Sony A7 pictures

Well there it is the Sony 24 / 36 MP camera with the 35mm sensor. Courtesy of SonyAlphaRumors

Selected Specs:-

- A7 has 24 Megapixel sensor with Phase detection AF

- A7r has 36 Megapixel with no on sensor Phase detection and no Anti Aliasing filter.

- A7 body costs $1698 and $1998 with 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens. A7r costs $2198 body only.

- Both cameras have a fixed OLED EVF with 2.4 million dot resolution. 

It’s the same used by the Olympus E-M1 (which isn't OLED as I understand it, so ???? on this)
- AF speed is allegedly faster than the RX series.

- Takes SD cards and uses the NEX battery

- A7/A7r Body is weather sealed

- 1/8000 shutter speed

- titlable LCD screen

- focus peaking

- optional vertical grip

- New LAEA Full Frame A to E-mount adapter

- Current NEX APS-C lenses will work in crop mode or Full Frame mode (with heavy vignetting or dark corners)

New FE lenses:
Zeiss FE 24-70mm f/4.0 OSS
Sony G 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS
Zeiss FE 35mm f/2.8
Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8
Zeiss FE 70-200mm f/4.0 OSS (coming early 2014)

Officially announced Wednesday morning. Game changer? No. Interesting? Very much so. I'm presuming a tweaked D800 / 800E sensor to take account of the shorter flange distance and problems with wide-angles. VERY limited lens roll out, but presumably will take adapters, which should actually be very simple to produce for use with 35mm lenses. Interesting vehicle to put m-mount lenses on. I would imagine some of the better Leica, Zeiss and Voigtlander lenses quite liking the 36mm sensor. Price is OK. 

What of the design? Well its pretty much in the current fashion of mirrorless flagship cameras looking like mini DSLR's. Not much rangefinder chic here. It looks OK to me, nothing to get my pulse racing, but I expect it will work well. Bit like the Leica X vario only not as classy. The 28-70mm is plug ugly, but then all the a-mount lenses are as well.

Will I buy one? Don't know really. Am concerned to find out if the EVF is OLED or not, so that will make a difference. I'll also be interested in the weight of this, it looks heavy, but there is no way to know until we get the actual specs. 

There will be lots of 'This is the second coming' Also lots of 'Leica killer' 'm4/3 killer' 'DSLR killer'. Its not of course, because the marketplace is very varied, as is taste and preference. There are just as many of us, I suspect, who regard a 35mm sensor and all the DOF issues (i.e. lack of) as a disadvantage as opposed to an advantage.

However, its Sony at their innovative best. And certainly a camera that will stir up a lot of attention and present a challenge to Canon and Nikon. But it must be remembered that this is just a start. I've been using 14-140mm and 7-14mm zooms on my Panasonics recently and just wonder when 28-300mm and 14-28mm options will appear for this camera, plus how heavy will they be and how much will they cost. And that's why its not a game changer. Some standard zooms and a couple of primes is not a lens system. An a-mount adapter isn't an answer either, and much as I would personally find them interesting neither are M-mount, Nikon or Canon adapters. 

We'll know what its really like when some raw samples appear. We'll get the usual crop of jpgs. on Wednesday and people will draw all sorts of conclusions from those, but to see what a 36MP sensor can do, you have to have some raw files. Still all in all, some people should be getting a nice surprise from Santa!

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