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Overall Score

Sony Alpha A7S

DP Review Gold PhotographyBlog.com Essential Ephotozine Highly Recommended What Digital Camera Gold
A multi award winning and 1 year old SLR camera
SLR 12.4MP CMOS No May 2016
Camera Type Megapixels Sensor Type Waterproof Release Date

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Sony Alpha A7S Review

With excellent reviews and at under 2 years old, we have ranked the Sony Alpha A7S number 558 across all digital cameras.
90
312 Reviews + 10 Awards
36
Missing Some Features
75
15 Months Old
Overall Score
49
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 49?

It has very good expert reviews and great user reviews with 89% of buyers recommending this digital camera to others. This digital camera has received 10 awards including a "Recommended" award from Focus-Numerique.fr plus one other site and a "Gold" award from What Digital Camera plus one other site. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
At over a year old this digital camera is slightly out of date, and newer digital cameras with more up to date technology are available. View the latest cameras 2017.
Customers report good product quality, it is easy to use and good picture quality.
It is missing some features:
Quite low megapixels sensor
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
Not waterproof
Wide range of maximum aperture numbers depending on lens used
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Good
42
Mediocre

How Big is the Sony Alpha A7S?

Sony Alpha A7S front dimensions

Sony Alpha A7S size in context

Sony Alpha A7S In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

10 Industry Awards

Digital camera experts love this camera and have given it 10 awards.

The writers at websites Focus-Numerique.fr and Digitaltrends.com both recommend this Sony camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

This camera was given a "Gold" award by both websites What Digital Camera and DP Review, both of which decided that this Sony digital camera was fantastic.

The authors at two additional expert review sites liked this digital camera. The author at website Reviewed.com thought that this camera was terrific and gave it an "Editor's Choice" award and it received an Ephotozine "Highly Recommended" award.

The writers at three more expert review sites all said that this Sony camera was very good. This camera received a "5 Star" award from both Digital Versus and Les Numeriques.com and it received an "Essential" award from PhotographyBlog.com.

One other expert review site decided that this camera was very good. This Sony camera received a "4 Star" award from 01net.com.

Good Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this camera is 86% based on 27 expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review and Ephotozine. This puts this digital camera in the top 13% of all the digital cameras when ranked by average expert review score.

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Owner Reviews Are Good

Based on 285 owner reviews this Sony digital camera has an average owner rating of 88%. Over 85% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 89% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Customers Report Great Product Quality

18 owners who bought it agreed that it was good quality.

Customers Report it is Easy to Use

Eight customers who purchased the Sony Alpha A7S agreed that it was easy to use and eight people who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was easy to use the menus.

Users Report Good Picture Quality

26 owners who reviewed it agreed that it was able to produce good images, 24 people who bought it reckoned that it was good in low light and five owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. four customers who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good image sensor, two owners who purchased the product wrote that it was good at handing highlights and shadows in pictures but however 10 buyers said that the product took poor quality photos.. three people who bought the product mentioned that it did not have a good picture resolution, three customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was not able to produce good images and three customers wrote in their reviews that it was not good in low light.

Sony Has Very Good Camera Reviews

We checked 32,324 user and expert reviews (including 10,628 verified purchases) for Sony cameras and found that on average Sony has very good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Sony has very good ratings specifically for its digital cameras. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report it is Robust

Five people who bought the product thought it was well made and two people who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was strong and durable.

Customers Report it is a Good Size

Three customers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was compact.

Users Report Acceptable Noise Level

13 people mentioned in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A7S was quiet.

Customers Report Excellent Design

11 customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was good looking and two people said in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A7S was smooth.

Users Report Excellent Battery Life

Seven people who purchased this digital camera thought it had a good battery life.

Users Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Four owners who reviewed it agreed that it had a good viewfinder.

Users Report Good Video Capture

17 people agreed that the product was good for video recording.

Users Report Excellent Technical Features

Three owners who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had good features.

Customers Report That it is Reasonably Priced

Six customers wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money.

Customers Report Good Lens Quality

Six customers said in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A7S had a good autofocus and four owners agreed that the product had a good lens.


Features

Quite Low Megapixels Sensor

The Alpha A7S's sensor megapixels of only 12.4MP is in the lowest 23% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature. The lowest megapixels of cameras is 0.3MP, the highest is 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP.

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera.

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

This camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabilizer depends on the lens being used.

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Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Sony Alpha A7S has an anti-dust function, unlike 91% of digital cameras which do not have an anti-dust function.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The Sony Alpha A7S supports Full HD video, which is unusual. 75% of cameras do not support Full HD video.

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Not Waterproof

The Alpha A7S is not waterproof. 92% of cameras are also not waterproof.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Sony Alpha A7S supports Wi-Fi, which is unusual. 72% of cameras do not support Wi-Fi.

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Supports Dioptic Correction

The Alpha A7S supports dioptic correction. 90% of digital cameras do not support dioptic correction.

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Wide Range of Maximum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The Sony Alpha A7S features multi burst mode. 87% of cameras do not feature multi burst mode.

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The Alpha A7S features flash exposure compensation, unlike 80% of digital cameras which do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Alpha A7S's display diagonal of 3" is fairly standard compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Alpha A7S has an HDMI port. 71% of digital cameras do not have an HDMI port.

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Fairly Large Viewfinder Screen Size

The smallest viewfinder screen size of cameras is 0.17", the largest is 8", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.41". The viewfinder screen size of the Sony Alpha A7S of 0.5" is fairly large compared to most other cameras. It is in the largest 10% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Has an Audio Recorder

The Sony Alpha A7S has an audio recorder, which is unusual. 99% of digital cameras do not have an audio recorder.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Sony Alpha A7S has a shoe mounting point. 90% of cameras do not have a shoe mounting point.

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Age

Released 15 Months Ago

This camera has been on the market since May 2016.


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