Sony has unveiled the two new additions to the A7C series. Like their predecessors, the duo are essentially the smaller versions of existing professional cameras. The new Sony A7C II is based on the A7 IV while the A7C R is completely new and is essentially a smaller A7R V.
First, let’s take a look at the all-new Sony A7C R. It is dressed in a softer yet grippier material with a deeper handle. It also has an added front dial so you can easily adjust settings like shutter speed, aperture, and more. In addition, there’s a dedicated dial for switching between photo, video, and S&Q.
Obviously, it’s lighter and smaller than the A7R V at only 515g (from 723g) and about half the size. There’s a flip-out 1 million dot display, so you can easily shoot from different angles and a 2.36 million dot OLED EVF.
Sony A7C R can shoot 61-megapixel RAM images at up to 8fps, with obviously a smaller buffer than the A7R V. On the upside, it has the same 693 AF points with 79% coverage and uses the same processor for similar burst-shooting performance and AI tracking.
Unfortunately, due to the thermal issues brought by the smaller body, it can’t do 8K video recording like the A7R V. Instead, you’re capped with 4K 60p full-frame video and an oversampled 6.2K resolution. Color selection includes S-Log3, S-gamut3 Cine, and S-Cinetone. It can also do 10-bit 4:2:2 sampled video and can record up to 120fps slow-mo at 1080p.
Sony also threw in a full in-body stabilization with 7.0 stops. Ports selection includes USB-C 3.2, mic/headphone jack, micro HDMI, and a single UHS-II card slot.
The Sony A7C R has a price of USD2,999 (~Php170,000) in the United States. It comes with an add-on grip extension in the box.
Meanwhile, the new Sony A7C II has a 33-megapixel sensor and the same specs already found on the A7 IV. Like the A7C R, it has an extra dial, better grip, improved EVF, and other similar features. Albeit, it lacks the add-on grip.
It does have a faster shooting speed of 10fps. Compared to the A7 IV, it has a faster and more advanced autofocus system thanks to a dedicated AI processor.
In terms of video, the A7C II is better than the A7C R as it can do full-frame 4K 30p videos with 7K oversampling. You also get S-Log3 and S-Cinetone with 10-bit 4:2:2 color sampling.
The Sony A7C II will be available in the United States for USD2,199 (~Php124,600). Release details in the Philippines should be announced soon.