Sony has renewed its range of full frame cameras in compact format with its new Sony A7C II.
The announcement was expected and Sony did not miss the appointment. The Japanese manufacturer unveiled its new range of hybrid cameras in compact format on Tuesday with the Sony A7C II and Sony A7C R.
As for the Sony AC7 II, the manufacturer is taking up the formula it had already adopted with its first Alpha 7C, launched in 2020. It was then a more compact camera, but equipped with features similar to that of the Sony A7 III. For its A7C II, Sony has this time based on the characteristics of the Sony A7 IV.
The same sensor as the Sony A7 IV
We will thus find the same photo sensor as on the box launched in 2021 – with a full frame 24 x 36 mm format and a definition of 33 million pixels – associated with a Bionz XR processor. The device can thus go down to a sensitivity of 50 ISO and go up to 204,800 ISO. For the burst, nothing new under the sun since, like all devices in the Alpha 7 range, the Sony A7C II remains confined to a rate of 10 frames per second. The body can however go up to a shutter speed of 1/8000 s.
Sony housing obliges, the A7C II is oriented as well towards the photo as the video. It can thus capture sequences in 4K at 30p without cropping or in Full HD at 120p. The device can also record video in 4:2:2 10-bit and takes advantage of the S-Log 3 picture profile for higher dynamic range with a little post-production grading.
The real difference of the A7C II compared to other Sony boxes, which look identical regardless of the model, lies in its format. We are dealing here with a much smaller device, approaching an APS-C format body like the Sony A6700, despite a large sensor. However, this means that Sony had to make some sacrifices, in particular with a more compact and less defined electronic viewfinder. Count on a viewfinder of 1.0 cm, 2.36 million dots and a magnification of x0.59 – against 1.3 cm, 3.69 million dots and a magnification of x0.78 on the A7 IV.
Also new to the A7C II over the first-generation A7C is a new thumbwheel for switching between photo, video, and S&Q modes. As a reminder, this wheel was inaugurated on Sony devices with the A7 IV. It will allow you to save different settings for photo, video and slow motion modes. The Sony A7C II also benefits from a pivoting screen on a ball joint which can therefore be used for vlogging. Here too, a small novelty compared to the old model, since it takes advantage of Sony’s new menus, inaugurated in 2020 with the A7S III.
Like all Sony cameras, the Sony A7C II is compatible with all E-mount photo lenses from Sony, Sigma, Tamron, Laowa or Samyang. The Sony A7C II will be launched during the month of September at a price of 2399 euros in black or silver. It will also be offered as a kit with a 28-70 mm (f / 4-5.6) lens at a price of 2699 euros. A grip will also be offered in France at a price of 179 euros.
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