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

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Sony Alpha 7 review


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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.


White Balance:Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent, warm white, cool white, day white, custom, underwater
External mic:Yes
Video:1920 x 1080 pixels at 60p or 25p
Dioptre Adjustment:-4m to +3m
Built-in Flash:No
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled focal plane
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC, MS Pro Duo
Viewfinder Type:2.4-million-dot OLED display
Output Size:6000 x 4000 pixels
LCD:3in TFT with 921,600 dots
Field of View:100%
AF Points:117 points for phase-detection, 25 points for contrast-detection
White Balance Bracket:Yes, 3 exposures
Max Flash Sync:1/160sec
Sensor:24.3-million-pixel, full-frame CMOS sensor
Focal Length Mag:1x
Exposure Modes:PASM, auto, scene, panorama
Power:Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
File Format:Raw (ARW), JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Drive Mode:5fps (2.5fps with AF and AEL)
Shutter Speeds:30-1/8000sec plus bulb
Exposure Comp:±5EV in 1/3EV and 1/2EV steps
RRP:£1,549 with 28-70mm lens
Lens Mount:Sony E mount
Focusing Modes:Single-shot AF, continuous AF, direct manual focus, manual focus
ISO:100-25,600 (extended to ISO 50)
DoF Preview:Yes
Dimensions:127 x 94 x 48mm
Metering System:1,200-zone evaluative, centreweighted, spot
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0, HDMI
Compression:3-stage JPEG
Tested as:Advanced CSC
  1. 1. Sony Alpha 7 at a glance:
  2. 2. Sony Alpha 7 review - Build and handling
  3. 3. Sony Alpha 7 review - Autofocus
  4. 4. Sony Alpha 7 review - Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  5. 5. Sony Alpha 7 review - White balance and colour
  6. 6. Sony Alpha 7 review - Metering
  7. 7. Sony Alpha 7 review - Dynamic range
  8. 8. Sony Alpha 7 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  9. 9. Sony Alpha 7 review - Our verdict
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