Sony a7C review: Compact size, big sensor image quality
The Sony a7C is the company's latest and smallest full-frame interchangeable lens camera. It fits a 24MP full-frame sensor and image stabilization into a body more closely resembling the APS-C sensor a6600.
A lot of work has clearly gone into making this one of the smallest full frame cameras available, whereas a lot of the features and capabilities are familiar. A new retractable kit zoom is being launched along with the a7C to help maintain those size savings.
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- 24MP BSI CMOS full-frame sensor
- Bionz X processor (same as in the a7 III)
- 'Real-time tracking' AF system with human head, face, eye, and animal recognition
- Oversampled 4K video at up to 30p, including 8-bit S-Log and HLG
- Continuous bursts at up to 10 fps
- Fully articulating 921k-dot touchscreen
- 2.36M-dot EVF with 0.59x mag.
- Mic and headphone sockets
- Dual-band, 2.4 and 5Ghz Wi-Fi
- Large 'Z-type' battery, rated to 740 shots per charge
The Sony a7C is available at a price of around $1799 ($2399 CAD) or with the new collapsible 28-60mm F4-5.6 kit zoom for around $2099 ($2699 CAD).
From the camera's controls to the image and video quality it's capable of, find out what exactly what you want to know about the a7C right here.
What's new and how it compares
The a7C fits almost all the capabilities of the a7 III into a body that has more in common with the a6000 series. This means a smaller viewfinder but few other compromises.
Body and handling
The a7C has three dials, all controlled using your thumb. It still handles pretty well, though, with a solid body and a small but pretty comfortable grip.
The a7C's main strengths are its size and convenience. This could make it a powerful travel or family camera. But there's a price to be paid, and this isn't necessarily a budget option.
The a7C produces both Raw and JPEG images that are a match for any of its peers. Dynamic range is excellent but you need to shoot large, uncompressed Raw files to get the full benefit.
Autofocus and video
The a7C's combination of size, image quality, AF performance and battery life make it a superb travel camera, but some awkward aspects of operation, including its small viewfinder, hold it back as a photographer's choice.
We've been shooting the a7C with both its kit zoom and the sensibly compact FE 35mm F1.8, to see what the camera offers.
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