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Sony α7C Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed Sep 10, 2021 at 10:24 am
Sony α7C Picture
8.3
Travel Photography
8.4
Landscape Photography
7.9
Sport & Wildlife Photography
7.9
Vlogging
8.6
Studio Video
6.1
Action Video
Body Type
Rangefinder-Styled Mirrorless
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
Full Frame
Tested Lens
Sony FE 28–60 mm F4–5.6

The Sony α7C is a relatively compact full-frame camera. It's a mirrorless interchangeable lens model with a lightweight design that's not much bigger than the crop-sensor Sony α6600. JPEG image quality is fantastic, and it has remarkable RAW noise handling capability, making it well-suited to low light photography. Its video quality is excellent in both 4k and 1080p, and it has an amazing autofocus system with advanced real-time tracking that does an exceptional job tracking moving subjects when recording video. The camera feels incredibly well-built, and unlike the Sony α7 III, it has a fully articulated screen to help you shoot from different angles. It also has an exceptional battery life that should last through long days of shooting. However, it's not the most comfortable camera, as Sony compromised a bit on ergonomic features to achieve its compact form factor by having fewer dedicated dials and buttons and a less comfortable viewfinder than some of its Alpha series counterparts.

Our Verdict

8.3 Travel Photography

The Sony a7C is great for travel photography. It's fairly lightweight and portable, especially considering it has a full-frame sensor. It captures incredibly high-quality images and performs well even in low light, and it has an exceptional battery life that should last through long days on the go. It also has an excellent autofocus system that reliably keeps moving subjects in focus. That said, it's not the most comfortable to use since its size and design can make for a somewhat cramped handgrip when coupled with larger lenses, especially if you have larger hands. Its menu system can also be a bit cumbersome to navigate.

Pros
  • Relatively compact and lightweight.
  • Remarkable image quality.
  • Exceptional RAW noise handling capability.
  • Fantastic autofocus performance.
Cons
  • Handgrip can feel a bit cramped.
  • Menu system is somewhat hard to navigate.
8.4 Landscape Photography

The Sony a7C is an impressive camera for landscape photography. Its image quality and RAW noise handling capability are remarkable, and it has excellent dynamic range to bring out a wide array of detail in high-contrast landscape shots. It's also weather-sealed to protect against rain and humidity, though we don't currently test this. All in all, the camera feels incredibly well-built and is very portable for a full-frame camera, but its design leaves less room for a comfortable handgrip, especially for those with larger hands.

Pros
  • Relatively compact and lightweight.
  • Remarkable image quality.
  • Exceptional RAW noise handling capability.
  • Fantastic autofocus performance.
Cons
  • Handgrip can feel a bit cramped.
  • Menu system is somewhat hard to navigate.
7.9 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Sony a7C is very good for sport and wildlife photography. It delivers remarkably high-quality images with minimal visual noise even at higher ISO levels. It also has a fast max shutter speed and a good continuous shooting speed, although its buffer emptying time may interrupt your shooting if you manage to fill the buffer. Its autofocus system is excellent and does a particularly superb job tracking moving objects. It also has both human and animal eye-tracking settings, which are great for photographing athletes or wildlife, respectively.

Pros
  • Relatively compact and lightweight.
  • Remarkable image quality.
  • Exceptional RAW noise handling capability.
  • Fantastic autofocus performance.
  • Good continuous shooting speed.
Cons
  • Handgrip can feel a bit cramped.
  • Menu system is somewhat hard to navigate.
  • Buffer empty time is a bit long.
7.9 Vlogging

The Sony a7C is very good for vlogging. It's relatively compact and portable for a full-frame camera, and it has a fully articulated screen so you can monitor yourself while recording. It has in-body image stabilization, which is great, but the camera doesn't do a good job smoothing out camera shake when moving at a moderate pace. On the upside, it has an exceptional autofocus system that ensures your face stays in focus, and its overall video quality is excellent. There's no recording time limit, either, and its battery life is fantastic, with no instances of overheating during testing.

Pros
  • Relatively compact and lightweight.
  • Great overall video quality.
  • Fantastic autofocus performance.
  • Fully articulated screen.
Cons
  • Handgrip can feel a bit cramped.
  • Menu system is somewhat hard to navigate.
  • Video stabilization is disappointing.
8.6 Studio Video

The Sony a7C is excellent for studio video. Its video quality is impressive, whether shooting in 4k or 1080p, and it has good internal recording capability, though its recording format options are a bit limited, and its menu system can be hard to navigate. It supports several S-Log and HLG log picture profiles for more in-depth color grading in post. Its battery life is also exceptional, and it doesn't have a recording time limit and shouldn't overheat, though this can vary in real-world conditions. You can also keep using it while its charges via USB. It comes with a full array of inputs and outputs, including a headphone jack and stereo microphone input, and a micro HDMI port with clean HDMI output so you can use an external recorder without overlays. It only has one SD card slot, which may disappoint more serious videographers.

Pros
  • Relatively compact and lightweight.
  • Full array of inputs and outputs.
  • Great overall video quality.
  • Fantastic autofocus performance.
Cons
  • Handgrip can feel a bit cramped.
  • Menu system is somewhat hard to navigate.
6.1 Action Video

The Sony a7C is a mediocre choice for action video, though it's not meant for this use. While it's compact relative to other full-frame mirrorless cameras, it's not designed to be mounted on a helmet or other action video rigs. It's weather-sealed but not fully waterproof, although we don't currently test for this. Unlike many models, it can record and playback FHD video at up to 120 fps, which is good for generating slow-motion footage, but its 4k frame rate options are more limited.

Pros
  • Relatively compact and lightweight.
  • Can shoot in FHD at up to 120 fps.
  • Great overall video quality.
  • Fantastic autofocus performance.
Cons
  • Handgrip can feel a bit cramped.
  • Menu system is somewhat hard to navigate.
  • Limited 4k frame rate options.
  • Video stabilization is disappointing.
  • 8.3 Travel Photography
  • 8.4 Landscape Photography
  • 7.9 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 7.9 Vlogging
  • 8.6 Studio Video
  • 6.1 Action Video
  1. Updated Sep 10, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 03, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.1
Design
Portability
Height 3.2" (8.1 cm)
Width 5.6" (14.2 cm)
Depth 2.5" (6.3 cm)
Volume
44.2 in³ (724.0 cm³)
Weight
1.12 lbs (0.51 kg)
Weight With Lens
1.49 lbs (0.68 kg)

Note: You can see the camera's portability with the lens attached and with the lens fully extended.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

  • Body is made of magnesium alloy and feels sturdy and robust
  • Buttons and dials feel premium and provide great physical feedback
  • Fully articulating screen mechanism feels sturdy
  • Battery compartment and inputs/outputs are covered by solid-feeling hinged doors
  • SD card slot has a dedicated compartment with a hinged door on the side of the camera, so you can access it even while the camera is mounted on a tripod

Design
Body
Water Resistance
Weather-Sealed
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
2
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
E-Mount
Built-In Flash
No
Design
In The Box

  • Sony α7C camera body
  • Sony FE 28–60 mm F4–5.6 lens
  • Lens cap
  • Rear lens cap
  • Sensor cap
  • Hot shoe protection cover
  • Shoulder strap
  • NP-FZ100 battery
  • AC adapter
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • User manual

7.0
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
No

  • Grip may feel somewhat crowded with a full-frame lens, particularly for those with very large hands
  • Rubberized texture provides a secure hold
  • Buttons and dials provide good physical feedback
  • Dedicated video recording button makes it easy to shoot video at a moment's notice
  • Changing aperture and shutter speed is easy, though changing ISO requires you to press the separate 'ISO' button first
  • Most controls are well-placed, though some like the 'Menu' button are a bit harder to reach comfortably, and it can be easy to accidentally block the EVF sensor, causing the screen to turn off
  • Fully articulated screen allows more flexibility than the Sony a7 III
  • No eyecup around the viewfinder, which can be uncomfortable

6.5
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Imaging Edge Mobile

  • Menu system is okay to use, but more complex settings can be difficult to find
  • Can't use touchscreen feature to navigate menu
  • Can create a customized menu and remap a wide array of camera controls, though there are some options that are only available when customizing a button
  • 'Fn' menu is well-organized and makes it easier to access frequently used settings
  • Guide mode can help explain certain features to novice users

Design
Viewfinder
Type
Electronic
Advertised Coverage
100%
Advertised Resolution
2.36 million dots
Advertised Magnification
0.59
8.6
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Fully Articulated
Screen Max Brightness
725 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
0.92 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.5 cm)
Touchscreen
Limited
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
BSI CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
24.2 MP
Processor
BIONZ X
Extended ISO Minimum
50
ISO Minimum
100
ISO Maximum
51,200
Tested Firmware
Version 1.01

Note: This camera has extended low ISOs of 50, 64, and 80. Its extended high ISOs are 64,000, 80,000, 102,400, 128,000, 160,000, and 204,800.

9.6
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Sony NP-FZ100
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
Yes
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
680 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
140 min
7.0
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Interchangeable
Maximum Aperture
4.0 - 5.6
Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)
f/4.0
Minimum Focal Length
28 mm
Maximum Focal Length
60 mm
Max Focal Length (Full Frame Equivalent)
60 mm
Luminance
77.2%
Light Falloff
60.7%

Note: The Sony Alpha 7C has an 'APS-C/Super 35mm' mode that allows it to adapt its sensor to compatible APS-C lenses.

Photo
Photo
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
RAW File Format
ARW
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Minimum Shutter Speed
30 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/4,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Focus Peaking
Yes
Zebra Pattern
Yes
Histogram
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes

Note: While the max shutter speed is 1/4000s when using the mechanical shutter, this camera's electronic shutter speed goes up to 1/8000s.

7.3
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
4 fps
High Speed Continuous
11 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
9 fps
Raw Buffer Size
41 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
10,000 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
16 s
8.9
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
93%
Advertised Focus Points
693
Manual Focus Assistance
Yes
Face Detection Distance
181" (460 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Face Tracking Success Rate
60.1%
Object Tracking Success Rate
98%

Note: The Sony Alpha 7C is advertised to have 693 phase-detection autofocus points when using a full-frame lens, 299 phase-detection AF points when using a full-frame lens in APS-C mode, and 221 phase-detection AF points when using an APS-C lens in APS-C mode. It also has 425 contrast-detection AF points.

8.3
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
Yes
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/8 s

Note: We conducted this test at a 60mm focal length instead of the usual 70mm we usually use because the kit lens has a max focal length of 60mm. For that reason, the results may not be fully comparable with other cameras we've tested.

9.1
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
9.1 f-stops
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
6.02
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
39.99 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
1.319 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
39.23 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
1.339 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
38.77 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
1.307 pixels

ISO Setting Sample Photo
ISO 100 Photo
ISO 200 Photo
ISO 400 Photo
ISO 800 Photo
ISO 1600 Photo
ISO 3200 Photo
ISO 6400 Photo
ISO 12800 Photo
ISO 25600 Photo
ISO 51200 Photo

9.3
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 41.16 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200 40.38 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400 39.09 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800 37.39 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600 35.15 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200 32.56 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400 29.69 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800 26.72 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600 23.64 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200 20.28 dB
Sample Gallery
Sample Gallery
The Skate Park

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Polish Church

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Studio

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Stairway

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

General Video
General Video
Video Feature
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
8 bits
Log Picture Profile
Yes
Recording Light
No
General Video
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
Yes
General Video
Video Exposure Assistant
Zebra Line
Yes
Histogram
Yes
Waveform
No
General Video
Recording Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
All-I Compression
No
4k Video
7.2
4k Video
4k Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
Yes, with a Crop
24 fps In 4k
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1.16 x
9.8
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Tracking In 4k
9.9
Object Tracking In 4k
9.7
4.7
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
Yes
Walking Test In 4k
21.53 pixels/frames
Running Test In 4k
44.53 pixels/frames
Crop
1 x
7.9
4k Video
4k Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
100 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
60 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 bits
Record Time Limit N/A
Overheat Recording Interruption
No
8.5
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
9.5
Test Scene Extract In 4k
8.9
4k Rolling Shutter
5.30°
Full HD Video
9.5
Full HD Video
FHD Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
Yes
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
10
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Tracking In FHD
9.9
Object Tracking In FHD
10
7.4
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
Yes
Walking Test In FHD
7.40 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
21.09 pixels/frames
Crop
1
8.3
Full HD Video
FHD Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
100 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
16 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8
Record Time Limit N/A
8.3
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
9.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
9.0
FHD Rolling Shutter
3.84°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-II
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
9.5
Storage And Connectivity
Input / Outputs
USB
USB-C
HDMI
Micro (Type D)
Headphones
Yes
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Sony a7C comes in two color variants: 'Black' and 'Silver'. We tested the 'Black' model with the Sony FE 28–60 mm F4–5.6 kit lens, though you can also buy it in either color without a lens.

Let us know if you come across a different variant or your Sony a7C doesn't correspond to our review, and we'll update it.

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