Sony A7 review: Is the best full-frame mirrorless camera also the most affordable?


posted Friday, April 18, 2014 at 1:25 PM EST


The cat's out of the bag: When we published our A7R review last December, it was pretty obvious that its sibling, the Sony A7, would also be well-received. The two full-frame, fully-featured mirrorless cameras share so much, after all. Both cameras' high placement in our 2013 Camera of the Year awards served to reconfirm it.

With that being the case, we went into our review not so much trying to decide whether the A7 was a good camera, as trying to decide which was better: the Sony A7 or the Sony A7R? Predominantly, the differences between the two come down to image quality (and especially resolution), autofocus, and performance.

Deciding which of the two cameras we preferred was much harder than expected: These are both great photographic tools, and choosing sides between them is a very personal thing. But if you've been sitting on the fence, we have some good news: The Sony A7 may well be the best full-frame mirrorless camera yet -- not to mention the most affordable.

But is it right for you? The answer to that question will depend largely on your shooting style. Read our Sony A7 review, and let our experience guide you on the path to your own decision! Want a head-to-head matchup of the A7 and A7R instead? Then head over to our comparison review.