Sony Alpha A7 review

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The Sony Alpha A7 has it all. It is an amalgamation of features that make it an excellent camera. The 24 megapixels full-frame CMOS, together with the Hybrid AF system, which has an on-chip phase detection, provides you with phenomenal performance and quality.

It also has the capability of electronic first curtain mode, allowing a quieter shutter, and minimizing the possibility for ‘shutter shock’ vibration. It also sports the latest Bionz X processor, XGA electronic viewfinders, Wi-Fi, tilting LCDs, and weatherproof bodies.

To find out more about this beauty, read further:

Product overview

The Alpha a7 by Sony is the first Mirrorless Digital Camera to incorporate a full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor into an E-mount body, therefore, providing you with a compact and lightweight camera with the ability to gather light and capture detail-rich images.

It is not only small but also versatile as it has an interchangeable lens camera system.

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It boasts a 24.3MP sensor, which enables it to produce high-resolution images. It also features an ISO sensitivity range of 100-25600, which allows low light effectiveness.

It is equipped with the Bionz X image processor, which results in faster processing and improved operation speeds. The front-end large-scale integration and five fps burst shooting have led to improvements in the early stages of image processing, thus producing more vibrant tones and more details.

The 14-bit RAW output is there to preserve the details delivered by the sensor. There is also an inclusion of an AF algorithm that results in rapid autofocusing speeds.

The new sensor sport an enhanced Hybrid Autofocus system, which provides a combination of 117-point phase-detection, and a 25-point contrast-detection, resulting in higher speed and accuracy.

It also includes flexible spot focus areas, multipoint, zone, and center-weighted focusing, contributing to its functionality. The manual focus assist can also be optimized for both APS-C-format and full-frame shooting zones.

Additionally, it also comprises of Eye AF Control, which results in highly precise eye-detection.

Sony a7 can record Full HD 1080 video with 24p/60i/60p frame rates supported by both MP4 and AVCHD codecs. Uncompressed video can also be filmed off-camera through an HDMI connection.

It has built-in as well as external stereo recording. The wireless and HDMI output allows images to be viewed on ultra HD 4K television.

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It also sports a 3.0″ tilting LCD screen, which has a resolution of 921.6k-dot and includes WhiteMagic technology, which gives it enhanced visibility in bright light.

Furthermore, a 2.4M OLED high-contrast electronic viewfinder features 100% coverage, 3-lens optical system, and a wide viewing angle.

It has in-built NFC and Wi-Fi capability, enabling efficient wireless transfer of images and enables remote shutter control via tablets and smartphones.

There is also an option for remote control through a USB connection, which offers control over still photo adjustment control and video capture.

It also comprises a Quick Navi Pro interface system that displays all camera adjustments on the screen, allowing rapid setting changes.

Product specifications

  • Lens Compatibility: Sony E-mount lenses
  • Sensor type: Exmor CMOS sensor
  • Sensor size: 35 mm full-frame
  • Video Capture Resolution: FHD 1080p
  • Optical Zoom: 4x
  • Number of pixels: Approximately 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO sensitivity: 100-25600
  • Battery life: Approx. Two hundred seventy shots (viewfinder) and approx. 340 shots (LCD screen)
  • Viewfinder Type: XGA OLED, 0.51 electronic viewfinder
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • NFC: Yes
  • Supplied Battery: NP-FW50 W-series
  • Speed Priority: Up to 4 FPS
  • Monitor type: On/off
  • Weather sealing: Yes
  • Dimensions: 5 x 1.89 x 3.7 in
  • Weight: 1.04 lbs.

What’s in the box?

  • 1 x Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera
  • 1 x Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50
  • 1 x AC Adapter AC-UB10
  • 1 x Shoulder Strap
  • 1 x Body Cap
  • 1 x Micro USB Cable
  • 1 x Play Memories Home App
  • 1 x Image Data Converter Software Version 4
  • 1 x 1 Year Warranty

Pros

  • Full frame sensor
  • Light body
  • Compact
  • Tilting screen
  • Remote control
  • Direct access interface

Cons

  • No touchscreen
  • Limited lens collection
  • Limited raw functionality

I don’t think any camera can beat the Sony a7 regarding its price and size. It is a fantastic step towards the next generation as it markets a compact system camera and a full-frame sensor for the first time.

And the best thing is that when you compare it with the prices of other full-frame cameras on the market, it gives you a higher value for money. You won’t find any other full-frame camera with interchangeable-lens that will be this light and portable.

Neither will you find 24.3 MP rich, detailed resolution with a true-to-life OLED viewfinder along with an expandable shoe system and Wi-Fi sharing.

So grab it now and change your perspective by using this full-frame performance in a compact size that you have always wanted!

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