Rated 5 out of 5
by Mkizilay Great Camera
I had NEX-5N before. I wanted to have something better in terms of video capabilities this time. Through out many reviews I decided to get a7S.
Very very light, mobile. Extremely good for low light, never seen something like this before. For certain people, 12MP for still photography is a downside, but it works perfectly for me. If you have good full frame lens, it will be super sharp and high quality. Focus Peaking is a great feature for manual focus. XAVC-S is a wonderful codec for Color Grading. Battery goes fast but you get 2 batteries so that's pretty good.
There is only one thing bothers me; not enough native lenses. Sony should act very aggresive about releasing more Full Frame lenses for a7 series. I was looking for 35mm f1/4 but ended up getting Zeiss 55mm instead because they don't have option.
January 9, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Nocturnal Dream video camera.. but ruined by rolling shutter
Love the form factor, the mirrorless E mount that can accept virtually every lens ever made, including rangefinder lenses. It's sleek, it's modern yet classic, the low light performance is better than any camera on the planet...
The video is sensational, gorgeous, clean at super high ISOs, but, but, BUT... every twitch every bump every wiggle and every tiny nudge of the camera sends ripples of "jello cam" throughout the frame. Try as I might to keep the camera steady, this wonderful piece of engineering has the absolute worse rolling shutter of any DSLR I have ever used!
Why, oh why Sony do you tease us with this incredible low light phenomenon and then dash our hopes with this awful video anomaly called rolling shutter? This sleek beauty begs to be carried about to shoot hand-held but try as I might to support, to stabilize, to keep it steady, the tiniest vibrations cause that ugly jello rippling that ruins the shot every time. And yes, even on a tripod the slightest vibration is seen as rolling shutter jello as seen in the video I uploaded.
I'm not the only person utterly disturbed by this. Sony: is it fixable? Help, PLEASE I want to love this camera and I would buy 2 if only it didn't have this problem. You listed to your customers before and you delivered, now please listen again: GET RID OF ROLLING SHUTTER ONCE AND FOR ALL and I will be a convert for life.
December 30, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Aidivn Jack of all trades? No. Master of some? Yes.
Get a tripod go outside at night and watch this camera overexpose the milky way. That's how sensitive it is. Sounds like a one trick pony, but think of all the things only you can do by having just that.
Owned and used this camera for a while now. I use Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Full-frame E-mount Prime Lens and Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Full-frame E-mount Zoom Lens.
Rolling shudder Yes No question. Compared to other cameras it is worse than some but not all. I would not call it end of the world but you will need to keep this in mind in some situations.
Low Light - Amazing, nothing comes close. Untrained eye wont see much compared against the next best low light camera but with a little looking becomes obvious in most situations.
Faults - Video Record button. Whoever decided that was a good place to place it should explain themselves.
All in all. This Camera is impressive. The menu is complicated to people who don't use the camera for longer than a day. A quick menu is also available for frequented settings. (Make your own menu basically under a hotkey) After a day of playing with the menu it really isn't that complicated.
December 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by duotone Great low light, wonderful when well lit
All the complaints about no 4k is crazy. Seriously, for those complaining about no 4k, go buy a different camera, like the GH4. Of course if you do, then you'll be complaining about the lack of low light abilities.... crazy....
I bought TWO a7s bodies strictly for the low light. Period. Done. There is NO match to the a7s. My commercial work for clients is 95% very low light, and very dusty conditions. The a7s is good. Crazy good! And not just for video, either.
I shoot stills (landscape) and print them 60" wide on canvas, and they look very good....
If you want great dynamic range, and wonderful low light video, then buy this. If you want 4k on the cheap, go somewhere else, but you;ll be back to buy this eventually.
December 20, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Stanislav Why only 8-bit 4:2:2 ouput?
Please, SONY, make the new firmware to alow us to record 10-bit 4:2:2 into Atomos Shogun, if you already advertise that combination! This is your typical tactic, to ,,LOCK FEATURES,, in yout cameras, as you did with FS700, F5 (4K recording until somebody hacked it) and wait for compatitors..... well, GH4 is cheeper and had 10-bit! Good morning.
Why cannot you just simply give it 10-bit 4:2:2 4K OUT, if it is supposed to be used with the only HDMI 4K recorder awailable nowdays?
Thank you for understanding.
BTW, I personaly own A7s already and Shogun is already on the way to me, so please, don´t make SONY users angry like you often do with degrading your new products.
November 29, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by rthomp Not a digital/video camera for action
The overall picture quality is wonderful. Of course this camera beats all other cameras in the market with its sensitivity. The dynamic range is amazing. The only big issue with me is that I am heavily involved with action sports videography. People and things fly across my screen very quickly so rolling shutter means a lot. THIS IS NOT THE CAMERA FOR YOU IF YOU HEAVILY VALUE ROLLING SHUTTER. If rolling shutter is not that big of a problem, the events or occasions you take video of are dark, you enjoy having a large sensor, you value having mobility, and you like having a wide lens selection, this camera is the one for you HANDS DOWN.
July 7, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by SONYGUYNJ Z2 VS Z3
Owning a Z2 the next step was a Z3, however several key changes I felt were backwards- One the LED is now a small dot in the corner of the device vs. the larger one over the Sony logo on the Z2. Another key item for me was callers expressing lack of audio clarity when using the speaker phone was garbled and unpleasant. The game changer was being unable to use "Ok Google" as it created a camera error message they were unable to address until the next release.
January 4, 2015