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Sony’s New Alpha 7C Is the World’s Smallest and Lightest Full-Frame Camera

The new camera still has room for a 24-megapixel sensor.

Sony Alpha 7C camera Sony

Full-frame mirrorless cameras come equipped with huge sensors that give photographer more control than ever before. But this comes at a cost, namely they’re much bigger and bulkier than other cameras. That’s not the case with Sony’s new Alpha 7C (A7C), the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame camera yet.

The latest entry in the electronics giant’s Alpha line of interchangeable-lens cameras will make amateur photographers wonder why they spent all those years lugging around a massive DSLR rig. The compact device is small enough to easily fit into a simple crossbody bag and weighs in at a smidge over one pound.

Featuring a subtle retro-inspired design, the A7C measures 4.9 inches x 2.8 inches x 2.2 inches and weighs just 18 ounces with the battery and memory card included. As New Atlas points out, that is nearly a half-pound lighter than the previous lightest full-frame camera, the Panasonic S5 (25 ounces).

Despite its compact size and light weight, Sony somehow managed to fit a relatively massive 24.2-megapixel 35mm full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor into the camera. This should provide enough image definition and low-light performance to satisfy even the most exacting photographer. Additional features include the company’s BIONZ X image processing engine, 5-axis image stabilization and ultra-fast autofocus system. And the camera offers 15 stops of dynamic range, ISO sensitivity that tops out at 204,800, and it can shoot 4K video.

Sony Alpha 7C camera without a lens equipped

Sony Alpha 7C full-frame mirrorless camera without a lens equipped  Sony

Outside the A7C’s body, you’ll find a 3-inch, vari-angle LCD touchscreen and a 2.35-million dot XGA OLD Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder that’s been positioned to the right. The camera also supports USB-C charging and can get 740 shots on a single charge. Finally, the unit is compatible with the brand’s new FE-28-60mm f/4-5.6 lens and HVL-F28RM flash. Even with the 5.8-ounce, retractable lens equipped, the camera still weighs in at less than two pounds.

The Sony Alpha 7C full-frame camera will be available later this fall in either black or silver. The body costs $1,799.99, while a kit that includes the new zoom lens will sell for $2,099.99. Information on where to buy the camera will be available through the manufacturer’s website.