2020-09-15

How Does The New Sony a7C Compare

How does the new Sony a7C compare to the rest of Sony's full-frame mirrorless camera range? Read our blog post for a comprehensive specifications comparison table, image samples from the latest Alpha camera as well as a more in-depth rundown of specifications. Gareth Evans also gives us his thoughts in a video review and we talk about the lens kit, which includes the brand new FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 OSS zoom lens.

Available in black and silver - the Sony A7C 'Compact' full-frame camera

Sony a7C specifications comparison

In our table we compare the new Sony a7C with the rest of the full-frame camera range which currently includes the a7S III, the a7 III and the resolution king a7R IV


a7C

a7S III

 a7 III

 a7R IV

Resolution

24.2MP

12.2MP

24.2MP

61MP

Continuous Shooting

10fps

10fps

10fps

10fps

Processor

Bionz X (New)

Bionz X (New)

Bionz X

Bionz X (New)

ISO Range

100-51,200 (Expandable 50-204,800)

100-102,400 (Expandable 50-409,600)

100-51,200 (Expandable 50-204,800)

100-32,000 (Expandable 50-102,400)

AF Points

693

759

693

567

Eye AF

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Real Time Eye Tracking

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Animal Eye AF

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

In Body Image Stabilisation

5 Stops

5.5 Stops

5 Stops

5.5 Stops

Maximum Video Resolution / Bitrate

4K 8-Bit 4:2:0

4K 10-Bit 4:2:2 Internal

4K 8-Bit 4:2:0 (8-Bit 4:2:2 External)

4K 8-Bit 4:2:0 (8-Bit 4:2:2 External)

High Frame Rate

FullHD 120fps

4K 120fps / FHD 240fps

FullHD 120fps

FullHD 120fps

S Log

S-Log 2 / S-Log 3

S-Log 2 / S-Log 3

S-Log 2 / S-Log 3

S-Log 2 / S-Log 3

Card Slots

1 x UHS II SD

1 x CF Express + 1 x UHS II SD

Dual SD Card Slots UHS II + UHS I

Dual UHS II SD Card Slots

Viewfinder

2,359,296 Million Dots

9.44 Million Dots

2.35 Million Dots

5.76 Million Dots

LCD Screen

Vari Angle Touch Screen

Vari Angle Touch Screen

0.92 Million Dot Touch Screen

1.44 Million Dot Touch Screen

Weight

424 g

699g

650g

665g

Sony A7C Video Review

Gareth Evans had a few days with the new compact model and has put together this comprehensive video review of the body. The sample images are also all provided from the model which was loaned and shows the high dynamic range which the camera is capable of at 15 EV stops.



Where does the A7C fit within Sony’s full-frame range?

Here are some of the key similarities and differences of the Sony A7C and how it fits into the existing range of full-frame mirrorless cameras. Straight away we see some updates which differentiate this from the rest of the range:

  1. The size is considerably smaller and the a7C weighs less than others in the range. At just 424g. the body is the lightest with the a7iii next in line at 125g heavier. This is around 20% lighter and the body is by no coincidence around 20% smaller too. So we can ascertain the ‘C’ stands for a new compact model. 
  2. The EVF is off-set to the left side of the camera body. This change allows Sony to pack technology into the small camera casing.
  3. There is a dedicated video record button on the top panel. Quick access to recording movies underlines the target audience of video creators, content creators and hybrid shooters who enjoy quick access to both video and stills photography
  4. Under the hood Sony has completely redeveloped the shutter unit as well as the 5-axis stabilisation system. This was required due to the diminutive size of the new body and has allowed Sony to maintain pro-level characteristics in the tiny frame.
  5. Connectivity provides full support to movie creation with a number of ports for HDMI, headphone and mic jacks, USB-C connector and wireless is supported through both WiFi and Bluetooth.
  6. The highly popular A7iii is the nearest in the range to the new a7C, however the latest body offers a number of benefits over this. These include the latest autofocus system, which is renowned as being one of the best in the industry. AF includes Eye, Face and Animal AF detect and tracking.  

Sony a7C Sample Images

Sony a7C with FE 85mm f/1.4 GM lens by Gareth Evans

Outdoor Portrait.
Sony a7C with FE 85mm f/1.4 GM lens
85mm
1/2000 sec
ISO 125.
f/1.4

Sony a7C with FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 kit lens by Gareth Evans

Hiking
Sony a7C with FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 kit lens
60mm
1/200 sec.
ISO 100
f/5.6

Sony a7C with FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 kit lens by Gareth Evans

Landscape
Sony a7C with FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 kit lens
60mm
1/250 sec.
ISO 100
f/11

Kits and new colours available

The new silver finish a7C with kit lens

Rather strikingly Sony has released the a7C in two colours. Standard black camera colour as well as a stylish new silver finish a7C (pictured here). The features are identical but this choice allows users to pick the most desirable model for themselves. It’s nice to have the choice.
As well as launching two new colours, Sony has also released each with a brand new ultra compact FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 OSS zoom lens kit. The new lens is incredibly small, weighing just 167 grams which complements the a7C perfectly. Aimed at general purpose and versatile photography and video, the lens is a great all-rounder as expected from a kit lens. The wide angle is just wide enough for vlogging when holding the camera at arms length and the zoom range covers any subjects from portraits to street photography as well as travel or landscapes.
Speaking of travel there can be no dispute that this combination is the lightest full-frame camera and lens Sony has ever released, making for the ideal outdoor travel system which boasts pro-quality features. Weather sealing to both the body and lens add to the outdoor theme.

The A7C for photography

Photographers are clearly not forgotten with the inclusion of the high quality CMOS back illuminated 24.2MP sensor. High speed is a very respectable 10fps which keeps pace with all but the most demanding wildlife and action scenarios. Even at this speed the camera maintains AF/AE lock so will catch and track moving subjects beautifully. The fully articulating screen is also touch capable and lends itself perfectly to composing awkward angles or videos.

Further comparisons

Readers can garner more in-depth reviews of other recently released Sony cameras here in our blog with the following posts:

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