Sony’s first foray into the world of mirrorless full-frame cameras came in the shape of the a7 in 2013. Seven years later, how does this camera stack up against today’s cameras, and is it still a worthwhile purchase over more recent APS-C models?
Photographer Arthur R is a Sony APS-C enthusiast, and in this short video, he puts an original Sony A7 (“Classic?”) that he’s just purchased second-hand up against some of the APS-C options that are comparable in price.
The Sony a7 is regarded by some as the camera that heralded the slow shift away from DSLRs, with Sony promising a lot of performance from a surprisingly compact body. In addition, Sony was making its intentions clear by pricing the a7 very aggressively, making it the cheapest full-frame digital camera on the market.
The original a7 is readily available on the used market and seems to be fairly similar in price to the original Canon 6D released the same year.
Check the video to see Arthur’s opinion, but personally, I’m not sure I’d advise anyone to buy a first-generation a7 today, not simply because the APS-C options are so much better, but because for those on a budget, the lens availability also makes more sense financially.
Did you buy the a7? Was it the right decision? Do you still use it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.