a7S Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

a7S Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

Presenting the α7S, the world’s smallest1full frame interchangeable lens camera. Images and video come alive with a breakthrough dynamic range. ISO sensitivity up to 409,600 reveals astonishing detail and color even in the dead of night. Video excels with Full Pixel Readout without pixel binning, a 4K-optimized sensor and uncompressed 4K output via HDMI. a7S Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

Features

35mm sensor w/ large pixels for high-ISO & Dynamic Range

35mm sensor w/ large pixels for high-ISO & Dynamic Range

The innovative α7S features a 12.2 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor paired with a powerful BIONZ X image processor, allowing it to shoot at a sensitivity range of ISO 50 – 4096004with unprecedented dynamic range and low noise. The extra-large pixels on the α7S collects dramatically more light than traditional cameras to produce beautifully detailed, low-noise images in even the most challenging lighting environments.

12.2MP sensor optimized for 4k and low light video

The α7S is the world’s first 35mm camera to incorporate ‘direct pixel readout’ utilizing the entire width of the full-frame image sensor without line skipping or pixel binning. Therefore in both HD and 4K video acquisition I can read and process data from every one of the sensor’s pixels. This allows video shooters to utilize all of the artistic and creative benefits provided by the unique sensor.
12.2MP sensor optimized for 4k and low light video
Fast Intelligent AF in light as low as EV -4

Fast Intelligent AF in light as low as EV -4

Equipped with the same high-precision Fast Intelligent AF system as the α7R camera, the α7S drastically improve AF sensitivity in low-light that can go as low as -4EV.

New-generation RGB filter with gapless on-chip lens design

The larger than normal pixel size on the 35mm full-frame image sensor with effective 12.2MP, employs Sony’s latest image sensor technologies on the α7S. To boost the image sensor’s light collection efficiency, a new-generation RGB color filter has been adopted, in addition to the gapless on-chip lens design, light concentration technology and photodiode expansion technology delivers unprecedented high sensitivity and low-noise levels with high dynamic range in every light condition from severe low light to bright sunlight. By applying an AR coating on the surface of the seal glass over the image sensor, ghosting and flare have been minimized, further contributing to the α7S’s high image quality.
New-generation RGB filter with gapless on-chip lens design
Uncompressed 4:2:2 Full HD and 4K QFHD output via HDMI<sup>1</sup>

Uncompressed 4:2:2 Full HD and 4K QFHD output via HDMI1

In video mode, the α7S can output 4K video at QFHD (3840x2160) in 4:2:2 to an optional external 3rd party 4K recorder via the HDMI1

50Mbps XAVC S 1920x1080 at 60P, 1280x720 at 120P

For the first time ever in a Sony α camera, the α7S adopts the workflow-friendly XAVC S recording format in addition to AVCHD and MP4 codecs. XAVC S format allows for full HD recording at a data rate of 50 mbps with lower compression for improved video quality. The α7S can record full HD (1920x1080) at frame rates of 60p, 60i, 30p and 24p directly to a compatible memory card. Video modes can be changed from full-frame to APS-C (super 35mm equivalent) if desired, and in this crop mode, the camera can support high frame rate 120fps shooting at standard HD resolution (1280 x 720p), creating a 5x slow-motion effect.
50Mbps XAVC S 1920x1080 at 60P, 1280x720 at 120P
Pro-workflow w/ Picture Profile, S-Log2 and time code

Pro-workflow w/ Picture Profile, S-Log2 and time code

The α7S is equipped with S-Log2 gamma. Common to Sony’s range of professional video cameras, S-Log2 expands the dynamic range by up to 1300% to minimize clipped highlights and loss of detail in shadows. The α7S include a picture profile that can adjust settings like gamma, black, level and color adjustment, and can be saved for use in a multi-camera shoot. It also has Full HD and 4K base band HDMI® output, time code/user bit for easier editing, synchronous recording feature with compatible devices, various marker and zebra displays on both the LCD screen and viewfinder.

High contrast 2.4-million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF

View every scene in rich detail with the XGA OLED Tru-Finder, which features OLED improvements and the same 3-lens optical system used in the flagship α99. The viewfinder faithfully displays what will appear in your recording, including the effects of your camera settings, so you can accurately monitor the results. You’ll enjoy rich tonal gradations and 3 times the contrast of the α99. High-end features like 100% frame coverage and a wide viewing angle are also provided.
High contrast 2.4-million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder<sup>™</sup> EVF
3.0 1.23M dot LCD tilts for high and low angle framing"

3.0 1.23M dot LCD tilts for high and low angle framing"

The tiltable 3.0” (1,229k dots) Xtra Fine LCD Display makes it easy to photograph over crowds or low to capture pets eye to eye by swinging up approx. 84° and down approx. 45°. Easily scroll through menus and preview life thanks to WhiteMagic technology that dramatically increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.

Audio level controls, AAC/Linear PCM2, optional XLR kit

The α7S has a Multi-terminal interface shoe that is compatible with Sony’s XLR Adaptor Microphone Kits (XLR-K1M plus a new model under development), allowing the use of professional microphone systems.
Audio level controls, AAC/Linear PCM<sup>2</sup>, optional XLR kit
Compatible w/ Sony E-mount lenses and many others<sup>3</sup>

Compatible w/ Sony E-mount lenses and many others3

Directly compatible with the growing family of E-mount lenses, the α7S camera can also be used with A-mount and others lens systems with optional adapters. Sony’s complete α lens system includes several premium offerings from Carl Zeiss® and G Series Lenses. Sony’s E-mount lens system is particularly well-suited for video shooting, with a variety of models containing “movie-friendly” features like smooth focusing, powered zoom control, and silent iris/aperture control.

Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi® or NFC

Connectivity with smartphones for One-touch sharing/One-touch remote has been simplified with Wi-Fi®/NFC control. In addition to Wi-Fi support for connecting to smartphones, α7S also supports NFC (near field communication) providing “one touch connection” convenience when transferring images to Android smartphones and tablets. Users need only touch devices to connect; no complex set-up is required. Moreover, when using Smart Remote Control — a feature that allows shutter release to be controlled by a smartphone — connection to the smartphone can be established by simply touching compatible devices.
Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi<sup>®</sup> or NFC
Silent shutter mode for discreet shooting

Silent shutter mode for discreet shooting

Silent shutter mode is ideal when discretionary shooting is required; like capturing a recital or wildlife. Activating the silent shutter eliminates the use of the mechanical shutter and therefore shutter noise by utilizing an electronic shutter in its place.

PlayMemories Camera Apps allows feature upgrades

Personalize your camera by adding new features of your choice with PlayMemories Camera Apps. Find apps to fit your shooting style from portraits, detailed close-ups, sports, time lapse, motion shot and much more. Use apps that shoot, share and save photos using Wi-Fi® that make it easy to control and view your camera from smartphone, and post photos directly to Facebook or backup images to the cloud without connecting to a computer.11

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Specifications

Camera
Lens Compatibility Sony E-mount Full Frame, operation with Minolta / Konica Minolta Maxxum A-mount lenses confirmed via optional LA-EA3/LA-EA4 adaptor9
Camera Type Full-frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera
Lens Mount Type Sony E-mount Full Frame
Imaging Sensor
Imaging Sensor 35mm full frame Exmor CMOS sensor (35.8 x 23.9mm)
Processor BIONZ® X image processor
Anti Dust Charge protection coating on optical filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism
Pixel Gross 12.4 Megapixels (approx.)
Effective Picture Resolution 12.2 Megapixels (approx.)
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Recording
Media Type SD / SDHC (UHS-I compliant) / SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant),
*Class 10+ SDXC memory card is required for recording in XAVC S
Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo
Still Image Mode RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Extra fine, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
Still Image Max Effective Resolution 12.2 Megapixels
Still Image Size 16:9 35mm full frame:

L: 4240 x 2832 (12M),
M: 2768 x 1848 (5.1M),
S: 2128 x 1416 (3M)



APS-C:

L: 2768 x 1848 (5.1M),
M: 2128 x 1416 (3M),
S: 1376 x 920 (1.3M)
Still Image Size 3:2 35mm full frame:

L: 4240 x 2384 (10M),
M: 2768 x 1560 (4.3M),
S: 2128 x 1200 (2.6M)



APS-C:

L: 2768 x 1560 (4.3M),
M: 2128 x 1200 (2.6M),
S: 1376 x 776 (1.1M)
Video Format XAVC S / AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4
Video Mode XAVC S / AVCHD / MP4 / Uncompressed 4K and HD output via HDMI
Video Resolution XAVC S
Full HD - 1920 x 1080/60p@50Mbps
Full HD - 1920 x 1080/30p@50Mbps
Full HD - 1920 x 1080/24p@50Mbps
HD - 1280 x 720/120p@50Mbps
*Class 10+ SDXC memory card is required for recording in XAVC S
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
Video Signal NTSC color, EIA standards
Audio Format XAVC S: LPCM 2ch.
AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3), 2ch., Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch.
Microphone/Speaker Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-XYST1M / XLR-K1M (sold separately),
Built-in monaural speaker; volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7
Still Image File Format JPEG: DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant,
RAW: Sony ARW 2.3 format
Viewfinder
Type 1/2-inch (1.3 cm) XGA OLED color electronic viewfinder (2,359,296 dots)
Diopter Adjustment -4.0 m-1 ~ +3.0m-1 (diopter)
Field of View 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.71x with 50 mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 (diopter)
LCD Display
LCD Type 3.0” (7.5cm) TFT LCD (921,600 dots) with tiltable design
Coverage 100%
Live View Continuous Live View
Real-time image adjustment display Yes (On / Off)
Histogram Yes (On / Off)
Peaking Yes (Level setting: High / Mid / Low / Off, Color: White / Red / Yellow)
Zebra Yes (On / Off)
Focus Control
Focus System Contrast-detection AF
Focus Points 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
AF Modes Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (MF)
Focus Area Wide (25 points) / Center-weighted / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Zone
Focus Sensitivity EV -4 to EV 20 (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.0 lens attached)
AF Illuminator Yes (with built-in LED type)
Exposure System
Auto Exposure Lock Auto Exposure Lock (AEL) button,
Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway (Can be disabled from the Menu)
Color Temperature 2500 – 9900K with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7), Custom
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia,Style Box(1-6),
(Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))
Exposure Settings AUTO (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Movie
ISO Still images: ISO 100-409600

Movies: ISO 200-409600 equivalent
Metering Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity EV -3 to EV 20 (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.0 lens attached)
White Balance Mode Auto WB / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight) / Flash / Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & Color Filter (G7 to M7: 15 steps, A7 to B7: 15 steps) / Custom / Underwater
Drive System
Continuous Shooting Speed Speed Priority Continuous shooting: Max. 5.0fps,
Continuous shooting: Max. 2.5fps
Drive Mode Single shooting, Continuous shooting, Speed Priority Continuous shooting, Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.) (10 sec. delay; 3/5 exposures selectable), Bracketing (Cont., Single, White Balance, DRO)
Self-timer 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay,
Shutter Speeds 1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Flash
Flash Modes Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync, Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off)
Interface
Headphone Jack Yes
Microphone Input Yes
Remote Commander Yes, via optional RM-VPR1
Accessory Shoe Yes, via Multi Interface Shoe
PictBridge Compatible Yes
A/V Remote Terminal Yes, via Multi Terminal interface
BRAVIA® Sync Yes, via HDMI® with compatible BRAVIA HDTV (link menu)8
DC IN Yes via optional AC-PW20AM (sold separately)
HD Output Uncompressed 4K (3840 x 2160)*1
Uncompressed HD (1920x1080)*1
BRAVIA Sync (link menu)
PhotoTV HD
4k Still image playback
HDMI Terminal HDMI® Type D micro connector
Memory Card Slot Multi slot for SD / Memory Stick PRO Duo media
NFC Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)
PhotoTV HD Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI® cable
Tripod Mount Yes, 1/4" 20 thread count
USB Port(s) USB 2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.) Approx. 5 x 3-3/4 x 1-15/16” (approx. 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2mm)
Weight (Approx.) With battery and Memory card: Approx. 1 lb 1.2oz (approx. 489g)
Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) Approx. 15.7 oz (approx. 446g)
Power
Battery Type InfoLITHIUM® NP-FW50 (7.2V)
Battery Capacity 1080 mAh
Number of Still Images Approx. 360 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)4
Supplied Battery Charger BC-TRW
Power Requirements Two rechargeable battery pack (NP-FW50)
Software
Supplied Software PlayMemories Home, Image Data Converter Version 4
Operating System Compatibility Image Data Converter 4.0:
Microsoft Windows® Vista® SP2, Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® 8 (Pentium 4 or faster)
Mac OS X (10.6-10.8) (Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster)
PlayMemories Home:
Microsoft Windows® Vista® SP2, Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® 8 (Pentium III 800 MHz or faster; for playing/editing HD movies: Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster/Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or faster, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz or faster (AVC HD (FX/FH))
Mac OS X (10.6-10.8) (Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster)
Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty Term 1 Year Parts & Labor
Interface
Multi Interface Shoe Yes
Viewfinder
Display Disp. Basic Info, Histogram
Viewfinder
Brightness Control Auto / Manual (3 steps between -1 and +1)
Wi-Fi
PlayMemories Camera Apps Yes
Send to Computer Yes
View on Smartphone Yes
View on TV Yes

What's in the Box

  • 2x Rechargeable battery (NP-FW50)
  • Charger (BC-TRW)
  • Body cap
  • Shoulder strap
  • Micro USB cable
  • AC Adaptor (AC-UD10 or AC-UUD1*)
  • * Model varies by market.