Sony recently announced the 4th generation of the high resolution A7R Full Frame mirrorless camera retailing for $3498 US. This Sony A7R IV is packing a New Full Frame 61MP Exmor R Sensor with 15-stops of dynamic range, and 567 phase-detection AF points embedded. It’s also capable of shooting 10 frames per second for up to 68 consecutive frames while maintaining AF tracking and auto exposure. Sony also upgraded the OLED viewfinder to a 5.76M-dot resolution unit for incredible clarity.
This resolution and ability to track moving subjects at 10fps is nothing short of incredible. Ideal for advanced portrait shooters and landscape photographers in particular, but if sports shooters are looking for crazy resolution, the A7r IV will also work for that as well. The A7r IV is basically a medium format resolution camera killer if resolution and af speed are what you are after.
More camera body refinements were made with increased weather sealing, larger dials, locks, and new buttons for better feel and ease of use. In addition the grip was significantly enhanced for better ergonomics. The default shutter dial was also moved to the top of the camera next to the now locking exposure comp dial. Both memory card slots are now the faster UHS-II format as well.
The A7R IV also features full time autofocus tracking w/ Eye-AF for both humans and animals while shooting photos and now video recording. This is huge for videographers!!
That is basically the meat of the upgrades, but there are a lot more little things that Sony changed as well, and you can learn about that in the initial reviews from the Sony press event, key features list below, and the full overview below.
Sony A7r IV – Key Features:
New – 61MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
Max Resolution = 9504 x 6336
BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
New – 567-Point Phase-Detection AF System
Real time focus tracking
New – 5.76M-dot resolution OLED @ 60hz, Less than 5.76M-dot @ 120Hz
10fps up to 68 consecutive shots
15-stop dynamic range
New – Pixel-Shift Technology = 240MP Image
Silent shooting mode – Has significant rolling shutter unlike A9
UHD 4K30p Video with HLG & S-Log3 Gammas
New – Real time tracking and Eye-AF with Video
New – Improved weather sealing
New – Dramatically Improved Ergonomics (Grip in particular)
New larger rear thumb toggle
Better on and off switch
Port doors are also much improved
New – Interval shooting function – Time-lapse photography
New – Exposure comp dial now has a toggle lock button
New – Default Shutter dial now on top of camera
New – Dual UHS-II Format SD Card Slots
Memory Card door now slides back to open like DSLR’s
530 shots per charge with the EVF or 670 shots with the rear LCD
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Sony A7R IV hands on…for video!
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Sony A7R IV Promo Videos
New Pixel-Shift Technology = 240MP Image
A Sample A7R IV Movie from Sony
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Sony | α | α7R IV | Behind the Scene of “Silhouette of Life – Yakushima”
Recommended A7R IV Accessories:
If you are looking to really get the most out of your Sony A7R IV, then you must consider some addition optics for your tool chest. All the E-Mount Lenses available will work, but the the full frame E-mount lenses will give you full sensor coverage where the APS-C E-mount lenses will only work in crop factor mode which will not utilize the entire sensor. This might be what you want if filming in super 35mm mode though. You can also use lens adapters and utilize almost any lens on the Sony A7r IV which is quite awesome. In general the native Sony e-mount lenses work best though as far as autofocus accuracy, speed, and features like Eye-Af for example.
The Sony A7r IV has pretty good battery life overall, but I still recommend getting at least 1 extra NP-FZ100 battery for those long days of shooting or recording video. You can also opt for a VG-C4EM battery grip which holds two batteries and also helps with the ergonomics when using larger heavy lenses.
That is about it for this article, but I will continue to update it as new Sony A7R IV reviews come out. And of course I plan on reviewing this camera in the near future as well, so please let me know what lenses you would like me use for the review, and any other thoughts or questions you might have below.
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