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Sony A7 Real-World Samples and RAW File Download

We were recently at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City. There wasn't a whole lot of camera gear there we haven't already seen, but there were a couple of cameras worth noting. Besides the Olympus OM-D E-M1, we were excited to check out the Sony A7 and A7r. The display area for both cameras was packed, and it was hard to get a chance for a hands-on look. We had our sights set on checking out the new Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens too. We weren't able to grab an A7r, but we were able to look at the Sony A7 with the 55mm lens.

The Sony A7 is a world's first. It is the first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera to feature a full-frame image sensor. The A7 packs 24 megapixels, while the A7r boasts an impressive 36 megapixels. We currently have both cameras on order, and are hoping they will show up in early December. We anticipate this will be a limited early release, and the demand will be pretty high, so we won't have cameras in stock for very long. If you are interested in a pre-order to secure a camera for you, please give us a call at (802) 244-0883.

The A7 has a solid feel to it, and there are lot of external controls for manual manipulation. The camera is overall snappy and intuitive for the average advanced camera user. Sony must have heard of the complaints coming from NEX-7 users who were accidentally hitting the video record button. Sony moved this button to a better, safer position on the A7.

While at the PhotoPlus Expo we switched out the memory card in the A7 we were using for our own memory card. We were able to pop off a couple of shots within the convention center. The lighting wasn't great, and the images weren't thought through, but here are some real world samples straight from the camera. The camera was set to aperture priority, ISO 400, and the aperture was set to f/1.8. The image of the older gentlemen looking down was shot at 1/60 of a second, so there is definitely some shake. The others were 1/125 of a second and are more solid.

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These images are sized down to play nice on the website. They were actually all shot in RAW, so they've been converted. If you are interested in looking at a RAW file, you can download one here. It is a relatively big file, 25MB. You will need high-speed internet, or it might take you while to download. Please note that there is no 3rd-party software out there that will allow you to view the A7 RAW file, like Photoshop, etc.. You will need Sony's Image Data Converter. The Mac version can be found here, and the Windows here.

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