Sony Alpha 7
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Sony Alpha 7 Review
If you are looking for a small, light, full-frame, mirror-less system camera, then the Sony Alpha 7 might be for you. The A7 is smaller than most cameras, which cuts down tremendously on weight. Different lenses can be attached to change shots or have a closer look at your subject of interest. Since the camera is smaller than you might be used to, a grip might also be a good idea.
There is an optional battery grip that you can attach to make holding easier. The Sony Alpha 7 can be used for both still shooting as well as recording video. Even though there is an attachable grip, this sort of camera is not to be used casually. The auto-focus is not always compatible and may come across as too soft depending on your personal style. Aside from the front panel, the camera is made of magnesium alloy and is weather resistant. Yes, this means you can take the camera outside and shoot even if it’s raining. The front panel is made out of plastic to help reduce the price, which is good because otherwise it would run a little on the pricier side. This also contributes to keep the unit in lightweight territory. The mode and exposure compensation dials are made out of aluminum plating as well.
The Sony Alpha 7 is touch screen, which can be both a blessing and a curse. You do not have to press some button an endless amount of times, which would cause your finger to hurt. All you need to do is swipe or press your finger against the screen and your option would be selected. However, it can be a pain to adjust the focus manually or even to manually adjust options in the precise form that you want to achieve. Now, this camera might not have a built in flash, but it makes up for what it lacks. The batteries are USB compatible, meaning they charge through a USB connection while being in the camera. Also, you can remotely control the device through Wi-Fi with a smartphone. The SmartRemote app is embedded in the camera so you can easily control the device if you need to stand away from the camera. However if that is a feature you don’t plan on using, then you might be wasting your money because that option comes equipped in the camera, it cannot be removed for a lower fee.
The screen is a tilt screen. But it only tilts either up or down while being used for landscape style shots. The screen is not completely compatible to tilt while being used in a portrait style shot. In contrast though, the viewfinder is spectacular and will help you come up with a clear, colorful shot. The shutter button is located in both a place of convenience as well as frustration. It is located in a nice enough spot so you won’t hit it by accident, but at the same time it’s hard to press without bumping the camera. This can offset a shot you spent time setting up. But the camera also withstands weather and is durable in shooting locations. The Sony Alpha 7 does have a short optical zoom range, but this can be fixed with the addition of lenses. Most lenses are compatible with the camera. This adds to the size and weight, but the fluctuation of weight from lens to lens can help you get the picture perfect shot you’re looking for.