α7 E-mount Camera with Full Frame Sensor
α7 E-mount Camera with Full Frame Sensor
α7 E-mount Camera with Full Frame Sensor
α7 E-mount Camera with Full Frame Sensor

α7 E-mount Camera with Full Frame Sensor
24.3 MP 35mm full frame sensor
Sony, one of the world's leading makers of image sensors, combined its top new technologies to achieve the high resolution and image quality in history. This revolutionary 35mm full-frame Exmorª CMOS image sensor collects light with record efficiency to achieve high sensitivity, a wide dynamic range and an incredible new level of realism while significantly reducing noise.
Micro-engineering advances
The exceptional performance of the image sensor was achieved through various advanced sensor features. First, compressing circuitry height dramatically increases the amount of light collected by each pixel, while photodiode expansion technology increased the size of the photodiode at every pixel to improve the sensor's dynamic range and further raise sensitivity while maintaining low noise and achieving a high S/N ratio.
BIONZ X processor
Sony proudly introduces the new BIONZ X image processing engine, which faithfully reproduces textures and details in real time, as seen by the naked eye, via extra high-speed processing capabilities. Together with front-end LSI (large scale integration) that accelerates processing in the earliest stages, it enables more natural details, more realistic images, richer tonal gradations and lower noise whether you shoot still images or movies.
Detail reproduction and diffraction reduction
Two new technologies bring out the full performance of sensor and lenses. Detail reproduction technology prevents the overemphasized outlines that plague most digital images. Diffraction reduction suppresses the effects of diffraction, which causes points of light to appear blurred especially at small aperture settings (large F-numbers). By taking the aperture setting into account, this technology faithfully restores clarity to points of light and other fine details, for beautiful landscapes, portraiture, and more.
Area-specific noise reduction
Area-specific noise reduction is now more powerful than ever. It selectively divides the image into areas based on patterns (such as edges, textures and evenly colored areas like blue skies), and then applies the most appropriate noise reduction for each area to improve image quality, especially at high-sensitivity settings. Working together with Sony's detail reproduction, it gives supremely clear, detailed images.
16-bit processing + 14-bit RAW
16-bit image processing and 14-bit RAW output help preserve maximum detail and produce images of the highest quality with rich tonal gradations. The 14-bit RAW (Sony ARW) format ensures optimal quality for later image adjustment (via Image Data Converter or other software).
Controls, customization and navigation
Despite compact dimensions, the α7 features front and rear dials for intuitive setting of exposure, a control wheel for setting ISO, and an exposure compensation dial. Quick Navi Pro displays all major shooting options on the LCD screen so you can rapidly confirm settings and make adjustments as desired without searching through dedicated menus. Button customization empowers you to shoot just the way you like, with frequently used functions assigned to the customizable buttons of your choice. You can easily assign any of 46 functions to any of 9 buttons; up to 12 key functions can be assigned to the Fn button for quick access.
Tiltable LCD screen
7.5 cm, 1.2 million dot LCD offers high resolution and flexible composition options.
Magnesium alloy body
Thanks to this outstandingly light and strong metal, the α7 weighs 474 grams with battery—less than half the weight of leading DSLRs—but has the durability for years of performance.
Substantial, ergonomic grip
The α7 is 25% less bulky than leading DSLRs, but still features a full-size grip for all-day shooting comfort.
Anti-dust system and coating
To keep your photos blemish free, an anti-dust mechanism vibrates ultrasonically whenever you switch off the camera to remove any particles adhering to the image sensor. An anti-static coating also helps prevent dust and other particles from adhering to the sensor when changing lenses.
Dust and moisture resistance
Durability-enhancing measures include sealing around the buttons and dials, as well as a protective double-layered structure that tightly interlocks panels and components.
XGA OLED Tru-Finder
This viewfinder features high 1024x768 resolution, OLED improvements and the same 3-lens optical system used in the flagship α99 despite the compact body. The viewfinder displays the effects of your camera settings, so you can accurately monitor the results. You'll enjoy rich tonal gradations and three times the contrast of the α99. High-end features like 100% frame coverage, wide viewing angle, information display modes, peaking function, and focus magnifier are also provided.
Full-frame filmmaking
The unique combination of 35mm full-frame sensor, audio production features and flexible lens interchangeability means a new level of portable moviemaking. The new accelerated BIONZ X image-processing engine also enables area-specific noise reduction and detail reproduction technology to be applied to movies for the very first time, resulting in ultra-fine detail and exceptionally low noise. Features like Picture Effect, full HDMI output for an external monitor, P/A/S/M modes, and full 1080p AVCHD Progressive format, and the choice of 60p/24p recording further expand the options.
Audio recording & monitoring
During movie recording and playback, you can monitor the sound using headphones connected to the α7 via the headphone jack, check levels with the display controls, or attach professional sound gear using the industry-standard XLR terminal adaptor kit.
Enhanced Fast Hybrid Autofocus
Numerous features contribute to the α7's autofocus capabilities: the new lightning-fast BIONZ X, high-speed full-frame image sensor output, and a newly developed Spatial Object Detection AF algorithm that conducts focusing analysis in real-time using spatial frequency information to optimally control the lens drive.
New Eye Autofocus
Even when capturing a subject partially turned away from the camera with a shallow depth of field, the face will be sharply focused thanks to extremely accurate eye detection that can prioritize a single pupil. A green frame appears over the prioritized eye when focus has been achieved for easy confirmation. Eye AF can be used when the function is assigned to a customizable button, allowing users to instantly activate it depending on the scene.
Lock-on Autofocus and area setting options
Lock-on AF adjusts the target frame size based on subject characteristics and makes use of a wide AF area to ensure usage of the optimal AF point for smooth, stable autofocusing. Just press the shutter button halfway to activate it. New BIONZ X ensures swifter subject tracking and detection performance than ever before. When using the Flexible Spot AF area setting, you can select a small, medium-sized or large AF area to match the size of your subject and help ensure the camera focuses on the intended area. Wide and Zone focus area settings are also available.
New AF area setting options
When using the Flexible Spot AF area setting, you can select a small, medium-sized or large AF area to match the size of your subject and help ensure the camera focuses on the intended area. Wide and Zone focus area settings are also available.
Full HD 60p video
Create movies of amazing clarity that play extra smoothly by recording them at Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) in the AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive) format - at the extremely high frame rate of 60 fps. The α7 also supports 24p movie recording, which gives your movies a subtle look that movie lovers everywhere associate with the cinema.
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. Either way, by installing PlayMemories Mobile app to your NFC-enabled Android smartphone or tablet, you can avoid complex set-up sequences and establish wireless connection simply by touching your device to the camera. You are now ready to control your camera from your smartphone to take a photo from a previously out-of-reach spot, or simply be in your own group shot, as well as transfer them instantly to your smartphone for sharing on SNS. No NFC? No problem. You can also pair the devices manually.
Capture One (for Sony)
Capture One Express (for Sony) is a free award-winning image editing software that provides high-end image quality RAW development, easy management of your image files, and powerful editing tools. Capture One Pro (for Sony) can be bought for even more editing tools and tethered shooting capability.
Works with iMovie and Final Cut Pro X
This product is compatible with Final Cut Pro X and iMovie.
New Imaging Edge software suite from Sony
Imaging Edge app suite can maximise image quality, improve production efficiency and help you finely adjust RAW-based images. Use its “Remote” to remotely control shooting; “Edit” to develop RAW data into high-quality photos; and “Viewer” to view, rate and select photos from a list of shots.
α7 E-mount Camera with Full Frame Sensor
α7 E-mount Camera with Full Frame Sensor
24.3MP Full-Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
BIONZ X engine for superb detail and noise reduction
E-mount interchangeable lens system
High-contrast, high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder™
Simple sharing and control with Wi-Fi and NFC One-touch
Lens Compatibility
Sony E-mount lenses
Sensor Type
35 mm
Sensor Type
35 mm full frame (35.8 x 23.9mm) Exmor™ CMOS sensor
Number Of Pixels (Effective)
ISO Sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO 50–25600
Battery Life (Still Images)
Up to 340 shots
Viewfinder Type
0.5"-type electronic viewfinder (color)
Monitor Type
3.0" type TFT LCD
Power cord, Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50, AC Adaptor AC-UB10, Shoulder strap, Body cap, Accessory shoe cap, Eyepiece cup, Micro USB cable, SEL2870
Lens MountSony E-mount lenses
Lens CompatibilitySony E-mount lenses
Sensor Type35 mmSensor Type35 mm full frame (35.8 x 23.9mm) Exmor™ CMOS sensorNumber Of Pixels (Effective)24.3MP
Number of Pixels (total)Approx. 24.7 megapixelsImage Sensor Aspect Ratio3:2Anti-Dust SystemCharge protection coating on Optical Filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism
Recording (still images)
Recording Format (Still images)JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0Image Size (pixels), 3:235mm full frame L: 6000 x 4000 (24M)Image Size (pixels), 16:935mm full frame L: 6000 x 3376 (20M), M: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M), S: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M)Image Size (pixels), Sweep PanoramaWide: horizontal 12,416 x 1,856 (23M), vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M)Image Quality ModesRAW
RAW Output14bit RAWPicture Effect13 types: Posterization (Color)Creative StyleStandardDynamic Range FunctionsOff, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level (1-5)), Auto High Dynamic Range (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1-6 EV, 1.0 EV step))
Recording (movie)
Recording FormatAVCHD 2.0 / MP4Video CompressionAVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264Audio Recording FormatAVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch
Image Size (pixels), PALAVCHD:1920 x 1080 (60p, 28M, PS)Movie FunctionsAudio Level Display,Audio Rec Level,Auto Slow Shutter,HDMI Info. Display
Storage Media
Compatible Recording MediaMemory Stick PRO Duo™
Storage Media SlotMemory Stick PRO Duo™
Noise Reduction
Noise ReductionLong exposure NR: On/Off , available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.
Multi Frame NRAuto/ISO 100 to 51200
White Balance
White Balance ModesAutoAWB Micro AdjustmentG7 to M7, 15-step / A7 to B7, 15-step
Bracketing3 frames, H/L selectable
Focus TypeFast Hybrid AF(phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)Focus Sensor"Exmor" CMOS sensorFocus Point35mm full frame: 117 points (phase-detection AF) APS-C: 99 points (phase-detection AF) / 25 points (conotrast-detection AF)Focus Sensitivity RangeEV0 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)Focus ModeEV0 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
AF ModeAF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual FocusFocus AreaMulti Point (117 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points(contrast-detection AF)) / Zone / Center-weighted / Flexible Spot (S/M/L)Other FeaturesLock-on AF, Eye Focus, Predictive control, Focus lock, Eye-Start AF (only with LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 attached(Sold separately))TypeAF Illuminator rangeApprox. 0.3m - approx. 3.0m (with FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS attached)
Metering Type1200-zone evaluative meteringMetering Sensor"Exmor" CMOS sensorMetering SensitivityEV0 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)Metering ModeMulti-segmentExposure ModesiAUTO
Scene SelectionPortraitExposure Compensation+/- 5.0EV(1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps selectable) (with exposure compensation dial : +/- 3EV (1/3 EV steps))Auto (AE) BracketingBracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, With 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1.0 EV, 2.0 EV, 3.0 EV increments, 3/5 frames (2.0 EV, 3.0 EV : only 3 frames) selectableAE LockLocked when shutter button is pressed halfway. Can be disabled from the Menu. Available with AE lock button.ISO Sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)ISO 50–25600
Viewfinder Type0.5"-type electronic viewfinder (color)Number of Dots2 359 296 dotsBrightness Control (Viewfinder)Auto/Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)Color Temperature ControlManual (5 steps)Field Coverage100%
Magnificationapprox. 0.71 x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1mstyle name="sup"-1/style) diopterDioptre Adjustment-4.0 to +3.0mstyle name="sup"-1/stylediopterEye PointApprox. 27mm from the eyepiece lens, 22mm from the eyepiece frame at -1mstyle name="sup"-1/stylediopter (CIPA standard)Viewfinder DisplayGraphic Display,Display All Info, No Disp. Info, Digital Level Gauge, HistogramReal-time Image Adjustment DisplayOn/Off
LCD Screen
Monitor Type3.0" type TFT LCDTouch Screen7.5cm (3.0-type) type TFTTotal Number of Dots921,600 dotsBrightness Control (LCD)Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather modeAdjustable AngleUp by approx. 90 degrees, Down by approx. 45 degreesDisplay Selecter (Finder/LCD)Up by approx. 90 degrees, Down by approx. 45 degrees
LCD DisplayGraphic DisplayReal-time Image Adjustment Display (LCD)On/OffFocus MagnifierYes Focus Magnifier (35mm full frame: 5.9x, 11.7x APS-C: 3.8x, 7.7x)Quick NaviYesPeaking MFYes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Other Features
Face DetectionOn/On (Regist. Faces)Auto Object FramingStill imagesClear Image ZoomApprox. 2xSmart zoom (Still Image)35mm full frame: M:approx 1.5x, S:approx 2xDigital zoom (Still Image)35mm full frame: L:approx 4x, M:approx 6.1x, S:approx 8x; APS-C: L:approx 4x, M:approx 5.2x, S:approx 8xDigital zoom (Movie)35mm full frame: approx 4x APS-C: approx 4xPlayMemories Camera Apps™YES
Lens CompensationPeripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, DistortionImage ProcessorBIONZ X™Self-PortraitYes (3 sec delay/OFF selectable)Smart TeleconverterApprox. 2xSmile ShutterSmile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)Touch ShutterYES
Shutter TypeYesShutter SpeedStill images:1/8000 to 30 sec, Bulb
Flash Sync. Speed1/250 sec.Electronic Front Curtain ShutterYes (On/Off)
Image Stabilization
SteadyshotNot supported (image stabilization supported on lens)
Compensation EffectNot supported (image stabilization supported on lens)
Flash Control
Flash ControlPre-flash TTLFlash Compensation+/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)Flash Range+/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)Flash ModesFlash off
External Flash CompatibilitySony α System Flash compatible with Multi Interface Shoe, attach the shoe adaptor for flash compatible with Auto-lock accessory shoeFE Level LockSony α System Flash compatible with Multi Interface Shoe, attach the shoe adaptor for flash compatible with Auto-lock accessory shoeWireless ControlYes
Drive ModesSingle Shooting
Continuous Drive Speed (approx. max.)5 fps (in Speed Priority Continuous Shooting mode)
Playback ModesSingle (with or without shooting information RGB histogram & highlight / shadow warning)
PC InterfaceMass-storage, MTP, PC remoteNFC™Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible)HD OutputHDMI micro connectorMulti Interface ShoeYes
OthersRemote Control(RMT-DSLR2 (sold separately));Headphone Terminal(3.5 mm Stereo minijack);Vertical Grip ConnectorAuto-lock Accessory ShoeYesMulti Interface ShoeMulti/Micro USB TerminalSmart Accessory Terminal 2Remote Control(RMT-DSLR2 (sold separately));Headphone Terminal(3.5 mm Stereo minijack);Vertical Grip Connector
MicrophoneBuilt-in stereo microphones or ECM-CG50/ XLR-K1M (sold separately)
SpeakerBuilt-in, monaural
Compatible StandardsExif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting
Supplied BatteryNP-FW50 W-series Rechargeable Battery PackBattery Life (Still Images)Up to 340 shotsBattery Life (Movies)Actual Recording:Approx. 60 minutes (Viewfinder), Approx 65 minutes (LCD screen) (CIPA standard)
External PowerAC Adaptor AC-PW20 (sold separately)Internal Battery ChargeYes
Size & Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D)126.9 x 94.4 x 54.8mm, 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2mm (from grip to monitor); 5 x 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 in., 5 x 3 3/4 x 1 15/16 in. (from grip to monitor)
Weight (with battery and memory card included)416 g (Body Only) / 474 g (With battery and media)
WiFi® & NFC
View on SmartphoneYesUpload to PCYes
View on TVYesWireless & Network CapabilitiesWi-Fi
Compatible OS
Compatible OSWindows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, Mac OS X (v10.5-v10.8)
*Continuous movie recording is possible for approximately 29 minutes (limited by product specifications).**Indicated recording time is defined by repeating the following cycle: Power on, start recording, zoom, stand-by and power off.
***Indicated recording time is defined by repeating the following cycle: Pressing the MOVIE button. No other operations such as zoom are performed.
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