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Sony A7 and A7R full-frame compact system cameras unvailed

Sony has announced a couple of new full-frame compact system cameras with E-mount cameras early this morning - the Sony A7 (Alpha 7) and Sony A7R (Alpha 7R).

Measuring just 126.9mm x 94.4mm x 48.2mm and weighing 465g the Sony a7R is one of the most feature rich cameras for its size and includes 4K photo output, NFC and Wi-Fi.

The Sony a7 is the mid-range offering with a 35mm full-frame 24.3 megapixel sensor in a compact shell that is the same size as the a7R although a touch heavier at 474g.

The Sony A7 and Sony A7R have a 2.4-million dot XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, as well as a 3-inch tilting non-touch LCD and a redesigned user interface.

The EVF is exceptionally bright, highly responsive, and displays a real-time view based on the settings, including depth of field. You can also enlarge an image within the EVF for focusing, and you can see where the full-frame image would be cropped if you’re using an APS-C lens.

The cameras are also highly customizable: available are nine buttons that you can assign up to 46 functions. For movie recording, the cameras have audio level control, live HDMI output for external viewing on a monitor, and Clear Image Zoom for close-up shots. Wi-Fi and NFC are built into both cameras, with support for Sony’s downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps that add additional functions like remote control and viewing from a smartphone, creative effects, etc.

The Sony A7R and Sony A7 will both go on sale in December, for $2,300 and $1,700 for body-only.

The third camera announced by Sony is a bridge camera called the Cyber-shot RX10. It packs a 20.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and the same new BIONZ X processor as the a7R and a7. The non-changeable lens is a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T 24-200mm (35mm equivalent) 8.3 x zoom lens. The Sony RX10 will also be available in December, for $1,300

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Sony 36.3 MP a7R Full-Frame Interchangeable Digital Lens Camera - Body Only
Sony 24.3 MP a7 Full-Frame Interchangeable Digital Lens Camera - Body Only
Sony DSCRX10 Cybershot 20.2 MP Digital Still Camera with 3-Inch LCD Screen

LCD Screen Size3 inches3 inches3 inches
Memory Card TypeMemory Stick ProMemory Stick ProMemory Stick Pro
Length5.94 inches5.94 inches7.24 inches
Height8.9 inches8.9 inches5.35 inches
Width6.22 inches6.22 inches6.38 inches
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