From the top, you can see a castor of an exposure control (it can change with control of a diaphragm). The castor is angular, it is located low and drowned in the camera. It is “blindly” inconvenient to use it.
Attention — on the pen you can see the button with a red point — it is the button of video shooting. The layout of the button seemed to me absurd. In fact, if you hold the camera as it is necessary, the palm can close the button. To begin shooting, it is necessary to take away a hand from the camera. And also the hand needs to be taken away to stop record. The button is drowned in the casing that on the one hand it is good — there are no stray keystrokes, and on the other hand retaining the camera on inconvenient method and to press the button a finger is not so great.
Very accurately and with a characteristic sound opens the bay for memory sticks. Just as on reflex cameras. On such trifles you can feel the quality of manufacture.
This camera is specific “vacuum cleaner”. Pay attention to an elastic band of the view-finder and the edge of the LCD screen. The camera is almost new, and there is a lot of dust on it.
The LCD screen is easily soiled, as well as at all Sony that I saw.
The button of AF/MF allows to be focused in the mode of manual focus on the Sony 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 oss lens (there is no switch). The lens in general is quite good and the fan can manage this lens at first.
One thing baffles me in such lenses, it is the electronic viewfinder. I was assured that here in this camera EVF completely replaces an optical viewfinder, it has a big permission and it allows to superimpose additional information on the image.
But, unfortunately, or fortunately, I not finally went blind and I see a heap of separate pixels on EVF which irritate me. It seems to me that than less than electronic “stubs” between our eye and a plot — the better. I almost never use information which is output in the view-finder and on the reflex camera, and here it isn’t necessary to me and even less . And if there is a wish to shoot from Focus Peaking (illumination of areas in focus), it is much more convenient to look at the big LCD screen, than in a tiny defective peephole.
It is interesting that the overhang on the upper part of the camera imitates a pentaprizm of reflex cameras, i.e. in fact it imitates the appearance of the camera with an optical viewfinder. Instead of an optical viewfinder it would be possible to deliver a wipe to the LDC screen that didn’t “stick together” on a bright sun and to get rid of an overhang simulator. And that one disappointment and overall dimensions could be less.
The big castor on back face of the camera allows to scroll frames during viewing, to regulate ISO when shooting and also it is a joy stick. The joy stick allows to move on a photo when viewing a picture, and also to use the buttons regulating amount of information on the display (DISP) shooting modes and balance of white (WB).
The camera also has the C2 button on back face, when clicking on which you pass into a browse mode and the photo increases to 100% of the size. It much also doesn’t allow to estimate plainly neither sharpness, nor composition. In a picture there is a navigator of scale which allows to understand at least, which fragment is increased. Usually you start reducing directly scale an adjacent castor (to the right of the C2 button) to evaluate composition. It is extremely inconvenient and I didn’t understand, whether it is possible to change this sequence of actions.
The camera is very gluttonous to batteries. I will be not the first who noted it, but it is surprising that some observers didn’t write about it. Perhaps they didn’t use this camera. I walked with the camera in museums. As a rule, until the end of viewing of the museum the camera didn’t hold out. If I forgot to put it on charging, as a rule, it was dead almost right after the beginning of shooting.
I.e. so it is desirable to buy some additional batteries.
The second strange and unpleasant moment connected to a power of the camera — charging of the battery is supposed via the camera. I.e. instead of throwing charging with the inserted battery somewhere to itself under feet, you are stimulated to hold the camera at yourself on the desktop.
As a result the standard zoom became a wide-angle and Sony 70-200mm f/4 g oss became a portrait lens.
Shall tell that Sony 70-200mm f/4 g oss is a good lens. It is qualitatively made, like “white” L-lenses Canon.
Its main minus — weight. On overall dimensions are less than Canon analogs, and it is close to weight. To take the facilitated camera and heavy lens… I think that many will prefer to use simpler and principal easy lenses like a standard zoom.
Operation on high ISO
The camera works very decently on high ISO. Sony sensor significantly exceeds Canon sensor.
But the special impression is caused by pictures if you forget to disconnect sharping which the camera includes in the RAW converter when opening RAW. If to disconnect them, the delight already becomes moderate, and it is quite visible.
Sony A7 sensor resolution
This point wasn’t prime in my mini-test. First, resolution of Sony A7 sensor is very close to the modern Canon cameras (at that time it was 22 Mpx). Secondly, the sensor is executed on technology with addition in the form of Filter Low-pass so to wait for something special it wasn’t necessary.
Nevertheless I put ISO and shot with studio flashout which allows to receive enough light and to minimize thus noise, and to bring resolution to a maximum.
On my feelings the lens resolves this matrix on F4. It was strongly inconvenient to shoot with flash-out just because of the electronic viewfinder which imitates installations on the camera, but doesn’t show the picture as I see.
In reflex cameras there is a function which disconnects this noise, and I didn’t find it in Sony A7. Thus I had to make a heap of pictures to achieve good focus in the eyes.
— the full frame allowing to find a good wide angle lens both native, and third-party
— good operation of the camera on high ISO.
— the existence of the Focus Peaking function and a short working segment allowing to use lenses with manual focus in the pleasure.
— existence of a qualitative portrait zoom
— gluttony of the batteries (if you go on the date of shootings — take with yourself 4 batteries) and a charging method by default
— the lenses shall be light for small camera . Here I will appear in favor of easy lenses to the detriment of construct.
— expensive firm accessories and lenses. Sony 70-200mm f/4 g oss was ordered by me for 1290 USD
— feeble auto-focus. It isn’t strongly actual for me since I use manual one, but this auto-focus is worse, than at Canon 5D Mark II
— awful ergonomics. The descent button and the button of video record is especially inconvenient
— I didn’t understand the panoramic mode at all. I would call the button of the panoramic mode “to kill a lock”. The “remarkable” mode to worsen a lock status quickly. Whether there is in the camera a mode of a silent panorama I didn’t understand.
That as a result. For the fan, especially if to shoot in the dark it is remarkable camera. I made some pictures and you can “draw out” them with pleasure in the RAW converter. But it is good of such habit to get rid and where it is possible to highlight dark places.
For the landscape photographer and the photographer of architecture it is remarkable camera. I put it on a tripod, it was focused and I shoot some pictures. Facilitation of operation at the expense of rather small weight of the camera. It is possible also for a shadow to pull plus from the same frame and to make fake HDR.
For the reporting it is not really convenient camera. I.e. it is possible to make some pictures, but in general the auto-focus leaves much to be desired.
As a result we have the camera, disputable by the efficiency. On the one hand it has very interesting sensor, and with another — scandalous defects on ergonomics which suggest an idea: “but whether not to wait version 2?”.
Anyway the camera Sony A7 will please the owner.