Product Highlights
  • 12.2 MP Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • Full Frame Format
  • 5 FPS Continuous Shooting
  • ISO 100-102400 Expandable to 50-409600
  • HD 720p Video Recording at 120 fps
  • Camera Body
  • Tilting LCD Touchscreen​
Sony Alpha A7S Mirrorless Body Sony Alpha A7S Mirrorless Body
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Overview

*Lens not included

Awe-inspiring sensitivity realizes a whole new world of imaging expression

Newly developed 35 mm full-frame Exmor™ CMOS sensor brings ultra-wide dynamic range and high movie quality

It combines phenomenal sensitivity up to ISO 409600*1 with supremely low noise, courtesy of Sony’s new 12.2-megapixel 35 mm full-frame Exmor CMOS image sensor and optimized high-speed BIONZ X image processing engine. Professional movie functions satisfy the highest demands of serious photographers and videographers, plus everything is precision-packed in the world’s smallest 35 mm full-frame interchangeable-lens digital camera body*2 for unparalleled mobility. Imagine the possibilities.
*1 Standard ISO range: Still 100–102400, Movie 200–102400; Expandable ISO range: Still 50–409600, Movie 200–409600
*2 Among interchangeable-lens digital cameras equipped with a 35 mm full-frame image sensor (as of April 6, 2014) according to Sony research.

Ultra-high sensitivity 35 mm full-frame sensor — up to ISO 409600*

Sony’s new remarkably sensitive 12.2-megapixel 35 mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor delivers a wide sensitivity range from ISO 50 to 409600*, as well as extremely low noise. The newly developed image sensor provides photographers/videographers with high dynamic range in every light condition from severe low light to bright sunlight.
* Standard ISO range: Still 100–102400, Movie 200–102400; Expandable ISO range: Still 50–409600, Movie 200–409600

World’s first full-frame sensor capable of full pixel read-out without binning process for movies*1

The sensor reads out image data from every pixel, even during Full HD and 4K*2 movie output, and enables recording and output of Full HD movies at 60p (50p), 60i (50i), 30p (25p) and 24p frame rates, as well as output of 4K movies at a 30p or 24p frame rate, with both resolutions available at both full-frame and APS-C (Super 35 mm equivalent) size.
*1 When used in 24p/30p (25p) movie setting.
*2 4K movie recording requires a 4K compatible recorder.

BIONZ X image processing engine

Sony proudly introduces the BIONZ X image processing engine, which faithfully reproduces textures and details in real time, as seen by the naked eye, via extra high-speed processing capabilities. Together with front-end LSI (large scale integration) that accelerates processing in the earliest stages, it enables more natural details, more realistic images, richer tonal gradations and lower noise whether you shoot still images or movies.

XAVC S format

The high-bit-rate XAVC S format is provided for serious videographers. Available for the first time in an α camera, it enables Full HD image recording at 50 Mbps for extremely high-quality expression and minimal noise. It also employs the Long GOP (Group of Pictures) data compression method to realize efficient movie recording.
Note: Sony recommends using an SDXC memory card higher than Class 10 when shooting movies in the XAVC S format.

Advanced movie functions support a professional workflow

Picture Profile
You can fine-tune the look of movies before shooting by adjusting gradation (Black Level, Gamma, Black Gamma, Knee), color adjustment (Color Mode, Color Level, Color Phase, Color Depth) and Detail. Adjusted parameters can be saved along with other settings as a profile, and up to seven profiles can be stored for later recall.

S-Log2 gamma setting
This proprietary Sony gamma setting, featured in professional camcorders, creates a 1,300% wider dynamic range for smooth expression of gradation with reduced whiteout and blackout. Through color grading in post-production, you can make the most of the low-noise image and super-rich detail to achieve various types of image expression.

Time code / User bit
As with commercial video equipment, this function provides a “Record Run” setting that only advances the time code while recording, a “Free Run” setting that advances the time code whether recording or not, a drop frame method and a non-drop frame method. The α7S can also output an embedded time code when the clean HDMI output setting is in use.
Note: This function is only available when recording in the AVCHD and XAVC S formats.

120 fps (100 fps) shooting at HD resolution
120 fps (100 fps) recording broadens image expression options since a movie shot at this frame rate can be played back at 24p to create stunning 5x slow-motion effects. When 120 fps (100 fps) recording is selected, movies are automatically recorded at HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels) in the APS-C (Super 35 mm equivalent) crop size.

Clean HDMI output for 4K movies

Non-compressed image output is now possible at 4K (QFHD: 3840 x 2160 pixels) resolution with selectable 30p (25p) and 24p frame rates. You can choose 4K or Full HD output from a menu. The 4K output capability allows recording of high-quality 4K images by a 4K-compatible recorder, as well as 4K output directly to a compatible monitor or TV.

α Mount System

Wide-ranging compatible E-mount lenses let you take full advantage of sophisticated features while comfortably shooting movies. For example, specially equipped lenses let you enjoy Optical SteadyShot image stabilization or smooth, steady power zooming throughout the entire zoom range, and all E-mount lenses let you enjoy smooth autofocusing and auto exposure. The camera’s short flange back expands lens options, via mount adaptors, so you can make the most of your current lens collection. The LA-EA4 adaptor, for example, lets you mount professional A-mount lenses and enjoy continuous phase-detection AF.

Cutting-edge features in the world’s smallest body*

Unparalleled compactness
The α7S offers unrivaled compactness and carefree mobility despite its large 35 mm full-frame sensor.

High-speed, high-precision Fast Intelligent AF
Supreme sensitivity and an advanced new algorithm deliver ultra-high AF speed even in low-light conditions (as low as EV -4).

XGA OLED Tru-Finder
A high-contrast viewfinder with dramatically improved visibility contributes to stress-free, intuitive operation.

Wi-Fi/NFC connectivity
Enjoy wireless connectivity with mobile devices, transfer of images and movies, and remote controlled operation.

* Among interchangeable-lens digital cameras equipped with a 35 mm full-frame image sensor (as of April 6, 2014) according to Sony research.

What's Included

  • Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera
  • 2 x NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1080mAh)
  • BC-TRW W Series Battery Charger
  • AC Adapter
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Body Cap
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Cable Protector

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Product Specifications

 

Software

Operating System Compatibility  Image Data Converter 4.0: Microsoft Windows® Vista® SP2, Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® 8 (Pentium 4 or faster) Mac OS X (10.6-10.8) (Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster) PlayMemories Home: Microsoft Windows® Vista® SP2, Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® 8 (Pentium III 800 MHz or faster; for playing/editing HD movies: Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster/Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or faster, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz or faster (AVC HD (FX/FH)) Mac OS X (10.6-10.8) (Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster)
Supplied Software PlayMemories Home, Image Data Converter Version 4

Camera

Camera Type Full-frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera
Lens Compatibility Sony E-mount Full Frame, operation with Minolta / Konica Minolta Maxxum A-mount lenses confirmed via optional LA-EA3/LA-EA4 adaptor
Lens Mount Type Sony E-mount Full Frame
Colour Black

Drive System

Continuous Shooting Speed Speed Priority Continuous shooting: Max. 5.0fps, Continuous shooting: Max. 2.5fps
Shutter Speeds 1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Self-timer 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Drive Mode Single shooting, Continuous shooting, Speed Priority Continuous shooting, Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.) (10 sec. delay; 3/5 exposures selectable), Bracketing (Cont., Single, White Balance, DRO)

Exposure System

Auto Exposure Lock Auto Exposure Lock (AEL) button, Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway (Can be disabled from the Menu)
Exposure Settings AUTO (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Movie
Metering Modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity EV -3 to EV 20 (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.0 lens attached)
Metering Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
ISO Still images: ISO 100-409600
Movies: ISO 200-409600 equivalent
Colour Temperature 2500 – 9900K with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7), Custom
White Balance Mode Auto WB / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight) / Flash / Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & Color Filter (G7 to M7: 15 steps, A7 to B7: 15 steps) / Custom / Underwater

Focus Control

Focus Sensitivity EV -4 to EV 20 (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.0 lens attached)
Focus Area Wide (25 points) / Center-weighted / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Zone
Focus Points 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
AF Modes Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (MF)
Focus System Contrast-detection AF

Imaging Sensor

Processor BIONZ® X image processor
Pixel Gross 12.4 Megapixels (approx.)
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Effective Picture Resolution 12.2 Megapixels (approx.)
Anti Dust Charge protection coating on optical filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism
Imaging Sensor 35mm full frame Exmor CMOS sensor (35.8 x 23.9mm)

Interface

NFC Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)
HDMI Terminal HDMI® Type D micro connector
DC IN Yes via optional AC-PW20AM (sold separately)
Memory Card Slot Multi slot for SD / Memory Stick PRO Duo media
HD Output Uncompressed 4K (3840 x 2160)*1 Uncompressed HD (1920x1080)*1 BRAVIA Sync (link menu) PhotoTV HD 4k Still image playback
PictBridge Compatible Yes
Tripod Mount Yes, 1/4" 20 thread count
Remote Commander Yes, via optional RM-VPR1
PhotoTV HD Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI® cable
USB Port(s) USB 2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)
Accessory Shoe Yes, via Multi Interface Shoe
A/V Remote Terminal Yes, via Multi Terminal interface
BRAVIA® Sync™ Yes, via HDMI® with compatible BRAVIA HDTV (link menu)
Multi Interface Shoe Yes
Headphone Jack Yes
Microphone Input Yes

LCD Display

Peaking Yes (Level setting: High / Mid / Low / Off, Color: White / Red / Yellow)
Real-time image adjustment display Yes (On / Off)
LCD Type 3.0” (7.5cm) TFT LCD (921,600 dots) with tiltable design
Coverage 100%
Zebra Yes (On / Off)
Histogram Yes (On / Off)
Live View Continuous Live View

Power

Power Requirements Two rechargeable battery pack (NP-FW50)
Battery Type InfoLITHIUM® NP-FW50 (7.2V)
Number of Still Images Approx. 360 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)
Battery Capacity 1080 mAh
Supplied Battery Charger BC-TRW

Recording

Video Signal NTSC color, EIA standards
Microphone/Speaker Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-XYST1M / XLR-K1M (sold separately), Built-in monaural speaker; volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7
Video Resolution

XAVC S Full HD - 1920 x 1080/60p@50Mbps Full HD - 1920 x 1080/30p@50Mbps Full HD - 1920 x 1080/24p@50Mbps HD - 1280 x 720/120p@50Mbps *Class 10+ SDXC memory card is required for recording in XAVC S AVCHD™:

  • PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
  • FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
  • FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
  • FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
  • FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps

MP4:

  • HD - 1440 x 1080/30p@12Mbps
  • VGA - 640 x 480/30p@3Mbps
Audio Format XAVC S: LPCM 2ch. AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3), 2ch., Dolby Digital Stereo Creator MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch.
Video Format XAVC S / AVCHD™ format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4
Video Mode XAVC S / AVCHD™ / MP4 / Uncompressed 4K and HD output via HDMI
Still Image Size 16:9 

35mm full frame: L: 4240 x 2832 (12M), M: 2768 x 1848 (5.1M), S: 2128 x 1416 (3M)
APS-C:  L: 2768 x 1848 (5.1M), M: 2128 x 1416 (3M), S: 1376 x 920 (1.3M)

Still Image Size 3:2 35mm full frame: L: 4240 x 2384 (10M), M: 2768 x 1560 (4.3M), S: 2128 x 1200 (2.6M)
APS-C:  L: 2768 x 1560 (4.3M), M: 2128 x 1200 (2.6M), S: 1376 x 776 (1.1M)
Still Image Mode RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Extra fine, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
Still Image File Format JPEG: DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant, RAW: Sony ARW 2.3 format
Media Type  SD / SDHC (UHS-I compliant) / SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant), *Class 10+ SDXC memory card is required for recording in XAVC S Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo
Still Image Max Effective Resolution 12.2 Megapixels

Viewfinder

Display Disp. Basic Info, Histogram
Brightness Control Auto / Manual (3 steps between -1 and +1)
Type 1/2-inch (1.3 cm) XGA OLED color electronic viewfinder (2,359,296 dots)
Field of View 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.71x with 50 mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 (diopter)
Diopter Adjustment -4.0 m-1 ~ +3.0m-1 (diopter)

Weights and Measurements

Dimensions (Approx.) 5 x 3-3/4 x 1-15/16” (approx. 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2mm)
Weight (Approx.) With battery and Memory card: Approx. 1 lb 1.2oz (approx. 489g)
Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) Approx. 15.7 oz (approx. 446g)

Wi-Fi

PlayMemories Camera Apps Yes
View on TV Yes
Send to Computer Yes
View on Smartphone Yes

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