Mirrorless cameras have been able to finally start to catch up to low- to mid-range DSLR cameras as far as performance is concerned. Wired.com reported on Oct. 16, 2013, the new Sony Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R are going to be the first mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras with full-frame sensors.
Making things even better is that they are still small enough to fit in your pocket. DSLR cameras are usually quite bulky and big, but now the quality is there without the heftiness.
The new line of mirrorless cameras are going to use lenses called the FE-series that are designed to take advantage of the full-frame sensors. Starting out, the 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS will be included with the Sony Alpha 7 package. The other four lenses are set to come out over time beginning in December.
The Sony Alpha 7 will be released in Dec. 2013, for $1999 with the lenses and $1699 without them. The Sony Alpha 7R will have a price of $2299 and be available as just the body of the camera.
There are some differences in the two cameras such as:
- Sony Alpha 7: Full-frame 24 megapixel CMOS; Hybrid Auto-Focus system
- Sony Alpha 7R: 36 megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter; Traditional contrast detection
From there, the features of both mirrorless cameras from Sony are incredibly impressive. Consumers will be clamoring over these cameras and rightfully so. The full specs and features for the Sony Alpha 7 and Sony Alpha 7R are as follows:
- 24.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with OLPF [A7]
- 36.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with no OLPF [A7R]
- E-mount with support for FE, E, and A-mount lenses (with adapter)
- Bionz X image processor
- Hybrid AF system with 25 contrast-detect and 117 phase-detect points [A7 only]
- Weather-sealed magnesium alloy body
- 3-inch tilting LCD with 1.23 million dots
- XGA (2.4 million dot) electronic viewfinder
- Diffraction correction technology
- Full HD video recording at 1080/60p and 24p; uncompressed HDMI output
- Wi-Fi with NFC capability and downloadable apps