Once in a while, something comes along, and things start making more sense.
I have been a mirrorless user for a while now, starting with micro four thirds cameras, Olympus and Panasonic, to the Fuji Xt series, and also with Sony a7 and Leica M cameras.
The main reason for me to go mirrorless was mainly the size (more or less the weight). It is so easy to pack one or two mirrorless bodies with a selection of 3 or 4 lenses, in a bog that would only carry one SLR body with one lens.
I have been using so Olympus and Sony a7 cameras for all sort of assignments, on location and studio, anytime of the day, using ambient of flash.
The Sony a7 series is so good I actually have the a7, a7r, a7s, a7 Mark II and a7r Mark II.. Lenses are mainly Leica M lenses using Metabone adapters.
Rather than climbing the Mark numbers, Sony has just released a new camera, designed from the ground up, with the pluses from the a7 series and without the minuses.
A new sensor with all sort of new goodies.
The layout of buttons has been vastly improved and locations are more natural to access (video recording button).
One particular dedicated button that I find useless is the exposure compensation dial. Especially when there are the front and rear dials that could be set to do this.
Anyway, it’s just my personal preference.
Specs as follow:
Actual: 28.3 Megapixel
Effective: 24.2 Megapixel
24 MP: 6000 x 4000
Sensor Type / Size
CMOS, 35.6 x 23.8 mm
Still Images: JPEG, RAW Movies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MP4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC S Audio: AAC LC, AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM
Dust Reduction System
Memory Card Type
Memory Stick Duo
3840 x 2160p at 24, 25, 30 fps (100 Mbps XAVC S)
3840 x 2160p at 24, 25, 30 fps (60 Mbps XAVC S)
1920 x 1080p at 100, 120 fps (100 Mbps XAVC S)
1920 x 1080p at 100, 120 fps (60 Mbps XAVC S)
1920 x 1080p at 24, 25, 30, 50, 60 fps (50 Mbps XAVC S)
1920 x 1080p at 50, 60 fps (28 Mbps AVCHD)
1920 x 1080i at 50, 60 fps (24 Mbps AVCHD)
1920 x 1080i at 50, 60 fps (17 Mbps AVCHD)
1920 x 1080p at 24, 25 fps (24 Mbps AVCHD)
1920 x 1080p at 24, 25 fps (17 Mbps AVCHD)
1920 x 1080p at 50, 60 fps (28 Mbps MP4)
1920 x 1080p at 25, 30 fps (16 Mbps MP4)
1280 x 720p at 25, 30 fps (6 Mbps MP4)
Video Clip Length
Not specified by manufacturer
Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Optional External Mic: With Video)
Auto & Manual
Continuous-Servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Phase Detection: 693
Contrast Detection: 25
Viewfinder Pixel Count
Viewfinder Eye Point
-4 to +3 m
3″ Rear Touchscreen Tilting LCD (1,440,000)
Auto, 100-51200 (Extended Mode: 50-204800)
Speed: 30 – 1/8000 Second , Bulb Mode
Speed: 30 – 1/32000 Second in Bulb Mode
Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering, Spot Metering, Highlight Weighted
Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Metering Range: EV -3.0 – EV 20.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV Steps)