The Alpha 7R was one of the best cameras we tested in 2013, but what of its sibling, the Alpha 7? Phil Hall tests the 24.3-million-pixel, full-frame CSC, Sony Alpha 7
Sony Alpha 7 review – Our verdict
I enjoyed shooting with the Alpha 7 thanks to the comfortable and well-proportioned handgrip, dual dials, logically positioned customisable controls and intuitive menu system. That said, I’d see like to see an improvement in some areas. Despite the on-chip phase-detection AF, focusing on moving subjects is still too slow, while the burst mode of the Alpha 7 is too sluggish. Reviewing images could also be refined, while the design might not be to everyone’s taste.
With only three dedicated optics currently available, this could be an issue for new users, especially when the 28-70mm kit lens doesn’t perform to the level we’d hoped. For existing users, there’s the option of using one of Sony’s sophisticated adapters for A-mount lenses, while there are a host of third-party options too.
The Alpha 7 is a great camera for the photo enthusiast looking for a high-quality, lightweight camera that will reward with excellent images, but be prepared to invest in Zeiss prime lenses to do the sensor justice.