SAN DIEGO, CA. August 29, 2023 – Today, Sony Electronics announces the release of two new additions to the Alpha 7C series of compact full-frame interchangeable lens cameras, the Alpha 7C II (model ILCE- 7CM2) and Alpha 7C R (model ILCE-7CR). The Alpha 7C II is equipped with a full-frame image sensor with approximately 33.0 effective megapixels and features the latest still image and video functions and performance in a compact and lightweight design (approximately 4.88 in wide x 2.8 in high x 2.5 in deep and weighs approximately 18.1 oz.) It is the second-generation version of the Alpha7 C, which is celebrated for its combination of performance and features in a compact size, perfect for a wide range of shooting scenarios such as travel and street photography.

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The Alpha 7C R is a new compact full-frame interchangeable lens camera, boasting the high-resolution and rich gradation performance of a full-size image sensor with approximately 61.0 effective megapixels, the same sensor found in the Alpha 7R V, into a compact and lightweight body (similar size and weight as the Alpha 7C IIii, approximately 18.2 oz). In addition to daily snapshots, it easily realizes high-quality image capture in a wide variety of settings, such as portrait, wildlife, and landscape photography, meeting the expectations of creative work with mobility.

Both models are equipped with the same AI-processing unit and BIONZ XR® processors found in Sony’s newest interchangeable lens cameras such as the Alpha 7R V and Alpha 6700. Real-time Recognition AF recognizes a wide variety of subjects with high accuracy, and 5-axis in-body mage stabilization provides a 7.0 stepii shooting advantage when capturing stills. In terms of video performance, both models support high-quality 4:2:2 10-bit video recording up to 4K60piii, and both models support Sony’s acclaimed S- CinetoneTM color science for rich cinematic video. In addition, they have Active Mode in-body image stabilization, AI-based auto-framing, digital-audio interface support, and other features that support high- quality video shooting.

“At Sony, we're committed to continually raising the bar and elevating standards for content creators. With the introduction of the Alpha 7C II and Alpha 7C R models, we're offering an innovative solution that serves creators in both photography and videography. This fresh addition to their toolkit ensures top-tier imagery and visual performance across our state-of-the-art imaging devices. By fusing advanced technology with user-friendly design, we're empowering content creators to realize their artistic vision like never before,” says Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics.

As the demand for sending and sharing captured content on social media networks has increased, more creators are looking for a combination of compact size and high imaging performance in mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. With the introduction of the Alpha 7C II and Alpha 7C R, which achieve high mobility and high-quality image expression in a compact size, Sony responds to the wide range of image expressions sought by creators.

Main Features of the Alpha 7C II

  • Equipped with a full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS sensor with approximately 33.0 effective megapixels and the latest BIONZ XR® image processing engine to achieve high imaging performance. For capturing either still images or movies, users can easily enjoy high-quality image capture in a wide range of scenes such as travel and daily snapshots. 
  • Compared to the Alpha 7 IV which is approximately 5.1 inches x 3.8 inches x 3.2 inches and weighs approximately 1.54 lbs, the Alpha 7C II is approximately 22% lighter and has approximately 45% less volume. 
  • The standard ISO sensitivities range from 100 to 51200 for both still images and movies (expanded ISO 50 to 204800 for still images), enabling high-sensitivity, noise-free shooting. 

Main Features of the Alpha 7C R 

  • Equipped with a full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS sensor with approximately 61.0 effective megapixels and the latest BIONZ XR® image processing engine to achieve high-resolution and high-definition imaging performance. 
  • Compared to the Alpha 7R V which is approximately 5.25 inches x 3.875 inches x 3.25 inches and weighs approximately 1.6 lbs, the Alpha 7C R is approximately 29% lighter and has approximately 53% less volume. 
  • The standard ISO sensitivity ranges from 100 to 32000 for both still images and movies (expanded ISO 50 to 102400 for still images). 
  • In addition, with 7.0-stepiv optical 5-axis in-body image stabilization, even slight blurring at the 1-pixel level is detected and corrected. 
  • Equipped with Pixel Shift Multi Shooting that takes multiple images and combines them on a PC to create an ultra-high resolution image. 
  • By combining with the grip extension GP-X2 included with the Alpha 7C Rv, you can shoot comfortably with a stable hold even when shooting for long periods of time or using a telephoto lens. 

Common Features of the Alpha 7C II and Alpha 7C R

Compact size and high mobility 

Both models are easy to handle and easy to carry. Compact size (both models are approximately 4.88 in wide x 2.8 in high x 2.5 in deep) and weighi approximately 18.1 oz for the Alpha 7C II and approximately 18.2 oz for the Alpha 7C R. When combined with the wide-angle zoom lens, FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II, announced today, it achieves the excellent image expression and high-speed AF that are unique to the G Master™ series, with the brightness of F2.8 at full zoom range. The user can choose their favorite lens from Sony's extensive E-mount series of more than 70 lenses and enjoy a variety of image expressions in both still images and movies. 

AF performance with improved subject recognition performance thanks to the built-in AI processing unit 

Equipped with the same AI-processing unit as the Alpha 7R V, which recognizes subjects with high accuracy with Real-time Recognition AF. For example, when taking a picture of a person, even if the subject strikes a complicated pose or their face is hidden, human-pose estimation technology can be used to capture and track the subject with high accuracy. In addition to the existing tracking capabilities for people and animals already found in the Alpha 7C series, it is now possible to recognize birds, insects, cars, trains, and airplanes as subjects in the new models. 

Advanced video performance 

The Alpha 7C II and Alpha 7C R condense high-resolution and detailed video data equivalent to 7K and 6K, respectively, and can output high-quality 4K video. Equipped with S-Log3, which supports a wide latitude of 14+ stopsvi, it renders rich gradation with little overexposure and underexposure even in scenes with contrast. Also, in Log shooting mode, the LUT imported by the user can be displayed on the camera monitor image, allowing the user to shoot while checking the finished image in post-production. In addition, it is equipped with S-Cinetone™, a unique Sony feature which can create a cinematic look straight out of the camera without post-processing. Based on Sony's Cinema Line technology, S-Cinetone delivers natural mid-tones that are essential to healthy-looking skin color and deliver cinematic quality. It also features Creative Look, which allows you to easily change the look and feel of video and still images. 

Operability and connectivity 

Equipped with a touch-operable vari-angle LCD monitor, intuitive operation with the latest touch menu supports comfortable shooting. In addition to the new front dial that allows the user to assign their favorite functions, the still image/movie/S&Q switch dial, and an XGA high-resolution viewfinder, etc., the camera is easy to use. The camera is equipped with a 7.0-stepiv optical 5-axis in-body image stabilization to support stable camera work. 

In terms of connectivity, the camera is compatible with the smartphone application Creators' Appvii that uploads videos and still images taken with the camera to a cloud service, while allowing remote camera operation and image transfer from the camera to mobile devices. By the end of September 2023, Sony plans to support a new version of the software development kit Camera Remote SDK that enables remote operation and settings adjustments. 

Designed with environmentally friendly principles in mind 

Over the past 11 years, Sony has replaced approximately 395 tonsviii of virgin plastic with recycled plastic in digital cameras and digital video cameras. Recycled materials, including SORPLAS™ix, are used for the camera body, reducing environmental impact without sacrificing functionality. In addition to being equipped with Sony’s Screen Reader functionx that reads menus and video playback screens aloud to assist operations, a new menu Magnify Display function has been added to support the creative activities of a variety of creators. 

Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM II

Sony Electronics announces the launch of the wide-angle zoom lens G-Master™ FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM IIa 35mm full-frame α™ (Alpha™) E-mount lens that covers focal lengths from 16mm to 35mm with a maximum aperture of F2.8 over the entire zoom range. 

FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II (model SEL1635GM2) satisfies the needs of photographers and videographers seeking high-performance lenses, and with the descriptive power and high-speed AF (autofocus) unique to G Master, it is possible to fully bring out the high performance of our advanced camera bodies. With the expansion of this wide-angle zoom lens, a maximum aperture of F2.8 second-generationii zoom lens will be available, along with standard (24-70mm/ SEL2470GM2) and telephoto (70-200mm/ SEL70200GM2). These lenses, which are each the world's lightest in their categoryi, have excellent resolution performance, further strengthening the Alpha system, by capturing rich and varied shooting environments. 

“The newest FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II answers the call for all creators who want the highest performance lens in the lightest body,” says Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. 

World's smallest and lightest high-resolution F2.8 wide-angle zoom lens 

The FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II has a new optical design that effectively arranges the extremely high surface precision XA (extreme aspherical) lens which achieves high resolution with a maximum aperture of F2.8 over the entire zoom range. This is made possible by creating an aspherical shape with a higher degree of freedom than before. In addition to the stunning G-Master bokeh expression with a wide angle, it offers an outstanding close-up performance throughout the zoom range, a minimum shooting distance of 0.22m and a maximum shooting magnification of 0.32x. Sony's original Nano AR Coating II suppresses ghosting and flares to capture clear images even when a strong light source comes into the frame. This is the world's smallest and lightesti wide-angle zoom lens with a total length of 111.5mm and a weight of approximately 547g, which is about 20% lighteriii than the first-generation model. 

Extraordinarily fast and precise AF that brings out the best in advanced bodies 

FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II includes the latest XD (extreme dynamic) linear motors that effectively work on high-speed drive. It achieves quiet AF that is suitable for both still images and movies and is up to twice 

as fast as conventional modelsiv. Even with high frame rate videos where focus shifts are noticeable, the subject is tracked with high precision. When combined with the Alpha 1 camera body, high-speed continuous shootingiv at up to 30 fps is possible with high-speed, high-precision, and quiet focusing. 

Operability and reliability for comfortable shooting of both still images and movies 

FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM II offers comfortable operability and excellent still image and movie shooting performance that meets the needs of professional and advanced hobbyist users. By reducing focus breathing during video recording compared to previous models, it is possible to achieve high-quality image expression without fluctuations in the angle of view. In addition, it suppresses the movement of the center of gravity during zooming and enables stable shooting, so any user can shoot comfortably with a gimbal. Operability has also been improved with features such as an aperture ring that can be clicked on/off with a switch, and two focus hold buttons that can be assigned a desired function from the camera body. 

Fluorine coating is applied to the front lens, so dirt adhering to the lens surface can be easily removed. The dust-proof and splash-resistant design allows the camera to be used safely even outdoors, giving greater freedom in shooting. 

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20 comments

  1. A Sony 16-35/2.8 costing $2300? The same price as the Canon 15-35/2.8L at launch, and it's not even as wide. That's a fail, Sony. Total lack of innovation.

    Gee, that was fun...all I had to was copy the Sony troll posts and change the lens names. :LOL:
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  2. For the size and weight conscience folks, these releases should be a home run.
    It's why I bought an R8, and that little FF camera worked out great for travel. But for that, I'd far prefer the RF 14-35/4 over a 16-35/2.8, the extra 2mm makes a meaningful difference for me on the wide end.
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  3. It's why I bought an R8, and that little FF camera worked out great for travel. But for that, I'd far prefer the RF 14-35/4 over a 16-35/2.8, the extra 2mm makes a meaningful difference for me on the wide end.
    I know what you mean.... a 40 to 50mm doesn't seem to change all that much... but at the wide end... just a couple of mm is quite noticeable.
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  4. I know what you mean.... a 40 to 50mm doesn't seem to change all that much... but at the wide end... just a couple of mm is quite noticeable.
    In my case, that's mostly because much of my travel shooting is urban and in that use case you often can't 'just back up a bit'. With the 16-35 range (I had both the EF 16-35/2.8L II and the EF 16-35/4L IS), I would usually bring the EF 11-24/4L along as well, even when I didn't really want to carry it. With the RF 14-35/4, I will sometimes leave the 11-24/4 at home (when processed with DxO, the wide end of the RF 14-35 after the required correction ends up at ~13.5mm FoV compared to the 11-24/4, and the corners are just as sharp).
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  5. In my case, that's mostly because much of my travel shooting is urban and in that use case you often can't 'just back up a bit'. With the 16-35 range (I had both the EF 16-35/2.8L II and the EF 16-35/4L IS), I would usually bring the EF 11-24/4L along as well, even when I didn't really want to carry it. With the RF 14-35/4, I will sometimes leave the 11-24/4 at home (when processed with DxO, the wide end of the RF 14-35 after the required correction ends up at ~13.5mm FoV compared to the 11-24/4, and the corners are just as sharp).
    I have never made a good image with the 11-24 at 11mm.... there is so much in the frame!
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  6. I have never made a good image with the 11-24 at 11mm.... there is so much in the frame!
    Yeah, you need to have something in the foreground. The shots that I've liked at 11mm are usually where I'm standing next to something vertical. Both of these were in Tours, France, the first was in the Cathédrale Saint-Gatien and the second was a wall next to the train station.

    Cathédrale Saint-Gatien de Tours Interior.jpg

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  7. I have never used such a thing, let us know how it goes.
    I'm using an R5. Immediately, it has a lot of vignetting and the edges have a strong blur to about the size of an aps-c sensor, So, it's probably unusable for most people on full frame.
    I didn't see any obvious distortion. It can now focus extremally close. I'll ask my niece if she wants to try it on her R50. It might have more difficulty looking sharp, but it should look better.
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  8. From a quick look, it seems:

    Sony 16-35 f/2.8 II: relatively small and light, relatively high maximum magnification, no IS.

    RF 15-35 f/2.8 IS: compared to the Sony, it is bigger, heavier and has lower maximum magnification, but you get an extra mm at the wide end and IS.

    RF 14-35 f/4 IS: compared to the Sony, it gives up a stop of aperture but weight is very similar, and you get even smaller size, even higher maximum magnification, an extra two mm at the wide end and IS.

    I don't use UWA lenses enough to want to pay the asking price for any of these, but the Sony would be my preference (assuming, of course, the Sony's IQ holds up - will have to wait for reviews about that) because, for me, the combination of f/2.8 aperture and relatively small size and weight (with the relatively high maximum magnification being a nice bonus) would trump the extra features of the Canons. I am sure there are many will prefer one of the Canon's though, particularly because they are wider and have IS. (My comments are about the design choices reflected in each of the lenses but yes, of course, having a camera with the correct mount to use a lens would also be a factor in choosing between the Sony and Canon lenses :) )

    As usual, pick your poison!
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  9. this is a body style I wish I'd seen instead of that ... R8!
    While I'm very happy with my R8, I would like a body that's more like an M6II. The A7C form factor is close, but still rather big and waaaaaaay too many hand slicing sharp angles.
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  10. RF 15-35 f/2.8 IS: compared to the Sony, it is bigger, heavier and has lower maximum magnification, but you get an extra mm at the wide end and IS.
    And you get the wobbles when shooting video. I don't think IS is really as beneficial as IBIS is on the wide end. For example using the EF 16-35 rather then the RF IS lens, the wobbles appear to be almost non existent.
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