Sony has announced a full-frame mirrorless camera built with videographers in mind
The Alpha 7S is the first full-frame camera with the capacity to read and process every pixel on the sensor for video, allowing it output 4k 30p footage without the need for line skipping or pixel binning.
Weighing only 446g and measuring 126.9 x 94.4×48.2mm, the Alpha 7S should fit in nicely on the hands of videographers. It comes bundled with a 12.2 MP sensor which is paired with the BIONZ X image processor allowing it to shoot at a sensitivity range of ISO 50 to a stunning 409,600!
Sony says the Alpha 7S will feature an “unprecedented” dynamic range and low noise. The A7S allows for both full-frame capture and APS-C (super 35mm equivalent), and records full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) at 60p, 60i, 30p and 24p direct to memory card, while 4K video at QFHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) can be output to a 4K compatible external recorder. High frame rate 120fps shooting at standard HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels) can also be achieved if shooting in APS-C mode, creating a 5x slow-motion effect.
Additionally, the A7S will be the first Alpha camera to adopt the workflow-friendly XAVC S recording format in addition to the more common AVCHD and MP4 codecs. This allows for full HD recording at 50Mbps with lower compression. The A7S also gets a multi-interface shoe that’s compatible with Sony’s XLR Adapter microphone kits, thus allowing the use of professional microphone systems.
Sony says the Alpha 7S would be commercially available in July and would retail for $2,499.99.