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Insane New Sony A7s ISO Test Footage Turns Night Into Day (and Looks Good Doing It)

By Anthony Thurston on April 11th 2014

Sony turned a lot of heads with its A7s announcement a short while ago, and now we have some footage that will cause even more of a stir. Sony just released this new footage demonstrating the high ISO capabilities of the new A7s and, to say the least, it is quite impressive.

That looked pretty darn good all the way up through 102400 ISO in my opinion. Obviously, this is compressed on Youtube, so it would be hard to offer too much scrutiny. If you were going to use this camera mainly for videos going up on the web, I would be very comfortable with it up to 102400.

Here are a few screen grabs in case you don’t have time to watch the video.

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102400-iso-a7s

Color me impressed, all we need to know now is the price on this bad boy. From what I have heard the Sony rumor camp, expect it to be around the same price (~2K) as the other Sony A7 cameras, but we will have to wait and see to know for sure.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you as impressed as I am with this “night to day” ISO test? Leave a comment below and lets discuss!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Austin Swenson

    every time I see that video it just blows me away

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  2. Óran D

    Wow nice, With a fast 1.8 or wider this would be killer, any information on the price yer? I’m guessing more in A7r range than the A7.

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  3. Greg

    Don’t forget to include the price of the extra recorder if you want 4k.

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    • matko

      still, it’s gonna sell because there is nothing like this on the market, just like the 5d mk2. i think Sony is in for some big cash

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    • Stan Rogers

      The Atomos Shogun would make a good match with this (at a hair under $2K with a 1920×1080 monitor). So that’s $4K for 4K at ISO 400K. You couldn’t get a decent three-chip 1/2″ VHS ENG camcorder (that needed a 250W tungsten light to see anything at all) for that price 20 years ago – forget about inflation and stuff. Just wow.

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  4. Rick

    Very impressive indeed. This would be perfect for the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Carribean attractions at Disneyland :)

    I’d want to pair this up with a faster lens though (assuming of course the shallower DOF wouldn’t be an issue).

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  5. Pye

    Geez, that is impressive. I thought it was still usable even at 400k ISO.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Yeah, but it really started to deteriorate after 102400. But if you absolutely had to use 400k, you are right, probably still good enough for many situations.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Anthony, you’re right I probably wouldn’t shoot video professionally at 200K or 400K, however the quality of the video does lead me to believe that it could easily pull off a timelapse of still frames at 1080p or even 4K at those ISO’s quite easily.

      Either way, we’re going a whole 3-4 stops beyond anything that was previously even remotely possible. That, itself, is the insane part.

      Color me giddy!

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