It finally happened: We got our hands on the Sony A7s mirrorless camera. After blogging about this camera for about 6 months, it was about time that we got to demo Sony's front-runner in the mirrorless uprising. A compact body and able to output a 4K signal, this camera seems to be a filmmaker's dream come true for under $3K.
This camera is quite small in the hands. I will give a warning to big guys and Canon 5D users- it's puny in the hands. The overall size is about the size of an iPhone 6. But some will find this as a relief if they often have a hurt back from using large camcorders all day. I'm not one of those people. Coming from a Canon 70D, I take comfort in being able to manhandle my camera without fear of breaking or slipping out of my hands.
Buttons and dialed are top notch. I don't see these ever wearing out. They lack the plastic-y cheap feel that Canon dials fall victim to. The body is a mostly metal with a rubberized handgrip. The battery and SD card latches aren't remarkable but they don't feel cheap. My only complaint, and the complaint of many filmmakers: the Record button. It's flush against the rightside the of the camera where your index and thumb meet. I oftentimes couldn't do a no-look recording and would have to crane my head to the side to try and find the tiny button.
Not as terrible as our Vlog #16 makes them out to be but these batteries aren't the ones you're looking for. I used to work with a Sony a37 and the A7s uses the same baby batteries. These batteries just lack the robustness and longevity of camcorder batteries. I know this is an obvious statement but if I'm losing one battery per hour, then there's a problem. If I were to shoot a film with the A7s then I would consider a battery grip, external power bricks, or at least 5 batteries and chargers for the day.
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