Sony A7C R (2024) review: Full-frame travel camera

Sony A7C R (2024) review: Full-frame travel camera

Sony no It’s strange to produce such impressively compact full-frame cameras. The original A7C took the internals of the larger A7 series and stuffed them into a more compact chassis. The ZV-E1 goes even further, with a small body that looks positively comical and coupled with a long lens.

These small bodies always involve compromises in features. No one wants a heavy camera, but some features mean physical limitations. While the sensors may be the same, the viewfinders are smaller, and other features were sometimes absent.

Enter the new Sony A7C R. In my experience testing it for several weeks in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, it’s the closest to providing everything you need in a camera and nothing you don’t. However, the impressively small body is comfortable to hold and carry around all day, and has most of the features even a professional would need.

All things big and small

Two years ago, I tested the original Sony A7C and found that although the compact rangefinder-style body was ideal for travel, the viewfinder was too small and the 24.2-megapixel sensor was a step back from the 40-megapixel sensor in the Sony A7C. My Sony A7RII. It was so close to everything I wanted, but it wasn’t quite there.

The A7C R at least solves the sensor problem, and comes very close to the ideal travel camera. It’s still quite small at 4.9 inches wide, 2.8 inches long, and 2.5 inches deep. It weighs just under a pound at 15.2 ounces (430 grams) for the body. With the FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 lens that Sony sent for testing, total weight came to 21.1 ounces.

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The 61-megapixel CMOS sensor in the new A7C R is the same one you’ll find in Sony’s A7R V, which was released a few months before the A7C R. It’s one of the best sensors I’ve tested, and is capable of delivering excellent detail, with great dynamic range. Low-light performance is also impressive, with very little noise even at five-digit ISO options (the A7C R can shoot up to ISO 102,400, but as you would expect, these images are quite noisy).

There is nothing about this sensor that I can think of to complain about. It’s great. The resulting RAW files are large—about 65MB per image in my testing, with low-light images being the largest. You can reduce this to about 45MB per image if you choose the compressed RAW format, but at the time I was testing, no program could open these files (Lightroom and others have since added support).

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