Sony Alpha 7S

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    Highlights

    • 12.2 MP Full Frame CMOS Sensor
    • 100 - 409,600 Native ISO
    • 25 Focus Points
    • 3.0" 1,230k dot Tilting Screen
    • 2,359k dot Electronic Viewfinder
    • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
    • 3840 x 2160 Video Shooting
    • 30 min Video Recording Limit
    • Built-In Wi-Fi
    • Wheather Sealed Body
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    Overview

    Sony Alpha 7S was announced in 2014 and is a Full Frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm) Mirrorless camera with 12.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 100 to 409,600. The camera has a Tilting 3.0" screen with 1,230k dot resolution and built-in Electronic viewfinder with 2,359k dot resolution.

    Sony Alpha 7S can capture video up to 3840 x 2160 resolution.


    Here is the Sony Alpha 7S series lineup, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the cameras within the same series.

    Sony Alpha 7S series lineup
    Model Date Sensor Native ISO Screen Price
    Image cannot be found Sony a7S III July
    2020
    12.1 MP
    Full Frame
    80 - 102,400 Articulated 3.0"
    1,229k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Sony a7S II October
    2015
    12.2 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 102,400 Tilting 3.0"
    1,229k dot
    Image cannot be found Sony a7S April
    2014
    12.2 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 409,600 Tilting 3.0"
    1,230k dot

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Sony Alpha 7S III vs Alpha 7S II vs Alpha 7S.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Sony Alpha 7S.

    PROS

    •   Video Capture
    •   Large Sensor
    •   409,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 87
    •   High Video Resolution - 3840 x 2160
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 489 g (1.08 lb / 17.25 oz)
    •   Orientation Sensor

    CONS

    •   Low Resolution Sensor - 12.2 Megapixel
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Low Video Recording Limit
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   No Built-In Bluetooth
    •   Short Battery Life - 360 shots

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   Price
    •   100 Lowest Native ISO
    •   -4 EV Min AF Detection
    •   25 Focus Points
    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,230k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,359k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 5.0 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec

    Successor

    In 2015 Sony Alpha 7S was replaced by Sony Alpha 7S II. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Sony Alpha 7S and its successor.

    UPGRADES Sony Alpha 7S II vs Sony Alpha 7S
    More Focus Points 169 vs 25
    Image Stabilization 5-Axis Sensor Shift vs
    Higher Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent) 0.78x vs 0.71x
    Lower Min Metering -3 EV vs +3 EV
    Higher DxO Dynamic Range 13.3 vs 13.2
    Longer Battery Life 370 shots vs 360 shots
    DOWNGRADES Sony Alpha 7S II vs Sony Alpha 7S
    More Expensive $3000 vs $2499
    Lower Native ISO 102,400 vs 409,600
    Lower Resolution Screen 1,229k dot vs 1,230k dot
    Lower DxO Low Light ISO 2993 vs 3702
    Lower DxO Color Depth 23.6 vs 23.9
    Lower DxO Overall Score 85 vs 87
    Heavier 627 g (1.38 lb / 22.12 oz) vs 489 g (1.08 lb / 17.25 oz)

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Sony Alpha 7S vs Alpha 7S II.

    Screen and Viewfinder

    Tilting screen

    Sony Alpha 7S has a 3.0" Tilting screen with 1,230k dot resolution. Tilting screen makes this camera very useful for photography purposes but not so useful for video shooting.

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    Sony Alpha 7S with Tilting screen


    Electronic Viewfinder

    Camera has a built-in Electronic viewfinder with 2,359k dot resolution. It has a 100% coverage and 0.71x magnification.

    Sensor

    Sony Alpha 7S features a 12.2 megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor with dimensions of 35.8 x 23.9 mm and a total area of 855.6 mm2. Its native ISO range is 100 - 409,600.


    Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how Sony Alpha 7S's Full Frame sensor compares with other types of sensors:

    Sensor size chart
    Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
    Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
    Image cannot be displayedFull Frame35.8 x 23.9 mm855.6 mm23:21x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
    Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
    Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with BIONZ X processor and can take pictures up to 4240 x 2832 resolution. It can also take pictures with lower resolutions like 4240 x 2384, 2768 x 1848, 2768 x 1560, 2128 x 1416, 2128 x 1200, 1376 x 920, 1376 x 776 with 3:2, 16:9 aspect ratios.


    Lens Mount

    Sony Alpha 7S has Sony E lens mount. Due to Full Frame sensor its crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is 1x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length.


    No In-Body Image Stabilization

    The camera does not have in-body image stabilization (IBIS) so it needs lenses with optical image stabilization for vibration reduction.

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    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    Built-in Wi-Fi

    Camera has a built-in Wi-Fi which allows to easily transfer photos and videos from the camera to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, printers, or computers. This eliminates the need for cables and allows for quick and convenient media sharing and social media integration. It gives you the ability to control your camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. This is particularly useful for taking self-portraits, group shots, or capturing images in challenging conditions without having to touch the camera. Firmware updates can also be downloaded and installed wirelessly.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in WiFi.


    NFC

    Sony Alpha 7S has Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which simplifies the process of pairing it with other NFC-enabled devices like smartphones or tablets. It allows to quickly transfer photos and videos or remotely control the camera from compatible device. NFC can also be used for authentication and security purposes. It can verify your identity before accessing certain features or transferring sensitive data. It can be used with NFC-enabled accessories as well, such as lenses, flashes and GPS devices.


    USB Input and HDMI Output

    Sony Alpha 7S has a USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) input for data transfer. There is a Micro HDMI connector for video signal output.


    Battery

    Sony Alpha 7S comes with NP-FW50 battery pack with battery life of 360 shots.


    External Storage Slots

    The camera has a single SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo Hybrid (UHS-I) card slot.

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Sony Alpha 7S has Electronically controlled Vertical-traverse Focal-plane shutter. Shutter speed can go up to 1/8000 sec. Camera can shoot continuously up to 5.0 fps.


    Focusing

    Sony Alpha 7S has Contrast-detection AF system with 25 focusing points and from -4 to +20 EV detection range There is also face detection feature which automatically finds and focuses on faces.


    Exposure

    Camera's exposure metering ranges from +3 to +20 EV and you can set the exposure compensation within the ±5 EV range. You can also do exposure lock, exposure bracketing and manual exposure adjustment.


    Flash

    Sony Alpha 7S has no built-in flash but an external flash may be connected via Hot Shoe or Proprietary. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/250 sec. Flash compensation can be set from -3 to +3 EV with 1/3 or 1/2 EV step increments.

    Physical Parameters

    Sony Alpha 7S has dimensions of 127 x 94 x 48 mm (5 x 3.7 x 1.89"). It weighs 489 g (1.08 lb / 17.25 oz), so it is a lightweight camera.

    127 mm (5")

    94 mm (3.7")

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    48 mm (1.89")

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    Sony Alpha 7S dimensions

    Sony Alpha 7S for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Sony Alpha 7S is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    GOOD
    84

    Sony Alpha 7S gets a score of 84 and is GOOD choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,230k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    GOOD
    73

    Sony Alpha 7S gets a score of 73 and is GOOD choice for Sports photography.

    •   409,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   25 Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,230k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,359k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 5.0 fps
    •   Short Battery Life - 360 shots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Wildlife Photography

    AVERAGE
    68

    Sony Alpha 7S gets a score of 68 and is AVERAGE choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   409,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   25 Focus Points
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,230k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,359k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 5.0 fps
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Short Battery Life - 360 shots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Portrait Photography

    GOOD
    82

    Sony Alpha 7S gets a score of 82 and is GOOD choice for Portrait photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   25 Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,230k dot
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Street Photography

    EXCELLENT
    86

    Sony Alpha 7S gets a score of 86 and is EXCELLENT choice for Street photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   25 Focus Points
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,230k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 489 g (1.08 lb / 17.25 oz)

    Travel Photography

    GOOD
    84

    Sony Alpha 7S gets a score of 84 and is GOOD choice for Travel photography.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,230k dot
    •   High Video Resolution - 3840 x 2160
    •   Low Video Recording Limit
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 489 g (1.08 lb / 17.25 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 360 shots

    Sony Alpha 7S Evaluation

    We evaluate Sony Alpha 7S and give score of 74 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
    74

    Sensor

    GOOD
    75

    We give Sony Alpha 7S a score of 75 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   Low Resolution Sensor - 12.2 Megapixel
    •   100 Lowest Native ISO
    •   409,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 87

    Photo

    AVERAGE
    69

    We give Sony Alpha 7S a score of 69 for Photo parameters.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 5.0 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec

    Video

    POOR
    48

    We give Sony Alpha 7S a score of 48 for Video parameters.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   High Video Resolution - 3840 x 2160
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   Low Video Recording Limit

    Focusing

    GOOD
    79

    We give Sony Alpha 7S a score of 79 for Focusing parameters.

    •   -4 EV Min AF Detection
    •   25 Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus

    Screen and Viewfinder

    GOOD
    74

    We give Sony Alpha 7S a score of 74 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Tilting Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,230k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,359k dot

    Connectivity

    EXCELLENT
    91

    We give Sony Alpha 7S a score of 91 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   HDMI Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   No Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    AVERAGE
    68

    We give Sony Alpha 7S a score of 68 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 489 g (1.08 lb / 17.25 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 360 shots


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