LCD and Viewfinder
Sony A7 has a Tilting 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 1,230k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
A7 has a built-in Electronic viewfinder. The viewfinder has a resolution of 2,359kdots and coverage of 100%. 100% coverage ensures that what you see in the viewfinder while shooting matches exactly what you will get later in your image, helping accurate framing your shots and minimizes the need for cropping images later.
Max Shutter speed
Sony A7 can shoot continuously at max speed of 5 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/8000 sec.
Unfortunately A7 doesn't have a built-in flash but it has a flash shoe for mounting external flashes.
Sony A7 features both Contrast Detection and Phase Detection autofocus (AF) systems which ensures speed and accuracy of focusing in most situations. The AF system has 117 focus points and 25 of these sensors are of Cross-type. Cross-type sensors locks focus faster and more accurate compared to single type sensors.
Sony A7 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Sony A7, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60p,60i,24p fps and save in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats. Full HD resolution of Sony A7 will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
A7 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker. Sony A7 also has a port for an external microphone and a headphone port for connecting external headphones which make Sony A7 a very suitable camera high quality videography.
Connectivity and Storage
Sony A7 features built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity ( with NFC and wireless control via PlayMemories Mobile app) which lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection. With its NFC feature, A7 can communicate with devices such as smartphones which are also equipped with this technology by simply touching each other.One other feature that we like is the ability to use our smartphone as a remote to control our A7. You can change camera settings, release shutter, view LCD screen and tranfer files using remote control app.
You can connect A7 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Sony A7 is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 340 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Mirrorless type cameras is 359 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips.
Battery Life Comparison in Pro Mirrorless Cameras
Olympus E-M1X with its 870shots is the model with longest battery life among Pro Mirrorless cameras. Check the comparison of Sony A7 vs Olympus E-M1X or take a look at Longest Battery Life Mirrorless cameras list.
Sony A7 Features Compared to Main Competitors