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Product Highlights
  • 36.4MP Full Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • Gapless On-Chip Lens Design
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Direct Compatibility with E-mount Lenses
  • 3.0" Tiltable TFT LCD with 1,229K-Dots
  • 2.4M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full 1080/60p Video with Remote Capture
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Multi-Interface Shoe

The Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera from Sony incorporates a full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor into an E-mount body thus providing the light gathering capability and detail-rich imaging of a full-frame sensor with a compact, lightweight and versatile mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system. Differing from the full-frame Sony Alpha a7, the Alpha a7R omits the low-pass filter from its 36.4MP sensor, thus optimizing its high resolution, detail-rich imaging capability. In addition, the sensor features a new gapless lens design to increase corner-to-corner light collecting efficiency.The standard ISO sensitivity range of 100-25600 provides rich saturation in bright light and clear, low-noise images in low-light situations.

The new BIONZ X image processor offers fast processing and operation speeds including fast, intelligent autofocus and 4 fps burst shooting. Front-end LSI (large-scale integration) improves the early stages of image processing resulting in more natural details and richer tones. 14-bit RAW output preserves the detail provided by the sensor.

The new autofocus system is optimized for the full-frame sensor including flexible spot focus areas in addition to multipoint, center-weighted, and zone focusing. Manual focus assist can be optimized for full-frame or APS-C-format shooting zones and new Eye AF Control provides highly precise eye-detection for shots that place the focus directly on the subject's eye, even when they are partially turned away.   

Full HD 1080 video capture with 24p/60i/60p frame rates is supported in both AVCHD and MP4 codecs. Uncompressed video can be recorded off-camera via an HDMI connection, and both built-in and external stereo recording is available. HDMI and wireless output allow for viewing of still images on ultra-HD 4K television. The 3.0" tilt-able LCD has a 1.23M-dot resolution and WhiteMagic technology for better visibility in bright light. A high-contrast 2.4M-dot OLED electronic viewfinder provides 100% coverage, a wide viewing angle and features the same 3-lens optical system used in the Sony a99 DSLR.

Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capability enable easy wireless transfer of images as well as remote shutter control from smartphones and tablets. Remote Control via a USB connection enables still photo adjustment control and now includes video capture control. The Quick Navi Pro interface system makes can display all camera adjustments on the LCD for rapid setting changes when needed. 

The advanced Sony Multi-Interface shoe expands compatibility options for flash, microphone, and other accessories, and as an E-mount full-frame camera, the Alpha a7 is compatible with all present E-mount lenses as well as new E-mount full-frame Zeiss and Sony G-series lenses. Lens mount adapters with a tripod mount are also available to use A-mount lenses on E-mount cameras and an optional dedicated battery grip enables stable extended shooting and vertical orientation stability.

Full Frame Compact Mirrorless Digital Camera
The Sony Alpha a7R incorporates a full frame 35.9 x 24 mm sensor into the compact, lightweight form of the E-mount mirrorless cameras providing the imaging prowess of full frame and the convenience and versatility of mirrorless.
36.4MP Exmor CMOS Sensor with No Optical Low Pass Filter
The 36.4MP resolution and outstanding performance of the Alpha a7R are optimized by removing the optical low-pass filter. In combination with the new BIONZ X image processing engine this design increases resolution and enhances the reproduction of the finest details. In addition, the sensor includes a new gapless lens design that fills the space between neighboring pixels to significantly increase light collecting efficiency and realize high corner-to-corner image quality. Differing from the Sony Alpha a7, the Alpha a7R with its omitted low-pass filter, gapless lens design sensor and contrast-detection AF provides the utmost in high-resolution, finely detailed capture. With 36.4 effective megapixels, the Exmor CMOS sensor captures high-resolution, low-noise images with rich tonal gradation and low-light sensitivity. The normal ISO range on the Alpha a7R is 100-25600.
Gapless, On-chip Sensor Lenses
Sony optimized the design and positioning of the sensor's on-chip lens (OCL) covering every pixel to significantly enhance light-gathering efficiency. A gapless on-chip lens design eliminates the gaps between the micro-lenses to collect more light. Moreover, each on-chip lens is optimally positioned depending on its location to accommodate the sharper angle of light entering the periphery, which is caused by larger sensor dimensions being teamed with the E-mount's short flange-back distance.
BIONZ X Image Processor
The new BIONZ X image processing engine reproduces textures and details in real time via extra high-speed processing capabilities. Together with front-end LSI (large scale integration) that accelerates the earliest processing stages, it enables more natural details, more realistic images, richer tonal gradations, and lower noise whether you shoot still images or movies.
Fast Intelligent AF
The high-speed image processing engine and improved algorithms combine with optimized image sensor read-out speed to achieve high-speed AF despite the use of a full-frame sensor.
Compatibility with Sony's E-mount Lenses and New Full-Frame Lenses
Maintaining its lightweight form, the Alpha a7R is fully compatible with Sony's present APS-C E-mount lens system and the new line of E-mount compact full-frame lenses from Carl Zeiss and Sony's premier G-series.
3.0" Tilt LCD Monitor
The tiltable 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD Display offers a 1,229K-dot resolution and makes it easy to photograph from low or high angles, swinging up 84° and down 45°. WhiteMagic technology dramatically increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.
2.4M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
With its 3-lens optical system the viewfinder faithfully displays what will appear in your recording, including the effects of your camera settings. You'll enjoy rich tonal gradations and improved contrast. High-end features like 100% frame coverage and a wide viewing angle enable comfortable and stable eye-level composition.
Full HD Movie at 24p/60i/60p with Uncompressed HDMI Output
The Alpha a7R supports in-camera AVCHD codec frames rates in super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p. MP4 codec is also available for smaller files for easier upload to the web. Also, it is possible to capture Full 1080 HD uncompressed clean-screen video files to external recording devices via an HDMI connection in 60p and 60i frame-rates.
Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC
Connectivity with smartphones for One-touch sharing/One-touch remote has been simplified with Wi-Fi/NFC control. In addition to Wi-Fi support for connecting to smartphones, the Alpha a7R also supports NFC (Near Field Communication) providing convenient transfer of images to Android smartphones and tablets. Users need only touch devices to connect; no complex set-up is required. Moreover, when using Smart Remote Control - a feature that allows shutter release to be controlled by a smartphone - connection to the smartphone can be established by simply touching compatible devices.
Direct Access Interface
Quick Navi Pro displays all major shooting options on the LCD screen so you can rapidly confirm settings and make adjustments without searching through dedicated menus. When shooting opportunities arise, you'll be able to respond swiftly with just the right settings.
New Eye AF Control
Even when capturing a subject partially turned away from the camera with a shallow depth of field, the face will be sharply focused thanks to extremely accurate eye detection that can prioritize a single pupil. A green frame appears over the prioritized eye when focus has been achieved for easy confirmation. Eye AF can be used when the function is assigned to a customizable button, allowing users to instantly activate it depending on the scene.
14-Bit RAW Output
14-bit RAW image data of extremely high quality is outputted by the Alpha a7R. This data preserves the rich detail generated by the image sensor during the 14-bit A/D conversion process. When developed with Sony's Image Data Converter RAW development software, these images deliver particularly high quality photographic expression and rich gradation.
Wired Remote Control with Video Capture Control
Remote Camera Control allows you to control your Alpha a7R from your computer using a USB cable. It has been updated to include video capture control.
Multi-Interface Shoe
The Alpha a7R features the advanced Multi-Interface Shoe that dramatically expands compatibility with Sony digital imaging accessories such as flash units, microphones, lights, and monitors thus increasing the potential of your photo and movie shooting.
Imaging
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Camera Format Full-Frame
Pixels Actual: 36.8 Megapixel
Effective: 36.4 Megapixel
Max Resolution 7360 x 4912
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 35.9 x 24 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVCHD
Audio: AAC LC, AC3
Bit Depth 14-bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Image Stabilization None
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 24 fps
1440 x 1080: 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 25
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Size 1/2"
Viewfinder Pixel Count 2,400,000
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.71x
Diopter Adjustment - 4 to +3 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting Live Preview LCD (1,229,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600 (Extended Mode: 50-)
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 30 - 1/8000 seconds
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Bulb, Manual, Movie, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Sweep Panorama
Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 20.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Underwater
Burst Rate Up to 4 fps at 36.4 MP
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Fill-in
Hi-Speed Sync
Off
Rear Sync
Red-eye Reduction
Slow Sync
Wireless
Built-in Flash No
Dedicated Flash System TTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 4.0 fps
Self Timer 2 sec, 10 sec
Interval Recording No
Connectivity AV / USB Multi, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Software System Requirements Windows: Vista (SP2), 7, 8
Mac: OS X 10.6 or later
Power
Battery 1x NP-FW50  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 1080mAh
AC Power Adapter AC-UB10 (Included)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.0 x 3.7 x 1.9" / 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2 mm
Weight 14.36 oz / 407 g main unit only
Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1080mAh)
  • AC-UB10 AC Adapter
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • Micro USB Cable
  • PlayMemories Home App
  • Image Data Converter Version 4 Software
  • Limited 1-year Warranty

  • Included Free

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SonyAlpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera
     
    4.6

    (based on 89 reviews)

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      (24)

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great resolution (72)
    • Compact (64)
    • Easy to use (51)
    • Large clear LCD (51)
    • Good in low light (28)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (47)
    • Lag / shutter delay (11)
    • No image stabilization (6)
    • Complicated controls (5)
    • Poor in low light (4)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (59)
    • Low light (37)
    • Family photos (32)
    • Wildlife (20)
    • Macro photography (19)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (34), Pro photographer (27), Semi-pro photographer (22)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Embracing the Future

    I have been working on a long term Landscape project in which I have been lugging around Medium Format equipment all the way up to 8x10 field cameras. I may have to hike 10...Read complete review

    I have been working on a long term Landscape project in which I have been lugging around Medium Format equipment all the way up to 8x10 field cameras. I may have to hike 10 miles through the night to get to a sunrise that doesn't work out and hike back out with no image. This camera seemed promising so I jumped in. I took the camera out for the maiden voyage and walked away with keeper, one I'm really stoked on...of course, Mother Nature was on her best behavior...but the quality of the file is magnificent. I recommend this camera for photographers who take time in capturing their images...tripods, quality light...patience.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    FF IQ brilliance, rest is meh

    I bought this camera with the intention of replacing my OM-D E-M1. Image quality hands downs goes to the A7R no contest. But everything else from build quality to overall response to auto-focus speed...Read complete review

    I bought this camera with the intention of replacing my OM-D E-M1. Image quality hands downs goes to the A7R no contest. But everything else from build quality to overall response to auto-focus speed is just average. What annoys me the most is the the shutter button location, on top of the camera to the right in line with strap attachment. Whatever strap you put on gets in the way, whether it's very slightly or just plain cumbersome depending on the angle of your shot. I had to get a BlackRapid wrist strap which attaches via bottom screwmount. No touchscreen. Much faster ability of the e-m1 to re-adjust settings and composition so the A7R could be a street shooter, but would fall short compared to cheaper cameras. The A7R only has 2 or 3 native full frame lenses available at the moment. The 2 adjustment dials are half-way recessed so it will be difficult to clean if any liquid aside from water spills in. The EVF is stupid enough to activate if your hand gets anywhere near it and tilting the LCD does not de-activate that function (E-M1 has this ability). So even if your just reaching for a button towards the back your lcd deactivates. The image quality of the LCD and EVF is not on par with the E-M1 as well even though resolution is not too far apart. That's all I could think of at this moment. Aside from having brilliant image quality and good adaptibility towards other lenses, this camera falls short. I will definitely keep my OM-D E-M1, the A7R is questionable. Oh and the A7R has no In Body Stabilization which on the E-M1 is amazing. I'm able to shoot at lower ISOs at slower speeds with aperture slightly stopped down on the E-M1 which gives me lower noise and good IQ (check out the Zuiko 75mm f1.8). In my personal opinion, the E-M1 absolutely makes up for it's non full frame shortfall while the A7R requires a bit more effort to fully utilize it's full frame quality.

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    5.0

    Good alternative

    By NYPhotographer

    from New York

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

      I got this so that I could continue using my Leica M lenses with a camera with excellent image quality AND video capability. Not disappointed at all.

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      5.0

      Best Camera Ever!

      By Fabien

      from Bogota D.C, Colombia.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        I love this relatively inexpensive semi-pro camera. I bought it with the 35 mm 2.8 sony zeiss and it s amazingly sharp! It s also a very efficient video camera. So if you re a low profile street photographer, go ahead and buy it!

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        5.0

        Terrific Image Quality

        By ENormus

        from Beaverton, OR

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Annual Reports
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Product Photos
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          This camera is amazing. I just sold my PhaseOne P45+ back and bought this to replace it. It's only 3 MP less that the P1, but has so many advanced features and conveniences that simply blow away most other cameras and backs. I bought a Metabones Canon to Sony lens adapter that I use for my Zeiss lenses and the results are simply stunning. Menus, contrary to what other folks may say, are not difficult to navigate and I memorized most of them in 15 minutes. The camera connected right away to my Mac so I'm able to remotely operate it in the studio. My only gripes are the inadequately short and nearly useless micro USB cable and the fact that it comes with no charger. Charging 4 batteries took almost 15 hours.

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          4.0

          A7r, a tremendous choice

          By Fastbrit

          from Coachella Valley, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Quiet
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

          • Noisy At High ISO
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          Without actually having tried or even seen an A7r, I based my purchase decision on reviews from many sources. As a long time Nikon user (currently D7000) it was a leap of faith to go mirror less and to another manufacturer. No product is perfect and the A7r does have some weaknesses (short battery life, bracketing, etc.) but there are work-arounds. However, as many of the well balanced reviews state, the numerous positives make this an astounding camera that raises photographic possibilities to a new level.
          Perhaps the toughest challenge has been trying to forget my Nikon workflow and making the Sony camera menu system something that I can utilize without referring to the manual. This will certainly happen after just a few photo shoots.
          Not only did I take a calculated chance in purchasing the A7r but I also decided to go 'prime'. I am now using the Sony FE 55mm (from B&H) plus two M42 legacy prime lenses. Both the FE Sony lens and the legacy lenses produce incredible results. For me the A7r 'focus peaking' is new and accurate and this is like the icing on the camera/lens cake.
          The ability to adjust so many settings 'on the fly' through both the EVF and LCD displays as you are looking at your subject is close to magic. Particularly powerful is that you can immediately see the effects of your adjustments on the screen prior to shooting.
          My first outings with the camera have resulted in many fabulous photos in terms of technical quality. My D7000 is already up for sale!

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          5.0

          Breathtaking Images

          By Ed Flowers

          from Forest Hills, New York

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Excellent Image quality
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Fine Oled Viewfinder
          • Good Battery Life
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Intuitive Controls
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Excellent Image Quality
          • Good Oled Viewfinder
          • Intuitive Controls
          • Lag / Shutter Delay

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          Used with the Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens, set on DRO Auto, this camera gets breathtaking, tack-sharp, contrast-optimized pictures. The HDR Auto shots are also breathtaking.

          The clacking is a shutter to protect the sensor which lacks the anti-aliasing cover--a feature that allows the images to be even sharper.

          The "backwards" lens design puts the small lens in front and the large lens in back in order to cover the full frame with the image while the back element is very close to the film plane. This results in a weird lens shade design on the 35 mm lens, where the shade fits around the cover filter and the lens looks out the small end of the shade.

          The fast speed of the Bionz Image processor has plenty of ISO to make up for the relatively slow (but sharp) f/2.8 lens. You should be willing to put up with the clacking sound in return for the fine, fine images this novel design produces.

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          5.0

          Who needs a medium format digital camera

          By Kenzmyth

          from San Rafael, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Audio Controls
          • Bright Evf
          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Focus Peaking
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Outstanding Image Quality
          • Tilting LCD

          Cons

          • Limited Lenses
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Architecture
          • Family Photos
          • Fashion photography
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape
          • Macro Photography
          • Product photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Street Photography
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          I used to be a dedicated Nikon 35mm SLR film shooter, also creating images with film in the Mamiya RB67, Fuji GW670, Horseman 4x5, Deardorff 8x10 and even a Gundlach 11x14. My commercial business went digital in 1995 using the Dicomed Scan Back. And then Kodak and Canon created the 560c in 1998. It was expensive($23K), had a 6MP CCD sensor, used spinning disk 500MB storage and the batteries(500.00 each) and lasted about an hour, or so. But, the Canon EOS 1N and EF lenses were brilliant, fast, wonderful. I was hooked... right up through the 5D Mk2. Then, when I was contemplating the Mk3 Sony showed up with this remarkable 35.5MP rig for a thousand dollars less than the MK3.

          I have been using it for about two weeks and was not happy with the performance of the Canon EF 40mm f2.8 STN pancake lens and Dotline convertor's image quality or focus performance. But, once I bought the Sony
          24-70mm f4 everything came clearly into view. What a great system, says I.

          Granted, every tool has it's shortcomings. But, there are no tools that will perform every task for everyone, either. Suffice it to say, this camera meets and beats my expectations for full frame sensor, large file out put, incredible low light performance, very fast focus, light body, reasonably good ergonomics, ease of use and top notch image quality.

          The only negative I can offer is the very short list of Sony lenses compatible with this camera. BUT, the 24-70mm f4 is a wonderful tool for journalistic, editorial, event, and street photography. Yes, a 2.8 version would have been nice and I could've bought the A mount version with an adapter, but that skews the ergonomics by adding more mass to the front of the camera, not to mention doubling the cost.

          For now, I am quite pleased, as I can shoot stealthily at 24-70mm,crop up to 60% and still get the high quality images I need.

          I'm 30 years into a paid photography career and this camera has re-ignited the fires that got me started. I am out on the street shooting again and really feeling the joy of obsession to get the "decisive moment".

          I look forward to shooting video with this camera for my next film project. I know it will perform on a par with the Mk3.

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          5.0

          Simply...WOW

          By Richard

          from Columbia, SC

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Resolution
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          I used it today for food photography.
          I used it with studio lights and the details are simply...wow! My main camera was a Canon 5DM3, but I think I will be using Sony a7r from now on. The only thing is that there are only a limited number of lenses right now... I can't wait to see the new line up of lenses.
          The detail was great, and I had no problems with focusing.

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          4.0

          What a learning curve

          By KBStudio

          from Tigard, OR

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          Landscapes, still lifes, macro, product. Resolution is amazing. The dynamic range available using Lightroom 5 detroys my 5DMII and MIII. Not sure I like the button placements. Keep causing changes when accidently grabbing the camera to do something else. This and the menus are part of the learning curve. Too many years behind a Canon camera.

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          5.0

          Impresive

          By GCS

          from Miami

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Resolution
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay
          • Poor in Low Light
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

          besides the definition, the technology to support you taking the best pictures is there.

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          4.0

          a7R - initial thoughts

          By none

          from New York, NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                The camera is used for still lives, landscapes, copying fine art paintings and 3-dimensional object reproduction, portraits, and, preferably, as a "street" instrument.
                The a7R is well made, the menus fairly intuitive, except the syncing of the wi-fi to a smart phone which I still have not been able to accomplish. The ability to use "legacy" lenses, via adaptors with the use of an "auto" exposure option as well as full manual mode were paramount considerations for my usage. At first I loved the camera, been waiting a few years for it to come along. The camera is the best alternative for me as a digital instrument, HOWEVER, lifting the camera to the eye, which is my primary manner of use, is simply not as quick or as natural as using an optical viewfinder. It is fine technically in terms of viewing the image, and the LCD screen is very useful when doing commercial stills, but for spontaneous or eye level shooting, it just is not as quick or as smooth as using, say, a Nikon or Leica optical viewfinder. Hey, but for the price and FX quality, you can do no better. And I love it's lightness of being. One other note, the instruction manual is woefully too small and on cheap paper to be of any real use. The computer version is easier to read, but harder to travel with. And forgetabout trying to get professional help from Sony on the phone, it ain't gonna happen.

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                5.0

                EVF and its exposure/focus aids satisfy

                By Danl J

                from Wisconsin

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Small / Compact
                • Wonderful Evf Functions

                Cons

                • No image stabilization

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos
                • With Legacy Lenses

                Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                I have been photographing seriously since 1966. I was slow to adopt digital, waiting until image quality approached film. I was worried, after being disappointed with EVF quality in several cameras, whether the a7r would be OK. It is satisfying.As a test, I mounted my old Takumar manual lenses on the a7r and put the camera in manual mode. - The acuity of this EVF is as good as or better than the ground glass of the traditional old SLR. - The Zebra warning of oversaturation is the best possible exposure aid, and shows in the EVF. - The colored highlighting of in-focus edges is often subtle, but helps confirm that my own conclusion is correct. - DOF preview is no longer necessary, because the viewfinder is never too dim to see (well, unless the manually set exposure is inadequate) - What you seen in the EVF is very close to what you're going to get! - The after-exposure view *in the viewfinder* is wonderful; in sunlight much better than looking at the rear display.In a nutshell, the EVF and exposure/focus aids are everything a photographer might have fantasized about in the 1960s. A manual lens has never been easier to use!

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                3.0

                Very BAD Auto Focus

                By Circle Lam

                from Hong Kong

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                Pros

                • Great Resolution
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay
                • Poor in Low Light
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                The resolution of this camera is very nice with the Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 Lens, but not in low light. When other 36 Megapixel sensor takes 45MB or more in RAW file size, this Sony camera will only takes 35MB. The more file size it takes, the more data I got. More is better for sure!
                Very BAD Auto Focus, I am used to my Canon camera, so I feel this nice resolution camera is not good in Auto Focus. On the daytime, this camera is OK. However, when I taking photo indoor with my baby, it will not get the focus before my baby turn away. I think this camera is good in studio doing product shot but not for action photo.
                There is one more problem with the Sony Camera System. The flash, I got the HVL-F34M External Flash, but every time the flash fire, my baby will close his eyes. Why? Because the pre-flash takes too long. I have the Canon flash, and it takes less time on the pre-flash so that my baby will not sense it.

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                4.0

                Landscape Wonder

                By Photo Phil

                from Prestonsburg, KY

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                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Ev - Love It
                • Focus Assist Is Terrific
                • Great Resolution
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • No Charger Included
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Landscape
                • Travel

                Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                Practically everything I shoot is landscape/travel. For that type photography the A7R excels! It's full-frame but very light and the resolution is amazing. Repeat amazing! When you open up in shadows in LR, you'll stop and go "Wow"! Heard all the remarks about the shutter noise but that seems like typical internet hyperbole to me. Reviewers gotta find something I guess.

                They should focus on the short battery life, which is an issue. Carry at least two if you're out for the day. And Sony, for goodness sake, include a charger! Don't love how you have to press menu button. It's awkward. Manual is lousy but aren't they all?

                If you hand hold most of your shots and have larger hands, I think the battery grip would be a welcome accessory. 90%+ of my stuff is done with tripod so I didn't need it.

                My score is really about 4.75 out of 5. Thrilled to have this camera. Cost compared to quality of the results in extremely impressive. The detail, sharpness and color is wonderful. I'd shot Canon for years but I switched and haven't regretted it for a second.

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                4.0

                Sony a7R was a good choice for me

                By DGC

                from Winston-Salem, NC

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                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Resolution
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Poor Battery Life

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                  I really struggled with the decision to buy the Sony a7R. I was concerned about reports of the loud shutter, slow auto-focus, short battery life and camera shake with certain lenses. Still, I couldn't get past the sample photos and user comments about the incredible detail the camera captures. Made the purchase and couldn't be happier. For me, the image quality makes up for all. No, the shutter isn't whisper soft but neither is it objectionable to me (Google it, listen and decide for yourself). The battery life is indeed short so at least one extra is a must. Paired with the Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f2.8 lens, auto-focus and camera shake have not been problems. Before the purchase, my biggest question was "Can a non-professional get great images with this camera outside of a studio and (mostly) without a tripod?" The answer is yes. As others have said, understand the limitations -- this is not the most versatile camera. But for what it does well, I continue to be amazed.

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                  5.0

                  incredible imagequality neverseen before

                  By samuel sunanto

                  from los angeles, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                  i use the camera for commercial shots, together with a bigger camera, the client thought it just a back up camera. but at the end i submit the shots from A7R because the image quality better than the bigger camera(a famous brand DSLR from top of the line eerie).
                  unbelievable !
                  size does matter not happened this time.

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                  4.0

                  a7r bundle

                  By atKC

                  from new york, ny

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Lag / Shutter Delay
                  • Poor Image Stabilization
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                  The bundle was cheaper if I purchased the flash, which I will eventually need because it lacks the in-camera flash. So far the camera is impressive with the quality of photos taken, however the performance of speed (or lack there of) and shutter sound is disconcerting. If it wasn't for the clarity of non-moving subjects and compact size for traveling the camera wouldn't suffice for my camera needs. I'd rather compromise shooting fast subjects and loud shutters and low-life batteries, for size/quality.

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                  4.0

                  Great Quality, so far ok performance

                  By atKC

                  from new york, ny

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Lag / Shutter Delay
                  • Poor Image Stabilization
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                  I upgraded from a canon 60D, the quality in high ISO range over 6K is pretty clear with minimal noise, however the speed and awful shutter sound is a drawback. Battery drains fast too. If it weren't for the size and quality image I may have given a second thought about returning the product.

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                  5.0

                  Perfect Camera for my needs

                  By jstevensphoto

                  from Dallas/Ft.Worth, Tex.

                  About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Great Zoom

                  Cons

                  • Poor Image Stabilization

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                  I have used large, heavy DSLRs for years, but wanted something smaller, lighter and easier to travel with. This camera is perfect. Took the A7R, along with the 35mm f2.8 and 26-70 "kit" zoom on a long trip and it performed great. Images are stellar with the full-frame, high-pixel sensor. Would definitely recommend this camera for anyone wanting to down size and lighten the load.

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                  5.0

                  Hi quality camera

                  By PVC

                  from Mesa, AZ

                  About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                    This is a very durable camera. The image sensor is probably the best for full frame currently. I am quite pleased overall with this camera which I purchased at a deep discount during a special Sony/BHPhoto promotion. I also purchased the LA-EA4 adapter and am having a lot of fun trying out used high quality Minolta AF lenses. Focus acquisition is instant in decent light and not bad in poor light. Take a couple extra batteries with you for a day shoot or buy the battery grip. I don't want a bigger battery which would just increase the size of the camera. The size is perfect although I would have like RF style instead.

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                    5.0

                    Nice FF Mirrorless, a little bit noisy

                    By Master Chief

                    from New Jersey

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                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light
                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                    I bought this a7r from B&H along with Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 and Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 OSS. I enjoyed shooting outdoor using a7r with both Zeiss lenses. I like the 36MP FF sensor. Indoor shots show a little bit noise comparing to my Canon 5DM3 at same shooting condition and parameters. Auto WB on a7r is also warmer than 5DM3. With Lightroom 5.4 and Photoshop 6, I can remove the noise and correct the white balance. I don't feel the shutter shake on a7r, maybe due to the fact that I avoid the 1/80 to 1/120 second shutter speed after reading online reviews. I found the EVF and controls are very good, now I can keep my eye on EVF and use the controls to change any shooting parameters in Manual mode and see the effect instantaneously, that is something I cannot do with 5DM3 OVF. DxO says Zeiss 55mm on a7r gets you the sharpest images, that is true. I also appreciate the convenience of Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 OSS. I look forward to using a7r and Zeiss lenses during my trip to Cancun.

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