The Sony a7c isn’t simply Sony’s most reasonably priced full-frame physique, it’s additionally the smallest. The rangefinder-style viewfinder presents a taking pictures expertise not like any others in Sony’s a7 collection. And but, the a7c hasn’t seen a complete lot of affection within the type of Sony a7c firmware.
The digicam has seen solely two firmware updates since its launch virtually two years in the past, and each updates focus solely on bug fixes and including video options. Experiences final yr claimed that the a7c manufacturing was halted, probably as a result of digicam being the extra reasonably priced and thus least worthwhile physique as provide chain points hit. Whereas we’d like to see a Sony a7c II, stories recommend the digicam received’t see a refresh on its second birthday this fall. Will the Sony a7c will see a Mark II this yr or in 2023? Or will Sony let the primary technology be the one a7c?
As we labored to make sure our Sony digicam critiques are up-to-date with the most recent firmware, I attempted out Sony’s Rangefinder and up to date the Sony a7c overview. Whereas the firmware adjustments little for nonetheless images, I up to date ideas all through on how the digicam now compares to the present lineup a yr and a half later, from ergonomics to autofocus. Whereas it’s Sony’s most reasonably priced full-frame possibility with out choosing an outdated physique, I’d nonetheless like to see a refresh for the tiny but lovely design. Most of the digicam’s negatives can’t be fastened with software program updates.
Sony’s Rangefinder design remains to be pretty distinctive amongst full-frame cameras, with a silver coloration possibility that makes the a7c look fairly completely different from the remainder of the E-mount lineup. I’d like to see Sony launch a Mark II of this digicam, each due to the small measurement and the completely different really feel of that off-to-the-side viewfinder. However, there are some things I believe any potential Sony a7c II (if it ever launches) would wish.
First issues first, the lacking joystick. I spend most of my time in single-point autofocus modes, and transferring the focus round and not using a joystick is a ache. Including a joystick can be a recreation changer to the ergonomics and shouldn’t take up a lot area. That is notably vital as a result of it doesn’t have the neatest autofocus system in Sony’s lineup.
The opposite factor lacking from the management scheme is the second dial on the entrance to have one dial for shutter pace and one other for aperture or ISO if utilizing a lens with a management wheel. I do know a number of photographers additionally received’t even think about a digicam that doesn’t have two SD card slots, however I’m undecided if Sony might handle to suit that in with out making the digicam bigger.
The opposite space Sony must replace is the autofocus. It’s not Sony’s greatest autofocus system although, however then once more I don’t anticipate the most cost effective a7-series digicam to have the perfect. However, if Sony waits greater than two years to replace the a7c, an autofocus replace will probably be much more vital. There have been a number of situations the place the attention AF missed that I believe different cameras would have completed higher with. What’s most disappointing is that the digicam doesn’t appear to focus as nicely on darkish colours.
Different areas like a greater stabilization system, a touchscreen, and enhanced dynamic vary are on the want record. However, realistically talking, if the Sony a7c goes to stay Sony’s most reasonably priced full-frame physique, there will probably be some compromises. As Sony’s most original physique, I hope the a7c doesn’t fall by the wayside and we see a Mark II quickly.