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Jack of all trades? No. Master of some? Yes.
Get a tripod go outside at night and watch this camera overexpose the milky way. That's how sensitive it is. Sounds like a one trick pony, but think of all the things only...Read complete review
Get a tripod go outside at night and watch this camera overexpose the milky way. That's how sensitive it is. Sounds like a one trick pony, but think of all the things only you can do by having just that. Owned and used this camera for a while now. I use Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Full-frame E-mount Prime Lens and Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Full-frame E-mount Zoom Lens. Rolling shudder Yes No question. Compared to other cameras it is worse than some but not all. I would not call it end of the world but you will need to keep this in mind in some situations. Low Light - Amazing, nothing comes close. Untrained eye wont see much compared against the next best low light camera but with a little looking becomes obvious in most situations. Faults - Video Record button. Whoever decided that was a good place to place it should explain themselves. All in all. This Camera is impressive. The menu is complicated to people who don't use the camera for longer than a day. A quick menu is also available for frequented settings. (Make your own menu basically under a hotkey) After a day of playing with the menu it really isn't that complicated.
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Dream video camera.. but ruined by rolling shutter
Love the form factor, the mirrorless E mount that can accept virtually every lens ever made, including rangefinder lenses. It's sleek, it's modern yet classic, the low light performance is better than...Read complete review
Love the form factor, the mirrorless E mount that can accept virtually every lens ever made, including rangefinder lenses. It's sleek, it's modern yet classic, the low light performance is better than any camera on the planet... The video is sensational, gorgeous, clean at super high ISOs, but, but, BUT... every twitch every bump every wiggle and every tiny nudge of the camera sends ripples of "jello cam" throughout the frame. Try as I might to keep the camera steady, this wonderful piece of engineering has the absolute worse rolling shutter of any DSLR I have ever used! Why, oh why Sony do you tease us with this incredible low light phenomenon and then dash our hopes with this awful video anomaly called rolling shutter? This sleek beauty begs to be carried about to shoot hand-held but try as I might to support, to stabilize, to keep it steady, the tiniest vibrations cause that ugly jello rippling that ruins the shot every time. And yes, even on a tripod the slightest vibration is seen as rolling shutter jello as seen in the video I uploaded. I'm not the only person utterly disturbed by this. Sony: is it fixable? Help, PLEASE I want to love this camera and I would buy 2 if only it didn't have this problem. You listed to your customers before and you delivered, now please listen again: GET RID OF ROLLING SHUTTER ONCE AND FOR ALL and I will be a convert for life.
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from Los Angeles, CA, USA
Comments about Sony 12.2 MP Full Frame a 7S E-Mount Camera Body:
With over 45 years of experience in photography, when it came time to buy a new camera I took my time and eventually purchased this camera for two reasons. First 4K video and second low light performance. On the first I have yet to record any 4K events. Yes, it is a little disappointing that this camera cannot record 4K when others on the market, including the new a7RII have this attribute. Yet I understand why Sony elected not to at the time, they were aiming at the video professional market. But for the second reason this camera is amazing. It actually opened another door for me into astrophotography, not only open sky but telescope imaging as well. With this camera I can clearly see the stars my eyes cannot see and most important focus on them very very accurately. Now I know Sony reads feedback and I hope that Sony will release astrophotography apps. Maybe extending the shutter time well beyond 30 seconds (I understand there maybe some thermal issues, but the app should be able to take that into account), enhanced long exposure noise reduction designed for astrophotography. Who knows maybe someday soon even release a limited edition a7s designed for astrophotography like the D810a. Bottom line: If I had to do it all over again I would still buy the a7s and that says it all. Should Sony come out with a astrophotography version I would buy that as well. d2f
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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This camera would have been the perfect one if it was moisture and dust proof
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Brilliant camera but who designed the grip?!!
I am professional photographer. I bought the Sony A7S to try it. Surely it is an amazing camera, but I am going to sell it for the following reasons: I can't stand how uncomfortable is the grip with the shutter button put straight up in vertical... very anti-ergonomic position and wouldn't be able to use it on a full day at weddings. The lack of a double card slot (very useful in other cameras to provide backup while shooting). Low megapixel count (I understand the high ISO is thank to the low megapixel, but are we sure we can't get anymore retaining same low light performance?) I sell this one now and really, really hope that very soon a Sony A7S MKII will come out on the market with better grip, better shutter position, (as you made with sony a7 MKII), dual card slot, more megapixel (maintaining same or better low light). If you accomplish this, I am willing to sell all my canon gear and switch 100% to Sony for all my pro gear. I would buy 2 cameras and all the lenses I need! Also please keep working on providing faster lenses native for A7S, 24-70 f/4 is not enough, give us 2.8, 70-200 2.8 etc! I think many other pro photographers are just waiting for more lenses to then do the switch to Sony!
Gimme a break
from Commerce, Texas
Unbelievable low light and astrophotography performance.
Best video camera I've ever encountered
from Grand Haven, MI
The full frame sensor, the widely ranging ISO, and codec, and the adaptability of the camera to take almost any lens makes it a brilliant choice. I have outfitted mine with an adaptor to allow me to use a collection of Leica lenses. Yes, I would like a zoom, but these primes are beautiful in combination. My only dissatisfaction is the 29 minute recording time. I work around it, but for long records it's a bit of a pain. Yes, I know I can get an outboard recorder, like a Shogun, but I prefer a smaller setup, and 1080p with the 50 mbs codec results in just stunning video. I am very grateful to have this camera.
A great camera for videos. Amazing ISO threshold... can literally shoot in the dark. The silent shutter is a wonderful feature. The problem is, when you shoot in low light situations, there's a banding (stripes) issue, that can ruin your photos. My friend bought the same camera and is having the same issue with the banding. We were told by technical support that it's because of the silent shutter. We turned that feature off and still saw the banding.
This cameras night capability is amazing, you have to see it to believe it. This camera adds some fun to low light photography.
My other cameras are now jealous.
from Park City, UT, USA
I can't say enough about this cameras' overall performance. Excellent in low light conditions, fantastic battery life and intuitive interface. I really love playing with the in-camera apps and adore the fact that I can send my photos to my mobile phone to view on the go.
Great Camera for Video
from Red Deer, AB, Canada
I've been using this camera for about 8 months. I mainly use it for video production, but it's a great stills camera as well. I actually plan on picking up a second body for back up in the field.
Killer Camera :)
from Brampton, ON, Canada
First of all you need to understand what this camera made for. Yes this camera only made for low light shoot. You know this camera is a banger. Buying another unit. Thanks sony :)
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