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Sony A7 and A7R: Meet the first full-frame compact cameras!

The Gadget Show  Wednesday 16 October 2013

Sony A7 and A7R: Meet the first full-frame compact cameras!

Photography fans rejoice: Sony’s just announced its A7 and A7R digital cameras, a brand new duo of mirrorless snappers that the company claims are the world’s smallest with full-frame interchangeable-lenses! That means even better image quality than what we’ve seen before, all in a smaller shell. It’s time to retire your hefty DSLR – read on for all the details!

Sony’s new duo of cameras deliver you full-frame, 35mm sensors for top-notch image quality, and they’re also capable of using the lenses that Sony had made for its NEX-series models. What’s the deal with a larger sensor though? That means more light can reach it in darker conditions for better performance, plus you get a wider field of view and even better depth-of-field.

Both the A7 and the A7R come with a range of new features, such as Sony’s new BIONZ X processor, which offers three times faster image processing than the previous version, rapid autofocus capabilities, an XGA OLED viewfinder and a three-inch tiltable screen, full HD video recording as well as Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. Both are also crafted from a magnesium alloy, so they’ll be able to take a few drops out in the field, plus they’re also capable of withstanding dust, moisture and tough weather conditions. Sony’s also included front and back dials, a control wheel and an exposure dial for full control over your snaps.

The Sony A7, the lower-end model of the new duo, is armed with a full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor with a whopping 24.3 effective megapixels, as well as a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines phase detection and contrast detection for quick, in-focus snaps. It’s also capable of shooting up to five frames per second with non-stop auto focus tracking, making it perfect for shooting runners down the track or fast-flying birds.

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The A7R model is much the same as its slightly lower-ranged sibling, but it’s packing an even bigger 36.4-megapixel sensor, which also happens to be the highest resolution in the Alpha range. Sony has also left out the optical low-pass filter, which aims to reduce noise and keeps your images crystal clear.

Both of Sony’s new cameras will work with the company’s E-mount lenses, while you can also grab a new mount adapter to use with full-frame A-mount optics. If you’re interested in Sony’s latest snappers, they’re set to roll out in mid-late November, although there’s current no price attached – expect them to be very pricey though, as they’re each packing a full-frame sensor.

Are you thinking of diving in with one of Sony’s top-end mirrorless cameras, or are you happy with your current shooter? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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