Compact mirrorless camera is getting popular nowadays. Aside from its classic looks, it packs a serious features that levels DSLR and at some points, even better. Many hobbyist and professionals too, are shifting to the smaller and lighter camera system.
Zach Arias once said that if you can produce an excellent image quality out of a cropped sensor while travelling with a lighter and smaller camera, I’d choose it over my bulky and heavy full frame cameras. I think that it totally makes sense.
What if you not only have a smaller and lighter camera, it also carries a full frame 35mm sensor? Would that top your list? The Sony A7 series, is the world’s first full frame, mirrorless compact camera. Talk about image quality, I think that it’s uncontested that the bigger the sensor, the better.
Recently, I was lucky enough to test one of the latest Sony A7s. It’s amazing to see a compact camera with a full frame sensor and the first thing I was looking for is the flash mount. I’ve had issues with Sony having a different mount than the rest of the other camera. Surprisingly, they now have the standard mount.
I tried mounting my Canon flash and it works, minus the E-TTL of course, I’m also pleased that the LCD tilts. Something I really missed from my Canon 60D after shifting to full frames. It really helps in difficult angled shot.
It took me a few hours to familiarized the buttons and wheels. There’s actually three wheels or dials in this camera and a lot of customizable buttons. What I noticed when accessing the controls when shooting is the built of the dials and button. It felt really responsive and built to sustain from the constant adjustments of the photographer.
I tried it for a spin and the weight is quite significant. You can feel the weightlessness of the camera which is packed with a full frame and magnesium weather sealed body when hanged from your neck or shoulders. The EVF looks comfortable to the eye and displays the relevant information you need when adjusting on the fly.
This is a perfect camera for travel, landscape, portraits but not so much for sports. I cannot comment for video since I’m not an expert on it but I believe that it can shoot 4k with a surprisingly clean image at high ISO. I’ll do more comprehensive review on this camera in my next column with more figures and comparison.
Keep on shooting everyone! See more sample photos at www.grp.ph. Check out the A7s at Colours Digital Foto at Ayala Center Cebu.
Text and photos by Albert Pedrosa