DPR: Sony a7C Earns Silver Award

The Sony a7C is an interesting camera from sony that represents Sony’s first rangefinder-style body. It isn’t perfect, but it represents something new from Sony and you can read the full review from DPReview here or see the summaries above and below:

From a performance perspective, the a7C is essentially an a7 III with better autofocus, which is enough to keep it competitive, but not much more than that. But the key appeal of the a7C is its size, and how little it’s had to give up to achieve it.

What we like What we don’t
  • Excellent image quality
  • Impressive and easy-to-use AF system
  • Class-leading battery life
  • Solid video set for most photographers
  • Collapsible kit zoom keeps the overall package small
  • USB charging adds convenience
  • Includes 5-axis stabilization, despite compact size
  • Hasn’t sacrificed the sense of build quality in its downsizing
  • All three dials controlled with your thumb
  • Viewfinder is very small with no real eye-cup
  • Menus are unavailable while the camera writes to a card
  • Menus are complex and less easy to navigate than Sony’s newer cameras
  • Kit zoom reach and aperture ranges aren’t especially ambitious
  • Video AF requires settings changes to activate tracking
  • Most settings persist across stills and video, making it necessary to change multiple settings when switching
  • No full mechanical shutter, risking distortion of movement (e-shutter) or bokeh at high shutter speeds (standard mode).
  • Raw files are either huge or have destructive compression applied
  • Many of Sony’s better lenses under-cut the benefit of a small body
  • Some rivals offer more flexible 10-bit video for more demanding projects

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