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Sony a7R IVA Mirrorless Camera
Key Features
  • 61MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • 567-Point Phase-Detection AF System
  • UHD 4K30p Video with HLG & S-Log3 Gammas
Moving to an even higher resolution realm, the Sony a7R IVA continues the noteworthy series of highly capable full-frame cameras, characterized by impressive stills and video performance and versatility. This fourth edition of the a7R sees the inclusion of an updated 61MP sensor along with faster processing, improved AF performance, and a more well-rounded feature-set for both high-end photo and video applications.
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Sony A7R IV Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2A New World of Photographic Expression
  • 3Sensor and Processor
  • 4Fast Hybrid AF System
  • 5Video Recording
  • 6Body Design and Connectivity
By B&H Photo's
A New World of Photographic Expression
Moving to an even higher resolution realm, the Sony a7R IVA continues the noteworthy series of highly capable full-frame cameras, characterized by impressive stills and video performance and versatility. This fourth edition of the a7R sees the inclusion of an updated 61MP sensor along with faster processing, improved AF performance, and a more well-rounded feature-set for both high-end photo and video applications.
Sensor and Processor
61MP Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
Featuring a back-illuminated design, the newly designed full-frame 61MP Exmor R CMOS sensor offers a mixture of incredible resolution with high clarity, low noise, and a wide 15-stop dynamic range. The sensor's structure promotes impressive image quality and a copper wiring layer dramatically improves data transmission speed for creating 14-bit, high-resolution 61MP stills with a native sensitivity range from ISO 100-32000, which can be further expanded to ISO 50-102400.
BIONZ X Image Processor
The BIONZ X engine's high-speed image processing enables fast continuous shooting, 4K video recording, and advanced AF tracking. The quick processing also helps to reduce rolling shutter and other motion distortions for clean rendering of moving subjects.

In terms of shooting speeds, the sensor and processor enable up to 10 fps shooting, at full resolution, for up to 68 consecutive frames, with full-time AF/AE.
Pixel Shift Multi Shooting
This unique compositing mode allows you to achieve even greater resolution than the 61MP sensor affords. Working in conjunction with the sensor-shift image stabilization, this mode shifts the sensor while making 16 consecutive exposures in order to acquire approximately 240.8MP of information for greater color accuracy and detail than possible with a single exposure, along with an impressive image size of 19,008 x 12,672-pixels. These files can then be merged together during post-production by using the Sony Imaging software suite.
Fast Hybrid AF System
An updated Fast Hybrid AF system now employs a combination of 567 phase-detection points, which cover approximately 99.7% of the height and 74% of the width of the frame, along with 425 contrast-detection areas for reliable and quick autofocus and subject tracking performance. This focusing system also achieves especially quick speed and reliable tracking, as well as enhanced low-light focusing response down to -3 EV.

The apt focus system also lends itself to a variety of focusing functions for refined accuracy:
  • Lock-on AF maintains focus on moving subjects throughout the use of a configurable frame that is set over the desired moving subject
  • Expand Flexible Spot employs neighboring focus points to retain focus on moving subjects even if the originally selected point loses focus
  • Eye AF can be used to base focus on recognized human subjects' eyes for portraits and is available in both AF-S and AF-C modes and for both stills and video. Eye AF can be used when photographing animal subjects, too, with any focusing mode when shooting stills.
  • The Focus Magnifier function can be used for critical focus when homing in on minute subject details
  • Rear touchscreen can be used for Touch Focus control and a Touchpad Focus Control mode lets you use the rear screen intuitively while keeping your eye to the viewfinder
Video Recording
UHD 4K Video Recording in XAVC S Format
  • Internal recording of UHD 4K video is possible in multiple frame rates up to 30 fps using the full width of the sensor with 8-bit 4:2:0 color sampling using the 100Mbps XAVC S codec.
  • Oversampled 4K recording is also possible, which uses a 6K capture area with a Super 35 crop for greater detail. This full pixel readout is void of pixel binning for higher quality imagery with reduced moiré and aliasing.
  • Full HD 1080p recording is also supported in frame rates up to 120 fps. The high-speed, 120 fps recording also enables 4x and 5x Slow& Quick Motion (S&Q) movie recording with the frame rate set to either 30p or 24p.
  • In addition to high-resolution internal recording, uncompressed HDMI output also enables the use of an optional external recorder for clean 4K recording with 4:2:2 sampling.
  • 4K video recording also avails the ability to produce 8MP stills during playback by taking a frame grab from a movie and storing it as a separate file.
S-Log3 and HLG Color Control
  • HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) support permits recording within a wide color gamut for producing HDR-ready content directly from the camera.
  • S-Log3 is also available for producing a 14+-stop dynamic range with increased grading control in the shadow to mid-tone regions of the image.
Body Design and Connectivity
Viewfinder and LCD Screen
  • Updated OLED Tru-Finder EVF has a 5.76m-dot resolution for bright, clear viewing in rich detail
  • Dedicated High quality setting enables a 120 fps refresh rate for especially smooth playback of moving subjects.
  • The 3.0" 2.36m-dot rear LCD has a touch panel design for intuitive operation and focusing control.
  • Screen tilts upward 107° and downward 41° to benefit working from high and low angles.
Professional Body Design
  • Magnesium alloy chassis assures rigidity, durability, and stability while remaining lightweight. The lens mount has also been improved to better support heavy lenses and the grip rigidity has been improved for more comfortable hand-holding.
  • Extensive weather-sealing, including enhanced sealing around the battery cover, terminal cover, and chassis joints, has been employed to resist dust and moisture for reliable operation in harsh weather conditions.
  • Using the same NP-FZ100 battery as its predecessor, the a7R IVA's battery life is rated for approximately 530 shots per charge with the EVF or 660 shots with the rear LCD.
  • Dual SD memory card slots allow for flexible file saving and handling and can be configured to partition raw and JPEG files or can be used for overflow recording. Both of the card slots are rated to support UHS-II memory cards for faster transfer speeds.
Ports and Interface
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port has been added, in addition to a micro-USB port, for faster, more reliable tethering support. The USB Type-C connection allows the camera to be charged from the host power source while connected.
  • Updated Multi Interface Shoe supports working with the optional ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone or XLR-K3M XLR Adapter Kit, which provide improved, clear audio recording sound by sending a digital audio signal to the camera, opposed to an analog signal.
  • Both 3.5mm headphone and external microphone ports facilitate greater control over audio recording.
  • HDMI micro (Type D) connector offers a clean signal out for working with optional external recorders.
  • Integrated PC sync terminal for wired flash sync with strobe packs or wireless radio remotes.
Wireless Connectivity
  • Built-in Wi-Fi enables the remote camera control and instant sharing of imagery to mobile devices for direct sharing online, and support for both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands also enables wireless tethered shooting support. This connectivity also provides remote camera control.
  • Use of the Imaging Edge mobile app is benefitted by Bluetooth to maintain a reliable connection between the camera and mobile device.
  • Bluetooth connectivity also allows for location data acquisition.
5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization
Packed into the robust a7R IVA is a 5.5-stop effective 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization system that compensates for five different types of camera shake encountered during handheld shooting of stills and video. This allows users to confidently use any lens, even adapted lenses, for critical imaging without encountering blur from camera shake.

For long focal lengths, the system will correct for pitch and yaw adjustments. Macro and high-magnification imagery, on the other hand, will benefit from the inclusion of horizontal and vertical shift compensation. All shooting styles will get usage out of the roll compensation. All 5 axes of stabilization will function at all times, even when used with third-party lenses and adapters or lenses with built-in optical stabilization.
Dedicated Accessories from Sony
Complementing the camera body is a trio of accessories to increase battery life and enhance audio recording capabilities when shooting video. The VG-C4EM Vertical Grip is the dedicated battery grip, which accepts up to two more NP-FZ100 batteries for extended shooting times. Its ergonomic design also enhances handling when shooting in the vertical orientation.

For improved audio recording, and making use of the a7R IVA's updated Multi Interface Shoe and digital audio interface, there is the ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone, which delivers a digital audio stream directly to the camera for cleaner quality with low noise. For even more advanced audio control, there is also the XLR-K3M XLR Adapter Kit, which is a dual-channel digital XLR audio adapter for connecting external microphones to the camera while still benefitting from the digital audio interface.

Sony A7R IV Specs

Imaging
Lens MountSony E
Sensor ResolutionActual: 62.5 Megapixel
Effective: 61 Megapixel (9504 x 6336)
Sensor Type35.7 x 23.8 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image StabilizationSensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Built-In ND FilterNone
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeElectronic Shutter
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/8000 to 30 Seconds
1/8000 to 1/4 Second in Movie Mode
Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode
ISO SensitivityPhoto
100 to 32,000 in Auto Mode (Extended: 50 to 102,400)
Video
100 to 12,800 in Auto Mode
100 to 32,000 in Manual Mode
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Multiple, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range-3 to 20 EV
White BalancePresets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Continuous ShootingUp to 10 fps at 61 MP for up to 68 Frames (JPEG)
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/5/10-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes3:2 Raw
9504 x 6336
4:3 Raw
8448 x 6336
16:9 Raw
9504 x 5344
1:1 Raw
6336 x 6336
3:2 JPEG
9504 x 6336
6240 x 4160
4752 x 3168
4:3 JPEG
8448 x 6336
5552 x 4160
4224 x 3168
16:9 JPEG
9504 x 5344
6240 x 3512
4752 x 2672
1:1 JPEG
6336 x 6336
4160 x 4160
3168 x 3168
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth14-Bit
Internal Recording ModesXAVC S
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97 fps [60 to 100 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/119.88 fps [16 to 100 Mb/s]
AVCHD
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [17 to 24 Mb/s]
External Recording Modes4:2:2 8-Bit via HDMI
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97 fps
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24.00/50/59.94 fps
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps
Broadcast OutputNTSC/PAL
IP StreamingNone
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio RecordingAVCHD: 2-Channel AC-3 Audio
XAVC S: 2-Channel LPCM Audio
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O1 x Micro-HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Power I/O1 x USB-C Input/Output
Other I/O1 x Sony Multi/Micro-USB Input/Output (Shared with Remote Input)
1 x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
1 x PC Sync Socket Output
WirelessWi-Fi, Bluetooth
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Monitor
Size3.0"
Resolution2,359,296 Dot
Display TypeTilting Touchscreen LCD
Viewfinder
TypeBuilt-In Electronic (OLED)
Size0.5"
Resolution5,760,000 Dot
Eye Point23 mm
Coverage100%
MagnificationApprox. 0.78x
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +3
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeAutomatic, Continuous-Servo AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 567
Contrast Detection: 425
Autofocus Sensitivity-3 to +20 EV
Flash
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesAuto, Fill Flash, Hi-Speed Sync, Off, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Wireless
Maximum Sync Speed1/250 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemS-TTL
External Flash ConnectionIntelligent Hot Shoe, PC Terminal
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
General
Battery Type1 x NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 2280 mAh (Approx. 530 Shots)
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount
Material of ConstructionMagnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.07 x 3.8 x 3.05" / 128.9 x 96.4 x 77.5 mm
Weight1.46 lb / 665 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.04 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.5 x 6.1 x 5.5"

Sony A7R IV Reviews

Great Picture Camera

By Harold
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-24

Great photo camera. Video 8 out of 10

Far more noise than I expected

By Robert
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-29

I purchased this camera with the idea of getting more detail and clarity in my work. Unfortunately after a portrait session over the weekend I am finding that my photos have far more noise than one might expect. My max ISO was 6400 and I was shooting in a well lit studio, sans strobes. Needless to say I can't recommend this camera to anyone who prefers less noise at relatively sane ISOs.

Love it

By Sharon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-15

Arrived quick and the camera is smooth and clear

Sony a7R IVA Mirrorless Camera with Accessories Kit

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-15

This is my sixth Sony body having an E mount, and it matches my expectations 100%. I abandoned all my Nikon equipment in favour of Sony, several years ago. After only about 2 weeks with the A7TIVa, I could not be happier! Yes, although the Alpha 1 might be a better match for sports or BIF shooters, the A7RIVa gives me the best tool for everything I expect to shoot - that includes video. In fact, I paid for the A7RIVa using some of the funds from selling my Sony FS7 video camera. Especially when on a tripod and used with one of my Atomos Shoguns, I consider the A7RIVa to be a superb and versatile video camera. My old A7RIII is now my wife's primary camera and she absolutely loves it, so moving up to the A7RIVa even brought me some extra brownie points...

All that I was hoping for

By Henry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-12

Purchased for wedding and macro photography, has not disappointed.

Amazing results

By Freddy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-25

I own few Sony cameras , I decided to test and trying this new camera. Results are superb / stunning/ amazing crystal clear . I'm a professional photographer , you can see images from this camera @ freddyphotographyusf It's incredible these superb results .

Awesome Camera

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-12

My wife purchased this camera through B&H. I'm a hobbyist. I have no complaints. This camera is perfect and I highly recommend it. The more I learn about photography and improve my skills, the more I appreciate the salient characteristics of this sony camera.

Sony a7R with accessories

By Noel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-06

Loving our new camera. Excellent quality and easy to use

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