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Sony Alpha A7S Digital Camera

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MILC 12.2MP CMOS Apr 2014
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Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Sony MILC digital cameras have good ratings on average and across all cameras Sony is one of the superior manufacturers.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camera is Full HD, which is typical of many digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The Alpha A7S supports WiFi connectivity. Most of the other MILC digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Alpha A7S do not support WiFi connectivity.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 (£319.99).

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A7S, the Alpha A7S has a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Sony Alpha A7S supports Full HD video. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7S also support Full HD video.

Other cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might also want to look at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This camera supports an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Other cameras that support an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might also want to consider include the Sony NEX-5 (£574.80) which has better reviews.

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth looking at include the Olympus PEN E-P5 (£429.99) (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on MILC digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon 1 V3 (£629.00), and the Samsung NX2000 (£514.99) is also worth considering.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The Alpha A7S has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector found on MILC digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Alpha A7S.

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Very High Maximum ISO Speed

At 409,600, the Sony Alpha A7S has a very high maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A7S. The maximum ISO speeds of MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7S range from 2,500 to 410,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 23,000.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Alpha A7S is more than most digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Sony digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A7S. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Sony camera.

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±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The Alpha A7S has a wider light exposure correction than most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This digital camera has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction, whereas most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

This camera's light exposure correction (±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)) is actually the best light exposure correction across all cameras of this age and type.

Across similar types of camera the worst light exposure correction is ± 2EV (1/3EV step).

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Fairly Large Viewfinder Screen Size

With a viewfinder screen size of 0.5 inches, the Alpha A7S has one of the larger viewfinder screen sizes amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. The viewfinder screen sizes of digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Alpha A7S range from 0.46" to 0.5", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.49".

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Has Nine White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Alpha A7S is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Sony camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha A7S. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent", "Shade" and "Underwater" are also found on this digital camera.

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Has One Photo Effect

The Alpha A7S has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of this age and type. The most commonly found photo effect is Vivid, but this photo effect is not found on this camera. The photo effects Black&White are also found on this Sony camera.

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±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The Alpha A7S has a wider flash exposure correction than most cameras of this spec and age. This camera has a ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction, whereas most MILC digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a ±2EV (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction. Cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha A7S flash exposure corrections range from ±1EV (1/3 EV step) (worst) to ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) (best).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of this type and age. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Supports Two ISO Speeds

The Sony Alpha A7S has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 10,000, but this ISO speed is not supported by this Sony camera. The ISO speeds 50 and 409600 are also supported by this camera.

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Features Four Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Sony Alpha A7S is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The auto focus "Centre weighted Auto Focus", "Flexible Spot Auto Focus" and "Single Auto Focus" are also featured on this digital camera.

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TFT Display

The Alpha A7S has a TFT display which is better than most MILC digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. Most similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The best display of all MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha A7S is AMOLED and the worst is LCD.

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Supports One Power Source

The number of power sources supported by the Alpha A7S is more than most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most commonly supported power source supported by digital cameras of this type and age.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

Comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A7S have maximum focal lengths of between 27mm and 300mm. With a maximum focal length of 105 millimeters, the Sony Alpha A7S has one of the longer maximum focal lengths amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Short

At only 48.2 millimeters, the Sony Alpha A7S is fairly short compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha A7S. The shortest similar spec digital camera that was launched around the same time as the Alpha A7S is 36mm tall, the tallest is 110mm, and the average height is 69mm.

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Quite Small Minimum ISO Speed

MILC digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha A7S have minimum ISO speed of between 50 and 200. When compared to other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha A7S that we have checked, the Alpha A7S's minimum ISO speed of only 50 is one of the smallest.

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17 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Sony Alpha A7S does not support video recording, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Alpha A7S also do not support video recording.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a video recording and we think the Sony NEX-7, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Alpha A7S is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha A7S are also not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Samsung NX20 which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most MILC digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Alpha A7S do not have a GPS. The Sony Alpha A7S is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a GPS and we think the Samsung Galaxy NX which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony Alpha A7S is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras of this age and type are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Sony Alpha A7S does not have an image stabiliser, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Alpha A7S also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

Cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A7S have megapixel counts of between 2.3MP and 46MP, and the average megapixel count is 17MP. With a megapixel count of only 12.2 megapixels, the Sony Alpha A7S has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst cameras of this age.

If you are looking for a higher megapixel count then you might also want to look at the Nikon 1 S2 (£279.99) (14.2MP), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (£344.00) (16MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Features Six Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Alpha A7S is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras of this age and spec. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Pre-flash", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Alpha A7S has a greater number of camera file systems than most comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Sony camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7S. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "RAW" are also supported by this camera.

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Heavy

Digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Alpha A7S have weights of between 70g and 680g, and the average weight is 310g. The Alpha A7S is one of the heavier MILC digital cameras that were released more than two years ago (446 grams) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Lumix DMC-GH4 (£385.00) (480g and higher rated), the Lumix DMC-GH3 (470g and higher rated), or the Lumix DMC-GF3 (429g and higher rated) all from Panasonic.

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Quite Few Total Megapixel Count

Across all the cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the total megapixel counts range from 12MP to 48MP, and the average total megapixel count is 19MP. With a total megapixel count of only 12.4 megapixels, the Sony Alpha A7S's total megapixel count is one of the least amongst MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A7S.

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Only Features One Light Metering Mode

The number of light metering modes featured on the Alpha A7S is more than most cameras of this spec and age. The most frequently featured light metering mode is Spot, but this light metering mode is not featured on this Sony camera. The light metering modes Evaluative (Multi-pattern) are also featured on this camera.

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Only 4240 X 2832 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Alpha A7S has a 4240 x 2832 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. Most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7S the image resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels to 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Only 1920x1080@25fps Resolution and Capture Speed

The Alpha A7S has a 1920x1080@25fps resolution and capture speed which is higher than most digital cameras of this age and spec. Most cameras that have been available for a similar time to it have a 1920x1080@30fps resolution and capture speed. In addition, this camera have resolution and capture speeds of 1440x1080@25fps and 1920x1080@50fps and 640x480@25fps.

This digital camera's resolution at capture speeds (1920x1080@25fps) is actually the worst resolution at capture speeds amongst all cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7S.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the best resolution at capture speeds is 1920x1080@60fps.

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Only 25 Auto Focus Points

The Alpha A7S is a 25 auto focus point camera.

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Quite Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

At only 30 seconds, the Alpha A7S has a fairly short maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Alpha A7S. The average maximum camera shutter speed of MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A7S is 43s.

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Very Thick

The thinnest comparable spec digital camera that has been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha A7S is 22mm deep and the thickest is 95mm. With a depth of 94.4 millimeters, the Alpha A7S is very thick compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

Digital cameras of this type and age have minimum focal lengths of between 10mm and 42mm. At 36 millimeters, the Alpha A7S has a quite long minimum focal length compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A7S

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Sony released the Alpha A7S.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Alpha A7S has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7S.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Leica M (£129.00), or the Olympus PEN E-P5 (£429.99) which has better reviews.

If this MILC camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Leica T (Typ 701) (£850.00) (3.7") which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Alpha A7S has a fairly standard digital zoom (8 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

If you would prefer a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Olympus PEN E-PL7 (£319.00) (14x).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Format
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Exposure Lock
Flash Exposure Correction
Pre-Flash
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Audio System
Noise Reduction
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Connector Type
HDMI Port
Microphone in Socket
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Headphone Out Port
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Histogram
Camera File System
Live View
Playback Mode
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Near Field Communication
Wireless LAN Type
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Colour Temperature
Aspect Ratio
Technical Details
Image Processor
Built-In Speaker
Viewfinder
Speaker

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Expert Reviews

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10 December 2015

Like its predecessor, the sensor in A7S II has impressive low-light performance ? in fact, very impressive high ISO dynamic range, particularly between ISO3200 and 12800. But it comes at the...

29 September 2015

The A7S is an incredible camera that excels at shooting in low-light. The camera has proven itself to be tough; it's designed to withstand less-than-ideal weather conditions while delivering...

12 March 2015

Sony?s pricey compact system camera is a low-light master, but 4K video requires extra investment...

11 March 2015

Sony A7s: Amazing in its specialised fields The A7s isn't for everyone. It's Sony's priciest compact system camera ? and yet it feels specialised towards low-light shooting and professional...

2 March 2015

Its 1080p footage is the cleanest, most detailed we've yet seen, with virtually no moiré and often jaw-dropping low-light performance. Some of the low light advantage is undercut if you need to...

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Reviewed 20 August 2014 by Fast Movers

I professionally shoot high school, club, and collegiate sports. I own the Sony a99 and a7. I love the size, WiFi capability, and everything about the A7. However, on both of my above body's, the... Read more…

Reviewed 2 July 2014 by Sailfish
Sailfish would recommend the Sony Alpha A7s

My focus is video not stills...My Sony A7s arrived this morning. I've not put it down in 8 hours. I've been a Sony fan since the early 80's. I have used Sony broadcast products extensively and... Read more…

Reviewed 11 November 2014 by LeicaMark
LeicaMark would recommend the Sony Alpha A7s

Though I'm not a professional shooter, I have been snapping away for 50 years. I had a long love affair with Nikon that ended 9 years ago when I discovered Leica. I moved back to film and... Read more…

Reviewed 23 June 2014 by Gecofilms
Gecofilms would recommend the Sony Alpha A7s

Hello, my name is Gerardo Campos of Geco Films. We have been one of the few that have had the chance of testing the new photo and video camera SONY A7S. You can find our test in vimeo under this... Read more…

Reviewed 19 August 2014 by Jamesm1291
Jamesm1291 would recommend the Sony Alpha A7s (Verified Purchase)

Ever since the dawn of digital photography, my Bessa film SLR and a suite of excellent voitlander lenses have been languishing. When I saw the a7S, not much more than the size of a Leica, I... Read more…

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