The Sony A7 is a great camera. Whether or not it’s worth the upgrade from the crop sensor Sony a6000 really depends on the what you plan on photographing. The two cameras are similar in size, and features, but the a7 has the look and feel of a more ‘professional’ camera.
Compared the Sony Alpha A6000, both the viewfinder and LCD screen on the a7 are larger, and have better resolution. I do prefer the location of the viewfinder on the a7, as it’s more in the center of the camera. Both cameras share many features include wifi, movable LCD screen, and the option to add on apps such as time lapse.
Both cameras have nice filters such as HDR painting, pop, and sepia. The a7 does have nice extras such as a weather-resistant body, and the ability to shoot at a shutter speed of 1/8000 of a second. But the a6000 is much faster at focusing, and can shoot up to 11 shots per second, compared to the a7’s 5 shots per second. Both cameras have awful battery life. As expected, the full frame a7 of has the advantage in getting clean images in low light, but the a6000 does pretty well in low light.
The a7 clearly has less noise at high ISOs. In a good lighting environment, the a7 produces beautiful images, even when equipped with the kit lens, which is currently what I have. If there was an option of 4.5 stars, I would pick that because of the pitiful battery life, and the focus speed. But overall I am very satisfied with the Sony a7, and I highly recommend it.
Spectacular Image Quality
I bought this camera exclusively to use manual focus lenses, mostly wide angle and normal OM Zuiko primes, but also some longer focal lengths. I do a lot of landscape photography with Olympus micro four thirds.
The problem with the film primes is that wide angle lenses are no longer wide angle on the crop sensor. I wanted to see what the wide angle film primes could deliver on a full frame sensor. The results are nothing short of spectacular. The lenses came into their own, and the sensor delivers. Yes, there are a few issues, chiefly vignetting, but stopping down and doing some post processing takes care of that, and in any case it is not the camera’s fault, but simply the fact that digital is not 100% backwards compatible with film-era products. The quality of the raw files is magnificent.
- Sony Alpha A7 – Great quality compact camera
- Sony Alpha A7S II Mirrorless Digital Camera
- Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS – Great all round travel lens
The detail and dynamic range are marvelous. I have so far stayed at low ISO’s, but have done a few test shots at high ISO and noise is not a problem at least up to ISO 3200. I mostly shoot with a tripod, so lack of image stabilization is not a problem. The color rendition is not up to Olympus standards, but it can be fixed (for the most part) in post processing.
It just takes a bit more of work, and one must accept the fact that each sensor has its own color characteristics, and that a perfect match to what I am used to is unlikely to be possible. Both the viewfinder and LCD provide excellent images. Focus peaking and image magnification work very well and make manual focusing a piece of cake. Although unfamiliar at first, the menu system is very straightforward and took me just a few minute to be comfortable with it.
Assigning functions to buttons took care of essentially all of my needs. Battery life is short, perhaps 150 – 200 shots, with MF lenses which I assume drain less power than AF. But so what? Carry a couple of charged spares. Build quality does not feel as solid as flagship Olympus gear, but is nevertheless excellent, and I expect no problems under all reasonable usage conditions. In summary, this is a superb combination of sensor with all the additional hardware needed to produce the best possible raw files. I cannot comment on jpg quality, as I do not use it.
I do not plan to use any native AF lenses, nor to use the camera for video, so I cannot comment on any of these aspects either. All I can say is that when the A7r goes on sale I may go for one.
Great camera! Purchased after getting A7Rii
If you are not shooting sports this camera is a best value and delivers excellent full frame quality. I have an a7Rii and a7ii and decided I wanted the a7 (Cyber Monday deal) at $. This camera produces excellent photos with excellent detail for the 24MP sensor range.
Easily blows away the 5Diii in every category besides sports/low light, unless of course you MF.If you are looking for the best Full Frame value that will deliver crazy good results, don’t hesitate to step into the FF arena with the Sony a7.
Just took it out for my first shoot- using a fixed 50mm 1.8
So far the compactness and weight are my biggest joy, as my neck used to get very painful with my old SLR, after I would mount lenses on it- crazy about it and the pics are crisp, clear and brillaint colors- so far I’m loving it- now I need to learn all the bells and whistles!
Light, compact, versatile yet produces wonderful quality photos. Far exceeded my expectations. You can take this camera all over without that boat anchor feeling. Modified a nylon case to provided a minimal/compact carry option w/the 35mm Sonnar T* f2.8 and use a customized wrist strap. I use this setup almost like a rangefinder (tough TTL focussing), if that makes any sense.
I prefer the dial/button/release arrangement to that of the A7II (but I’m a old film-SLR-trained type.) Also, I have not missed stabilization at all. The only cons — light leak/loose lens mount on early model, slow viewfinder in low light, finicky AF focus point (now take most photos manual focus), slow AF, loud shutter, short battery life.