10 Apr 2014

Sony introduces the A7S full-frame camera

Sony announced their newest addition to their acclaimed A7 and A7R family of full-frame interchangeable lens cameras, the A7S. The A7S is packed with extraordinary sensitivity, low noise and spectacular 4K video quality!

The A7S is mirrorless full-frame camera that features a newly developed 12.2 effective megapixel 35mm full frame Exmor® CMOS sensor paired with a powerful BIONZ X image processor, allowing it to shoot at a sensitivity range of ISO 50 – 409,600 with unprecedented dynamic range and low noise.

On top of that, the camera is able to shoot 4K (FHD 3,840 x 2,160 pixels) videos using the entire width of the full-frame image sensor - which is a world first!



The A7S is directly compatible with E-mount lenses. There are optional adapters for the A-mount lens and other lens system. 

Pricing and availability of the A7S full-frame interchangeable lens camera will be announced at a future date. To learn more about the product in the meantime, please visit www.store.sony.com.

The specifications of the camera are as follow:

General
Lens mount
  cid:image004.jpg@01CBAE9C.0564E2A0 E-mount
Image sensor
Type
35mm full frame (35.6 x 23.8mm), Exmor CMOS sensor
Number of pixels (effective)
Approx. 12.2 megapixels
Recording system (still images)
Recording format
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
RAW output
14 bit
Recording system (movies)
Recording format
XAVC S / AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4
Video compression
XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio recording format
XAVC S: LPCM, 2ch
AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3), 2ch, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch
Image size (pixels)
XAVC S: 1920 x 1080 (60p/50Mbps, 30p/50Mbps, 24p/50Mbps), 1280 x 720 (120p/50Mbps)
AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28Mbps/PS, 60i/24Mbps/FX, 60i/17Mbps/FH, 24p/24Mbps/FX, 24p/17Mbps/FH)
MP4: 1440 x 1080 (30fps/12Mbps), 640 x 480 (30fps/3Mbps)
Movie functions
Audio Level Display, Audio Rec Level, Auto Slow Shutter, HDMI info. Display (On/Off selectable), Time Code/User Bit, Picture Profile, Creative Style, Picture Effect, Rec Control, Dual Video Rec, Marker Setting
Picture Profile
Yes (Off / PP1-PP7) Parameters: Black level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2), Black Gamma, Knee,Colour Mode, Colour Level, Colour Phase, Colour Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset
Clean HDMI output
Output signal
3840 × 2160(30p/24p) / 1920 × 1080(60p/60i/24p)
YCbCr 4:2:2 8bit/ RGB 8bit
Media
Media
Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
Focus system
Type
Contrast-detection AF
Focus point
25 points
Sensitivity range
EV -4 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Exposure control
Metering type
1200-zone evaluative metering
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
Still images: ISO 100-102400, Movies: ISO 200-102400 equivalent (both expandable to 409600,for still: expandable down to 50)
Viewfinder
Type
XGA OLED, 1.3cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (colour)
Total no. of dots
2,359,296 dots
Field coverage
100%
Magnification
Approx. 0.71x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1)
LCD screen
Type
7.5cm (3.0 type) TFT drive
Total number of dots
921,600 dots
Adjustable angle
Up approx. 90 degrees, down approx. 45 degrees
Other features
PlayMemories Camera Apps
Yes
Interface
Wireless LAN (built-in)
Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band)*1
Playback of still images and movies on smartphones, PCs and TVs
NFC™
Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)
Multi Interface Shoe
Yes
HD output
HDMI micro connector (Type-D), BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV HD, 4K still image playback
Shutter
Type
Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter speed
Still images: 1/8000 to 30 sec., Bulb
Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 step), Up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto Slow Shutter mode)
Electronic front curtain shutter
Yes, On/Off
Power
Battery
Rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50
Still images
Approx. 320 shots (viewfinder) / approx. 380 shots (LCD screen) (CIPA standard)
Movies
Actual*2: Approx. 55 min with viewfinder, approx. 60 min with LCD screen (CIPA standard)
Continuous*3: Approx. 90 min with viewfinder, approx. 90 min with LCD screen (CIPA standard)
External power
AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (optional)
Weight
Body only
Approx. 446g
Dimensions
W x H x D (excluding protrusions)
Approx. 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2mm
Operating temperature
Range
0-40°C
Specifications and features are based on information available at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.
*1    Configuration method/Access method: WPS or manually/infrastructure mode. When connecting to smartphones, the camera can always work as a base without a wireless access point. (Security: WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK).
*2    Indicated recording time is defined by repeating the following cycle: Power on, start recording, zoom, stand-by and power off.
*3    Indicated recording time is defined by repeating the following cycle: Pressing the MOVIE button. No other operations such as zoom are performed.

(Product information and pictures from Sony Singapore)

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