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SonyAlpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera
 
4.5

(based on 117 reviews)

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    (3)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great resolution (72)
  • Large clear LCD (66)
  • Compact (64)
  • Easy to use (63)
  • Good in low light (28)

Cons

  • Short battery life (62)
  • Lag / shutter delay (12)
  • No image stabilization (7)
  • Poor in low light (6)
  • Complicated controls (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (74)
  • Family photos (45)
  • Low light (43)
  • Landscape/scenery (29)
  • Wildlife (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (42), Pro photographer (35), Semi-pro photographer (30)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (101), Yes (3)

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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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Useless Warranty

First let me state that I am a professional Photographer and Videographer and have been in business since 1985. I would also like to add to this that I have purchased hundreds of thousands...Read complete review

First let me state that I am a professional Photographer and Videographer and have been in business since 1985. I would also like to add to this that I have purchased hundreds of thousands of photography and video equipment throughout those years and that a significant amount of it was Sony.That said I would like to share with you my disappointment with the Sony Corporation and its official authorized repair service which I understand I am unable to mention here by name.Purchased the Sony A7r Camera back in December of 2014 for the purpose of having a full image sensor camera that would be used almost exclusively for photographing land and urban scapes, in particular I planned a trip to Alaska for personal and photographic reasons this June. I state this because when I got the camera I briefly took a couple of photographs with it and planned to put it to the test in the following couple of months. When I did so I began noticing spots appearing and some strange distortions that were only noticeable when blown up. My first thought was that maybe there was a problem with the lens (SONY 24-70MM F/4 VARIO-TESSAR T) but wasn't sure. I used a squeeze blower on the lens, however the spots still appeared. . I also blew off the image sensor with the squeeze blower but to no avail. This was done after I used the internal software dust removal got the image sensor about 10 times or more. I updated the software and lens software and this didn't work either I noticed that the lens had a lot of distortion around the edges and some vignette issues. Correctible in Photoshop but disappointing for a $[$]lens. Not exactly knowing what might be causing problems, I went ahead and purchased the Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS but still yielded the same issues. I now suspected the image sensor was the problem. I had shot probably less than 70 pics in different lighting situations and noticed the problems were more prevalent when the aperture was closed down on both lenses. A closer inspection of the image sensor I noticed some discoloration, but not sure because it could have been the room light I was using to observe it reflecting off the filter coatings of the sensor. Not sure because I thought coatings were always applied to the back side of the sensor. I called Sony. My description of the problem prompted them to ask me to send for repair. I never received the email information from them on how to handle this. So, a couple of days later, waiting several times for extended periods I was able to get a representative that told me how to handle the shipping and sent me a Shipping label by email to print out. I packaged in the same original box I purchased the camera, securely packaged and sent it off.After a week or so after its arrival I had not heard back so I gave Sony a call back. They said it was out of warranty. They actually misread the invoice I sent so I got a pdf file from B&H and sent it to them. On the phone with the Sony rep I got verification of the email I just sent again with the attached invoice. They acknowledged the warranty and I thought I was on my way. Another two weeks passed and I heard nothing. Called Sony back and a rep gave me a ticket number that would be needed to track the progress of the repair work at their authorized service company. I did so and noticed it was pending at their website. Waited a few more days and gave them a call. They said they had no warranty information on the camera and would need $402.00 to begin fixing it. Please note that no-one ever contacted me about this and all communication was initiated on my end. Very important to note: They also never stated at this particular time that this was not going to be covered under warranty, simply that they needed warranty to proceed with the work. This is important since they had already had evaluated the camera and gave me a price to fix it. The killer is they also talked me into an extension of that warranty.I then sent the repair company my invoice and they said it would be done within the week. After a week went by I heard nothing from them. I checked the website and it was still pending. This time when I called they told me that the camera had been subjected to an external force and that it was not covered under warranty. I disputed that with them since I knew that on my end with a 100% certainty it had not. They said I would have to take it up with Sony. I said that I would pay for this now because I need the camera back for my trip and didn't want to chance further delays. I call Sony back only to be told that I need to talk with a Customer Service Agent. So I asked for the number and they said you can't contact them personally but one will call you within 24 to 48 hours. How strange is that… This was the Tuesday before Memorial week so I figured Thursday at the latest. I never got the call until the following Tuesday. I explained the situation with the Customer Service agent who was kind but not listening to what I was saying. All he would say is that their authorized service department said it was caused by an external force and I would have to take it up with them. They said I should re-contact their service department or B&H where I bought it. So, I called the service company back because now I am wondering how they came to that conclusion. When I sent them the camera body I know for certainty that the sensor was not jarred out of place or cracked that the naked eye could observe anyway. So I asked for a picture of the damage and they said they would forward one in an email that day. So, not receiving one by email I called back the next day and asked again. They said that the camera was shipped out now and they couldn't get one. I asked them then to send me a detailed description of the problem of which at this present time I have not received by email or by phone. I get the camera back tomorrow and will follow up with a further review then. I also contacted B&H and understandably they can't do anything after 30 days.I would include pics but never shot anything with this camera yet worth saving, just some shots that I happen to blow up a viewing left on a card that has since been reformatted. Never in my mind did I think I would need to write this kind of review.

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(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Slow Autofocus

By Denver Mike

from Colorado

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Good Image Quality
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Weight

Cons

  • Few E Mount Lenses
  • Poor Documentation
  • slow auto focus

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Travel

Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

I'm a semi-pro Canon shooter, but they have been slow in coming up with a mirrorless camera. I needed a small camera that was easier to travel with, and was less intimidating when shooting strangers in foreign countries. This camera has done well, and has enough megapixels and full frame to crop a lot when necessary (when I needed it to reach farther than my 70mm lens). I like the weight, size and feel. I also found myself using the viewfinder less and the back view more, especially to get a low angle. I would, however, recommend it only with reservation: 1. There are a limited number of e mount lenses. I can get an adapter for my Canon lenses, but they defeat my needs by their size. 2. The manual included was totally inadequate. This wasn't an easy camera to figure out. I was saved by You Tube instructional videos. 3. My biggest gripe with the camera is that it is slow to focus, and I've missed a number of "decisive moments". It will also fire when it is not in focus, and I'm often disappointed when I enlarge an image and see it is not sharp. Also when you do a burst you can't see what it is aiming at.

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4.0

Excelent size, high resolution.

By MR

from Santa Barbara CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Good Size And Resolution

Cons

  • Lots Of Shutter Vibration
  • Poor Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

Great resolution, small and light,

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5.0

Experienced shooter unbiased, don't believe the net!

By nagol

from Stevenson Al

About Me Pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • High ISO Performance
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Video

Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

I like to do stills and video. I was under the impression, from the internet, that the AVCHD codec was so horrible one couldn't get decent video out of it, also, the ISO performance. I came from a Canon 5D Mark iii. I have shot video in the same location, in the same manner as I did with the 5D with the A7R. I'm not saying the ISO performance is as good, due to there being more megapixels, however, it's pretty close. As far as image quality in video, the video's I have gotten from it seem to look way sharper than the Canon 5D Mark iii. I'm sure the sharp Zeiss glass has something to do with that as well. The AVCHD is not the best codec, but it's not a killer like people make it out to be. It'll still shoot flat enough and you can still color grade it well. As a stills camera, it's the sharpest camera I've ever used. The detail is razor sharp. You can crop and still have plenty of MP left, and even when zoomed in 1:1, its razor sharp. Especially with the Zeiss 55mm 1.8. I use the Zeiss 16-35mm F/4 a lot as well. It too is very sharp. Some people say there aren't enough lenses... It's obvious Sony is successful with this and they will keep rolling out the lenses. However, you probably don't need as many lenses as you think you need. When I had my Canon 5D Mark iii, I had a ton of lenses but I found out quickly that I mostly only used one for video and personal stuff, and used two of the primes for portrait work. Four lenses is the max that I really need. Right now I have three for th seem to have better dynamic range than the Canon 7D Mark ii. They are only around 600 dollars, so it's easy to get yourself a back up camera, or a B roll camera if you use both in video. You can edit them together and not really notice a huge difference if you know what you're doing. The focusing isn't as bad as I thought it we A7R and I'm waiting for the 90mm Macro. Another good thing about investing in this glass, is it works on the Sony A6000. The A7000 is about to come out. I do not own one of these cameras but I have seen amazing videos and photos from them. Theyas going to be. You learn how to use the focus and then you get it. Turning off, "Preview settings," helps the camera always be able to autofocus even in the dark, because the screen doesn't go dark, like when you have that function turned on by default. The single focusing points work well. The Eye AF works well and is very accurate. When doing portraits, you will want to use that. The camera is highly customizable. I'm not saying you would want to shoot a wedding with it though. However, you could do it, you'd just have to know the camera and your lenses inside and out and know them well. By the time the A7R Mark iii comes out we will be on DSLR type auto focus and can shoot weddings. The A6000 which is the crop sensor version of the A7 can already do well at weddings. Its auto focus is faster than a lot of DSLR's. If you're reading this around June 2015, I would not get this camera. The A7R Mark ii is about to be released soon. It will have better autofocus, ISO, IBIS, and a better codec for video. Unless you want two A7R bodies, which might be the route I go.

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1.0

Useless Warranty

By tvp

from Saint Louis, MO

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel

Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

First let me state that I am a professional Photographer and Videographer and have been in business since 1985. I would also like to add to this that I have purchased hundreds of thousands of photography and video equipment throughout those years and that a significant amount of it was Sony.That said I would like to share with you my disappointment with the Sony Corporation and its official authorized repair service which I understand I am unable to mention here by name.Purchased the Sony A7r Camera back in December of 2014 for the purpose of having a full image sensor camera that would be used almost exclusively for photographing land and urban scapes, in particular I planned a trip to Alaska for personal and photographic reasons this June. I state this because when I got the camera I briefly took a couple of photographs with it and planned to put it to the test in the following couple of months. When I did so I began noticing spots appearing and some strange distortions that were only noticeable when blown up. My first thought was that maybe there was a problem with the lens (SONY 24-70MM F/4 VARIO-TESSAR T) but wasn't sure. I used a squeeze blower on the lens, however the spots still appeared. . I also blew off the image sensor with the squeeze blower but to no avail. This was done after I used the internal software dust removal got the image sensor about 10 times or more. I updated the software and lens software and this didn't work either I noticed that the lens had a lot of distortion around the edges and some vignette issues. Correctible in Photoshop but disappointing for a $[$]lens. Not exactly knowing what might be causing problems, I went ahead and purchased the Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS but still yielded the same issues. I now suspected the image sensor was the problem. I had shot probably less than 70 pics in different lighting situations and noticed the problems were more prevalent when the aperture was closed down on both lenses. A closer inspection of the image sensor I noticed some discoloration, but not sure because it could have been the room light I was using to observe it reflecting off the filter coatings of the sensor. Not sure because I thought coatings were always applied to the back side of the sensor. I called Sony. My description of the problem prompted them to ask me to send for repair. I never received the email information from them on how to handle this. So, a couple of days later, waiting several times for extended periods I was able to get a representative that told me how to handle the shipping and sent me a Shipping label by email to print out. I packaged in the same original box I purchased the camera, securely packaged and sent it off.After a week or so after its arrival I had not heard back so I gave Sony a call back. They said it was out of warranty. They actually misread the invoice I sent so I got a pdf file from B&H and sent it to them. On the phone with the Sony rep I got verification of the email I just sent again with the attached invoice. They acknowledged the warranty and I thought I was on my way. Another two weeks passed and I heard nothing. Called Sony back and a rep gave me a ticket number that would be needed to track the progress of the repair work at their authorized service company. I did so and noticed it was pending at their website. Waited a few more days and gave them a call. They said they had no warranty information on the camera and would need $402.00 to begin fixing it. Please note that no-one ever contacted me about this and all communication was initiated on my end. Very important to note: They also never stated at this particular time that this was not going to be covered under warranty, simply that they needed warranty to proceed with the work. This is important since they had already had evaluated the camera and gave me a price to fix it. The killer is they also talked me into an extension of that warranty.I then sent the repair company my invoice and they said it would be done within the week. After a week went by I heard nothing from them. I checked the website and it was still pending. This time when I called they told me that the camera had been subjected to an external force and that it was not covered under warranty. I disputed that with them since I knew that on my end with a 100% certainty it had not. They said I would have to take it up with Sony. I said that I would pay for this now because I need the camera back for my trip and didn't want to chance further delays. I call Sony back only to be told that I need to talk with a Customer Service Agent. So I asked for the number and they said you can't contact them personally but one will call you within 24 to 48 hours. How strange is that… This was the Tuesday before Memorial week so I figured Thursday at the latest. I never got the call until the following Tuesday. I explained the situation with the Customer Service agent who was kind but not listening to what I was saying. All he would say is that their authorized service department said it was caused by an external force and I would have to take it up with them. They said I should re-contact their service department or B&H where I bought it. So, I called the service company back because now I am wondering how they came to that conclusion. When I sent them the camera body I know for certainty that the sensor was not jarred out of place or cracked that the naked eye could observe anyway. So I asked for a picture of the damage and they said they would forward one in an email that day. So, not receiving one by email I called back the next day and asked again. They said that the camera was shipped out now and they couldn't get one. I asked them then to send me a detailed description of the problem of which at this present time I have not received by email or by phone. I get the camera back tomorrow and will follow up with a further review then. I also contacted B&H and understandably they can't do anything after 30 days.I would include pics but never shot anything with this camera yet worth saving, just some shots that I happen to blow up a viewing left on a card that has since been reformatted. Never in my mind did I think I would need to write this kind of review.

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3.0

Superb IQ, but...

By X3MAN

from Toronto, Canada

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Large Clear LCD
  • 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 have used Canon, Panasonic and Sigma cameras in the past years, and this Sony gives the best Image Quality of the four. Colour accuracy, sharpness, resolution are just staggering.

And yet, this incredible IQ comes in a body so easy to carry around that it makes the Sony A7r almost the perfect camera.

I say almost, because there is a real drawback to the camera, as many have pointed out: the battery life. One battery empties so fast (especially in the cold weather of the Canadian winter) that a battery grip becomes almost a requirement. And then you will need to bring at least 4 batteries if you want to spend several hours outside. But there comes another drawback: the recharge time. It just takes forever to recharge one battery, imagine 4!! To cut down the recharge time, you will then want a second battery charger, while none is supplied with the camera... This is a real pain that almost expel the camera from the professional category.

Sony needs to improve this if they want to work their way up to the first place.

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4.0

The small remarkable

By Ronaldo Nina

from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

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

Cons

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

Best Uses

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

Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

Several photographers friends are moving to smaller cameras. I waited the full-frame sensors. I am using a Zeiss 55 MM lens dedicated to camera. I'm really enjoying the resolution of the images. In manual focus system I like the digital approach mode. Makes focusing in particular.

I do not like big delay that the camera has and strong shooting sound. Expected it to be quieter.

Do not be resistant to water is also a disappointment. Other smaller models have this capability. It is also necessary to walk with several batteries. What good are small.

The positive aspect of the camera is the size. On the street you is not evaluated as a professional photographer. Facilitates in spontaneous portraits in street photography. Having an excellent image quality.

I want to buy the 7S as do videos too. The 7R tmbém make good videos but the market begins to demand for professional 4K videos.

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3.0

Sony 7R is not weather protected.

By andreyg

from boston

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

I used this camera for a year. It has never being exposed to any direct rein, but has been used in foggy areas. The camera had massive rust and malfunction. Sony void their warranty and charge me a fortune for replacement camera. It is a good camera, but do not take it outside - problems.

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5.0

Resolution Galore!

By alvance

from Southern California

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Good Image Quality
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

  • Medium Battery Life

Best Uses

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

Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

First let me qualify that this review is based on the Sony a7r body mounted with a Metabones lens adapter for my collection of Canon EF professional lenses. I do not own a dedicated Sony lens for this a7r body. I'm sure that the automatic focusing will work quite well with Sony's dedicated lenses. However with the Metabones adapter automatic focusing is very slow. This is, I'm sure, the fault of the adapter and not the camera.

My main use for this camera is Landscape Photography. For that reason the slow auto focusing does not bother me much. I use T/S lenses a lot and those lenses have to be focused manually anyway. The bright electronic view finder is the brighest view finder I have ever seen and makes manual focusing fairly easy. Of course without good automatic focusing this combination of the Sony a7r and the Metabones adapter is not well suited for action shots. I'm sure that auto focus would be much better with native lenses.

The greatest advantage for owning the Sony a7r is its fantastic resolution. There is resolution galore. There is enough resolution for cropping or creating large prints at native resolution. You can print a 20x30 inch image with absolutely no interpolation for the sharpest of images from any camera I have owned. I have not owned any of the other 36 megapixel cameras but it provides resolution way above the 18 and 20 megapixel cameras I have owned.

As for an action camera if falls way short of my 1Dx, but I did not buy it to replace my 1Dx. I use this camera for mostly landscape and macro photography. It provides outstanding resolution for macro photography.

If you do not require fast and accurate auto focus and a fast frame rate this camera is hard to beat in image quality. I have posted a couple images for your viewing. These images were taken at ISO 100.

The vertical hand grip adds a handling quality that I think adds a lot of ergonomic feel when using the camera for several hours. It gives a more sercure feeling of having a good grip on the camera as well as giving the added features of a verical grip; a second shutter release and added function buttons.

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5.0

Fantastic Camera !

By Dave

from Ct

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

The resolution is awesome and much better than any of my past high end DSLRs. Probably my last camera I'm buying!

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5.0

Very exciting development in DSLR's

By Shu

from New York, NY

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Pros

  • Light Weight For Fx
  • Very Accurate Image Displ
  • Very high resolution

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

The problem I needed to solve was my need for a second body to take along on wildlife related excursions. My D3 and related gear -- glass, heads, tripod, monopod -- now weigh over 25 kgs. I needed a small light second body which I could use for landscapes and occasional portraits. There is no substitute for the Nikon when using a big lens for wildlife -- both for focusing speed and high fps bursts.This a7r is a really wonderful camera. i will give you a few reasons why, which are a bit different from the commentary of more technical pro photographers. First, the 36 MP FX sensor is truly astonishing -- great dynamic range and detail even under very low light conditions. Second, with a (Metabones) adapter it takes all my Nikkorr lenses so all I have is the incremental weight of under 1 kg for the body (plus vertical grip and lens adapter). I put on my old 50 mm 1.4 lens and it is a delight to use -- feels like my old FM2 in hand -- light and all manual. Third, the truly amazing feature is that you can actually see the image you will shoot as you fine-tune exposure, ISO and white balance, all of which are easy to manipulate with excellent ergonomics (except the oddly positioned MENU button). No guesswork, especially in low light. Fourth, the NFC feature is awesome and works seamlessly with my Android phones. You can share images instantly if you so choose.Any mildly serious photographer will need the extra battery that goes in the vertical grip -- this is an under-powered camera. But this actually improves the ergonomics significantly. I found the body on its own a trifle small in hand.

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5.0

Great in many ways

By Robert Scott

from Bermuda

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Pros

  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera:

    Ergonomically excellent- get used to the double click as you press release! thought I was taking doubles at first.While the red on/off video button is in a safer position than the NEX7, it is a little hard to feel for if keeping your eye in the viewfinder for steadiness.Also the ability to switch to replay of videos from stills replay, could be alot simpler.Handy compensation dial on top .Excellent images with accurate colors and clarity.Get an adapter and use all your full frame Nikkor lenses on this little beauty!

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    1.0

    DON'T BUY SONY CAMERAS OR LENSES

    By Jim

    from Toledo Ohio

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    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

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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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