Sony has announced the A7C, a new camera that is by far the smallest model in their Alpha line of full-frame mirrorless cameras. More like a Sony APS-C model like the A6400 than an A7, the A7C has a more compact body with the electronic viewfinder in the upper left corner of the back of the rangefinder-style camera.
The A7C measures 124.0mm x 71.1mm x 59.7mm and weighs 509g. It has a 24.2 megapixel full frame sensor with image stabilization in the body and a standard ISO range of up to 51,200. It can record up to 10 fps with automatic exposure and record videos at 4K / 30fps or 1080p / 120fps, both at up to 1
Sony has developed a new kit lens designed to pair with the A7C. Taken together, the company describes the combination as “the smallest and lightest full-frame camera system in the world”. (Sigma might have problems with this formulation.) It is a 28-60mm f4-5.6 zoom that is only 45mm long when retracted.
The A7C costs just $ 1,799, which is $ 200 less than the 2018 A7 III, the closest camera to technology. But the A7 III is now a few years old and available at discounted prices. It may be a better option for those who value viewfinder size or general ergonomics.
As for the competition, the A7C competes directly against Panasonic’s new $ 1,999 Lumix S5, another compact 24-megapixel full-frame camera. There are cheaper options, however – Nikon’s Z5 costs $ 1,399.95 and comes with a similar collapsible zoom lens for $ 1,699.95, less than the Sony case alone. Canon’s EOS RP is even cheaper these days, despite being a bit bigger.
Even so, Sony has the best native full frame mirrorless lens lineup on the market as all others have been out by a few years. If you want a small camera body to benefit from this, the A7C might be a compelling option. It will go on sale next month for $ 1,799 or $ 2,099 with the new kit zoom lens.