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Overview: The Sony α7 (ILCE-7) alpha series camera kit contains the
α7 camera body, along
with a rechargeable battery, adjustable neck strap, and USB cable. The α7
has a full-frame 35mm image sensor, and is compatible with Sony E-mount
lenses. With the LA-EA2 or
LA-EA1 Mount Adapter, the camera can also use Sony A-mount lenses.
3" Tiltable LCD Screen: The α7 uses a 3"
Xtra Fine LCD screen with
921,600 dots. You can tilt the LCD up approximately 84°
for low angle shots or approximately 45° for high angle photography. The brightness of the LCD monitor can be adjusted
in 5 steps from -2 to +2.
0.5" OLED Electronic Viewfinder: The 0.5" high contrast Tru-Finder
OLED electronic color viewfinder has
2.4-million dots, and provides approximately 100% field of view. You can adjust
the brightness in 5 steps. The built-in diopter lets you adjust the viewfinder
image to your individual eyesight. You can set the camera to switch between the
LCD screen and viewfinder automatically when you look into the EVF, or choose
one or the other in the camera's menu.
Display Options: You can choose how much information
appears in the viewfinder and LCD monitor. There are five options each for the LCD
screen and Viewfinder: Graphic Display, Display All Info, No Display Info,
Level, and Histogram.
Live View: The α7's Live View lets you use the LCD screen and Electronic Viewfinder to frame your photos as you shoot.
When the Live View display is set to "Setting Effect On", the LCD or viewfinder
will provide an accurate preview of your photo, including the white balance,
exposure compensation, creative style or picture effect. With the "Setting
Effect Off", you can check the image composition without the effects of the
Image Sensor: The α7 features a full-frame 35mm Exmor CMOS image sensor (35.8
x 23.9mm). It has approximately 24.7-million total pixels and 24.3-million effective pixels.
Still Image Recording Formats: The α7 can shoot 35mm
full-size image sensor pictures, but it can also shoot APS-C size equivalent
pictures. Still images are recorded in JPEG file format in Standard, Fine, and
Extra Fine compression rates. You can choose to shoot in 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio, and in large, medium, and small image sizes. You can also record still images using the RAW format, which is uncompressed with no processing performed in the camera. RAW images must be transferred to a computer for processing, editing, and printing using the
downloadable Image Data Converter software. You can select the following image sizes:
| Aspect Ratio/Size ||35mm Full-Size ||APS-C Size |
| 3:2 Large ||6000 x 4000 (24M) ||3936 x 2624 (10M) |
| 3:2 Medium ||3936 x 2624 (10M) ||3008 x 2000 (6M) |
| 3:2 Small ||3008 x 2000 (6M) ||1968 x 1312 (2.6M) |
| 16:9 Large ||6000 x 3376 (20M) ||3936 x 2216 (8.7M) |
| 16:9 Medium ||3936 x 2216 (8.7M) ||3008 x 1688 (5.1M) |
| 16:9 Small ||3008 x 1688 (5.1M) ||1968 x 1112 (2.2M) |
|3:2 RAW (L) ||6000 x 4000 (24M) ||3936 x 2624 (10M) |
| 16:9 RAW (L) ||6000 x 3376 (20M) ||3936 x 2216 (8.7M) |
Panorama Photos: The Panorama mode lets you record panoramic images by holding down the shutter button as you pan across the scene. Panoramic photos can be taken in several different resolution settings:
- Vertical: 3872 x 2160
- Horizontal: 8192 x 1856
- Vertical: 5536 x 2160
- Horizontal: 12416 x 1856
Movie Recording Formats: The α7 can record 16:9 Full High Definition movies with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and 2-channel Dolby Digital audio. Movies can also be recorded in MP4 mode with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2-channel audio. You can select from the following bit rates/image quality:
| File Format || Average Bit Rate || Resolution |
| AVCHD 60i 24M (FX) ||
24 Mbps ||
1920 x 1080 (60i) |
| AVCHD 60i 17M (FH) ||
17 Mbps ||
1920 x 1080 (60i) |
| AVCHD 60p 28M (PS) ||
28 Mbps ||
1920 x 1080 (60p) |
| AVCHD 24p 24M (FX) ||
24 Mbps ||
1920 x 1080 (24p) |
| AVCHD 24p 17M (FH) ||
17 Mbps ||
1920 x 1080 (24p) |
| MP4 1440 x 1080 12M ||
12 Mbps ||
1440 x 1080 (30fps) |
| MP4 VGA 3M ||
3 Mbps ||
640 x 480 (30fps) |
Dual Media Options: The α7 camera accepts two types of media for capturing still images: Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo,
and Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, plus SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. The maximum number of images that can be recorded on a memory card formatted with this camera varies slightly between the two types of media.
Clear Image Zoom: Clear Image Zoom, powered by Sony's By Pixel
Super Resolution Technology, increases the effective focal length of the
lens by up to 1.4x (Medium images) or 2x (Small images) by digitally magnifying the center of the image. Combined
with the camera's Digital Zoom and Smart Zoom, you can increase
magnification up to 8x over the lens' maximum focal length.
Hybrid AF System: The α7's Enhanced Fast Hybrid
auto focus system combines phase-detection auto focus with highly accurate
contrast-detection AF for lightning fast auto focusing. Phase Detection uses 117
densely placed AF points to quickly move the lens to bring the subject nearly
into focus. Then Contrast Detection's 25 focus points fine-tunes the focusing,
resulting in the sharpest images. You can choose from the following Auto/Manual Focus Modes:
- AF-S (Single-shot Auto focus): The camera focuses and
the focus is locked when you press the shutter button halfway down.
Recommended for use with motionless subjects.
- AF-C (Continuous Auto focus): The camera continues to
focus when you press and hold the shutter button halfway down. Recommended
for use when the subject is in motion.
- DMF: After focusing automatically, you can make fine
focusing adjustments manually (Direct Manual Focusing).
- Manual Focus: When it is difficult to get the proper focus in auto focus mode, you can adjust the focus manually. This mode allows you to set the distance of a subject by rotating the focusing ring to achieve a sharp focus.
AF (Auto focus) Area: You can select between 4 settings:
- Wide: The camera focuses automatically on a subject in
all ranges of the image.
- Zone: You can select a zone (consisting of 9 focus
areas) on the monitor on which to focus.
- Center: The camera uses the AF area located in the center area exclusively.
- Flexible Spot: You can change the size of and move the focusing area in order
to focus on a small subject or narrow area.
Eye AF: The new Eye AF function can be assigned to a
customizable button. When Eye AF is selected, the camera focuses on a person's
eyes for extremely sharp focusing of the face.
Face Detection/Smile Shutter: The camera can detect human faces, and adjusts the focus, exposure, performs image processing and adjusts flash settings for best results. Faces can be registered, and priority given to those faces over others in the frame. Up to 8 faces can be detected and/or registered. When the Smile Shutter feature is enabled, the camera will automatically release the shutter when a slight, normal, or big smile is detected.
Auto Object Framing: When the camera detects and shoots
faces, subjects shot with macro or subjects captured using Tracking Focus, the
captured image is automatically trimmed into a suitable composition. Both the
original and the trimmed images are saved. The trimmed image is recorded in the
same size as the original image size. This feature can be turned on or off in
Focus Lock: If a subject is off-center and outside of the AF area, you can lock the focus of the camera.
AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject.
Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:
- Single Shooting: Default setting for standard picture taking.
- Continuous Shooting: At full resolution, the camera
can record continuously up to 2.5 frames per second. In Speed Priority
Continuous, the frame rate increases to a maximum of 5 fps.
- Self-Timer: You can set the camera to three different self-timers:
- 10 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 10 seconds later. This is convenient when the photographer wants to appear in a photo.
- 2 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 2 seconds later. This is convenient to reduce camera-shake.
- 10 Seconds/3 or 5 Images: The camera records 3 or 5 images
continuously after a 10 second delay. You can choose the best shot from
the shots taken.
- Bracket Shooting: Bracket shooting allows you to shoot
3 or 5 images, each with different degrees of exposure (base exposure, under
exposure, and over exposure). You can select the bracket step value from
0.3EV, 0.5EV, 0.7EV, 1.0EV, 2.0EV, or 3.0EV. After shooting, you can select an
image that suits your intention.
Shooting Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you select from the following
- Auto: In the menu, you can choose which of the following are
desired when the Mode Dial is set to Auto:
- iAuto (Intelligent Auto): This mode allows easy shooting with settings adjusted automatically.
- iAuto+ (Superior Auto): The camera recognizes and evaluates the shooting condition and sets the appropriate settings automatically. The camera saves one appropriate image by combining or separating images as necessary.
- Program Auto: For shooting with the exposure adjusted
automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value), while
allowing you to adjust other settings manually.
- Aperture Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually, letting the camera set the appropriate shutter speed. This mode gives you greater control over the depth of field.
- Shutter Speed Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually, letting the camera set the appropriate aperture. With a high shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it is frozen on the image. With a slow shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it were flowing.
- Manual Exposure: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (shutter speed and aperture) manually.
- Scene Selection: You can select an appropriate mode for the subject or the shooting conditions to allow you to shoot the image with a suitable setting for the subject:
Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held
Twilight, Night Portrait, and Anti Motion Blur.
- Sweep Panorama: Shoot expansive scenery or high-rise buildings with dynamic composition.
- Memory Recall (1, 2): You can register often-used
camera settings (including Shooting Mode, Aperture, Shutter speed) in one of
two memory positions on the Mode Dial for easy recall.
- Movies: You can record movies in Full HD or standard
definition in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio. When selected on the Mode Dial, you can
select the desired movie settings, including Program Auto, Aperture
Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual Exposure.
Picture Effect: In Intelligent Auto or Superior Auto mode, you can select
Picture Effect to get one the following effect filters to achieve more impressive and artistic expression: Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization
(color), Posterization (B/W), Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color (Red,
Green, Blue, or Yellow), High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone
Mono, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration.
Creative Style: The Creative Style function lets you select
the desired image processing. You can adjust exposure (shutter speed and
aperture) as you like with Creative Style. You can choose from: Standard, Vivid,
Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn
Leaves, Black & White, or Sepia. You can also adjust Contrast, Saturation, and
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure)
The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-3.0 EV in
1/3-step increments by turning the dial on the top of the camera or +/-3.0 EV in
1/3-step increments in the menu. When shooting movies, the exposure can be
adjusted in a range of +/-2.0 EV.
AE Lock: You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.
Metering Mode: A 1200-zone evaluative sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject from the following three methods:
- Multi Segment: This method uses the whole screen divided into 1200 zones to measure light.
- Center Weighted: While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this method measure the average brightness of the entire screen.
- Spot: This method measure light only in the spot metering circle in the center of the frame.
White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options, and adjust the +/- 3 to fine tune the colors:
Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White),
Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight),
Flash, Color Temperature, Color Filter, Underwater, and Custom.
Color Temperature/Color Filter: You can adjust the white balance further by selecting Color Temperature or Color Filter in the Custom White Balance option. With Color Temperature, the higher the number, the more reddish the image, and the lower the number, the more bluish the image. Color Filter achieves the effect of Color Compensation filters for photography. Based on the set color temperature as the standard, the color can be compensated to Green (G) or Magenta (M).
ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to
light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO
can be set manually or automatically, depending upon the exposure mode. The
manual ISO range is 50 to 25600 in 1/3EV increments.
Multi-Interface Shoe: The α7 does not have a built-in flash,
but is equipped with the
Multi-Interface Shoe, allowing you to use an external flash, such as the
HVL-F20M, HVL-F43M, or HVL-F60M. The ECM-XYST1M stereo microphone is also
Flash Features: When an optional external flash is
attached, the camera offers several Flash Modes: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow
Sync, Rear Sync, and Wireless. You can adjust the amount of flash light in a
range of -3.0 EV to +3.0 EV with the Flash Compensation feature.
Wi-Fi Overview: The Sony α7 has built-in Wi-Fi so you can
interface the camera with your smartphone or Wi-Fi-enabled laptop computer and
wirelessly perform various shooting and playback functions. The camera also
supports NFC (near field communication).
PlayMemories Mobile: To interface with the Sony α7, your
smartphone must have the PlayMemories Mobile application. The app is compatible
with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and requires iOS 4.3 or later. It is also
compatible with Android smartphones and tablets with the Android 2.3 - 4.4
NFC (Near Field Communication): By touching an NFC-enabled
Android smartphone or tablet to the "N" mark on the right side of the camera,
the smartphone will be connected automatically via Wi-Fi, and the PlayMemories
Mobile app will be launched. The two devices must touch for approximately 1-2
seconds to make the connection.
Wi-Fi Functions: The following wireless functions can be
performed with the α7:
- Smart Remote: You can use a smartphone as a remote
controller for the camera. Still images shot via remote control are
automatically sent to the smartphone's memory. You can also change some of
the camera's settings, including EV, Self-Timer, and Review Check.
- Send to Smartphone: You can transfer still images to a
smartphone for viewing. Images can be transferred in its original image
size, or resized to 2M or VGA. RAW images are converted to JPEG format
before being transferred.
- Send to Computer: You can transfer images stored on the
camera's memory card to a computer connected to a wireless access point or
wireless broadband router in order to easily make backup copies.
- View on TV: Images can be viewed on a network-enabled
Play And Print Functions
Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index or as a Slide Show. During Index View mode, you can view
9 (3 x 3) or 25 (5 x 5) images at once.
Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.
Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.
Slide Show: You can automatically play back still images
continuously in a slide show. You can set the interval to 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30
View Mode: There are four View Modes to choose from for
playing back images and movies: Date View, Folder View (Still), Folder View (MP4), and AVCHD
D-Range Optimizer/Auto HDR: The camera allows you to correct the brightness and contrast of an image automatically, using the D-Range Optimizer (DRO) and Auto High Dynamic Range functions. The DRO optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of the image; you select the optimal level from Lv1 (weak) and Lv5 (strong). When Auto HDR is selected, the camera shoots three images with different exposures, then overlays them to create one image with the correct exposure and an overlaid image.
4K Still Image Playback: The α7 can output images in 4K
resolution to an HDMI-connected TV that supports 4K. The 4K playback function
can be selected in the Playback Menu only when the camera is connected to a
4K-compatible TV via HDMI or Wi-Fi.
Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.
Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.
- DPOF Compatible: Using the camera, you can specify the images and the number of images to print before you print images at a photo-shop or with your printer.
- Memory Card: You can print images with a Memory Stick or SD card compliant printer.
- Computer: You can copy images to a computer using the
available downloadable software and print the images.
InfoLithium Battery: The α7 is powered by the NP-FW50
InfoLithium battery (supplied). The battery communicates data to the camera,
so that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed. Approximately
340 images can be recorded with the supplied battery using the LCD monitor.
Charging: The NP-FW50 InfoLithium battery requires approximately
5 hours 10 minutes for a full charge,
using the supplied AC-UB10 AC adapter and USB cable.
Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the
camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 10 seconds, 1 minute,
2 minutes, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power
Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button
Downloadable Software: The α7 does not include software in
the box. Instead, Sony offers software for Windows- and Mac-compatible computers
for importing still images and movies recorded with the camera to your computer.
You can download the software to your computer using
the appropriate URL
provided in the supplied Instruction Manual. The following downloadable
software is compatible with the camera:
- PlayMemories Home: With PlayMemories Home, you can view your images, and use
various convenient features to enhance the images you have shot.
PlayMemories Home is required for importing AVCHD movies to your computer.
- Imaging Edge: Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit) software can be used
for browsing images (creating time-lapse movies, filtering images by applying ratings), adjusting images (edit and adjusting for brightness, color, and tone), remote shooting, and saving images recorded in RAW format and converting them to JPEG or TIFF format. Imaging Edge is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), and macOS 10.12-10.14.
Note: Sony's Image Data Converter and Remote Camera Control software was discontinued in September 2018, and replaced with Imaging Edge.