85
Global
Score
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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In spite of its flaws, Sony's full-frame mirrorless A7 offers a lot of value for the dollar. First and foremost, the A7 takes exceptional photos, with Digital Photography Review saying "quality is pretty much what you'd expect" and that it's "making it easier to get shallow depth-of-field and offering excellent low light capability." On the video side the A7 is less spectacular, with Gizmodo calling the quality "mediocre." Despite the A7's full-frame sensor, Sony keeps the body compact without giving up too much. Digital Versus finds that the "controls on the back of the camera all fall in the right places for easy handling" and Pocket-Lint notes the design "errs on the side of functional." Unfortunately, the A7 has its low points as well, including a sluggish start up speed compounded with an autofocus that "hunts a little more" in low light, according to TechRadar. An even bigger issue is the battery life, with Gizmodo noting the A7 can "suck batteries dry." If you're in the market for a full-frame camera with a compact body Sony packs a lot of punch into an affordable package, but be prepared for that package to run out of juice pretty quickly.

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Breakdown

Ease of use
7.8
Video quality
7.0
Speed (start-up time, lag)
7.3
Image quality
9.9
Design and form factor
8.3
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Specs

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Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens (Sony E)
Resolution (effective)
24.3 megapixels
Sensor size
Full-frame
Image stabilization
Optical (sensor-shift)
Memory card
SD
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Specs

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Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens (Sony E)
Resolution (effective)
24.3 megapixels
Sensor size
Full-frame
Image stabilization
Optical (sensor-shift)
Memory card
SD
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