Sony Announces New Full-Frame Alpha 7C Camera and FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 Lens

Today, Sony has announced the Alpha 7C, their latest full-frame mirrorless camera that is 20 percent smaller than the existing lineup.

Sony claims that the new a7C is now the smallest and lightest full-frame interchangeable lens camera featuring image stabilization on the market. Measuring in at 4.9 x 2.8 x 2.3 inches (12.4 x 7.1 x 5.9 centimeters) and weighing 17.9 ounces (507.5 grams), it packs a 24.2-megapixel CMOS BSI sensor, BIONZ X image processor, and 5-axis in-body image stabilization compensating for 5 stops of shake.

To fit inside the smaller magnesium alloy chassis, the sensor stabilization mechanism needed to be redesigned. The same story goes for the newly developed compact electromagnetic drive shutter, which has a 200,000 cycle rating. There was room, however, for the larger NP-FZ100 battery that is found in the latest a7 and a9 series cameras. It’s fortunate, because that battery gives the a7C a CIPA rating of 740 images with the LCD, or 225 minutes of video recording.

The body of the camera features an off-centered 2,359K dot OLED viewfinder, 3-inch 921K dot vari-angle LCD, and a record button on the top panel. There is no built-in flash, but Sony is announcing a new $248 HVL-F28RM compact flash alongside the Alpha camera. The a7C is compatible with the Sony GP-VPT2BT Wireless Shooting Grip for easier front-facing access to camera controls.

Getting into the camera specifications, the a7C is capable of shooting up to ISO 204,800 and has up to 15 stops of dynamic range for stills. It can shoot up to 10 fps with its mechanical and electronic shutter for 223 continuous shots, although it’s likely this is in a compromised Hi+ mode. There’s a single SD memory card slot which is UHS-II V90 compatible.

The camera features 693 phase detect and 425 contrast detect autofocus points and is capable of Real-time Tracking, Real-time Eye AF for humans and animals, and Touch Tracking. Sadly it has the same menu and touch operability as the ZV-1, not the much improved a7S III.

On the video side, the new Alpha camera records full frame in 6K downsampled to 4K with full pixel readout. It can shoot 8-bit 4:2:0 4K 24p/30p or up to 120 fps in Full HD and includes Sony’s Slow & Quick mode. The camera has Picture Profiles for S-Log 3/2 and HLG/HDR shooting with 14 stops of dynamic range. There is Real-time Eye AF available in video, and in the settings there are 7 adjustable focus transition speeds and 5 tracking sensitivity levels. There is no half-hour recording limit.

Finally, moving on to connectivity the camera has a single USB-C port in lieu of any Micro-USB. There’s also a 3.5mm mic input as well as a headphone out port. It has a Multi Interface hot shoe for direct, wireless connection to compatible audio accessories like the Sony ECM-B1M shotgun microphone. Other connectivity options include 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi, FTP file transfer via wired/wireless LAN, and USB tethering with computers and smartphones.

FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6

Announced alongside the new Alpha camera is Sony’s smallest and lightest full-frame E-mount standard zoom lens: the FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6. This new lens will debut as a Sony kit lens, however it may start being sold separately at a future date.

It features a retractable design that’s 2.5 x 1.7 inches (6.4 x 4.5 centimeters) at its smallest and weighs 5.8 ounces (164.4 grams). Paired with the new Sony a7C camera, that’s a 1.5 pound (674.7 gram) kit.

The new 28-60mm lens has internal focusing, a linear autofocus motor supporting 10 frames per second continuous shooting, 3 aspherical elements, a 7-bladed circular aperture, and a metal lens mount. The close focus distance is 0.3 meters at the wide end, and 0.45 meters at the telephoto end.

The Sony a7C will come in black or silver, and cost $1,798 for the body only or $2,098 with the kit lens. It will begin shipping in November 2020.


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