Excerpt: The Sony Alpha 7 is a camera that has garnered a lot of interest lately and it is clear why. It is arguably one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest, around to house a 35mm full-frame sensor. It’s also a handy mirrorless camera system. Launched at the end of 2013, Sony’s Alpha 7 created quite a stir.
Summary: The Alpha 7 has broken new ground in the full-frame market, in terms of both size and price. Its compact size, broad feature set and very good Raw image quality make it a compelling option for those wanting a large sensor. Unfortunately, the JPEGs have many issues, performance and battery life could be better, and the controls would benefit from a re-think.
Pros: Small and well-priced full-frame body, Very good image quality when shooting Raw, Solid build quality, Compatible with a huge range of legacy 35mm camera lenses with no field-of-view crop, Large, high resolution electronic viewfinder, Tilting LCD offers good detail and outdoor visibility, Useful tools, such as focus peaking and zebra pattern (work well with native lenses), Very good video quality, Strong video features: manual controls, audio level adjustment, and unc...
Cons: JPEG quality disappointing compared to peers – crude sharpening, over-aggressive processing and occasional posterization, Autofocus can be hesitant, especially in low light; AF improves when assist lamp is turned off, Auto ISO tends to keep shutter speed at 1/60 sec, often resulting in blurry photos, Limited selection of FE lenses, which are expensive compared to competition, Tools for shooting with third party lenses need improvement, Longer-than-average startup time...
Summary: Every once in a while, a product comes along that changes the dynamic of an entire industry. The iPhone did it in 2007, the Mustang did it in 1964, and Converse did it with the All Star sneaker way back in 1917. Now, Sony is poised to upend the camera industry with the new Alpha A7 and A7R mirrorless cameras. The A7s are the most advanced and expensive mirrorless cameras Sony has ever produced.
Pros: Great image quality, Compact size, Solid build, Lots of controls and buttons
Summary: In terms of its raw feature set, there's no arguing that the Alpha 7R pretty much outstrips every single other CSC on the market. The 36.4MP full frame sensor is more in keeping with a high-end DSLR than a CSC and it delivers resolution performance akin to the
Conclusion: The Sony A7 is a fantastic camera, there's no doubt about that. For the price and size, you can't really beat it. But it does feel a little unfinished at the moment. Together with its A7R sibling, the A7 feels like a camera for early adopters – it's a fantastic leap forward and we're really looking forward to the next generation, where hopefully, some of the criticisms will be addressed. By that time, the system should have also grown into a more serious contender too.
Conclusion: If you can afford – or find – either of these cameras, buy one. Year 2013 isn’t over yet but the Sony Alpha A7 and A7R are prime candidates for DT’s Cameras of The Year award. In fact, barring the release of a spectacular model from the majors in December, we’ll give our vote right now to the A7, clearly one of the most enjoyable cameras we’ve used in quite some time.
Pros: Full-frame sensors in small bodies, Superb stills and videos, Excellent OLED EVF, Hybrid autofocus system
Cons: No built-in flash, Would love faster burst modes but you can’t have everything, Battery could be stronger, Makes noises
Summary: The A7 is not without its faults - even with the on-chip phase-detect AF, focusing performance for moving subjects is restrictive, burst shooting is also slow, there's the odd handling quirk, while aesthetically its not going to win any prizes, but it also does a lot of things very well.
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8 November 2013
Conclusion: The Sony a7 is an excellent camera wrapped up in a small body. Most of the time, you end up paying a premium for compact size, but the a7 is actually a few hundred dollars less than comparable full frame DSLRs. Of course, with the smaller size comes a few downfalls, like the shorter battery life and a somewhat finicky autofocus. But, the image quality for the size can't be beat.
Pros: Compact size, Full frame sensor for high quality images, Processing speed, Price (compared to other full frame cameras), Body style and design
Cons: Short battery life, Noisy, Autofocus has some trouble selecting the right object and has some trouble in low light