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  • Lightest interchangeable lens full-frame camera
  • Full Frame 24.3 MP resolution
  • Hybrid AF w/ phase-detection for DSLR-like speed
  • Fast Intelligent AF optimized
  • Compatible w/ current Sony E mount & new FF lenses
  • Direct access interface for fast shooting control
  • High contrast OLED EVF for eye-level framing
  • Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi or NFC
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No other full frame, interchangeable-lens camera is this light or this portable. 24.3 MP of rich detail. A true-to-life 2.4 million dot OLED viewfinder. Wi-Fi sharing and an expandable shoe system. It's all the full-frame performance you ever wanted in a compact size that will change your perspective entirely.

World's smallest lightest interchangeable lens full-frame camera
Sony's Exmor image sensor takes full advantage of the Full-frame format, but in a camera body less than half the size and weight of a full-frame DSLR.

Full Frame 24.3 MP resolution with 14-bit RAW output
A whole new world of high-quality images are realized through the 24.3 MP effective 35 mm full-frame sensor, a normal sensor range of ISO 100 25600, and a sophisticated balance of high resolving power, gradation and low noise. The BIONZ® X image processor enables up to 5 fps high-speed continuous shooting and 14-bit RAW image data recording.

Fast Hybrid AF w/ phase-detection for DSLR-like focusing speed
Enhanced Fast Hybrid auto focus combines speedy phase-detection AF with highly accurate contrast-detection AF, which has been accelerated through a new Spatial Object Detection algorithm, to achieve among the fastest autofocusing performance of any full-frame camera. First, phase-detection AF with 117 densely placed phase-detection AF points swiftly and efficiently moves the lens to bring the subject nearly into focus. Then contrast-detection AF with wide AF coverage fine-tunes the focusing in the blink of an eye.

Fast Intelligent AF for responsive, accurate, and greater operability with full frame sensor
The high-speed image processing engine and improved algorithms combine with optimized image sensor read-out speed to achieve ultra high-speed AF despite the use of a full-frame sensor.

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. EyeAF can be used when the function is assigned to a customizable button, allowing users to instantly activate it depending on the scene.

Fully compatible with Sony's E-mount lens system and new full-frame lenses
To take advantage of the lightweight on-the-go body, the 7 is fully compatible with Sony's E-mount lens system and expanded line of E-mount compact and lightweight full-frame lenses from Carl Zeiss and Sony's premier G-series.



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

High contrast 2.4M dot OLED EVF for eye-level framing
View every scene in rich detail with the XGA OLED Tru-Finder, which features OLED improvements and the same 3-lens optical system used in the flagship a99. The viewfinder faithfully displays what will appear in your recording, including the effects of your camera settings, so you can accurately monitor the results. You'll enjoy rich tonal gradations and 3 times the contrast of the a99. High-end features like 100% frame coverage and a wide viewing angle are also provided.

3.0" 1.23M dot LCD tilts for high and low angle framing
The tiltable 3.0" (1,229k dots) Xtra Fine LCD Display makes it easy to photograph over crowds or low to capture pets eye to eye by swinging up approx. 84° and down approx. 45°. Easily scroll through menus and preview life thanks to WhiteMagic technology that dramatically increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.

Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi® or 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 a7 also supports NFC (near field communication) providing "one touch connection" convenience when trans ferring 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.

PC control w/ remote video capture control
Remote Camera Control allows you to control your a7 from your PC using a USB cable. Feature control has also been updated to include video capture control.

14-bit RAW output for rich tonal gradation
14-bit RAW image data of extremely high quality is outputted by the a7. This data fully 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 the superb photographic expression and rich gradation that only 14-bit data can offer.

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

Full HD movie at 24p/60i/60p w/uncompressed HDMI output
Capture Full 1920 x 1080 HD uncompressed clean-screen video files to external recording devices via an HDMI® connection in 60p and 60i frame-rates. Selectable in-camera AVCHD codec frames rates include super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p. MP4 codec is also available for smaller files for easier upload to the web.

Up to 5 fps shooting to capture the decisive moment
When your subject is moving fast, you can capture the decisive moment with clarity and precision by shooting at speeds up to 5 frames per second. New faster, more accurate AF tracking, made possible by Fast Hybrid AF, uses powerful predictive algorithms and subject recognition technology to track every move with greater speed and precision.

Multi-interface Shoe for flash and microphone flexibility
Unlike conventional cameras, the a7 features the advanced Multi-Interface Shoe that dramatically expands compatibility with Sony digital imaging accessories, thus raising the potential for photo/movie shooting.

4K Still image output by HDMI8 or WiFI for viewing on 4K TVs
Enjoy Ultra High Definition slide shows directly from the camera to a compatible 4K television. The a7 converts images for optimized 4K image size playback (8MP). Enjoy expressive rich colors and amazing detail like never before. Images can be viewed via an optional HDMI or WiFi.

TRILUMINOUS color outputs wider color gamut to compatible devices
TRILUMINOS Color technology, allows you to experience photos and movies in rich, natural colors on any TV equipped with a TRILUMINOS Display. The expanded color gamut immerses you in those unforgettably colorful moments, from the complex shades in a shimmering blue sky to the delicate skin in a baby's face.

PlayMemories Camera Apps allows feature upgrades
Personalize your camera by adding new features of your choice with PlayMemories Camera Apps. Find apps to fit your shooting style from portraits, detailed close-ups, sports, time lapse, motion shot and much more. Use apps that shoot, share and save photos using Wi-Fi that make it easy to control and view your camera from smartphone, and post photos directly to Facebook or backup images to the cloud without connecting to a computer.11

Image Data Converter
Advanced features enable manipulation, conversion and management of full-resolution RAW images. You can expertly adjust exposure, white balance, tonal curves, saturation, contrast, hue and sharpness as well as apply DRO and vignetting compensation. Bundled Remote Camera Control software also lets you remotely activate and deactivate still/movie recording and control various camera settings from a PC.

Sony A7 Features

  • World's lightest interchangeable lens full-frame camera1
  • Full Frame 24.3 MP resolution with 14-bit RAW recording
  • Fast Hybrid AF w/ phase-detection for DSLR-like speed
  • Fast Intelligent AF optimized for full-frame sensor
  • Fully compatible w/ Sony's current E-mount & new FF lenses
  • Direct access interface for fast, natural shooting control
  • High contrast 2.4-million dot OLED EVF for eye-level framing
  • Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi® or NFC
  • PC control w/ remote video capture control
  • Full HD movie2 at 24p/60i/60p w/uncompressed HDMI® output

Sony A7 Specifications

Lens Compatibility
Sony E-mount Full Frame, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta Maxxum A-mount lenses confirmed via optional LA-EA3/LA-EA4 adaptor
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount Full Frame
Camera Type
Interchangeable Lens Digital SLR camera
Sensor
Imaging Sensor: Exmor CMOS sensor (35.8 X 23.9mm)
Processor: BIONZ X image processor
Anti Dust: Charge protection coating on optical filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism
Pixel Gross: 24.7M pixels (approx.)
Effective Picture Resolution: 24.3M pixels (approx.)
Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters
Media Type
Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
Color Space
sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINOS Color
Movie: xvYCC standard (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS color
Still Image Mode
RAW, RAW JPEG, JPEG Extra fine, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
Still Image Max Effective Resolution
24.3 Megapixels
Still Image Size 16:9
35mm full frame: L: 6000 x 3376 (20M), M: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M), S: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M)
APS-C: L: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M), M: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M), S: 1968 x 1112 (2.2M)
Still Image Size 3:2
35mm full frame: L: 6000 x 4000 (24M), M: 3936 x 2624 (10M), S: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M)
APS-C: L: 3936 x 2624 (10M), M: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M), S: 1968 x 1312 (2.6M)
Panorama Still Image Size
Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M)
Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M)
Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M)
Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M)
Video Mode
AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Video Resolution AVCHD
AVCHD:
PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps
Video Resolution MP4
HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps
VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps
Video Signal
NTSC color, EIA standards
Audio Format
Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Microphone/Speaker
Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-CG50 / XLR-K1M (sold separately)/
Built-in monaural speaker; volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7
Still Image File Format
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Lens
Mount: Sony E-mount Full Frame
Digital Zoom: Yes, approx. 4x
Direct Manual Focus: Yes
Exterior Finish: Black
EV Compensation: +/-5.0 EV (in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps), with exposure compensation dial:
+/-3.0 EV (in 1/3 EV step
Viewfinder
Type: 1/2-inch (1.3 cm) color electronic viewfinder
Diopter Adjustment: -4.0 m-1 ~ +3.5 m-1 (diopter)
Field of View: 100%
Magnification: Approx. 0.7x with 50 mm lens at infinity, -1 m-1 (diopter)
LCD Type
3.0" (7.5cm) TFT LCD (921,600 dots) with tiltable design
Brightness Control
Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2), Sunny Weather mode
Coverage
100%
Live View
Continuous Live View
Real-time image adjustment display
Yes (On/Off)
Histogram
Yes (On/off)
Peaking
Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Grid Display
Graphic Display / Display All Info. / No Disp. Info. / Histogram / Digital Level Gauge / Shooting information for viewfinder mode
Customization
Grid, Histogram display, Digital Level Gauge, Grid Line, Magnified display for playback
Focus System
Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)
Focus Points
117 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
AF Modes
Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus
Focus Area
Multi Point (25 points) / Center-weighted / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Zone
Focus Sensitivity
EV 0 to 20 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
Manual Focus Assist
35mm full frame: 7.2x, 14.4x
APS-C: 4.7x, 9.4x
Focus Features
Lock-on AF, Eye AF, Focus lock, Eye-start AF (only available with optional LA-EA2 or LA-EA4
attached), AF illuminator (built-in, LED type, range: Approx. 0.30-3m), AF micro adjustment, AF ON
AF Illuminator
Yes (with built-in LED type)
Picture Effect(s)
13 modes: Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R, G, B, Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration
Auto Exposure Lock
Available with AE lock button. Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. Can be disabled from the Menu
Color Temperature
2500 9900K with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7), Custom
Creative Style
Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black White, Sepia (Contrast -3 to +3 steps, Saturation -3 to +3 steps, Sharpness -3 to +3 steps)
D-Range Optimizer
Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level (1-5)), Auto High Dynamic Range: Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1.0-6.0 EV, 1.0 EV step)
Exposure Compensation
+/-5.0 EV (in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps), with exposure compensation dial: +/-3.0 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Settings
AUTO (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Movie
ISO
Still images: ISO 100-25600 (ISO numbers up from ISO 50 can be set as expanded ISO range),
AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
Movies: ISO 200-25600 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 200-6400 equivalent)
Metering
Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Modes
Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity
EV 0 to 20 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
Noise Reduction
Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec., High ISO NR: Normal/ Low/Off selectable
Scene Mode(s)
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
White Balance Mode
Auto WB / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight) / Flash / Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) Color Filter (G7 to M7: 15 steps, A7 to B7: 15 steps) / Custom / Underwater
Continuous Shooting Speed
Continuous shooting: Max. 2.5fps,
Speed Priority Continuous shooting: Max. 5.0fps
Drive Mode
Single shooting, Continuous shooting, Speed Priority Continuous shooting, Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.) (10 sec. delay; 3/5 exposures selectable), Bracketing (Cont., Single, White Balance, DRO)
Self-timer
2-sec. or 10-sec. delay
Shutter Speeds
1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Shutter Type
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Flash Bracketing
With optional external flash: 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, 3 EV steps, 3/5 frames (1.0/2.0/3.0 EV: only 3 frames) selectable
Flash Compensation
With optional external flash: ±3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Flash Coverage
16 mm (focal length printed on lens body)
Flash Metering System
Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes
With optional external flash: Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off selectable), Hi-speed sync, Wireless
Flash Type
Optional external flash
Convenience Features
Self Timer
Red-Eye Reduction
Erase/Protect
Media/Battery
Media/Battery Indicator
Power Save Mode
Video Playback Options: Forward/Rewind (Movie)
Multiple Language Display
Advanced Features
Face Detection: On, Off, Face Registration, Face Selection; maximum eight faces detected
Smile Shutter technology: Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
Image Stabilization
Intelligent Auto
Superior Auto
Anti Motion Blur
Auto High Dynamic Range
Priority Setting (for Face Detection)
Shooting Tips
Sweep Panorama
Interface
Headphone Jack
Microphone Input
Remote Commander via optional RM-VPR1
Accessory Shoe
PictBridge Compatible
A/V Remote Terminal via Multi Terminal interface
BRAVIA® Sync Yes, via HDMI® with compatible BRAVIA HDTV (link menu)
DC IN via optional AC-PW20AM (sold separately)
HD Output HDMI® Type D micro connector
NFC
PhotoTV HD Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI® cable
Tripod Mount
USB 2.0
Dimensions (Approx.)
Approx. 5 × 3-3/4 × 1-15/16" (126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2 mm) (W/H/D) excluding protrusions
Weight (Approx.)
With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo Approx. 1 lb. 0.7 oz. (474 g)
Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) Approx. 14.7 oz. (416 g)
Battery Type
InfoLITHIUM® NP-FW50 (7.2V)
Battery Capacity
1080 mAh
Number of Still Images
Approx. 340 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)
Power Requirements
One rechargeable battery pack (NP-FW50)
Mfr #
ILCE7/B
SKU
ISOA7

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4.5

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No motion noted from shutter

I have been using the a7 and a7r. My first impressions are with the 24-70OSS lens. Image quality with the 7r is outstanding. Raw images are excellent, have used both Aperture and CS5 for editing. I have used both handheld and on my carbon fiber enduro tripod. I did not notice any motion from camera shake on images on the tripod, etc. I know that has been expressed as a theoretical concern, but I have not seen it yet. The shutter is too loud for use in a quiet setting among a group of people...

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I have been using the a7 and a7r. My first impressions are with the 24-70OSS lens. Image quality with the 7r is outstanding. Raw images are excellent, have used both Aperture and CS5 for editing. I have used both handheld and on my carbon fiber enduro tripod. I did not notice any motion from camera shake on images on the tripod, etc. I know that has been expressed as a theoretical concern, but I have not seen it yet. The shutter is too loud for use in a quiet setting among a group of people. Focusing is great with the FE lenses and fast as well. It is a little slower with the EA4 adapter and an a lens. I found good and very accurate focusing using the center spot focus setting however with the adapter on the 70-200 f4 alpha lens. Battery life is short. Love the exp compensation knob on top. Plenty of dials for those of us wanting to adjust settings on the fly. OSS Zeiss 24-70 has good vibration control. Very important with the a7r.

Reviewed by 11 customers

 
5.0

Great camera

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Great camera but I think there is a glitch in it's software or something, because it acts strange sometimes and refuses to do certain things. Other than that the picture quality is superb.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Mirrorles Camera

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My main subjects are candid family/friends so i need a camera that is quick to focus and easy to operate - the Sony A7 delivers. Auto focus never feels slow and the manual focusing aids makes it a legitimate focusing option. Nearly every button can be customized to your desired function, which helps make the shooting experience your own. It's incredible just how compact this full frame camera is. Negatives: - Short battery life. Get a spare. - Significant shutter sound. Not "loud", but noticeable. I guess I was spoiled by the nearly silent X100s.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No motion noted from shutter

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I have been using the a7 and a7r. My first impressions are with the 24-70OSS lens. Image quality with the 7r is outstanding. Raw images are excellent, have used both Aperture and CS5 for editing. I have used both handheld and on my carbon fiber enduro tripod. I did not notice any motion from camera shake on images on the tripod, etc. I know that has been expressed as a theoretical concern, but I have not seen it yet. The shutter is too loud for use in a quiet setting among a group of people. Focusing is great with the FE lenses and fast as well. It is a little slower with the EA4 adapter and an a lens. I found good and very accurate focusing using the center spot focus setting however with the adapter on the 70-200 f4 alpha lens. Battery life is short. Love the exp compensation knob on top. Plenty of dials for those of us wanting to adjust settings on the fly. OSS Zeiss 24-70 has good vibration control. Very important with the a7r.

 
4.0

Excellent camera

By

Was told would have it on Saturday but there are no deliveries on Saturday otherwise, Great customer service good people

 
4.0

Great Upgrade from the NEX line

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Very portable full framer with excellent low light performance and control options.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Small camera with awesome photo quality

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Very good IQ in a small package. JPG output is very good. it's 90% quality comparing to RAW. Focus is not quick when use with 55mm lens. Battery life is short.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for stills...

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The camera is great for still photography but does overheat when shooting a lot of video. Though I was aware of this before purchasing I was still disappointed when it stopped in the middle of a performance I was recording. 9-10 minutes at a time seem to be it maximum shooting time for video especially if shooting several segments.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Small Wonder

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After using a Sony A580 for a year, I felt a strong urge to go full-frame, so the advent of this new camera was perfect timing for me. Outstanding image quality at a very low price. Very intuitive and easy menu system,compared to its prececessor. The EVF is _awesome_ Having wifi and an available plugin for Lightroom tethering is icing on the cake. The only thing I worry about is the availability of lenses. Kit lens is just OK, I fear the coming lenses from Sony are going to be few and pricey. But I'm using old manual Minolta lenses with an adapter, easy and cheap.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Feels like the future

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Background: I used to shoot film as a kid, with a Canon AE-1 SLR, but didn't pursue photography seriously after high school. I picked photography up as a hobby again a couple of years ago, with a Sony NEX-5N. This camera feels like the future. When I was getting back into photography a couple of years ago I was put off by the size and bulk of enthusiast-level DSLRs, so I went with the Sony NEX line -- I wanted to actually *take* my camera with me! When I heard about this full-frame mirrorless camera, however, I had to jump on it -- and I'm glad I did. As a casual photographer for most of my life, I've been spoiled by live view, and won't shoot without it. That rules out traditional mirrored DSLRs. However, I was really looking forward to a camera that would approach pro-quality in terms of controls and features. The only way to get both is with this camera. Moving up from an APS-C sensor to full-frame has made a huge difference in terms of noise and depth-of-field (although the 16MP NEX-5N was pretty good about noise). The four -- count 'em, four -- control dials, plus the control wheel, give you access to all the immediate exposure settings you'd want to modify. Pros: Excellent image quality, full-frame-caliber DOF, solid weather-sealed construction, portability (relative to comparable DSLRs), powerhouse controls and features (relative to ILCs and hybrids), gorgeous viewfinder Cons: AF is a little finicky until you learn to work with it, JPEG compression seems to have some Sony-ish artifacts, kit lens is decent but not stellar, continuous shooting is slower than my NEX-5N, battery life is very short -- have 2 spares! I've taken this camera on two trips and to several gatherings, and also just walked around the city and shot some architecture, to learn the camera's quirks. Even just having the exposure controls is like a breath of fresh air, but I'm also very impressed so far by the image quality. If anything makes me change my mind, I'll update my review here.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

After whole week of testing

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I am very pleased to have such great camera. The quality of pictures are amazing and manual focus is also very handy when needed. The 3200 iso performance is still very good and 6400 your notice the noise but not too bad. I am still using my Canon 1D mark III for sure focus speed big Canon is still much faster but everything else Sony is doing good. I only don't use to it is the menu and too many icons text showing on the screen.

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Tom S  I recently purchased the Sony A7 so still working to get familiar with everything. I have noticed that in "auto" mode or even in "A" mode it selects a very high ISO which I don't think is right...like 6400 on a relatively sunny day. Is there something I've missed on setup or is this normal? It seems the higher ISO results would cause less than perfect pictures. Thanks a lot!
JEREMY G  You are correct that higher ISO could introduce more noise than you'd like. Next time you see this happening, I would guess the camera is choosing a narrow aperture to get a large depth of field. The A7 gives you a few ways to address this: (1) Check your focus area setting. If the camera thinks you are trying to focus on a number of items at different distances from the camera, it may be selecting a narrow aperture (large aperture number) to increase depth of field. If you change the focus area (to spot or center for example) to isolate a particular subject, the camera has your permission to choose a wider aperture and I would guess the ISO would come down. (2) You can also change the Auto ISO setting to max out at specific point. I think 6400 is the default. You can make this lower. In the menu, go to the 3rd screen, find ISO. Scroll down to AUTO but don't click on it. Rather, click the "select" wheel to the right and from there you can adjust the min or max ISO for the Auto setting.
JEREMY G  Just paid closer attention, and you said this is happening in A mode. Are you using a wide Aperture? If so, the problem may be reversed where the shutter speed is too fast and it is over compensating with ISO. You can switch to M mode, select an A and S that are reasonable for the lighting situation and then put it to AUTO ISO to get the right exposure... or keep it in A mode, and move off of AUTO ISO and pick an ISO you'd be happy with and let it use shutter speed to get the correct exposure.
Tom S  I recently purchased the Sony A7 so still working to get familiar with everything. I have noticed that in "auto" mode or even in "A" mode it selects a very high ISO which I don't think is right...like 6400 on a relatively sunny day. Is there something I've missed on setup or is this normal? It seems the higher ISO results would cause less than perfect pictures. Thanks a lot!
JEREMY G  You are correct that higher ISO could introduce more noise than you'd like. Next time you see this happening, I would guess the camera is choosing a narrow aperture to get a large depth of field. The A7 gives you a few ways to address this: (1) Check your focus area setting. If the camera thinks you are trying to focus on a number of items at different distances from the camera, it may be selecting a narrow aperture (large aperture number) to increase depth of field. If you change the focus area (to spot or center for example) to isolate a particular subject, the camera has your permission to choose a wider aperture and I would guess the ISO would come down. (2) You can also change the Auto ISO setting to max out at specific point. I think 6400 is the default. You can make this lower. In the menu, go to the 3rd screen, find ISO. Scroll down to AUTO but don't click on it. Rather, click the "select" wheel to the right and from there you can adjust the min or max ISO for the Auto setting.
JEREMY G  Just paid closer attention, and you said this is happening in A mode. Are you using a wide Aperture? If so, the problem may be reversed where the shutter speed is too fast and it is over compensating with ISO. You can switch to M mode, select an A and S that are reasonable for the lighting situation and then put it to AUTO ISO to get the right exposure... or keep it in A mode, and move off of AUTO ISO and pick an ISO you'd be happy with and let it use shutter speed to get the correct exposure.
Tom S  I recently purchased the Sony A7 so still working to get familiar with everything. I have noticed that in "auto" mode or even in "A" mode it selects a very high ISO which I don't think is right...like 6400 on a relatively sunny day. Is there something I've missed on setup or is this normal? It seems the higher ISO results would cause less than perfect pictures. Thanks a lot!
JEREMY G  You are correct that higher ISO could introduce more noise than you'd like. Next time you see this happening, I would guess the camera is choosing a narrow aperture to get a large depth of field. The A7 gives you a few ways to address this: (1) Check your focus area setting. If the camera thinks you are trying to focus on a number of items at different distances from the camera, it may be selecting a narrow aperture (large aperture number) to increase depth of field. If you change the focus area (to spot or center for example) to isolate a particular subject, the camera has your permission to choose a wider aperture and I would guess the ISO would come down. (2) You can also change the Auto ISO setting to max out at specific point. I think 6400 is the default. You can make this lower. In the menu, go to the 3rd screen, find ISO. Scroll down to AUTO but don't click on it. Rather, click the "select" wheel to the right and from there you can adjust the min or max ISO for the Auto setting.
JEREMY G  Just paid closer attention, and you said this is happening in A mode. Are you using a wide Aperture? If so, the problem may be reversed where the shutter speed is too fast and it is over compensating with ISO. You can switch to M mode, select an A and S that are reasonable for the lighting situation and then put it to AUTO ISO to get the right exposure... or keep it in A mode, and move off of AUTO ISO and pick an ISO you'd be happy with and let it use shutter speed to get the correct exposure.
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