That the Sony A7S would be one of the best-performing cameras in terms of high-ISO noise and dynamic range was clear pretty much from the get-go, considering that the company decided to stick with a very reasonable 12 megapixels. Spread out over a full-frame 35mm sensor, each pixel of the A7S is more than twice the size of what current APS-C models have to offer, and more than four times the size as those of current Micro Four Thirds cameras. When a first video demonstration revealed just how amazing its performance was, photographers all over the world saw their jaws drop.
Now that the camera is finally becoming available, we can expect more and more footage to arrive. One of the most recent videos that was taken with the new A7S, called “into the darkness,” shows 4K footage that was recorded at night, using only ambient light and that of a candle. In that regard, it reminds us a bit of the famous candlelit scene in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Barry Lyndon’, for which he used the legendary Zeiss Planar 50mm f/0.7 lens. The creator of said video,Â Yosh Enatsu, also shares a comparison of the A7S’s various ISO settings, which demonstrate the camera’s ability to literally turn the night into day.
Before making any quick judgements, however, EOSHD.com who originally shared the video remind us that YouTube’s compression, even at 4K resolution, acts a bit like a noise reduction algorithm. Thus, the footage appears to be much smoother than it actually looked out of the camera. Still, the A7S’s performance is once again shown to be incredible, and the possibilities that the camera opens up for low-light photography are very exciting.
New Sony A7S video footage shows off the camera"s incredible performance