REVIEW: Sony A7 & A7R Experts’ First Impressions, Hands-Ons 0

And it’s official! The rumors are indeed true as Sony announced the world’s smallest and first full frame mirrorless cameras: the Sony A7 and A7R.

Read the key features and some of the early verdicts below.

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For those who love to see the specs, here are some of the highlight features of both cameras:

Sony A7:

  • 24.3MP Full Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Direct Compatibility with E-mount Lenses
  • 3.0″ Tiltable TFT LCD with 1,229K-Dots
  • 2.4M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full 1080/60p with Uncompressed Output
  • Fast Hybrid Autofocus; 5 fps Burst Rate
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Multi-Interface Shoe and Built-In Flash
  • Direct Access Interface

Sony A7R:

  • 36.3MP Full Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • Gapless On-Chip Lens Design
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Direct Compatibility with E-mount Lenses
  • 3.0″ Tiltable TFT LCD with 1,229K-Dots
  • 2.4M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full 1080/60p Video with Remote Capture
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Multi-Interface Shoe and Built-in Flash

Here are some of the experts’ first hands-on impressions of the new Sony Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R:

Steve Huff of Steve Huff Photos:

“I have had the chance to hold them, see them, feel them and SHOOT with them for just a few minutes (but only in my home). WOW is all I can say. Every year Sony comes out and surprises me in my home. This is the third year and for the first time in those three years my heart skipped a beat when they pulled this one out of the bag. Why? Because I knew what it was and what it meant for camera enthusiasts worldwide.”

Jeff Keller of Digital Photography Review:

“Both Alpha cameras (the 7 and 7R) share the same simplistic, rugged design that makes them look like children’s toys (or much older film cameras from Eastern Europe) next to traditional full-frame DSLRs. Thankfully, Sony hasn’t compromised on ergonomics, making the cameras easy to hold and operate. The feature set is incredibly full, for both still photographers and video enthusiasts. The cameras we’ve used are pre-production, but they are responsive and generally a pleasure to use, though they certainly aren’t made for stealth, as both have a rather noisy shutter.”

Roger Slavens of Imaging Resource:

“The two cameras are very closely-related, with the Sony A7R being the higher-resolution of the two models — and we do mean high-res. While its sibling isn’t exactly a slouch in terms of resolution, the 36.4-megapixel Sony A7R matches Nikon’s impressive D800 and D800E for pure sensor resolution, yet with a much smaller, mirrorless body. It does have some disadvantages compared to the lower-res (still 24.3-megapixel!) A7 in other areas, though. If shooting performance is more important to you than resolution, you’ll want to take a look at the Sony A7 instead.”

Lexy Savides of CNET Australia:

“This is the camera that will well and truly shake up the market. Sony’s A7 is a full-frame interchangeable lens camera with all the features of an expensive SLR without the hefty price tag.”

Chris Niccolls of the Camera Store TV:

You can now pre-order the Sony A7 forĀ $1,698.00 and Sony A7R forĀ $2,298.00 at B&H Photo.