Sony Alpha 7S
Price as Reviewed:£2,259.00
The Sony A7S is the latest addition to Sony's growing full frame CSC stable. It features a 12.2MP sensor and an eye-watering 50-409,600 ISO range. Find out where it fits in alongside the other models in our Sony A7S review.
Sony Alpha 7S review – Our verdict
If you place your main priority on AF speed or shooting rate, the A7S won’t really meet your needs. Also, if you’re looking for a camera that delivers huge amounts of detail thanks to a high resolution, the A7S won’t really be the answer either.
However, Sony caters for such demands with the A7 and A7R respectively, and as such the A7S meets a different set of needs for those wanting a compact full frame camera, notably high-end performance in low light conditions.
Then there’s the 4K video capture which, although it requires off-camera data recording, is undoubtedly a welcome feature.
As such, the A7S joins the existing A7 models and forms a formidable line-up of full frame models which meet the demands of enthusiast and professional photographers and one – once there are more lenses available – looks like one of the most impressive on the market.
Sony Alpha 7S – Key features
As well as its ability to capture 4K video, the Sony Alpha 7S has a host of other features
Wi-Fi and NFC
Wi-Fi is built-in, and the camera can be controlled and images transferred via the Sony PlayMemories mobile app. NFC is also on hand to create a fast connection.
Powering the Alpha 7S is a NP-FW50 battery, which is used in all Sony E-mount cameras. It can be charged via the Micro USB connection.
In speed-priority shooting mode, the Alpha 7S can shoot at 5fps. This is reduced to 2.5fps if continuous AF and metering are also required.
Controlling the Alpha 7S is the latest Bionz X processing system.
The Alpha 7S features a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000sec.
The Alpha 7S has the same excellent 2.36-million-dot-resolution electronic viewfinder as the Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R.
The 3in screen has a 921,000-dot resolution.
- Video: 1080p at 60fps. Clean 4K output via HDMI
- External mic: Yes
- Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MS Pro
- Viewfinder Type: EVF, 2.36-million-dot resolution
- AF Points: Contrast detection with 25 points
- LCD: 3in, 921,000-dot resolution
- Output Size: 4240 x 2832 pixels
- Sensor: 12.2-million-pixel, full-frame CMOS sensor
- Focal Length Mag: 1x
- Weight: 489g (with battery and card)
- Power: NP-FW50 rechargeable lithium ion battery
- Shutter Speeds: 30-1/8000sec
- Drive Mode: 5fps or 2.5fps with AF
- RRP: £2,259 (body only)
- Lens Mount: Sony FE mount
- ISO: 50-409,600
- Dimensions: 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2mm
- Metering System: 1,200 zones