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Model Name: Sony Alpha ILCE-A7S 
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General
Model Number: A7S
Camera Format: Compact System Camera
Currently Manufactured: Yes
Retail Price: $2499.99
Street Price: $2,498.00
Date Available: 2014-07-08
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 17.9 oz (507 g)
includes batteries
Size: 5.0 x 3.7 x 1.9 in.
(127 x 94 x 48 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer: Sony
Effective Megapixels: 12.2
Sensor Format: 35mm
Sensor size: 847.28mm2 (35.60mm x 23.80mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 8.40 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 1.0x
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Built-in image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4240 x 2832 (12.0 MP, Other),
4240 x 2384 (10.1 MP, 16:9),
2768 x 1848 (5.1 MP, Other),
2768 x 1560 (4.3 MP, 16:9),
2128 x 1416 (3.0 MP, 3:2),
2128 x 1200 (2.6 MP, 16:9),
12416 x 1856 (23.0 MP, Other),
8192 x 1856 (15.2 MP, Other),
2160 x 5536 (12.0 MP, Other),
2160 x 3872 (8.4 MP, Other)
Image File Format: JPEG, RAW (14-bit ARW 2.3), RAW+JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 5.0
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (60p/60i/30p/24p)
1280x720 (120p/60p/60i/30p/24p)
1440x1080 (30p)
640x480 (30p)
Movie File Format: XAVC-S, AVCHD 2.0, MP4 with stereo sound
Composite Video Out: No
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: n/a
Video Usable as Viewfinder: n/a
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Sony E
Lens Thread: n/a
Lens Thread Type: n/a
Kit Lens: n/a
Focal Length (35mm equivalent):  
Zoom Ratio:  
Aperture Range:  
Normal Focus Range:  
Macro Focus Range:  
Optical Image Stablization: No
Digital Zoom: Yes
Digital Zoom Values: Up to 4x; 2x Clear Image Digital Zoom
Filter Thread: n/a
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: 25-point contrast-detect AF: Wide (25 points), Center-weighted, Flexible Spot (S/M/L), Zone
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: EVF
Viewfinder Type: EVF: 0.5-inch (1.30cm) 2.4M-dot XGA color OLED, 100% coverage, 0.71x magnification, -4.0 to +3.0 diopter
Focus Peaking: Yes
EVF Resolution In Pixels: 786432
EVF Resolution In Dots: 2359296
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: Yes
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 921,600 dots (307,200 px)
Touchscreen: No
Articulating Screen: Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: No
Max Playback Zoom: 13.3x
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 102400
Minimum ISO (native): 100
ISO Settings: Auto, 100 - 102,400, expandable to 50 - 409,600
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (4 settings), Flash, Custom, Color Temp./ Filter (2500-9900K with 15-step Magenta/Green compensation), Underwater
Shutter Speed Range: 30 - 1/8000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 5.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 1200-zone Evaluative Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Program, Aperture, Shutter, Manual (PASM) Modes: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur; Sweep Panorama; Picture Effect: Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R, G, B, Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft Highkey, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration; Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level (1-5)), Auto High Dynamic Range: Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1.0-6.0 EV, 1.0 EV step)
Self Timer: 2 or 10; 3/5 shots after 10 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):  
Flash
Built-in Flash: No
Flash Modes: Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Hi-speed Sync, Wireless; Red-eye reduction: On/Off
Flash Guide Number: n/a
Flash Range Description: n/a
Max Flash Sync: 1/250
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: Multi Interface Hot shoe
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: MS PRO Duo / SD / SDHC / SDXC
Dual Card Slots: No
Uncompressed Format: RAW (14-bit ARW 2.3), RAW+JPEG
CCD Raw Format: Yes
Movie File Format: XAVC-S, AVCHD 2.0, MP4 with stereo sound
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-fi: Yes
Built-In GPS: No
Bluetooth: No
NFC: Yes
Microphone Jack: Yes
Headphone Jack: Yes
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed,WiFi
PictBridge Compliant: No
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
Remote Control Type: Yes, via USB or Wi-Fi
Connections (extended): Micro HDMI (Type-D), Multi Micro USB connector, Stereo microphone jack (3.5mm), Stereo headphone jack (3.5mm)
Performance Timing
Cycle Time RAW Format (secs): 0.57
Buffer Size (Frames, RAW format): Unlimited
Cycle Time Max Res JPEG (secs): 0.53
Buffer Size (Frames, Max Res JPEG): Unlimited
Cycle Time Min Res (secs)  
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
Continuous Mode Rate (fps): 4.99
Continuous Mode, Buffer Depth (Frames, Max Res): 62
Multi-Burst Continuous Mode Rate (fps):  
Multi-Burst Continuous Mode, Buffer Depth (Frames, Max Res):  
Shutter Lag (auto focus) WIDE: 0.178
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.129
Shutter Lag (auto focus) TELE:  
Shutter Lag with Flash:  
Shutter Lag (prefocus): 0.024
Shutter Lag (continuous auto):  
Shutter Lag (notes): Full AF lag, Multi-area AF mode = 0.183s
Startup Time: 2.00
Shutdown Time:  
Play -> Record Time: 0.50
Record -> Play Max Res Time:  
Record -> Play Min Res Time:  
Download Speed (KB/sec):  
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary NP-FW50
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 2 x Proprietary NP-FW50 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (external or internal): Yes
External Charger Included: Yes
Internal Charging Supported: Yes
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View): 380
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF): 320
Software
Included Software:  
OS Compatibility:  
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: 720p (1,280 x 720 pixel) video can be recorded at 120fps with an APS-C sensor crop. Can't record 4K video internally, but can output uncompressed 3,840 x 2,160 pixel 4K video over the HDMI port for recording on an external device. Can also output uncompressed Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixel) video. Can shoot still images at 5.0 fps in Speed Priority Continuous mode, or 2.5 fps otherwise. Battery life figure of 380 shots is for LCD monitor. Using electronic viewfinder, battery life falls to 320 shots.

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