Sony A7s low light stills test

Thanks to lensrentals.com I finally got my hands on Sony’s A7s mirrorless, low light wonder-camera (note: A7s, not the newer A7s II). Aside from the fact that it only has 12MP (which is actually a big plus in my book) there are a lot of other things that have kept me lusting after this camera – most of all it’s great low light performance. Since I shoot a lot of events and concerts, a camera that can shoot in low light and get great results without flash or other lighting sources is a big deal. And I’m not just talking about video, I mean stills too. While many reviews have focused on the A7s’ abilities with low-light video capture, I am actually more interested in its performance shooting stills.

My Nikon D750 does really well with low light situations compared to most DSLRs, but dark clubs and stages with poor or non-existant lighting make it nearly impossibe to get good photos even with the D750. How well does the A7s perform as a low-light concert and event shooter in comparison? Here’s some samples I shot at Low End Theory, a weekly music event at the Airliner club in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles. The results were great shooting up to about 51,200 ISO. The D750 would have trouble at this level of darkness for sure but I think the Sony did really well. All shots taken with A7s and Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2.

Sony A7s with Zeiss Loxia 50mm F2ISO 12,800

Sony A7s with Zeiss Loxia 50mm F2ISO 51,200

Sony A7s with Zeiss Loxia 50mm F2ISO 51,200

Sony A7s with Zeiss Loxia 50mm F2ISO 51,200

Sony A7s with Zeiss Loxia 50mm F2ISO 51,200

Sony A7s with Zeiss Loxia 50mm F2ISO 6,400

Sony A7s with Zeiss Loxia 50mm F2ISO 6,400

Last modified: July 6, 2016

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