Sony a7C, the two sides of the new compact full frame

Sony a7C, the two sides of the new compact full frame

A Full Frame camera designed for vloggers

Labeling a camera to a type of user with specific needs is not the right thing to do, but if you allow us the license we will tell you that this is a very designed camera for the content creator who is looking for something compact, light and comfortable to transport during the day a day.

A new concept, as the brand itself indicated, that makes a lot of sense in certain settings and, perhaps, not so much in others. Because it must be recognized that not everything is good in this new Sony a7C. There are manufacturer decisions that are fully understandable, but others are not. And that is something that can weigh a proposal that costs more than 2,000 euros, but let’s go step by step.

The best of the Sony a7C

Sony a7C leaked

The Sony a7C is a camera where three aspects stand out above the rest. The first and most obvious is its size. It is very compact, like a Sony a6600 And that seems not to be, but it is greatly appreciated when you are looking for a light proposal to always carry with you. It also shares aspects such as a generous grip that improves grip and if you combine it with the new 28-60mm kit lens it is very manageable. Although the problem is that this lens is not as bright, the maximum apertures at the ends are F4 and F5.6.

The second striking point is its articulated screen. This is the third camera after the Sony ZV-1 and Sony a7S III that include it and it seems that we can already say that they are here to stay. Something that, by the way, we think is great. Because the advantages of this type of screen are many, not only when you are recording yourself.

And finally there are its photographic capabilities, but above all video. With a 24.2 MP captor, the Sony a7C is basically a Sony a7 III in terms of image quality in both photo and video. Thus, to give you a quick idea, it allows you to capture video at 4K resolution and 30fps, and slow cameras at 1080p and 120fps.

If to all this we add other features such as recording video without time limit, WiFi connectivity, the USB C connection to the computer or mobile device, etc., result in a proposal that will attract a lot of attention to many users, but especially to Sony fans.

However, there is no perfect camera and this is where we see that the new Sony a7C suffers from some major shortcomings when compared to the a7 III. So, you may even wonder if it really is an interesting option if you are looking for something compact or better to opt for the Sony A6600.

The worst of the Sony a7C

To say the worst about the Sony a7C is still a bit unfair, because it really is not that they are negative aspects. The only thing is that if it is compared with what the two models offered that, so to speak, have shaped it, then there are absences that can annoy a little more. Especially since it is a camera that costs 2,100 euros.

The first is that it is more expensive than Sony a7 III and on a technical level, in terms of image and video quality it does not represent any important leap. The options are the same in terms of resolution and number of frames per second that it is capable of capturing.

Then there are details like the absence of dials, buttons or the joystick that the a7 III does have and it’s not a7C. It is worth that they are cameras with different concepts, one is more oriented to “faster” uses and the other not so much, but it is a shame because if you have used the Sony a7 III you quickly realize that its control will not be so fast.

An understandable limitation is that only includes one SD card slot as with the a6600. If you are used to dual slot cameras you may miss the possibilities it offers, but it is just a matter of adapting.

And finally, something very strange, the camera offers the previous model user interface and menus. A scheme that has been highly criticized and it is not understood why they are not shown as in the recent Sony a7S III.

Sony a6600 vs Sony a7C vs Sony a7 III

From the beginning you will have noticed that the new Sony a7C is a mix between what was seen in the popular Sony a7 III and the last great APS-C launched by the brand, the Sony a6600. So, in this table you can clearly see the different and main similarities between the three models.

characteristics Sony a6600 Sony a7C Sony a7 III
Sensor 24.2 MP APS-C type EXMOR CMOS 24.2 MP CMOS EXMOR R Full Frame 24.2 MP CMOS EXMOR R Full Frame
ISO 100-32,000 100-51,200 100-51,200
Viewfinder and screen 0.39 “electronic viewfinder and 3” flip-up screen 0.39 “XGA OLED electronic viewfinder and 3” articulating screen XGA OLED 0.5 “electronic viewfinder and 3” flip-up screen
Photography Resolution max 6000 x 4000 Resolution max 6000 x 4000 Resolution max 6000 x 4000
Video Max 4K resolution at 30p
1080p video up to 100fps
Max 4K resolution at 30p
1080p video up to 120fps
Max 4K resolution at 30p
1080p video up to 100fps
Connectivity WiFi, BT, micro HDMI and micro USB output.
Connection for microphone and headphone output
WiFi, BT, micro HDMI and USB C output.
Connection for microphone and headphone output
WiFi, BT, micro HDMI and USB C output.
Connection for microphone and headphone output
Card slots SD UHS-I / II SD UHS-I / II Dual SD UHS-I / II slot
Stabilization 5 axis system 5 axis system 5 axis system
Dimensions and weight 120 x 66.9 x 69.3 mm
Approx 503 gr
124 x 71.1 x 59.7 mm
Approx 509 gr
126.9 x 95.6 x 73.7 mm
Approx 650 gr
Price 1,600 euros PVP
1315 euros on Amazon
2,100 euros 2,300 PVP
1949 euros on Amazon

A camera with a well-defined audience

With all of the above, the idea that makes sense of this new Sony a7C seems to be clear: it is a camera for those looking for a compact body, without sacrificing the benefits of a full frame sensor. In that case, together with the Panasonic Lumix S5, it may right now be one of the most interesting proposals that preserves Sony’s values ​​in aspects such as an AF system that works wonderfully and a multitude of options when configuring different color profiles.

It will have its audience, which is basically the same as the APS-C family today. Of course, as long as the price is not a great inconvenience. For the rest it is possibly more interesting to wait for the Sony a7 IV that is said to be released by the end of the year. What do you think?


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