Sony a7C Compact Fullframe Digital Camera Comparisons

Sony a7C Sigma fp comparison

Here’s how Sony a7C compares to other compact fullframe digital cameras starting with a7C specs:

 
Sony a7C front & back
Sony a7C body only ($1,798) Size: 4.9 x 2.8 x 2.4″ / 124 x 71.1 x 59.7 mm
Sony a7C with FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 lens ($2,098) Size: 4.9 x 2.8 x 3.7″ / 124 x 71.1 x 93.9 mm

Compared to Sigma fp:

Sigma fp front & back
Sigma fp body only ($1,899) Size: 4.43 x 2.75 x 1.78″ (112.6 x 69.9 x 45.3 mm)

Sony a7C will remind a lot of you of Sigma fp, however Sony a7C adds SIX major upgrades not found on Sigma fp:

• Sony a7C has 5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilization. Sigma fp does not.
• Sony a7C has a built-in EVF. Sigma fp does not.
• Sony a7C has Phase Detection AF. Sigma fp only offers Contrast AF.
• Sony a7C has a long-life Z-battery. Sigma fp has a tiny BP-51 battery.
• Sony a7C has a 360º Tilt LCD. Sigma fp does not.
• Sony a7C has built-in hand grip. Sigma fp does not.

Compared to Sony RX1R II:

Sony RX1R II front & back
Sony RX1R II with 35mm F2 Zeiss fixed lens ($3,298) Size: 4.5 x 2.6 x 2.8″ (113.3 x 65.4 x 72 mm)

Sony RX1R II is another excellent choice for street photography thanks to its fixed 35mm F2.0 Zeiss lens and 42mp sensor. Sony a7C is an interchangeable lens camera with a 24mp sensor. Both are excellent cameras – here’s how they compare:

• Sony a7C has a 24mp sensor. RX1R II has a 42mp sensor.
• Sony a7C is an interchangeable lens camera. RX1R II has a fixed 35mm F2.0 Zeiss lens.
• Sony a7C has 5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilization. RX1R II does not.
• Sony a7C has a built-in EVF. RX1R II has a pop-up EVF
• Sony a7C has a long-life Z-battery. RX1R II uses the tiny NP-BX1/M8 battery.
• Sony a7C has a 360º Tilt LCD. RX1R II is tilt LCD only.
• Sony a7C has built-in hand grip. RX1R II does not.

Compared to Leica Q2:

Leica Q2 front & back
Leica Q2 with 28mm F1.7 Leica fixed lens ($4,995) Size: 5.1 x 3.1 x 3.6″ (130 x 80 x 91.9 mm)

• Sony a7C has a 24mp sensor. Leica Q2 has a 47mp sensor.
• Sony a7C is an interchangeable lens camera. Leica Q2 has a fixed 28mm F1.7 Leica lens.
• Sony a7C has 5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilization. Leica Q2 has an OSS lens.
• Sony a7C has a long-life Z-battery. Leica Q2 uses the BP-SCL4 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (8.4V, 1860mAh).
• Sony a7C has a 360º Tilt LCD. Leica Q2 has a fixed LCD.
• Sony a7C has built-in hand grip. Leica Q2 does not.

Compared to Zeiss ZX1:

Zeiss ZX1 front & back
Zeiss ZX1 with 35mm F2 Zeiss fixed lens ($6,000) Size: 5.6 x 3.7 x 2.6″ (142 x 93 x 66 mm)

Zeiss ZX1 was announced two years ago in September 2018 but has not yet come to market, here are the specs. While it’s not as compact as the other cameras on this list, I’ll include it for reference.

• Sony a7C has a 24mp sensor. Zeiss ZX1 has a 37mp sensor.
• Sony a7C is an interchangeable lens camera. Zeiss ZX1 has a fixed 35mm F2.0 Zeiss lens.
• Sony a7C has 5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilization. Zeiss ZX1 does not.
• Sony a7C has a long-life Z-battery. Zeiss ZX1 uses the tiny NP-BX1/M8 battery.
• Sony a7C has a 360º Tilt LCD. Zeiss ZX1 has a fixed 4.3″ touch LCD.

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7 thoughts on “Sony a7C Compact Fullframe Digital Camera Comparisons”

  1. Some reviewers don’t get who this camera is aimed for. I own a 7R III and it has it’s rightful place with big GM lenses. But I always wanted a FF camera that I can take with me anywhere (vacations, street photography, museums).

    Some of the best suited lenses for this small camera would be:

    Sony 20mm 1.8; Sony 28mm 2.0; Sony 35mm 1.8; Batis 25mm 2.0; Sony Zeiss 55mm 1.8; Sigma 40mm 2.8; Batis 85mm 1.8. All those will go nice with this camera. Also, for vloggers the Batis 18mm 2.8 would be quite useful.

    Also Tamron 20mm 2.8; Tokina 20mm 2.0.

    Small, light prime lenses with great AF are best suited for this camera.

    1. All of those lenses are great options! Though to be honest, the hand grip is essentially the same dimensions as a7 III – there’s just no ‘prism’ on top for the EVF. Which means that any E-mount lens is just as easy to hold on a7C as any other Sony fullframe mirrorless camera.

  2. I believe this camera is a great step forward with a great price (not what I saw at first). It has all the bells and whistles needed for most everything, the video slammers just get over. Not raining on a great thing, Yes small but even with my A7 models it is the lens size with the smaller camera like putting a 100-400mm on the a6600 (I have seen it done), kinda out there! But of us older film days people had small lenses, YES No AF, IS but the glass was small. Lens makers have JUST started to make lenses a little smaller for the new mirrorless cameras not lenses with a DSLR size with a built in adapter all heavy. To me just a few years ago said around the “sticks” was “Why should I change to a smaller camera if the lens is still big.” I know the cameras that have telescoping lens that fit in the shirt pocket, You can not satisfy everyone!!! But if 35mm cameras of old had small lenses then why not now!! Lastly let me say I am tickled pink, and hug my Sony cameras and lenses every morning and tuck them in the safe at night for they are the best of the best, and my Canon FD lenses are still employed and going strong for they are the fastest of the fast for 40 years now on a Sony body! I do not condemn for they are not made yet, for a geek knows!! Liquide lenses thin and small are soon to be just like the fiber optic computer CPU/GPU and chassis is just minute away. Standing on the west coast beach that is not the surf you hear but the sounds of Sony wizards at play across the pond. They already know what is wanted and is being made as we only think! Just stay SONY!! and do not complain for your wish is coming true soon!!

  3. Brian, if anyone knows the answer it will be you.
    I added an A7C for when I don’t want to tarry under the A1 (old age).
    I thought the A7C would be perfect for Milky Way timelapsing. It’s (the A7C) is perfect for my MSM Move Shot Move tracker, especially with the wonderful Sony FE 20/1.8…….
    But I cannot find an intervalometer that will work with the A7C for exposures greater than 30 seconds. My cable/intervelometers I used on the a9 and A7Riv work fine on the A1 but so far nothing for the A7C.
    Shame because I love love love the ISO performance of the A7C.
    Any clues?
    Thanks ahead of time.

    1. Hmmm…that’s exactly what I was going to recommend until you said it doesn’t work. No idea why it wouldn’t.

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