α7C II compact full-frame camera

α7C II compact full-frame camera

Weighing just 1 lb 2.2 oz (514 g)1, the full-frame α7C II offers impressive portability and maneuverability with exceptional performance. Featuring a state of the art 33.0-effective-megapixel image sensor that can record up to 4K 60p/50p movies2 as well as capture high-quality stills, it's the essential tool for hybrid shooters.
α7C II compact full-frame camera

33.0 megapixel3 full-frame CMOS sensor

Delivering excellent image quality in both stills and movies, the α7C II's 33.0 megapixel3 Exmor R CMOS image sensor marks a significant step-up from its predecessor. The enhanced AF performance and improved noise reduction are supported by an impressively wide 15-stop4 dynamic range.

Advanced BIONZ XR engine

The advanced BIONZ XR processing engine delivers up to eight times5 more processing power than its predecessor. It minimizes processing latency while boosting movie and still image processing power, achieving natural gradations, realistic color, low noise, superior image quality, and fast menu response.

AI processing unit for advanced subject recognition

The α7C II is equipped with an AI processing unit that can handle significant amounts of data, enabling more accurate recognition of subjects and recognition of a wider range of subject types.

Consistently accurate exposure and color

The new high-powered BIONZ XR processing engine works with an advanced AE algorithm to detect the skin area of faces and adjust exposure accordingly for both stills and movies. This achieves consistent exposure control even in challenging shooting conditions when the subject is backlit, in shadow, over-illuminated in direct sunlight, or not directly facing the camera. It also produces more natural human skin tones and sky and foliage colors.

Realize your vision with Creative Look

Set the visual mood with Creative Look, which offers 10 customizable presets so you can capture the world the way you want. The presets can be used as they are or eight parameters can be adjusted, including contrast, saturation, and shadows, allowing you to create instantaneously shareable stills and movies in-camera without the need for post-production editing. Customized Creative Look settings can be stored as Custom Look selections for later recall and use.

Selectable RAW image sizes and quality

Lossless RAW image compression provides efficient compression for smaller file sizes with no loss in image quality, enabling the camera to shoot up to 27 frames in continuous bursts. There are three lossless-compression image sizes to suit any application, and a Light image quality selection that generates less data is provided for JPEG and HEIF images.

S-Cinetone for a cinematic look

Utilizing the same color science from Sony's highly regarded Cinema Line, S-Cinetone delivers natural mid-tones that are essential to healthy-looking skin tones, plus soft colors and gorgeous highlights.

Advanced 10-bit 4:2:2 video encoding

In-camera 10-bit 4:2:2 recording is available when using Long GOP or All-Intra6 compression, making it easier to achieve smooth, natural gradations during editing and color grading.

Log recording with LUT previews

The α7C II boasts an S-Log3 gamma curve that emphasizes gradation characteristics from shadows to mid-gray (18% gray), achieving 14+ stops of latitude7. S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3. Cine color gamut settings are also provided. You can also apply a custom LUT (Look Up Table) to the camera's monitor image while recording with a Log gamma curve, providing a preview of how the footage will look after processing.

Full pixel readout without binning for 4K movies

Thanks to its full pixel readout capabilities, the lightweight α7C II can record 4K movies with outstanding resolution and quality, delivering natural gradations and beautiful color reproduction. The Super 35 mm mode allows 4K 60p/50p2, 8 recording with smooth, natural-looking capture of fast-moving subjects.

Human pose estimation for more accurate subject recognition

With its innovative AI processing unit, the α7C II can accurately recognize human movement. Human pose estimation technology recognizes not just eyes, but also body and head positions with high precision, enabling it to lock onto and track a subject facing away from the camera or with their face partially obscured.

Reliable recognition of a wider range of subjects

The α7C II features a powerful AI processing unit, capable of human, animal, bird, insect, car/train and airplane9 recognition. Animal recognition now recognizes the eyes of some grazing and small animals, in addition to the eyes and heads of dogs, cats and similarly featured animals. It can even recognize these animals when their eyes are obscured from view. The camera also comes with bird recognition, enabling it to pinpoint the eyes of a variety of bird types, as well as recognizing birds' heads and bodies.

Tenacious Real-time Tracking10

The α7C II boasts greatly improved subject recognition, offering higher reliability in a wider range of shooting situations. Specify a subject and half-press the shutter button to prompt the camera to start tracking, leaving you free to concentrate on framing and composition.

AI-based Auto Framing for movies11

Using AI-based subject recognition technology, the Auto Framing feature automatically crops for optimum framing when shooting movies. Even when the camera is mounted on a tripod, the framing is continually adjusted so that the recorded footage looks like the subject was being followed by a camera operator. Accurate tracking is possible even when the camera is being operated remotely via the Creators' App12 on a smartphone.

Breathing compensation for consistent angle of view when focusing13

With the breathing compensation function turned on, the α7C II employs Sony's original Clear Image Zoom technology to suppress focus breathing, enabling professional-quality rack and refocusing. Breathing metadata can also be used with the advanced breathing compensation capabilities of the latest Catalyst Browse/Prepare Plugin software during post-production.

Active Mode14 image stabilization supports handheld movie shooting

Handheld movie shooting got even smoother with the α7C II's Active Mode14 that provides enhanced image stabilization. A precision image stabilization unit, advanced gyro sensors, and an optimized image stabilization algorithm work together for exceedingly smooth, stable movie footage.  In addition to this in-body stabilization, compatible lenses with their own built-in image stabilization15 coordinate with the camera body for highly effective control, delivering more stable footage, even when shooting while walking.

Advanced 5-axis and 7.0-step16 image stabilization

Handheld shooting for stills got even better, thanks to the α7C II's high-precision image stabilization unit, advanced gyro sensors, and optimized image stabilization algorithms that effectively correct camera shake, achieving 7.0-step stabilization16. Compatible lenses with built-in image stabilization15 combine with improved synchronization between the body and lens to provide even more stable framing.  [1] Yaw [2] Roll [3] Pitch.

Wide-area, high-density AF offers speed and precision

The α7C II achieves notably improved AF performance through the immense processing speed and power of the BIONZ XR engine and updated algorithms. It uses up to 759 phase detection points17 in a high-density array that cover approximately 94% of the image area when shooting stills, enabling it to recognize your subject even when they only occupy a small area of the frame.

Continuous still shooting at up to 10fps18 with AF/AE tracking

The α7C II's mechanical and electronic shutters allow continuous shooting at up to 10fps, or up to 8fps18 in live view mode, making it easier to capture the most photogenic moments and expressions, even with moving subjects.

Accurate AF in low EV –4.0 light

Equipped with the latest AF algorithms, the α7C II achieves high AF precision down to light levels as low as EV –4.0 in AF-S mode (ISO 100 equivalent, F2.0 lens). It also includes a Focus Priority mode that provides more reliable AF in low light or when using smaller apertures.

Metadata facilitates editing workflow

Metadata embedded in recorded footage can be used by Sony's Catalyst Browse/Prepare/Prepare Plugin software, significantly speeding up post production, allowing for more accurate correction during editing, and providing a more efficient workflow. Shot marks can be easily added to clips during or after recording to mark favorite takes or scenes, allowing you to quickly locate them during playback in the camera or editing with compatible software.

2.36 million-dot (approx.) XGA OLED electronic viewfinder

A 2.36 million-dot (approx.) XGA OLED electronic viewfinder with 0.70x magnification delivers high resolution and contrast for clear viewing, even in bright sunlight. The finder frame rate can be set to [High] (120fps), twice the normal frame rate, for a smooth viewfinder image with minimum display motion blur when tracking and shooting moving subjects.

Controls designed for smooth, efficient shooting

The α7C II features a new Still/Movie/S&Q dial, allowing fast, independent selection. It's conveniently located next to the mode dial, which can then be used to easily select the exposure mode and other key settings for each shooting mode.

Intuitive touch control menus

Simply swipe in from the left or right edge of the shooting display to reveal touch icons that allow quick changes to the shooting mode and more. The function (Fn) menu can be displayed by swiping up on the monitor. Assign frequently used still and movie parameters to the function menu to access them with a simple swipe. Long-press an icon on the display to jump to the related custom setup settings.

Vari-angle monitor enhances shooting flexibility

A side-opening vari-angle monitor provides excellent positioning and framing freedom for handheld and gimbal-mounted shooting. It offers a huge advantage when shooting in challenging professional environments, where very low ground-level or other shots may be required. The large 3.0 type touch-panel monitor also incorporates 1.03 million-dot (approx.) resolution with a 3:2 aspect ratio, providing ample brightness for clear and easy viewing in bright outdoor settings.

Durable magnesium alloy chassis

Built for reliability in professional working environments, the α7C II is protected by a lightweight, high-rigidity magnesium alloy used for the top cover, front cover, internal frame, and rear cover.

Dust- and moisture-resistant design19

The α7C II is well sealed at critical buttons and dials, and interlocking body seams add double protection, providing excellent resistance to dust and moisture in challenging outdoor conditions.19.

Image sensor anti-dust system

The camera is equipped with an anti-dust system through a charge protection coating on its optical filter and an image sensor shift mechanism. There's also a Shutter When Power Off function that closes the shutter when the camera's power is turned off, protecting the image sensor from dust and particles while changing lenses.

Stable smartphone connectivity

Connection stability when transferring images from the camera to the Creators' App mobile application12 on a smartphone has been greatly improved. Transfers continue in the background even if the smartphone display sleeps or a different app is launched.20 Workflow from shooting to sharing has been notably improved overall.

Stream top-quality live content

Connected to a personal computer or smartphone21 via USB, the α7C II can function as a 4K (2160p) webcam. Large-aperture lenses, narrow depth of field, and bokeh can be used to create striking images, and advanced AF functions such as Eye AF support online meetings and live streaming events.

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General
CAMERA TYPE Interchangeable lens digital camera
Lens Mount E-mount
Image Sensor
Number of Pixels (total) Approx. 34.1 megapixels
Anti-Dust System Yes
Camera Section
SENSOR TYPE 35 mm full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm), Exmor R CMOS sensor
NUMBER OF PIXELS (EFFECTIVE) Still images: Approx. 33.0 megapixels max.22, Movies: Approx. 27.6 megapixels max.22
COLOR TEMPERATURE RANGE 2,500 K–9,900 K
Recording (still images)
RECORDING FORMAT JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.32, MPF Baseline compliant), HEIF (MPEG-A MIAF compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 4.0 format compliant)
IMAGE SIZE (PIXELS) [3:2] 35 mm full frame L: 7008 x 4672 (33 M), M: 4608 x 3072 (14 M), S: 3504 x 2336 (8.2 M)
IMAGE QUALITY MODES RAW, JPEG, HEIF (4:2:0/4:2:2), RAW+JPEG, RAW+HEIF
14bit RAW Yes
Recording (movie)
VIDEO COMPRESSION XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC HS: MPEG-H HEVC/H.265
AUDIO RECORDING FORMAT LPCM 2ch (48 kHz 16 bit), LPCM 2ch (48 kHz 24 bit)23, LPCM 4ch (48 kHz 24 bit)23
Recording System (movie)
MOVIE RECORDING FORMAT (XAVC HS 4K) 3840 x 2160 (4:2:0, 10 bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (150 Mbps/75 Mbps/45 Mbps), 50p (150 Mbps/75 Mbps/45 Mbps), 23.98p (100 Mbps/50 Mbps/30 Mbps), 3840 x 2160 (4:2:2, 10 bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (200 Mbps/100 Mbps), 50p (200 Mbps/100 Mbps), 23.98p (100 Mbps/50 Mbps)
MOVIE RECORDING FORMAT (XAVC S 4K) 3840 x 2160 (4:2:0, 8 bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (150 Mbps), 50p (150 Mbps), 29.97p (100 Mbps/60 Mbps), 25p (100 Mbps/60 Mbps), 23.98p (100 Mbps/60 Mbps), 3840 x 2160 (4:2:2, 10 bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (200 Mbps), 50p (200 Mbps), 29.97p (140 Mbps), 25p (140 Mbps), 23.98p (100 Mbps)
MOVIE RECORDING FORMAT (XAVC S HD) 1920 x 1080 (4:2:0, 8 bit) (Approx.): 119.88p (100 Mbps/60 Mbps), 100p (100 Mbps/60 Mbps), 59.94p (50 Mbps/25 Mbps), 50p (50 Mbps/25 Mbps), 29.97p (50 Mbps/16 Mbps), 25p (50 Mbps/16 Mbps), 23.98p (50 Mbps), 1920 x 1080 (4:2:2, 10 bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (50 Mbps), 50p (50 Mbps), 29.97p (50 Mbps), 25p (50 Mbps), 23.98p (50 Mbps)
MOVIE RECORDING FORMAT (XAVC S-I 4K) 3840 x 2160 (4:2:2, 10 bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (600 Mbps), 50p (500 Mbps), 29.97p (300 Mbps), 25p (250 Mbps), 23.98p (240 Mbps)
MOVIE RECORDING FORMAT (XAVC S-I HD) 1920 x 1080 (4:2:2, 10 bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (222 Mbps), 50p (185 Mbps), 29.97p (111 Mbps), 25p (93 Mbps), 23.98p (89 Mbps)
Movie Functions
SLOW & QUICK MOTION (SHOOTING FRAME RATE) Yes
PROXY RECORDING Yes
TC/UB Yes
RAW OUTPUT -
Recording System
Memory Card Slot Slot for SD (UHS-I/II compliant) memory card
Focus System
FOCUS TYPE Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF / contrast-detection AF)
FOCUS POINT Still images: Max. 759 points (phase-detection AF), Movies: Max. 627 points (phase-detection AF)
FOCUS SENSITIVITY RANGE EV-4 to EV20 (ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
RECOGNITION TARGET (STILL IMAGES) Human, Animal, Bird, Insect, Car, Train, Airplane
RECOGNITION TARGET (MOVIES) Human, Animal, Bird, Insect, Car, Train, Airplane
OTHER FEATURES AF Track Sens. (Still), AF Subj. Shift Sensitivity (Movie), AF Transition Speed (Movie), Switch V/H AF Area, AF Area Regist., Circ. of Focus Point, Focus Map (Movie), AF Assist (Movie)
AF ILLUMINATOR Yes (with built-in LED type)
Exposure Control
METERING TYPE 1200-zone evaluative metering
METERING SENSITIVITY EV-3 to EV 20 (ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
EXPOSURE COMPENSATION +/- 5.0 EV (1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps selectable)
ISO SENSITIVITY Still images: ISO 100–51200 (expandable to ISO 50–204800), AUTO (ISO 100–12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Movies: ISO 100–51200 equivalent (expandable to ISO 100–102400), AUTO (ISO 100–12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
ANTI-FLICKER SHOOT. Yes24
Viewfinder
TYPE 0.39-inch (1.0 cm) type electronic viewfinder (XGA OLED)
Number of Dots 2,359,296 dots
Magnification Approx. 0.70x (with 50 mm lens at infinity, –1 m–1)
DIOPTRE –4.0 to +3.0 m-1
Eye Point Approx. 22 mm from the eyepiece lens, 19.6 mm from the eyepiece frame at –1 m–1 (CIPA standard)
Finder Frame Rate Selection NTSC mode: STD 60fps / HI 120fps, PAL mode: STD 50fps / HI 100fps
LCD Screen
Monitor Type 2.95 inch (3.0-type) wide type TFT
TOUCH PANEL Yes
Number of Dots 1 036 800 dots
Adjustable Angle Opening Angle: Approx. 176 °, Rotation Angle: Approx. 270 °
Other Features
OTHER FEATURES Soft Skin Effect, Creative Look, Custom function, Picture Profile, Time-lapse, Auto Framing, My Image Style
CLEAR IMAGE ZOOM (STILL IMAGES) Approx. 2x
CLEAR IMAGE ZOOM (MOVIES) Approx. 1.5x (4K), Approx. 2x (HD)
Shutter
Shutter Type Mechanical shutter/Electronic shutter
Shutter Speed Still images (Mechanical shutter): 1/4000 to 30 s, Bulb, Still images (Electronic shutter): 1/8000 to 30 s, Movies: 1/8000 to 1 s
Flash Sync. Speed 1/160 s (35 mm full frame), 1/200 s (APS-C)25
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter Yes
Image Stabilization
TYPE Image sensor-shift mechanism with five-axis compensation (compensation depends on lens specifications)
Compensation Effect 7.0 stops (based on CIPA standard. Pitch/yaw shake only. With FE 50 mm F1.2 GM lens mounted. Long exposure NR off.)
MODE Still images: On/Off, Movie: Active/Standard/Off
Flash
TYPE -
GUIDE NO. -
CONTROL Pre-flash TTL
FLASH COMPENSATION +/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
EXTERNAL FLASH COMPATIBILITY Sony α System Flash compatible with Multi Interface Shoe, attach the shoe adapter for flash compatible with Auto-lock accessory shoe
Drive
Continuous Drive Speed (approx. max.) Hi+: 10 fps26
NO. OF FRAME RECORDABLE (APPROX.) JPEG Extra fine L: 88 frames26, JPEG Fine L: over 1,000 frames26, JPEG Standard L: over 1000 frames26, RAW: 44 frames26, RAW & JPG: 35 frames26, RAW (Lossless Compressed): 27 frames26, RAW (Lossless Compressed) & JPEG: 20 frames26, RAW (Uncompressed): 18 frames26, RAW (Uncompressed) & JPEG: 16 frames26
Pixel Shift Multi Shooting -
Playback
MODES Enlarged display mode, Protect, Rating, Shot Mark (Movie), Divider Frame, Crop, Photo Capture
Accessibility
FUNCTIONS Screen Reader, Focus Magnifier, Focus Map (Movie), Peaking Display, Subject Recognition in AF ,Touch Focus, Touch Tracking, Touch Shutter, Touch AE, Vari-angle LCD screen, Custom function, Enlarge Menu Screen
Interface
PC INTERFACE Mass storage/MTP
MULTI/MICRO USB TERMINAL -27
USB TYPE-C TERMINAL Yes (SuperSpeed USB 5 Gbps [USB 3.2] compatible)
NFC -
Sync terminal -
WIRELESS LAN (BUILT-IN) Yes (Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz band/5 GHz band))28, 29
Bluetooth® Yes (Bluetooth Standard Ver. 4.2 [2.4 GHz band])
HDMI OUTPUT HDMI micro connector (Type-D), 3840 x 2160 (59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/23.98p)/1920 x 1080 (59.94p/50p/23.98p)/1920 x 1080 (59.94i/50i), YCbCr 4:2:2 10 bit/RGB 8 bit
Multi Interface Shoe Yes (with Digital Audio Interface)30
Mic Terminal Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
Headphone Terminal Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
REMOTE CONTROL (WIRELESS) Yes (Bluetooth remote control)
DC INPUT -
FUNCTIONS FTP Transfer Func.(Wired LAN(USB-LAN), USB Tethering, Wi-Fi), Send to smartphone, Remote control via smartphone, PC Remote
USB Streaming
VIDEO DATA FORMAT MJPEG, YUV42031
VIDEO RESOLUTION 3840 x 2160 (15p/30p), 3840 x 2160 (12.5p/25p), 1920 x 1080 (30p/60p), 1920 x 1080 (25p/50p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 1280 x 720 (25p)
AUDIO DATA FORMAT LPCM 2ch (16 bit 48 kHz)
Audio
Microphone Built-in, stereo
Speaker Built-in, monaural
Lens Compensation
SETTING Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion, Breathing (Movie)
Power
SUPPLIED BATTERY One rechargeable battery pack NP-FZ100
Battery Life (Still Images) Approx. 530 shots (Viewfinder) / Approx. 560 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)32
Battery Life (Movie, actual recording) Approx. 100 min (Viewfinder) / Approx. 105 min (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)33
Battery Life (Movie, continuous recording) Approx. 165 min (Viewfinder) / Approx. 165 min (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)
Internal Battery Charge Yes (Available with USB Type-C Terminal. USB Power Delivery-compatible)
USB POWER SUPPLY Yes (Available with USB Type-C Terminal. USB Power Delivery-compatible)
Power consumption with Viewfinder Still images: Approx. 3.7 W (with FE 28–60 mm F4-5.6 lens attached), Movies: Approx. 6.0 W (with FE 28–60 mm F4-5.6 lens attached)
Power consumption with LCD screen Still images: Approx. 3.5 W (with FE 28–60 mm F4–5.6 lens attached), Movies: Approx. 6.0 W (with FE 28–60 mm F4-5.6 lens attached)
Size & Weight
WEIGHT (WITH BATTERY AND MEMORY CARD INCLUDED) Approx. 1 lb 2.2 oz (514 g)
BODY ONLY Approx. 0 lb 15.2 oz (429 g)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 4.88 x 2.80 x 2.50", Approx. 4.88 x 2.80 x 2.31" (from grip to monitor) (124.0 x 71.1 x 63.4 mm, Approx. 124.0 x 71.1 x 58.6 mm (from grip to monitor))
Operating temperature
OPERATING TEMPERATURE 0–40 °C/32–104 °F
Supplied Accessory
WHAT'S IN THE BOX Rechargeable Battery NP-FZ100, Shoulder strap, Body cap, Accessory shoe cap