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Sony α 7S

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80
Global
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Summary

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."

All of the differences from the a7 and a7R lie in the A7S's image quality, and Steve Huff Photo says it "simply rocks and is in its element in low light scenarios," while Photography Blog notes it produces "images of outstanding quality." But the biggest selling point for the a7S is the ability to record in 4K, a selling point hampered by the need to attach an external drive to the camera to save the video files. However, Steve Huff Photo says that "shooting normal video is fantastic" and Gizmodo finds "the 1080p is really nice; better than most competitors."

Users looking for a 4K camera solution would be better served by the LUMIX GH4, which offers 4K recording without the need for an external recorder. But for most users, unless they have a 4K TV or plan to do a lot of low-light shooting, the a7 should suit their photography needs just fine for a much lower cost.

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Key Specs

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens
Lens mount
Sony E
Resolution (effective)
12.2 megapixels
Sensor size
Full-frame
Image stabilization
None
Memory card
Sd, Ms pro hg duo, Ms pro duo, Ms duo
Model

General

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens (Sony E)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
12.2 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
Full-frame
Image stabilization
None
ISO modes
Auto iso, 50 iso, 100 iso, 200 iso, 400 iso, 800 iso, 1600 iso, 3200 iso, 6400 iso, 12800 iso, 25600 iso

Flash

Flash
Yes (External (shoe))

Shooting

Focus
Af, Manual (25 points) (Af assist lamp, Face detection)
Shutter speed
1/ {"1":30, "2":8000} secs

Imaging

Color space
Srgb, Adobe rgb
Exposure modes
Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Program, Auto
Exposure compensation
Yes
Scene selection
Yes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait, Night scene, Auto, Other)

Other features

Location support
No
Orientation sensor
Yes
Remote control
Yes
Self-timer
Yes
Speaker
Yes
Time lapse mode
No
Tripod mount
Yes
Water resistant
No
Screen size
3 inches
Touchscreen
No

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
LCD (Yes) (Yes)

Storage

Memory card
Sd, Ms pro hg duo, Ms pro duo, Ms duo (Sdxc, Sdhc)

Image formats

Image formats
Jpeg, Raw
Quality settings
Iq normal, Iq fine, Iq super fine
Image aspect ratios
3 2, 16 9
Video recording
Yes (MPEG-4) (Other)

Connections

USB
2.0
WiFi
Yes (Internal)
Video output
Yes (HDMI)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Photos per charge (CIPA standard)
360
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