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Sony A7S can see in the darkCameras usually struggle with low-light situations, but the Sony A7S is built to see in the dark. Take a look at what it can do with these video samples.
They say that eating lots of carrots will help you see in the dark, but with a Sony A7S you don't have to. As you've probably found out by now this Sony A7S can practically see in the dark thanks to it's incredible ISO range from 100. All the way up to a crazy 409,600. We're taking a look at some footage from the A7S now. This is shot at 10 ADP. No grading, no picture profiles. Everything on default. Stepping up the ISO from a near dark situation all the way up to its crazy high limits. You can see that the A7S is really seeing a whole bunch of details that even the naked eye can't really make out in this much darkness. But if you're shooting at crazy high ISOs, naturally, you get a whole lot of grain. With the a7S, it is still pretty usable. Even when you're shooting up to around ISO 160,000. You can even make that look part of the effect, or remove the noise in post processing if you want to. But if you're recording at a sensible exposure and a lower ISO, you get a really nice. Deep blacks, a very even color palette, and a nice dynamic range. And now, time to look at some comparison shots. This is footage from the Canon 5D Mark III up against the Sony a7S. We've got a 35 mil, Sigma f/1.4 lens on the Canon, to match what's on the Sony. You'll notice that the footage from the A7S is a lot flatter than what comes out of the Canon which is really quite punchy. We noticed that there was a lot more details in the shadows. Now to some thoughts on the usability of the A7S as a video camera. First off the EVF. It's nice and bright, really beautiful and easy to see in sunlight. The same unfortunately can't be said for the LCD screen on the back side. The positioning of the record button is also really quite quirky. It is right on the side here. It is really hard to find, especially when you're shooting in low light, which is ironically when you're probably gonna be shooting with the A7S most. It's flush against the side of the body, really hard to find. Plus. You can't use the shutter button to start recording even when you're in video mode. You also need to use SDX video cards to record in the XAVCF format. These are also pretty expensive to buy. On the plus side, the audio from the in build mic is really quite fantastic even though most people are probably going to want to put an external mic on this. It's nice to know that the quality from the in built mic is really good. So that's been a couple of initial thoughts on using the Sony A7S as a video camera. If you want to check out the full review on this camera, make sure to check out CNET really soon. [MUSIC]