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Sony Alpha a7S Full Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera

Abel Code: SO-ILCE-7S/B
Mfr. Code: ILCE-7S/B
The Sony Alpha a7S features a Full-Frame 35mm sensor for high sensitivity (ISO up to 409600) and 14 stops dynamic range for quality, low-light imagery. Shoot movies at up to 120fps at Full HD. It captures uncompressed 4:2:2 Full HD and outputs via HDMI.
Key Highlights
  • 12.2MP sensor optimized for low light
  • Compatible with E-mount lenses
  • High ISO & dynamic range

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The 12.2 MP Full-Frame 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor on the Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Camera offers 50x more surface area than conventional compact camera sensors. Capture sport stills on overcast days or shoot movies in low-light situations due to high sensitivity (ISO up to 409600) and ability to freeze motion at fast shutter speeds. You can output uncompressed 4:2:2 UHD 4K video to an optional external recorder. The sensor includes RGB color filter array and a gapless, on-chip lens design. This camera also offers the flexibility to add external audio and incorporate off-board video monitoring.


  • 35mm sensor with large pixels for high ISO and dynamic range
  • 12.2MP sensor optimized for low light video
  • Fast Intelligent AF in light as low as EV -4
  • Uncompressed 4:2:2 Full HD and 4K QFHD output via HDMI (requires compatible recorder)
  • 50Mbps XAVC S 1920x1080 at 60P, 1280x720 at 120P
  • A professional workflow with Picture Profile, S-Log2 and timecode
  • High contrast 2.4-million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF
  • Continuous Speed Priority shooting with a 5 fps rate (2.5 fps with continuous AF)
  • Audio level controls, AAC/Linear PCM, optional XLR kit
  • Compatible with Sony E-mount lenses and many others (adapter may be required)
  • Simple connectivity to smartphones via WiFi or NFC


The Sony a7S records using high bitrate AVCHD or XAVC S codec for post production editing of movies or choose MP4 to upload and share your work on social media. Create dramatic slow motion effects by capturing at up to 24p frame rates.

XAVC S is built from the XAVC format used by professional filmmakers and broadcasters. It uses intelligent data compressing for consumer-friendly editing and file sizes.

Shoot movies in APS-C crop mode which supports 120 fps HD (1280 x 720) resolution. You can playback movies captured at this frame rate at 24p to include 5x slow motion effects in your work.

High ISO settings permit you to record with natural light. Stills range from ISO 50 to 409600 while movies range from 100 to 409600.

Audio records via the AAC/Linear PCM format on the internal, stereo microphone or via an external microphone. There is also a built-in headphone jack for on-board monitoring.

HDMI Output & One-Touch Sharing

Simultaneously record video to on-board media or to an external, optional recorder in a variety of formats. Playback uncompressed formats of UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 4:2:2 color depth to a third-party recorder which is compatible.

HDMI Output includes:

  • 3840 x 2160 30p / 24p
  • 1920 x 1080 60p / 24p
  • 1920 x 1080 (60i), YCbCr 4:2:2 8-bit / RGB 8-bit

You can record internally to media cards then output your HDMI 1080p at 4:2:2 on external monitors and recorders without 4K inputs.

Using the PlayMemories App and One-Touch Remote, plus the built-in WiFi capabilities of the a7S, you can pair your smartphone or tablet to your Sony a7S camera. Here you can locate a list of compatible devices, plus the latest App for download, and view help files.

One-Touch Sharing offers you the ability to transfer your photos and videos from the camera.

The PlayMemories App helps you remotely control your camera with your NFC-enabled Android smartphone or tablet (for immediate use) or you can pair it manually. One touch connects your camera and smartphone or tablet. You can remotely activate recording, stand in your group selfie, transfer videos to your smartphone for sharing.

Image Processing, Setting & Color Adjustments

The BIONZ® X image processor Sony included in the Alpha a7S mirrorless camera delivers natural detail, realistic images with rich tonal gradation, plus lower noise when capturing both still photos or movies.

Sony's proprietary S-Log2 gamma setting helps with post production flexibility. A preset Picture Profile offers up to 14 stops of dynamic range so you can gather details in sunlight or deep shadow.

The a7S also includes PictureProfile modes which help you modify your movies prior to shooting. Choose to adjust:

Gradation - Black Level, Gamma, Black Gamma

Color - Color Mode, Intensity, Color Tone, Depth

Basic Color - Gamma, Color Mode

and much more. You can save the adjusted parameters by storing up to 7 profiles for later use.

In addition, the a7S offers focus peaking to aid with your manual focus needs, plus zebra markers to adjust overexposure.


An enhanced Fast Hybrid Autofocus (AF) on the Alpha a7S camera incoporates these features:

  • Phase-detection AF to bring a subject in focus
  • Contrast-Detection AF to fine tune your focus points
  • Spatial Object Detection to estimate the movement of your subject

Viewfinder & LCD Display Included

The 0.5" XGA OLED Tru-Finder included with this mirrorless camera is a digital EVF with 0.71x magnification ideal for eyelevel camera shots. Unlike optical viewfinders, the XGA OLED Tru-Finder permits composition of black and white photos, preview of exposure adjustments prior to recording/pressing the shutter. It also offers these benefits to enhance your capture abilities: 100% frame coverage, a wide viewing angle, display modes, a peaking function, plus focus magnification.

Hold the camera in high overhead shots or capture at a low-angle without losing the ability to live monitor your imagery. Sony's tilting LCD screen (upwards 90° and downwards 45°) delivers you that option for flexible camera positioning.

Professional Audio Overlay & Monitoring

Despite the handheld nature of the a7S camera, Sony has provided the ability to boost this camera into the professional sphere. You can monitor sound during movie recording or playback with the built-in 3.5mm headphone jack or you can track audio levels via an overlay on the LCD display with on-screen monitoring. You can also connect to external, professional microphones and audio mixers using an optional XLR terminal adapter kit. The overlay is also available inside the viewfinder. Audio is also benefited if you incorporate the compatible and optional Sony XLR-k1M XLR adapter to record balanced XLR audio signals with phantom power and adjustable mic or line input.

Durable & Lightweight Camera Body

Sony incorporated durability into this camera body by engineering sealing on buttons and dials, plus a protective double-layered body structure to tightly interlock panels and components. This makes the camera dust and moisture resistant, but you will require a rain cover in inclement weather.

The lightweight nature of the magnesium alloy body provides both long-term use comfort as well as portability. The a7S weighs 17.25 oz with the battery.

Timecode Supported

As you know, timecode helps speed up your editing workflow when syncing footage from multiple cameras. There are a few tricks which Sony included on the a7S to help your timecode process:

Record Run - advances timecode only while recording

Free Run - provides continuous timecode advancement

User Bit - adds identifying information like scene or take data alongside your timecode

Customize & Assign Buttons

Major camera functions will appear with Quick Navi Pro on the on-board LCD display screen. It helps you confirm settings or make adjustments without diving into countless menus to find your desired change. With button customization possibilities you can assign frequently used functions to the customizable buttons you choose.


The Sony a7S Mirrorless Camera is compatible with Final Cut Pro X and iMovie (Final Cut Pro, iMovie, and Mac® are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. The Mac logo is a trademark of Apple Inc.).

What's in the Box

  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • Accessory Shoe Cap
  • Body Cap
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Battery Charger (BC-TRW)
  • AC Adaptor (AC-UUD11)
  • Cable Protector
  • Rechargeable Battery (NP-FW50)
  • Sony Alpha a7S Full Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body)


Key Highlights

  • 12.2MP sensor optimized for low light
  • Compatible with E-mount lenses
  • High ISO & dynamic range
  • Intelligent & fast AF
  • Pair with smartphone & tablet via WiFI

Camera Lens System

Camera Lens Mount:
Sony a-mount - with optional LA-EA adapter


Color Temp Range:
G7 to M7 (57 steps), A7 to B7 (29 steps)
Gamma Modes:
Color Gamut:
Adobe RGB Standard - compatible with TRILUMINOS Color Movie: xvYCC standard (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS Color
sRGB Standard
sYCC Gamut

Inputs & Outputs

HDMI Output:
HDMI Type D Micro - BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV HD, 4K still image playback
Audio I/O:
Audio Input - 3.5 mm Stereo minijack
Audio Output - 3.5 mm Stereo minijack

Lens Characteristics

Lens Mount:


Monitor Type:
LCD - 3" TFT Screen (921,600 dots)


Power Input:
AC - External Power available via AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (sold separately)


Sound Level:
Audio Level Display: Yes
Audio Record Level: Yes


MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 - AVCHD / MP4 / XAVC S
System Frequency:
60Hz (NTSC) - XAVC S: 1920 x 1080 (60p/50 Mbps, 30p/50 Mbps, 24p/50 Mbps), 1280 x 720 (120p/50 Mbps)
Recording Format:
XAVC S - (up to 1920 x 1080/50p 28 Mbps)
Max Record Time:
Up to 29 Min 59 Sec
Bit Rate:

Sensor Specifics

Sensor Size:
Full Frame 35mm
Sensor Type:
CMOS - Exmor
Aspect Ratio:
Auto, 100-102400 (Extended Mode: 50-409600)
Sensor Dimensions:
35.8 x 23.9 mm

Software / Apps / Plugins

Software Options:
PC Requirements:
Mac - OS X 10.6 or later
Windows - Vista (SP2), 7 (SP1), 8


EVF Screen Type:
EVF Display Size:
Up to 3.0" - Approx. 0.5"
EVF Imagery:
Approx. 0.78x


Video Output Types:
HD 4:2:2
# Media Slots:
1 - Multi-card reader for Memory Stick Duo/SD memory cards
Media Cards:
SDHC - UHS-I compliant
SDXC - UHS-I compliant
Memory Stick - XC-HG Duo
WiFi Interface:
Camera Weight (Body):
Under 2.5lbs - Approx. 15.73oz (body only); Approx. 17.25 oz with battery and media included
Camera Options:
Camera Body Only
Camera Features:
Assignable Buttons - 10 programmable buttons for settings or controls
White Balance - Auto WB / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight) / Flash / Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & Color Filter (G7 to M7: 57 steps, A7 to B7: 15 steps) / Custom / Underwater
Headphone Jack - 3.5 mm Stereo minijack
On-Camera Controls
LCD / Monitor
Remote Control (WiFi) - Downloadable Camera Apps, NFC One-touch functionality, Wi-Fi®
Remote Control (App)
Flash - Modes: Flash off, Auto, Fill-in, Hi-Speed Sync, Rear Sync, Red-eye Reduction (on/off selectable), Slow Sync, Wireless
Time Lapse
Imaging Processor:
Silent Shooting:
World Clock:
Clock Function Setting - Yes
1200-zone evaluative metering
Methods - Center-weighted average metering, Multiple, Spot metering
Range - EV -3.0 - EV 20.0
Shutter Speed Range:
Movies - 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps) up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode)
Still Images - 1/8000 to 30 sec
Exposure Mode:
Aperture Priority (A)
Intelligent Auto (iAUTO)
Manual (M)
Programmed AE (P)
Scene Selection
Shutter-speed Priority (S)
Superior Auto
Sweep Panorama
Camera Focus Settings:
AF Mode - Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus
Focus Area - Wide (25 points) / Center-weighted / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Zone
Focus Sensitivity Range - EV -4 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Camera Autofocus:
Yes - Autofocus Points: Contrast Detection: 25
Still Photo Output Type:
Sony ARW 2.3 format (RAW)
Shutter Type:
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Electronic & Mechanical
Drive Modes:
3/5 exposures (selectable)
Bracketing (Cont., Single, White Balance, DRO)
Continuous shooting - Up to 5 fps (in Speed Priority Continuous Shooting mode)
Self-timer (10 or 2 second delay selectable)
Single Shooting
Speed Priority Continuous shooting
Speed Priority Continuous shooting
Continuous Shooting:
Continuous mode:max. 2.5 fps
Speed Priority Continuous shooting: max. 5 fps


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8.976 in
2.5 lb
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