85
Global
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
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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Model
body only

Key Specs

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

General

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens (Sony E) (yes)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
24.3 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
Full-frame
Image stabilization
Optical (sensor-shift)
ISO modes
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400

Flash

Flash
yes (External (shoe))

Shooting

Focus
Autofocus, Manual (AF assist lamp)

Imaging

Auto-bracketing
yes
Exposure modes
Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Program, Automatic
Exposure compensation
yes
Histogram
yes
Scene selection
yes (Portrait, Landscape, Automatic, Other)
White balance modes
Automatic, Daylight, Cloudy, Flash, Fluorescent, Color temp, Custom / white set

Other features

Self-timer
yes
Tripod mount
yes
Water resistant
yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
LCD, Rangefinder (yes) (yes)

Storage

Memory card
SD (SDXC, SDHC)

Image formats

Image formats
JPEG, RAW
Video recording
yes (h.264 / AVC) (1920 x 1080 (1080p))

Connections

USB
2.0
WiFi
yes (Internal)
Video output
yes

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Model
with 28-70mm lens

Key Specs

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

General

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens (Sony E) (yes)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
24 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
Full-frame
Image stabilization
Optical (sensor-shift)
ISO modes
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400

Flash

Flash
yes (External (shoe))

Shooting

Focus
Autofocus, Manual (AF assist lamp)

Imaging

Auto-bracketing
yes
Exposure modes
Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Program, Automatic
Exposure compensation
yes
Histogram
yes
Scene selection
yes (Portrait, Landscape, Automatic, Other)
White balance modes
Automatic, Daylight, Cloudy, Flash, Fluorescent, Color temp, Custom / white set

Other features

Self-timer
yes
Tripod mount
yes
Water resistant
yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
LCD, Rangefinder (yes) (yes)

Storage

Memory card
SD (SDXC, SDHC)

Image formats

Image formats
JPEG, RAW
Video recording
yes (h.264 / AVC) (1920 x 1080 (1080p))

Connections

USB
2.0
WiFi
yes (Internal)
Video output
yes

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Model
α7R

Key Specs

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

General

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens (Sony E) (yes)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
36 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
Full-frame
Image stabilization
Optical (sensor-shift)
ISO modes
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400

Flash

Flash
yes (External (shoe))

Shooting

Focus
Autofocus, Manual (AF assist lamp)

Imaging

Auto-bracketing
yes
Exposure modes
Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Program, Automatic
Exposure compensation
yes
Histogram
yes
Scene selection
yes (Portrait, Landscape, Automatic, Other)
White balance modes
Automatic, Daylight, Cloudy, Flash, Fluorescent, Color temp, Custom / white set

Other features

Self-timer
yes
Tripod mount
yes
Water resistant
yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
LCD, Rangefinder (yes) (yes)

Storage

Memory card
SD (SDXC, SDHC)

Image formats

Image formats
JPEG, RAW
Video recording
yes (h.264 / AVC) (1920 x 1080 (1080p))

Connections

USB
2.0
WiFi
yes (Internal)
Video output
yes

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
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