Sony A7C review

The Sony A7C has a radically different look compared to other A7 models, but there’s a lot that’s very familiar inside

Sony A7C
(Image: © Rod Lawton/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Sony A7C's specifications are unambitious to say the least, particularly in terms of its video capabilities, but its practical performance, from its handy vari-angle screen to its excellent AF system, make it effective enough as a camera. We will leave it to you to decide if its two-tone design is appealing, but for us it does not have the quality ‘feel’ of the other A7 models. Does the Sony range and the full frame mirrorless camera market need this camera, though? It's not cheap, it's not pretty and its not even technically very advanced.


  • +

    Small(ish) body

  • +

    Excellent retracting lens

  • +

    Side-hinged vari-angle screen

  • +

    Autofocus performance


  • -

    Unambitious video specs

  • -

    Unappealing silver and black finish

  • -

    Not especially cheap

Why you can trust Digital Camera World Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out how we test.

The Sony A7C answers a burning question. What if you could have the full frame sensor of Sony’s A7 mirrorless cameras but in the more compact rangefinder-style body of the APS-C A6000 cameras? It looks like that's what you get, but things aren't always what they seem.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

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