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MILC 24.3MP CMOS Jan 2016
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35 Reasons For

Twenty Industry Awards

Experts rave about this Sony camera and have given it twenty awards.

This Sony digital camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by Ephotozine, Digitaltrends.com, Tomsguide.com, CNET.com.au, Photoreview.com.au, Ferra.ru and 3dnews.ru all of whom said that this MILC camera was outstanding.

The experts at six other expert review sites all concluded that they would recommend this Sony camera. This digital camera received a "Recommended" award from Trusted Reviews, Pocket Lint, Focus-numerique.fr, Hi-tech.mail.ru/, Gagadget.com and Vido.com.ua.

An other three expert review sites liked this Sony digital camera. The reviewer at Camera Labs gave this digital camera a "Highly Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement and the expert at DP Review gave it a "Silver" award and said it was great. This MILC camera also received a "Gold" award from Onfoto.ru.

Digital Versus and Les Numeriques.com both gave this camera a "5 Star" award and PhotographyBlog.com gave it an "Essential" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

Thirty-nine experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review, CNET.com and Ephotozine have rated this camera on average 87%.

Excellent Owner Reviews

The average owner rating of this MILC camera is 90% based on 690 owner reviews.

Good Quality Pictures

Thirteen Sony Alpha A7 owners who bought the product considered that it was able to produce good images. Expert website Pcmag.com mentioned “The Sony Alpha 7 is a fast-shooting, full-frame mirrorless camera that is capable of capturing some impressive images.” and scored it 5 stars. Expert review site Cnet.com.au wrote “The Sony A7 opens up the magic of full-frame photography to an entirely new audience”. Expert review site Photoreview.com.au said “Sony's new ILC-a7 cameras are certain to excite both professional photographers and serious enthusiasts alike –” in their review of this digital camera.

Several Sony Alpha A7 owners who reviewed it thought it had a good image sensor. Mobiletechreview.com wrote “@lisagade) The Sony Alpha a7 is the first ILC (interchangeable lens camera) mirrorless camera with a full frame sensor” in their Sony Alpha A7 review. Expert review site Pocket-Lint.com said in their review “Big sensor, small size, affordable price”. Pocket-Lint.com also wrote “The key feature of the A7 is that it has a full-frame sensor yet compact body”.

One customer who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it had a good picture resolution. One person mentioned that it was good in low light. Expert website Steves-Digicams.com wrote “Accurate AFAmazing image quality Outstanding low-light performanceHigh Res 3.0-inch LCD tilts for tou”.

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Good Size

A number of Sony Alpha A7 reviewers who purchased the product said that it was compact. Four years ago Photographyblog.com mentioned in their Sony Alpha A7 review on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “The Sony A7 is the world's first 35mm full-frame compact system camera (along with the A7R that was launched at the same time”. Three years ago expert review site Tomsguide.com gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars and said in their review of the Sony Alpha A7 “Good ergonomics in a compact design”. Four years ago Techradar.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Techradar “Introduction The compact system camera market is still relatively new in the camera world.”.

One Sony Alpha A7 reviewer who purchased the product considered that it was thick.

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Good Product Quality

Several Sony Alpha A7 reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it was good quality. Four years ago expert website Trustedreviews.com mentioned “A number of irrefutable factors mean that the very best in image quality is still delivered from full-frame sensors”. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned in their review of the Sony Alpha A7 three years ago “Stunning image quality for the size” . Expert website Popphoto.com wrote also three years ago “Excellent image quality up to ISO 800 What's Not”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A few Sony Alpha A7 reviewers who purchased it mentioned that it was mirrorless. Four years ago expert website Ephotozine.com rated this digital camera as very good and said “With the Sony A7R, they are also claiming the World's smallest and lightest full frame mirrorless” in their Sony Alpha A7 review. Three years ago Tomsguide.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Sony's Alpha a7 is a pro-level mirrorless camera that offers excellent full-frame performance”. Cameralabs.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Sony A7 review The Sony Alpha A7 is a mirrorless system camera with a full-frame sensor”.

Reasonably Priced

A few Sony Alpha A7 reviewers considered that it was good value for money. Cnet.com said “Sony Alpha ILCE-7 (A7) is a great alternative to similarly priced entry-level full-frame dSLRs, as long as you don't need speedy continuous shooting” in their Sony Alpha A7 review and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Cnet.com.au gave it a rating of 4 stars and said in their review of the Sony Alpha A7 on expert website CNET.com.au four years ago “Offering excellent value for money”. Expert website Digitalone.com.sg said “Both are reasonably priced full-frame mirrorless cameras.”.

Good Quality Lens

A number of customers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Expert review site Trustedreviews.com wrote four years ago “There are certainly issues when it comes to continuous focusing” and scored it 80 out of 100. Three years ago Digitalversus.com said “The Alpha 7 is faster to start up and has a slightly speedier autofocus” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Imaging-Resource.com said “It also boasts better autofocus and performance.”.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good lens. Expert website Thestar.com.my gave the product a score of 5 stars and mentioned “The A7 series also has a different lens mount compared to the p” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago expert review site Thunderbaylive.com wrote “This is the first full frame ILC (interchangeable lens camera”.

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Good Technical Features

A number of customers who purchased this digital camera considered that it had good features. Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned “A broad feature set with extensive custom options wi” in their review. Expert review site Dpreview.com wrote three years ago “Its compact size, broad feature set and very good Raw image quality make it a compelling option for those wanting a large sensor” in their Sony Alpha A7 review.

Robust

Three people who bought the product concluded that it was well made. Techreviewsource.com mentioned “The Alpha 7 is built f” in their review of the Sony Alpha A7 and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned three years ago “The a7 is well-made and feels solid in the hand” . Brisbanetimes.com.au said “This camera looks handsome, feels solid and has the output expected of full-frame digital sensors”.

One Sony Alpha A7 reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to damage or scratch. Expert website Dpreview.com mentioned three years ago “The Alpha 7 has broken new ground in the full-frame market, in terms of both size”.

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Nice Design

One customer who reviewed the Sony Alpha A7 thought it was ergonomic.

One person reckoned that the product was luxurious. Three years ago Expertreviews.co.uk rated this digital camera 4 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “At first glance it looks like a typical upmarket compact system camera (CSC”.

One person reckoned that it was good looking. Expert website Dpexpert.com.au mentioned “THREE GORGEOUS CAMERAS] by terry on 26 March 2014 THE NEW FUJIFILM X-T1 JOINS THE OLYMPUS OMD E-M1”.

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Sony Cameras Have Good Reviews

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

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Easy to Use

One Sony Alpha A7 owner who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Three years ago expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote in their review “I enjoyed shooting with the Alpha 7 thanks to the comfortable and well-proportioned handgrip, dual dials, logically positioned customisable controls”.

One person who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to use. Expert review site Techgoondu.com said “It's also a handy mirrorless camera system” in their review of this digital camera.

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Acceptable Noise Level

One customer who reviewed the product thought it was noisy. Brisbanetimes.com.au mentioned three years ago “The shutter is very loud” in their review of this digital camera.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Alpha A7 supports Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year do not support Full HD video.

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Supports Wi-Fi

Like most of the other latest comparable spec digital cameras, the Sony Alpha A7 supports wi-Fi.

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Fairly High Megapixel

New cameras have megapixels of between 12MP and 37MP, and the average megapixel is 20MP. With a megapixel of 24.3 megapixels, the Alpha A7 has one of the higher megapixels amongst digital cameras of this age.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on new MILC digital cameras.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is the most commonly found camera shutter type on cameras that were launched in the last year.

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6000 X 4000 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Alpha A7 has a higher still image resolution than most new MILC digital cameras. This camera has a 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s), whereas most MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have a 1824 x 1368 still image resolution(s). This Sony camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 3936 x 2624, 3008 x 2000, 1968 x 1312, 6000 x 3376, 3936 x 2216, 3008 x 1688, 1968 x 1112, 12416 x 1856, 5536 x 2160 and 8192 x 1856 and 3872 x 2160.

A 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best still image resolution amongst all latest MILC digital cameras.

A 1824 x 1024 still image resolution(s) is the worst still image resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera.

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Stereo Audio System

This digital camera has a Stereo audio system, which is the most frequently found audio system on MILC digital cameras that came out in the last 12 months.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The Sony Alpha A7 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This digital camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector type found on recently released digital cameras.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Alpha A7 has a greater number of supported image formats than most MILC digital cameras that came out in the last year. This digital camera supports a RAW image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by comparable spec cameras that were launched in the last year. The image formats supported "JPG" is also supported by this Sony camera.

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Nine Number of Diaphragm Bladess

The Sony Alpha A7 is a nine number of diaphragm blades camera.

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Quite Many Total Megapixels

The Sony Alpha A7 has one of the more total megapixelss (24.7 megapixels) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. The total megapixelss of recently released MILC digital cameras range from 13MP to 37MP, and the average total megapixels is 21MP.

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Has Nine White Balances

The Alpha A7 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This digital camera has a Shade white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on MILC digital cameras that have been available for the last year. The white balances "Auto", "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Underwater" are also found on this Sony camera.

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Has Four Photo Effectss

The Sony Alpha A7 has a greater number of photo effects than most MILC digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This Sony digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on new comparable spec cameras. The photo effectss "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this digital camera.

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 6000 x 4000 pixels, which is typical of many MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. 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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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the Alpha A7 is more than most MILC digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This digital camera has an Aperture priority AE light exposure modes, which is the most frequently found light exposure modes found on MILC digital cameras that have been around for the last year. The light exposure modess "Auto", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Supports Four ISO Sensitivitys

The Alpha A7 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This digital camera supports 25 and 600 ISO sensitivitys, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by cameras that were launched in the last 12 months. The ISO sensitivitys "100", "200" and "6400" are also supported by this Sony camera.

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Features Two Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Alpha A7 is more than most MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This Sony camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha A7. The auto focusing (AF) modes "Single Auto Focus" is also featured on this camera.

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TFT Display

The Alpha A7 has a better display than most digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most latest similar spec digital cameras 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.

This camera's display (TFT) is in fact the best display amongst all MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A7.

The worst display across comparable types of camera is LCD.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of latest similar spec cameras range from 52mm to 120mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 82mm. The Alpha A7 has one of the longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (105 millimeters) amongst MILC digital cameras of this age.

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12 Reasons Against

Not 3D

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha A7, the Sony Alpha A7 is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most new MILC digital cameras do not have a GPS (satellite). The Alpha A7 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

The Alpha A7 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other new MILC digital cameras are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Alpha A7 does not have an image stabilizer, although keep in mind that most of the other new MILC digital cameras also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Alpha A7 does not support video capability. Most of the other new MILC digital cameras also do not support video capability.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha A7, the Alpha A7 does not have a built-in flash.

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Heavy

The weights of recently released MILC digital cameras range from 230g to 630g, and the average weight is 370g. With a weight of 416 grams, the Alpha A7 is quite heavy compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7.

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Sony Alpha A7 is more than most latest MILC digital cameras. This Sony camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7. The flash modess "Flash off", "Hi-speed sync", "Pre-flash", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only 1440x1080@25fps Resolution At Capture Speed

The Alpha A7 has a 1440x1080@25fps resolution at capture speed which is higher than the 1280x720@60fps resolution at capture speed found on most digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. In addition, this camera have a resolution at capture speed of 640x480@25fps and 640x480@30fps. The worst resolution at capture speeds of all cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A7 is 320x240@25fps and the best is 1920x1080@120fps.

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Very Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The Alpha A7 has one of the lower motion JPEG frame rates (only 30 frames per second) amongst cameras of this age. The motion JPEG frame rates of cameras that were released in the last 12 months range from 30fps to 60fps, and the average motion JPEG frame rate is 43fps.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

At only 921,600 pixels, the Alpha A7 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A7. Across all the newly released comparable spec cameras the display resolution (numeric)s range from 460,000 pixels to 1,700,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 1,100,000 pixels.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Alpha A7 has a fairly long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (36 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year. MILC digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha A7 have minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 18mm and 53mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 27mm.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A7

Released Twelve Months Ago

Sony released the Alpha A7 twelve months ago.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Alpha A7 has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A7.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

SD compatible memory cards

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

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Average Digital Zoom

The Alpha A7 has a pretty average digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A7.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Sensor Format
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Type
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Lens Mount Interface
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Mounting Type
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Exposure Correction
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Video
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Expert Reviews

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6 April 2015

Sony's full-frame mirrorless camera gets a few but useful updates.Sony has a rather confusing naming convention for the Alpha A7 series. Not only is the Alpha name also used for its DSLRs but the... Read more…

Sony's ?7 cameras use FE lenses, a variation on the E mount, designed for 36 x 24mm sensors. Although you can fit regular E-mount lenses, most of these don't cover the full frame sensor, so frames...

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18 January 2015

Sony launched the ?7 II last month and ?7 S last June.Both are reasonably priced full-frame mirrorless cameras, but they are targeted at completely different users.Main differencesThe... Read more…

13 December 2014

Updated as on December 2014. Don't forget to bookmark this page, as we will be updating it regularly.Digital cameras have taken over the world. The world of photography has changed completely as a... Read more…

8 December 2014

This roundup contains the majority of current full-frame camera offerings available. Full-frame cameras have image sensors as large as a frame of 35mm film...

Small and lightweight
Tiltable LCD screen
Sharp OLED EVF
Wireless remote viewing and picture transfer
Incredibly small body for a fullyfeatured, fullframe camera
Have to purchase addons such as internal timelapse
No external charger for battery
Poor battery life
Grassisgreener syndrome when compared to its higherres sibling
Moderate performance
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Reviewed 19 November 2014 by Jim

I bought the Sony 7R 4 months ago and it has been at Sony repairs for 2 months. Sony repair is atrocious - could not be worse. You will never receive an e mail about their receiving your camera or... Read more…

Reviewed 27 May 2015 by Tvp

First let me state that I am a professional Photographer and Videographer and have been in business since 1985. I would also like to add to this that I have purchased hundreds of thousands of... Read more…

Reviewed 12 January 2014 by Brian Hrodgar
(Verified Purchase)

Coming from a Sony NEX 5N background (which I still use and rate highly) I'm loving the EVF, weather-proofing and Menus of the A7. Still to decide which flash to purchase for the camera. The only... Read more…

Reviewed 30 December 2013 by T.J.Byford

I bought into Sony's Nex system when they launched the Model 5 in 2010. At that time it was the smallest body to house a dslr sized APS-sensor. Unfortunately, the IQ of the sensor was only so-so,... Read more…

Reviewed 10 June 2014 by D. Clarke
(Verified Purchase)

It's probably worth saying that, the unloved Canon EOS M aside, there are no really bad mirrorless systems to buy into at the moment and that anyone in the market for the A7 or the A7R has... Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers sony a7, sony a7r, fotga a7, ilce7sm2, sony a7i, sony a7s, fotga a7r, sony a7ii, neewer a7, sony vgc1, sony a7se, tablet a7, fotga a7s, sony a7ri, fotga a7i, sony a7ser, sony ilce7, tablet a7r, tilta a7s2, fotga a7si, sony a7rii, fotga a7ii, fotga a7ri, tilta a7m2, neewer a7i, sony vgc1e, fotga a7sii
Barcodes 00000010087333, 00006509704583, 00027242874800, 00027242888722, 00027242888739, 00027242894273, 00600346546608, 00635131600548, 00635131600562, 00635131600630, 00699618406542, 00700315939612, 00702534252909, 00702971012883, 00702971012968, 00707948524642, 00707948535006, 00707948535013, 00712069725236, 00742920001605, 00742920001759, 00841434110404, 00845251061529, 00845251061536, 00845251061543, 00845251061550, 00845251061567, 00845251061574, 00845251061581, 00845251061598

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