Sony a7

24.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor | 3” articulating 921.6k-dot LCD | 1080/60p video with uncompressed output

What we like:

  • Small and well-priced full-frame body
  • Very good Raw image quality
  • Phase-detect AF on-sensor 

What we don't:

  • ISO performance lags behind peers
  • No programmable Auto ISO
  • No built-in flash

The Sony Alpha 7 is a full-frame E-mount mirrorless camera. It is very similar to its more expensive siblings (the a7R and a7S), except that it uses a 24 megapixel CMOS sensor with on-chip phase detection autofocus. Although the phase-detect area is limited to a more central region of the frame, it can work quite well to focus and track subjects quickly in conjunction with the scene analysis capabilities of the imaging sensor.

The superior AF system is the a7’s main selling point over the a7R/S, although image quality from its 24MP sensor is also excellent. We did find its ISO performance to lag behind its siblings and the best the competition has to offer, but its dynamic range in Raw is up there with the very best.

"A recent price-drop makes the a7 a real bargain, while you can still find it in stock"

Other features include a 3-inch tilting LCD, XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, Multi-interface (hot) shoe, Wi-Fi with NFC, and 1080/60p video recording. No less than four dedicated hard dials on the body of the a7 cameras ensure you always have access to shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation - something manual shooters will highly appreciate. A recent price-drop makes the a7 a real bargain, while you can still find it in stock. 

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