Sony has just split its small form-factor full-frame A7C series, now offering two lower-cost versions of higher-end cameras — much as it did with the ZV-E1 vlogging camera. The new models are the 33-megapixel A7C II (based on the A7 IV), and the 61-megapixel A7C R, a mini-me version of the A7R V. Both are nearly as powerful as the larger versions and offer key ergonomic updates, but lack a few features that pros may find essential.
Sony A7C R
We’ll start with the A7C R, since it’s an all-new model. It features a softer, grippier material along with a deeper handle. It also comes with an add-on grip that extends the length, giving you a place to put your pinky finger — a nice addition that unfortunately also makes the camera less compact.
Still, those are key improvements that address ergonomic issues I’ve noticed on past Sony models — particularly when using them for a long day of shooting. Sony also added a front dial so you can more easily adjust aperture/shutter speed/exposure compensation, along with a dedicated video/photo/S&Q dial. And of course, the A7C R weighs just 515 grams (18.2 ounces) compared to the A7R V’s 723 grams (25.5 ounces) and is nearly half the size. That makes it a better choice for street photography and more.
It has a flip-out one-million dot display and 2.36-million dot OLED electronic viewfinder with slightly improved .70X magnification over the A7C II. It also offers full in-body stabilization with 7.0 stops of compensation (depending on the lens) — a nice feature in such a small camera. Other features include mic/headphone ports, USB-C 3.2, a micro HDMI connector a and single UHS-II card slot. The latter feature is a show-stopper for many pros, as there’s no backup for potentially priceless photos.