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Sony Alpha A7S
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Sony Alpha A7S Digital Camera

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MILC 12.2MP CMOS 8x Apr 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
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Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

We checked 13,635 owner and expert reviews for Sony digital cameras and found that on average Sony has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically for its MILC cameras.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on cameras of this spec and age.

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Supports Wi-Fi

Unlike most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A7S which do not support wi-Fi, the Sony Alpha A7S supports wi-Fi.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Sony Alpha A7S supports Full HD video, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A7S.

Other digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to look at include the Fujifilm X-P.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Alpha A7S has a built-in flash, as do most of the other MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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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 commonly supported compatible memory cards on cameras of a similar age and type to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth considering include the Fujifilm X-P (SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Electrical Viewfinder Type

This digital camera has an Electrical viewfinder type, which is the most commonly found viewfinder type on cameras of this spec and age. Most compact cameras do not have enough space to accommodate an optical viewfinder and use the display screen on the back as an electrical viewfinder.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

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

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

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

A ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction is actually the best light exposure correction across all MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha A7S.

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

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is the most commonly found camera shutter type on cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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Stereo Audio System

This camera has a Stereo audio system, which is typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Very High ISO Sensitivity (max)

With an ISO sensitivity (max) of 409,600, the Sony Alpha A7S has a very high ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The lowest ISO sensitivity (max) of similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A7S is 1,600, the highest is 410,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 25,000.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The Alpha A7S has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago. This digital camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector type found on MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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12416 X 1856 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Alpha A7S has a 12416 x 1856 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras that were released around the same time as it. In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s)s of 4240 x 2832, 2768 x 1848, 2128 x 1416, 1376 x 920, 4240 x 2384, 2768 x 1560, 2128 x 1200, 1376 x 776, 5536 x 2160 and 8192 x 1856 and 3872 x 2160. Cameras of this age and spec still image resolution(s)s range from 1024 x 768 to 6000 x 4000.

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Quite Large Viewfinder Screen Size

At 0.5 inches, the Alpha A7S has a quite large viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. Across all the cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A7S the viewfinder screen sizes range from 0.46" to 0.5".

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Has Nine White Balances

The Alpha A7S has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of this type and age. This Sony camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago. The white balances "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent", "Shade" and "Underwater" are also found on this camera.

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Has Four Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Sony Alpha A7S is more than most MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has a Vivid photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on cameras of a similar type and age to the Alpha A7S. The photo effectss "Black&White", "Neutral" and "Sepia" are also found on this Sony camera.

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Fairly High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The Sony Alpha A7S has a quite high motion JPEG frame rate (50 frames per second) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha A7S. Cameras of this age and type have motion JPEG frame rates of between 24fps and 60fps.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This digital camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of a similar age and type 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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Supports Two ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Sony Alpha A7S is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 8,000, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Sony camera. The ISO sensitivitys 409600 and 50 are also supported by this camera.

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Features Four Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Alpha A7S is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. This Sony digital camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Alpha A7S. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Centre weighted Auto Focus", "Continuous Auto Focus" and "Contrast Detection Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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TFT Display

The Alpha A7S has a better display than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago 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. Across all MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago the best display is AMOLED and the worst is LCD.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

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

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the Alpha A7S is more than most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This Sony camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by digital cameras of this type and age.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

Digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Alpha A7S have ISO sensitivity (min)s of between 50 and 200. At only 50, the Alpha A7S has a very small ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

Most MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years do not support video capability. The Alpha A7S is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

We compared all the other cameras which also support video capability to this digital camera and we think the Fujifilm X-P is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

The Alpha A7S is not 3D. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Alpha A7S are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Sony Alpha A7S does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A7S also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other MILC cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A7S, the Sony Alpha A7S is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Sony Alpha A7S does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Very Low Megapixel

The Alpha A7S has a quite low megapixel (only 12.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The lowest megapixel of cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Alpha A7S is 7.9MP, the highest is 46MP, and the average megapixel is 18MP.

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

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

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Alpha A7S is more than most cameras of this age and type. This Sony camera supports a RAW camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by MILC cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A7S. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "Exif 2.3" are also supported by this camera.

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Heavy

MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago have weights of between 70g and 680g. With a weight of 446 grams, the Alpha A7S is fairly heavy compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the Fujifilm X-P (400g).

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Quite Few Total Megapixels

When compared to other cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha A7S that we have assessed, the Alpha A7S's total megapixels of only 12.4 megapixels is one of the least. The total megapixelss of cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A7S range from 12MP to 48MP.

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Only Supports Two Audio Formats Supporteds

The Sony Alpha A7S has a greater number of audio formats than most comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is PCM, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this Sony digital camera. The audio formats supporteds AC3 and LPCM are also supported by 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 digital cameras of this age and type. Most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it have a 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Alpha A7S the best image resolution is 8256 x 6192 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Only 25 Auto Focus (AF) Pointss

The Alpha A7S is a 25 auto Focus (AF) points digital camera. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha A7S have between 11 and 246 auto Focus (AF) pointss.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A7S

Released Over Two Years Ago

Sony released the Alpha A7S over two years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Alpha A7S has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 8 times zoom factor, the Alpha A7S has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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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
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Exposure Lock
Pre-Flash
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Audio System
Noise Reduction
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Magnification
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Connector Type
HDMI
Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Headphone Outputs
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Camera File System
Live View
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Wi-Fi Standards
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Technical Details
Image Processor
Built-In Speaker(s)
Speakers

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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 8 August 2014 by OE
OE would recommend the Sony Alpha A7s (Verified Purchase)

So far I am really impressed with this tiny camera. It will mix with my FS700 and C100 very well, and it probably spells the end of using my 5DmkII for video, I will keep it and my 7D for stills... Read more…

Reviewed 3 November 2015 by Company Man
Company Man would recommend the Sony Alpha A7s

I don't even know where to start. This is the best all-around camera I've ever owned. I shoot professional video and photography for a large corporation and freelance travel videos. The... Read more…

Reviewed 15 September 2014 by Pro producer
Pro producer would recommend the Sony Alpha A7s (Verified Purchase)

The best, although far from easiest, video camera for low profile documentary work I have ever used. There are only three real problems with the camera: 1. The rolling shutter is really hard to... Read more…

Reviewed 14 July 2014 by Zombii
Zombii would recommend the Sony Alpha A7s (Verified Purchase)

This is the camera I've waited more than 45 years for. It has no equal for low light use. Easily usable to ISO 64000 and decent even beyond. The silent shutter option is also a big plus. Why sony... Read more…

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