Sony has released two updates to its α7C compact full-frame camera, the 33-megapixel α7C II and the α7CR, which uses the same 61-megapixel sensor as the α7R V.

The new Sony α7C II in use, showing its compact size. (Source: Sony.)

The new cameras use essentially the same compact and lightweight body, which measures approximately 124.0 x 71.1 x 63.4 mm and weighs roughly 520 grams with battery and memory card. Both are equipped with full-frame sensors, the α7C II (model ILCE- 7CM2) having approximately 33.0 effective megapixels and the α7C R (model ILCE-7CR) with an effective resolution of approximately 61.0 megapixels. Both models come with the same BIONZ XR processor and AI processing units as the α7R V and α6700. The standard ISO sensitivity for the α7C II ranges from 100 to 51200 for both stills and movies, with expanded ISO 50 to 204800 for still images. The α7C R’s default sensitivity is from ISO 100 to 32000, with expansion to ISO 50 and ISO 102400 for still images. Both models also feature 5-axis IBIS with 7.0 stop shake correction for stills shooting and include Active Mode in-body image stabilisation for movies.

Updated algorithms improve the performance of the Fast Hybrid AF system, which uses up to 693 phase detection points covering approx. 79% of the image area to ensure fast, stable focus acquisition in light levels down to -4.0 EV. Direct manual focusing is available at any time. The camera will automatically shoot up to 299 images with sequentially shifted focus points, with custom intervals and sequence specified by the user. The Real-time Recognition AF system can recognise a wide variety of subjects, including eye recognition for a wider range of grazing and small animals and birds. A new combined Animal/Bird setting eliminates switching.  AI-based Real-time Tracking provides a dramatic improvement in Real-time Tracking performance, automatically recognising, tracking, and focusing on the eyes of a specified subject.

Both models support high-quality 4:2:2 10-bit video recording up to 4K 60p/50p quality, in full frame and Super 35mm formats  without pixel binning, achieved by condensing high-resolution and detailed video data equivalent to 7K (α7C R) or 6K (α7C II) resolution. S-Log3 shooting supports a wide latitude of 14+ stops to ensure rich tonal gradation with little overexposure and underexposure in scenes with contrast. S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3.Cine colour gamut settings are also provided for further post processing control, and user-selected LUTs (Look Up Table) can be applied to preview how processed footage will look. In addition, both models include Sony’s S-Cinetone mode for creating a cinematic look without requiring post-processing. Creative Look adjustments are also available for changing the look and feel of video and still images.

The α7C II has an RRP of AU$3499, while the α7C R will be priced at AU$4999. Click here for more information.