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Sony Alpha A7S Digital Camera

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SLR 12.4MP CMOS May 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Full HD Video Release Date
Eleven industry awards
No built-in flash
300 shots on 1 battery charge
623 Reviews + 17 Awards
Digital Versus 5 Star Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Essential What Digital Camera Gold
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Reviews

Eleven Industry Awards

This camera is one of the most awarded of all the cameras that were launched in the last year.

The authors at review sites Digitaltrends.com, Trusted Reviews and Camera Labs all thought that concluded that they would recommend this digital camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

This low megapixel digital camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by websites Photoreview.com.au, Log.com.tr and Reviewed.com all of whom said that this camera was terrific.

The experts at two more expert review sites both said that this camera was outstanding and gave it one of their highest awards. This Sony digital camera received a "Gold" award from both What Digital Camera and Digifotopro.nl.

PhotographyBlog.com gave this camera an "Essential" award, it received a "4 Star" award from 01net.com and Les Numeriques.com gave it a "5 Star" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on thirty-seven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, Trusted Reviews and Ephotozine this low megapixel digital camera has an overall expert rating of 86 out of 100. This puts this camera in the top 17% of all the low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for the last year when ranked by average expert review score.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 277 owner reviews the average owner rating of this low megapixel digital camera is 90 out of 100. Over 91% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 91% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

Based on 23,045 owner and expert reviews (including 200 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras. 92% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Sony Alpha A7S has an HDMI, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Released Twelve Months Ago

It was April 2017 when this low megapixel digital camera was released.


Power

300 Shots On 1 Battery Charge

Twenty-three people wrote in their reviews that it did not have a good battery life. Camerastuffreviewcom wrote “300 shots on 1 battery charge” yet they still gave the product a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Pocket Lint wrote three years ago “Poor battery life, no wall charger means slow charge, fullframe lens range is lacking” . Also three years ago Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Small Battery” nonetheless they rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.


Audio

Quiet

Twenty owners agreed that the Sony Alpha A7S was quiet. Bhphotovideo.com gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned “Silent Shutter Option”. Lonesome said “Silent/Regular Shutter, Format” and gave this digital camera a score of a maximum of 5 stars. Lonesome also mentioned “What really excites me is that, with the rediculous low light capabilities, huge DR, lightning speed and the brilliant silent shutter” in their review.

Eleven owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was noisy. What Digital Camera wrote in their review of this digital camera “High ISO noise performance” . Bhphotovideo.com gave the product a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “Doesn't emit any noise, feels very pleasant”. Bhphotovideo.com also wrote “Low Noise Floor” in their review.

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High ISO Noise Performance

Eleven owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was noisy. What Digital Camera wrote in their review of this digital camera “High ISO noise performance” . Bhphotovideo.com gave the product a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “Doesn't emit any noise, feels very pleasant”. Bhphotovideo.com also wrote “Low Noise Floor” in their review.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Seventeen owners said in their reviews that this digital camera had good features. Two years ago expert website Videomaker.com said “If you are looking for pro features in a compact DSLR package, then the Sony a7S should be on your short list” in their review of this digital camera. Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com in the same month “Although the new A7S II seems like a rather modest upgrade of last year's A7S model on paper, in reality it offers enough new features, especially for videographers”. Kasparskursiss mentioned in the same month “IBIS is one of the most outstanding features second to the lowlight capabilities” in their review of this digital camera.


Light Exposure

Supports Five ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Alpha A7S is more than most cameras that are a similar age to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 25, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities Auto, 50, 409600, 100 and 400 are also supported by this camera.

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Flash

Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Alpha A7S has a shoe mounting point, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Alpha A7S has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Camera

Features Multi Burst Mode

The Alpha A7S features multi burst mode. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for the last year also feature multi burst mode.

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Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Sony Alpha A7S has an anti-dust function. Most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera also have an anti-dust function.

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Has a Dioptre Correction

The Alpha A7S has a dioptre correction. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for the last year also have a dioptre correction.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Sony Alpha A7S supports video recording, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for the last year.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Alpha A7S supports Full HD video. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also support Full HD video.

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Other Features

Has an HDMI Port

The Sony Alpha A7S has an HDMI port. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has an Audio Recorder

The Alpha A7S has an audio recorder, as do most of the other new similar spec cameras.

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Shoots 4K Video

Eighty-three customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good for video recording. Two years ago Stuff.tv gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Shoots 4K video”. Techradar wrote also two years ago “Now with internal 4K video, improved AF system” . Techradar also said “4K video output via HMDI” in their review.

Huge, Bright OLED Viewfinder

Ten people wrote in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Stuff.tv gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and said “Huge, bright OLED viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera. Luke Sargent rated it a maximum of 5 stars and he said on Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “As well the focus peaking and viewfinder are the best things in the world when it comes to focus” in his review of this digital camera. Keith wrote “The viewfinder is really great for focusing with vintage lenses” .

Eight owners said in their reviews that the product had a good screen. Two years ago Pc Mag mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Hinged rear display”. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of the Sony Alpha A7S “Very Nice Lcd Screen”. Bhphotovideo.com also wrote “Lcd Screen Quality” in their review.

Seven people wrote in their reviews that the product was mirrorless. Two years ago expert website Pcmag.com wrote “The Sony Alpha 7S II full-frame mirrorless camera excels at 4K video” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Pcmag.com also mentioned “The Sony Alpha 7S full-frame mirrorless camera offers incredible performance in low light.” in their review. Thunderbaylive.com wrote “Lisa Gade reviews the Sony a7s II, Sony's second generation full frame 35mm mirrorless camera that targets video shooters”.

Five people said in their reviews that this digital camera had an electronic viewfinder. Pc Mag wrote in their review of this digital camera three years ago “Excellent OLED EVF”. Laslen wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “I found the EVF to be quite fast in comparison to others” and rated it 4 stars out of 5. Lonesome mentioned three years ago “The EVF is killer good even in bright daylight so, even wearing glasses these manual focus lenses are fluid to use”.

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In-Body Image Stabilization

Twenty people who purchased it thought it had a good autofocus. Expert review site Stuff.tv said “It's a variant of the full-frame A7 with a focus on offering outstanding performance in two key areas”. Mr Spacelee said in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “We can't get an e mount adapter that can utilize the focus / steady shot functions of the camera? I mean, c'mon”. Two years ago Motionpicture.dk wrote “Really beautiful picture, HD and 4k and a ton of options with the picture profiles, real pro - Love autofocus in video” in their review of this digital camera.

Twelve owners who purchased it concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Pc Mag said “In-body image stabilization” in their review of this digital camera. Kendall wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “I will say that the stabilization is both noticeable” in his review of this digital camera. Vks mentioned “Not so fast to take pictures of my kids (and now grandkid!) I´d like better image stabilisation in video mode” in their review of this digital camera.

Eleven people who reviewed it agreed that it had a good lens. Mike mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “When filming at 120fps using the Sony 24-70mm FE full frame lens there is a significant crop factor, probably 2X” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Larson said on Bhphotovideo.com “It is so sharp across the lens at F4 with all my old Nikon lens! Who needs AF” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Wichita Lensman wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “12800 shots require a minimum of noise reduction in Lightroom The lens is tack sharp” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars.

Two customers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good zoom. Vks rated the product a maximum of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “The possibility of APC-S mode is useful for better zoom”.

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Great in Low Light

Eighty owners thought the Sony Alpha A7S was good in low light. Trusted Reviews said “Great lowlight performance”. Stuff.tv said “Great in low light conditions” in their review of this digital camera. Dxomark.com mentioned “The sensor in A7S II has impressive low-light performance — in fact, very impressive high ISO dynamic range, particularly between ISO3200”.

Seventy-three owners who bought it considered that it was able to produce good images. Videomaker.com said “Image stabilizationhandheld” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “Incredible high ISO image quality”. Pc Mag also wrote “Full-frame image sensor” in their review.

Nineteen customers concluded that it had a good ISO range. Digitaltrends.com said “Whopping 409 600 ISO”. Two years ago Techradar said “Super, high ISO ISO 409 600 maximum”. Techradar also said “Maximum sensitivity setting of ISO 409 600” in their review.

Eighteen customers wrote in their reviews that the product had a good picture resolution. Pc Mag mentioned “5fps burst shooting”. Pc Mag also wrote “Vertical shooting grip available” in their review. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote “Also, if youre looking for a camera that delivers huge amounts of detail thanks to a high resolution” .

Eighteen customers who bought it thought it had a good image sensor. Videomaker.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “It features a full-frame 35mm sensor”. Expert website Whatdigitalcamera.com said “Where its brother the A7R II uses a 42-megapixel sensor for massive amounts of detail, this camera pares the resolution all the way down to 12 megapixels to rad” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk said “It broke new ground with the combination of an impressive full frame sensor in a portable” in their review of this digital camera.

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No Built-In Flash

Three customers wrote in their reviews that it did not have a good flash. Pc Mag wrote in their review of the Sony Alpha A7S “No built-in flash”.


Weight & Dimensions

Compact, Dust and Moisture-Resistant Body

Twenty-one people said in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A7S was compact. Pc Mag gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and said three years ago “Compact, dust and moisture-resistant body” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago expert website Stuff.tv said “It's Sony's priciest compact system camera –” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product 4 stars out of 5. Stuff.tv also mentioned “Of all Sony's compact system cameras” in their review.

Seven people wrote in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Shutterbug.com said “It has a somewhat reworked body design”. In April last year Scott gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he wrote in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “4K internal (duh) Better body build Custom function buttons Even better low light Faster startup time”. Rob said last year “I had the A7s this upgraded model is a huge improvement, everything is better including body design as well as peaking” in his review of this digital camera.

Six people said in their reviews that the product was heavy and bulky. Cameralabs.com mentioned on expert website Camera Labs “So it inherits the upgraded viewfinder, built-in stabilisation, chunkier grip and repositioned controls last seen on the”. Oktay rated the product 80 out of 100 and wrote “Screen tilt is limited Heavy for its size Battery life very short, you will need 4 batteries for few hours of serious shooting” in their review of this digital camera. Lam mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “This one is also bigger and heavier which is better for most people because the A7S feels a bit too small” and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Four people concluded that this digital camera was lightweight. Phil Peterson wrote on Bhphotovideo.com last year “Sony has managed to make a camera with all the advantages of a full frame sensor in a small, lightweight size” but he only gave it a score of 1 stars out of 5. Agent Roux wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “They are small, lightweight and packed with technology”. Gc_photo mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Thankfully you can use simple cell phone USB chargers that are very inexpensive, small and lightweight”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was thin. Marc said on Bhphotovideo.com “The internal stereo mic is actually amazing, not thin, reproduces bass very well”. One owner who reviewed it concluded that it was good structurally. Anthony gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he said in his review of this digital camera “Solid build construction”.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 1.08 grams, the Alpha A7S is one of the lighter latest low megapixel digital cameras amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. Across all the recently released comparable spec digital cameras the weights range from 1g to 590g, and the average weight is 260g.

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Support

Good Support

Thirteen people who purchased this digital camera agreed that it had good technical guidance. Kendall gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he wrote in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Read the manual and you'll be fine”. Larson mentioned “Sweet spot on my old manual nikon F1.4 Lens) has every bit of detail in 4k video” and rated the Sony Alpha A7S a maximum of 5 stars. Last year Photomatt said “I'm impressed with the manual focus features of peaking guide” and scored it 80 out of 100.


Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Sony Alpha A7S supports Wi-Fi, as do most of the other new low megapixel digital cameras.

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Design

Great Fullframe Image Quality, Sturdy Build and Small Scale Design, Great Electronic Viewfinder Quality, Tiltangle LCD With Large View, Two Batteries Included

Twenty-three people who reviewed it wrote that it was well made. Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this digital camera “Quality build” . Marc wrote “Camera feels very solid, grip feels solid” and gave this digital camera a rating of a maximum of 5 stars. M Ryan gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote in April last year “It's solid, feels great in the hand”.

Six owners agreed that the product was strong and durable. Stuff.tv gave the Sony Alpha A7S a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Metalbodied toughness”. In April last year Leapman said on Bhphotovideo.com “The body of the camera feels very sturdy and is nice”. Three years ago Luke Sargent wrote “Aside from just amazing video/photo quality the form function of the camera is amazing, incredibly small, light and durable”.

One customer concluded that it was reliable. Paddertheadder mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “With an external v lock battery I can run the camera all day in a remote location reliably”.

One customer who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was good at resisting water ingress. House Photographer mentioned “I wish it had better seals and was waterproof instead of water resistant” in their review of this digital camera.

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Superb Video Quality

Fifty people considered that it was good quality. Stuff.tv mentioned in their Sony Alpha A7S review “Superb video quality”. Pocket Lint mentioned “Great fullframe image quality, sturdy build”. In April last year Camerastuffreviewcom said “High image quality, certainly at high ISO values” in their review of this digital camera and scored this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Great Control Layout

Twenty-nine owners concluded that the product was easy to use. Techradar mentioned in their Sony Alpha A7S review “Lots of control over video”. Pc Mag said on PC Mag three years ago “Great control layout”. Expert review site Reviewed.com gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “We think some really talented artists will be able to use this as an incredible tool.”.

Twenty owners who purchased the product thought it was easy to use the menus. Two years ago Trusted Reviews said in their review of this digital camera “Solidny i uszczelniony korpus wykonany ze stopu magnezu, wygodny, dobrze wyprofilowany uchwyt, optymalna liczba elementw sterujcych (w tym wikszoci konfigurowalnych), dobrze zorganizowane menu, dobrej” and rated the product 80 out of 100. Marc said in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Buttons are very responsive and feel good, you can change settings really fast once you have some muscle memory going” and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Kendall gave the product a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he mentioned “The focus peaking is great when used on the lowest setting (it's passable on the higher settings.”.

Four customers thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Kasparskursiss wrote “Eyefinder, probably mostly due to ergonomics, isn't designed for merely comfortable eye positioning to it”. Cgalvez rated the product a maximum of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “It is a comfortable and versatile team”. Homerc67 mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com last year “I was able to get comfortable using it very quickly” and gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars.

Three owners agreed that the product was easy to handle. Dcbf wrote in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com last year “If handles correctly it is the perfect b-cam for the FS7”. Dracunculus said on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Handles nicely, compact, great viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera but even so they only gave it a rating of 3 stars out of 5.

Three customers who bought it thought it was easy to setup. In April last year Trireme said “Though technically sophisticated, this instrument is easy to set up and use” and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Jd wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “I spent a good chunk of time setting up all of my shortcuts”. Jack the Ripper rated the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he said on Bhphotovideo.com “Camera is well built, easy to setup and handle”.

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Beautiful 4K Footage

Thirty-three owners thought it was good looking. Videomaker.com wrote “Beautiful 4K Footage”. Camerastuffreviewcom said in their review of the Sony Alpha A7S “Beautiful 4K video, that is stored incamera”. Mayala mentioned in their review of this digital camera “This camera produces a beautiful image and the Full Frame aesthetic is quite superb” but despite that they scored the product 2 stars out of 5.

Five owners thought the product was well designed. Pc Mag gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said “Dust- and moisture-resistant design”. Ephotozine.com said on Ephotozine “The Sony Alpha A7S Mark II (ILCE-A7SM2) offers the improved handling and design of the A7 Mark II”. In April last year Global Photographer gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and said on Bhphotovideo.com “Great product design.” in their review of this digital camera.

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was ergonomic. Trusted Reviews said “Muchimproved ergonomics” in their review of this digital camera and scored it 80 out of 100. Evolv Media wrote in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “I think the ergonomics are very comfortable overall”.

Two people wrote in their reviews that it was smooth. Kasparskursiss wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Smooth handheld panning - what? When not filming, I use the camera for personal photography” in their review of this digital camera. Gypsy Creative wrote “Still get smooth shots”.

One person who purchased it thought it was ugly. Phil Peterson said on Bhphotovideo.com last year “The Bad and The Ugly The Good As all the camera reviews state”.

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Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One owner mentioned that it was good in terms of connectivity. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera three years ago “The model features the same Wi-fi and NFC connectivity which so impressed on the other two models” .


Display

Average Display Diagonal

The Alpha A7S has a relatively standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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