12.2MP 35mm full-frame sensor gives top image quality
A huge 35mm full frame sensor offers 50x more surface area than a conventional compact camera sensor. The larger suface area means vastly better sensitivity for low-light shooting as well as fine control over depth of field. Paired with great optics, Sony's full frame sensor is ideal for creative, commercial, and landscape photography.
Multiple recording formats provide video versatility
Shoot to suit, with a range of video formats available. Capture using the high bitrate AVCHD or XAVC S codec for editing and playback on big screens; or choose the MP4 mode for quick uploading and sharing. Capture motion at up to 24p frame rates for dramatic slow motion possibilities.
Professional gamma setting
The S-Log2 is a proprietary Sony gamma setting featured in commercial video equipment, and incorporated here. Invaluble for professionals seeking post-production flexibility, this preset Picture Profile offers up to 14 stops of dynamic range - enough latitude to capture all the detail in both deep shadow and bright sunlight.
120fps at HD resolution for super slo-mo video
When shooting movies in the Super-35mm equivalent (APS-C) crop mode, this camera supports high-frame-rate 120fps shooting at HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels). This remarkable capability broadens your expressive options since a movie shot at this frame rate can be played back at 24p to create stunning 5x slow-motion effects.
Tiltable LCD screen for flexible composition
High resolution screen with tilt capability allows perfect framing of otherwise impossible over-head or low-angle shots.
Substantial, ergonomic grip
The α7s is 25% less bulky than leading DSLRs, but still features a full-size grip for all-day shooting comfort.
Controls, customization and navigation
Despite compact dimensions, the α7s features front and rear dials for intuitive setting of exposure, a control wheel for setting ISO, and an exposure compensation dial. Quick Navi Pro displays all major shooting options on the LCD screen so you can rapidly confirm settings and make adjustments as desired without searching through dedicated menus. Button customization empowers you to shoot just the way you like, with frequently used functions assigned to the customizable buttons of your choice. You can easily assign various functions to any of 9 buttons; and selected key functions can be assigned to the Fn button for quick access.
Ultra-high sensitivity up to ISO 409600
Expand your still and movie capabilities with the ultra-high sensitivity range from ISO 50 to 409600 for still images and 100 to 409600 for movies. High ISO lets you choose to shoot without unnatural flash illumination and allows faster shutter speeds (to freeze motion) even in low light--ideal for sports on an overcast day.
High-quality video with the XAVC S format
The high-bit-rate XAVC S format is provided for videographers ready to take their work to the next level. Delivering incredible quality, XAVC S is built from the XAVC format used by professional movie makers and broadcasters, while employing intelligent data compression to bring about consumer-friendly editing and file sizes.
Clean HDMI output
Monitor and capture uncompressed video using the clean HDMI output. Simultaneously record video to onboard memory cards in playback-friendly compressed formats, as well as to an external recorder in your choice of formats and bitrates, for ultimate professional production flexibility.
Picture Profile for pre-shoot settings
Fine-tune the look of your movies before shooting by adjusting gradation (black level, gamma and black gamma), color adjustment (color mode, intensity, color tone and depth), basic color (gamma and color mode) and more. Adjusted parameters can be saved along with other settings as a profile, and up to seven profiles can be stored for later recall.
See settings with the XGA OLED Tru-Finder
Preview your camera settings and effects in real-time even when using the viewfinder. Unlike optical viewfinders, you can compose black and white photos or preview exposure adjustments before pressing the shutter. Plus, features like 100% frame coverage, wide viewing angle, information display modes, peaking function, and focus magnification will significantly enhance how you shoot.
See your options: Quick Navi Pro and custom buttons
Quick Navi Pro displays all major shooting options on the LCD screen so you can rapidly confirm settings and make adjustments as desired without searching through dedicated menus. Button customization lets you shoot just the way you like, with frequently used functions assigned to the customizable buttons of your choice.
BIONZ X for superior detail and texture
All digital cameras need to convert the light captured by their sensor to a beautiful digital photograph. The engine that powers this conversion is just as important as your lens and a high-resolution sensor--so Sony developed the remarkable BIONZ(tm) X processor, allowing more natural details, more realistic images, richer tonal gradations, and lower noise while shooting both photos and movies.
Full-frame filmmaking capability
Professional quality moviemaking in the palm of your hand. Capture stunning images, even in low light thanks to the premium Exmor CMOS sensor. Then enjoy the flexibility to add external audio capture plus off-board video monitoring and recording, all designed to put professional creation in reach of anyone.
Pro-level time code and user bit video functions
An essential tool on multi-camera shoots, timecode dramatically speeds up editing where several cameras need to be syncronised. Both Record Run, which advances timecode only while recording, and Free Run, with continuous timecode advancement are supported. Additionally a User Bit feature lets you add identifying information (such as scene and take numbers) alongside the timecode.
Enhanced Fast Hybrid Autofocus captures action
Enhanced Fast Hybrid Autofocus (AF) is comprised of a number of features: Phase-detection AF (bringing the subject into focus), contrast-detection AF (fine-tuning focus points), and Spatial Object Detection (which estimates subject movement). They all work together seamlessly to let you capture a fast-moving subject with perfect sharpness.
Audio recording and monitoring functions
During movie recording and playback, you can directly monitor sound using the built-in headphone jack. On-screen audio level monitoring is also available.