What do you get when you cross two of the biggest camera trends of the year? That would be the new Sony A7C – a small full-frame camera (tick), which is also aimed at vloggers and YouTubers (double tick).
In advance of the launch, Sony promised a “new concept” for its Alpha range. And while the Sony A7C is more like a combination of two existing series of cameras – the Sony A6000 series and Sony A7 series – it’s nonetheless an exciting prospect for anyone who has been waiting for a full-screen version of the Sony A6600.
Despite a backlit 24.2 megapixel full screen sensor, the Sony A7C is not noticeably larger than the highly compact Sony A6600. In fact, the A7C weighs only 6 g more than its APS-C cousin (509 g total) and is only slightly larger and wider. That said, it̵
This is all the more impressive when you consider that the A7C also offers five-axis image stabilization in the body (IBIS) thanks to a newly developed system and the high-capacity Sony Z battery. The latter was one of the best new features on Sony’s latest cameras, promising 680 shots per charge (when using the viewfinder) or around three hours of video recording.
What Makes the Sony A7C Another Competitor for Best Vlogging Camera? It has many features that one-person video teams are looking for, including a side-hung touchscreen, a large movie-record button, and the dual benefit of headphone and microphone jacks to improve audio quality.
Aside from the pro-focused Sony A7S III, the Sony A7C also offers more video capabilities than any of its A7 counterparts. You get Sony’s excellent real-time eye AF system as well as real-time subject tracking. It also records 4K / 30p video (oversampled by 6K, with no pixel binning), Full HD at 120p and all of this with no recording limits.
A mini Sony A7S III?
While novice vloggers are better off something like the Sony ZV-1, the Sony A7C has a plethora of options for those who want to dig a little more into recording and editing videos.
There are S-Log and HLG profiles for color correcting your videos, as well as some of the fine autofocus transition speed controls we saw on the Sony A7S III. You can choose from seven different AF speeds or five AF sensitivity settings to ensure your videos look right.
On the other hand, the Sony A7C does not offer 4K / 60p video recording and is limited to an 8-bit color depth. The former is available for the Panasonic Lumix S5, which can also record 10-bit videos internally.
Like the latter, the A7C also launches a new small, lightweight lens that complements its size. The FE 28-60mm f / 4-5.6 weighs only 167g, which means that the combined weight of the camera and lens is only 676g. With a full-frame camera with IBIS this is extremely light and makes up about two thirds the size and weight of a Sony A7 III when it is coupled with a FE 28-70 mm 1: 3.5-5.6 OSS lens.
The combination of that size and the A7C’s performance naturally makes it quite expensive. It will be available in October for a body-only price of £ 1,900 (approx. USD 2,445 / AU $ 3,350) or £ 2,150 (approx. USD 2,765 / AU $ 3,790) with this new FE 28-60mm 1: 4-5 , 6 kit lens will be available. This makes it a bit more expensive than the Sony A7 III and Panasonic Lumix S5, although the video capabilities could justify the cost for vloggers and YouTubers looking to bring their game to professional quality. We’ll be giving you our full review shortly.