Sony A7S

Released April, 2014
  • 12.4 MP
  • Full frame 35.8 x 23.9 mm Exmor R CMOS
  • 3" LCD
This camera really is the new low light king – I can say that without a shadow of a doubt.
by (Jun, 2014)
9.2 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony A7S

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Sony A7S
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Sony A7S
Focus lag and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Sony A7S
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

Sony A7S
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Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Sony A7S

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony A7S

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Sony A7S
2,993 ISO
EOS 5D Mark II
1,815 ISO
2,293 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Sony A7S
178 ms
290 ms
Nikon DF
274 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Sony A7S
24 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Sony A7S
2,000 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Sony A7S
5 fps
Alpha a7R III
10 fps
Nikon D750
6.5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Sony A7S
320 photos
Nikon DF
1,400 photos
Nikon D750
1,230 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

In The News From around the web

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I’m writing to share a story and video about sending a Sony a7S to near-space to film the aurora borealis (northern lights) from the stratosphere, for the first time ever!
In this video the BBC explains what cameras they used the past decades to record their Planet Erth series.
And from minute 5 you can see how the Sony A7s played an important role for them!
Sony is careful to note that even cameras not listed above may still suffer a shortage, but as Sony Alpha Rumors states, Sony's focus appears to be on maintaining production of their newest products as they continue to work on getting everything back up to speed.
Notably absent from this most recent announcement is the second-generation A7-series cameras and Sony's latest APS-C mirrorless camera, the A6300.
Motion blur is also troublesome and countering it fully requires a very high ISO, so Norman and his girlfriend opted for a "happy medium" to get a good exposure without too much noisy and as little motion blur as possible.
Glare is a big problem when shooting through a window, especially an airplane window at night.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Type Exmor R CMOS
Megapixels 12.4 MP
Resolution 4064 x 3048
Size Full frame
Area 35.8 x 23.9 mm
Crop factor 1.0x
Pixel size 69.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 409,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) None
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor No

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 25
Supports continuous Yes


Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Electronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.71x
Viewfinder size 0.71x
Display type TFT
Display resolution 2,359 k dots


Max continuous shooting 5 fps
Battery life 320 photos
Continuous shooting 5 fps
Focus lag 178 ms
Shutter lag 24 ms
Startup delay 2,000 ms


Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video None


Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes


Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2 mm
Thickness 48.2 mm
Weight 489 g
Is weather sealed Yes


Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi None
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None
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