Sony’s slimmest and lightest full-frame mirrorless digital camera, the Sony A7C, has the center of a Sony A7 III however in a physique that extra carefully resembles its A6XXX sequence APS-C mirrorless cameras. The Sony A7 III was already a reasonably well-liked full-frame digital camera and one which I preferred very a lot too once I reviewed it.
The Sony A7C is designed to supply customers improved monitoring and eye autofocus, plus a completely articulating touchscreen, in a good smaller footprint. It’s time to check this digital camera and see if it is any good.
Sony A7C design
The Sony A7C is impressively small contemplating it has a full-frame sensor and 5-axis stabilisation on the within. It’s not as compact as Sony’s APS-C cameras but it surely’s shut sufficient. The Sigma fp (Review) remains to be the smallest full-frame digital camera I’ve examined, though it did not have sensor stabilisation. The A7C has a beefy handgrip, giving it in-hand really feel. Compared to the Sony A7 III, the Sony A7C’s digital viewfinder (EVF) has been moved to the again, on the left, thereby providing you with a flat high. The mode and publicity compensation dials have comparable positions on the highest as on the A7 III, however among the customisable perform buttons and the handgrip dial are lacking.
The physique is constructed from a single piece of magnesium alloy, which supplies it excellent rigidity and sturdiness. The Sony A7C presents good bodily connectivity, and you will find the headphone, microphone, USB Type-C, and Micro-HDMI ports, and a single SDXC card slot beneath flaps on the left aspect. Unlike the Sony A7 III, the A7C has a flip-out touchscreen which may be articulated 180 levels to face you, which could possibly be useful for vlogging.
While this touchscreen is a giant enchancment, the A7C sadly nonetheless makes use of Sony’s old-style menu system, as seen on the A7 III, and never the up to date one we received with the Sony A7S III. Touch enter can be restricted to only choosing a spotlight level, both by tapping it instantly or utilizing it as a touchpad when the EVF is energetic. Most of the on-screen menus nonetheless require you to make use of the rear buttons and jog dial for interplay.
In India, the Sony A7C body-only value is Rs. 1,67,990, however you can even purchase it with a 28-60mm equipment lens for Rs. 1,96,990. Sony despatched me the latter for this evaluation. This lens has an aperture vary of f/Four to f/5.6 and it’s collapsible, which retains the general footprint of the digital camera comparatively compact for storage or journey.
Sony A7C specs
The Sony A7C makes use of a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor with 693 on-sensor PDAF factors and 425 distinction detection AF factors. The BionzX picture processor is able to capturing as much as 10fps burst photographs with AF/AE monitoring, real-time monitoring focus with the devoted AF-On button, and real-time Eye AF for people and animals. The digital camera has a local ISO vary of 100 – 51,200, which is expandable.
The A7C additionally has comparable video capabilities because the A7 III. It can shoot at as much as 4K 30fps, and there is a devoted S&Q mode for slow-motion movies of as much as 120fps (1080p). Advanced image profiles corresponding to 8-bit S-Log2, S-Log3, and HLG are supported.
The 2.35-million dot decision EVF produces a crisp picture, and the framerate may be bumped as much as 120fps for smoother monitoring of your topic. I want Sony had supplied a correct eye-cup across the EVF which may cowl the consumer’s eye fully. Also, the magnification of the EVF is decrease than earlier than as a result of smaller dimension, at simply 0.59x in comparison with 0.78x on the A7 III, which makes the dimensions of the viewfinder look smaller than regular. There’s built-in dual-band Wi-Fi which can be utilized for syncing with the Imaging Edge app in your telephone.
The menu system of the Sony A7C is just about precisely what we have seen on different Sony mirrorless cameras such because the A7 III. It takes a little bit of getting used to, but it surely’s feature-rich and useful when you get the hold of it.
Sony A7C efficiency and battery life
Performance of the Sony A7C was fairly stable within the time I spent utilizing it. The low weight of simply 509g (physique solely) makes it simple to hold round and shoot, particularly one-handed. The equipment lens is serviceable, however its zoom vary is not nice and I seen some focus looking in low-light conditions as a result of slender aperture. You may simply keep away from these points with higher lenses, however that might additionally enhance the dimensions and weight of the A7C, which defeats its goal.
The digital camera’s ISO efficiency was very spectacular, as you possibly can see from the picture beneath. There’s barely any seen loss intimately even at ISO 1,600, in comparison with ISO 100. Images proceed to be very usable even at ISO 12,800, with only a gentle loss intimately past that. At the best native ISO of 51,200, the picture is not as sharp however noise is dealt with very nicely. Expanding the ISO is not beneficial except you completely want it, since this introduces seen chroma noise.
Thanks to the stable excessive ISO efficiency and the 5-axis stabilisation, you possibly can seize handsome low-light pictures with minimal blurring even when you do not have very regular fingers. Colours are retained nicely, noise is at a minimal, and particulars are excellent. The equipment lens additionally produces a really pleasing pure depth with close-up topics.
With sufficient gentle in the course of the day, the Sony A7C captures some excellent-looking panorama and close-up photographs. Colours are wealthy and pure, and JPEGs pack in loads of element. The autofocus system works just about flawlessly each single time. Faces are routinely detected and prioritised, and I discovered the attention AF to work very nicely too.
Video efficiency was equally passable. 4K movies pack in wonderful particulars and you may simply faucet the show to drag focus between topics. The Sony A7C is excellent with monitoring objects too, and would not let go even when your topic briefly drops out of the body. I examined the A7C as I might use any digital camera for product shoots and items to digital camera, and the expertise was nothing however nice. One factor I seen was that when you’re utilizing exterior energy by way of the Type-C port when taking pictures, the plug makes it not possible to rotate the show. This situation may have been prevented with higher placement of the charging port.
Battery life was additionally spectacular. The Sony A7C makes use of the identical NP-FZ100 battery because the A7 III, however guarantees barely higher battery lifetime of 740 photographs per cost (CIPA ranking). In my expertise, it is truly attainable to hit that quantity and go a bit past too, relying on the facility saving choices you’ve set, and whether or not you’ve Wi-Fi on or off.
The physique of the Sony A7C is priced precisely the identical (on the time of this evaluation) as that of the A7 III, at Rs. 1,67,990 on Sony India’s web site, which makes it a no brainer to choose this digital camera over its older sibling. The A7C presents just about the identical options because the A7 III, however with improved autofocus and a rotating show, all in a extra compact physique. If you go for the equipment lens bundle, the A7C is relatively dearer on Sony’s web site, however each these cameras often promote for much less on different web sites and offline, so it is only a matter of discovering deal.
As good because the efficiency is, there are few issues to bear in mind. The touchscreen nonetheless has restricted performance, the magnification of the EVF is on the decrease aspect (despite the fact that the standard is nice), and I believe Sony may have chosen a brighter equipment lens given the premium it expenses for the bundle.
Overall, the Sony A7C remains to be an excellent digital camera for stills and video which presents all the advantages of a full-frame sensor in a compact and light-weight physique.