Sony Alpha 7C announced: A compact full-frame mirrorless camera for $1799

Sony a7C Price in Nepal

Typical full-frame cameras are rather bulky and heavy. Because of this, portability has been a major area of complaint about such a category of cameras. Well, Sony says it might’ve come up with a solution with the new Alpha 7C (a7C). The company unveiled the a7C in an online event held yesterday and claims that this is “the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame camera” – with In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS). So let’s discover more about the Sony a7C including its features, expected price in Nepal, and availability.

Sony a7C Overview

Design

Here, the Sony a7C looks similar to the a7 III (not to be confused with a7S III) or the company’s APS-C cameras like the Alpha 6600. Measuring just 4.88 x 2.80 x 2.35-inches and weighing 509 grams (with battery and memory card), a7C is about 19% smaller and 22% lighter than the a7 III. The body of the camera is made of magnesium alloy. Complementing the compact body, Sony also unveiled the new FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 kit lens that it calls “the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame zoom lens”.

Sony FE f/4-5.6 28-60mm zoom kit lens
Sony FE f/4-5.6 28-60mm lens

It has a 0.39-inches XGA OLED electronic viewfinder with 2.35m dots, 100% field coverage, and 0.59x magnification. Similarly, there’s the 2.95-inches adjustable-angle (with an approximate rotation angle of 270-degree) TFT monitor. It supports touch shutter, touch focus, and touch tracking. In terms of wireless connectivity, it supports dual-band WiFi (2.4, 5 GHz) and Bluetooth 4.1. Moving on, you can find one UHS-II SD card slot, one USB-C Type 3.2 (for power and data transfer), a micro HDMI, and a separate microphone and headphone jack. Its high-capacity NP-FZ100 battery lets you capture 740 images or up to 215 minutes of continuous video recording.

Sensor

Sony a7C features the same 24.2MP 35mm full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor with a BIONZ X imaging processing engine like the a7 III. It has a 15-stop wide dynamic range and a 5-axis image stabilization. This camera can continuously shoot at up to 10fps with AF/AE tracking and up to 8fps in live view mode.

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As expected, the a7C has an incredible low-light shooting capability with a standard ISO range of 100 – 51,200. Sony also employs noise reduction technology to enhance details in nighttime shots. It supports 16-bit processing and 14-bit RAW output too. Moreover, it can shoot up to 223 JPEG (Fine L), 115 compressed RAW, or 45 uncompressed RAW images in a single continuous burst.

AutoFocus

In terms of autofocus, the a7C has AI-based real-time tracking for fast-paced subjects. Matter of fact, it has the same AF technology as Sony a9. The a7C has 693 phase-detection and 425 contrast-detection AF points covering about 93% of the image area.

If you recall, the recently launched Panasonic Lumix S5 mirrorless camera (which is one of its closest competitors), only has a DFD system. Additionally, for better focus, it uses real-time eye AF that works on both human and animal subjects. There’s also a dedicated AF-ON button to easily activate real-time AF.

Videos

Moving on to the videos, the Sony a7C maxes out at 4K/30fps (or 24fps) or 1080p at up to 120fps with full pixel readout. Thankfully, these don’t have any time restrictions. However, Sony should’ve at least gone with 4K/60fps recording. Anyway, both these formats are limited to 4:2:0 8-bit and 100Mbps bit rates. It supports HDR (HLG) and S-Log 3/2, S-Gamut profiles for adjusting the dynamic range.

Sony a7C Price in Nepal and Availability

Sony a7C compact full-frame mirrorless camera is already up for pre-order for $1,799 (body-only) while the actual sale will begin in late October. You will also be able to buy the lens separately for $500 in early 2021. We expect the price of the Sony a7C compact camera to start at around NPR 240,000.

Sony camera model

Price (US)

Availability

Sony a7C (Body-only)

$1,799 (~NPR 211,410)

Late October 2020

Sony a7C (Body + 28-60mm lens kit)

$2,099 (~NPR 246,660)

Late October 2020

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