Sony A7C II review

Sony brings its most compact full frame photography camera up-to-date, but is it a little too much deja vu?

Sony A7C II digital camera
(Image: © Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Sony A7C II is a sum of parts we have already seen in other Sony cameras, and while it is an incremental upgrade over the original version, it packs in some very welcome big improvements to autofocus and a bump in resolution to 33MP. The camera still is one of the best options for content creators looking for the smallest and most compact camera, while still getting pro-level features. As with Sony’s other recent cameras, Sony has offered up the very best of its video capabilities, but the A7C II is also the body for hybrid creators who care just as much about stills photography, with its rangefinder-style EVF. Despite some improvement in the camera ergonomics, it is still a difficult camera to handhold with larger Sony lenses, which the inclusion of a full frame sensor suggests it is designed for.


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    Improved 33MP full frame sensor

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    Excellent autofocus

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    Compact size


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    Ergonomics still not great with larger lenses

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    Only one SD card slot

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Opening the box containing the new Sony A7C II was a real déjà vu moment, only a few weeks have passed since I was unwrapping the brand new Sony a6700 camera, and as I pulled the A7C II out of its case, it was an oddly familiar feeling. The Sony A7C II might well be a very similar design to that camera, except this time with a full frame sensor inside. 

The A7C was released two years ago as a compact form the of Sony A7 III, which was the closest camera at the time and was meant to be Sony’s new champion for content creators that wanted the most compact camera possible that was easy to travel with and fit into cages and rigs, while also offering full frame professional quality. 

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.