Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera

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Product Highlights

  • 24.3MP Full Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Direct Compatibility with E-mount Lenses
  • 3.0" Tiltable TFT LCD with 921.6K-Dots
  • 2.4M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full 1080/60p with Uncompressed Output
  • Fast Hybrid Autofocus; 5 fps Burst Rate
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Multi-Interface Shoe
  • Direct Access Interface
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Sony A7 Overview

  • 1Description

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.
UPC: 027242874794
In the Box
Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh)
  • AC-UB10 AC Adapter
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Shoe Cap
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • Micro USB Cable
  • PlayMemories Home App
  • Image Data Converter Version 4
  • Limited 1-year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Sony A7 Specs

    Lens Mount Sony E
    Camera Format Full-Frame (1x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 24.7 Megapixel
    Effective: 24.3 Megapixel
    Maximum Resolution 6000 x 4000
    Aspect Ratio 3:2
    Sensor Type CMOS
    Sensor Size 35.8 x 23.9 mm
    Image File Format JPEG, RAW
    Bit Depth 14-Bit
    Image Stabilization None
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 to 25600 (Extended: 50)
    Shutter Speed Electronic Shutter
    1/8000 to 30 Seconds 
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
    Exposure Modes Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
    Exposure Compensation -5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
    Metering Range 0 to 20 EV
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Underwater
    Continuous Shooting Up to 5 fps at 24.3 MP
    Interval Recording None
    Self Timer 2/10-Second Delay
    Recording Modes AVCHD
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50p/59.94p [28 Mb/s] 
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/50i/59.94i [17 to 24 Mb/s] 
    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 Limit Up to 29 Minutes
    Video Encoding NTSC
    Audio Recording Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
    External Microphone Input
    Audio File Format AAC LC, AC3
    Focus Type Auto and Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 117
    Contrast Detection: 25
    Autofocus Sensitivity 0 to +20 EV
    Viewfinder and Monitor
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Size 0.5"
    Viewfinder Resolution 2,400,000 Dot
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.71x
    Diopter Adjustment -4 to +3
    Monitor Size 3"
    Monitor Resolution 921,600 Dot
    Monitor Type Tilting LCD
    Built-in Flash None
    Flash Modes Auto, Fill Flash, Hi-Speed Sync, Off, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Wireless
    Dedicated Flash System TTL
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Memory Card Slot 1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo
    Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0
    Wireless Wi-Fi
    GPS None
    Battery 1 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
    Weight 14.67 oz / 415.89 g (Body Only)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.165 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.0 x 6.25 x 5.95"
    B&H Hands-on Learning Videos
    1. Introduction 8:11
    2. Image Quality 2:34
    3. White Balance 3:36
    4. Exposure 9:14
    5. Focusing 12:47
    6. Image Playback 2:15
    7. Metering 1:43
    8. Video 4:21
    9. Tips and Tricks 6:46
    10. Troubleshooting 1:14
    11. Bonus 4:40

    Sony A7 Reviews

    Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 180.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Full Frame Compact Camera Great Full Frame Compact Camera with changeable lenses. I love everything about this camera but where the buttons are. Trigger button is pretty far in reaching over the bracketing dial. If Sony moved the bracketing dial to the left hand side of the camera it will resolve this issue while giving you a firmer grip of the camera. The video button just doesn't make sense where it is. It's tiny and inconveniently located. Beside that, I love this camera. Small, Compact, with great resolution! You can really see the flaws when you use a cheaper lens on it. If you've spent this much money on a camera don't cheap out on the lenses.
    Date published: 2013-12-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice FF Mirrorless, very high IQ After I bought a Sony a7r from B&H along with Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 and Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 OSS. I found a7r is little bit noisy when shooting indoor comparing to my Canon 5DM3 under same shooting condition and parameters. Auto WB on a7r is also warmer than 5DM3. I then bought a Sony a7 from B&H. A7 IQ is similar to Canon 5DM3 under all conditions. I also found the EVF and controls are very good, now I can keep my eye on EVF and use the controls to change any shooting parameters in Manual mode and see the effect instantaneously, that is something I cannot do with 5DM3 OVF. A7 shutter is a little bit quieter than A7R thanks to its e-first curtain.
    Date published: 2014-04-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great DSLR replacement Beautiful Camera, well built with a superior sensor. In combination with the right lense (not the kit lens) it is a complete DSLR replacement. I use this camera with the Zeiss FE 55 F/1.8 and the images are brilliant. Battery life is quiet disappointing, so I had to buy the Battery Grip and a second battery. I am missing a button to qickly turn the display on or off. You can do this only in the internal menu, which is very inconvenient. Regarding the kit lens FE 28-70mm. It is a cheap light weight and better than no lens. But I would not buy it again. There is too big gap in terms of picture quality between the 28-70mm and a prime lens like the Zeiss FE 55mm.
    Date published: 2014-05-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect blend of form and function I bought this camera for it's full frame capabilities and it's overall size. I shoot a lot of candid photography and I was sick of crop sensors and bulky builds. This camera although compact can produce some wonderful results. A plus is that it works very well with third party lenses. Especially those made for the Leica M mount. The only qualm I have against the camera right now is it's low performance in battery life. It goes through it's batteries quite fast even if you have the body display off and only use the EVF. However, that is a very small complaint for the cameras overall viability. Just buy an extra battery.
    Date published: 2013-12-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesomeness in a little body! I absolutely love this camera. It's a perfect addition to my current kit. It's light weight is a reverse of my canon 7d. It's light! The kit lens is sharper than I ha expected with all the reviews. I also purchased the metabones adapter. And all of my Canon, Sigma and Tamron glass functions well with it. AF is slow with the adapter but functional. It's actually a nice size. I was worried about it being too small in contrast with my 7d with a battery grip...not at all an issue. The battery life is short. I immediately purchased two extra batteries that came with a charger (wasabi) and now it's no big deal. Embrace the mirrorless!
    Date published: 2014-02-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique Camera with Great Promise Tiny, lightweight but with an extremely high quality full frame sensor. For those us weary of toting the big iron systems of Nikon and Canon, the A7 is an encouraging step in the right direction. I would prefer a quieter shutter, although the A7's is not as annoying as I'd been led to believe PLUS it is disappointing that there are not more native FE lenses available (so far, a 35mm now, a 55mm next week and a 24-70 zoom in February). Still, it's great fun to shoot and the RAW image files are terrific. Currently, my favorite camera to shoot is an Olympus E-M1 but the Sony A7 is next in line. That FF sensor is capable of astonishing resolution.
    Date published: 2013-12-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Every Penny All I can say is that you will be blown away by how small the body really is. It is incredibly small compared to a DSLR and in all honesty, without a lens, it could fit into a jacket pocket. If Sony makes one without a viewfinder (and the hump that comes with it) it may even be able to fit in a decent sized pant pocket!!! Couple it with a rangefinder lens and adaptor and you have the smallest full frame package since the days when Contax made their G series cameras... this camera is the stuff of wonders. The future of photography is here and it promises to deliver spectacular image quality in smaller packages without compromising on features and feel.
    Date published: 2013-12-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Winner As my FF DSLR got heavier, I have been looking for a lighter and more compact slterativr. I thought the Fuji X line was it. Their glass was very good but the cameras despite improvements still are slow to focus. The Sony A7 is not. For scenic and portrait work it is very fast. The lens selection is limited now, but quality glass is available, ie Zeiss. The EVF is a pleasure to use, the brightness make it easier to focus/check focus, but the raw files need tweaking to get them back to what the EVF showed. I have not gotten rid of my Nikon and lenses yet, but I am shooting the Sony every day.
    Date published: 2014-11-14
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    would the smaller NEX flash work on the Alpha a7?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The Sony HVL-F20S External Flash for NEX Still Cameras is not compatible with the Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera. The Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera uses Sony's Multi-Interface Shoe, and is currently only compatible with the Sony HVL-F20M External Flash (B&H # SOHVLF20M), the Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash (B&H # SOHVLF43M), and the Sony HVL-F60M External Flash (B&H # SOHVLF60M).
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Can someone please tell me how to do wireless high-speed sync flash using a radio slave or trigger (not using a speedlight on top of my camera). Like using a Pocketwizard for example. I don't care about TTL, i just want to be able to achieve wireless HSS.Directions to the appropriate link would be really appreciated.?
    Asked by: alex b.
    High speed sync with radio slaves/triggers is not possible with the Sony A7. You would need to use two compatible Sony IR flash that have HSS capability, such as the Sony HVL-F60M: <a href= target= _blank ></a>
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Does it come with World Wide Warranty?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The Sony Alpha A7 Mirrorless Digital Camera comes with a USA warranty.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    I am going to buy at B&H a sony alpha a 7 with kit (28-70) lens, and wish to buy a normal lens.If I use these lens below with a sony alpha a7, how will they work?-Sigma normal f1.4 EX DG auto focus, it will work as a 50 mm?-Mitakon 50mm f0.95 for sony E mount (the specification says that it can work as a 75 mm - not in this sony a7?)?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Since the Sony A7 is a full frame camera, a 50mm such as the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 or the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 will work as a 50mm lens. The 75mm focal specification is for cameras that have an APS-C sized sensor, which is a cropped sensor. Keep in mind that if you are going to use the Sigma 50mm f/1.4, you will need to use an adapter such as the Sony LAEA4, as this lens is not made with a Sony E mount:
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    A how is the date/time set on the Sony a7?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    This is an excerpt from the Sony A7 manualSetting the date/time and area againThe date and time setup screen appears automatically when the power isturned on for the first time or when the internal rechargeable backup batteryhas been discharged. To reset the date and time, use the menu.Press MENU button Then find the SUITCASE iconUnder SUITCASE find 4 Under 4 find DATE/TIMEHope this helpsDate/Time Setup
    Answered by: Reagan B.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    Is it possible to attach any kind of cable ...

    Is it possible to attach any kind of cable release to this camera?
    Asked by: andrew
    Sony has two remote commander products available RM-SPR1 RM-VPR1
    Answered by: SonyListens
    Date published: 2019-01-08


    I'm wondering if this camera (sony a7s) can capture 4k videos using any TV BOX (i.e Tronsmart Quad Core MSTAR), did any one tried that?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    This is not possible on the A7S.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    I have a Sony VG900 with a SELP 18200 E mount power zoom. Will this lens work with the A7 and will the power zoom work?Thank you
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The Sony 18-200 lens will fit on a Sony A7, however you will need to use the camera in crop mode. The power zoom will work.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25
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