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Model Name: Sony Alpha ILCE-A7 
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Manufacturer URL: Manufacturer website
Predecessor:  
Successor: Sony A7 II
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General
Model Number: A7
Camera Format: Compact System Camera
Currently Manufactured: Yes
Retail Price: $1999.99
Street Price: $1,298.00
Date Available: 2013-12-07
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 27.1 oz (769 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
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: 24.3
Sensor Format: 35mm
Sensor size: 855.62mm2 (35.80mm x 23.90mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 5.97 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: Yes
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 6000 x 4000 (24.0 MP, 3:2),
3936 x 2624 (10.3 MP, 3:2),
3008 x 2000 (6.0 MP, 3:2),
3936 x 2624 (10.3 MP, 3:2),
3008 x 2000 (6.0 MP, 3:2),
1968 x 1312 (2.6 MP, 3:2),
6000 x 3376 (20.3 MP, 16:9),
3936 x 2216 (8.7 MP, 16:9),
3008 x 1688 (5.1 MP, Other),
3936 x 2216 (8.7 MP, 16:9),
3008 x 1688 (5.1 MP, Other),
1968 x 1112 (2.2 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(28Mbps)/60i(24/17Mbps)/24p(24/17Mbps))
1440x1080 (30p(12Mbps))
640x480 (30p(3Mbps))
Movie File Format: AVCHD 2.0 / MP4; Audio: Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, stereo
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: 55mm
Lens Thread Type: n/a
Kit Lens: Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS SEL2870
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 28 - 70 mm
Zoom Ratio: 2.50x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 - f/22 (wide) / f/5.6 - f/36 (tele); 7 diaphragm blades (circular)
Normal Focus Range: 40 cm to Infinity
15.7 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Optical Image Stablization: Yes
Digital Zoom: Yes
Digital Zoom Values: Up to 4x; up to 2x Clear Image Digital Zoom
Filter Thread: 55mm
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Fast Hybrid AF (Phase-detect + Contrast-detect AF): 117 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF); Multi Point (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: 18.8x
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 25600
Minimum ISO (native): 100
ISO Settings: Auto (100-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600; Low extention to ISO 50; up to 51200 in MFNR mode
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; HDR: Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 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: AVCHD 2.0 / MP4; Audio: Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, stereo
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: Optional via RM-VPR1, USB or Wi-Fi
Connections (extended): Multi-Terminal Micro USB (with remote support), Type-D Micro HDMI, Microphone and Headphone jacks
Performance Timing
Cycle Time RAW Format (secs): 0.79
Buffer Size (Frames, RAW format): Unlimited
Cycle Time Max Res JPEG (secs): 0.67
Buffer Size (Frames, Max Res JPEG): Unlimited
Cycle Time Min Res (secs)  
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
Continuous Mode Rate (fps): 5.00
Continuous Mode, Buffer Depth (Frames, Max Res): 50
Multi-Burst Continuous Mode Rate (fps):  
Multi-Burst Continuous Mode, Buffer Depth (Frames, Max Res):  
Shutter Lag (auto focus) WIDE: 0.227
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.132
Shutter Lag (auto focus) TELE:  
Shutter Lag with Flash:  
Shutter Lag (prefocus): 0.023
Shutter Lag (continuous auto):  
Shutter Lag (notes): Full AF shutter lag, Multi-area AF mode = 0.230s
Startup Time: 2.10
Shutdown Time:  
Play -> Record Time: 0.70
Record -> Play Max Res Time:  
Record -> Play Min Res Time:  
Download Speed (KB/sec): 23,628
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary
Usable Battery Types: NP-FW50 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary NP-FW50 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (external or internal): Yes
External Charger Included: No
Internal Charging Supported: Yes
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View): 340
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF): 270
Software
Included Software: Image Data Converter 4, PlayMemories Home
OS Compatibility: Windows Vista/7/8; Mac OS X 10.6 or later. (PlayMemories Home is Windows only.)
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: World's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens full-frame camera (along with Sony A7R); Fast Hybrid AF; Compatible with Sony's E-mount lens system and new full-frame lenses.

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