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Sony Alpha A7 Digital Camera

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Twenty-Three Industry Awards

Amongst digital cameras of a comparable age and type, this Sony digital camera is one of the most highly awarded.

This digital camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by Ephotozine, Digitaltrends.com, Tomsguide.com, CNET.com.au, Ferra.ru, 3dnews.ru, Log.com.tr and Reviewed.com all of whom said that this camera was terrific.

The experts at Trusted Reviews, Pocket Lint, Focus-numerique.fr, Hi-tech.mail.ru/, Gagadget.com and Vido.com.ua all said that concluded that they would recommend this camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Two more expert review sites both thought that this Sony digital camera was superb and gave it one of their highest awards. What Digital Camera and Onfoto.ru both gave this camera a "Gold" award.

An other two expert review sites endorsed this Sony camera. This digital camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from Camera Labs and DP Review thought that it was great and gave it a "Silver" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

Based on fifty-two expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review and CNET.com the average expert rating of this camera is 87%. Experts think this digital camera is one of the very best digital cameras of this spec and age.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Based on 802 owner reviews this camera has an average owner rating of 90 out of 100.

Good Quality Pictures

Several customers wrote in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Expert website Pcmag.com said “The Sony Alpha 7 is a fast-shooting, full-frame mirrorless camera that is capable of capturing some impressive images.”. Expert website Cnet.com.au wrote “The Sony A7 opens up the magic of full-frame photography to an entirely new audience” in their review of the Sony Alpha A7. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk wrote three years ago “Stunning image quality for the size”.

Several people who bought the Sony Alpha A7 considered that it had a good image sensor. Expert website Videomaker.com mentioned two years ago “It features a full-frame 35mm sensor”. Expert website Mobiletechreview.com wrote in their review “@lisagade) The Sony Alpha a7 is the first ILC (interchangeable lens camera) mirrorless camera with a full frame sensor” . Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “It broke new ground with the combination of an impressive full frame sensor in a portable”.

Several Sony Alpha A7 reviewers said in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Techradar.com gave it a rating of 4 stars and wrote on expert review site Techradar “Those wanting the ultimate in detail resolution should opt for the 36Mp Sony Alpha a7R, while photographers for whom low-ligh”. Techradar.com also said “Nikon told us for years that 12 million pixels was 'enough'.”. Expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned three years ago “Also, if youre looking for a camera that delivers huge amounts of detail thanks to a high resolution”.

Several Sony Alpha A7 reviewers reckoned that the product had a good ISO range. Expert review site Whatdigitalcamera.com mentioned “Sony Alpha 7S Review - The Sony Alpha 7S is the latest addition to Sony's growing range of full frame CSCs, featuring an impressive ISO range of 50-409,600”. Ephotozine.com wrote three years ago “An impressive ISO range from ISO50 to ISO409600 for both stills” in their review of the Sony Alpha A7. Digitaltrends.com wrote “Dramatically raises sensitivity (ISO) capability to nose-bleed heights”.

Several people wrote that it was good in low light. Three years ago expert review site Pcmag.com mentioned in their review “The Sony Alpha 7S full-frame mirrorless camera offers incredible performance in low light.”. Expert review site Cameralabs.com mentioned also three years ago “The lower resolution of the A7s gives it greater low light performance with a huge maximum sensitivity of 409,600 ISO.” in their Sony Alpha A7 review. Dp Review said in the same month “It's a very nice form factor and it's great in low light” in their review.

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Good Size

A few customers wrote in their reviews that the product was compact. Expert website Photographyblog.com gave this digital camera a very good review score and wrote “The Sony A7 is the world's first 35mm full-frame compact system camera (along with the A7R that was launched at the same time”. Photographyblog.com also wrote “The Sony A7S is a 35mm full-frame compact system camera with a 12.2 megapixel sensor that provides an incredible ISO range of 50-409,600”. Stuff.tv rated the product 4 stars and wrote in their Sony Alpha A7 review “Of all Sony's compact system cameras”.

Several people who bought the product said that it was a good body shape. Digitalversus.com mentioned “The Alpha 7S has the same body and Bionz X processor as the Alpha 7” in their review of the Sony Alpha A7. One customer who reviewed this digital camera thought it was thick.

One customer who bought it thought it was lightweight. Dp Review wrote in their review on DP Review “Small and lightweight”.

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Good Product Quality

Twenty-two customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good quality. What Digital Camera said in their review “Great quality rivals DSLRs of similar resolution”. Digitaltrends.com gave the product a score of 4 stars and said “Event photographers should jump on it thanks to its quick response, along with outstanding image and movie quality.” in their review of the Sony Alpha A7. Trustedreviews.com wrote on expert website Trusted Reviews “A number of irrefutable factors mean that the very best in image quality is still delivered from full-frame sensors” in their review.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some Sony Alpha A7 owners mentioned in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A7 was mirrorless. What Digital Camera wrote in their review four years ago “AF falls behind DSLR viewfinder or best mirrorless” . Expert website Ephotozine.com said “With the Sony A7R, they are also claiming the World's smallest and lightest full frame mirrorless”. Cameralabs.com mentioned on expert website Camera Labs “Sony A7 review The Sony Alpha A7 is a mirrorless system camera with a full-frame sensor” and rated it 4 stars.

Six Sony Alpha A7 owners considered that the product had a good viewfinder. What Digital Camera wrote four years ago “Excellent large and detailed electronic viewfinder” in their Sony Alpha A7 review. Dp Review wrote on DP Review three years ago “Large, high resolution electronic viewfinder”. Dp Review also mentioned “Great OLED viewfinder”.

Three people who reviewed it considered that it had an electronic viewfinder. Dp Review said on DP Review “Sharp OLED EVF”. Dp Review also said “Big and precise EVF”.

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Good Technical Features

Some Sony Alpha A7 reviewers said in their reviews that the product had good features. Two years ago expert review site Videomaker.com wrote “If you are looking for pro features in a compact DSLR package, then the Sony a7S should be on your short list”. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com wrote “A broad feature set with extensive custom options wi” in their Sony Alpha A7 review. Dp Review said three years ago “Excellent image quality, advanced feature set with extensive custom options, high quality electronic viewfinder”.

Robust

Several Sony Alpha A7 owners considered that the product was well made. Techreviewsource.com wrote “The Alpha 7 is built f”. Expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera three years ago “The a7 is well-made and feels solid in the hand”. Dp Review wrote in their Sony Alpha A7 review “Solid build quality”.

Some Sony Alpha A7 reviewers considered that it was strong and durable. Dp Review mentioned in their review on DP Review “Great fullframe image quality, sturdy build and small scale design, great electronic viewfinder quality, tiltangle LCD with large view, two batteries included”. Expert review site Gizmodo.com.au wrote “The camera has proven itself to be tough; it's designed to withstand less-than-ideal weather conditions while delivering excellent image quality that was previously only achievable with”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to damage or scratch. Dpreview.com wrote on expert website DP Review “The Alpha 7 has broken new ground in the full-frame market, in terms of both size” in their review.

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Nice Design

Several customers who purchased it reckoned that it was ergonomic. What Digital Camera said “Small body with good ergonomics and controls”. Expert review site Tomsguide.com wrote in their review “Sony's Alpha a7 is a pro-level mirrorless camera that offers excellent full-frame performance and good ergonomics in a compact design” .

One Sony Alpha A7 owner mentioned in their reviews that it was luxurious. Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned on expert website Expert Reviews three years ago “At first glance it looks like a typical upmarket compact system camera (CSC” in their review of the Sony Alpha A7.

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was good looking. Expert review site Dpexpert.com.au mentioned in their Sony Alpha A7 review “THREE GORGEOUS CAMERAS] by terry on 26 March 2014 THE NEW FUJIFILM X-T1 JOINS THE OLYMPUS OMD E-M1” .

One person who purchased the product concluded that it was a good design.

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Easy to Use

A few customers concluded that the Sony Alpha A7 was easy to use. Dp Review wrote “Great control layout” in their Sony Alpha A7 review. Expert review site Reviewed.com said “We think some really talented artists will be able to use this as an incredible tool.” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Three years ago expert review site Techgoondu.com mentioned “It's also a handy mirrorless camera system”.

One customer said that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Three years ago expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars and wrote “I enjoyed shooting with the Alpha 7 thanks to the comfortable and well-proportioned handgrip, dual dials, logically positioned customisable controls”.

One Sony Alpha A7 reviewer who reviewed the Sony Alpha A7 reckoned that it was easy to handle. Dp Review mentioned on DP Review “Good handling” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Video Capture

Some customers said that it was good for video recording. Expert website Gizmodo.com wrote in their Sony Alpha A7 review “If you are a video shooter looking for something that is better than Canon full-frame video quality at comparable price, you should absolutely consider the Sony A7s”. Dp Review wrote in their review of the Sony Alpha A7 on DP Review three years ago “Sony's Alpha ILCE 7, aka the 7, delivers excellent photo and video quality in a well-designed camera that's enjoyable to shoot with”. Dp Review also wrote “Comprehensive video mode with great performances”.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

On average Sony cameras have good reviews compared to other brands as do all digital cameras built by Sony.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Some customers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was quiet. Expert website Digitalversus.com wrote “It's also the only Alpha 7 to sport an electronic shutter for completely silent picture-taking and XAVC-S video recording; it also shoots 4K video.” in their Sony Alpha A7 review. Three years ago Dp Review mentioned on DP Review “Remarkably quiet in Silent Shooting Mode”.

A number of Sony Alpha A7 owners said in their reviews that the product was noisy. Dp Review wrote on DP Review three years ago “The shutter is very loud” in their review. Dp Review also wrote “Very impressive noise performance up to IS 25600 IS 51200”.

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Good Connectivity

One customer who purchased the product thought it was good in terms of connectivity. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote “The model features the same Wi-fi and NFC connectivity which so impressed on the other two models”.

Has Eleven White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Alpha A7 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha A7. The white balances "Daylight", "Shade", "Cloudy", "Incandescent", "Fluorescent", "Warm White", "Cool White", "Day White", "Custom" and "Underwater" are also found on this Sony camera.

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Alpha A7 has a 6000 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras that were released more than two years ago. Cameras of this age and type maximum image resolutions range from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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11 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

Several customers who purchased this digital camera agreed that it did not have a good battery life. Dp Review said in their Sony Alpha A7 review “Poor battery life”. Dp Review also mentioned “Mediocre battery life when using electronic viewfinder”. Dp Review also said “The long startup time and short battery life disappoint”.

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Sony Alpha A7 does not have an image stabilizer, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Alpha A7, the Sony Alpha A7 does not support wi-Fi.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Most cameras of a similar spec and age to the Alpha A7 do not support video capability. The Alpha A7 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

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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 comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a built-in flash.

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Not Waterproof

The Alpha A7 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras of this age and type are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Alpha A7 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A7 also do not support Full HD video.

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Not 3D

Most cameras that came out more than two years ago are not 3D. The Alpha A7 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years do not have a GPS (satellite). The Alpha A7 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Only Supports One ISO Sensitivity

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Sony Alpha A7 is more than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 10,000, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Sony camera. The ISO sensitivitys ISO 100 - 25600 are also supported by this camera.

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Only Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The Alpha A7 has a greater number of audio formats than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is AC3, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this digital camera. The audio formats supporteds AAC-LC are also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony Alpha A7

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this digital camera was released.

Specification

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Closest Focusing Distance
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Video
Maximum Video Resolution
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Audio
Audio Formats Supported
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White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Built-In Processor
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Battery Technology
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
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Bundled Software
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Interface
Dimensions (WxDxH)
Aperture Range (F-F)
Panorama
Technical Details
Continuous Shooting Speed (max)

21 Awards

CNET.com.au Editor's Choice Digitaltrends.com Editor's Choice Les Numeriques.com 5 Star focus-numerique.fr Recommended log.com.tr Editor's Choice vido.com.ua Recommended 3dnews.ru Editor's Choice onfoto.ru Gold Imaging Resource.com Dave's Pick Camera Labs Highly Recommended Digital Versus 5 Star tomsguide.com Editor's Choice ferra.ru Editor's Choice DP Review Silver Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Essential Ephotozine Editor's Choice What Digital Camera Gold gagadget.com Recommended Pocket Lint Recommended hi-tech.mail.ru/ Recommended

Expert Reviews

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6 April 2015

Sony's full-frame mirrorless camera gets a few but useful updates.Sony has a rather confusing naming convention for the Alpha A7 series. Not only is the Alpha name also used for its DSLRs but the... Read more…

13 December 2014

Updated as on December 2014. Don't forget to bookmark this page, as we will be updating it regularly.Digital cameras have taken over the world. The world of photography has changed completely as a... Read more…

8 December 2014

This roundup contains the majority of current full-frame camera offerings available. Full-frame cameras have image sensors as large as a frame of 35mm film...

Small and lightweight
Tiltable LCD screen
Sharp OLED EVF
Wireless remote viewing and picture transfer
Incredibly small body for a fullyfeatured, fullframe camera
Have to purchase addons such as internal timelapse
No external charger for battery
Poor battery life
Grassisgreener syndrome when compared to its higherres sibling
Moderate performance
7 December 2014

Sony took the camera world by storm last year with the full-frame a7. While DSLR elephants like Canon and Nikon were busy cranking out incremental updates to their mirrored cameras, Sony decided... Read more…

27 November 2014

SonySonySonySonySonySonySonySonySony's excellent Alpha A7 series of full-frame mirrorless cameras has evolved a lot since its introduction a year ago. The original Alpha A7 and its... Read more…

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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
(Verified Purchase)

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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