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Sony Alpha 7S / a7S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 421 reviews of Sony Alpha 7S / a7S. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Opinions about the low light performance and price are overall positive. The portability and usability are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the battery, and some have doubts about the image stabilizer and zoom.

performance, usability, portability, price, low-light

contrast, zoom, stabilizer

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Alpha 7S / a7S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Alpha 7S / a7S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 user reviews of Sony Alpha 7S / a7S from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the size and low light performance. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the flash and reliability.

performance, usability, portability, low-light, size

exposure, reliability, flash

91% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

May, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Alpha 7S / a7S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 139 user reviews of Sony Alpha 7S / a7S from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. People really like the low light performance and price. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the contrast and image stabilizer.

performance, usability, portability, price, low-light

reliability, battery, stabilizer , contrast

94% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

May, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Sony Alpha 7S / a7S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Sony Alpha 7S / a7S from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. People really like the performance.

performance

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

May, 2020

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Sony A7S II review

 

The sequel to Sony's movie master is even better than before

Superb video quality ; Great in low light conditions ; Metal-bodied toughness

It’s really expensive

A marked improvement on the already-impressive A7S, delivering top class low light and video performance.

Mar, 2016

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Sony A7s review

 

Sony's pricey compact system camera is a low-light master, but 4K video requires extra investment

Shoots 4K video ; Excellent in low light ; Huge, bright OLED viewfinder

4K recording requires external device ; 12.2MP sensor seems limiting for stills ; Very expensive

A filmmaker’s dream – but still photographers may be better off looking lower down Sony’s range

Mar, 2015

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Sony Alpha A7S review

 

In 2013 the Sony Alpha A7 convinced our team and a panel of tech-savvy judges that it was system camera of the year. Not because it had the most lenses available, was the fastest, nor because there weren't other great new cameras coming out, but...

Great full-frame image quality, sturdy build and small scale design, great electronic viewfinder quality, tilt-angle LCD with large view, two batteries included

Poor battery life, no wall charger means slow charge, full-frame lens range is lacking, AF-C not comparable to £2k DSLR, 4K capture off-camera only, much pricier than standard A7

Just like the original A7, the A7S is mini marvel with a massive sensor. It's the new 12-megapixel chip that's the main point of interest as image quality is the cleanest out of the current trio of A7 cameras available. That will benefit those who...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : Angela Nicholson Dan Chung (techradar.com)

Sony Alpha A7S II review

 

Sony's 12MP full-frame CSC is a great option if 4K video and low light shooting are your thing

Super-high ISO ISO 409,600 maximum ; Internal 4K video recording ; AF system good in low light

Video record button not ideally placed ; Expensive and specialist ; 8-bit rather than 10 or 12-bit video

The A7S II is the best video shooting stills camera available at the moment. The resolution is kept to 12 million pixels to allow better light gathering power and improve video quality. It produces video close to that of professional-level dedicated,...

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Angela Nicholson (techradar.com)

Sony A7S review

 

Sony's most expensive Alpha 7-series CSC has the lowest resolution and highest price – what's that all about?

4K video output via HMDI ; Lots of control over video ; Maximum sensitivity setting of ISO 409,600

Low pixel count for stills ; 4K recording only via an external recorder ; Lens range currently limited

It's a great camera but its comparatively low pixel count and high price mean it's unlikely to have wide appeal amongst enthusiast photographers. However, it will find favour with those who need to be able to shoot in near-dark conditions or want lots...

Jul, 2014

Expert review by (which.co.uk)

Sony Alpha a7S review

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The Alpha 7S is the third entry in Sony's line of full-frame mirrorless cameras. It looks almost identical to the Alpha 7 and 7R, but specialises in low-light photography and is capable of recording 4K video. Does this premium camera live up to its...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : Amateur Photographer (amateurphotographer.co.uk)

Sony Alpha 7S review

 

If you place your main priority on AF speed or shooting rate, the A7S won't really meet your needs. Also, if you're looking for a camera that delivers huge amounts of detail thanks to a high resolution, the A7S won't really be the answer...

Aug, 2014

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Joshua Waller (ephotozine.com)

Sony Alpha A7S (ILCE-7S) Review

 

Sony Alpha A7S, full frame mirrorless camera with a 12 megapixel sensor, and 4K video recording it promises low noise photography and video.

12 megapixel files are smaller ; Impressive ISO range available for stills and video ; Very impressive noise performance up to ISO25600 / ISO51200 ; Full-frame sensor mirrorless camera ; Focus peaking / Zebra display ; 5fps continuous shooting (speed...

4K only available when recording to an external device ; 4K external recording device isn't available yet ; High price if you want to record 4K video ; Limited lens range in FE mount (plenty of adapters available) ; Flash not included / provided -...

The Sony Alpha A7S bucks the trend for more megapixels, by offering a 12 megapixel full-frame sensor, this gives it impressive light capturing abilities, with low noise right up to ISO25600 and above. The smaller file size should also let you shoot...

Jul, 2014

Expert review by : What Digital Camera (whatdigitalcamera.com)

Sony Alpha 7S Review

 

Usually you would expect a camera with such a high sensitivity range to be the preserve of professional sports or wildlife photographers, or photojournalists, but since the AF speed or shooting rate is not quite fast enough for serious sports or...

Jul, 2014

Expert review by : Richard Butler , Dale Baskin , Rishi Sanyal , Samu (dpreview.com)

Sony Alpha 7S Review

 

The a7S is the third model in Sony's full-frame mirrorless lineup, a 12MP camera that puts as much emphasis on its movie capture capabilities as its still image prowess. While the a7S is a capable still shooter, Sony has emphasized that its real focus...

Impressive image quality Superb, detailed, essentially moiré-free 1080p footage Outstanding 4K (UHD) video when used with external recorder Useful, high resolution electronic viewfinder Completely silent shooting available Microphone and headphone...

Limited to contrast-detect AF, while a7/II siblings have on-sensor phase-detect AF Lower dynamic range and resolution than immediate competitors Sony's Raw compression scheme can lead to posterization at high contrast edges Small battery can be...

The Sony a7S is an interesting departure for a camera company: a model where possibly more of the emphasis during the design process has been placed on video capture, rather than stills. This is made easier to see by the existence of its sibling...

Mar, 2015

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