Alpha 7C Compact full-frame camera

Alpha 7C Compact full-frame camera

The α7C is the smallest and lightest1 full-frame digital interchangeable-lens camera with optical in-body image stabilization. Breakthroughs in mechanical packaging and structural design have brought no-compromise full-frame camera performance to a new size and weight class that's made for powerfully simple still and movie content creation.
Alpha 7C Compact full-frame camera

The world's smallest and lightest1, 2 full-frame system

Introducing the smallest and lightest1, 2 full-frame digital interchangeable-lens system with optical in-body image stabilization (with FE 28–60-mm F4–5.6 lens). Without compromising the performance of a full-frame camera, the component layout, body structure, and internal mechanisms are all thoroughly reimagined. Operability and toughness have been optimized within a body that is approximately 19%3 smaller in volume and 22% lighter than the α7 III, at only 1 lb 1.95 oz4.

Expressiveness only possible with a full-frame sensor

A 35-mm full-frame image sensor is about 30x larger than a 1/2.3-type smartphone sensor and even 2.3x larger than an APS-C sensor. By capturing significantly more light, it opens up new creative possibilities through wider dynamic range, less noise, and higher perceived resolution. Deep bokeh, using shallow depth of field, is also possible in combination with a bright (wide-aperture) full-frame lens.

Faithfully capture what you see

The back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image-processing engine work together beautifully. The extra-large pixels of a 24.2-megapixel5 full-frame sensor collect more light, for a 15-stop6 wide dynamic range and smoother gradations from shadows to highlights. Excellent subjective resolution and reduced noise pair with precise color reproduction for beautifully accurate skin tones and natural textures.

Stunning bokeh, enabled by a full-frame sensor

Bokeh is selective focus with a blurred background that makes the subject stand out. Portraits or close ups are enhanced with new meaning and depth. The α7C, with its full-frame sensor, can achieve bokeh when a smaller sensor-size camera with the same f-stop lens might not. When paired with over 50 lenses available from Sony, the α7C becomes an excellent choice for creative photographic composition and movie creation.

Impressive low-light images

With its large pixel size, in dimly lit situations or at high shutter speeds, the camera takes beautiful pictures with low noise, even when in the high sensitivity range. Standard ISO is from 100 up to ISO 51200 (expandable from ISO 50 to ISO 2048007). Noise reduction is designed to be particularly effective in the common mid-sensitivity range to faithfully reveal textures and detail in shadows.

Express yourself with E-mount lenses

Over 50 Sony E-mount lenses enables broad creative expression, and a full-frame sensor allows you to leverage the full capabilities of Sony lenses. From wide angles, to enhanced creative compression effects on telephoto lenses, with the full-frame α7C the possibilities are endless.

The engine that powers your images

The BIONZ X image-processing engine reflects Sony's expertise in imaging technologies. It processes images with the front-end LSI in 16-bits and outputs 14-bit RAW8 data for richer, more natural gradations, even in silent or continuous shooting modes9. Combined with the Sony sensor, it delivers excellent color reproduction, noise reduction, and low-light performance.

Shoot sharp images without hand shake

5-axis image stabilization lets you zoom, get close-ups, and capture night scenes with greater clarity. Compensation is equivalent to a 5.0-step faster shutter speed10. [1] Pitch [2] Yaw: for long focal lengths, [3] Horizontal [4] Vertical: for sideways/up-down during close-ups and macros, [5] Roll: for rotation during long exposures.

Stay focused anytime, anywhere

Autofocus is improved by optimally applying the advancements of the α9, including the unique 4D FOCUS for wide-area, ultra-fast and steadfast tracking over time. With 693 phase-detection and 425 contrast-detection AF points, the sensor provides wide and high-density AF covering approx. 93% of the image.

Continuous focus on active subjects

When you're tracking a fast-moving subject, the camera can utilize built-in AI-based Real-time Tracking11. This subject recognition algorithm draws on color, pattern (brightness), subject distance (depth), and face/eye information to recognize and hold onto your subject.

Capture the eyes to capture the shot

Real-time Eye AF highlights Sony's Speed x AI technology. For both stills and movies, when a face is partially hidden, looking down, or even backlit, focus stays on the subject's eye for reliably impressive portraits. It supports all AF modes, and when [Face/Eye Priority in AF] is set to ON, it's activated three ways: custom key, half-pressing the shutter, or AF-ON button.

Capture focus with animal eyes, too12

With cutting-edge algorithms, the α7C supports Real-time Eye AF with animal eyes for still shots. Focus on the eye instead of the nose or whiskers will greatly increase your success in capturing images of animals, from favorite pets at home to unpredictable wildlife. Tracking continues even if the subject is partially obscured or if your camera orientation changes13.

Activate Real-time Tracking anytime, with AF-ON button

When the focus mode is AF-S, AF-A, AF-C, or DMF, Real-time Tracking can now be activated by the AF-ON button. This is a convenient way to capture moving subjects in snap shots even with the focus mode set to AF-S. Being able to initiate Real-time Tracking simply with a thumb press anytime under AF modes expands your shooting possibilities.

Intuitive touch operation and display14

When using Real-time Tracking, etc., touching the LCD monitor can initiate autofocus for both stills and movies. Touching the LCD monitor under selected settings such as this allows for intuitive AF operation. When not using AF, focus can be checked with a quick glance at the LCD monitor. In DMF or manual focus (MF) modes, it brings up a peaking function that color-highlights the area of sharpest focus to adjust the focus point. Choose from four peaking colors for best visibility or contrast. This is especially effective when delicate focusing is required, like when shooting with a macro lens.

Don't miss the best shot of a moving subject

The α7C is capable of continuous shooting at up to 10fps15 with AF/AE tracking, and up to 8fps15 in live-view mode to keep focus on a moving subject and capture precise moments. When combined with silent shooting16 at up to 10fps15, it becomes possible to photograph in sound-sensitive environments, or capture active babies or pets without shutter sounds disturbing them.

Autofocus that works when it is getting dark

Advanced algorithms contribute to high autofocus and distance measurement precision even at light levels as low as EV-417 in the AF-S mode, allowing for shots with precise AF even when scenes are dark.

Take 4K movies to a higher level

Enjoy shooting movies with the depth-of-field control, beautiful bokeh, and the clean low-light scenes only possible with a full-frame sensor. The α7C shoots 4K (QFHD: 840 x 2160) using full-pixel readout and 6K oversampling, for exceptional detail with minimal moiré and jaggies18.

Movie-making profiles for expressive creativity

With S-Log3 gamma profiles you can capture the full dynamic range of a scene, with up to 14 stops19 giving you access to fine details and gradations in both shadows and highlights during post-production. Alternatively, the HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma)20 mode allows for direct HDR movie playback and workflows. In addition, the α7C has various Picture Profile settings to expand your possibilities for movie making.

In-camera high-speed, slow-motion effects

It's easy to create movies in-camera at frame rates from 1 to 120/100 fps for up to 60x quick motion and 5x slow motion in Full HD resolution21. Turn everyday motion into extraordinary artistic moments with ease, to add drama and excitement to your movies.

Designed for movie-making

The MOVIE button has been moved to the top panel to improve access when shooting from different angles, including from waist-level and for selfie or vlogging shots. Also, the  α7C codes vertical orientation in metadata so after uploading to social media via a smartphone, the newly popular vertical movie format plays back correctly, eliminating the need for post-editing on a PC.

Specifications

Image Sensor
Number Of Pixels (Effective) Approx. 24.2 megapixels
Sensor Type 35-mm full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm), Exmor R CMOS sensor
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) Still images: ISO 100–51200 (ISO numbers up from ISO 50 to ISO 204800 can be set as expanded ISO range.), AUTO (ISO 100–12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Movies: ISO 100–51200 equivalent (ISO numbers up ISO 102400 can be set as expanded ISO range.), AUTO (ISO 100–12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type 0.39-inch (1.0 cm) type electronic viewfinder (XGA OLED)
LCD Screen
Monitor Type 2.95 inch (3.0-type) wide type TFT
Shutter
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter Yes
Drive
No. of recordable frames (approx.) JPEG Extra fine L: over 215 frames35, JPEG Fine L: over 223 frames35, JPEG Standard L: over 223 frames35, RAW: over 115 frames35, RAW & JPEG: over 86 frames35, RAW (Uncompressed): over 45 frames35, RAW (Uncompressed) & JPEG: over 39 frames35
Power
Battery Life (Still Images) Approx. 680 shots (Viewfinder) / approx. 740 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)36