New Full Frame Mirrorless from Sony

Sony has announced the A7 and A7R – the world’s first consumer-oriented full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. Externally, the two bodies are nearly identical with all the differences internal. The A7R holds a 36 megapixel sensor and no optical low-pass filter, while the less expensive A7 has a 24 megapixel sensor with a low-pass filter and on-chip phase detection.

Both bodies are designed around the Sony NEX E-mount, although new ‘FE’ lenses are needed to take advantage of the larger sensor. They also feature a new processor, 3-inch LCD, Wi-Fi connectivity, and 60p video recording.

Existing lenses for Sony’s NEX range of APS-C mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras will work, although the scene will be cropped. Sony Alpha lenses can also be mounted via either the LA-EA3 or LA-EA4, the latter of which includes SLT autofocus technology.

The A7 will be sold in a body-only kit for $1699 or with a new 28-70 F3.5-5.6 OSS lens for $1999. The A7R is not bundled with a lens, and is priced at $2299. Both cameras are expected to ship in December.

A7R Mirrorless Digital Camera

  • 36.4MP Full Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • Gapless On-Chip Lens Design
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Direct Compatibility with E-mount Lenses
  • 3.0″ Tiltable TFT LCD with 1,229K-Dots
  • 2.4M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full 1080/60p Video with Remote Capture
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Multi-Interface Shoe and Built-in Flash

A7 Mirrorless Digital Camera

  • 24.3MP Full Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Direct Compatibility with E-mount Lenses
  • 3.0″ Tiltable TFT LCD with 1,229K-Dots
  • 2.4M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full 1080/60p with Uncompressed Output
  • Fast Hybrid Autofocus; 5 fps Burst Rate
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Multi-Interface Shoe and Built-In Flash
  • Direct Access Interface

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