Review of the Sony Alpha a7C Body Black
The Sony Alpha a7C Body Black is a mid-range full-frame mirrorless camera with 24 megapixels, 4k video up to 30p, built-in stabilization, telemetric styling and a fully articulated touch screen. Aimed at APSC, vlogger users or simply those who want a second full-frame body, the Sony Alpha a7C Body Black represents a new design in the A7 series and while it shares a number of features with the A7 III, it does not replace this model.
Clearly, while all A7 cameras to date have used a DSLR style with a bumpy center viewfinder, the Sony Alpha a7C Body Black becomes the first in the lineup to adopt a flat-head style like the A6000 series with the viewfinder in the upper left corner; indeed, with virtually the same dimensions and weight as the A6600, the A7C becomes Sony's smallest and lightest full-format hybrid camera to date. This reduction in size and weight is partly due to a more compact IBIS system (five axis / five stops) and a new shutter unit, although the body remains sealed and uses a magnesium alloy for the front, rear and top plates.
The viewfinder image of the Sony Alpha a7C Body Black is smaller than that of the A7 III, but offers the same 2.36 million dot resolution with an OLED panel, while the 3-inch 921k 3-inch screen is now laterally hinged and fully articulated, allowing it to face forward, which will delight viewers.
Meanwhile, many of the internal features of the Sony Alpha a7C Body Black are inherited from the A7 III, with the same 24-megapixel, full-size sensor with built-in phase detection autofocus, 4k at 30p (oversampled for 24 and 25p) and 10fps bursts with mechanical or electronic shutter, all powered by the Z-series battery. However, Sony has updated the AF software to support the latest real-time tracking that can recognize animals and is now activated by the AF-On button.
The Sony Alpha a7C Body Black also has 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi, a digital audio interface, although the size of the case means that there is only one USB port (Type-C) and only one SD card slot (UHS-II speed), but fortunately the microphone and headphone jacks remain, while videographers will be pleased to learn that there is no half-hour recording limit - a key advantage over the A7 III.
Another advantage of the Sony Alpha a7C Body Black over previous models is the recording of gyroscopic data during the video, allowing sequences to be stabilized in the software later.
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