Sony’s new Alpha A7 / A7R Full Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras

Sony has released two new E-Mount Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras. If you didn't catch that, it's Full Frame in a compact Interchangeable Lens camera body. With uncompressed HDMI output, HD Video shooters might find this interesting, but will probably appeal mainly to still photographers.

The new Sony Alpha A7 & A7R E-Mount Full Frame Cameras share many similar features between each other, but there are some obvious differences including new high-speed BIONZ® X image processor found only in the A7R. A few more Sony A7 / A7R brief specs are listed below, with more info following the jump to the product page.

Sony Alpha A7 E-Mount Mirrorless Camera
find-price-button Sony A7 Full Frame E-Mount Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless Camera

• World’s lightest interchangeable lens full-frame camera
Full Frame 24.3 MP resolution with 14-bit RAW recording
• Fast Hybrid AF w/ phase-detection for DSLR-like speed
• Fast Intelligent AF optimized for full-frame sensor
• Fully compatible w/ Sony’s E-mount and new full-frame lenses
• Direct access interface for fast, natural shooting control
• High contrast 2.4-million dot OLED EVF for eye-level framing
• Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi® or NFC
• PC control w/ remote video capture control
• AVCHD™:
• PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
• FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
• FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
• FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
• FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps
• MP4: HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps
• VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps
• Full HD movie at 24p/60i/60p w/uncompressed HDMI output
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Sony A7R E-Mount Mirrorless Full Frame Camera
find-price-button Sony A7R Full Frame E-Mount Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless Camera

• World’s lightest interchangeable lens full-frame camera
Full Frame 36.3 MP resolution with 14-bit RAW recording
• Fast Intelligent AF optimized for full-frame sensor
• Fully compatible w/ Sony’s E-mount and new full-frame lenses
• Direct access interface for fast, natural shooting control
• High contrast 2.4-million dot OLED EVF for eye-level framing
• Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi® or NFC
• PC control w/ remote video capture control
• New high-speed BIONZ® X image processor
• AVCHD™:
• PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
• FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
• FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
• FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
• FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps
• MP4: HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps
• VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps
• Full HD movie at 24p/60i/60p w/uncompressed HDMI output
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14 thoughts on “Sony’s new Alpha A7 / A7R Full Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras

  1. MN

    I'm a video shooter that has a client insistent on using 60i. No other camera I'm aware of bothers with that format. Sony seems to be sticking with it because of their legacy with the standard.

    Also, a lot of the locations in end up in for said client are in darker settings.

    This seems to hit a nice sweet spot for my needs. A full frame sensor for low light shooting? 60i? Sounds good.

    The only thing I'm concerned about is the video codec/compression. While I COULD record uncompressed out, for my mobility needs that's not a great option.

    My eye is on this gear though. I have a pilgrimage documentary coming up early next year, this might be a nice tool for that excursion.

  2. Emm

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    @nathan - Interesting quote from the article "As is though, while the Sony A7 image is nice, I’ll stick to the Panasonic GH3 when I need a small camera."..... #GH3 still rocks and it's cheaper.

  3. Emm

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    @rishio - They are both capable of great video, but the A7 has an anti-aliasing filter, the A7R does not. The A7R is all magnesium while the A7 has some plastic to it.

  4. Emm

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    @John - The video is not crippled by overlays. I'm not sure what they output, but it could just be 8-bit 4:2:0. You'll need to get an external recorder like an Atomos Ninja. Of course if you don't need the Full Frame, the BMPC already records 10-bit 4:2:2 internally to an SDHC card, and will have the option of RAW very soon. Not to mention it's about half the price.

  5. John

    I am really hoping the video out isn't crippled or full of overlays.
    I am also hoping manufacturers are going to create accessories for this (specifically a low profile cage with a bracket to mount a Metabones adapter).

    I am confident there will be a lot of awesome apps to download for this camera (Sony released the APK awhile back).

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