Sony A7 Review

December 5, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |

Sony A7 Specifications

Lens Mount

Sony A-mount NO
Sony E-mount YES

Lens Compatibility

All types of Sony A-mount lenses YES (Requires α-Mount adaptor)
All types of Sony E-mount lenses YES
Minolta & Konica Minolta α/MAXXUM/DYNAX lenses YES (Requires α-Mount adaptor)

Image Sensory

Image sensor type Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor
Image sensor colour filter R, G, B, Primary color
Size (mm) 35mm full frame (35.8×23.9mm)


Total sensor Pixels (megapixels) Approx. 24.7
Effective Pixels (megapixels) Approx. 24.3
Automatic White Balance YES
White balance: preset selection Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Custom, Underwater
White balance: custom setting YES
White balance: types of color temperature 2500 - 9900 k (G7 to M7,15-step) (A7 to B7,15-step)
White balance bracketing 3 frames, H/L selectable
ISO Sensitivity Setting ISO100 - 25600 equivalent

SteadyShot INSIDE

System: Sensor-shift mechanism NO
SteadyShot INSIDE scale (in viewfinder) NO
Camera-Shake warning (in viewfinder) NO
SteadyShot INSIDE capability NO
SteadyShot INSIDE compatibility NO


View on Smartphone YES
Send to Computer YES
View on TV YES


One-touch remote YES
One-touch sharing YES


Charge protection coating YES

Auto Focus System

TTL phase-detection system YES. Fast Hybrid AF. (Phase Detection AF + Contrast-Detection AF)
Contrast AF system YES
Sensitivity Range (at ISO 100 equivalent); EV EV0 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
Eye Start AF System (on off selectable) Only with LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 attached (Sold separately)
AF Area: Wide focus area NO
AF Area: Spot NO
AF Area: Local focus area selection NO
AF Area: Multi Point YES (117 points for phase detection AF, 25 points for contrast-detection AF)
AF Area: Center Weighted YES
AF Area: Flexible Spot YES
AF Modes Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus
Predictive Focus Control YES
Focus Lock YES
AF Illuminator YES (with built-in LED type)
AF Illuminator range (meters) Approx. 0.3-3.0m (FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OS)

Auto Exposure System

Light metering type 1200-zone evaluative metering
Light metering cell Full-frame Exmor™ CMOS sensor
Light metering: Multi segment YES
Light metering: Spot YES
Light metering: Center weighted YES
Exposure: Automatic YES
Exposure: Program Auto YES
Exposure: iAUTO YES
Exposure: AUTO+ NO
Superior Auto YES
Exposure: Shutter priority YES
Exposure: Aperture priority YES
Exposure: Manual YES
Exposure: Scene selection YES
Sweep Panorama YES
Anti Motion Blur YES
Exposure compensation +/- 5.0EV(1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps selectable)
AE Bracketing With 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1.0 EV, 2.0 EV, 3.0 EV increments, 3/5 frames (2.0 EV, 3.0 EV : only 3 frames) selectable


Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter Speed Range (seconds) Still images:1/8000 to 30&bulb Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4
Flash Sync Speed; second 1/250


Built-in-Flash Guide Number (in meters at ISO 100) -
Flash Metering System Pre-flash TTL
Flash Compensation +/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Built-in-Flash Recycling Time (approx. time in seconds) 4
Flash Mode Flash Off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync
Wireless flash mode YES
Red-Eye Reduction YES
Flash Popup NO


Type 1.3 cm (0.5) Electronic Viewfinder
Field of View (%) 100%
Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity) approx. 0.71 x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1) diopter
Eye Relief Approx. 27mm from the eyepiece lens, 22mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m-1diopter (CIPA standard)
Diopter Adjustment -4m to +3m

Live View

Live View YES

LCD screen

Screen Size 7.5cm(3.0type)
Monitor Type TFT
LCD Total Dot Number 921.600
Brightness adjustable YES
Tilting screen YES
Rotating screen NO


Drive Mode Single, Continuous, Speed-priority Continuous, 10 seconds and 2 seconds Self-timer, Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec delay 3/5 exposures selectable), Bracketing:Single, Bracketing:Cont, WB Bracketing, DRO Bracketing
Continuous-Advance Rate (approx. frames per second at maximum) Approx.2.5 fps
Number of Continuous Advance 5fps.
Recording Media Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC memory cards
Recording Format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Image Size L - JPEG (pixels) 6000 x 4000 (24M)
Image Size M (pixels) 3936 x 2624 (10M)
Image Size S (pixels) 3008 x 2000 (6M)
Panorama size:Max. degrees of sweep angle(focal length 16mm/18mm) Wide: horizontal 12,416 x 1,856 (23M), vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M), Standard: horizontal 8,192 x 1,856 (15M), vertical 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)
3D Panorama size:Max. degrees of sweep angle(Focal length:16mm/18mm) NO
Still Image quality RAW, RAW+JPEG, JPEG Extra Fine, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
Movie Recording Format AVCHD / MP4
Video Compression AVCHD Ver. 2.0 compliant / MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
Audio recording Format Dolby Digital (AC-3)/MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Movie recording mode - AVCHD 1920 x 1080(60p/50p 28Mbps), 1920 x 1080(60i/50i 24Mbps, FX), 1920 x 1080(25p/24p 17Mbps, FH), 1920 x 1080(25p/24p 24Mbps, FX), 1920 x 1080(25p/24p 17Mbps, FH)
Movie recording mode - MP4 1440 x 1080(30/25fps) Approx.12Mbps, VGA(640 x 480, 30/25fps), Approx.3Mbps
Noise Reduction (Long exp.NR) On/Off , available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.
Noise Reduction (High ISO NR) YES
Noise Reduction (Multi Frame NR) YES / Auto/ISO 100 to 51200
Color Space (sRGB) YES
Color Space (Adobe RGB) YES
Color mode/DEC/Creative styles Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia,Style Box, Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness
Dynamic Range Optimizer Off, Auto, Advanced: Level


White/Black Out Alert YES
Index Playback YES
Enlarge (Maximum magnification) L: 18.8x, M: 12.3x, S: 9.4x, Panorama (Standard): 25.6x, Panorama (Wide): 38.8x
Image Rotation YES
Auto Image Rotation YES


InfoLITHIUM Battery Indicator YES
Histogram Indicator YES
Exif YES
Exif Print YES
PictBridge NO
Menu Language English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Greek, Turkish, Russian
Depth-of-Field Preview NO
PRINT Image Matching III YES
Remote Release Terminal YES
IR Remote Control NO
DPOF(Digital Print Order Format) YES
Indicator of remaining memory space (CF) YES
Beep Sound On,Off selectable
File Number Memory On,Off selectable
Folder Name Mode Standard and Date
Operating Temperature (degrees C) 32-104/ 0-40 degree.


Video Out NO
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed YES
USB Mode Mass-storage, MTP, PC remote


Battery System NP-FW50
Supplied Battery NP-FW50
Stamina (battery life in CIPA condition) Approx. 270 shots
Weight (g) (Body only) Approx. 416 g


Width (mm) 126.9
Height (mm) 94.4
Depth (mm) 48.2