Sony has announced the A7C, a new camera full of the smallest models yet in the alpha range of full-frame mirrorless cameras. The A7C looks more like the A6400 than the A7, just like Sony’s APS-C model, adopting a more compact body, rangefinder-style, with an electronic viewfinder on the top left corner of the camera’s back panel.
The A7C measures 124.0 mm x 71.1 mm x 59.7 mm and weighs 509 grams. It has a 24.2-megapixel full-frame sensor with in-body image stabilization and a standard ISO range of up to 51,200. It can shoot up to 10fps with Autoexposure, and is capable of 4K / 30fps or 1080p / 120fps video at up to 100Mbps. The body has USB-C, Wi-Fi, and a variant 3-inch 921,000-dot LCD.
Sony has developed a new kit lens designed to pair with the A7C; When used together, the company calls the combination “the world’s smallest and lightest full frame camera system”. (Sigma may take issue with that term.) This is a 28–60 mm f4–5.6 zoom that is only 45 mm long when retracted.
The A7C is priced at $ 1,799 body-only, which is $ 200 less than the 2018 A7 III, the camera that is technically the closest. But the A7 III is still a few years old and widely available at discounted prices, and may be a better option for anyone who prefers viewfinder size or general ergonomics.
As far as the competition goes, the A7C is going directly against Panasonic’s new $ 1,999 Lumix S5, another compact 24-megapixel full-frame camera. But there are more affordable options – Nikon’s Z5 is $ 1,399.95 and comes with a similar collapsible kit zoom lens for $ 1,699.95 compared to Sony’s body alone. Canon’s EOS RP is even less expensive these days, although it is slightly larger.
Still, Sony has the best native full-frame mirrorless lens range that can be beaten by everyone to keep them on the market for a few years. If you want a smaller camera body to take advantage of, the A7C can be a compelling option. It will go on sale next month for $ 1,799 or $ 2,099 with the new kit zoom lens.