The new Sony a7C, the smallest and lightest full-frame camera in the world with built-in stabilization and an EVF, is leading the way for a new era of travel cameras that are compact and lightweight yet extremely useful.
When Sony released the Sony a7C, I ordered one to test it out, conduct my field test, and see how it performs in the real world of travel and backpacking.
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Review of the Sony A7C: Who Really Should Purchase It?
The Sony A7C is a full-frame variant of the Sony A6100 or A6400, the company’s entry-level cameras. IBIS (stabilization) and a thoroughly articulating LCD screen on the outside are included on the interior.
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It is, in fact, a full-frame version of Sony’s entry-level camera.
For some photographers, this makes the camera one of the lightest and most portable full-frame cameras available. But, it also implies that someone wishing to become more proficient and perform a lot of high-end work may truly miss certain features like the twin command dials, dual C1/C2 top buttons, etc.
Sony wished to extend some of its well-liked attraction to the full-frame side. Regarding technology, the A7C is simply a full-frame version of the A6600 but with sensor magic from the A7 III.
Its debut price of $1,800 is less than any other A7-series camera. Yet, it still needs to be more inexpensive. You may get the Canon EOS R, the Nikon Z6, or the Nikon Z5 for that price or less on the full-frame side. While the Z6 is a superior choice for video, the A7C outperforms them all.
You could get the Canon R6, Panasonic S5, or Nikon Z6 II for just a few hundred dollars extra. If you’re interested in video and photographs and have the money, all of them are superior options.
But, the A7 III ultimately poses the biggest threat to Sony, especially regarding photography. It would be better to have that camera only for handling. The A7C is a terrific option if you’d prefer something smaller, somewhat better for vlogging, and with more advanced autofocus.
The good news is that the Sony A7C comes very close to being ideal for the casual photographer who wants a top-notch camera that combines mobility with outstanding face/eye recognition autofocus, fantastic image quality, and an astonishing array of lenses to suit every circumstance.
Having this camera with you would be an intelligent decision whether the occasion is routine life or a once-in-a-lifetime event.
The bad news is that certain concessions must be made to create the lightweight, inexpensive package. It has the knobs and buttons of a novice camera on the outside.
It has a lot of speed and power on the inside, but it doesn’t have dual card slots, a feature that almost all cameras cost more than $1,000 these days and that most working professionals want to have.