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Sony Alpha A7S
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Sony Alpha A7S Digital Camera

MILC 12.2MP CMOS Apr 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
The 7S offers wide-ranging visual expression in a lightweight body with a newly developed 12.2-megapixel 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor. Its latest advances in sensor technology helps improve... More
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24 Reasons For

Best Seller

The Alpha A7S is a popular choice of camera according to Amazon sales data.

Sony Cameras Have Good Reviews

Sony has good average ratings for its MILC cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other manufacturers.

Supports Wi-Fi

Unlike most of the other cameras of this age and spec which do not support wi-Fi, the Sony Alpha A7S supports wi-Fi.

We compared all the other cameras which support wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think the Sony Alpha A7 II which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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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 spec and age.

Alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Alpha A7 II, or the ILCE-7R ($1,899.99) both from Sony.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Alpha A7S has a built-in flash, as do most of the other MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A7S.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

SD compatible memory cards

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

Cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth looking at include the ILCE-7R ($1,899.99) (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Alpha A7 II (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) both from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Very High ISO Sensitivity (max)

MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the Alpha A7S have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 1,600 and 410,000. When compared to other cameras of this spec and age that we have assessed the ISO sensitivity (max) of, the Alpha A7S's ISO sensitivity (max) of 409,600 is one of the highest.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the Alpha A7S is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7S. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this Sony camera.

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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 the ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction found on most cameras that were released more than two years ago.

This digital camera's light exposure correction (±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)) is in fact the best light exposure correction amongst all similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

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

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Fairly Large Viewfinder Screen Size

The viewfinder screen sizes of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Alpha A7S range from 0.46" to 0.5". At 0.5 inches, the Alpha A7S has a fairly large viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the Alpha A7S.

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Has Nine White Balances

The Alpha A7S has a greater number of white balance modes than most MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Sony camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha A7S. The white balances "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent", "Shade" and "Underwater" are also found on this camera.

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Has One Photo Effects

The Sony Alpha A7S has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. The most frequently found photo effects is Vivid, but this photo effects is not found on this Sony camera. The photo effectss Black&White are also found on this camera.

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

The Alpha A7S has a ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. Most comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago have a ±2EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. Digital cameras of this spec and age flash exposure corrections range from ±1EV (1/3 EV step) to ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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Fairly High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

Across all the cameras that have been around for more than two years the motion JPEG frame rates range from 24fps to 60fps. The Alpha A7S has one of the higher motion JPEG frame rates (50 frames per second) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This digital camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that were released 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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Supports Two ISO Sensitivitys

The Sony Alpha A7S has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 10,000, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivitys 50 and 409600 are also supported by this Sony camera.

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Features Four Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Alpha A7S has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This digital camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Centre weighted Auto Focus", "Flexible Spot Auto Focus" and "Single Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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TFT Display

The Alpha A7S has a better display than most cameras of this age and type. This Sony digital camera has a TFT display, whereas most MILC cameras that are a similar age to it 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. The best display of all digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Alpha A7S is AMOLED and the worst is LCD.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The Sony Alpha A7S has a greater number of power sources than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Alpha A7S.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years have maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 27mm and 870mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 105 millimeters, the Alpha A7S has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A7S.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

The average ISO sensitivity (min) of cameras of this age and spec is 140, and the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 50 to 200. With an ISO sensitivity (min) of only 50, the Alpha A7S has a very small ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A7S.

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha A7S, the Alpha A7S does not support video capability.

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Not 3D

The Sony Alpha A7S is not 3D, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Alpha A7S are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years, the Alpha A7S does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

The Sony Alpha A7S is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A7S are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other digital cameras of this type and age, the Alpha A7S does not have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Low Megapixel

With a megapixel of only 12.2 megapixels, the Alpha A7S has one of the lower megapixels amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The average megapixel of digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Alpha A7S is 18MP, and the megapixels range from 2.3MP to 46MP.

If this MILC digital camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to consider the Alpha A7 II (24.3MP), or the ILCE-7R ($1,899.99) (36.3MP) both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

The Alpha A7S has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of this age and type. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A7S. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Pre-flash", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

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

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Heavy

The Sony Alpha A7S is quite heavy (446 grams) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The weights of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Alpha A7S range from 70g to 680g.

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Quite Few Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of only 12.4 megapixels, the Alpha A7S has a very few total megapixels compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. The average total megapixels of MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7S is 19MP, and the total megapixelss range from 12MP to 48MP.

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Only Features One Light Metering

The number of light metering modes featured on the Sony Alpha A7S is more than most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. The most commonly featured light metering is Centre-weighted, but this light metering is not featured on this camera. The light meterings Evaluative (Multi-pattern) are also featured on this Sony camera.

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Only 4240 X 2832 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Sony Alpha A7S has a 4240 x 2832 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. Across all similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Alpha A7S the worst image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Only 25 Auto Focus (AF) Pointss

The Alpha A7S is a 25 auto Focus (AF) points camera. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A7S have between 11 and 799 auto Focus (AF) pointss.

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years is 26mm. When compared to other MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A7S that we have assessed, the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the Sony Alpha A7S of 36 millimeters is one of the longest.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A7S

Released Over Two Years Ago

Sony released the Alpha A7S over two years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Alpha A7S has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A7S.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Sony ILCE-7R ($1,899.99) which has better reviews.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Sony Alpha A7S has a relatively standard digital zoom (8 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A7S.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

We compared all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think the ILCE-7R ($1,899.99), and the Alpha A7 II both from Sony which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Sensor Format
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Type
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Lens Mount Interface
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Mounting Type
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Exposure Lock
Flash Exposure Correction
Pre-Flash
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Audio System
Noise Reduction
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Magnification
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Connector Type
HDMI
Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Headphone Outputs
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Camera File System
Live View
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Wi-Fi Standards
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Colour Temperature
Aspect Ratio
Technical Details
Image Processor
Built-In Speaker(s)
Viewfinder
Speakers

Expert Reviews

(6)

Sony n'allait pas laisser Panasonic et son GH4 prendre une longueur d'avance dans la toute nouvelle course aux solutions de captation vidéo professionnelle en 4K. La firme nippone surprend tout... Read more…

15 October 2014

Alpha7S er tredje systemkamera fra Sony, som er udstyret med en full-frame-sensor. Det optager video i 4K, og man kan benytte vilde ISO 409.600. Her afslører vi, hvordan det håndterer... Read more…

18 June 2014

Die Sony Alpha 7S (ILCE-7S) verdient sich im Test den Titel als derzeit lichtstärkste Systemkamera. Dabei punktet die Bildqualität weniger mit hoher Auflösung, als vielmehr durch extrem...

11 November 2014

Fjoråret sto i det speilløse systemkameraets tegn, det er det ingen tvil om. Flere svært interessante modeller så dagens lys og stadig flere får øynene opp for speilrefleksens mindre, mer...

10 September 2014

Sony A7s er et fantastisk lite kamera, først og fremst for fotografer som ønsker seg et lite fullformatkamera, med ekstreme lavlysegenskaper. Det er bare Nikon Df som matcher Sony-kameraets...

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User Reviews

(10)
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…

Reviewed 16 July 2014 by Theory Y Design
Theory Y Design would recommend the Sony Alpha A7s (Verified Purchase)

I got the a7s as a replacement for my fs100. I'm very impressed in the low light ability. I am using it with an ef-emount metabones adapter. all my canon glass works great with the full frame... Read more…

Reviewed 22 December 2015 by Phil

Only camera of its size and capabilities. I love the 4K and 1080 at all the frame rate. Things to take into mind when buying this camera: -It will overheat when recording 4K internally. Mine does... Read more…

Reviewed 14 July 2014 by David2.384
David2.384 would recommend the Sony Alpha A7s

I am working on a caving documentary, and the A7s is the best small form stills video camera I have ever used. It actually exposes locations slightly brighter than my eyes can see. Its small and... Read more…

Reviewed 27 November 2014 by Willie p
(Verified Purchase)

I am a film maker who was tired of having to a settle for a shallow depth of field while in low light situations. the Sony A7s solved this problem for me,You can shoot 4k video and shoot at ISO... Read more…

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