Sony has just announced the release of the Alpha 7C, billed as the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame body. The new mirrorless features a 24.2-megapixel 35mm full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor, BIONZ X image processing engine, 15-stop wide dynamic range, advanced AF, and high-resolution 4K video capabilities. Tipping the scales at just under 510g, the body also boasts an upgraded 5-axis in-body stabilisation and shutter unit along with the utilisation of monocoque construction – often used in the bodies of cars and aircrafts.
The high-capacity battery provides enough power to allow you to capture up to 740 images when using the LCD monitor, or 680 images when using the viewfinder. Standard ISO extends up to 51,200 and is expandable to ISO 50-204,800 for low-light environment captures. The Alpha 7C also supports 16-bit processing and 14-bit RAW output for natural gradations.
Advanced autofocus relies on AI-driven functions so that the Alpha 7C’s Real-time Tracking maintains accurate focus automatically while the shutter button is half-pressed. In addition, “Tracking On + AF-On '' is now assignable to a custom key and can be activated at once while the AF-ON button is pressed. As well as this, you can select your subject by touching it on the monitor when “Touch Tracking” has been turned on. This feature is available for both stills and movies. The Alpha 7C’s AF functions also feature Real-time Eye AF for both humans and animals.
The Alpha 7C has a 693-point focal-plane phase-detection AF system covering approximately 93% of the image area, with an additional 425 contrast-detection points. You can shoot at 10fps with AF/AE (autoexposure), or up to 8fps in live view mode. The Alpha 7C allows up to approximately 223 JPEG (Fine L) images, 115 compressed RAW images, or 45 uncompressed RAW images to be captured in one continuous burst, and achieves highly accurate and reliable AF precision in light down to EV-4.
Wi-Fi compatible, images and movies can be directly transferred to a smartphone or tablet via the conventional 2.4GHz band or 5GHz band. A USB Type-C connector supports SuperSpeed USB 5Gbps (USB 3.2), allowing fast transfer of images during PC remote shooting and power supply from external mobile batteries.
The Alpha 7C will be available in a black or two tone black/silver design from early October 2020 for SRP $3,299. The Alpha 7C will also be available as a hard bundle with the FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 zoom lens in October for SRP $3,899.
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