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SonyAlpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera
 
4.6

(based on 89 reviews)

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    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

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    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great resolution (69)
  • Compact (68)
  • Easy to use (53)
  • Large clear LCD (48)
  • Good in low light (47)

Cons

  • Short battery life (51)
  • Complicated controls (6)
  • Lag / shutter delay (4)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • No image stabilization (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (64)
  • Low light (50)
  • Family photos (49)
  • Macro photography (29)
  • Weddings (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (33), Semi-pro photographer (29), Pro photographer (16), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Sony a7 is great. But compared to the Sony a6000?

The Sony a7 is a great camera. Whether or not it's worth the upgrade from the crop sensor Sony a6000 really depends on the what you plan on photographing. The two cameras are similar...Read complete review

The Sony a7 is a great camera. Whether or not it's worth the upgrade from the crop sensor Sony a6000 really depends on the what you plan on photographing. The two cameras are similar in size, and features, but the a7 has the look and feel of a more 'professional' camera. Compared the a6000, both the viewfinder and LCD screen on the a7 are larger, and have better resolution. I do prefer the location of the viewfinder on the a7, as it's more in the center of the camera.

Both cameras share many features include wifi, movable LCD screen, and the option to add on apps such as time lapse. Both cameras have nice filters such as HDR painting, pop, and sepia. The a7 does have nice extras such as a weather-resistant body, and the ability to shoot at a shutter speed of 1/8000 of a second. But the a6000 is much faster at focusing, and can shoot up to 11 shots per second, compared to the a7's 5 shots per second. Both cameras have awful battery life.

As expected, the full frame a7 of has the advantage in getting clean images in low light, but the a6000 does pretty well in low light. The a7 clearly has less noise at high ISOs. In a good lighting environment, the a7 produces beautiful images, even when equipped with the kit lens, which is currently what I have.

If there was an option of 4.5 stars, I would pick that because of the pitiful battery life, and the focus speed. But overall I am very satisfied with the Sony a7, and I highly recommend it.

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TERRIBLE

I would not recommend Sony cameras to ANYONE. I never write reviews of things, but I am so disgusted by Sony that I felt motivated to warn other people. From beginning to end,...Read complete review

I would not recommend Sony cameras to ANYONE. I never write reviews of things, but I am so disgusted by Sony that I felt motivated to warn other people. From beginning to end, I have had an egregious experience, both in terms of the camera itself and the customer care. As a serious photographer, I wanted a mirrorless camera for everyday shooting. After saving up for a long time, I bought the sony alpha 7 camera, whose body and lens set me back $[$]. It was a big purchase, but I told myself I'd be getting years of use out of this "top quality camera." When spring break came around and I had my first chance to use it, I couldn't have been more excited. But as soon as I started using this brand new camera, I realized something was wrong—to start with, the camera didn't focus properly; even photos that I did manage to focus manually and that I took in broad daylight on a fast shutterspeed would turn out blurred or hazy. Furthermore, the camera would turn off spontaneously even when fully charged, and wouldn't stay in playback mode when I wanted to review the images. Disappointed, I sent it in for repair. The camera was "repaired" and the issues remained. I call Sony—they tell me to send it in for repair again (keep in mind this is after wasting tons of time on the hotline number). OK—I take time out of my day to get the camera to FedEx, pack it up properly, and ship it off. After a few weeks, the camera is returned after being "fully repaired." As soon as I get it out of the packing box I try it out…problems still persist. I call Sony AGAIN, and explain that I have sent the camera in twice and would like to speak with someone about getting a new camera to replace this clearly defective one. I am told, after multiple phone calls with indifferent customer service reps, that "they are not in a position to give me a replacement camera." I ask them to put me in touch with someone who IS in a position to do so. I also ask for an email address where I can send my photographs, so that Sony will see firsthand what problems I am experiencing with their camera. I am told someone will get back to me within 24-48 hours. When they finally DO call back, I am in a meeting and miss the call by 5 minutes. Unfortunately, there is no call back number—they simply provide the main hotline number, where I had to go through the ENTIRE call process again, explain everything to a new customer service rep, only to be told that "someone will get back to me within 24-48 hours." AGAIN. Finally, I get the call from someone who I believe will speak with me about getting a replacement camera. Instead, I speak with a totally unapologetic customer service representative, who tells me, like all the others that she "is not in a position to offer me a replacement camera." She tells me that Sony has reviewed the image samples I have sent them and agree that something is wrong with the camera, and that I must send it in for repair. Flabbergasted, I tell her this would be the THIRD time I've sent the camera in for repair. With absolutely no apology, and a tone of complete indifference, she tells me that "warranty covers repair, not replacement." So there you go. Hours wasted on the phone, a $3,000 dollar camera that doesn't work, and I am once again "sending the camera off for repair for a third time. Sony, you should be ashamed.

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5.0

Love it so Far

By Sammy

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Great Resolution
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

  • No built in flash.

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Travel

Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

I am really liking this camera. It is a great mirrorless smaller camera with a lot of features. I have already had some great pictures while on vacation. I am just getting started and I am already excited with all the possibilities. I am already looking at getting some more lenses to try with the camera and then only thing I will definitely need is a flash for some low light pictures since there is not built in flash.

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5.0

You won't regret it

By Jamesonym

from Glendale, CA

Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

Ah man, I've owned canon gear for years and never thought the mirror less cameras would ever come close to the practicality of the DSLRs. But for some reason I decided to invest in this camera and after owning it for a couple weeks I can tell you that it is one of the best investments I've made. The capabilities of the tiny body are amazing! If you purchase the Sony a7, you won't regret it.

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4.0

Value for Money Full Frame Camera

By Vishal

from Sao Paulo

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Travel

Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

Just bought this camera a week back . Have been using Nikon D7000 for quite sometime .

My comments :

1. Very happy with service of B&H
2. Great product considering price point .
3. Very light and handy for travel
4. Getting great pics with Kit lens. I am sure prime lens will give much better results
5. I found camera menus pretty freindly .

Happy with my purchase till now !

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5.0

Sony the best camera in the market

By Riad

from M�xico city

Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

Great camera, beatiful pictures and great variety of lens

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5.0

Very good camera

By James

from Brooklyn ny

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Great Resolution
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    quite and fast the greatest camera i ever used

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    5.0

    Excellent camera. Very nice quality photos and camera

    By Maxpilot

    from Santa Barbara, CA

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Battery life

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    I love the A7. Smal, crisp, easy to program. A real delight and I truly love this camera!

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    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Spectacular Image Quality

    By fourbillionyears

    from Athens, GA

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Landscape
    • Travel

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    I bought this camera exclusively to use manual focus lenses, mostly wide angle and "normal" OM Zuiko primes, but also some longer focal lengths. I do a lot of landscape photography with Olympus micro four thirds. The problem with the film primes is that wide angle lenses are no longer wide angle on the crop sensor. I wanted to see what the wide angle film primes could deliver on a full frame sensor. The results are nothing short of spectacular. The lenses came into their own, and the sensor delivers.Yes, there are a few issues, chiefly vignetting, but stopping down and doing some post processing takes care of that, and in any case it is not the camera's fault, but simply the fact that digital is not 100% backwards compatible with film-era products. The quality of the raw files is magnificent. The detail and dynamic range are marvelous. I have so far stayed at low ISO's, but have done a few test shots at high ISO and noise is not a problem at least up to ISO 3200. I mostly shoot with a tripod, so lack of image stabilization is not a problem. The color rendition is not up to Olympus standards, but it can be fixed (for the most part) in post processing. It just takes a bit more of work, and one must accept the fact that each sensor has its own color characteristics, and that a perfect match to what I am used to is unlikely to be possible. Both the viewfinder and LCD provide excellent images. Focus peaking and image magnification work very well and make manual focusing a piece of cake. Although unfamiliar at first, the menu system is very straightforward and took me just a few minute to be comfortable with it. Assigning functions to buttons took care of essentially all of my needs. Battery life is short, perhaps 150 - 200 shots, with MF lenses which I assume drain less power than AF. But so what? Carry a couple of charged spares. Build quality does not feel as solid as flagship Olympus gear, but is nevertheless excellent, and I expect no problems under all reasonable usage conditions. In summary, this is a superb combination of sensor with all the additional hardware needed to produce the best possible raw files. I cannot comment on jpg quality, as I do not use it. I do not plan to use any native AF lenses, nor to use the camera for video, so I cannot comment on any of these aspects either. All I can say is that when the A7r goes on sale I may go for one.

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    4.0

    Great camera! Purchased after getting a7Rii

    By John

    from Tennessee

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

      If you are not shooting sports this camera is a best value and delivers excellent full frame quality. I have an a7Rii and a7ii and decided I wanted the a7 (Cyber Monday deal) at $. This camera produces excellent photos with excellent detail for the 24MP sensor range. Easily blows away the 5Diii in every category besides sports/low light, unless of course you MF.If you are looking for the best Full Frame value that will deliver crazy good results, don't hesitate to step into the FF arena with the Sony a7.

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      5.0

      Just took it out for my first shoot- using a fixed 50mm 1.8

      By Luchi

      from Delray Beach, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

      so far the compactness and weight are my biggest joy, as my neck used to get very painful with my old SLR, after I would mount lenses on it- crazy about it and the pics are crisp, clear and brillaint colors- so far I'm loving it- now I need to learn all the bells and whistles!

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      1.0

      TERRIBLE

      By Susannah

      from New York, NY

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Image Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          I would not recommend Sony cameras to ANYONE. I never write reviews of things, but I am so disgusted by Sony that I felt motivated to warn other people. From beginning to end, I have had an egregious experience, both in terms of the camera itself and the customer care. As a serious photographer, I wanted a mirrorless camera for everyday shooting. After saving up for a long time, I bought the sony alpha 7 camera, whose body and lens set me back $[$]. It was a big purchase, but I told myself I'd be getting years of use out of this "top quality camera." When spring break came around and I had my first chance to use it, I couldn't have been more excited. But as soon as I started using this brand new camera, I realized something was wrong—to start with, the camera didn't focus properly; even photos that I did manage to focus manually and that I took in broad daylight on a fast shutterspeed would turn out blurred or hazy. Furthermore, the camera would turn off spontaneously even when fully charged, and wouldn't stay in playback mode when I wanted to review the images. Disappointed, I sent it in for repair. The camera was "repaired" and the issues remained. I call Sony—they tell me to send it in for repair again (keep in mind this is after wasting tons of time on the hotline number). OK—I take time out of my day to get the camera to FedEx, pack it up properly, and ship it off. After a few weeks, the camera is returned after being "fully repaired." As soon as I get it out of the packing box I try it out…problems still persist. I call Sony AGAIN, and explain that I have sent the camera in twice and would like to speak with someone about getting a new camera to replace this clearly defective one. I am told, after multiple phone calls with indifferent customer service reps, that "they are not in a position to give me a replacement camera." I ask them to put me in touch with someone who IS in a position to do so. I also ask for an email address where I can send my photographs, so that Sony will see firsthand what problems I am experiencing with their camera. I am told someone will get back to me within 24-48 hours. When they finally DO call back, I am in a meeting and miss the call by 5 minutes. Unfortunately, there is no call back number—they simply provide the main hotline number, where I had to go through the ENTIRE call process again, explain everything to a new customer service rep, only to be told that "someone will get back to me within 24-48 hours." AGAIN. Finally, I get the call from someone who I believe will speak with me about getting a replacement camera. Instead, I speak with a totally unapologetic customer service representative, who tells me, like all the others that she "is not in a position to offer me a replacement camera." She tells me that Sony has reviewed the image samples I have sent them and agree that something is wrong with the camera, and that I must send it in for repair. Flabbergasted, I tell her this would be the THIRD time I've sent the camera in for repair. With absolutely no apology, and a tone of complete indifference, she tells me that "warranty covers repair, not replacement." So there you go. Hours wasted on the phone, a $3,000 dollar camera that doesn't work, and I am once again "sending the camera off for repair for a third time. Sony, you should be ashamed.

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          5.0

          The Sony a7 is great. But compared to the Sony a6000?

          By Chris From Brooklyn

          from Bayonne, NJ

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          The Sony a7 is a great camera. Whether or not it's worth the upgrade from the crop sensor Sony a6000 really depends on the what you plan on photographing. The two cameras are similar in size, and features, but the a7 has the look and feel of a more 'professional' camera. Compared the a6000, both the viewfinder and LCD screen on the a7 are larger, and have better resolution. I do prefer the location of the viewfinder on the a7, as it's more in the center of the camera.

          Both cameras share many features include wifi, movable LCD screen, and the option to add on apps such as time lapse. Both cameras have nice filters such as HDR painting, pop, and sepia. The a7 does have nice extras such as a weather-resistant body, and the ability to shoot at a shutter speed of 1/8000 of a second. But the a6000 is much faster at focusing, and can shoot up to 11 shots per second, compared to the a7's 5 shots per second. Both cameras have awful battery life.

          As expected, the full frame a7 of has the advantage in getting clean images in low light, but the a6000 does pretty well in low light. The a7 clearly has less noise at high ISOs. In a good lighting environment, the a7 produces beautiful images, even when equipped with the kit lens, which is currently what I have.

          If there was an option of 4.5 stars, I would pick that because of the pitiful battery life, and the focus speed. But overall I am very satisfied with the Sony a7, and I highly recommend it.

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome!

          By art54

          from Simsbury, Ct.

          About Me Semi-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
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          Love this camera. Quality at it's best. Full frame is great for landscape photography.

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          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          amaing camera

          By Zee Livermorium

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Can't Use With Light

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          a7 is very portable with amazing image quality. In my opinion, SONY makes the best cameras on the market- they have the best image sensor and the most unbelievable creativity on making cameras. It is great

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          5.0

          Epic

          By Chuckles

          from Laguna Beach

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

            My first full frame camera, and I love it so far. It's ability to bring out shadow details is incredible.

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            5.0

            Wonderful Camera

            By ygbsm

            from NYC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Full Frame Gloriousness
            • Great Resolution
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Landscape
            • Macro Photography
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

            Light, compact, versatile yet produces wonderful quality photos. Far exceeded my expectations. You can take this camera all over without that boat anchor feeling. Modified a nylon case to provided a minimal/compact carry option w/the 35mm Sonnar T* f2.8 and use a customized wrist strap. I use this setup almost like a rangefinder (tough TTL focussing), if that makes any sense. I prefer the dial/button/release arrangement to that of the A7II (but I'm a old film-SLR-trained type.) Also, I have not missed stabilization at all. The only cons -- light leak/loose lens mount on early model, slow viewfinder in low light, finicky AF focus point (now take most photos manual focus), slow AF, loud shutter, short battery life.

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            5.0

            Amazing

            By Simeon

            from Pittsburgh, PA

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

              All in all, this is the best camera, I've ever used. With the expanding FE lens lineup it's becoming even better!

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              5.0

              Impressive

              By AU75

              from Birmingham, AL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Macro Photography
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                I was impressed at how small, light, and solid this full frame camera is. I owned a D700 in the past and this thing is tiny by comparison. For anything but high speed action photography this could be the best value out there.

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                5.0

                Great image for the stout-hearted.

                By Wagonburner

                from Spokane, WA

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Moire
                • Moire For Days
                • Much Moire
                • Short Battery Life
                • Very Rolling Shutter

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                I work in marketing for a casino and I use it everyday for taking pictures and shooting video. It's pretty good on the floor under low light conditions and it's small enough to not intimidate customers and be a one man band. It's light so there is no real con to running and gunning as far as fatigue goes.

                Also, it's cheap. Which is awesome. Serious bang for your buck. The money you save as opposed to buying a 5dm3 you could buy more gear like lights, lenses or audio gear. Which WILL carry over after this camera is outdated and help you be a better Videographer/filmmaker in the long run.

                When I get to set up lights and run interviews it's produces pretty fantastic visuals and amount of variety I have in terms of glass makes this a no brainer. Throw whatever you want on this thing. I have. I even asked a few of my coworkers to bring in some of their glass and it all looked fantastic in their own way.

                Good rule of thumb. Invest in glass. Don't weigh yourself down with worry-wart things like resolving power, color, contrast, sharpness or whether it's new or old. Thought they are very important, the dirty little secret about lens making is it hasn't really changed in the past century. Sure, the materials and chemicals have, but not so much the process. Yes, some are sharper than others, some are faster and some produce color differently... But like anything in an industry based on creativity and craftsmanship it's HOW you use it.

                Lenses today are timeless in that they are very much a new age version of film stock. Use some for the look you want. Don't ever let someone say you need this 2500 dollar lens when your 350 dollar lens will do just as good a job at a task that in all likelihood be shown in 420p on a 1080p monitor with 7 stops of latitude over a not so great Internet connection. Unless you want it up on the silver screen than i say do it anyway since no one and i repeat, NOONE will be able to tell the difference if you exposed for the shot and get critical focus.

                Glass is timeless. Cameras are flavors of the week.

                If you're one of those guys/gals who want to shoot flat and color grade like crazy this is NOT the camera for you. I say again. Do NOT purchase this camera. It's AVCHD not uncompressed 4:4:4 raw. I can't stress this enough. People buy this camera and give a negative review because it's not a Gh4 or BMPC and they can't grade it to perfection or make bring down the highlights or bring up the shadows.

                Generally speaking, i try to get everything I want to see on camera inside the camera as I record. I light it how I want. I set dress it how I want. I compose and expose for the image exactly how I want it to look and so far it has performed terrifically in this regard. When I bring it into premiere I'll color correct here or there to better match colors and I've seen no issues there. (Granted. I don't usually crop in 100% because I have yet to see anybody put their face 2 inches away from a computer monitor when watching anything on YouTube.)

                The one real way to use cameras like this is to run it through a gauntlet of real world situations that you will face everyday and note the good, the bad and the ugly. Once you are aware of the limitations of this camera you can think, adapt and overcome anything with the proper preparation and procedure. The camera is a tool. Your brain and imagination are what truly makes an image sing.

                Which brings me to the bad parts.

                It has moire for days. Days! Sometimes the skin tones can come out a little too saturated if not monitored and the rolling shutter is obscene when shooting in extreme low-light if i'm not on a tripod or careful when hand-held. The battery life could be better. A lot better. But than again, it's a small camera and you get what you get. I plan on purchasing the extended battery attachment soon. And I avoid or take out textures in the background or foreground that produces moire. It's really that simple.

                But honestly. That's all meh, when taking into consideration the sheer beauty of each shot I have managed to pull out of this camera in comparison the how stupidly cheap it is.

                I really like this camera. It has suited my needs well and I recommend to everyone who is not wanting to shoot a 4k flat image only to grade the image marginally well in post. It's a camera best for people in a professional setting if they have the time, lights and fortitude to grab the image they want. It's amazing for people who just want a fun run and gun camera who just want their buddies kick flip shot in 1080p 60p and slowed down for decent slo-mo. I shoot in house and external TV spots with this thing, and I gotta say, it's good for the money. Since I had excess in my budget, I just ended up buying 2 lights and a new lens.

                Tl;Dr. If you're a shooter with time, lights and a good sense of composition in production this is a must buy. If you're a color grader looking to "fix it in post." Buy an alexa.

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                4.0

                All in all, very happy with this camera

                By RJMang

                from Santa Fe, NM

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                My prior mirrorless camera was an Olympus OMD-5 which I sold because I was unhappy with it. This camera however, has been great. It started out as a travel camera 'cause my boat anchor Canon 5Dii is way to much trouble on the road. This has reasonably fast burst speed, great photo quality with the Sony 55mm 1.8 lens, logical and easy to use menu and dial system, easy and complete customization (which is really important to me), as sharp as my Canon 5Dii and a LOT easier to travel with. Not only is it my travel camera, but I've used it in the studio some as well. Love it.

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                5.0

                Awesome Full Frame Camera

                By THMfotography

                from Texas

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Can Use Nikon Flashes
                • Can Use Nikon Lenses
                • Easy to Use
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                I own a Nikon D810, D610, D300s, D200, D90, D80 and an N4004. Each
                camera has a particular function depending on the job. If I have the choice of carrying less equipment and lighter equipment to get the job done, I always take my Sony A7 & A6000. I will choose to carry them 80% of the time job dependent. My Sony's take great pictures.

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                • Yes

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