frame and I have been waiting on this camera because it was one the first full frame cameras Sony put out and it was affordable for my pockets .. Really a great experience!!

Big quality

By Antonio
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-07-21

It's amazing, a mirrorless full frame with this price!

Just the beginning.

By rak_camera
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-17

I bought my Sony A7 during the summer of 2017 for a single class in college. This was my first "camera camera" ever and it's stuck by my side ever since. It's unbelievably easy to use(I didn't even need to read the manual), versatile for both photos and video(I've done jobs with both) and incredibly sturdy( trekked through rainy, humid and muddy jungles in O'ahu). As of this posting, Sony has by business for the foreseeable future!

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Date published: 2019-01-08

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Date published: 2019-03-19

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Does it have continuous auto focus while taking video?
Asked by: Rodney H.
Yes. Its great for recording events such as plays and whatnot but I wouldnt recommend it for close or dynamic shots with a lot of movement
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