Sony A7S Review

5.0
July 2, 2014 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Size & Weight

Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2mm (approx. 5 x 3 3/4 x 1 15/16 in.)
Weight
Body Only: Approx. 446g (approx. 15.7 oz), With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo: Approx. 489g (approx. 1 lb 1.2 oz)

Lens

Lens Mount
Sony E-mount lenses

Sensor

Sensor Type
35mm full frame (35.6 x 23.8mm), Exmor CMOS sensor
Image Sensor Aspect Ratio
3:2

Recording (still images)

Image Size (pixels), 3:2
35mm full frame L: 4240 x 2832 (12M), M: 2768 x 1848 (5.1M), S: 2128 x 1416 (3.0M), APS-C L: 2768 x 1848 (5.1M), M: 2128 x 1416 (3.0M), S: 1376 x 920 (1.3M)
Image Size (pixels), 16:9
35mm full frame L: 4240 x 2384 (10M), M: 2768 x 1560 (4.3M), S: 2128 x 1200 (2.6M), APS-C L: 2768 x 1560 (4.3M), M: 2128 x 1200 (2.6M), S: 1376 x 776 (1.1M)
Image Quality Modes
RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Extra fine, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard

Recording (movie)

Recording Format (Movie)
XAVC S / AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4
Video Compression
AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Image Size (pixels), PAL*
AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (50p/28Mbps/PS, 50i/24Mbps/FX, 50i/17Mbps/FH, 25p/24Mbps/FX, 25p/17Mbps/FH), MP4: 1440 x 1080 (25fps/12Mbps), 640 x 480 (25fps/3Mbps)
Other Movie Functions
Audio Level Display, Audio Rec Level, Auto Slow Shutter, HDMI info. Display (On/Off selectable), Time Code/User Bit, Clean HDMI output for 4K, Picture Profile, Creative Style, Picture Effect, Rec Control, Dual Video Rec, Marker Setting

Shooting

Clear Image Zoom
Still / Movie: Approx. 2x
Lens Compensation
Peripheral shading, chromatic aberration, distortion

Storage Media

Compatible Recording Media
Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
Storage Media Slot
Multi slot for Memory Stick Duo / SD Memory card

White balance

White Balance Modes
Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight), Flash, Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & Color Filter (G7 to M7: 15 steps, A7 to B7: 15 steps), Custom, Underwater
AWB Micro Adjustment
G7 to M7 (15 steps), A7 to B7 (15 steps)

Focus

Focus Type
Contrast-detection AF
Focus Point
25 points
Focus Sensitivity Range
EV -4 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
AF Mode
Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus
Focus Area
Wide (25 points) / Center-weighted / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Zone

Exposure

Metering Type
1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Sensitivity
EV -3 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Metering Mode
Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Modes
AUTO (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Movie
ISO Sensitivity
Still images: ISO 100-102400, Movies: ISO 200-102400 equivalent (both expandable to 409600, for still: expandable down to 50)

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
XGA OLED, 1.3cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (colour)
Magnification
Approx. 0.71x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m)

LCD Screen

Screen Type
7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT
Total Number of Dots
921,600 dots
Brightness Control (LCD)
Manual ( 5 steps between -2 and +2 ), Sunny Weather mode
Focus Magnifier
35mm full frame: 4.2x, 8.3x, APS-C: 2.7x, 5.4x
Peaking MF
Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, colour: White/Red/Yellow)

Shutter

Shutter Type
Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter Speed
Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 step), Up to 1/50 in AUTO mode (up to 1/25 in Auto Slow Shutter mode), Still images: 1/8000 to 30 sec., Bulb
Electronic Front Shutter Curtain
Yes
Silent Shooting
Yes (On/Off)

Image Stabilization

Steadyshot
Not supported (image stabilization supported on lens)

Drive

Drive Modes
3/5 exposures selectable), Bracketing (Cont., Single, White Balance, DRO), Single shooting, Continuous shooting, Speed Priority Continuous shooting, Self-timer (10/2 sec. delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.) (10 sec. delay
Continues Shooting
Continuous shooting: Max. 2.5fps, Speed Priority Continuous shooting: Max. 5.0fps

Interface

PC Interface
Mass-storage, MTP, PC remote
HD Output
HDMI micro connector (Type-D), BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV HD, 4K still image playback
Multi Interface Shoe
Yes
Auto-lock Accessory Shoe
Auto-lock Accessory Shoe compatible with supplied shoe adaptor
Others
Microphone terminal (3.5mm Stereo minijack), Headphone terminal (3.5mm Stereo minijack), Vertical Grip Connector

Audio

Microphone
Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-XYST1M / XLR-K1M (sold separately)
Speaker
Built-in, monaural

Power

Supplied Battery
Rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50
Battery Life (CIPA, Still Images)
Approx. 320 shots (viewfinder) / approx. 380 shots (LCD screen) (CIPA standard)
Battery Life (CIPA, Movies)
Actual: Approx. 55 min. with viewfinder, approx. 60 min. with LCD screen (CIPA standard), Continuous: Approx. 90 min. with viewfinder, approx. 90 min. with LCD screen (CIPA standard)
External Power
AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (optional)

Operating temparature

Range
32°-104°F / 0-40°C

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