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Sony a7C Guides
Sony a7C eBook
If you would like a very helpful eBook for the a7C then I would highly recommend Sony Ambassador Mark Galer’s eBook.
Sony a7C Overview
The Sony a7C was announced on September 15th, 2020 and is the smallest and lightest 35mm full-frame mirrorless camera in the world.
The a7C is very similar to the Sony a7III but in a much smaller package.
Here’s what the a7III and the a7C share in common:
- 24.2MP BSI CMOS full frame sensor
- ISO 100-51200 (50-204800 extended)
- 5-axis stabilization with 5.0 stops of compensation
- 10fps continuous shooting
- 4K video with full pixel readout
- Menu layout and touchscreen
- Microphone in and headphone out (3.5mm jack)
- NP-FZ100 battery
- Wifi / Bluetooth
This is where the similarities end.
The biggest difference besides the size is the autofocus system. The a7C has the latest version of Sony’s AI-trained subject recognition system which provides a number of different tracking options that will stick to your subject like glue. The AF in the a7III is good, just not quite so fast and sticky as the a7C.
One other difference worth mentioning is the shutter. The a7 III has a mechanical shutter with the option to use electronic first curtain and a silent full electronic mode. The a7C only has a mechanical return shutter, so it can only offer electronic first curtain or full electronic modes. The mechanical shutter of the a7C is also limited to 1/4000 compared to 1/8000 of the a7III, but using the full electronic mode it can be increased to 1/8000 sec.
Here’s a short introduction video from Sony:
The Sony a7C is certainly a very interesting camera. I expect it will appeal to Alpha Shooters who are looking for the smallest and lightest setup possible without sacrificing image quality.
DPReview awarded this camera their Silver Award and concluded their in-depth review with the following:
The Sony a7C is gives up very little in the way of features in order to achieve its small size. Its image quality is very good and its AF is excellent, but its small viewfinder takes away from the experience a little. Its video and menus aren’t as polished as its rivals but its size and battery life make for a powerful combination.DPReview
I currently use the Sony a6400 for my travels when I want to keep things as small and as light as possible. Could I be tempted to swap my a6400 for the a7C?
I certainly have been tempted, very tempted indeed. The only thing stopping me right now is my bank manager!
Sony a7C Key Specs
- 24.2 megapixel 35mm Exmor R CMOS sensor
- Bionz X processor
- ISO 100-51200 (extended 50 to ISO 204800)
- ‘Real-time tracking’ AF system with human head, face, eye, and animal recognition
- Oversampled 4K video at up to 30p, including 8-bit S-Log and HLG
- Continuous bursts at up to 10 fps
- Fully articulating 921k-dot touchscreen
- 2.36M-dot EVF with 0.59x magnification
- Mic and headphone sockets
- Dual-band, 2.4 and 5Ghz Wi-Fi
- NP-FZ100 battery, rated to 740 shots
- 509 g / 17.95 oz with battery and memory card
You can find the full Sony a7C details and specifications over on Sony’s product page.
Sony a7C FAQS
The Sony a7C was announced on September 15th 2020 and released for shipment in October 2020.
The single memory card slow supports SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I/II compliant) memory cards.
No. There is only a single memory card slot. If you need dual slots then I’d recommend looking at the Sony a7III.
The Sony aC uses the Sony NP-FZ100 rechargeable battery.
Yes. Despite its very small size the Sony a7C is a full-frame 35-mm camera.
Sony claim that the a7C is dust and moisture resistant, they don’t claim that it is fully waterproof and you should therefore use a rain cover if using the camera in wet weather or very dusty environments.
The Sony a7C has a 24.2 megapixel sensor.
If you shoot the a7C in APS-C mode then the image is cropped to 10 megapixels (3936×2624 pixels) at a 3:2 ratio.
509 g / 17.95 oz with battery and memory card. This makes it around 99 g / 3.49 oz lighter than the Sony a7III.
The body only includes: rechargeable battery NP-FZ100, AC adaptor, shoulder strap, body cap, accessory shoe cap, USB-A to USB-C cable (USB 3.2).
The maximum fps (frames per second) for the mechanical shutter of the a7C is 10 fps.
The maximum fps (frames per second) for the electronic shutter of the a7C is 10 fps.
The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.
Yes. The a7C is a professional camera that sits in Sony’s Alpha Series of professional mirrorless cameras.