Sony Alpha A7S Review

Overall Score

84

Main Features

  • 12 MP Full frame CMOS Sensor
  • 100 - 409600 ISO
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 2359k dot Electronic viewfinder
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • 4K 3840 x 2160 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 127 x 94 x 48 mm, 489g.
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  • Replaced by: Alpha A7S II

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Sony Alpha A7S Overview


First introduced in April, 2014, Sony Alpha A7S is a 12 MP Mirrorless with a Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Sony replaced Alpha A7S with Sony A7S II. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Sony A7S with Sony A7S II

Sony A7S Series History
Model Year $ Sensor ISO Weight Dimensions
Sony Alpha A7R IV Sony A7R IV 2019 61MP 100 - 32000 665g 129 x 96 x 78mm
Sony Alpha A7 III Sony A7 III 2018 24MP 100 - 51200 650g 127 x 96 x 74mm
Sony Alpha A7R III Sony A7R III 2017 42MP 100 - 32000 657g 127 x 96 x 74mm
Sony Alpha A7S II Sony A7S II 2015 12MP 100 - 102400 627g 127 x 96 x 60mm
Sony Alpha A7R II Sony A7R II 2015 42MP 100 - 25600 625g 127 x 96 x 60mm

Proc and Cons of Sony A7S


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Sony Alpha A7S with competitors in pro mirrorless cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Tilting Screen
External Flash
RAW Support
1230k dots Screen Resolution
1/8000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
Microphone Port
Environmental Sealing
25 Focus Points
Flash Sync Port
Remote Control with a Smartphone
NFC Connectivity
3840 x 2160 (4K) Max Video Resolution
AF Face Detection
409600 Max Native ISO
5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
489g Light Body
Headphone Port
2359k dot Viewfinder Resolution
5 AE Bracketing Range
Focus Bracketing
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
Low Battery Life: 360 shots
No Articulating Screen
No Image Stabilization
Type Scores

Sony Alpha A7S has an Overall Score of 84/100 and ranked #31 out of 214 in Mirrorless cameras, and ranked #39 out of 1222 in all cameras.

Sony A7S Scores
Imaging score
81
Features score
77
Value for money score
88
Portability score
85
Overall score
84
Average Scores in Pro Mirrorless
Imaging Score
71
Features Score
78
Value For Money Score
82
Portability Score
74
Overall score
79

Physical Dimensions of Sony A7S


Sony Alpha A7S weighs 489g and has external dimensions of 127 x 94 x 48mm (5.0 x 3.7 x 1.89"). Considering that the average weight of Pro Mirrorless cameras is 691g, Sony A7S is 202 grams less than the average weight of cameras in this category. Sony A7S is less by 10mm more than the average length in Pro Mirrorless.

Weight Comparison
Pro Mirrorless Cameras


Sony A7S
489g
Average weight
691g
Min weight
465g
Max weight
1320g

Thickness Comparison
Pro Mirrorless Cameras


Sony A7S
48mm
Average Thickness
67mm
Min Thickness
37mm
Max Thickness
97mm

Here is the front and top view image of Sony Alpha A7S with the dimensions:

Sony Alpha A7S

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight Alpha A7S Dimensions Alpha A7S
Sony Alpha A7 II Sony A7 II 599 g 489 g 127 x 96 x 60 mm 127 x 94 x 48 mm
Sony Alpha A7S II Sony A7S II 627 g 489 g 127 x 96 x 60 mm 127 x 94 x 48 mm
Sony Alpha A7 Sony A7 474 g 489 g 127 x 94 x 48 mm 127 x 94 x 48 mm
Sony Alpha A7R Sony A7R 465 g 489 g 127 x 94 x 48 mm 127 x 94 x 48 mm
Sony Alpha a6500 Sony A6500 453 g 489 g 120 x 67 x 53 mm 127 x 94 x 48 mm
Sony Alpha a6300 Sony A6300 404 g 489 g 120 x 67 x 49 mm 127 x 94 x 48 mm
Sony Alpha a6000 Sony A6000 344 g 489 g 120 x 67 x 45 mm 127 x 94 x 48 mm
Nikon D750 Nikon D750 840 g 489 g 141 x 113 x 78 mm 127 x 94 x 48 mm

Specifications of Sony Alpha A7S


General
Brand Sony
Model Alpha A7S
Announced April, 2014
Body Type SLR-style mirrorless
Lens
Lens Mount Sony E
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 1
Number of Lenses 116
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Resolution 1230k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution 2359
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.71
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 25
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/30 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec
Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range no built-in flash
Flash Modes no built-in flash
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions - mm
Sensor Area 0.0 mm²
Sensor Resolution 12 MP
Max Image Resolution 4240 x 2832
Max Native ISO 409600
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 360 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model NP-FW50
Physical
Weight 489 g
Physical Dimensions 127 x 94 x 48 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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