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The Sony Alpha a7S is a mirrorless Sony digital full-frame camera that is optimized for spectacular 4k video as well as still photography. Besides its ability to shoot pro-quality video, it captures still images with an exceptionally high dynamic range, and has extreme low-light sensitivity to ISO 409,600 with low noise. The sensor increases image quality by placing small lenses between neighboring pixels; this improves image quality especially in lower light.

What you should know about this camera:

• 4k Video capable: The a7S can output uncompressed 4:2:2 UHD 4k video to an optional external recording device using HDMI, and can record full HD 1080p video internally. HD video can be recorded in XAVC S format at 50 Mbps in multiple frame rates. There is support for S-Log2 gamma to improve dynamic range. Zebra markers, time codes and picture profiles are available.

• Super sound: Audio can be recorded in AAC/Linear PCM format using an internal or external mic.

• Full-Frame Sensor: The 12.2MP 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor works with the Bionz x image processor to produce images with very low noise and high dynamic range, with a sensitivity range of ISO 100-102,400, expandable to 50-409,600. The sensor has anti-glare coatings, and the individual pixel lenses have been optimize for neutral, contrasty, sharp images with minimal surface reflections or glare.

• Full Pixel Read-Out: There's no line skipping with the Sony a7S, thanks to the lower resolution sensor. Aliasing and moire from large sample gaps are a thing of the past with this model, resulting in a full sensor readout and a clean video image as a result.

• Built for (high) speed: In addition to standard 24p, 30p, and 60i frame rates, the a7S can record higher frame rates at lower resolutions. You can record 60p images at 1080p, and 120fps slow motion video at 720p, although you will need to use an APS-C sized area of the center of the sensor.

• S-Log Gamma: The a7S camera is equipped with S-Log gamma. Usually found on Sony professional video cameras, S-Log expands the dynamic range by up to 1300% to minimize clipped highlights and loss of detail in shadows. Additionally, for the first time ever in a Sony a camera, the a7S 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.

• Fine-tune adjustments: Other video-friendly features include the ability to adjust gamma, black, level and color adjustment; these settings can be saved for use in a multi-camera shoot.

• Built-in Wi-Fi: Onboard Wi-Fi and NFC let you connect with mobile devices for instant image file sharing.

• Large Ecosystem of lenses: Sony's growing family of E-mount lenses is fully compatible with the a7S, and Sony's legacy line of A (alpha) Mount DSLR lenses can be used via an adapter. Sony's E-mount lenses are optimized for video shooting, with many models featuring ""movie friendly"" features such as smooth focusing, powered zoom control, and silent iris/aperture control.


Lens Compatibility
Sony E-mount Full Frame, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta Maxxum A-mount lenses confirmed via optional LA-EA3/LA-EA4 adaptor
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount Full Frame
Camera Type
Interchangeable Lens Digital Mirrorless Camera
35mm full frame Exmor CMOS sensor (35.8 x 23.9mm)
Pixel Gross: 12.4 Megapixels (approx.)
Processor: BIONZ¦ X image processor
Anti Dust: Charge protection coating on optical filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism
Audio Format
AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3), 2ch., Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch.
Media Type
SD / SDHC (UHS-I compliant) / SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant),
Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo
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 File Foramt
JPEG: DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant, RAW: Sony ARW 2.3 format
Still Image Max Effective Resolution
12.2 Megapixels
Still Image Mode
RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Extra fine, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
Still Image Size 3:2
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 4:3
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
AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant,
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
Video Resolution, 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
Video Resolution, MP4
HD - 1440 x 1080/30p@12Mbps
VGA - 640 x 480/30p@3Mbps
Video Signal
NTSC color, EIA standards
Type: 1/2-inch (1.3 cm) XGA OLED color electronic viewfinder (2,359,296 dots)
Brightness Control: Auto / Manual (3 steps between -1 and +1)
Field of View: 100%
Magnification: Approx. 0.71x with 50 mm lens at infinity, -1m-
LCD Type
3.0" (7.5cm) TFT LCD (921,600 dots) with tiltable design
Brightness Control
Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2), Sunny Weather mode
Live View
Continuous Live View
Real-time image adjustment display
Yes (On/Off)
Yes (On/off)
Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
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 0 to 20 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
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
Exposure Settings
AUTO (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Movie
Still images: ISO 100-409600
Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Modes
Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity
EV 0 to 20 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 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
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)
2-sec. or 10-sec. delay
Shutter Speeds
1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Shutter Type
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
A/V Remote Terminal
Yes, via Multi Terminal interface
Accessory Shoe
Yes, Multi Interface Shoe
Yes, via HDMI¦ with compatible BRAVIA HDTV (link menu)
Yes via optional AC-PW20AM (sold separately)
HDMI Terminal
HDMI Type D micro connector
HD Output
Uncompressed 4K (3840 x 2160)*1
Uncompressed HD (1920x1080)*1
BRAVIA Sync (link menu)
PhotoTV HD
4k Still image playback"
Headphone Jack
Memory Card Slot
Multi slot for SD / Memory Stick PRO Duo media
Microphone Input
Multi Interface Shoe
Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)
PhotoTV HD
Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI¦ cable
PictBridge Compatible
Remote Commander
Yes, via optional RM-VPR1
Remote Release / Wired
Yes, via optional RM-VPR1
Tripod Mount
Yes, 1/4-20
USB Port(s)
USB 2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)
Vertical Grip Connector
Yes, for optional VG-C1EM
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)
Battery Capacity
1080 mAh
Battery Type
InfoLITHIUM¦ NP-FW50 (7.2V)
External Power
Yes via optional AC-PW20AM (sold separately)
Number of Still Images
Number of Still Images Approx. 360 images with LCD monitor on (CIPA standard)
Power Requirements
One rechargeable battery pack (NP-FW50)
Supplied Battery Charger
Charger (BC-TRW)
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 Vis
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