Sony A7 and A7R Officially Unveiled

Sony A7R 35mm f2.8

Sony has taken the wraps off two of its worst kept secrets, the Sony A7 and Sony A7R full frame mirrorless cameras.

The Sony A7 sports a 24.3MP sensor and includes the common optical low pass filter found on most digital cameras today. Alternatively, the Sony A7R features a 36.3MP sensor and has no optical low pass filter for more resolving power and image detail to go along with the increased resolution.

Sony A7 Back

Both cameras feature a 2.4 million dot OLED viewfinder and a 3-inch tiltable LCD. Likewise, both camera capture up to 1080/60p HD video and include built-in WiFi and NFC connectivity.

Sony A7 Key Features

  • 24.3MP Full Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Direct Compatibility with E-mount Lenses
  • 3.0″ Tiltable TFT LCD with 1,229K-Dots
  • 2.4M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full 1080/60p with Uncompressed Output
  • Fast Hybrid Autofocus; 5 fps Burst Rate
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Multi-Interface Shoe and Built-In Flash

Sony A7R Key Features

  • 36.3MP Full Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • Gapless On-Chip Lens Design
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Direct Compatibility with E-mount Lenses
  • 3.0″ Tiltable TFT LCD with 1,229K-Dots
  • 2.4M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full 1080/60p Video with Remote Capture
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Multi-Interface Shoe and Built-in Flash

Sony has priced the two cameras at very tempting price points – $1700 for the A7 and $2300 for the A7R.

At $1700, the Sony A7 becomes the cheapest full frame camera to date, which has to put even more pressure on Canon and Nikon to innovate. Sure, Canon and Nikon each released a $2000 full frame DSLR last year (and Nikon just released the same DSLR again) – but Sony just released a compact mirrorless full frame camera for $1700.┬áThe Sony A7 is also available with a 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens for about $2000.

You can pre-order the Sony A7 and A7R cameras from B&H at the links below.

 

Comments

    • Doug says

      A7 is 1/250 and A7r is 1/160.
      Not sure about triggers yet. It is the same iso hotshow as found on the RX1, NEX 6, NEX 5N

  1. Emmanuel says

    Well done SONY! We might have an ugly duckling with this A7 but looking at Joe’s sample image and judging by the results; this camera would definitely grow on me. SONY you showed the world one more time! Nikon & Canon when was the last time you released a ground breaking product? GET YOUR FINGERS OUT or face the inevitable! This is coming from a Canon fan who doesn’t want to live in the past.