Sony Announces the a7c – A Mirrorless Full-Frame Compact Camera
Sony adds the a7c to their line of mirrorless cameras. With features such as a vari-angle LCD monitor, capable auto focus, 5-axis IBIS, 4K 30p recording and more, this ultra compact camera seems ideal for vloggers and videography enthusiasts.
Sony just announced its new compact full-frame mirrorless camera, the a7c. After reading through the camera's features and specs, it becomes clear the camera's target group isn't necessarily professional videographers and filmmakers. Entry level video shooters and photographers on a budget seem to be the right candidates for the camera.
The a7c features a full-frame 24.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor (same as the A7III) and can film up to 4K 30p. The camera records XAVC-S internally at 4:2:0 8-bit, not making it very appealing to video professionals (as mentioned above) who might be used to shooting 4:2:2 10-bit, regardless of the attractive price point of the a7c.
Weighing in at only 167g, the camera body is made of magnesium alloy, and Sony claims it to be the lightest and smallest full-frame mirrorless camera on the market. The a7c records an oversampled 6k image, there is no crop factor when filming in Full-Frame mode, and it features a 5-axis in-body stabilization with an ISO range of 100-51,200.
Sony’s latest mirrorless cameras have featured great auto focus capabilities, and the a7c doesn’t seem to be any different. It has fast real-time tracking for video and real-time face and eye AF for both humans and animals, although animal eye detect won’t work when shooting video.
The battery can be charged while shooting by using the USB power supply, and the LCD touchscreen monitor opens to the side, making it ideal for vloggers or on-the-go camera operators who might need that extra flexibility while shooting.
In addition to the camera, Sony also announced a compact FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 full-frame kit lens with features such as 0.3m minimal focus distance, 7-blade circular aperture, and a linear motor drive for better performing internal auto focus.
The camera will be available in October 2020 with an estimated retail price of €2,100 (body only).
You can read much more about the camera directly through Sony’s website here.