The Sony A7C is Sony’s slimmest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera, with the guts of a Sony A7 III but in a chassis that resembles its A6XXX series APS-C mirrorless cameras. The Sony A7 III was already a common full-frame camera, and I liked it a lot when I tested it.
The Sony A7C is intended to provide users with improved tracking and eye autofocus, as well as a fully articulating touchscreen, in an even smaller package. It’s time to put this camera through its paces and see how it does.
Sony A7C layout
The Sony A7C is surprisingly compact for a camera with a full-frame sensor and 5-axis stabilisation.
from the inside It isn’t as small as Sony’s APS-C cameras, but it comes around. While it lacked sensor stabilisation, the Sigma fp (Review) remains the smallest full-frame camera I’ve reviewed. The A7C has a beefy handgrip that provides a strong in-hand feel. In comparison to the Sony A7 III, the Sony A7C’s electronic viewfinder (EVF) has been relocated to the rear, to the left, giving you a better view.
The body is made of a single piece of magnesium alloy, which provides excellent rigidity and sturdiness. The Sony A7C has decent physical compatibility, with the headphone, microphone, USB Type-C, and Micro-HDMI ports, as well as a single SDXC card slot, hidden under flaps on the left side. The Sony A7C, unlike the Sony A7 III, has a flip-out touchscreen that can be articulated 180 degrees.
Although this touchscreen is a significant upgrade, the A7C still employs Sony’s old-style menu scheme, as seen on the A7 III, rather than the revised version seen on the Sony A7S III. Contact feedback is often restricted to selecting a focus point by clicking it directly or using it as a touchpad while the EVF is working. The majority of on-screen menus also force you to use the back buttons and sprint.
The Sony A7C body-only price in India is Rs. 1,67,990, but it is also available with a 28-60mm kit lens for Rs. 1,96,990. Sony provided me with the above for this analysis. This lens has an aperture length of f/4 to f/5.6 and is collapsible, allowing the camera’s total size to be comparatively small for storage or travel.
Sony A7C technical requirements
The Sony A7C features a 24-megapixel full-frame camera with 693 PDAF points on-sensor and 425 contrast detection AF points. The BionzX image processor can capture burst shots at up to 10 frames per second with AF/AE tracking, real-time tracking focus with the dedicated AF-On command, and real-time Eye AF for humans and animals. The camera has an ISO range of 100 – 51,200 that can be expanded.
The A7C also has video capabilities comparable to the A7 III. It can film at up to 4K 30fps and has a dedicated S&Q mode for 120fps slow-motion images (1080p). 8-bit S-Log2, S-Log3, and HLG are among the advanced image profiles supported.
The 2.35-million-dot resolution EVF provides a sharp picture, and the framerate can be increased to 120fps for better topic tracking. I wish Sony had included a decent eye-cup around the EVF that could fully cover the user’s eye. Also, owing to the smaller scale, the magnification of the EVF is lower than before, at 0.59x compared to 0.78x on the A7 III, making the
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The Sony A7C’s menu scheme is almost identical to that of other Sony mirrorless cameras, such as the A7 III. It takes some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, it’s feature-rich and practical.
Battery life and output of the Sony A7C
In the time I spent with it, the Sony A7C performed admirably. The light weight with justThe light weight of 509g (body only) makes it easy to carry and shoot, particularly one-handed. The kit lens is adequate, but its zoom range is limited, and the small aperture causes some focus hunting in low-light conditions. Better lenses could easily solve these problems, but doing so would increase the size and weight of the A7C, defeating its intent.
Also at ISO 1,600, there is hardly any apparent information loss as compared to ISO 100. And at ISO 12,800, images are still very accessible, with just a slight lack of clarity above that. The picture isn’t as bright at the maximum native ISO of 51,200, but noise is well treated. Extending the ISO is not advised unless absolutely necessary because it causes noticeable chroma noise.
Even if you don’t have very stable hands, you can snap good-looking low-light images with limited blurring thanks to the strong high ISO efficiency and 5-axis stabilisation. Colors are well preserved, noise is kept to a minimum, and specifics are excellent. For close-up subjects, the kit lens often provides a rather appealing natural depth.
When there is ample light throughout the day, the Sony A7C takes some stunning scenery and close-up shots. The colours are rich and natural, and the JPEGs have a lot of detail. The autofocus method operates almost flawlessly every time. Faces are immediately recognised and prioritised, and the eye AF works very well as well.
The video output was also adequate. 4K videos have excellent clarity, and you can quickly switch between subjects by tapping the display. The Sony A7C is still very good at tracking objects, and it won’t let go even though your subject momentarily moves out of frame. I used the A7C like I did any other camera for product shoots and bits to camera, and the experience was fantastic.
One thing I found is that when shooting with external power through the Type-C connector, the plug prevents you from rotating the display. This problem could have been solved if the charging port had been placed more strategically.
The battery life was also excellent. The Sony A7C has the same NP-FZ100 battery as the A7 III, but it is smaller.
guarantees a marginally longer battery life of 740 shots per charge (CIPA rating). In my experience, it’s easy to reach that number and even go a little further, depending on your power saving settings and whether you have Wi-Fi turned on or off.
The Sony A7C body is priced the same (at the time of this review) as the A7 III, at Rs. 1,67,990 on Sony India’s website, making it a no-brainer to choose this camera over its older sibling. The A7C has much of the same features as the A7 III, along with better autofocus and a spinning camera, all in a smaller package. If you want the package lens pack,
The A7C is somewhat more expensive on Sony’s website, but all of these cameras are normally cheaper on other websites and in stores, so it’s only a matter of getting a decent bargain.
And though the score is excellent, there are a few points to bear in mind. The touchscreen’s versatility is also minimal.
The EVF magnification is on the low side (despite good quality), and I believe Sony should have preferred a brighter kit lens considering the price it charges for the package.
Overall, the Sony A7C is a perfect camera for stills and video, offering all of the advantages of a full-frame sensor in a small and light body.