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Sony a7 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

Sony has launched a new mirrorless camera with a 24.3 megapixel 35mm full frame sensor.

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Sony has introduced the Sony a7 mirrorless camera, which offers full frame photography in a compact mirrorless body. 

The camera features a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor with 24.3 megapixels, as well as a new BIONZ X image processor which will dramatically increase processing speed, as well as improving image quality and low light performance. It is cheaper then the new Sony a7R, also introduced today, which features a 36 megapixel sensor. 

Read our Sony Alpha 7 Hands-on Review with Sample Photos

Sony a7 Key Features

  • 24.3 megapixel full frame Exmor CMOS sensor
  • XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder
  • 3inch tilting screen
  • Full HD video, 60p, 25p
  • Clean HDMI output
  • Fast Hybrid autofocus
  • 117 phase-detection AF points
  • 25 contrast-detection AF points
  • Smart remote control, Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Tough magnesium weather sealed body
  • ISO100 to ISO25600, can be expanded to ISO50
The a7 will be available for £1300 body only, and £1550 with a 28-70mm lens. 

From Sony: The new α7 from Sony combines a 35mm full-frame image sensor and lens interchangeability in a truly compact body. Without compromising on image quality, shooting comfort, functionality or AF performance, the α7 delivers stunning photographs that were previously only possible on large, high-end cameras.

Sony Alpha A7 Large (4)
Alongside the new α7R, the α7 liberates photographers and cinematographers by combining amazing portability with all the advantages of full-frame photography and moviemaking, including higher sensitivity shooting with lower noise, a wider dynamic range, a shallower depth of field which enables dramatic defocusing effects like bokeh and compatibility with a newly extended range of full-frame lenses. 

Beautifully styled and crafted from a robust magnesium alloy body, the α7 is designed to sit comfortably in the photographer’s hand. Front and back dials plus a control wheel and exposure compensation dial allow intuitive adjustments while framing shots through the high-contrast, high resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder or on the tiltable 3.0-type LCD screen.

Together with the powerful new BIONZ X processor, the full-frame sensor also allows the α7 to shoot pro-quality Full HD video. You’ll enjoy rich, beautifully rendered movie footage with sumptuous colours and ultra-low noise, even in low light. Clear Image Zoom has been enhanced for video recording, delivering powerful close-ups without sacrificing pixel count. Pro-style movie features include an audio recording level control and display, plus a ‘clean’ HDMI output that allows video to be viewed on an external monitor or recorded on another device.

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An enhanced Fast Hybrid autofocus combines speedy phase detection AF with highly accurate contrast detection AF, which has been accelerated through a new Spatial Object Detection algorithm, to achieve among the fastest autofocusing performance of any full-frame camera. Even when capturing a subject partially turned away from the camera with a shallow depth of field, the face will be sharply focused thanks to extremely accurate eye-detection that can prioritise a single pupil. First, the phase-detection AF with 117 densely placed phase-detection AF points swiftly, and efficiently moves the lens to bring the subject into focus. Contrast-detection AF (25 points) then fine tunes the focussing in the blink of an eye. 

High-resolution still images can be displayed directly on a 4K television that offers four times the detail of Full HD. Support for TRILUMINOS Colour delivers a stunning palette of rich, natural colours when viewing movies and photos captured with the α7 on a compatible BRAVIA television with TRILUMINOS Display.

With both Wi-Fi with NFC, the α7 offers effortless one-touch wireless connections with your Xperia™ or NFC-compatible Android smartphone or tablet. PlayMemories Camera Apps further enhance your photo experience with a growing range of free and paid apps, spanning exciting new creative effects and filters, utilities and more.

Sony Alpha A7 Large (1)

The new ‘Multiple Exposure’ app automatically composites sequential exposures, making it easy to create beautiful and dramatic effects with a choice of pre-set artistic themes as well as manual blending modes.

Pre-installed in the α7, ‘Smart Remote Control’ controls exposure and shutter release from your smartphone. Great for tripod-mounted group shots and self-portraits, the app also sends photos automatically to your mobile device for on-the-spot sharing.ii

There is a choice of five new full-frame E-mount lenses to realise the sheer imaging power of the α7. The E-mount full-frame family includes two mid-range zooms by Sony and Carl Zeiss, two bright Sonnar T* primes and a premium-quality G lens telephoto zoom. There’s also a new-generation mount adaptor that gives photographers extra freedom to re-use their precious collection of full-frame A-mount optics with both cameras, including the newly-announced SAL70200G2 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM II telephoto zoom.

New accessories will also be available for the α7. The VG-C1EM grip extends shooting stamina via two NP-FW50 batteries, as well as providing greater user comfort during vertical shooting. The BC-TRW Battery Charger gives visual LED confirmation of recharging status. The FA-CS1M off-camera shoe can be used as an off-camera cable by connecting with a Multi Flash Cable. The LCS-ELCA premium leather soft carrying case extends the premium quality experience of handling and using the α7 while protecting your camera from scuffs and marks whilst being carried.

The light, compact new α7 interchangeable lens full-frame digital cameras from Sony is available for pre-order from the Sony UK website today and will go on general sale in UK from mid-late November.

Read our Sony Alpha 7 Hands-on Review with Sample Photos

Sony Alpha 7 Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels24.3Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)6000
Pixels (H)4000
Sensor TypeExmor CMOS
Sensor SizeFull-Frame
Sensor Size (width)35.8mm
Sensor Size (height)23.9mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution921k dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Underwater
Exposure Comp+/-3
Viewfinder Resolution2,359,296 dots
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 1440x1080
Video FPS60p, 25p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • Memory Stick (Sony)
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeInfo-Lithium Battery (NP-FW50)
Battery Life (CIPA rating)270shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsAC Adapter (USB), Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FW50), MicroUSB Cable, Shoulder strap

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16 Oct 2013 5:04PM
Wow !!!!......saving my pennies as I type this !!!!

The Alpha 7R with 34mgpx would be 'overload' for my computer, but this baby with 24mgpx
is sooooo mouth-wateringly perfect !!

127 x 94 x 48 (mm) is tiny for a 'full-frame', & 416gms in weight......a high-res. 2.4mgdot
EVF too !!

Set the C1 button to 'ISO', a direct Exp.Comp. dial, plus front & back control dials.....what
blissful control !!!!!!....stick the 24-70 lens on the front to cover everything I'd need !

If the resolution matches it's specs. (review please !), then I want one !!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the most exciting camera I've ever come across....drool, drool, drool !!Grin

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16 Oct 2013 11:45PM
I have recently been looking at getting myself a full frame camera and had managed to narrow it down to either the Sony A99 or Nikon D610. Sony was winning as I like having an articulated LCD and it was the only full frame to have one.

But then I kept being drawn to the Canon 6D as it is slightly lighter than all the others and to me weight matters.

and then I see this artical.......

...choice made I think so long as it fulfills its promise when it gets reviewed!

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