You can limit full frame 4K video to 30 FPS, or 4: 2: 0 8-bit and 100 Mbps bit rates with all videos from 1080p to 120 FPS. You also get both S-Log2 and S-Log3 recordings to maximize the dynamic range. It’s not bad, but for $ 200, Panasonic’s full-frame S5 shoots 4K at 60 fps and has 10-bit internal recording for 4K at 30 fps (with S-Log).
As you would expect from Sony, autofocus is a strong point. It uses Sony’s ultra-fast hybrid phase-detection AF with 693 phase-detection points in full-frame mode. You also get Sony’s latest AI Smart Advertising features, including human and animal eye-tracking, object tracking, predictive control and adjustable AF transition speed in movie mode. If it works like other recent cameras from Sony, it should offer fast and almost flawless autofocus in both movie and photo modes.
For photos, the A7C is not as fast as the A6600 (11 fps), but it matches the A7 III at sustained speeds up to 10 fps with continuous autofocus (14-bit RAW and JPEG). EVF, though not as good as you would find on the A7 III, compared to 3.6 million dots with a 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder. The camera is designed more for video viewing, however, this should not be a problem for most users.
With the same NP-FZ100 battery as the A6600, you get up to 680 shots with a viewfinder or 740 shots using an LCD monitor – close to the A6600 and excellent for a full-frame camera. The bus is a single card slot, but thankfully it supports faster UHS-II cards. This means that you can hold 45 uncompressed RAW frames, 115 compressed RAW or 215 JPEGs on burst. The A7C also has a USB-C Type 3.2 port that can charge the battery, along with HDMI micro and both headphones and microphone ports.
All told, the A7C is an interesting, unpredictable member of the A7 family. It looks like the A6600, but has sensors and many features from the A7 III, while the A7S III’s fully artificial display has been added to the vloggers. At $ 1,800, it was $ 200 cheaper than the A7 III, but it’s still not what I would call an “entry-level” like the $ 1,400 Nikon Z5.
The A7C will only cost $ 1,800 for the body, or $ 2,100 with Sony’s new, very compact FE 28-60mm f / 4-5.6 lens. It should go for pre-order soon, and we’ll learn the US release date soon.