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Sony Alpha A7 Digital Camera

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MILC 24.3MP CMOS Jan 2016
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18 Reasons For

Sony Cameras Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Sony cameras and also specifically for Sony MILC cameras and found that in both cases Sony had good ratings compared to other manufacturers.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Alpha A7 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other recently released cameras do not support Full HD video.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony Alpha A7R[plb_3227478_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80[plb_3354187_price].

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The Sony Alpha A7 supports WiFi connectivity, as do most of the other MILC cameras that have been on the market for the last year.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony Alpha A7R[plb_3227478_price].

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A7 have megapixel counts of between 10MP and 43MP. The Alpha A7 has a fairly high megapixel count (24.3 megapixels) compared to most of the other new MILC cameras.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel count then you might also want to look at the Sony Alpha A7R[plb_3227478_price] (36.3MP) which is also higher rated.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This digital camera supports an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on recently released cameras. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth looking at include the Sony Alpha A5000[plb_2665971_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on MILC cameras that came out around the same time as it.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony Alpha A5000[plb_2665971_price], or the Canon EOS M10[plb_3064949_price].

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6000 X 4000 Still Image Resolution

The Alpha A7 has a 6000 x 4000 still image resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution found on most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera also have still image resolutions of 3936 x 2624, 3008 x 2000, 1968 x 1312, 6000 x 3376, 3936 x 2216, 3008 x 1688, 1968 x 1112, 12416 x 1856, 5536 x 2160 and 8192 x 1856 and 3872 x 2160.

A 6000 x 4000 still image resolution is in fact the best still image resolution across all MILC cameras that were launched in the last 12 months.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst still image resolution is 1920 x 1080.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The Alpha A7 has a greater number of supported image formats than most recently released MILC cameras. This Sony digital camera supports a RAW image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the Alpha A7. The image format "JPG" is also supported by this camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most frequently found camera shutter on recently released MILC cameras.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture

With a maximum aperture of 36, the Alpha A7 has one of the smaller maximum apertures amongst cameras of this age. The biggest maximum aperture of MILC cameras that were released in the last 12 months is 2.7 and the smallest is 40.

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Has Nine White Balance Modes

The Alpha A7 has a greater number of white balance modes than most MILC cameras that have been on the market for the last year. This Sony digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on similar spec cameras that came out in the last 12 months. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent", "Shade" and "Underwater" are also found on this camera.

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Has Four Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Sony Alpha A7 is more than most digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on MILC cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha A7. The photo effects "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 6000 x 4000 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on MILC cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

This camera has a ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction, which is typical of many MILC cameras that were launched in the last 12 months.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on MILC cameras that came out around the same time as it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the Alpha A7 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year. This camera has an Aperture priority AE light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on recently released MILC cameras. The light exposure modes "Auto", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Sony digital camera.

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Supports Four ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Sony Alpha A7 is more than most new MILC cameras. This camera supports 25 and 600 ISO speeds, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by MILC cameras that were launched in the last year. The ISO speeds "100", "200" and "6400" are also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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TFT Display

The Sony Alpha A7 has a better display than most latest MILC cameras. This Sony camera has a TFT display, whereas most latest MILC cameras have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

A TFT display is actually the best display amongst all cameras that were released in the last year.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the worst display is LCD.

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11 Reasons Against

Not Waterproof

The Sony Alpha A7 is not waterproof. Most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A7 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Alpha A7 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other latest MILC cameras also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A7 are not 3D compatible. The Sony Alpha A7 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8[plb_2956893_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Sony Alpha A7 does not have a GPS, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras that were released in the last 12 months also do not have a GPS.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also have a GPS including the Canon M2[plb_3882072_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8[plb_2956893_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7, the Alpha A7 does not support video recording.

There are a number of other cameras which also support video recording which you might also want to look at including the Sony Alpha A5000[plb_2665971_price], the Fujifilm X-T10[plb_2899420_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8[plb_2956893_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Alpha A7 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other latest MILC cameras also do not have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Canon EOS M10[plb_3064949_price], the Nikon 1 J1[plb_3182516_price], or the Sony Alpha A5000[plb_2665971_price].

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Only Features Six Flash Modes

The Alpha A7 has a greater number of flash modes than most new MILC cameras. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A7. The flash modes "Flash off", "Hi-speed sync", "Pre-flash", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only 1440x1080@25fps Resolution and Capture Speed

The Alpha A7 has a 1440x1080@25fps resolution and capture speed which is higher than most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. Most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 1280×720@60fps resolution and capture speed. In addition, this digital camera have a resolution and capture speed of 640x480@25fps and 640x480@30fps. The resolution at capture speeds of all comparable spec cameras that came out in the last year ranges from 320x240@25fps to 1920x1080@120fps.

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Very Low JPEG Frame Rate

At only 30 frames per second, the Alpha A7 has a quite low JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other new comparable spec digital cameras. The lowest JPEG frame rate of digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A7 is 30fps and the highest is 60fps.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

The Sony Alpha A7 has one of the lower display resolutions (only 921,600 pixels) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. Across all the latest MILC cameras the display resolutions range from 460,000 pixels to 1,700,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 1,000,000 pixels.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

The minimum focal lengths of MILC cameras that were launched in the last year range from 18mm to 53mm. At 42 millimeters, the Alpha A7 has a fairly long minimum focal length compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha A7.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A7

Released Eleven Months Ago

This Sony digital camera has been on the market for eleven months.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Alpha A7 has a fairly standard screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched in the last 12 months.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen cameras currently available including the Alpha A5000[pl_2665971_price], or the Alpha A7R[pl_3227478_price] both from Sony which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Canon M5[plb_3844053_price] (3.2").

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Average Weight

The Alpha A7 has a relatively average weight (416 grams) compared to most of the other new MILC cameras.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Sony Alpha A7 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha A7.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Alpha A5000[pl_2665971_price], or the Alpha A7R[pl_3227478_price] both from Sony.

Cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Canon M2[plb_3882072_price] (10x) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

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Lens
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Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
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Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
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Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
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Audio
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Memory
Memory Card
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Display
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Viewfinder
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Expert Reviews

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Reviewed 19 November 2014 by Jim

I bought the Sony 7R 4 months ago and it has been at Sony repairs for 2 months. Sony repair is atrocious - could not be worse. You will never receive an e mail about their receiving your camera or... Read more…

Reviewed 27 May 2015 by Tvp

First let me state that I am a professional Photographer and Videographer and have been in business since 1985. I would also like to add to this that I have purchased hundreds of thousands of... Read more…

Reviewed 12 January 2014 by Brian Hrodgar
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Coming from a Sony NEX 5N background (which I still use and rate highly) I'm loving the EVF, weather-proofing and Menus of the A7. Still to decide which flash to purchase for the camera. The only... Read more…

Reviewed 30 December 2013 by T.J.Byford

I bought into Sony's Nex system when they launched the Model 5 in 2010. At that time it was the smallest body to house a dslr sized APS-sensor. Unfortunately, the IQ of the sensor was only so-so,... Read more…

Reviewed 10 June 2014 by D. Clarke
(Verified Purchase)

It's probably worth saying that, the unloved Canon EOS M aside, there are no really bad mirrorless systems to buy into at the moment and that anyone in the market for the A7 or the A7R has... Read more…

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