Sony A7C II vs A7C: has Sony made a worthy successor?

Sony A7C II vs A7C
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The Sony A7C II, and its companion camera the A7CR, are like second-generation versions of Sony’s original A7C. While the A7CR is a high-resolution stills camera, the A7C II is more of an all-rounder, aimed both at stills photographers and filmmakers.

The handling of Sony’s compact rangefinder-style A7C models may not be to everyone’s taste but, when paired up with some of Sony’s more compact lenses, they do make a very portable camera setup. It’s true that many of the best Sony lenses are quite large and can feel unbalanced on smaller cameras like these, Sony does also make some very neat little primes these days, like the rather good Sony FE 40mm f/2.5 G, not to mention the compact Sony FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 kit zoom. 

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at