Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera

Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera

Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera

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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
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Sony A7R Overview

  • 1Description

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.
In the Box
Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh)
  • 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
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    Sony A7R Specs

    Pixels Actual: 36.8 Megapixel
    Effective: 36.4 Megapixel
    Bit Depth 14-Bit
    Image Stabilization None
    AV Recording
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
    Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 25
    Viewfinder Size 1/2"
    Viewfinder Resolution 2,400,000 Dot
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.71x
    Diopter Adjustment -4 to +3 m
    Exposure Control
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Underwater
    Continuous Shooting Up to 4 fps at 36.4 MP for up to Exposures
    Flash Modes Auto, Fill Flash, Hi-Speed Sync, Off, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Wireless
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Battery 1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1080 mAh
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.0 x 6.0 x 6.0"
    B&H Hands-on Learning Videos
    1. Introduction 8:11
    2. Image Quality 2:34
    3. White Balance 3:36
    4. Exposure 9:14
    5. Focusing 12:47
    6. Image Playback 2:15
    7. Metering 1:43
    8. Video 4:21
    9. Tips and Tricks 6:46
    10. Troubleshooting 1:14
    11. Bonus 4:40

    Sony A7R Reviews

    Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 119.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2013-12-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Stunning Camera I use this camera to undurden me from my D3s for most everyday use. I didn't realise how good it is. The only thing I will use my Nikon for is lightning photography. The Sony is coupled with a 35mm prime (Zeiss) but it works very well with the Nikon 16mm and 14-24mm with a Metabones adaptor. A little bit more fidly using them in manual but carrying a heavy bag is a burden too far. In all shots the image is amazingly sharp. All I need now is a sturdy lightweight tripod. I upload to my Mac using 'Import' in LR5 with no issues and the file size (RAW - 36MB, Tiff - 200+MB) presents no problem to my set up. All lens corrective plug-ins are there.
    Date published: 2014-03-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compact and SUPER capable 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.
    Date published: 2014-10-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost perfect There is no perfect camera, but his one gets close. Much has been written about the image quality so I won't go into that other than to say it is stunning. In my humble opinion, the user interface, menu layout and button programability makes this camera a super winner for me. Like I said, nothing is perfect but if you can't set this puppy up to work exactly the way you want it to 95% of the time, then, well I don't know if there is an answer for you. It is extremely versatile. And setup works for me 99% of the time. The one percent, you ask? I wish it had 3 presets modes like the RX-1r instead of 2. I can live without it. No big deal.
    Date published: 2014-03-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I wanted The A7r was the camera I started dreaming about as soon as I got my RX1. It takes a similarly sized compact body and lets you mount the new FE lenses as well as just about anything else you'd like to try via mount adapters. Everything from old Pentax screwmount lenses to A-mount Zeiss lenses are a delight on this, thanks to its focus peaking and wealth of other features. I'm glad Sony listened to its NEX and RX users, as it seems they've addressed so many concerns. As a result, the A7r has all the features I've been wanting as well as so many bonuses (video, audio, 4k out). But, at the end of the day, the real draw is the image quality. I'm getting incredible results so far. Jaw-dropping stuff.
    Date published: 2013-12-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's a keeper I shoot B&W landscapes for sale, display, and fun. Much is while on travel and hiking. This camera with it's 35mm Zeiss-designed lens allows me to capture, hand held, more high resolution images than the alternatives I've used, including the Leica M9 and a lot of medium format film cameras. The bad news is that my Leica M-mount optics wider than 50mm smear at the edges. From 50mm up, they are outstanding. Don't bother with the cheaper adapters. The shutter is not Leica smooth, but it's not bad. Get the charger and an extra battery.
    Date published: 2014-01-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camera, replacing my Canon 6D I do not think I can say anything that has not already been said about it. It's an excellent camera for advanced photographers, especially for travel and everyday use. Only when you really nit pick will you find faults with it. I find it very fast and a pleasure to use. To me the biggest advantage it has over a traditional SLR is not only the smaller size of the body, but that you can also use smaller manual lenses thus having 50% less bulk. It does set up batteries though. I purchased two extra generic ones and just stick them in my smallish sling bag along with a couple of lenses. Voila, perfect. For the shots below I used the Zeiss 35mm and a Voitlander 21 cold skopar
    Date published: 2013-12-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The future is here Ever since my first NEX-7 changed my street shooting completely (allowing me to manually focus my Leica lenses as quickly as AF, with the best peaking function in the market) I've been dreaming about a full frame version. And - here it is. I'm relieved that all the details that makes the NEX-7 a fantastic camera, are maintained - just one little thing surprises me (and irritates me) the position of the release button is NOT comfortable; I have to wriggle my index finger almost an inch backwards. Clumsy, Sony! Apart from this little detail - my dreams are fulfilled. Video is just great (and you've got the choice between AVCHD and MPEG 4)
    Date published: 2013-11-28
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    Is the a7r a suitable replacement for high quality film like video production? If not what to suggest in a full frame compact size camera. Thanks.
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The Sony A7R is an excellent option for shooting video. It is capable of full HD in various frame rates at 1080, including 60p, 60i and 24p with uncompressed HDMI output.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    It is possible to use my Zeiss lenses of my Alpha 850 in this body ?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    You would be able to use Zeiss lenses with a Sony A mount by using this product, B&H # SOLAEA4,
    Answered by: Kirk R.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    I have Canon 5D Mk 11 camera and lenses. I have just acquired a Sony a7r and need to be informed which of the mounts I need for this camera to be compatible with the Canon lenses.Thank you
    Asked by: Anonymous
    You will need a Canon EOS lens to Sony E mount camera adapter, such as the Novoflex manual adapter:
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    I have 1980's vintage Summicrons 35 and 50 as well as Tele-Elmarit 90. They were designed for film i.e. no consideration was given to the angles of incidence at the image plane. How would they perform on a Sony a7r?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    You did not specify if your lenses were M or R versions, I am assuming they are M rangefinder lenses. I currently happen to be using an A7 with my M lenses and have used many legacy lenses on DSLRs for a while. To answer your question, it depends on many factors including your taste in image quality. The concern of light exiting the rear element at an angle and not striking the pixels at 90 degrees is only a concern for wide angles. I tested my 28mm Elmarit on an A7R and I did not see significant vignetting. I have not had any issues with focal lengths of 35mm or longer. Having used many film lenses on digital, results vary. My Nikkor 28mm f/2.0 is sharp on film, APS-C and Full Frame bodies. My Nikon 35mm f/2.0 is very sharp on film but soft when used on a digital camera but I used for a short while the Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 and it was sharp in both worlds. YMMVHere is a great article on the subject you may find helpful:
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Intervalometer for timelapse? - is there any accessory to control the camera for interval shooting? Does the older minolta remote still fit using the minolta plug or is this USB now?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The only remote currently available for use with the A7R is the RM-VPR1 remote control, seen here: Hopefully, in the future there will be other options.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Is there an adaptor that allows Canon to Sony E mount and will retain metering and auto focus functions?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Metabones has a Canon EF to Sony NEX adapter, B&H # MEEFEBM3 , This adapter will allow the lens to function with autofocus and metering.
    Answered by: Kirk R.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    What are the bracketing option including exposure range and number of shots?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The a7R has an exposure range from 0.3EV to 3.0EV. From 0.3EV to 0.7EV one has the option of shooting either 3 or 5 images, and at 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0EV one can shoot only 3 images.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    What lens adaptor would I need to use my Leica lenses on the Sony a7R?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    You can use a Leica M to Sony E mount lens adapter, such as the following product made by Novoflex:
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25
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