Sony A7 review

The Sony A7 first hit the scene five years ago, and it's STILL on sale. But is this first-generation Alpha still worth buying?

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Sony A7 (ILCE-7)
(Image: © Sony)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Our original review of the Sony A7 was enthusiastic but cautious. There weren’t many lenses and there were some handling quibbles, but it was an exciting new camera. Five years on, there are lots of new lenses and the handling has evolved but only a little, so – paradoxically – the A7 looks even better now than it did back then, and for one big reason. Price! This may not be the most modern or best-featured full frame camera any more, but at today’s prices, what you get for your money is just extraordinary. Let’s spell this out. The A7 is a well-made 24-megapixel full frame mirrorless camera that COSTS LESS than practically any current mid-range APS-C camera on the market.


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    Extraordinary value

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    Very good image quality

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    Compact body


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    No 4K video

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    No in-body stabilisation

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    Relatively low-spec screen and EVF

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The Sony A7 was launched back in late 2013, as the world’s first compact system camera with a full-frame sensor. Sony launched the 36MP A7R at the same time, but that model is no longer widely available, where the Sony A7 most definitely is.

Update: The original Sony A7 is now getting quite hard to find new, but its place has now been taken by the Sony A7 II, which is steadily falling in price and is a better camera with in-body stabilization. Read our Sony A7 II review.

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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