Earlier in April we heard the Sony A7s might cost as much as $4,189 putting an extreme premium on its low-light capability. Now a new Mirrorless Rumors report says the camera will be priced on May 7th for a much more affordable $1,800. While it might still seem pricey, if the Sony A7s’ rumored price holds true photographers will be able to pick up a camera with the same nearly night vision, high ISO 409,600 capability as the Nikon D4s, which costs a comparatively higher $6,496.
This newly reported price would slot Sony’s new full-frame mirrorless camera right between the Sony A7 at $1,698 and the $2,298 Sony A7r. However, unlike the camera’s two predecessors, the A7s has a lower resolution 12.2MP sensor compared to the Sony A7r’s 36.4MP full-frame sensor and 24.3MP on the Sony A7. It’s a small trade off of resolution that will help the camera take well lit images in the shade comfortably at even 12,600 ISO if F-Stop Academy’s early impressions are any indication.
Beyond low-light shooting, the Sony A7s is still one of the few mirrorless cameras capable of shooting 4K video. Panasonic’s GH4 still comes away with a lower $1,697.99 price and no need for a costly third party recorder like the Sony. It should be interesting to see how these two cameras compare in our review when shooting in the dark. In the meantime check out our first impressions of both the Panasonic GH4 and Sony A7s.