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conclusion:We like it

80 July 28th 2014 1:55 pm

Serious photographers looking to dip their toes into filmmaking will find the Sony a7S a very attractive proposition, though those looking for total portability will be disappointed by the need for an external drive to record in 4K.

The body of the a7S will be familiar to anyone who's handled the a7, as Steve Huff Photo notes "the A7s is just like the A7 and A7r in body, build, and feel. Controls are the same and LCD and EVF are the same." Photography Blog says it's "still quite small and slender," but TechRadar finds it "robust and solid in the hand." Photography Blog does note it's "a little quicker than the A7 camera," at least, though it "still lags behind the very best contrast-based and DSLR phase-detection systems."

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    8.0
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    9.0
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    10
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8.0
PC Mag Jul 14, 2014

The Sony Alpha 7S full-frame mirrorless camera offers incredible performance in low light, but you'll need an external recorder to take advantage of its 4K video support.

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7.0
Gizmodo Jul 15, 2014

If you are a video shooter looking for something that is better than Canon full-frame video quality at comparable price, you should absolutely consider the Sony A7s. Not only is the footage nicer, but it is future-proof.

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TechRadar Jul 11, 2014

It's a great camera but its comparatively low pixel count and high price mean it's unlikely to have wide appeal amongst enthusiast photographers. However, it will find favour with those who need to be able to shoot in near-dark conditions or want lots of control over video.

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Steve Huff Photo Jul 1, 2014

Sony just keeps on pushing those limits ... past the normal crowd of cameras to create something special and revolutionary, and yes, the A7s is revolutionary. Try one for a week. You will be hooked and it will be tough to go back to having limits to your photography.

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Photography Blog Jul 2, 2014

You really need to decide if the combination of such a large sensor, huge ISO range and small body make sense for you - if it does, then there's simply nothing else quite like the new Sony A7S.

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First Looks

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Tom's Guide Apr 7, 2014

To be clear, the Alpha A7S is not able to capture 4K video to an SD card - you'll have to attach an external drive to the camera to record uncompressed 4K video. Still, this means that budding filmmakers have the means to shoot high-res clips for 4K-capable screens.

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Imaging Resource Apr 6, 2014

In most respects, the Sony A7S is very similar to the A7 and A7R, but there's one critical difference: its brand-new image sensor. This is key for two reasons: It has much lower resolution than is typical these days, especially for a full-frame camera.

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PetaPixel Apr 6, 2014

More exciting for photographers is the fact that the camera uses a sensor that only boasts 12.2 megapixels — half the pixels of the A7 and one-third of the pixels of the A7r ... it’s a gutsy move by Sony that pays dividends in the low-light department.

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Digital Trends Apr 7, 2014

In short, Sony has created a potent video-making machine out of its compact full-frame camera, giving videographers a small 35mm alternative to larger DSLRs like Nikon’s upcoming D4S or Canon’s popular 5D Mark III, with a 4K upper-hand.

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9.0
Saad Saad

The search for an all-round-great camera can never end, but with amazing advancements in technology we have these days, companies like Sony are trying to bridge the gap even further, and with this comes the Sony Alpha 7s or a7s, the latest successor of the Alpha 7 family. When I held the camera...

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