Overall Rating:

4

Sony Alpha 7S


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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.

Battery
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.

Drive
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.

Bionz X
Controlling the Alpha 7S is the latest Bionz X processing system.

Shutter speed
The Alpha 7S features a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000sec.

Electronic viewfinder
The Alpha 7S has the same excellent 2.36-million-dot-resolution electronic viewfinder as the Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R.

Screen
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

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