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Sony A7R IV / A7R IVa (A7R4) Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera (2019)

MSRP 3500 USDNeoscore 85%NEX score 87%

Product Overview

Sony a7R IV is a flagship mirrorless camera in the Sony E-mount system. Introduced by Sony in 2019, it comes with a full-frame sensor with 61 MP (9504 x 6336) resolution and a 5.76 million-dot EVF.
The camera has a good battery life, though it is nothing to write home about. The 10.0 fps burst rate serves enthusiasts well enough, though some professionals may find it limiting.
The Sony a7R IV comes with 567 autofocus points.Those who intend to use the Sony a7R IV for video work will be glad to find that the camera comes with 5.5 stops of IBIS.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 85% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Long battery life
  • 5.5 stops of IBIS
  • Good 10.0 fps burst rate
  • Rather compact
  • Exceptionally high 61 MP resolution
  • Weather-sealed
  • High resolution EVF
  • Supports both WiFi and Bluetooth
Cons
  • Viewfinder with low 0.78x magnification

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 87% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb ergonomics
  • Excellent video recording
  • Superb autofocus
  • Great battery life
  • Superb image stabilisation
  • Incredible detail
Cons
  • No RAW support
  • Not as fast as the a7R III
  • Underused touchscreen
  • No 4K video recording
  • Pricey compared to other EOS models
  • No UHSII card slot
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Specifications

Variants:
A7R IVa

Connectivity

Ports
HDMI + Headphone + Microphone + Remote Control + USB 3.2 Gen 1
Wireless Connectivity
802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1 + NFC

Construction

Adjustment | Tilt
Adjustable up 107 deg, down 41 deg
Form Factor
Mirrorless camera
Image Size
Full frame (35.7 x 23.8 mm)
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Material
Magnesium alloy
Microphone
Stereo
Sensor | Resolution
61 MP (9504 x 6336)
Sensor | Type
BSI-CMOS
Speakers
Mono

Dimensions

Size | Depth
78 mm / 3.07 in
Size | Height
96 mm / 3.78 in
Size | Width
129 mm / 5.08 in
Weight
665 g / 23.50 oz

Display

Display Diagonal
3 inch
Display Type
Tilting TFT LCD
Resolution
1,440,000 dots
A7R IVaResolution
2,360,000 dots
Viewfinder | Coverage
100%
Viewfinder | Magnification
0.78x
Viewfinder | Resolution
5,760,000 dots
Viewfinder | Type
Electronic

Function

AE Bracketing
±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
Autofocus
567 focus points
Crop Factor
1.0
Exposure Compensation
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Exposure Mode
Auto / Aperture Priority / Shutter Priority / Manual
Flash Sync Speed
1/250 s
GPS
No
Image Stabilization
5.5 stops
Intervalometer
Yes
ISO Range
ISO 100 ~ 32000 (expands to 50 ~ 102800)
Processor
Bionz X
Touch Screen
Yes
Video Codecs
MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Battery Life
670 shots
Battery Life | Stills
530 shots (Viewfinder) / 670 shots (LCD)
Battery Life | Video
90 min (Viewfinder) / 105 min (LCD)
Dynamic Range
15 stops
Max Burst Rate
10.0 fps
Shutter Speed
1/8000 to 30 s
Storage
Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible)

Production

Battery
NP-FZ100 lithium-ion battery & charger
Debut
2019-07-16
Made In
Thailand
Model Name
ILCE-7RM4

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The A7r Mark IV is an impressive body, with its new 61 Megapixel sensor leap-frogging its high-res rivals to date and overall speed and handling that could easily tempt D850 owners. It has the potential to deliver portraits, landscapes and architectural images that approach medium format quality, while also having the speed and croppability for distant sports and wildlife. I'm still frustrated by the woefully underused touchscreen and disappointed there’s no 4k at 60p nor any video in 10p.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Superb autofocus
  • Superb image stabilisation
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • No 4k at 60p
  • Underused touchscreen

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score 88%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The A7R IV keeps the same continuous shooting rate as the lower-resolution Mark III. With the Mark IV you no longer have to go into the menu system to enable Eye AF. For the first time, Real-Time Eye AF is also available in movie mode. It's not foolproof and you still have to use some skill for the best results.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent autofocus performance
  • New Bionz X processor
  • Real-Time Eye AF and Real-Time Tracking
Cons
  • Can be unforgiving
  • No RAW support

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 94%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
Sony's latest mirrorless camera offers the best autofocus performance you'll find in any full-frame model. It tracks subjects with tenacity, and with bursts of up to 10fps, you can snap fleeting moments of action. The body feels right at home in my hands, and the grip is comfortable.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Top-of-the-line autofocus performance
  • Superb ergonomics
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Not as fast as the a7R III

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
Sony's A7R IV is the latest model in the A7 line of interchangeable-lens cameras. It has a new 63MP sensor that can output images of up to 61MP. Sony claims to have achieved this level of resolution in the U.S. for the first time. SteadyShot Inside image stabilization has also been incorporated into the body.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Super-high-resolution sensor
  • Improved image stabilization
  • Improved battery life
Cons
  • No UHSII card slot
  • No 4K video recording

digitalpicture[5]

Sentiment Score 87%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
The Sony a7R IV is a highly-refined, feature-packed, extremely competent, well-constructed little camera that delivers sharp, incredibly-high-resolution images with impressive dynamic range. The Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens is the best general purpose lens available for the a 7R IV. For longer focal length needs often encountered by professionals, the Sony FE 70-200 lens is a great choice. This is a best-in-class-feature-packed camera and the price seems very justified.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharp, incredibly-high-resolution images
  • Compact and well-constructed
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Pricey compared to other EOS models

trustedreviews[6]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
Sony’s autofocus system has long been among the best around, and here you get the real-time tracking previously seen in the A6400 and A9 models. This mode is superb for shooting a moving subject, as it’ll keep a steady lock on people and animals. The camera also does video recording, of course, and its 4K 24/30fps quality is superb.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Incredible detail
  • Excellent autofocus system
  • Excellent video recording
Cons
  • 60-megapixel sensor isn’t for everyone

User Reviews

holy.water · 17 May 2020
4.2
Innovation
Design
Quality
Value
The best camera I've ever had
Got the A7r4 earlier this year as an upgrade from the r2. The viewfinder is so so much better on this thing, and the 61 mp image is very detailed. Some people complain about the grip, but if you have to carry it 12 hours a day hiking, you'll appreciate the light weight. Although the space between the grip and the lens is quite tight. Not the most comfortable if you have big hands in thick gloves.
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References

1. ^ Sony A7r IV review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/sony-alpha-a7r-mark-iv-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
2. ^ Sony A7R IV hands-on review: 61 glorious megapixels. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/digital-camera-reviews/sony-a7r-iv-review/. 2019-11-27. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Sony a7R IV Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sony-a7r-iv. 2019-10-07. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Sony Alpha A7R IV review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/sony-alpha-a7r-iv-review. 2019-10-01. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Sony Alpha 7R IV Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sony-a7R-IV.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
6. ^ Sony A7R IV Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/sony-a7r-iv. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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