Sony a7c Review

Sony has concluded that it is time for the next stage, the next concept, of their 35mm full-frame Alpha cameras. As a result, the A7C has been created, and the “C” in the product name stands for “Compact.”

Aimed at a younger demographic than usual, the Sony Alpha 7C will be available in a new black and silver design (which Sony supplied us for evaluation) and a Limited Edition all-black version. In addition, the target age range is from the mid-20s to the mid-40s.

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Sony Alpha 7C Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera - Silver (ILCE7C/S)

Last update was on: April 13, 2024 6:04 am
$1,598.00 $1,799.99

According to Sony, the A7C is the first model of a fresh new range, priced similarly to the A7 III, and has specifications comparable to those of the A7 III.

Additionally, they have introduced a new retractable standard zoom kit lens for the A7C. It is called the FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 and weighs only 167 grams. Despite its diminutive size, the company claims it provides superior image quality to the FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens that is typically included with the A7 III.

In the United Kingdom and the United States, the Sony A7C will be released in October 2020 at about £1899 / $1798 for the body itself, or £2150 / $2098 with the Sony FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 kit lens.

Along with the Alpha 7C, there is also a new super-compact flashgun called the HVL-F28RM. This flashgun has a guide number of 28 and will retail for around £250 or $248 in the United Kingdom and the United States when it becomes available in November 2020.

Sony a7c Image Quality

During this evaluation, the Sony A7C captured photographs of exceptionally high quality.

The ISO range of the Alpha 7C is rather extensive and relatively useable, reaching up to 204800. Even ISO 102400 is acceptable for usage in an emergency. However, we would be hesitant to utilize the top option of ISO 204800. ISO 50-6400 has virtually no noise, while ISO 12800 and 25600 offer more than adequate images.

However, the RAW samples show precisely how much processing the camera performs by default since they are noisier at higher ISO levels than their JPEG counterparts and have fewer undesired color artifacts. This is because the RAW samples are processed more than the JPEG ones.

The efficient Dynamic Range Optimizer function may extract additional data from an image’s shadow and highlight sections without adding any noise or other artifacts that aren’t wanted.

The High Dynamic Range mode combines the results of two separate images taken at various exposures into a single image. The result is an image that has a higher dynamic range than what would be produced by a single photograph. However, it does yield some excellent effects even though it can only function with JPEGs and stationary subjects.

While the many Picture Effects enable you to create unique looks in a short amount of time, which would generally need you to spend a significant amount of time in the digital darkroom, the Creative Styles make it simple and quick to adjust the JPEG photos captured by the camera.

The night shot turned out well thanks to the camera’s maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds and its Bulb mode, which allow lots of room for creative experimentation during nighttime shooting.

Sony a7c Specs

Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Image ratio w h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorBIONZ X
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOAuto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-204800)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)204800
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notes5-axis
CIPA image stabilization rating5 stop(s)
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsExtra fine, fine, standard
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.32)Raw (Sony ARW, 14-bit)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View.
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2X)
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points693
Lens mountSony E
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots921,600
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live ViewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.59×
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/8000 sec
Exposure modesProgramAperture priorityShutter priorityManual
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash X sync speed1/160 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuous (Hi+/Hi/Mid/Lo)Self-timer (Std/Cont.)Bracket (Single/Cont.)WB bracketDRO bracket
Continuous drive10.0 fps
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedHighlight-weightedAverageSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264
Modes3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported)
USBUSB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
USB chargingYes
HDMIYes (Micro HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
Wireless notes802.11ac (dual-band) + Bluetooth + NFC
Remote controlYes (via smartphone or Bluetooth)
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-FZ100 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)740
Weight (inc. batteries)509 g (1.12 lb / 17.95 oz)
Dimensions124 x 71 x 60 mm (4.88 x 2.8 x 2.36″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes

Sony a7c Conclusion

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Sony Alpha 7C Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera - Silver (ILCE7C/S)

Last update was on: April 13, 2024 6:04 am
$1,598.00 $1,799.99

The newly released Sony A7C is the world’s smallest and lightest 35mm full-frame camera. It was created by combining the full-frame A7 III and the APS-C A6600 cameras. And thus lies both its primary selling point and its Achilles heel – it is both an engineering wonder and a surprise already somewhat out-of-date in terms of its handling and specifications.

The “C” in the product name stands for “Compact,” and the Alpha 7C lives up to that designation. Somehow, the company managed to fit a full-frame sensor, an IBIS unit, and a new flip-out screen into a body that is marginally bigger than the A6600 and only 6 grams heavier.

If you’ve ever wished for a full-frame camera the same size as most APS-C models, the Sony Alpha 7C will not disappoint you; it is a technological tour-de-force in this respect. Likewise, you won’t be disappointed if you’ve ever desired a full-frame camera the same size as most APS-C models.

Sony a7c FAQs

Is A7C worth buying?

The Sony A7C provides excellent picture quality as well as advanced features in a form that is both compact and lightweight. However, whether or not it is worthwhile to purchase depends on the buyer’s specific requirements and preferences.

Why was the Sony A7C discontinued?

There will be no further production of the Sony A7C.

Does a7C crop in 4K?

In 4K video mode, the Sony A7C does, in fact, perform cropping.

Does Sony a7C shoot Raw?

Yes, the Sony A7C is capable of shooting in Raw format.

Is Sony A7C suitable for portraits?

Because of its high-resolution camera, sophisticated autofocus system, and exceptional picture clarity, the Sony A7C can be used for headshot photography.

Does Sony A7C have eye autofocus?

Yes, the Sony A7C comes equipped with a function called Eye AF (autofocus), which finds and follows the subject’s eye in order to achieve precise and clear focusing.

How long does A7C battery last?

The battery life of the Sony A7C can vary depending on several variables, but it has the potential to hold a charge for up to 740 photos.

Is Sony a7C good for landscape?

The Sony A7C has a high resolution, a wide dynamic range, and exceptional picture quality, making it an ideal camera for landscape photography.

Is Sony A7C suitable for wedding photography?

Because of its advanced autofocus system, good picture quality, and small size, the Sony A7C is an excellent choice for wedding photographs.

Does A7C have a touch screen?

The Sony A7C has a touchscreen monitor that enables users to navigate menus, select focus points, and trigger the shutter with their fingertips.

Is Sony A7C waterproof?

Although the Sony A7C is not watertight, it is weather-sealed and can withstand dampness and dust.

Does Sony A7C have animal eye AF?

The Sony A7C does come equipped with an animal Eye AF function that candy and monitors the eyes of specific animals in ordetoe precise targeting.

Does a7C have a rolling shutter?

When photographing subjects moving quickly or rotating the camera, the Sony A7C produces a rolling shutter effect.

Can a7C be a webcam?

The Sony A7C can be connected to a computer and used as a camera using a USB connection.

Is Sony A7c suitable for street photography?

Because of its small size, sophisticated autofocus system, and outstanding picture clarity, the Sony A7C is an excellent choice for taking photographs in urban environments.

Does Sony A7C have a touch focus?

The Sony A7C has a touch focus function that lets users zero in on a particular part of the picture simply by tapping the screen.

Can A7C use an APS-C lens?

Yes, you can mount APS-C lenses with a compression factor of 1.5x onto the Sony A7C.

Does A7C have bulb mode?

The Sony A7C has a bulb setting for taking extended exposures.

Does the Sony A7C have a headphone jack?

There is a port for headphones on the Sony A7C, so you can listen to music while you shoot.

Does A7C need a flash?

No, the Sony A7C does not require a flash; however, it comes with a built-in flash that can meet the fundamental illumination requirements.

Can I use Sony a7C while charging?

Yes, you can continue to use the Sony A7C even while it is being charged via a USB connection.


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