Sony a7C: Compact Size with Full-frame Power
Written by Milad Nabi - May 05, 2021
The Sony A7C is the company's smallest interchangeable lens full-frame camera. The most notable feature of this camera is its design, which resembles a cross between the Sony A7 III and the Sony A6600. It’s a smaller version of the A7 MK III with some improvements in autofocus, design and ergonomics. The "C" stands for compact, and it has a similar design to the Sony A6600, but it employs the A7 III's 24-megapixel sensor and other older components. It also has specifications similar to the A7 III in terms of 4K video, shooting speeds but with a faster autofocus system and better subject tracking which are used in A6600. While many of the features and capabilities are familiar, a lot of effort has gone into making this one of the smallest full-frame cameras available. A brand-new retracting 28-60mm kit lens is paired with the camera's downsized dimensions to help maintain those size savings.
The a7C is equipped with a 24.2MP EXMOR R BSI CMOS sensor and Sony's BIONZ X image processing engine. This combination allows for a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-51,200, which can be expanded to ISO 50-204,800. The a7C features Sony's fast hybrid AF system with 693 phase-detection points and 425 contrast-detection points. Besides, you can enjoy Sony's Real-time Eye AF which works for both humans and animals when shooting stills, and for humans when shooting video. It also delivers a maximum continuous shooting rate of 10 frames per second. The camera comes with 5-axis in-body image stabilisation, which can compensate for up to 5 stops of shutter speed.
Without a doubt, the a7C is a fantastic low-light camera. Depending on the subject, you are able to capture decent images with little noise at ISO 12,800 and even higher which makes it an excellent option for concerts, dim rooms, or night photography. Furthermore, you still get around 15 stops of dynamic range, which is on par with or better than competitors. This gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to boosting shadows or bringing out highlight details in RAW images. If you prefer JPEGs, Sony's noise reduction and sharpening algorithms are still superior to those of other brands. Skin tones on the a7C look better than ever thanks to Sony's colour science improvements over the years. They are more accurate and easier to tweak in post-production.
If you enjoyed the A7 III for video, you'll enjoy the a7C just as much. It has the same specifications across the board, including 4K full-frame, sharp downsampled video at up to 30 frames per second and 120 frames per second at 1080p. It also records 8-bit 4:2:0 video internally and 4:2:2 video via the HDMI port. If you are looking to separate your subject from their background, nothing beats a full-frame sensor for shallow depth of field, especially if you have a fast prime lens. The addition of a flip-out display evolves the a7C into an excellent vlogging camera. Having both mic and headphone ports is also a big plus, and they're well-positioned on this camera, so they don't obstruct the display.
If you want a small, light full-frame mirrorless camera, the Sony a7C is an excellent stills camera for on-the-go photographers. It'd be ideal for travel or street photography, especially if you enjoy composing shots on a vari-angle screen. Also, vloggers will appreciate the flippy screen, and the video specs (4K at 30p) are appropriate for this audience. Those who have been wanting a full-frame camera and have been using a camera like the a6600 will be delighted with the a7C.
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