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Sony a7C is their Smallest Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

Flippy screen FTW!

Sony a7c camera pocket
Images by Sony

Sony has just announced the Sony a7C – their smallest full-frame mirrorless camera to date! Dubbed as a “new concept” the Sony a7C is basically an a7 III, but in a shrunk-down body with a flip-out screen and a terrible EVF offset on the left. 

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It’s a “mini A7 III” with a flip-out screen…

The camera records 4K up to 30p in the same Sony A7III 8bit 4:2:0 H.264 codec, but it does offer a more compact form-factor. One that is more akin to the a6400 and a6600 APS-C cameras. With it, Sony are obviously targeting a younger demographic more prone to use it a vlogging camera or prance around on social media. 

Nevertheless, the Sony a7C is an interesting design move from Sony, which may signal the startup of a whole new lineup.

In addition, Sony also announced a new FE 28-60mm f4-5.6 pancake zoom lens, which they call “world’s smallest and lightest standard zoom lens.” 

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sony a7c top view
Images by Sony UK

Flippy Screen FTW!

However, probably the biggest new feature here is the flip-out screen (fully articulating). This is a must for a vlogging oriented camera, and Sony has done the unthinkable – install a flippy screen for this very purpose. I do think a commendable slow clap is in order. Bravo.

A7C silver flip out screen
Images by Sony UK

Real-time Eye AF and Tracking

And while for the most part the new a7C shares a lot of its guts with the older a7III (including the clunky menu) it’s not all doom-and-gloom. The nifty little a7C has a few aces up its sleeve – the biggest one being – an improved Autofocus system with Real-time Eye AF and Tracking ported from the Sony A7s III and Sony a7R IV. 

For all you pet lovers, Real-time AF for animals is also present, while the (same) 5-axis in-body image stabilization from the a7 III makes another appearance. 

Check out this Sony demo video on the Sony a7c video features:

Sony a7C Features and Specifications

  • 24.2 Megapixel Full-Frame BSI CMOS sensor
  • 4K/30p video recording in 8bit 4:2:0
    • 1080p up to 120fps slow-motion
  • HLG and S-log2 and S-log3 gammas available 
  • 693-point Hybrid AF
    • with Realtime Eye AF and Tracking
  • 5-Axis In-Body-Image Stabilization
  • Flip-out screen (non-touch)
  • Same old menu system as A7 III
  • 1 x SD card slot / Also uses NP-FZ100 battery
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C for power banks
  • 4K HDMI output: 8bit 4:2:2 to external recorders 
  • Multi-interface hot shoe for mics or flash
  • 3.5mm headphone output and mic input
  • Available in either Black or Silver
  • Available in a kit with FE 28-60mm f4-5.6 compact zoom
sony a7c side ports
Images by Sony UK / SOny a7c side view – HDMI, USB-C ports, SD card slot

Pricing and Availability

The new Sony a7C is available to pre-order from B&H for $1,799 and available in two colour versions – Silver and Black. In addition, you can buy the a7C in a kit with the new pancake zoom lens fro $2,099 USD.

For full technical specifications and more info head over to Sony’s website here.

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