Sony reveals the Sony a7C

Sony announced a new and compact: a7C. According to Sony, the camera is the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera.

Based on the current market, Sony is confident that there is a big demand for full-frame cameras that are both lightweight and compact. Sony said that the majority of their APS-C owners want to set-up and purchase a full-frame camera. Additionally, when asked why they bought a APS-C, the majority said that it was due to its compactness and its lighter weight. So, with the new Sony a7C, Sony is looking to provide a camera that’s compact and capable of full-frame operation.

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Sony a7C overview

Looking inside, the Sony a7C is fitted with a full-frame 24.2MP CMOS sensor. Additionally, it’s paired with a BIONZ X image processor, offering up to ISO 204800. Also, it’s capable of shooting full-frame 4K HDR, S-Log 3/2 video. Sony says there’s no 29-minute record limit. However, the camera hasn’t been tested for unlimited video recording yet. As for stabilization, the camera supports 5-axis in-body image stabilization. Also, there’s not much information on how this camera will dispense its internal heat, which is a concern with the camera’s compact body.

Autofocus

According to Sony, a7C features “wide, fast and steady” fast-hybrid autofocus. The camera features real-time eye AF for both human and animal tracking. Additionally, the camera supports real-time tracking AF and Continuous shooting at 10 fps.

Top view of the Sony a7C
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Build

The Sony a7C is built with a magnesium alloy chassis and is dust and moisture resistant. As for its battery, the camera can last for 225 minutes or 740 images. It charges through USB-C. In terms of measurement, the camera measures out to be 4.9 inches x 2.8 inches x 2.2 inches (124.0mm x 71.1mm x 59.7mm) and weighs 18oz (509g). These measurements make the a7C a very compact and light for a mirrorless camera with IBIS. The camera also features a corner-mounted 2.36M dot EVF with a 0.59x magnification, a single UHS-II SD card slot, separate mic and headphone inputs.

Sony a7C back view
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Breakdown

  • Full-frame
  • Compact body (20% smaller body and 30% smaller kit
  • 24.2MP BSI full-frame sensor
  • 693 points focal-plane phase-detection AF, covering 93% of the frame
  • Real-time Tracking AF initiated with AF ON
  • Real-time Eye AF (human/animal)
  • Up to 10fps continuous shooting with a mechanical or electronic shutter
  • Sony a7C is capable of shooting 4K 240/30p video recording
  • Full pixel readout
  • HLG/HDR, S-Log3/2
  • 14 stops Dynamic Range
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization
  • Batter lasts for 740 shots with LCD
  • 2.4GHz/5GHz WiFi connectivity
  • USB-C 3.2
  • 3” 921K dot Vari-angle LCD screen
  • 2.359M dot OLED EVF
  • Dust and moisture resistant

Pricing and availability

The Sony a7C is likely to start shipping either at the end of October or the beginning of November. However, the camera is available for pre-order today starting at $1,800 for the body only. You can opt to get the camera in a kit with the new 28-60mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens for $2,100.

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