Sony a7s | 12.2MP Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

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Details & Highlights

Product Highlights

    World Class Size and Dynamic Range

    Presenting the α7S, the world's smallest1 full 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.

Details from Sony

    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 – 4096004 with 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.

    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.

    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 a 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.

    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.

    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 preeview 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.

    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 a 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.

    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.1

    1. Requires compatible recorder. 4K movie recording requires


Features & Specs

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Detailed Specifications
  • 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)
  • Display: Disp. Basic Info, Histogram
  • Brightness Control: Auto / Manual (3 steps between –1 and +1)

  • 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)

  • 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
  • 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

  • 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)
  • Multi Interface Shoe: Yes

  • 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

  • Wi–Fi
  • PlayMemories Camera Apps: Yes
  • Send to Computer: Yes
  • View on Smartphone: Yes
  • View on TV: Yes

  • 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.
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