Today I had an opportunity to try out the new (ish) Sony a7 and a7r hosted by Sony Thailand and AV camera store at Sala Arun Hotel, across from Wat Arun in Bangkok.
I took my trusty Leica with me to do a few test but ended up using the a7 the whole time, trying to decipher the buttons and the menu.
There are plenty of reviews on the interweb so I won't do one on here but what I'd do is that to tell you that I could see the future of cameras by using this camera.
The small form factor and the quality of the image it can produce is astounding and between carrying a heavier set of DSLR equipment and this camera with its smaller lenses, I'd jump on the a7 in no time.
The wifi tethering worked well and I would love to have it during my shoot rather than spending 30,000 baht for a M multifunction handgrip so I can tether from my Leica to my computer (Leica's world = an expensive one)
So the a7 pricing is at 49,900 baht and 59,000 with a 24-70 f3.5-5.6 kit lens. The a7r is selling at 69,000 baht.
for the a7 price, you can possibly be looking at Canon 6D or Nikon D610 as the main full frame competitors.
And for the mirrorless competitors, you'll be looking at the brand new Fuji XT-1 and the Olympus om-d em1 .
So I'd buy it for: the form factor, full frame censor, wifi tethering and the vast amount of adapters for the non-sony lenses (any CA or anomalies can be dealt with an app on camera)
And I would not buy it because
- if you're a serious sport shooter, go get a DSLR
- pay less and go for a super fuji XT-1 :p
here are some of the photos I took with a7 in RAW and post process on LR5