Sony a7S Full Frame Camera for Hire

Our thoughts

The Sony a7S is a remarkable little camera that can output 4K to an external recorder and record high definition internally. With the addition of our XLR-K2M, a hotshoe 2-channel audio input and top mic, the Sony a7S can even record usable sound. Its ability to record Slog-2 means that you can grade it to match higher-end cameras like the Sony F5 and the Sony FS7. This makes the Sony a7S very useful as a second camera in tight spots, where a very small camera is needed or in situations where you don’t want to risk using a more expensive camera. The great advantage is that the Sony a7S is incredibly light sensitive and inconspicuous in situations where you don’t want to attract attention.

We have a fantastic range of lenses for the Sony a7S, including the extremely high quality and very inconspicuous Zeiss Loxia prime lenses.

As with many cameras now, the disadvantage is that the only vision output is from micro HDMI, a fragile and sometimes unreliable connector. Our Sony a7S is supplied with an anchor block to protect it, as well as a HDMI to micro HDMI cable to meet the needs of your vision output.

Beyond human vision.
Presenting the Sony a7S, the world’s smallest1 full frame interchangeable lens camera. Images and video come alive with a breakthrough 15.3 stops of dynamic range. ISO sensitivity up to 409,600 reveals astonishing detail and color even in the dead of night. Video excels with Full Pixel Readout, a 4K-optimized sensor and uncompressed 4K output via HDMI.

35mm large pixel sensor w/ 15.3-stops dynamic range
The innovative Sony a7S features a 12.2 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor paired with a powerful BIONZ X image processor. The Sony a7S can shoot at a sensitivity range of ISO 100 – 409600 with low noise and unprecedented 15.3 stops of dynamic range. The extra-large pixels on the Sony a7S collects dramatically more light than traditional cameras to produce beautifully detailed, low-noise images in even the most challenging lighting environments.

12.2MP sensor optimized for 4k and low light video
The Sony a7S is the world’s first 35mm camera to incorporate ‘direct pixel readout’ utilizing the entire width of the full-frame image sensor without line skipping or pixel binning. Therefore in both HD and 4K video acquisition the Sony a7S can read and process data from every one of the sensor’s pixels. This allows video shooters to utilize all of the artistic and creative benefits provided by the unique sensor.

Fast Intelligent AF in light as low as EV -4
Equipped with the same high-precision Fast Intelligent AF system as the α7R camera, the Sony a7S drastically improve AF sensitivity in low-light that can go as low as -4EV

New-generation RGB filter with gapless on-chip lens design
The larger than normal pixel size on the 35mm full-frame image sensor with effective 12.2MP, employs Sony’s latest image sensor technologies on the Sony a7S. To boost the image sensor’s light collection efficiency, a new-generation RGB color filter has been adopted, in addition to the gapless on-chip lens design, light concentration technology and photodiode expansion technology delivers unprecedented high sensitivity and low-noise levels with high dynamic range in every light condition from severe low light to bright sunlight. Ghosting and flare have been minimized by applying an AR coating on the surface of the glass seal over the image sensor, further contributing to the high image quality on the Sony a7S.

Uncompressed 4:2:2 Full HD and 4K QFHD output via HDMI*
In XAVC S video mode, the a7S can output uncompressed QFHD 4K video (3840 x 2160) in 8-bit 4:2:2 to an optional external 3rd party 4k recorder via HDMI.11

Silent shutter modefor discreet shooting
Silent shutter mode is ideal when discretionary shooting is required; like capturing a recital or wildlife. Activating the silent shutter eliminates the use of the mechanical shutter and therefore shutter noise by utilizing an electronic shutter in its place.

Pro-workflow w/ Picture Profile, S-Log2 and time code
The Sony a7S is equipped with S-Log2 gamma. Common to Sony’s range of professional video cameras, S-Log2 expands the dynamic range by up to 1300% to minimize clipped highlights and loss of detail in shadows. The Sony a7S include a picture profile that can adjust settings like gamma, black, level and color adjustment, and can be saved for use in a multi-camera shoot. It also has Full HD and 4K base band HDMI® output, time code/user bit for easier editing, synchronous recording feature with compatible devices, various marker and zebra displays on both the LCD screen and viewfinder.

Contrast OLED Viewfinder
View every scene in rich detail with the 2.4M dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder, which features OLED improvements and the same 3-lens optical system used in the flagship a99. Since the viewfinder faithfully displays what will appear in your recording, including the effects of your camera settings, you can accurately monitor your scene and the settings results. You’ll enjoy rich tonal gradations and 3 times the contrast of the a99, along with high-end features like 100% frame coverage and a wide viewing angle.

3.0″ 1.23M dot LCD tilts for high and low angle framing
The tiltable 3.0″ (1,229k dots) Xtra Fine™ LCD Display makes it easy to photograph over crowds or low to capture pets eye to eye by swinging up approx. 84° and down approx. 45°. Easily scroll through menus and preview life thanks to WhiteMagic™ technology that dramatically increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.

Compatible w/ Sony E-mount lenses and many others*3
Directly compatible with the growing family of E-mount lenses, the Sony a7S camera can also be used with A-mount and others lens systems with optional adapters. Sony’s complete α lens system includes several premium offerings from Carl Zeiss® and G Series Lenses. The Sony a7S E-mount lens system is particularly well-suited for video shooting, with a variety of models containing “movie-friendly” features like smooth focusing, powered zoom control, and silent iris/aperture control.

Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi® or NFC
Connectivity with smartphones for One-touch sharing/One-touch remote has been simplified with Wi-Fi®/NFC control. In addition to Wi-Fi support, the Sony a7S also supports NFC (near filed communication) providing “one touch connection” convenience with NFC enabled smartphones and tablets. Users need only touch devices to connect; no complex set-up is required. Moreover, when using Smart Remote Control – a feature that allows shutter release to be controlled by a smartphone – connection to the smartphone can be established by simply touching compatible devices.

Imaging
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Camera Format Full-Frame
Pixels Actual: 12.4 Megapixel
Effective: 12.2 Megapixel
Max Resolution 12MP: 4240 x 2832
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 4:3
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 35.8 x 23.9 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MP4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: AAC LC, AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM
Bit Depth 14-bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed)
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Memory Stick XC-HG Duo
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps
1280 x 720: 120 fps
1440 x 1080: 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
Video Format High Definition
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (50 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 30 fps (50 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps (50 Mbps)
High Definition
1280 x 720p / 120 fps (50 Mbps) (50 Mbps)
High Definition
AVCHD
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (28 Mbps)
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps (24 Mbps)
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps (17 Mbps)
High Definition
AVCHD
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps (24 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps (17 Mbps)
High Definition
MP4
1440 x 1080p / 30 fps (12 Mbps)
Standard Definition
MP4
640 x 480p / 30 fps (3 Mbps)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Video Clip Length Not Specified By Manufacturer
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Optional External Mic: With Video
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Continuous-servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 25
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Size 0.5″
Viewfinder Pixel Count 2,359,296
Viewfinder Eye Point 27.00 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.71x
Diopter Adjustment – 4 to +3 m
Display Screen 3″ Rear Screen Tilting  LCD (921,600)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-102400 (Extended Mode: Auto, 50-409600)
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 – 1/8000 second, Bulb Mode
Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 1/4 – 1/8000 second in Movie Mode
Remote Control RM-VPR1 (Optional)
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Movie, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama
Metering Range: EV 3.0 – EV 20.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Burst Rate Up to 5 fps at 12.2 MP for up to 200 frames
Up to 2.5 fps at 12.2 MP for up to 200 frames
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Fill-in
Hi-Speed Sync
Off
Rear Sync
Red-eye Reduction
Slow Sync
Wireless
Built-in Flash No
Max Sync Speed 1 / 250 seconds
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Proprietary
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 5 fps
Self Timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds
Connectivity 1/8″ Headphone, 1/8″ Microphone, DC Input, HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Software System Requirements Windows: Vista (SP2), 7 (SP1), 8
Mac: OS X 10.6 or later
Power
Battery 1x NP-FW50  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1080 mAh
AC Power Adapter AC-PW20 (Optional)
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.0 x 3.7 x 1.9″ / 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2 mm
Weight 1.08 lb / 489 g with battery and memory card

Sample Answer – ‘Collision’
Sony A7S, Pentax Vintage lenses, ACR Plus gimbal, Hauge car mount
dop: Franklin Dow

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