One thing you can say about Sony’s digital camera business is that they have experimented with many different ideas. Sony has explored virtually every avenue of digital imaging, from SLRs equipped with dual autofocus systems to mirrorless NEX models.
The Sony A7 Black Friday Deals 2022 and Alpha 7R are the latest products from Sony Labs. The company has managed to create full-frame cameras which are about the same size as the Olympus OM-D E-M1. The Alpha 7s are larger than full-frame interchangeable lenses peers, such as the Nikon D610 and Canon EOS 6D. This is a result of the fact that they’re not SLRs.
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Sony has also unified the Alpha and NEX brands so that all future interchangeable lenses cameras will be under the Alpha umbrella. The a7, which is mirrorless, would otherwise have been prefixed by the letters NEX.
The physical design of the a7 and the a7R is identical, the only differences being the sensor configuration and the autofocus system. The a7 has a full-frame 24 megapixel CMO sensor, while the a7R features a 36 megapixel CMO sensor with no optical low pass filter. The a7 has a Hybrid AF system with on-chip phase detection, similar to that found on the NEX-6. The a7R uses traditional contrast detection.
Electronic first curtain mode is available on the a7. This allows for quiet shutter operation and lowers vibrations. The A7R does not have this feature. The latest Bionz X processor is used in both cameras. They also feature XGA electronic viewfinders and tilting LCDs. Weatherproof bodies are similar to the Olympus E-M1.
Sony needed to develop new lenses that would take full advantage of the full-frame sensors. They’ll be called ‘FE-series,’ as you might expect. To start, five lenses were revealed (see below), and ten more are expected by 2015. E-mount lenses that are already in use will still work. However, the image will be cropped if necessary. You may have A-mount lenses laying around that will work as long as you get one of Sony’s full frame-ready adapters (the LA EA3 or LA EA4).
Sony A7 Key Features
- 24.3 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, with OLPF
- E-mount that supports FE, E, and A-mount lenses (with adapter).
- Bionz X image processor
- Hybrid AF system featuring 25 contrast-detect points and 117 phase-detection points
- Composite and welded alloy bodies
- Multi-Interface Shoe
- 3-inch tilting LCD display with 1.23 Million Dots (640×480, RGBW).
- Electronic viewfinder XGA (1024×768)
- Technology for diffraction correction
- Full HD video recording at 1080/60p or 24p; uncompressed HDMI output
- Wi-Fi with NFC capabilities and downloadable apps
The a7 has a 24.3 megapixel CMOS sensor that includes a low pass filter and on-chip phase detection. The hybrid AF is said to speed up AF and support the camera’s ability to shoot at 5 fps with continuous focus. The more expensive a7R has a 36-megapixel sensor and no optical low-pass filter. It also features a conventional contrast-detect system.
The a7 and a7R both record video at 1080/60p or 24p with manual exposure control, mic and headphone ports, and an audiometer.
Bionz X Processor
Bionz X is the latest processor from the company. It is significantly faster than the previous generation and allows for more advanced processing, according to the company.
Sony is not being specific but touts the new processor’s ‘Detail Reproduction Technology’, which is a subtler and more sophisticated sharpening system. The company claims that the new processor will have ‘Detail Reproduction Technology’ which promises a less obvious emphasis on edges and a more convincing representation for fine detail.
Bionz X promises another function: “Diffraction Reduction”. This is where the camera’s processing attempts correct for softness due to diffraction when you reduce a lens’
aperture. This processing, which is presumably aperture-dependent, sounds very similar to Fujifilm’s Lens Modulation Optimization (introduced on X100S), and we can expect it to become more common across brands over the next few months.
Sony claims that the Bionz X chip provides a more advanced version of its context-sensitive, area-specific noise cancellation’. This attempts to determine whether an area of an image is smooth, textured, or subject edges, and then apply different levels of noise reduction. We’ll be discussing the benefits and potential problems this system can cause later in the review.
The a7’s E-mount can be used, but you will need to use Sony’s FE-series lenses in order to make full use of the full-frame sensor. E-mount lenses that are still available will fit. However, they can’t be used with APS-C sensors. This means their image circles won’t cover the entire frame as well (just like Sony’s DT lenses for full-frame Alpha-mount cameras). Five FE lenses were revealed at launch. However, not all were available at ‘press-time.
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The 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS will be sold only as a kit lens to the a7. The lenses are all weather-sealed. However, the primes and zooms have optical stabilization. In late 2013, the Sony A7 was released as the first compact system camera to feature a full-frame sensor.
The 36MP A7R was also launched by Sony at the same moment, but it is not widely available as the Sony A7. Sony took the bold step to keep the original Sony A7 Black Friday Deals 2022 model in production (and on sale, we are told), despite the fact that there have been many better and more advanced versions of the A7 since then.
Sony may think this is a way of getting as many people into the Sony system as possible. From our perspective, it means that we can still buy a camera that has stood the test of times and still holds up quite well today at a much lower price than its competitors. This camera is our top choice for full-frame cameras, and it may be even more affordable on Black Friday.