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Gear Reviews

‘Meh’ on Stills, Great for Video: Sony A7s Hands On Field Test

By Anthony Thurston on June 28th 2014

Sony’s new A7s is pretty much the new king of low light, but what else does this new camera have going for it? The guys over at The Camera Store TV recently completed their hands-on field test of the new Sony A7s and – as always – they did a very thorough job, complete with video and image samples.

I find myself disagreeing with them on the stills aspect of the camera. I see no issues with a 12mp sensor. Yes, it is a bit on the small side compared to most modern sensors, but 12mp is still plenty for most uses.

I was a bit surprised at how much better the low light video looked than the low light stills. On most cameras that I have used, it is the opposite, with low light stills looking better than video. But in the A7s’s case, at least in my opinion, the video looked very usable up into the very high ISOs, where the stills, not so much.


Regardless, the A7s looks to be a formidable camera in most respects, but still suffers from many of the same issues that its A7 and A7r brothers suffer from. I am very interested to see the 4K footage coming out of it, and to see it compared with the GH4 at 4K.

If you are interested in picking up an A7s of your own, you can head on over to B&H to get your order in.


What are your thoughts on the A7s in low light? What did you think of the video it produced? Leave a comment below.

[via The Camera Store TV Youtube Channel]


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. Tyler Friesen

    I like their reviews. They actually seem unbiased.

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  2. Matthew Saville

    LOL, better not tell this guy that I still prefer my D700 for many stills at weddings, even though I now also own 24 and 36 megapixel cameras as well. Oops.


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  3. Herm Tjioe

    Sure, all new development starts out with some terribad feature sets. But give Sony some working room, time and consumer interest, they can be a powerhouse to be feared.

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  4. Servando Miramontes

    Well, if anything, it looks damn sexy in the product photo…

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  5. Black Z Eddie

    It’s actually a 12 megapixel. And, I agree that it more than enough…at least for what I like to shoot.

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  6. Shawn Conrad

    *12.2MP, not 16.

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