Sony Alpha Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Roundup - 2024

29 February 2024

Mirrorless cameras have taken the digital photography world by storm, their compact size and potent performance offering the perfect blend for on-the-go creators. Initially embraced by beginners and enthusiasts, seasoned professionals are increasingly making the switch, attracted by the versatility and image quality these innovative cameras offer. Among the leaders in this revolution is Sony, whose full-frame mirrorless lineup stands as a testament to their cutting-edge technology.

Building on our previous guide to Sony digital camera lenses, we're now here to help you navigate the exciting world of Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras and find the perfect match for your unique photographic aspirations.

Sony A7 Mark IV

The Sony A7 was the camera that started the full-frame Mirrorless ball rolling for Sony, and this A7 Mark IV is the 4th generation in this line. While some models within the Sony Alpha range are specialists in certain areas, this model could be thought of as the one that has it all, with an equal mix of still photography and video features, plus fast and reliable performance, all in a slimline package.

The Sony A7 Mark IV features a full-frame 26.1 MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor that offers unprecedented levels of detail and a dynamic range of 15-stops, which equates to high levels of detail being captured in every shot. Other important inclusions are 10 frames per second continuous shooting, 5-Axis Image Stabilisation and UHD 4K resolution video recording, and a 567-point phase-detection AF system on hand. If you’re having trouble making up your mind, you can’t go wrong with this versatile full-frame mirrorless camera from Sony.

Sony A7R Mark V

One thing that is abundantly clear with the Sony Alpha range is that Sony doesn’t waste any time releasing new models that improve upon their already successful predecessors. The A7R Mark V is obviously the 5th model in this lineup in just a few years. It has recently announced itself on the market with its full-frame sensor featuring an amazing 61MP and promising to produce up to 15 stops of dynamic range.  

The Sony A7R Mark V features advanced weather-sealing, as well as a comfortable hand grip for more successful handheld shooting. There is a rapidly fast and accurate phase-detection AF system with 693 points as well as 5-axis in-body stabilisation, both of which come in very handy when making use of this camera's stunning 8K video recordings and continuous shooting rate, which is available at up to 10 frames per second.

Sony A9 Mark II

The professional-standard A9 Mark II is sure to entice sports photographers to make the switch, offering DSLR quality in a lighter, more portable package. As a full-frame camera - remember, full-frame cameras are better in low light - the A9 Mark II boasts a 24.2MP CMOS sensor and an expandable ISO range to a whopping 204800. Capture stunning images in dark conditions and freeze fast-paced action with confidence.

The Sony A9 Mark II can shoot at a top speed of 20 frames per second when using the electronic shutter, and up to 293 RAW images in a burst with absolutely no blackout! The included Bionz X processor allows faster processing times as well as a 693-point phase-detection focus system that can keep up with the top speeds that we just mentioned. Also contained within this rugged, weather-sealed body are 5-Axis image stabilisation and 4K resolution video recording.

Sony A9 Mark III

The Sony A9 Mark III stands apart as a no-nonsense powerhouse for professionals who demand the absolute best. It's not just a camera; it's a statement of intent, designed to redefine the boundaries of image capture. At its core lies a revolutionary global shutter sensor, a technological feat that eliminates distortion and guarantees razor-sharp detail, even when capturing subjects in the most frenetic motion.

The power of the Sony A9 Mark III extends beyond still photography. This camera includes unparalleled video capabilities, capturing buttery smooth 4K120p video footage, in stunning 10-bit quality. A true speed demon, this Sony Alpha for sports photography includes a rapid-fire autofocus system and unbelievable continuous shooting at up to 120 frames per second. But it's not just about speed; the camera's pre-capture function ensures you'll never miss that decisive moment, silently buffering shots before you even press the shutter. If you are looking for versatile review and composition options, the A9 Mark III boasts a generous 3.2-inch LCD screen, ready to showcase your masterpieces in vibrant detail, and a pristine EVF with unprecedented refresh times - this camera is a joy to shoot with, and a marvel when you see the results.

Sony A7C

Leaping onto the market in 2020, the Sony A7C provides would-be full-frame Mirrorless enthusiasts with a more portable entry-point into the range.

This exciting release will appeal to those looking for something that they can take with them as they follow their everyday routine, or as they travel to all corners of the globe - it is in fact the world’s smallest stabilised full-frame camera at the time of release.

The A7C is not just notable for its compact build - it captures brilliant photos and videos. This camera will be particularly well received by vloggers, thanks to its 4K video capture, side-tilting LCD screen and both microphone and headphone inputs. The A7C is the perfect vlogging camera if you are aiming for the best-quality audio recordings to go with your videos.

A 24.2MP full-frame sensor can be found inside the Sony A7C, which can be used to produce highly detailed photographs in various lighting conditions (even in low light conditions), while the built-in 5-axis stabilisation system and speedy phase-detection autofocus are available to add professionalism and class to both photos and videos.

Sony A7C II

The most recent release on our list, the Sony A7C II, is a full-frame camera for beginners offering Mirrorless enthusiasts a more portable entry-point into the range.

This exciting model will appeal to those looking for something they can take with them as they follow their everyday routine, or as they travel to all corners of the globe - and there's no need to panic, it's still loaded with the features that we have grown to love from this range.

The A7C II is not just notable for its compact build - it captures brilliant photos and videos. This camera will be particularly well received by vloggers, thanks to its 4K video capture, side-tilting LCD screen and both microphone and headphone inputs. It also includes advanced image stabilisation to keep all of your shots free from blur, even if they are captured while you are on the go.

A 33MP full-frame sensor can be found inside the Sony A7C II, which can be used to produce highly detailed photographs in various lighting conditions (even in low light conditions), while the speedy 759-point phase-detection AF system and advanced AI-powered tracking allow this camera to quickly and easily highlight your focal point and make sure it remains the centre of attention.

Sony Alpha A1

The announcement of the flagship Sony Alpha A1 came with an impressive bang - it also goes by "The One", for those playing along at home.  A top-of-the-line model in every sense of the word, the A1 could be thought of as combining every feature Sony has included in previous releases, which have been improved upon and crammed into a portable Mirrorless package.

The Sony Alpha A1 is made for those who demand professional-level imaging of every kind, with its combination of 50MP full-frame EXMOR CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor producing highly detailed still files and 8K resolution videos.

The performance of this rugged weather-sealed body puts the competition to shame, with a lightning-fast Hybrid AF system, 30 frames per second blackout shooting and dual memory card slots so users can manage the large and plentiful files being created.

As is to be expected of a Sony Mirrorless camera, the Alpha A1 is still manageable for daily use and travel - it weighs just 737 grams. A host of video-friendly features are available for avid vloggers and movie-makers, while the combination and tilting LCD screen and high-res EVF means you will always find the best angle to frame your image, no matter the desired outcome.

Sony ZV-E1

This impressive Sony ZV-E1 is the lightest full-frame mirrorless camera released to date, meaning users can make the most of its 12.1MP EXMOR R CMOS Sensor while carrying around a kit that is comfortable for daily purposes and even travel.

The ZV-E1 has been custom-made to appeal to the content creator, with high-quality 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 video recording, dynamic image stabilisation, and automatic subject framing being just some of the highlights.

As noted, the Sony ZV-E1 will be considered by movie-makers of various skill levels, from those creating short movies to those wanting to grow their YouTube channel. Much of this is done with alarming ease, thanks to features such as Sony's cinematic vlog mode, which is launched with a simple swipe, and background defocus which is given a dedicated button - this feature keeps your subject sharp and detailed and reduces the background to blur, for a professional edge without too much effort.

Sony A7S Mark III

For professionals seeking exceptional low-light video performance, the Sony A7S Mark III demands serious consideration. Its back-illuminated 12.1MP sensor excels in capturing clean, detailed footage even in the most challenging lighting conditions. But the true powerhouse lies in its video capabilities. The A7S Mark III boasts stunning 4K120p recording, ideal for creating smooth slow-motion sequences that captivate viewers in the action. 

This camera's focus system is equally impressive, with 759 phase-detection points and real-time Eye AF. This allows it to lock onto subjects with unwavering precision, ensuring critical moments are never missed. Additionally, the full-size HDMI output seamlessly integrates the A7S Mark III into professional workflows, making it a reliable tool for filmmakers and videographers worldwide. While it might not immediately solve your quandary of which Sony Alpha to buy, the A7S Mark III undoubtedly stands out as a remarkable choice for those prioritizing low-light prowess and exceptional video capture.

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