Sony A7c review – who is this camera for?

The Sony A7c is one of the smallest full frame cameras on the market. Its dimensions and weight are a huge advantage, but at the same time can be a real curse. Therefore, let’s try to think – who is this camera for?

This will not be a classic review

The Sony A7c has been in the market for quite some time and has been tested on the internet from every possible angle. Therefore, instead of detailed photo analysis, which is really a lot on the web, we will focus on the overall user experience. Because it is a key feature of this model.

I have been using the camera for over a month. For which I have Sony to thank. I should be using the Sony A7 III as intended, but due to store delivery delays, the company saved me with a test sample. I use the camera with the private Sigma 24-70mm F/2.8 Art lens, the Sony 14mm F/1.8 GM test and recently the Sony 70-200mm F/2.8 GM II.

Sony A7c component design and layout

The Sony A7c is closed in a metal casing with rubber inserts and plastic plugs for sockets and ports. The camera is not difficult to compare with the Sony A7 III. The two models are almost identical in terms of photo quality, but also have a lot of similarities in terms of visuals.

The button layout is also very similar, except the A7c has slightly fewer. At the top, there’s a shutter button surrounded by a slider switch, a mode dial, an exposure button, and a button that starts video recording. The rollers are not locked and the exposure wheel in particular sometimes likes to turn during transport. Compared to the A7 III, there are two shortcut buttons and an additional button on the handle in the front part of the case.

There’s another button on the rear panel, for example to change the shutter release time and a set of buttons similar to that of the A7 III. The D-Pad is surrounded by a rotating ring, but there’s not enough space for the focus stick here.

The set is well done. The structure is additionally sealed, which allows you to easily use the A7c in more difficult conditions.

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Viewfinder and rotating screen. Menu… well, like at Sony

The viewfinder of the Sony A7c, as in the A6000 series, has been moved to the left edge. Despite its small size, it is comfortable and I had no problems using it from the start. Although people who use glasses on a daily basis may have a problem with this. The image is of good quality and bright, but has a very average magnification.

The screen, unlike the aforementioned A7 III, is rotated and not tilted. I don’t think you need to convince anyone that this is a much more practical solution. Not only when recording videos, but it’s generally much better used than the tilting screen.

The display is of good quality. Colorful, contrasting, and its brightness is more than enough for use even in a sunny environment. You can see, however, that this isn’t a top-of-the-line display and somewhat lacks the best competition.

The more I use Sony cameras, the more I get used to their menu. But this remains an element that should be reviewed in depth. Sometimes it can take a few minutes to find an option. After all, it is logical that the shooting settings are divided into two tabs, of which in the second they were mixed with the shooting settings. Truth? The A7c also doesn’t help that the camera is basically devoid of almost any extra buttons you could assign to the most frequently used functions.

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The Sony A7c’s small dimensions are its biggest plus and minus

Many people will say that the Sony A7c looks like a mirrorless camera. It is tiny and very light. It is very easy to put it in a bag, backpack or even a bigger jacket or trouser pocket. Combined with a compact lens, it will be the perfect travel camera. Both when we talk about photographing and recording movies. At the same time, it is discreet and discreet. But…

They all change when we are not using a compact lens. This is where the stairs begin. The Sigma 24-70mm F/2.8 Art is a piece of a lens and using the Sony A7c with it isn’t so rosy. The handle immediately becomes too small. If someone has bigger, thicker fingers, they will bump into the lens all the time. This, in turn, pulls the whole structure forward, so we have to squeeze our hands on the handle and the whole thing feels a lot heavier than it actually is. Shooting is more tiring because your hand has to be more outstretched than when holding a larger camera.

It’s all a matter of habit. I happened to spend almost an entire day with the camera in hand with the mentioned Sigma or Sony 70-200mm F/2.8 GM II and it was easy to experience it. But I must admit it was much more tiring than with bigger and heavier cameras.

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The Sony A7c has very good autofocus, but with limited usage options

In the Sony A7c we will not find a joystick to control the focus. Which could have been the result of the reduction in construction. We have a touch focus that can be adjusted on the touchscreen, but we can no longer use it as a touchpad. Which would be daredevil anyway, because if the right eye (of a person left side however, they are in the minority), even touching the open screen is difficult.

Therefore, if we want to move the focus point manually, we have to do it by pointing at the point with a key or moving it with the d-pad. Which is less accurate and takes a little longer. As an option, as in the A9 series, we can recall a previously saved AF point.

You can’t have any reservations about how the autofocus works. We find here the same mechanism as in the Sony A7 III and we can fall in love with it after a few minutes. The autofocus works perfectly. I took a lot of photos with the A7c. Small and large devices, people, animals, standing and moving cars. The autofocus is awesome. Single, wide, zone, continuous with moving objects, on the face, the eye of a human, a cat, a bird… We could talk about this for a long time, so let’s write that autofocus is one of the biggest advantages of the Sony A7c and it’s one of the main reasons why it’s worth buying.

Sony A7c in practice, i.e. on which photos did it work?

Well… everyone? The Sony A7c has been with me almost all the time for the past few weeks and I’ve taken lots of photos with it in a variety of conditions. These were photos of firsts and presentations of devices:

Photos of cars in our reviews:

Cars at shows and previews:

Pictures of tested devices:

Do all kinds of private entertainment:

Overall, the Sony A7c is great for all kinds of photography and it does it very well. I’ve never had problems with overdone white balance, the image stabilization works very well, and when shooting in more difficult conditions, you can get out without much loss of quality from ISO to 6400 I have already mentioned a super autofocus.

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Before concluding, let’s congratulate the Sony A7c battery

The Sony A7c is powered by a 2280mAh NP-FZ100 battery. Sony assures that it allows you to take 680 photos with the viewfinder and 740 with the screen. Those are pretty good numbers and I have to admit I haven’t checked them well, but I’ve never had a problem with a dead battery.

I will even say more, the Sony A7c battery is lazy, because having, for example, 3-4 events one after another, or day after day, knowing that I will take dozens of photos on each of them, I don’t haven’t even started charging the battery. There was no such need. And even if it appeared, it would be enough to connect the camera to the power bank during the trip, because it can be charged via the USB-C port.

The Sony A7c is a great camera, but it’s not for everyone

I wondered for a long time who the Sony A7c was intended for. On the one hand, we have very good photo quality here, almost on par with the Sony A7 III. This makes it suitable for at least semi-professional applications. But the ergonomics of use contradicts this.

The Sony A7c is too small to use with larger lenses. If you film a lot in motion, you will quickly feel that your body is too small. Therefore, the camera will be perfect for people who use it on the go, with smaller lenses. Or when you film a lot with a tripod. Then its dimensions will not be the slightest problem. The more advanced can also complain about a smaller number of buttons with the possibility of assigning them various shortcuts.

And here I have a problem. Because the capabilities of the Sony A7c far exceed the requirements of a complete hobbyist, who will also be deterred by the price, which is currently PLN 10,699. Professionals, on the other hand, can be put off by housing that is too cramped. All in all, we have some really good material that’s hard not to recommend, but I feel like a large group of recipients will have to compromise with it.

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