Juraj Lacko: Well now you guys will learn OVF is better for MF
FYI: You can easily buy dedicated matte screens for manual focusing for any modern DSLR (despite of what dPreview said - that also includes Nikon Df).
"I wonder how many of the commenters here tried that route?" - apparently: more than tried using manual focus glass with mirrorless cameras. (that's mostly because of how unpopular mirrorless are comparing to DSLRs - and glass like Helios 44M-4 is one of most commonly recommended beginner primes for DSLRs).
The Scurvy Dog of PR: Jesus! Stop using Auto ISO. I NEVER use it. How stupid is that? I have an NEX-7 I ONLY use with old 3rd party lenses and love it. I'm sorry the reviewer 'doesn't get it', but they continue this rant through the entire review. Get over it already!
"ISO is a minor variable in photography." - LOL
HubertChen: Thank you for this great Article. I was contemplating to buy the Sony a7. I am currently using a Pentax DSLR and got very used to shoot exclusively with manual focus lenses in Live-view. Pentax has no EVF option. So I am using a very big LCD viewfinder. The EVF of the Sony is very renowned and considering that the Sony is Fullframe and all my lenses are full frame I was very tempted. Until I read your Article that is.
There are a couple of things I love about my K30 that apparently the Sony does not have:1) With one button press I can engage magnification for manual focusing2) I can dynamically adjust magnification in an instance with the rear wheel3) Shake reduction works exceptionally well. I frequently shoot with my 50mm lens in 1/15s and get razor sharp results4) Almost no jelloing in magnification view up to 200mm.
A pity the Pentax has no short flange mount. You would be very happy with the User Interface. Buttons are where you want them.
"I can dynamically adjust magnification in an instance with the rear wheel" - I don't know about A7, but SLTs do have that."Almost no jelloing in magnification view up to 200mm" - same here.
PWRUSS: Just a note on fast lenses on the A7 / A7R, the Canon 85mm f1.2 works fine. So for most users there is nothing to be concerned about.
I thought it's to make photographs.But seems like I was wrong. Hipsters won once again.
Elaka Farmor: One of the cons "Limited battery life". I have not yet seen any camera with unlimited battery life ;-)
Life's harsh, isn't it? ;)
Dimit: Fact: THE A7 is the best MIRRORLESS camera AS OF THIS VERY MOMENT.Period.Minor improvements can be made in future as in every other manufacturer's model,isn't it self understood?As far as the jpeg's peformance,I can assure it's STUNNING!..and I'm not on a ''noise reduction on'' habbit.Just LEARN the camera and you're OK.The-otherwise respectable-reviewers may find some digitally oriented faults-which one can easily overcome-but ,as far as I can gather seeing their photo samples,they are not experienced ''photographers'' Every sinle camera has it's pros and cons but for what Sony has achieved,this tool is A REVOLUTION,NOT JUST EVOLUTION.Platinum award for those who know!!!P.S. Don't bother with all junk lenses which you can anyway use..FE Zeiss are excellent,bespoke made.No comparison with Canikon ones.
TrojMacReady - people voted with their wallets for cheap-fast. That's compacts, and they get most sales of all dedicated camera.We talk here about preference, not sales number (though A7 looses in both: sales and user preferences).
Rooru S: "But, while it has done a remarkable job creating these two cameras, we feel that some refinements are necessary in order to make them more competitive with the likes of the Canon EOS 6D and Nikon D610."
Why compare it to SLRs when it's a mirrorless we are talking about???
So what - let's run comparison with Nikon 1?Don't be silly.
iAPX: What is the interest of a FULL FRAME mirorless?
If this is size, maybe we should use them with a pancake (there are none), not with the big lenses that are offered. It's even worse when you look at the adapters for old Sony lenses.
Do they have any commoon sense at sony?!?
If image quality is your main concern: use a proper DSLR.
This camera got very little to offer in that regard (mostly because huge lack of any lens line up what so ever. What they have now are... what? 4 random lenses? What a joke).
Akpinxit: "FF" as for now meant "premium" . Not much so with a7 . With its' current handling issues (FPS , JPGs and compressed RAW , lens choice ) this is just another annual model ammature update , which by chance got included big sensor .
?! noone ever used? lol
Rob Sims: Not that I necessarily disagree with points made in this article, but the article does read very negatively - especially considering that this is the cheapest FF camera on the market - the same price as some m43 cameras but with much better image quality (the first important thing...).
I've never taken a JPG photo out of this camera, so perhaps that's why I'm enjoying this camera so much. I'd go as far as to say I'm enjoying this camera even more than when I first got my Nikon D700 five years ago (for almost twice the price), and as a result it's coming everywhere with me (...the other most important thing).
Leica makes rangefinders, not mirrorless. Rangefinders been here long before mirrorless term even appeared.
ragmanjin: Kicking the dead horse again here but this camera, too, was released later than the Pentax K-3. When is that review slotted for again?It would be nice if reviews happened in chronological order rather than by preference. At the least it would save you a lot of back-peddling and accusations of favouritism.Just my two cents.-Raj
@Resom - just to be clear: I'm opposed of scoring camera based on adapters regardless which one it is. Though - yes - you are right: all cameras should be treated the same way when possible.
Mister J: No bult-in flash? No A7 for me then, as clunky add-ons add time, weight, and a camera bag to my load. Looks reasonable otherwise, though since I'm mostly a jpg shooter, maybe not the best to go for. Think the Pana GM1 more me.
Ian - and if you have a build-in flash you always use it for lighting your photos, right? Haven't discovered commander mode yet?
Docmartin: Lossy RAW compression in a FF camera? This is a no go !!!
Sony advertise the A7/A7R as 14 bit colour depth, but apparently it even lags behind the 12 bit of smaller (e.g. MFT) sensor cameras?
Note: lossless compression is not the same as lossy compression.
A7 uses lossy compression.
No, it's not a revolution, no it's not the best mirrorless ever. People voted - it couldn't even get a first spot for best mirrorless last year. So don't get too excited, fanboy.
Limited comparing to other cameras in similar price point (which got far better performance).
My English is far from perfect yet I understood that statement just fine - no idea why you can't.
Because of it's price point and sensor size (and the fact that it's also an interchangeable lens camera).
GM1 is completely different type of camera :) Just compare a size - GM1 is actually a pocketable, small mirrorless camera that brings some value in that over a DSLR. This one? Is just little bit smaller (mostly in depth) than a DSLR, but still bulky enough for you to carry it exactly as if you'd carry a DSLR, so... if you are concerned about size - A7 is not an option.
new boyz: Silver only.. but at least it got reviewed, hahahaha.
Well, they scored it for what it is. Certainly silver award was generous, but it seems like many people here somehow think that this camera should get 99% score and triple gold award, lol.
Sean65: Seems to me that Sony, Olympus,Fuji et al all started to grab market share by producing small cute cameras but are now slowing growing into small SLR cameras.
Lets face facts here, if you're serious about photography and want serious features you also want a camera that is comfortable to hold. and that is exactly why SLR design is so good.
Maybe we're seeing the end of cute retro at last.
"all started to grab market share" - no, they did not. All of the mirrorless cameras are LOOSING market share. Just go, check statistics. http://petapixel.com/2013/12/30/report-claims-nikon-canon-sony-will-survive-smartphone-revolution/
@harold1968 - stop this mirrorless propaganda, please. A7 is LOUDER than any other modern DSLR on a market. And it's roughly as bulky as most of DSLRs (not as deep, but in all the other dimensions it's pretty much the same, so you need a bag for it anyway - neglecting any advantage it might possibly have).
aftab: It is an excellent camera for some, but useless for most.
You got very loose criteria for "best ever made".This camera got the lowest score and fewest lenses of any full frame on a market right now. So if that's one of the best ever name than how you call all of the other? Better than the best?
And I can't imagine how possibly could A7 cover needs of 90% of people. More like: 10%. 10% that can live with adapters.