Sony A7C Review

September 15, 2020 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Colour Options

Silver or Black

Lens Mount

  • E-mount

Aspect Ratio

  • 3:2

Number Of Pixels (Effective)

  • Approx. 24.2 megapixels

Number of Pixels (total)

  • Approx. 25.3 megapixels

Sensor Type

  • 35mm full frame (35.6 x 23.8mm), Exmor R CMOS sensor

Anti-Dust System

  • Yes (Charge protection coating on optical filter and image sensor shift mechanism)

Recording Format

  • JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.32, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)

Image Size (pixels) [3:2]

  • 35mm full frame L: 6000 x 4000 (24M), M: 3936 x 2624 (10M), S: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M), APS-C L: 3936 x 2624 (10M), M: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M), S: 1968 x 1312 (2.6M)

IMAGE SIZE (PIXELS) [4:3]

  • 35mm full frame L: 5328 x 4000 (21M), M: 3488 x 2624 (9.2M), S: 2656 x 2000 (5.3M), APS-C L: 3488 x 2624 (9.2M), M: 2656 x 2000 (5.3M), S: 1744 x 1312 (2.3M)

Image Size (pixels) [16:9]

  • 35mm full frame L: 6000 x 3376 (20M), M: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M), S: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M), APS-C L: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M), M: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M), S: 1968 x 1112 (2.2M)

IMAGE SIZE (PIXELS) [1:1]

  • 35mm full frame L: 4000 x 4000 (16M), M: 2624 x 2624 (6.9M), S: 2000 x 2000 (4.0M), APS-C L: 2624 x 2624 (6.9M), M: 2000 x 2000 (4.0M), S: 1312 x 1312 (1.7M)

Image Quality Modes

  • RAW (Compressed / Uncompressed),JPEG (Extra fine / Fine / Standard),RAW & JPEG

Picture Effect

  • 8 types: Toy Camera (Normal / Cool / Warm / Green / Magenta), Pop Color, Posterization (Color, B/W), Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Rich-tone Monochrome

Creative Style

  • Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia, Style Box (1-6)

Picture Profile

  • Yes (Off / PP1-PP10) Parameters: Black level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2, S-Log3, HLG, HLG1-3), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Saturation, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset

CREATIVE LOOK

  • -

Dynamic Range Functions

  • Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer, Auto High Dynamic Range

Colour Space

  • sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINOS Color

14bit RAW

  • Yes

Recording Format

  • XAVC S

Video Compression

  • XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Audio Recording Format

  • XAVC S: LPCM 2ch

Colour Space

  • xvYCC standard (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS Color

Picture Effect

  • 7 types: Toy Camera (Normal / Cool / Warm / Green / Magenta), Pop Color, Posterization (Color, B/W), Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Monochrome

Creative Style

  • Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia, Style Box (1-6)

Picture Profile

  • Yes (Off / PP1-PP10) Parameters: Black level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2, S-Log3, HLG, HLG1-3), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Saturation, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset

CREATIVE LOOK

  • -

MOVIE RECORDING SYSTEM (XAVC S 4K)

  • 3840 x 2160 (4:2:0, 8bit, NTSC) (Approx.) 30p (100Mbps / 60Mbps), 3840 x 2160 (4:2:0, 8bit, NTSC) (Approx.) 24p (100Mbps / 60Mbps), 3840 x 2160 (4:2:0, 8bit, PAL) (Approx.) 25p (100Mbps / 60Mbps)

MOVIE RECORDING SYSTEM (XAVC S HD)

  • 1920 x 1080 (4:2:0, 8bit, NTSC) (Approx.) 120p (100Mbps / 60Mbps), 1920 x 1080 (4:2:0, 8bit, NTSC) (Approx.) 60p (50Mbps / 25Mbps), 1920 x 1080 (4:2:0, 8bit, NTSC) (Approx.) 30p (50Mbps / 16Mbps), 1920 x 1080 (4:2:0, 8bit, NTSC) (Approx.) 24p (50Mbps), 1920 x 1080 (4:2:0, 8bit, PAL) (Approx.) 100p (100Mbps / 60Mbps), 1920 x 1080 (4:2:0, 8bit, PAL) (Approx.) 50p (50Mbps / 25Mbps), 1920 x 1080 (4:2:0, 8bit, PAL) (Approx.) 25p (50Mbps / 16Mbps)

SLOW & QUICK MOTION (SHOOTING FRAME RATE)

  • NTSC mode: 1fps, 2fps, 4fps, 8fps, 15fps, 30fps, 60fps, 120fps,PAL mode: 1fps, 2fps, 3fps, 6fps, 12fps, 25fps, 50fps, 100fps

Movie Functions

  • Audio Level Display, Audio Rec Level, PAL/NTSC Selector, TC/UB, Auto Slow Shutter, Gamma Disp. Assist

Location information Link from smartphone

  • Yes

Media

  • SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I/II compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I/II compliant)

Memory Card Slot

  • Slot for SD (UHS-I/II compliant) memory card

Recording mode on 2 memory cards

  • -

Noise Reduction

  • Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec., High ISO NR: Normal / Low / Off

White Balance Modes

  • Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent / Flash / Underwater / Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & color filter / Custom

SHUTTER AWB LOCK

  • Yes (Shut. Halfway Down / Cont. Shooting / Off)

Focus Type

  • Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF / contrast-detection AF)

Focus Sensor

  • Exmor R CMOS sensor

Focus Point

  • 35mm full frame: 693 points (phase-detection AF), APS-C mode with FF lens: 299 points (phase-detection AF), with APS-C lens: 221 points (phase-detection AF) / 425 points (contrast-detection AF)

Focus Sensitivity Range

  • EV-4 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)

Focus Mode

  • AF-A (Automatic AF), AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C (Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus

Focus Area

  • Wide / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot / Expanded Flexible Spot / Tracking

EYE AF

  • [Still images] Human (Right/Left Eye Select) / Animal, [Movie] Human (Right/Left Eye Select)

Other Features

  • Eye-start AF (only with LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 attached (Sold separately)), AF micro adjustment (with LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 (Sold separately)), Predictive control, Focus lock, AF Track Sens. (Still), AF Subj. Shift Sensitivity (Movie), AF Transition Speed (Movie), Switch V/H AF Area, AF Area Regist., Circ. of Focus Point

AF Illuminator

  • Yes (with Built-in LED type)

AF Illuminator range

  • Approx. 0.3m - approx. 3.0m (with FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)

Focus type with LA-EA3 (Sold separately)

  • Phase-detection

Metering Type

  • 1200-zone evaluative metering

Metering Sensor

  • Exmor R CMOS sensor

Metering Sensitivity

  • EV-3 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)

Metering Mode

  • Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot (Standard / Large), Entire Screen Avg., Highlight

Exposure Compensation

  • +/- 5.0EV (1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps selectable) (with exposure compensation dial: +/- 3EV (1/3 EV steps))

Exposure Bracketing

  • Bracket: Cont., Bracket: Single, 3/5/9 frames selectable. (Ambient light, Flash light)

AE Lock

  • Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. (On/Off/Auto)

Exposure Modes

  • AUTO (iAuto),Programmed AE (P),Aperture priority (A),Shutter-speed priority (S),Manual (M),Movie (Programmed AE (P) / Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M)),Slow & Quick Motion (Programmed AE (P) / Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M))

ISO Sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)

  • Still images: ISO 100-51200 (ISO numbers up from ISO 50 to ISO 204800 can be set as expanded ISO range.), AUTO (ISO 100-12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Movies: ISO 100-51200 equivalent (ISO numbers up ISO 102400 can be set as expanded ISO range.), AUTO (ISO 100-12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit)

Anti-flicker Shoot.

  • Yes

Scene Selection

  • -

Viewfinder Type

  • 1.0 cm (0.39 type) electronic viewfinder (XGA OLED)

Number of Dots

  • 2,359,296 dots

Field Coverage

  • 100%

Magnification

  • Approx. 0.59x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1)

Dioptre Adjustment

  • -4.0 to +3.0m-1

Eye Point

  • Approx. 20mm from the eyepiece lens, 17.5mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m-1 (CIPA standard)

DISPLAY FUNCTION

  • Histogram, Real-time image-adjustment display, Digital level gauge, Grid line, Focus check, Peaking MF, Zebra, Movie marker, For viewfinder, Monitor Off

Finder Frame Rate Selection

  • NTSC mode: STD 60fps / HI 120fps, PAL mode: STD 50fps / HI 100fps

Monitor Type

  • 7.5cm (3.0-type) type TFT

Number of Dots

  • 921,600 dots

Touch Panel

  • Yes (Touch shutter / Touch focus / Touch pad / Touch tracking)

Brightness Control

  • Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode

Adjustable Angle

  • Opening Angle: Approx. 176 deg., Rotation Angle: Approx. 270 deg.

Focus Magnifier

  • Yes, Focus Magnifier (35mm full frame: 5.9x / 11.7x, APS-C: 3.8x / 7.7x)

PlayMemories Camera Apps™

  • -

Clear Image Zoom

  • Still images: Approx. 2x, Movies: Approx. 1.5x (4K), Approx. 2x (HD)

Digital Zoom

  • Smart zoom (Still images):35mm full frame: M: approx. 1.5x, S: approx. 2x / APS-C: M: approx. 1.3x, S: approx. 2x,Digital zoom (Still images):35mm full frame: L: approx. 4x, M: approx. 6.1x, S: approx. 8x / APS-C: L: approx. 4x, M: approx. 5.2x, S: approx. 8x,Digital zoom (Movie):35mm full frame: approx. 4x, APS-C: approx. 4x

Face Detection

  • Face Priority in AF, Face Priority in Multi Metering, Regist. Faces Priority

Self-Portrait Self-timer

  • -

Others

  • Interval Recording, ISO AUTO Min. SS, Bright Monitoring, Copyright Info, Set File Name, Help guide, Video Light Mode, Zoom Ring Rotate

Type

  • Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type

Shutter Type

  • Mechanical shutter / Electronic shutter

Shutter Speed

  • Still images: 1/4000 to 30 sec., Bulb, Movies (NTSC mode) : 1/4000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps), up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode), Movies (PAL mode) : 1/4000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps), up to 1/50 in AUTO mode (up to 1/25 in Auto slow shutter mode)

Flash Sync. Speed

  • 1/160 sec.

Electronic Front Curtain Shutter

  • -

Silent Shooting

  • Yes (ON/OFF)

Type

  • Image Sensor-Shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation (Compensation depends on lens specifications)

Compensation Effect

  • 5 stops (based on CIPA standard. Pitch/yaw shake only. With Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens mounted. Long exposure NR off.)

Type

  • -

Guide No.

  • -

Flash coverage

  • -

Control

  • Pre-flash TTL[[F_DI0181]]

Flash Compensation

  • +/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)

Flash Modes

  • Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable), Wireless, Hi-speed sync.

Recycling Time

  • -

External Flash Compatibility

  • Sony α System Flash compatible with Multi Interface Shoe, attach the shoe adaptor for flash compatible with Auto-lock accessory shoe

FE Level Lock

  • Yes

Wireless Control

  • Yes (Light signal: Available with Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Hi-speed sync. / Radio signal: Available with Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Hi-speed sync.)

Drive Modes

  • Single Shooting, Continuous shooting (Hi+/Hi/Mid/Lo selectable), Self-timer, Self-timer (Cont.), Bracket: Single, Bracket: Cont., White Balance bracket, DRO bracket

Continuous Drive Speed (approx. max.)

  • Continuous shooting: Hi+: 10 fps, Hi: 8 fps, Mid: 6 fps, Lo: 3 fps

No. of recordable frames (approx.)

  • JPEG Extra fine L: over 215 frames, JPEG Fine L: over 223 frames, JPEG Standard L: over 216 frames, RAW: over 115 frames, RAW & JPEG: over 86 frames, RAW (Uncompressed): over 45 frames, RAW (Uncompressed) & JPEG: over 39 frames

Self-Timer

  • 10 sec. delay / 5 sec. delay / 2 sec. delay / Continuous self-time / Bracketing self-timer

Pixel Shift Multi Shooting

  • -

Photo Capture

  • Yes

Modes

  • Single (with or without shooting information Y RGB histogram & highlight / shadow warning), Index view, Enlarged display mode (L: 18.8x, M: 12.3x, S: 9.4x), Auto Review, Image orientation, Slideshow, Folder selection (Date / Still / XAVC S HD / XAVC S 4K), Protect, Rating, Display as Group

PC Interface

  • Mass-storage / MTP

Multi / Micro USB Terminal

  • USB Type-C® SuperSpeed USB 5Gbps (USB 3.2) compatible

Bluetooth

  • Yes (Bluetooth Standard Ver. 4.1 (2.4GHz band))

Multi Interface Shoe

  • Yes (with Digital Audio Interface)

Mic Terminal

  • Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)

Sync Terminal

  • -

Headphone Terminal

  • Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)

Vertical Grip Connector

  • -

LAN Terminal

  • -

FUNCTIONS

  • FTP Transfer Func.(Wi-Fi), View on Smartphone, Remote control via Smartphone, NFC One-touch remote, NFC One-touch sharing, PC Remote, BRAVIA Sync (Control for HDMI), PhotoTV HD

Microphone

  • Built-in, stereo

Speaker

  • Built-in, monaural

Compatible Standards

  • Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting

Type

  • Custom key settings, Programmable Setting (Body 3 sets /memory card 4 sets), My Dial Settings, My Menu, Reg Cust Shoot Set

Setting

  • Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion

Supplied Battery

  • One rechargeable battery pack NP-FZ100

Battery Life (Still Images)

  • Approx. 680 shots (Viewfinder) / approx. 740 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)

Battery Life (Movie, actual recording)

  • Approx. 140 min. (Viewfinder) / Approx. 140 min. (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)

Battery Life (Movie, continuous recording)

  • Approx. 220 min. (Viewfinder) / Approx. 215 min. (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)

Internal Battery Charge

  • Yes

Power consumption with Viewfinder

  • Still images: approx. 2.9W (with FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 OSS lens attached), Movies: approx. 4.5W (with FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 OSS lens attached)

Power consumption with LCD screen

  • Still images: approx. 2.7W (with FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 OSS lens attached), Movies: approx. 4.6W (with FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 OSS lens attached)

USB Power supply

  • Yes

Operating Temperature

  • 32 - 104 degrees F / 0 - 40 degrees C

Weight (with battery and memory card included)

  • Approx. 509 g / Approx. 1lb 2.0 oz (Body Only: Approx. 424 g / Approx. 0 lb 15.0 oz)

Dimensions (W x H x D)

  • 124.0mm x 71.1mm x 59.7mm, 124.0mm x 71.1mm x 53.5mm (FROM GRIP TO MONITOR) / 5 x 2 7/8 x 2 3/8 inches, 5 x 2 7/8 x 2 1/8 inches (FROM GRIP TO MONITOR)