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Sony Alpha A7S Digital Camera

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MILC 12.2MP CMOS Apr 2014
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28 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 14,929 expert and owner reviews, Sony has good reviews for its digital cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically for its MILC cameras compared to other manufacturers.

Supports WiFi Connectivity

Unlike most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years which do not support WiFi connectivity, the Alpha A7S supports WiFi connectivity.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago, the Alpha A7S has a built-in flash.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Alpha A7S supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony ILCE-7R ($1,899.99) is also worth considering.

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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 MILC cameras that are a comparable age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras that support an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including the ILCE-7R ($1,899.99), or the ILCE-7R ($1,899.99) both from Sony which has better reviews.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it.

We compared all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony ILCE-7R ($1,899.99) is also worth considering.

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±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The Alpha A7S has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. Most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

This digital camera's light exposure correction (±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)) is in fact the best light exposure correction amongst all comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Amongst comparable types of digital camera the worst light exposure correction is ± 2EV (1/3EV step).

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The Alpha A7S has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. The most frequently found HDMI connector is Mini, but this HDMI connector is not found on this camera. The HDMI connectors Micro are also found on this digital camera.

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Electrical Viewfinder

This camera has an Electrical viewfinder, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. Most compact cameras do not have enough space to accommodate an optical viewfinder and use the display screen on the back as an electrical viewfinder.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most commonly found camera shutter on MILC cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Alpha A7S is more than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This Sony digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this camera.

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Very High Maximum ISO Speed

The Alpha A7S has a very high maximum ISO speed (409,600) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years. The average maximum ISO speed of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Alpha A7S is 25,000.

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Fairly Large Viewfinder Screen Size

The Alpha A7S has one of the larger viewfinder screen sizes (0.5 inches) amongst MILC cameras of this age. The viewfinder screen sizes of MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7S range from 0.46" to 0.5", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.49".

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12416 X 1856 Still Image Resolution

The Alpha A7S has a 12416 x 1856 still image resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution found on most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera also have still image resolutions of 4240 x 2832, 2768 x 1848, 2128 x 1416, 1376 x 920, 4240 x 2384, 2768 x 1560, 2128 x 1200, 1376 x 776, 5536 x 2160 and 8192 x 1856 and 3872 x 2160.

A 12416 x 1856 still image resolution is actually the best still image resolution across all MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha A7S.

The worst still image resolution amongst comparable types of camera is 1024 x 768.

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Features Six Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Alpha A7S is more than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha A7S. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Pre-flash", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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Has Nine White Balance Modes

The Alpha A7S has a greater number of white balance modes than most comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent", "Shade" and "Underwater" are also found on this Sony camera.

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Has Four Photo Effects

The Sony Alpha A7S has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Sony digital camera has a Vivid photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Alpha A7S. The photo effects "Black&White", "Neutral" and "Sepia" are also found on this camera.

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

The Sony Alpha A7S has a ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than most digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. Most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a ±1EV (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction. Across all cameras of a comparable age and type to the Alpha A7S the flash exposure correction ranges from ±3EV (1/3 EV step) (worst) to ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) (best).

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Fairly High JPEG Frame Rate

The Alpha A7S has one of the higher JPEG frame rates (50 frames per second) amongst MILC cameras of this age. The JPEG frame rates of digital cameras of this type and age range from 24fps to 60fps.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. 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 Alpha A7S has a greater number of light exposure modes than most MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Alpha A7S. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Sony camera.

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H.264 Video Format

This digital camera supports an AVC|AVCHD|H.264|MP4|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Supports Two ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Alpha A7S is more than most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 8,000, but this ISO speed is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO speeds 409600 and 50 are also supported by this Sony camera.

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Features Four Auto Focus

The Alpha A7S has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on cameras of this age and spec. The auto focus "Centre weighted Auto Focus", "Contrast Detection Auto Focus" and "Single Auto Focus" are also featured on this digital camera.

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TFT Display

The Alpha A7S has a TFT display which is better than most MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago. Most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago 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. Across all MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A7S the display ranges from LCD (worst) to AMOLED (best).

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most commonly found focus on MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

Across all the cameras of this type and age the maximum focal lengths range from 27mm to 870mm, and the average maximum focal length is 110mm. With a maximum focal length of 105 millimeters, the Alpha A7S has a fairly long maximum focal length compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Small Minimum ISO Speed

When compared to other MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years that we have checked the minimum ISO speed of, the Alpha A7S's minimum ISO speed of only 50 is one of the smallest. The average minimum ISO speed of MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the Alpha A7S is 130, and the minimum ISO speed range from 50 to 200.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Alpha A7S does not support video recording, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A7S also do not support video recording.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A7S are not 3D compatible. The Alpha A7S is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Sony Alpha A7S does not have a GPS, although keep in mind that most of the other MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago also do not have a GPS.

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Not Waterproof

The Alpha A7S is not waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Alpha A7S does not have an image stabiliser, although keep in mind that most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A7S also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The megapixel counts of MILC cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha A7S range from 2.3MP to 46MP. With a megapixel count of only 12.2 megapixels, the Alpha A7S has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst digital cameras of this age.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel count that might also be worth considering include the Sony ILCE-7R ($1,899.99) (36.3MP and higher rated).

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Sony Alpha A7S is more than most MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7S. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "RAW" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Heavy

With a weight of 446 grams, the Alpha A7S is one of the heavier cameras of this age and type amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The average weight of MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago is 310g.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

The Alpha A7S has a fairly few total megapixel count (only 12.4 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha A7S. The average total megapixel count of digital cameras of this age and type is 18MP.

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Only 4240 X 2832 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Alpha A7S has a 4240 x 2832 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution found on most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The image resolution of all cameras of a similar type and age to the Alpha A7S ranges from 640 x 480 pixels to 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Thick

Cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha A7S have depths of between 22mm and 95mm. At 48.2 millimeters, the Alpha A7S is fairly thick compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Alpha A7S.

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Very Tall

With a height of 94.4 millimeters, the Alpha A7S is one of the tallest cameras of this age and spec amongst MILC cameras of this age. The heights of cameras of this spec and age range from 36mm to 110mm, and the average height is 70mm.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length

Across all the cameras of this age and type the minimum focal lengths range from 10mm to 80mm. With a minimum focal length of 36 millimeters, the Alpha A7S has one of the longer minimum focal lengths amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A7S

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Sony digital camera has been on the market for over two years.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Sony Alpha A7S has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the Alpha A7S.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony ILCE-7R ($1,899.99) is also worth considering.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Alpha A7S has a fairly standard digital zoom (8 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7S.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Format
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Connector Type
HDMI Connector
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Networking
Wireless LAN Type
Other Features
Colour Temperature
Aspect Ratio
Technical Details
Image Processor
Viewfinder

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Expert Reviews

(56)
10 December 2015

Like its predecessor, the sensor in A7S II has impressive low-light performance ? in fact, very impressive high ISO dynamic range, particularly between ISO3200 and 12800. But it comes at the...

29 September 2015

The A7S is an incredible camera that excels at shooting in low-light. The camera has proven itself to be tough; it's designed to withstand less-than-ideal weather conditions while delivering...

12 March 2015

Sony?s pricey compact system camera is a low-light master, but 4K video requires extra investment...

11 March 2015

Sony A7s: Amazing in its specialised fields The A7s isn't for everyone. It's Sony's priciest compact system camera ? and yet it feels specialised towards low-light shooting and professional...

2 March 2015

Its 1080p footage is the cleanest, most detailed we've yet seen, with virtually no moiré and often jaw-dropping low-light performance. Some of the low light advantage is undercut if you need to...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 20 August 2014 by Fast Movers

I professionally shoot high school, club, and collegiate sports. I own the Sony a99 and a7. I love the size, WiFi capability, and everything about the A7. However, on both of my above body's, the... Read more…

Reviewed 2 July 2014 by Sailfish
Sailfish would recommend the Sony Alpha A7s

My focus is video not stills...My Sony A7s arrived this morning. I've not put it down in 8 hours. I've been a Sony fan since the early 80's. I have used Sony broadcast products extensively and... Read more…

Reviewed 11 November 2014 by LeicaMark
LeicaMark would recommend the Sony Alpha A7s

Though I'm not a professional shooter, I have been snapping away for 50 years. I had a long love affair with Nikon that ended 9 years ago when I discovered Leica. I moved back to film and... Read more…

Reviewed 23 June 2014 by Gecofilms
Gecofilms would recommend the Sony Alpha A7s

Hello, my name is Gerardo Campos of Geco Films. We have been one of the few that have had the chance of testing the new photo and video camera SONY A7S. You can find our test in vimeo under this... Read more…

Reviewed 19 August 2014 by Jamesm1291
Jamesm1291 would recommend the Sony Alpha A7s (Verified Purchase)

Ever since the dawn of digital photography, my Bessa film SLR and a suite of excellent voitlander lenses have been languishing. When I saw the a7S, not much more than the size of a Leica, I... Read more…

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