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Sony A7C II review: Compact performance

Sony A7C II review: Compact performance

Sony A7C II

There's plenty of power packed into the compact frame of the Sony A7C II. It also has some tricks of its own over the 2022 Sony A7 IV, which it shares some similar hardware with. You get the same 33MP full-frame BSI-CMOS sensor, ISO range (ISO 100 to 51,200), 10fps continuous shooting, 120fps high-speed video, and 4K video. In addition, the Sony A7C II has an AI-powered autofocus, and has a much smaller size to boot.

Quick specs

  • 34.1MP 35mm fullframe, Exmor R CMOS sensor (Effectively 33MP)
  • Around 530 shots (still) per battery
  • 2.4GHz, 5GHz, Bluetooth connectivity
  • Up to 4K 60fps video recording and 120fps 1080p

The first thing you'll notice about the Sony A7C II is the size. It is just slightly bigger than the Sony A6700. It's much smaller than that A7 IV, though. The viewfinder is moved to the side like the A6700, and has a smaller grip. This does mean that the A7C II is a much smaller camera to bring around with you on holiday, though that really depends on the lens you plan to use with it.

The dials are also set much like its bigger full-frame brethren, which made switching to using this a lot easier (for me). Compared with the A6700's layout, I was comfortable shooting with the A7C II pretty quickly since I could rely on muscle memory.

Sony A7C II
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The 33MP BSI sensor is fantastic, with performance similar to the A7 IV. The AI-powered autofocus performance of the Sony A7C II feels similar to the A7 IV. You can toggle between subject recognition for human, animals, trains, cars, and airplanes easily on the touchscreen. As a full-frame camera, you don't have to worry about the crop factor, unlike the A6700.

Picture quality is great with the Sony FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 kit lens. The kit lens is the perfect size too, and keeps everything compact. You can also pop in a big zoom lens like a 200-600mm lens with no issues. Image quality is great, with lots of focus, and you get more megapixels compared with the APS-C A6700. You're basically getting the power of the very versatile A7 IV, full-frame lenses, but in a much smaller body.

Sony A7C II
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Of course, the smaller body comes with compromises. You only get one SD card slot with no CFexpress support, no full-sized HDMI port, and a smaller viewfinder. Battery life is also slightly less, 530 shots versus 580-ish shots of the A7 IV. I did find having the viewfinder on the left side a tad finicky to use. That's because my left hand would accidentally cover it while holding it up to shoot. This would then turn off the screen which I was relying on to shoot. You can turn the viewfinder off to keep your screen permanently on if this bothers you as much as it did me.

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At S$3,029 for the body-only and S$3,429 with a kit lens, the Sony A7C II is a pretty good camera to consider. If you're starting out, you'll love the performance, size, and ease of use. If you're looking for a second camera to take on travels, this is a solid choice. Get it from Shopee, Lazada, or Amazon SG.

Note: Review unit provided by Sony.

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