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Hands on with the Sony A7 and A7R Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras


Earlier today Sony announced several new products (including 3 new cameras, 5 lenses along with Zeiss and 2 adapters). On this post we are going to concentrate on the two full frame cameras announced by Sony – the A7 and the A7R. These are both brand new FE mount cameras (basically full frame E-mount and you can attach existing e-maount lenses to them). Both are mirrorless and look basically identical externally (except for the Magnesium metal of the A7R).

The Sony A7

A7-front-side

The A7 and the A7R are pretty similar with a few important differences – here are some main specifications:

  • A 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with OLPF  (for the A7) and a 36 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with no OLPF (for the A7R).
  • A new FE mount which support both the new FE and existing  E-mount lenses as well as A-mount lenses with one of the two new adapters Sony came up with (LA-EA4 with AF and the LA-EA3 without AF).
  • A new Bionz X image processor with support for Diffraction Reduction (good for when you are stopping down your lens – f/16, f/22 and so on).
  • Hybrid AF on the sensor with 25 contrast-areas and 117 phase-detect points( for the A7, the A7R only uses contrast based focus).
  • Weather-sealed magnesium alloy body (A7R, the A7 is more plasticy).
  • A 3″ tilting LCD with 1.23M dots.
  • Central digital viewfinder – 2.4 M dots.
  • Shutter: 30-1:8000 sec.
  • Shooting speed: 5 fps (A7) or 4 fps (A7R).
  • Video: 1080p/60p &24p with uncompressed HDMI output (microphone jack and headphone jack).
  • WiFi and NFC (Sony also announced it is opening its apps for developers with a new API).
  • Price: the A7 will be available next month for $1700 body only (pre-order at B&H) or $2000 with the 28-70mm Sony kit lens (see here). The A7R will go for $2300 – body only (see here).

Above is a video shot by Chris Niccolls from the Camera Store in Canada who got a pre production model of the A7 and A7R for testing and got back with some interesting notes.

Below is an official Sony SGNL video showing the A7/A7R cameras and some of their features

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