Sony Alpha a7

The Sony Alpha a7 Mirrorless Digital Camera is one of the most advanced mirrorless camera that Sony has ever produced. The a7 is the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera and comes in two varieties: the a7 (with a 24.3 MP sensor) and the a7R (with a 36.4 million pixel sensor and no optical low-pass filter).

The Sony a7 (also named ILCE-7 in Europe) is the world’s first 35 mm full-frame compact system camera and incorporates a full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor into an E-mount magnesium-alloy body. The 24.3 MP full frame 35.8 x 23.9 sensor captures low-noise, high-resolution images with rich tonal gradation. The new BIONZ X image processor is also present on this camera, and offers the reproducing of textures and details in real time via extra high-speed processing capabilities. The front-end LSI (large scale integration) accelerates the earliest processing stages and enables more natural details and more realistic images.

The Sony a7 comes with an enhanced Hybrid Autofocus system that combines an 117-point phase-detection AF system with a 25-point contrast-detection system. The a7 can record Full HD 1080 video with 24p/60i/60p frame rates in AVCHD or MP4 codecs.

The Sony a7 also features a 3.0″ tiltable XtraFine LCD with 1.23 M-dot resolution and a high-contrast 2.4 M OLED electronic viewfinder that provides 100% coverage and that has the same 3-lens optical system used at Sony a99 DSLR.

Sony a7 ILCE-7

Sony a7


Sony a7 specs:

  • Sensor: 35mm full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm) Exmor CMOS sensor, 24.3 Megapixels
  • Lens compatibility: Sony E-mount lenses
  • Recording format: Still image – JPEG, RAW; Movie – AVCHD, MP4
  • Storage media: Memory Stick PRO DUO/PRO-HG DUO/XCX-HG DUO; SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100-25600
  • Viewfinder: XGA OLED 0.5 type electronic viewfinder, 100% coverage
  • Microphone: Built-in, monaural
  • Interface: HDMI Type D micro connector, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, headphone jack, microphone input.
Sony Alpha a7 mirrorless full frame digital camera

Sony a7 body


Sony Alpha a7 reviews:

The a7 uses a hybrid AF system that allows the camera to ascertain not only the direction to move the lens to achieve focus, but also how far. More about these things you can read on website, that concludes:

The Alpha 7 is a nice step-up for current NEX owners, and will certainly tempt those who want something smaller than conventional full-frame cameras.

Another Sony Alpha a7 review comes from The Verge.

Also, you can find a lot of technical details about Sony a7 and tests results on Camera Labs website, that concludes:

The Sony Alpha A7 is a remarkable camera that delivers the full-frame DSLR quality of the Canon EOS 6D or Nikon D610, but from a body that’s considerably smaller and lighter, packed with more gadgetry and cheaper too, especially if bought with a kit zoom.

The Sony a7 produces images of outstanding quality with a very usable ISO range of 50-25600. ISO 50-1600 is noise-free, ISO 3200 and 6400 produce more than acceptable results, and ISO 12800 or 25600 are OK for emergency use. More about that you can read on Sony A7 review from Photography Blog, that concludes:

This camera really does deliver DSLR-like performance and image quality in a pocketable format, music to the ears of most enthusiasts, while the hybrid AF system, although not able to rival the best DSLRs and CSCs, is at least marginally faster than the more sluggish A7R.

You can also read the opinion of an expert photographer about Sony a7 on the website.


Sony Alpha a7 with lens

Alpha a7

Sony Alpha a7 display image

Sony a7

Sony a7 top view

Sony a7

Sony Alpha a7

Sony Alpha a7

Sony a7 with tiltable LCD

a7 display

Sony ILCE-7 with tiltable display

Sony ILCE-7


Nikon D5300

The Nikon D5300 is an update to the Nikon D5200. This entry-level DSLR camera comes with a DX-format 24.2 megapixel sensor with no optical low-pass filter and with the EXPEED4 image processor, that work together to produce high-resolution still imagery with notable color accuracy and details. The omission of the optical low-pass filter allow to gain the utmost sharpness and resolution. The sensor and image processor also allow D5300 to obtain a notable low-light sensitivity to ISO 12800 and to record full HD 1920x1080p movies at 60, 30, 25 or 24 fps frame rates in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format.

The Nikon D5300 benefits from a versatile AF autofocus system with a 39 distinct AF points and nine cross-type sensors, to quickly acquire focus in a range of lighting conditions. The Dynamic-area AF mode is present on this camera and allows to choose from 9, 21 or 39-point arrays. 3D-tracking, Auto-area AF and Single-point AF modes are also available on the Nikon D5300. Among other feathures, the D5300 adds to its predecessor integrated Wi-Fi and GPS modules to enable geotagging functionality and continuous transferring of imagery to an Android or iOS device, via Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app.

The Nikon D5300 has a compact and durable body, that integrates a 3.2″ 1037k-dot vari-angle LCD monitor and a built-in pop-up flash, which supports Nikon’s i-TTL flash metering system.

The Nikon D5300 is available in three colours: black, grey and red.

The buttons and controls of the Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300 top controls


Nikon D5300 specifications:

  • Sensor: 23.5 mm x 15.6 mm (DX-format) CMOS sensor, 24.2 MP
  • Lens: Nikon F bayonet lens
  • Storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
  • File format: Still image – JPEG, RAW; movie – MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
  • Viewfinder: Eye-level Pentamirror Single-Lens Reflex viewfinder
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100 to 12800 (25600 extended)
  • Movie: HD 1920 x 1080 with stereo sound via built-in microphone
  • Monitor: 3.2″ 1037000 dots TFT-LCD monitor with 170-degree wide-viewing angle
  • Interface: USB Hi-speed; Type C mini-pin HDMI connector


The TFT LCD of the Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300


Nikon D5300 reviews:

The general level of D5300’s performance is impressive. The focus system offers a good range of coverage across the frame with impressive focusing speeds. More details you can find on Nikon D5300 review from website.

The Nikon D5300 produces images of excellent quality, with noise-free JPEG images at ISO 100-1600 and ISO 3200 also looking pretty good. A little noise appears at ISO 6400. More about image quality of Nikon D5300 you can read on website, that concludes:

 The combination of a free-angle screen, great video mode, high-quality stills and new connectivity options mean that the Nikon D5300 is a worthy winner of our Highly Recommended award.

The Nikon D5300 is a solid and well-constructed camera that offers an ample array of connectors and an ergonomic design. More technical details you can read on website.

Another D5300 review comes from website, that says:

The Nikon D5200 impressed us last time around, but Nikon have managed to go one-better with the D5300. While its new features don’t make it a groundbreaking release, they add up to make it a better specified product for the entry-level and advanced amateur photographers it’s out to target.


Nikon D5300 DSLR camera


 D5300 body

D5300 body

Nikon D5300 with lens

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300 with pop-up flash

D5300 red


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