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Sony a7C Mirrorless Camera (Black)

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Sony a7C Mirrorless Camera (Black)
Key Features
  • 24.2MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • UHD 4K30p Video with HLG & S-Log3 Gammas
  • 693-Point Hybrid AF System
Mixing the quality and advantages of a full-frame sensor with an especially sleek and portable design, the black Sony a7C offers the hybrid recording capabilities, 24.2MP Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor, and intelligent AF performance you would expect from an Alpha camera but with a form factor for all-day, everyday carry.
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Sony A7C Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2
  • 3Exmor R Sensor, BIONZ X Processor, and 4D FOCUS
  • 4Video Recording
  • 55-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization
  • 6Compact and Versatile Design
a7C: Compact and Capable
Mixing the quality and advantages of a full-frame sensor with an especially sleek and portable design, the black Sony a7C offers the hybrid recording capabilities, 24.2MP Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor, and intelligent AF performance you would expect from an Alpha camera but with a form factor for all-day, everyday carry.
Exmor R Sensor, BIONZ X Processor, and 4D FOCUS
24.1MP Full-Frame BSI Sensor and Image Processing
Featuring a back-illuminated design, the full-frame 24.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor works with the BIONZ X image processor to offer high-resolution stills and video while minimizing noise and improving speed. This sensor structure works with a gapless on-chip lens design and an anti-reflection coating to improve light collection and enhance detail. Also, the copper wiring layer dramatically improves data transmission speed for creating 14-bit, high-resolution stills with a native sensitivity range from ISO 100-51200, which can be further expanded to ISO 50-204800.
Fast Continuous Shooting and Recording Versatility
The sensor and processor combination enables fast continuous shooting at up to 10 fps at full resolution, for approximately consecutive JPEGs or 115 consecutive raw files, and with full-time AF/AE when working with either a mechanical shutter or an electronic shutter.

Also, it enables internal UHD 4K video recording with a wide dynamic range using the full width of the full-frame sensor. The BIONZ X processor also works in conjunction with a high-speed front-end LSI to realize faster processing times along with the ability to capture an impressive 15-stop dynamic range at low sensitivity values.
Fast Hybrid Autofocus
  • Covering a majority of the image area, a Fast Hybrid AF system incorporates 693 phase-detection points along with 425 contrast-detection areas for quick and precise focusing in a variety of lighting conditions with sensitivity down to -4 EV.
  • Lock onto subjects quickly using Real-time Tracking for AI-based tracking on moving subjects or touch tracking for manual selection of the subject.
  • Real-time Eye AF, suitable for both humans and animals, also ensures critical sharpness when shooting portraits.
Video Recording
UHD 4K Video Recording in XAVC S Format
  • Internal recording of UHD 4K videos is possible in multiple frame rates up to 30 fps and using 2.4x oversampling renders greater detail and full pixel readout is possible for higher quality imagery with reduced moiré and aliasing.
  • Full HD 1080p recording is also supported in frame rates up to 120 fps, and both 4K and UHD resolutions utilize the 100 Mb/s XAVC S format contained within an MP4 wrapper with 4:2:0 8-bit sampling.
  • The high-speed, 120 fps recording also enables 4x and 5x slow-motion movie recording with the frame rate set to either 30p or 24p.
  • In addition to high-resolution internal recording, uncompressed HDMI output also enables the use of an optional external recorder for clean 4K recording with 4:2:2 8-bit sampling.
S-Log3 and Other Color and Gamma Controls
Affording extensive customizable color and gamma controls, the a7C allows users to adjust the gamma, black level, knee, color level, and more:
  • 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.
  • HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) support permits recording within a wide color gamut for producing HDR-ready content directly from the camera.
  • S-Log3 is also available for producing a 15+-stop dynamic range with increased grading control in the shadow to mid-tone regions of the image.
5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization
Despite the sleek stature of the a7C, it features a 5-stop effective 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization system that compensates for various types of camera shake encountered during handheld shooting of stills and video. This allows users to confidently use any lens, even adapted lenses, for critical imaging without encountering blur from camera shake.

For long focal lengths, the system will correct for pitch and yaw adjustments. Macro and high-magnification imagery, on the other hand, will benefit from the inclusion of horizontal and vertical shift compensation. All shooting styles will get usage out of the roll compensation. All 5 axes of stabilization will function at all times, even when used with third-party lenses and adapters or lenses with built-in optical stabilization.
Compact and Versatile Design
Integrated EVF and Vari-Angle LCD
  • Compact and lightweight body design, along with a rangefinder-inspired layout, make the a7C a sleek and portable camera for everyday shooting. Compared to other a7-series cameras, the a7C is approximately 20% smaller and lighter, akin to the size of an APS-C-format camera.
  • A 0.39"-type XGA OLED electronic viewfinder is featured and has a 2.36m-dot resolution and 0.59x magnification for bright, clear viewing in high detail.
  • Rear 3.0" 921.6k-dot rear LCD features a side-open vari-angle design along to benefit working from high, low, and front-facing angles. It's also a touchscreen for intuitive control and playback.
  • Magnesium-alloy chassis along with a weather-sealed design offers a durable overall construction for use in a variety of conditions.
  • The large-capacity NP-FZ100 battery offers approximately 740 shots per charge when working with the rear LCD or 680 shots per charge when working with the EVF.
  • Single SD memory card slot is rated to support UHS-II memory cards for fast transfer speeds.
Ports and Interface
  • A USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port offers for fast and reliable tethering support and also allows the camera to be charged from the host power source while connected.
  • Multi Interface Shoe supports working with the optional ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone or XLR-K3M XLR Adapter Kit, which provide improved, clear audio recording sound by sending a digital audio signal to the camera, opposed to an analog signal.
  • Both 3.5mm microphone and headphone ports are available for greater audio recording control.
Wireless Connectivity
  • Built-in Wi-Fi enables the a7C to instantly share imagery to mobile devices for direct sharing online to social networking, via email, and to cloud storage sites. Support for both 2.4 and 5.0 GHz bands also enables wireless tethered shooting support.
  • Bluetooth connectivity allows for location data acquisition.
  • NFC (Near Field Communication) is also supported, which allows for one-touch connection between the camera and mobile device. Once connected, the linked mobile device can also display a live view image on its screen and remotely control the camera's shutter.

Sony A7C Specs

Imaging
Lens MountSony E
Sensor ResolutionActual: 25.3 Megapixel
Effective: 24.2 Megapixel (6000 x 4000)
Sensor Type35.6 x 23.8 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Built-In ND FilterNone
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeMechanical Focal Plane Shutter, Electronic Shutter
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/4000 to 30 Seconds
Electronic Shutter
1/8000 to 30 Seconds
Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode
ISO SensitivityPhoto
100 to 51,200 (Extended: 50 to 204,800)
Video
100 to 51,200 (Extended: 100 to 102,400)
Metering MethodAverage, Center-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Multi-Zone, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range-3 to 20 EV
White BalancePresets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Continuous ShootingUp to 10 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 223 Frames (JPEG) / 115 Frames (Raw)
Up to 8 fps at 24.2 MP
Up to 6 fps at 24.2 MP
Up to 3 fps at 24.2 MP
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/5/10-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes3:2 Raw
6000 x 4000
4:3 Raw
5328 x 4000
16:9 Raw
6000 x 3376
1:1 Raw
4000 x 4000
3:2 JPEG
6000 x 4000
3936 x 2624
3008 x 2000
4:3 JPEG
5328 x 4000
3488 x 2624
2656 x 2000
16:9 JPEG
6000 x 3376
3936 x 2216
3008 x 1688
1:1 JPEG
4000 x 4000
2624 x 2624
2000 x 2000
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth14-Bit
Internal Video Capture
Recording ModesH.264/XAVC S 4:2:0 8-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p [60 to 100 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [16 to 100 Mb/s]
Recording LimitUnlimited
Broadcast OutputNTSC/PAL
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio RecordingXAVC S: 2-Channel LPCM Audio
External Video Capture
External Recording Modes4:2:2 8-Bit via HDMI
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98p/25p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.98p/50i/50p/59.94i/59.94p
IP StreamingNone
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O1 x Micro-HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Other I/O1 x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
Power I/O1 x USB Type-C Input/Output
WirelessBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Monitor
Size3.0"
Resolution921,600 Dot
Display TypeArticulating Touchscreen LCD
Viewfinder
TypeBuilt-In Electronic (OLED)
Size0.39"
Resolution2,359,296 Dot
Eye Point20 mm
Coverage100%
MagnificationApprox. 0.59x
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +3
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeAutomatic, Continuous-Servo AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 693
Contrast Detection: 425
Autofocus Sensitivity-4 to +20 EV
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesAuto, Fill Flash, Hi-Speed Sync, Off, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Wireless
Maximum Sync Speed1/160 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemTTL
External Flash ConnectionIntelligent Hot Shoe
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
General
Battery Type1 x NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 2280 mAh (Approx. 740 Shots)
Power Consumption<2.9 W
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount
Material of ConstructionMagnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)4.9 x 2.8 x 2.4" / 124 x 71.1 x 59.7 mm
Weight1.1 lb / 509 g (With Battery, Recording Media)
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.2 x 6.7 x 5"

Sony A7C Reviews

Compact Dream

By Heather
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-26

This little guy and his full frame are a dream! I was tired of lugging around a huge camera so the Sony 7C was the answer in every way. Small, light, and tons of technology! The only downfall for me is that most of the controls are internal, of course, they have to be since it's a small body but it's worth the sacrifice!

Amazing camera!

By Diana
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-31

It's very light, film amazing at night and I like its retro style looking

Great camera very very pleased

By Louis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-29

Surpassed my expectations. I have a Fuji x100v, xt2, and Panasonic gx-9 all wonderful cameras. Since I shoot a lot on the street and often subjects that move quickly the autofocus is really outstanding. Does really well at high isos. I can feel very comfortable for nice images at iso 10000, on fuji it would be 6400, and on my Panasoinc m4/3 iso 1600. I take this camera everywhere small but really solid. The grip for me personally works great, and the viewfinder gives a good intimate view. If you are a street photographyer or want a good, dependable, fun everyday camera with stellar performance, and easy and a pleasure to carry this is the camera. Also I love the small compact kit lens which does extremely well better than any kit lens I have previously owned

Great vacation camera

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-25

Purchased the A7c and 28-60mm lens 3 weeks ago to take on a trip to Hawaii. My plan was to use it sparingly. When we arrived, I was impressed how easy it was to use. I took my Tamron 28-200 and my Sony 24mm 1.4 gmaster. What a great combo. With that camera I took fantastic daytime and night photos. It was a pleasure to use and I enjoyed it immensely. Now that I'm back, I am using it wth the 28-60 lens and enjoying it also. This is not my only Sony camera I have the A74 and the A1 but I just like the portability of the A7c. If you think you might want one, I suggest you go ahead and buy it. You'll be surprised how easy it is to use and carry.

Outstanding Travel Camera

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-15

I purchased this setup to take to Hawaii on vacation. I also added my Tamron 28-200 and my 24mm gmaster. The setup was outstanding! I was able to take motion photos, night photos, family photos, landscape photos and many other types. I highly recommend this camera, especially for travel. I have large hands and using the smaller body was no problem whatsoever. I can't wait for the next version!

Cool

By Leah
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-28

Hey

Light and FF

By Fred
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-25

The camera body that got me to switch! Goy tired of carrying D750 and 24-70 2.8 all over Europe. This little beauty has spectacular image quality, fabulous auto focus, FF resolution in a rangefinder package!

Won't work with other devices

By Stephen
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-22

I really wanted to love this camera, but the lack of one single feature ruined this camera for me. Yes, I will drop my rating to a single star because of the lack of one single feature... but I feel that I am justified: There is no shutter release port on this camera, and although that may sound trivial, consider the consequences -- this camera's shutter cannot be controlled by any other devices that use a wired shutter control including sliders, jibs, pan heads, pluto trigger, arsenal, edelkrone, and my main beef: star trackers! Yes, I know it is a small niche genre, but a lightweight full frame camera is ideal for astrophotographers, and all the specs of this camera are great! I have taken several amazing photographs of the night sky with this camera... BUT, and buyer-be-ware, the lack of and automated shutter control from a device like a star tracker may mean that I had to stay up all night in the freezing cold while baby sitting this camera for each and ever single image I took. The interval shoot feature is kind of a work around, but 30 seconds is the maximum exposure you will be able to take, and the camera will not be in sync with the star tracker. So, you will have higher ISO, lower dynamic range, and you should learn to embrace the frostbite while you are using a bluetooth remote (the only way to control the shutter for long exposures) for those 3 and 4 minute exposures. That doesn't sound too bad, right? Wrong! Let's say you want to do multi row panoramas of the night sky... or do a timelapse with camera movement (like with an edelkrone headone, or slider unit, or move shoot move unit, etc.). There is no conceivable way to automate these with another device and have it be in sync, so you will have to start the exposure, set a timer, wait for the timer, remember to end the exposure when the timer goes off, recompose your shot, and do it all over again... and again... and again... while every other camera on the market has the ability to have all of this fully automated by the accessory device (star trackers and many many other accessory devices). Also the USB-C port does not have the capability of pairing with a 2.5mm (SNAP) port as it is a communication port, not a normally open shutter circuit controlled by an on/off switch. You would think that Sony would have designated 2 of the USB terminals for shutter control (like they did with other alpha 7 cameras), but you would be dead wrong. In their infinite wisdom they decided that and HDMI and microphone port were essential, and that a shutter port was entirely unnecessary. As of writing this, nobody makes an adapter for a wired shutter controll like a 2.5mm SNAP port to a bluetooth controller... even 2 years after this camera's release. If you want to control this camera with any other device, then you will be sorely disappointed. If you don't mind the babysitting, frostbitten fingers, and all the limitations that come with not being able to use accessory devices with shutter control, then you will love it!

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