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Sony A7C (Alpha 7C) Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera (2020)

MSRP 2100 EURNeoscore 66%NEX score 71%

Product Overview

Sony Alpha 7C is the world's smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera with features and functions that replicate what the Sony A7 III delivered two years ago.
The A7C features a 24.2 MP 35mm full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processing engine. It delivers high sensitivity and 15-stops of dynamic range.
The new camera sports Sony's advanced autofocus functionality, including real-time tracking and real-time Eye AF, that allows for up to 10 fps continuous shooting with full autofocus and auto-exposure.
For video, the Sony A7C features a flip-out vari-angle LCD touch screen.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 66% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Fully articulated LCD
  • Exceptional battery life
  • 5 stops of IBIS
  • Good 10.0 fps burst rate
  • Rather compact
  • Weather-sealed
  • Supports both WiFi and Bluetooth
Cons
  • Viewfinder with low 0.59x magnification
  • Low resolution EVF

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 71% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent image quality for its size and weight
  • Excellent image quality
  • Great battery life
  • Impressive image quality and RAW noise handling capability
  • Excellent autofocus system
Cons
  • Uncomfortable handgrip
  • Limited touch controls
  • Not fully waterproof
  • Not the sharpest lens
  • No telephoto zoom
  • No SD card slot
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
HDMI + Headphone + Microphone + Remote Control + USB 3.2 Gen 1
Wireless Connectivity
802.11ac (dual-band) + Bluetooth + NFC

Construction

Form Factor
Mirrorless camera
Image Size
Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm)
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Material
Magnesium alloy
Microphone
Stereo
Sensor | Resolution
24 MP (6000 x 4000)
Sensor | Type
BSI-CMOS
Speakers
Mono

Dimensions

Size | Depth
60 mm / 2.36 in
Size | Height
71 mm / 2.80 in
Size | Width
124 mm / 4.88 in
Weight
509 g / 17.99 oz

Display

Display Diagonal
3 inch
Display Type
Fully articulated TFT LCD
Resolution
921,600 dots
Viewfinder | Coverage
100%
Viewfinder | Magnification
0.59x
Viewfinder | Resolution
2,360,000 dots
Viewfinder | Type
Electronic

Function

AE Bracketing
±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Autofocus
693 focus points
Crop Factor
1.0
Exposure Compensation
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Exposure Mode
Auto / Aperture Priority / Shutter Priority / Manual
Flash Sync Speed
1/160 sec
Image Stabilization
5-axis (5 stops)
Intervalometer
Yes
ISO Range
100 ~ 51200 (expands to 50 ~ 204800)
Processor
BIONZ X
Touch Screen
Yes
Video Codecs
MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264
Video Recording
4K 30p (4:2:0 8 bit), FHD 120p (4:2:0 8bit)
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Battery Life
740 shots
Battery Life | Stills
680 shots (viewfinder) / 740 shots (LCD)
Battery Life | Video
140 min
Dynamic Range
15 stops
Max Burst Rate
10.0 fps
Shutter Speed
1/8000 s (electronic) / 1/4000 s (mechanical) ~ 30 s
Storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported)

Production

Availability
2020-10
Battery
NP-FZ100 lithium-ion battery & charger
Debut
2020-09-15
Model Name
ILCE-7c

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The Sony A7C is a mid-range full-frame mirrorless camera with 24 Megapixels, 4k video up to 30p, built-in stabilisation, rangefinder styling and a fully-articulated touchscreen. Announced in September 2020 and aimed at upgraders from APSC bodies, vloggers or simply those wanting a second full- frame body, it represents a new design in the A7 series.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • 24 Megapixels, 4k video up to 30p, built-in stabilisation, 10fps bursts, fully-articulated touchscreen
  • Full-frame sensor
  • Automatic autofocus
Cons
  • Only one USB port (Type-C)
  • Only one SD card slot (UHS-II)

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 64%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Sony a7C is an appealing option for vloggers and other video-first creators. Its video toolkit matches the a7 III, with 4K UHD recording at 24 or 30fps, 1080p at 120fps for slow-motion playback. The IBIS system does a good job keeping footage steady for the most part.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Slim, lightweight design
  • 5-axis IBIS system
  • 4K UHD video
  • Built-in touch controls
Cons
  • No manual focus
  • No telephoto zoom

rtings[3]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Sony a7C is great for travel photography. It's fairly lightweight and portable, especially considering it has a full-frame sensor. It captures incredibly high-quality images and performs well even in low light. It has an excellent autofocus system that reliably keeps moving subjects in focus.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Incredibly high-quality image quality
  • Excellent autofocus system
  • Great battery life
  • Impressive image quality and RAW noise handling capability
  • Incredible image quality, especially in high-contrast landscape shots
  • Very lightweight and portable
  • Superb im...
Cons
  • Not fully waterproof
  • Menu system can be a bit cumbersome to navigate
  • Limited 4k frame rate options
  • Uncomfortable handgrip
  • No SD card slot
  • Can't be mounted on a helmet or other action video rigs

t3[4]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The A7C features Sony's best autofocusing technologies. There's 693 phase AF points and 425 contrast AF points, designed for super-quick focusing. Real-Time Eye AF can be used on both humans and animals, making it an excellent option as a family camera for capturing special moments. Images are warm and vibrant, with a good degree of detail. The 28-60mm kit lens is far from being Sony's sharpest and best-performing lens.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Super-fast autofocus
  • Good image quality
  • 4K video recording
Cons
  • Slightly cramped viewfinder
  • Not the sharpest lens

digitalpicture[5]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
Sony opted to again use the NP-FZ100 battery pack in the a7C. The battery can be charged in-camera via the USB port and a USB wall adapter with a 2' (.6m) USB cable is provided. The camera has an extremely deep feature set and I can't cover everything it can do in a reasonably-concise review.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Compact size and light weight
  • Excellent image quality for its size and weight
  • Large EVF
Cons
  • Battery door is spring-loaded
  • Battery charger is not included

tomsguide[6]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The A7C's 24MP sensor performed very well, producing images with wide dynamic range and sharp, crisp details. It's also pretty fast: I liked that it could capture 10 frames per second in burst mode, using either the shutter or in silent mode. The one newly developed feature I didn't like as much as the older versions was the compact eye-level viewfinder.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very good autofocus
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent image quality
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

trustedreviews[7]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Sony A7C has a tiny OLED viewfinder, especially when compared to the large units used on most A7-series models. Given the size of the camera, I think it’s a trade-off most buyers will be happy to live with. In practice, I found its small size to be a problem only once or twice on very sunny days, when some light leakage made the OLED display a little indistinct.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Full-frame sensor
  • Excellent image stabilisation
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Limited touch controls
  • No 4K video at 60fps

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony A7C review so far. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/sony-a7c-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
2. ^ Sony a7C Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sony-a7c. 2020-10-06. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Sony α7C Camera Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/camera/reviews/sony/a7c. 2021-09-10. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
4. ^ Sony A7C review. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/sony-a7c-review. 2020-12-30. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
5. ^ Sony Alpha 7C Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sony-a7C.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
6. ^ Sony A7C review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/sony-a7c. 2021-07-20. Retrieved 2021-07-22.
7. ^ Sony A7C Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/sony-a7c. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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