Over the weekend we attended the Den Lennie Sony A7s Exclusive Preview at Sony Store, The Curve.
Sony Malaysia brought experienced film maker and educator, Den Lennie from the UK to deliver the workshop. To help prepare for Den Lennie’s arrival, Sony’s training division called to ask what shooting environment should they create for users to test the A7s. I requested for a candlelight dinner scene with models. That was easily done. I advised against having the models wear black clothing to which Sony replied they especially wanted that!
After all that I’ve read about the Sony A7s, especially its fantastic claims of being able to film in almost total darkness, I was still blown away by what I saw.
When I entered the dark room, there was nothing but 3 lit candles. I could only just make out the 2 models based on their silhouettes. The A7s could show me their facial features, what was on the table, what color and pattern the tablecloth had and how many utensils were on the table. This was simply amazing. To top it all off, the footage looked incredibly clean on a 4K LCD screen. At At ISO 204800, the image was getting a little too bright. Push come to shove, the A7s could go up to ISO 409600
The A7s pricing is revealed at RM 7,999 (body only) with a carry bag and 64GB SDXC card thrown in. First stocks arrive next month. Whatever the Canon 5D Mark III (or any other camera) had on Sony, it’s clear which camera is the new King of Low Light!