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SonyAlpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera
 
4.5

(based on 106 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great resolution (72)
  • Compact (64)
  • Easy to use (60)
  • Large clear LCD (60)
  • Good in low light (28)

Cons

  • Short battery life (57)
  • Lag / shutter delay (11)
  • No image stabilization (6)
  • Complicated controls (5)
  • Poor in low light (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (67)
  • Low light (40)
  • Family photos (38)
  • Wildlife (24)
  • Landscape/scenery (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (40), Pro photographer (31), Semi-pro photographer (25)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Freedom from Bulk!

I use a camera primarily for business. I am a REal estate broker and prefer to take my own pix, as opposed to hiring out the job to someone who will take all the...Read complete review

I use a camera primarily for business. I am a REal estate broker and prefer to take my own pix, as opposed to hiring out the job to someone who will take all the shots within 15 minutes. Not all areas of the property look their best at the same time of the day.

Anyway, I also enjoy taking shots while doing other things. The Sony 7R is such a marvelously tight little package. I am not lugging a much larger piece of equipment. I loved my A77... a truly great camera; but, the A7R with the 35MM lens feels about half the size. Its like taking an attache' instead of a brief case; however, in this case (pun intended) you can carry more!

As digital cameras have improved, I have found that I need to tweek the photos less. This is certainly the case with the A7R. I can get away from needing flash far more often now; and, when I do use the flash (Minolta 5600HS), I can use a much lower power setting. The pictures look much more natural. The light sensitivity with the 7R is so much better. Typically, I take a few shots using fully automatic, then go to manual settings. Setting the iso at 640 or 800; and, shutter speed to 1/60 or 1/80 generally provides me with very smooth shots without noise. For interior shots of properties I use a Minolta 11-18MM lens with the LA-EA4 adapter... it works beautifully with the 7R.

I heard a lot of comments about this camera being noisy. I love the sound it makes. It sounds like a real camera! Nothing obnoxious. For me, satisfying. The smooth mechanical sound of a precision instrument.

I highly recommend the book by Brian Smith on the A7 & A7R, it will get you up to speed much faster. The tips on "settings" was very helpful regarding battery life. Yes, I bought two batteries and would still do so, but I can go just about as long with the 7R as I did with my A77.

In conclusion, the full frame is fantasitic. The small package makes the camera easy to take along without being in the way. People don't take the camera seriously because of its small size... fine by me. I would rather not have the attention. I am very, very pleased with my purchase. Oh, I almost forgot, the photos are simply gorgeous!

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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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1.0

DON'T BUY SONY CAMERAS OR LENSES

By Jim

from Toledo Ohio

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

        I bought the Sony 7R 4 months ago and it has been at Sony repairs for 2 months. Sony repair is atrocious - could not be worse. You will never receive an e mail about their receiving your camera or the repair status. And, after numerous phone calls you will still not know when your camera will be returned and you will be reduced to mumbling incoherently to yourself.

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        4.0

        High quality, modest size body

        By Light Box

        from NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

            I am just conquering the range of options on this camera. My only disappointment so far is that it is less ergonomic than other cameras I have used. And it makes a relatively loud noise when you press the button to take the picture.

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            4.0

            Flawed, but the Best Sony Yet

            By BenEllard

            from Island Heights NJ

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

            I fell in love with the a7R right out of the box -- well almost. The first thing I discovered was that even with the a-mount to e-mount adapter, auto focus didn't work with my trusty 24-70 f2.8 lens. On the other hand, I quickly discovered that manual focus is easy, and the magnification is a terrific aid. No more peaking, though that's still an option. Ordered the e-mount 24-70 f4 and found that auto focus works fine with a native lens. But it's slow, at least compared to my previous Sonys, the a99 and before that the excellent a580. If you're thinking of an a7R, make sure to get at least one extra battery and an external charger. Otherwise you have to charge the battery in the camera. Not good. Also, be sure your computer is ready for this camera. You'll need lots of disk space and RAM on your computer because the files are enormous, even shooting JPEG. However -- and here's the bottom line -- the 36 mp pictures are fantastic.

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            5.0

            Compact and SUPER capable

            By Egill Bjarki

            from Hong Kong

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Good Image Quality

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

              This little thing along with the FE 55mm is just about the most powerful combination you can get, let alone for that price! I never travel with a DSLR anymore, my professional travel kit consists of A7R and A7S along with native glass.The camera is rivalled by Nikon D810's robustness and focus speed. The two cameras are widely believed to have the same sensor. The A7R does for some reason have a little less dynamic range than D810, even though it blows just about everything else out of the water.In the past, I always carried two DSLR's to assignments (for backup). Now, the A7R is a equal member of my kit, even preferred over the DSLR because of it's unique compactness and power.

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              5.0

              Great built in HDR

              By akiley

              from Michigan

              Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

              I have both Canon and Nikon systems. I bought a Sony NEX-6 after being frustrated with point and shoot cameras. I loved it so much I upgraded to the A7r for pro work. I have architecture clients where I often have to work in harsh lighting. The built in HDR and DR are really exellent for being able to get a ballpark HDR style image created in camera where a lot of different shots are required. I've gotten some stunning images right out of the camera with minimal post processing. I think the HDR is much better than the Canon 5D mark III can produce. I feel like this camera is more like a computer on the back of a lens. Because you are looking at a near finished results through the viewfinder, Because of this, I tend to fine tune color balance, contrast, saturation and HDR/DR on the fly.It's not a sports or action camera with Canon and Nikon lenses but everything else makes my not want to use my other camera bodies.

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              5.0

              Freedom from Bulk!

              By Chuck Harmon

              from San Jose

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

              • Nothing Significant Yet

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

              I use a camera primarily for business. I am a REal estate broker and prefer to take my own pix, as opposed to hiring out the job to someone who will take all the shots within 15 minutes. Not all areas of the property look their best at the same time of the day.

              Anyway, I also enjoy taking shots while doing other things. The Sony 7R is such a marvelously tight little package. I am not lugging a much larger piece of equipment. I loved my A77... a truly great camera; but, the A7R with the 35MM lens feels about half the size. Its like taking an attache' instead of a brief case; however, in this case (pun intended) you can carry more!

              As digital cameras have improved, I have found that I need to tweek the photos less. This is certainly the case with the A7R. I can get away from needing flash far more often now; and, when I do use the flash (Minolta 5600HS), I can use a much lower power setting. The pictures look much more natural. The light sensitivity with the 7R is so much better. Typically, I take a few shots using fully automatic, then go to manual settings. Setting the iso at 640 or 800; and, shutter speed to 1/60 or 1/80 generally provides me with very smooth shots without noise. For interior shots of properties I use a Minolta 11-18MM lens with the LA-EA4 adapter... it works beautifully with the 7R.

              I heard a lot of comments about this camera being noisy. I love the sound it makes. It sounds like a real camera! Nothing obnoxious. For me, satisfying. The smooth mechanical sound of a precision instrument.

              I highly recommend the book by Brian Smith on the A7 & A7R, it will get you up to speed much faster. The tips on "settings" was very helpful regarding battery life. Yes, I bought two batteries and would still do so, but I can go just about as long with the 7R as I did with my A77.

              In conclusion, the full frame is fantasitic. The small package makes the camera easy to take along without being in the way. People don't take the camera seriously because of its small size... fine by me. I would rather not have the attention. I am very, very pleased with my purchase. Oh, I almost forgot, the photos are simply gorgeous!

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              5.0

              So happy with the switch

              By Jedi5150

              from Central CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

              I'm not a professional photographer, merely an enthusiast with good taste. Until now I've always owned Canon cameras, and have nothing but good things to say about them. I was hesitant to make the switch away from Canon, but now that I have, I couldn't be happier. I sold my 5DmkII and two lenses to switch over to the A7r and 55mm prime. This camera/ lens combo is outstanding. If you're a pixel-peeping fool like I am, you will not be disappointed.

              The body feels solid and well-built, but light and compact at the same time. I don't take a lot of moving subjects, if I did, this would not have been my choice. The slight delay in shutter activation takes a little getting used to if you're coming from a camera more designed for action photography. But what this camera excels at is the slower paced, better prepared type of shots, such as landscape, which is why I bought it.

              I give it a solid 5/5 stars. If you come along and mark it down because it isn't a great action shot camera, then you really shouldn't have bought it in the first place.

              I used it at my buddy's wedding a couple days ago and am very happy with the results. It is unobtrusive in size, and even without fill lighting, took excellent shots in a shady environment. The dynamic range on this camera is incredible.

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              5.0

              Great Overall Package

              By Lance

              from Sacramento, CA / Chatham, NJ

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life
              • Slow auto-focus

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                I have been using this camera for a while now as my travel camera when I don't feel like carrying a lot of gear. It is a great overall package. It allows an amount of flexibility that no other camera allows on the market currently.

                The battery life kind of sucks, so get a couple spares, and the Auto-Focus is not the fastest so it is not a great action camera. But the few negatives do not do enough to even take one star off. This is great camera!

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                5.0

                Great overall package!

                By Lance Konkel

                from Sacramento, CA / Chatham, NJ

                Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                I have been using this camera as my personal travel camera when I don't feel like carrying a lot of gear. It performs great! I am really impressed by the overall package of this camera and the options it provides. Use a nice lens and the results will be SHARP! There are some drawbacks though, the AF is not the fastest, so it's not a great action camera, and not a huge deal, but to me the shutter is LOUD and feels sort of clunky. A few nit-picky things is nothing to deter from this camera though. I love it, and you probably will too!

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                5.0

                Great Mirrorless Camera

                By Cubby

                from Madison, WI

                Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                Exactly what I was looking for in a camera. It let's me get some use out of some old Minolta lenses with a simple adapter. It has tons of cool features, like HDR mode, wireless, smart phone remote control, etc. Over all very happy with this purchase.

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                4.0

                Love losing the weight!

                By Pattybfeliz

                from Vernon Hills, IL

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                Great camera, super sharp photos. Only downside for me is the battery. It is a pain…almost a design flaw. Runs down twice as fast as my Canon 6D battery.

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                5.0

                Absolutely amazing

                By odum

                from Charleston, SC

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Noisy At High ISO
                • Poor In Low Light
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                this camera has so much detail its unreal, but....low light with faster shutter isnt so well....this camera wasnt ment for action by any means but as far as wildlife and macro and portraits, and landscapes. well it absolutely increadible. when i want detail of buildings, bugs, birds, i choose this beast. but when it gets dark....the A7S comes out.

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                5.0

                Ultimate MIrrorless And/Or DSLR Camera

                By Boris Kretonic

                from Wilmington, NC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Ultimate Image Quality

                Cons

                • No Battery Charger

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Portrait
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                As a pro photographer and journalist I have been lucky to had access to bascally all digital cameras that came to the market in the last 5+ years, and Sony a7r is one of the most impressive products.

                In short: Sony a7R is currently ultimate mirrorless camera regarding picture quality.

                Combine it with Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens and photos will be as good as anyone it gets from 35mm size sensor today.

                Resolution, clarity, color rendering, contrast..... you name it and a7r has it.

                But, be aware: nothing is perfect.

                People reported problems with short battery life. All mirrorless cameras share that problem. But, when I was careful (switching a7r off when I was not using it), I manage to take up to 700 photos on one charge. Btw, I bought 4 batteries as they are not that expensive and I didn't want to run out of the juice.

                My bigger concern was that Sony a7r doesn't come with external battery charger?! That is ridiculous for any camera in this price range and with top specs. I bought two Watson Compact Chargers for Sony NP-FW50, and I would recommend the same for everyone buying this camera.

                AF is slower comparing to top of the line mirror less cameras like Panasonic GH-4, Olympus OMD E-M1, etc. But, it is usable in almost all circumstances with exception of action photography and in low light situations when it "hunts" a lot. It is up to the photographer to find solutions/compromises when AF fails (no biggy in my book).

                Shutter is loud and shakes the camera. So, photographer needs to be aware of that and adjust its shooting style.

                If you are looking for ultimate picture quality or if like 35mm FF look and you can't afford to have Sherpas following you around all the time, Sony a7R may be a perfect fit for you.

                In the end, please remember that this is just my experience. I had a chance to test Sony a7r before I bough it. You should try this camera as well. It is worth of the effort.

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                4.0

                Really like the results of the larger ch

                By Phil

                from Woodland Hills, Ca.

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                I use this camera for my personal photography. I also use a Leica M6 with Leitz lenses when I prefer the look of film, which is most of the time. I use my Leitz lenses with the use of the Novoflex lens adapter with the Sony A7R So far the results have been extremely nice, however, I am still looking for a camera and lens combination that more closely resembles the organic look of film.
                The obvious drawback is my Leitz lenses do not communicate with the camera not allowing any auto focus function and the use use of the fully automatic function of the camera. I also like the OLED viewfinder .

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                5.0

                Make the Plunge

                By tirmite

                from Dallas, Tx

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                  I'm a pro who mainly shoots people. I've wanted higher resolution but dropping $40K on a medium format system was impractical. Too much money tied up in gear that changes rapidly. Too big and heavy. I've been shooting the Canon 5D3's the past few years waiting for a better 1D "studio" body that has never materialized.
                  Not a fan of Nikon bodies, although I used to shoot D1x's when they first came out and have rented D4's, and some of their glass is excellent and unique.
                  The biggest obstacle for me was the EVF. Never thought I could get used to NOT seeing through an optical finder. I figured the video lag would drive me nuts. After prodding by a friend who had switched I rented a 7r for a weekend and that's all it took to change my mind. The following week I sold my Canon and got an a7r. I kept my Canon glass for now, but of course can also use Nikon's, Leica's or anyone else's with an adapter and along with Sony's FE lenses, Zeiss is coming out with manual focus primes designed for the Sony.

                  The EVF works great. I was pleasantly surprised. I've actually stopped using AF and have gone back to manual focusing. So if you're arguing with yourself about Canon lenses not auto-focusing quickly when using the Metabones adapter you might want to mute that. With focus peaking and image magnification manual focusing is a snap and I feel more in control of my results, too. I can see there might be times when a 1Dx would be better. Sports, fashion. Especially with super telephotos that Sony doesn't offer yet. But in those cases where I may need a 300mm and rapid focus for a fashion shoot I'll rent a 1Dx.
                  The EVF's viewfinder lets you see and do things you'll never do with an optical finder: tons of info including a level and histogram in your field of view or turn it all off and see nothing by your subject. You can actually see in extremely low light since you can turn up the brightness of the screen. And the colored peaking feature and imaging magnifying is something you'll never do with an optical finder unless you attach an external video assist monitor.
                  The ONLY drawback I've found so far is that outside in bright light it can be difficult to see the viewfinder. i wear glasses, so getting a good eyeball purchase on the eyepiece is difficult. I have found, however, that the diopter adjustment is broad enough that I can see perfectly clear and sharp without my glasses. Even so, in full sunlight there can be glare present that washes-out the viewfinder. This is where having the sun to your back would help (but then the sun would be in your model's face) or ideally where an assistant could hold a flag over your head to block the sun from hitting your eye and camera.
                  You can still get sun in your eyes when shooting outside with an optical viewfinder, but it doesn't tent to wash-out the image. Other than this one problem I'm completely in love with this new camera.
                  The size and wait are ridiculous. Ridiculously small and light. The price is reasonable. For the cost of the 1Dx that I was contemplating I can have two a7r's with battery grips and both of those weigh barely more than the one Canon body. And even if they or the shutter wears out in a few years (versus the Canon's 300,000 expected cycle life) it cost 1/3 as much. The grip is essential in my opinion. Otherwise the body is almost too small to handle. It also balances better when using larger lenses like the Canons. I don't feel like the Sony's are as robust as a 1Dx, but they're a fraction of the cost and their size actually makes it easier to protect. My body or my camera bag will offer the protection they need. If you're doing editorial work or some location assignment and you're walking through a crowd, it's easy to tuck the body under your arm and shield it from any potential contact with other people or things because they are so small. And if you need to be inconspicuous, remove the battery grip, attach a prime lens and you've got a tiny package.
                  Now I want to get the a7 and a7s since I can see how each version has it's own niche. I may not always need 36MP's or I may want a higher flash shutter sync speed for studio strobe work and the a7 offers that, as well as being less expensive. I also do video and the a7s appears to be very impressive in that department. But also for anything that you know is going straight to the web, 12MP's is plenty and the absolutely NOISELESS electronic shutter would be priceless in so many situations (ballet and theater, courtrooms, etc.).
                  Still learning all the features and advantages that this camera opens up. It's a game-changer.
                  Extremely high resolution (but you can dumb it down in the settings menu), choice of any glass including whatever investment in lenses you currently may own, tiny size and low weight, tons of features in the menus and several customizable buttons externally so you don't have to dive into the menus for your most often accessed settings. Oh, and the rear dial on the back is assigned to the ISO settings. Brilliant. So not only to you have instant access to shutter and aperture wheels with your thumb and forefinger, but also with your thumb you can instantly and easily adjust your ISO to get the proper exposure if you don't want to change the other two settings. No reaching up to the top deck of the camera or having to push a lock button first. This is very handy.
                  It does eat batteries, so my advice is to buy an extra set or two. I've got 6 total so that I can change out both in the grip during a full day of shooting. I would urge Sony and other Sony a7 grip users to urge Sony to make the battery tray inside the grip an optional accessory!!!! This tray holds the two batteries inside the battery grip. They currently don't have a part number for it or offer it as a replacement/extra accessory. Stupid, stupid, stupid on their part. If you could buy a couple extra trays for $10-120 apiece then you could pre-load them with two batteries and once the ones inside the grip were dead you could QUICKLY swap it out for two fresh batteries. This kind of seemingly trivial stuff is what makes the difference between getting a shot or not sometimes. It's the difference between a camera company that listens to it's users and that wants more pros to adopt its system or not. Fumbling with two loose batteries and taking the time to slip them into the tray during a photo shoot is irritating and time wasting. Are you listening SONY? Okay, that was my second complaint. But that's one that could easily be remedied with the stroke of a pen by some Sony executive.

                  So far love the camera and only see Sony offering more and better cameras in the future. They are rocking the digital world with their sensors. Nikon, Hassleblad, Pentax, Phase One all use Sony sensors. Now Sony has a camera that is truly professional in almost all categories even though it may look and feel like a toy the first time you pick one up. The A99 never even interested me. Plastic and only accepted Sony's lenses.
                  If you're thinking about jumping ship or just getting another camera body for your existing system you at least owe it to yourself to rent one for a few days and I'm sure for 99% of users they will see the advantages and then you'll want to own one.

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                  5.0

                  Amazing Technology in a Small Package

                  By ENormus

                  from Beaverton, OR

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Dust on Sensor
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                  Great little camera. This camera is tiny and takes the place of my Hasselblad and PhaseOne P45+ back. I combined it with lenses from Zeiss to assemble an incredible camera system that rivals systems costing tens of thousands of dollars more. The only negative thing I would say about the camera is that it is very easy to get dust on the sensor, probably because there is no mirror standing in the way to protect it. I've used it tethered in the studio and it is much faster than the PhaseOne ever was. The built-in electronic spirit level is a fantastic addition. The EVF is way better than I ever imagined and I actually prefer it now to an optical system. Focusing manually is dead-accurate now.

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                  4.0

                  Great Travel Camera

                  By altyNYC

                  from new york

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • High ISO Performance

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

                  I bought this camera for Europe to replace my bulky heavy Canon 60D. It was so much more compact, light and the quality is crisp. The only cons that I have discovered is the lack of focusing speed for moving subjects, and the painful shutter click in quiet settings.

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                  5.0

                  Good alternative

                  By NYPhotographer

                  from New York

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  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

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                    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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