Sony ILCE7SB Full Frame Compact System Camera Body (ISO Senstivity 50-409600, 3.0-inch Tiltable LCD, 5 fps, XGA OLED Tru-Finder) - Black
Overall score: 86%
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- Sony E-mount camera with 12.1MP full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor; compact size; 4K video capability, ultra-high 102400 ISO sensitivity;
- 12.2MP 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor
- Ultra-high sensitivity up to ISO 409600
- 4K video output with full pixel read out
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“ Professional videographers and independent filmmakers, who may be a bit more deliberate in their choice of equipement and don't mind setting up a rig with an external recorder, will find a lot to like in this camera. For these users the a7S delivers an unquestionably cinematic look that's difficult to achieve without increasing your spend by an order of magnitude. ”
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Full Frame, palm sized. Marvel at the world's first full-frame sensor capable of full pixel readout on 4K video-impressively precision-packed in the world's smallest interchangeable lens digital camera.
Micro USB cable
Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50
AC Adaptor AC-UD10
Battery charger BC-TRW
Accessory shoe cap
From the Manufacturer
BIONZ X for detail and texture
All digital cameras need to convert the light captured by their sensor to an appealing digital photograph. The engine that powers this conversion is just as important as your lens and a high-resolution sensor - so Sony developed the remarkable BIONZ X processor, allowing more natural details, more realistic images, rich tonal gradations and low noise while shooting both photos and movies.
Ultra-high sensitivity up to ISO 409600
Expand your still and movie capabilities with the ultra-high sensitivity range from ISO 50 to 409600 for still images and 100 to 409600 for movies. High ISO lets you choose to shoot without unnatural flash illumination and allows fast shutter speeds (to freeze motion) even in low light - ideal for sports on an overcast day.
12.2 MP 35 mm full-frame sensor gives top image quality
A huge 35 mm full frame sensor offers 50x more surface area than a conventional compact camera sensor. The large suface area means vastly better sensitivity for low-light shooting as well as fine control over depth of field. Paired with high-quality optics, Sony's full frame sensor is ideal for creative, commercial and landscape photography.
See settings with the XGA OLED Tru-Finder
Preview your camera settings and effects in real-time even when using the viewfinder. Unlike optical viewfinders, you can compose black and white photos or preview exposure adjustments before pressing the shutter. Plus, features like 100 per cent frame coverage, wide viewing angle, information display modes, peaking function and focus magnification will significantly enhance how you shoot.
High-quality video with the XAVC S format
The high-bit-rate XAVC S format is provided for videographers ready to take their work to the next level. Delivering high quality, XAVC S is built from the XAVC format used by professional movie makers and broadcasters, while employing intelligent data compression to bring about consumer-friendly editing and file sizes.
Enhanced Fast Hybrid Autofocus captures action
Enhanced Fast Hybrid Autofocus (AF) is comprised of a number of features: Phase-detection AF (bringing the subject into focus), contrast-detection AF (fine-tuning focus points) and Spatial Object Detection (which estimates subject movement). They all work together seamlessly to let you capture a fast-moving subject with sharpness.
Supported in Capture One Express (for Sony)
Capture One Express (for Sony) is one of the world’s leading RAW converters, rendering precise colours and detail. It contains flexible digital asset management, all the essential adjustment tools and fast, responsive performance in one customisable and integrated solution.
Full-frame filmmaking capability
Professional quality moviemaking in the palm of your hand. Capture high quality images, even in low light thanks to the Exmor CMOS sensor. Then enjoy the flexibility to add external audio capture plus off-board video monitoring and recording, all designed to put professional creation in reach of anyone.
High dust and moisture resistance
Durability-enhancing measures engineered into the design include sealing around the buttons and dials, as well as a protective double-layered body structure that tightly interlocks panels and components.
One-touch remote and one-touch sharing
One-touch remote lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a viewfinder and remote control for a digital camera and one-touch sharing lets you transfer your photos and videos from your camera. No NFC? No problem. You can also pair the devices manually.
Strong and light magnesium alloy body
Thanks to using magnesium alloy, the world's light structural metal, the α7s weighs 489 g with battery — far more light that other high-performance cameras — but has the durability for years of performance.
Tiltable LCD screen for flexible composition
High resolution screen with tilt capability allows right framing of otherwise impossible over-head or low-angle shots.
|Megapixels||24.3 MP||12.2MP||36.4 MP||24.3MP|
|IOS Sensitivity (Still Shooting)||ISO 50–25600||ISO 50-409600||ISO 50–25600||ISO 50-25600|
|Continuous Shooting||5 fps||5 fps||4 fps||5 fpS|
|Movie Recording Mode||X AVC-S 1080 60p||XAVC-S 1080 60p||AVCHD 1080 60p||AVCHD 1080 60p|
|Image stabilisation||In-Body (5-axis)||Lens||Lens||Lens|
|Viewfinder||100 per cent OLED 2359K 0.71x||100 per cent OLED 2359K 0.71x||100 per cent OLED 2359K 0.71x||100 per cent OLED 2359K 0.71x|
|LCD||921 K 3.0 inch||921 K 3.0 inch||921 K 3.0 inch||921 K 3.0 inch|
|AF points||117 points Hybrid AF||Contrast||Contrast||117 points Hybrid AF|
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1) if you were counting on time-lapse features and other useful add ons, you will need to create an account and buy them,
2) however, you may also face the issue that you cannot purchase any add-on unless you update the firmware which is very difficult...
To elaborate on the second issue, firstly allow me to clarify that I have tried four computers (a MacBook Pro and a MacPro running Yosemite, in addition to a Thinkpad and a HP Pavilion (both running Windows 7) three USB cables (including the original as recommended), and none were able to upgrade the firmware (this is a well documented issue and there are many forums with people complaining about this as well as suggesting a number of tricks to get it going...).
Finally, I am currently in the process of returning the camera to Sony, however, they have advised me to try a few more times because if they believe it to be a software fault, as opposed to a hardware fault, they will charge me for the repair and shipment costs before they return the camera back. They also suggested to get my hands on a fresh computer, fresh USB cable and try a fresh install following their instructions precisely. A little unfair to the average person who might not be able to get their hand on 4 or 5 different computers...
I seem to be a bit unusual in that I bought this camera for still photography and not for video. It is very good for video, but I am not a skilled videographer so probably not the best person to review it on that dimension. I purchased it specifically for low-light situations as a large proportion of my photography falls into this category. I shoot low-light landscapes and cityscapes using a tripod, low-key portraits using flash, and concerts/performances: it is the latter category that I wanted this camera for as you need a relatively high shutter speed and flash is strictly forbidden in live performances. My current set-up is a Nikon D610 combined with a Sigma 70-200mm f2.8, which is a large, conspicuous and heavy combination. The D610 is fairly good when you raise the ISO, certainly better than any other camera I have owned until this point, but for dimly-lit venues you have to go a little higher than I am comfortable with (i.e. over 3200). If I wanted a low-light performer from the Nikon range, the options would be the D4S at over £4k (no chance) or the DF which usually retails for around £2k, but has a peculiar retro styling which does not appeal to me.Read more ›
• Very detailed out of the box 1080P video at full-frame 35mm sensor size so you get much shallower depth of field than standard film super 35mm size. It makes the 5D2 and 5D3 video look like SD because of how good it is. It's up there with C300 detail.
• Very beautiful stills. There's just something about the quality of them that looks really good. Some reviewers online have said they have a medium format quality to them. That might be because of the great dynamic range. Low shadow noise maybe.
•Silent shutter is an amazing feature.
•Using just about any lens is a great selling point.
•Small raw file sizes for stills is actually a breath of fresh air.
•Incredible dynamic range in stills and video (especially with Slog2)
• The king of low light for video. Similar to other high-ISO cameras for stills at similar output resolutions (ie, if you scale other raw stills down to 12MP at high ISO, some cameras look similar).
•4k mode out to a Shogun is incredible. So detailed. But the 8-bit is still a bit of a problem for grading, which is a shame.
•Metering is very good, especially with the easy-to-access dial on the top. Makes shooting in auto a real option.
•Smooth auto-ISO ramping makes for easy ramping from Indoors to Outdoors for video if you don't have clickless aperture lenses.
•Rear screen is nice and high-res.
•You burn through batteries very quickly.
•Compatibility with EF lenses and the Metabones IV adaptor that Sony supposedly worked with Metabones on is terrible. Sometimes the camera won't turn on, sometimes it just doesn't recognise the lens and give you aperture control. It's a pain. Native E-mount and dumb lenses will be fine though.
•Ergonomics are not so great.Read more ›
The focus is fast and reliable even in almost complete darkness. The ISO is useable up to about 80,000. I use the camera mainly for astro photography where it excels. No problems whatsoever starting ISO at 3,200 when night shooting and even 6,400 for star shots.
The real value of the super high ISO is to frame your shots when you simply can't see in complete darkness. My friend, shooting with his Nikon D800 was amazed at this and loved the clarity of being able view the picture taken in the viewfinder in lovely detail.
The camera is great with manual focusing lenses due to the focus peaking.
If this camera had the Oly 5 axis IBIS it would be amazing - the A7ii has it and no doubt the A7s II will.
It's an amazing low light camera. Probably the best. Contrary to the first reviewer I find the auto focus works even without focus assist even in complete darkness. It is also very good in daylight with lovely rendering and colours.
I really enjoy using it and have no regrets buying when it first came out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As another reviewer mentioned, I found the killer weakness on this camera to be the ability of the autofocus in low-light. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ed McBain
Offcause a fantastic camera.. My biggest consern is the back screen, there is no protection of the backscreen. Read morePublished 17 months ago by MartinAndersen3d
A super camera - while I have had it only a few days I know I am going to love using it. It takes lovely photos, and the high ISO features will be very useful to me. Read morePublished 18 months ago by William D Pummell
Quite an amazing camera. Not the easiest thing in the world to get to grips with, thanks to the hundreds of setting for each video type, but well worth spending the time to learn. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Michael Clark