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Sony Alpha A7S Digital Camera

MILC 12.2MP CMOS 8x Jan 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Eleven industry awards
Nice design
Very impressive noise performance up to is 25600 is 51200
175 Reviews + 2 Awards
PhotographyBlog.com Essential Ephotozine Highly Recommended

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Reviews

Eleven Industry Awards

This digital camera has received eleven awards from experts.

The experts at review websites Digitaltrends.com and Vido.com.ua both recommend this camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

This low megapixel camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from both review websites Ephotozine and Reviewed.com, both of which said that this digital camera was exceptional.

The editors of two other expert review sites both endorsed this camera. The expert at website DP Review wrote that this Sony camera was very good and gave it a "Silver" award and it received a "Gold" award from review website What Digital Camera.

This Sony camera received an "Essential" award from PhotographyBlog.com, it received a "5 Star" award from Digital Versus and it received a "4 Star" award from 01net.com.

Les Numeriques.com gave this Sony digital camera a "5 Star" award and Imaging Resource.com gave it a "Dave's Pick" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Twenty-one experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review, What Digital Camera and Ephotozine have rated this low megapixel camera on average 87%. Experts think this camera is one of the better digital cameras of this age and type.

Good Owner Reviews

On average, people who bought this digital camera rated it as 89%. 118 reviewers (89% of all reviewers) gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 90% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 23,306 owner and expert reviews (including 262 verified purchases) for Sony cameras and found that on average Sony has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras. 92% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Design

Nice Design

Thirteen people said in their reviews that it was good looking. Mingas mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “There is a huge dynamic range and beautiful colors in the RAW files” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Phil Peterson wrote in his Sony Alpha A7S review on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The camera's sensor, processor and software create beautiful image files”. Ozark Harry mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Battery life is pretty short”.

Two customers who reviewed it mentioned that it was rough. Three years ago Repentsinner said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Revision one really needs some rough edges taken off” in their review of this digital camera yet they scored it 3 stars out of 5. Danlj mentioned “It shows a rough guess of the final image” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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Solid Build Quality

Ten people reckoned that the Sony Alpha A7S was well made. Website Walmart.com said “Beautifully engineered”. Three years ago Marc wrote “Camera feels very solid, grip feels solid”. Zombii said in their review of this digital camera in the same month “Build is very good”.

Two people who bought it considered that it was strong and durable. Designer said two years ago “It's durable and light weight”. Dangerh33 gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Very robust dynamic range” in their review of this digital camera.

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Solid Build Quality

Twenty-six people who purchased the product reckoned that it was good quality. Dp Review scored it 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned two years ago “Impressive image quality”. They also said “Solid build quality” in their review. And also mentioned “Very good image quality when shooting Raw”.

Lots of Control Over Video

Sixteen people mentioned that it was easy to use. Website Techradar.com wrote “Lots of control over video” and rated it 4 stars out of 5. Website Bhphotovideo.com scored it a maximum of 5 stars and said “Intuitive Controls”. Expert website Reviewed.com gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their Sony Alpha A7S review “We think some really talented artists will be able to use this as an incredible tool.”.

Nine owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned four years ago “Menu layouts” in their review of this digital camera. Marc wrote in his review of this digital camera “Buttons are very responsive and feel good, you can change settings really fast once you have some muscle memory going” . W. Ashley scored this digital camera 5 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “The menu system is easy to follow”.

Two people reckoned that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold. Dmc0511 mentioned in April last year “He loves them, great sound, very comfortable and he has hardly taken them off since he got them” and rated it 5 stars out of 5. Soundsleeperzzz said on expert website Johnlewis.com “The sound quality is amazing and really comfortable to wear” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5.

Two customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to handle. Tammy said in her review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “It handles better and the dials even easier”. Kptkarl scored it a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com four years ago “For me it handles great”.

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Other

Released Over a Year Ago

It was January 2016 when this camera was released.


Audio

Very Impressive Noise Performance Up to is 25600 is 51200

Four owners who bought the product wrote that it was noisy. Three years ago Ephotozine said “Very impressive noise performance up to IS 25600 IS 51200” in their review of this digital camera.

Vks wrote “Low light footage was still noisy”. Wichita Lensman said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The lack of noise at 8000 is amazing”.

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Completely Silent Shooting Available

Eighteen people said in their reviews that it was quiet. Three years ago website Digitaltrends.com said “Remarkably quiet in Silent Shooting Mode”. Dp Review wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Completely silent shooting available” . Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their Sony Alpha A7S review three years ago “Silent Shutter Option” and gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars out of 5.

Four owners who bought the product wrote that it was noisy. Three years ago Ephotozine said “Very impressive noise performance up to IS 25600 IS 51200” in their review of this digital camera. Vks wrote “Low light footage was still noisy”. Wichita Lensman said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The lack of noise at 8000 is amazing”.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Alpha A7S has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Alpha A7S supports video recording. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera also support video recording.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Alpha A7S supports Full HD video, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Sony Alpha A7S supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this digital camera supports a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080 pixels. 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.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Sony Alpha A7S does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Sony Alpha A7S has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Alpha A7S supports Wi-Fi, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Sony Alpha A7S supports Near Field Communication (NFC). Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera also support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Technical Details

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Alpha A7S has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Alpha A7S has a battery charger included. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also have a battery charger included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Alpha A7S has a batteries included, as do most of the other cameras that came out more than a year ago.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Alpha A7S has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than a year.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has a Headphone Outputs

The Sony Alpha A7S has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera.

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Has a Microphone in

The Sony Alpha A7S has a microphone in, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Has an HDMI

The Sony Alpha A7S has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

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Viewfinder

Very Large Viewfinder Screen Size

When compared to other cameras of this type and age that we have assessed the viewfinder screen size of, the Alpha A7S's viewfinder screen size of 0.5 inches is one of the largest. The smallest viewfinder screen size of digital cameras that were released one year ago is 0.2" and the largest is 0.5".

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Very Low Magnification

The Alpha A7S has a quite low magnification (only 0.71 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. Across all the low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera the magnifications range from 0.71x to 3.9x, and the average magnification is 1.5x.

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Light Exposure

Supports Two ISO Sensitivities

The Sony Alpha A7S has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of this type and age. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 51,200, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Sony camera. The ISO sensitivities 50 and 409600 are also supported by this digital camera.

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Picture Quality

Only 4240 X 2832 Pixels Image Resolution

The Alpha A7S has a 4240 x 2832 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 3008 x 2000 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras of this spec and age. Across all cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera the worst image resolution is 2560 х 1280 pixels and the best is 7952 x 5304 pixels.

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12.2 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12.2 megapixels camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 446 grams, the Alpha A7S has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera.

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Compact

Six customers who bought it thought it was compact. Website Walmart.com rated it 80 out of 100 and wrote four years ago “Small Compact” in their review of this digital camera. Lfong mentioned “Great Full Frame Compact Camera with changeable lenses”. Therese wrote two years ago “It is light, compact and produces amazing video” in her Sony Alpha A7S review.

Two people who bought it considered that it was heavy and bulky. Bscooper said on expert website Walmart.com “Adapter together is unwieldy and heavy” in their review of this digital camera. Dangerh33 scored the product 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “It becomes very front heavy”.

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Features

Good Features

Five owners who reviewed the product concluded that it had good features. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Lots of Features”. Website Bestbuy.com said three years ago “Features and many more”. Dpreview.com said in their review of the Sony Alpha A7S on expert website DP Review “Its compact size, broad feature set and very good Raw image quality make it a compelling option for those wanting a large sensor”.


Price

Reasonably Priced

Ten people agreed that the product was good value for money. Expert review site Imaging-Resource.com wrote “Yet it's even more affordable” in their review of this digital camera. Laslen scored this digital camera 80 out of 100 and said “However, they need to build their professional cameras at an acceptable quality for their price range” in their review of this digital camera. Zombii mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “If you're a low light shooter or shoot where the silent shutter is of value, this is the camera for you”.


Power

Good Battery Life

Eleven people wrote in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Good Battery Life” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5. Lmsavannah said in their Sony Alpha A7S review three years ago “It does not get particularly bad battery life.”. Luke Sargent wrote “The only downside is the battery life”.


Lots of Control Over Video

Twenty-two people who purchased the product thought it was good for video recording. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Excellent Video Capture”. Sailfish said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “My focus is video not stills” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Nima wrote in their review of the Sony Alpha A7S “The video is super nice especially with the right lens” but despite that they gave it a score of 60 out of 100.

Large, High Resolution Electronic Viewfinder

Eight customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good viewfinder. Dp Review wrote two years ago “Useful, high resolution electronic viewfinder” . Website Bhphotovideo.com gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned three years ago “Level In Viewfinder” in their Sony Alpha A7S review. Phil Peterson said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “The electronic viewfinder stopped working properly”.

Impressive Image Quality

Fourty-one customers who reviewed this digital camera said that it was able to produce good images. Website Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Excellent image quality even at very high sensitivities” and scored it 5 stars out of 5. Expert website Digitaltrends.com rated it 80 out of 100 and wrote “Wedding and event photographers should jump on it thanks to its quick response, along with outstanding image and movie quality.”. Expert website Reviewed.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Both models represented a huge leap forward for photographers” and rated it 5 stars out of 5.

Twenty-two owners who reviewed the product thought it was good in low light. Stuff.tv wrote in their review of this digital camera “Excellent in low light” and rated the product 4 stars out of 5. Three years ago website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Amazing Low Light” in their review of this digital camera. Mac Ruiz wrote “Everyone know that this cam has great low light” in his review of this digital camera.

Thirteen people who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Website Imaging Resource.com gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “Very high resolution”. Website Bhphotovideo.com said “Fat Pixels” although they scored it 3 stars out of 5. Phil Peterson wrote “The silent shooting mode is very nice, especially for use on movie sets although, under many indoor lighting situations, severe banding occurs”.

Seven owners who bought the Sony Alpha A7S wrote that it had a good image sensor. Website Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this digital camera “Sensor Does Not Overheat”. Vh scored it a maximum of 5 stars and wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “Nice and small, great sensor”. Tammy said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Same great sensor and so much easier to carry”.

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Focus Peaking Zebra Display

Eight people said in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A7S had a good autofocus. Ephotozine rated the product 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned three years ago “Focus peaking Zebra display” in their review of this digital camera. Mkizilay wrote on expert review site Johnlewis.com “Focus Peaking is a great feature for manual focus” and scored it 5 stars out of 5. Al said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “It is a joy to use with focus peaking” in his review of this digital camera.

Eight owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good lens. Website Walmart.com said “Legacy Lens Support” in their review of this digital camera and scored this digital camera 4 stars out of 5. Mkizilay wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Johnlewis.com “If you have good full frame lens”. Two years ago Sonyleicadave mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The adaptability of the camera to take almost any lens makes it a brilliant choice”.

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