I just purchased the sony A7s as a video production and photography camera. I can tell you already from only spending about 48 hrs with it and just toggling through the menus and the settings that this is a very powerful and compact camera.
As far as video goes it has tons of great abilities including lowlight, 60fps @ 1080p, zebras, focus peaking, evf and more. Things that aren’t so great about it are the size can actually be too small and cumbersome to deal with if you aren’t used to it. I am moving from a another camera system so figuring out which buttons do which for quick access is a little difficult at first but I believe you can customize those functions which is also great.
Overall I know this camera is going to be a solid production camera in the video market as well as for shooting portrait, landscape, and studio photography. Definitely not a sports camera as it doesn’t shoot high speed photos at all though.
SONY A7s Videographer’s review
i’ve been using two of these cameras for 2 months in professional situations. I shoot photos, but am primarily a videographer–run and gun and studio situations.one camera works awesome–a dream come true. the other one had problems out of the box. Focus magnifier goes crazy all the time, HDMI firmware was all funky–would only put out a few frame rates under only a few conditions.
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Also the sensor that switches between monitor and view finder couldn’t decide which way to go.i sent the one camera back, and got another one with the same problems.the good camera is still going strong.the only other gripe i have is that these cams are really built for DSLR Video, not so great with stills–lacking in pixels, obviously, and you can tell. Sharp video (lighting optional), but the stills are lacking detail.in all other ways i love the __ out of these cameras. really dream machines.
Finally a body for my Leica glass
Though I’m not a professional shooter, I have been snapping away for 50 years. I had a long love affair with Nikon that ended 9 years ago when I discovered Leica. I moved back to film and proceeded to develop and scan my BW film. I was in heaven.Then my dedicated film scanner (KonicaMinolta 5400 II) died and I replaced it with an Epson 700.
It was okay but not the same quality. And I missed the flexibility of digital as well as the post processing options. And while I bought an M8 and used it for about six months, it was an epic fail: noisy files above ISO 1250, slow, and digital files that were just sort of meh. So I sold the M8 and kept shooting film. And though I keep hoping for a different outcome, Leica has yet to make an affordable and reliable digital M.
So a month ago I bought a Sony A7s along with Sony’s 55mm prime and an adapter for my Leica M glass. And I’ve discovered heaven on earth.The A7s quiet shutter is silent – quieter than my Leica. I can shoot street photography easier than with my MP. I’ve shot with my 35mm Summicron, my 24mm Elmar-M, and Sony’s great 55mm. Super stealthy. I’ve walked into places that you could hear a pin drop and captured amazing images . . . absolutely silent.
And with the super sensitive sensor and fast glass, I just never think about how much light is there? If I need to, I just move the ISO up . . . last night I wandered the neighborhood and captured images at 25,600 and there was no discernible noise. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.And though I never thought I’d do this, I find myself holding up the body with the LCD screen in view, using focus peaking, and firing off a frame or two.
It’s great to be able to adjust the rear LCD downward, hold the Sony above my head, and using Leica glass, capture a scene. That’s simply not possible with an M body unless you move into hyperfocal shooting. But with the Sony and focus peaking, I can open my lens wide (f 2.0 on my Summicrons), use focus peaking to isolate the subject, and capture a perfectly focused image from a position over 9 feet above the ground (I’m a tall guy).
The Sony A7s body is small and lighter than my MP. And the sensor: OMG. If there’s but one photon of light in free space, the Sony’s sensor will find and capture it. In fact using the 7s is like shooting with a night vision scope in full color. It’s so sensitive that I have to reduce the image’s brightness in post to restore the darkness of the original scene.The manual focus peaking works like a charm.
The buttery smooth manual focus Leica glass works great and I shoot wide open at f 2.0 all the time. And for rangefinder purists, the EVF of the Sony enables me to actually SEE what’s in the frame of my long throw Leica glass. I’m even going to drag out my 50 year old 135mm f 4.5 Hektar lens because now I can focus it! And if I have any question about the accuracy of the focus peaking, all I need to do is press one button, bring up the magnification frame, adjust focus if required, and shoot.
I use the WiFi file transfer capability all the time. Combined with Sony’s somewhat clunky Play Memories app on my iPhone and iPad, I transfer only those images I want to post process. Then using Lightroom Mobile, Snapped, or anything else I have available, I process the images and post to my favorite photo or social media sites. No hardware adapter needed . . . just connect peer to peer to my mobile device and transfer the images.And the video?
Honestly I’m a stills shooter. I’ll be capturing some videos of my granddaughter shortly and it’ll be fun but I’m the wrong guy to ask about the capabilities. And for post processing? I use Tonality Pro on my Mac to produce phenomenal monochrome images. Is it exactly like Kodak Tri-X or TMax? No. But it’s pleasing and fun.Is there room for improvement?
Sure I’d like to see more pixels but the sensor in the A7s is so sensitive I don’t even think about low light. If there’s a photon, there’s a picture for me. Sony’s A7s is incredible. I’ll continue to shoot with Leica glass but for the body, it’s going to be Sony.