We’re excited to announce that the newest member in Sony’s stable of full-frame E-mount cameras will be available soon at a Mike’s Camera near you! The Sony α7R IV (ILCE-7RM4) is available now to preorder for a cool $3,499.99—click here to do so now! Shipping starts in mid-September. Read on for a clear summary of what you’ll find only in the latest and greatest, gear photos to drool over, and (most important of all) full-quality sample images and video from the camera itself.
The R in α7R has always stood for Resolution, and the α7R IV takes that promise to uncharted territory with an astoundingly-detailed 61.0 MP full-frame BSI (back-side illuminated) sensor capable of dynamic range 15 stops wide. If that’s not enough, the camera can shoot 240.8 MP multi-image composites made of up to 16 images (computer processing required).
The camera has plenty of back-end processing power to match its resolution. Up to 68 images can be captured per burst, at up to 10 fps. Full-size RAW output is even available when shooting in burst mode with the silent shutter activated—yow!
If you’re not shooting with the silent shutter, the coreless motor and brake system on the new, low-vibration mechanical shutter will still make the risk of internally-caused blur practically none, even at full speed.
The autofocus system on the new sensor features 567 phase-detection AF points as well as 425 contrast-detection AF points. Combined with the powerful BIONZ X processor, autofocus performance has actually been improved over the α7R III despite the nearly 50% gain in resolution. The autofocus system is usable in light as low as EV-3, and features AI-enhanced real-time subject tracking. Eye-AF—engineered for both humans and animals—has also been enhanced, including for use in real time for video.
Speaking of improved resolution, the EVF on the α7R IV has gotten a bump, from 3,686K to 5,760K dots, with a 120 fps setting for lifelike fluidity and fluorine coating to keep fingerprints and grime from ruining your view.
Working professionals—the kind of shooters that crave 61.0 MP images—will be pleased with upgrades made specifically to make studio life easier. The new USB-C connection is capable of computer tethering connection speeds up to 2x faster than the α7R III, or the camera can be wirelessly connected via 2.4 or 5GHz Wi-Fi. The new Bluetooth remote (sold separately) is rock-solid in trickier shooting situations, and the Imaging Edge suite of applications provide unprecedented control.
More upgraded features
- 5.5 stop IBIS
- Dust and moisture resistance improved
- Grip re-engineered for more positive contact
- Locking EV compensation dial
- Re-engineered dial arrangement
- Dual UHS-II slots
- Touch-tracking for video focus
- 4K recording with S-log 2/3 and HLG modes
- Vertical grip also available
- Compatible with newly-available digital audio (XLR/TRS) interface and shotgun mic accessories
Did they miss anything? I know I’m excited to see what kind of images will come to light (or, more accurately, from light) once photographers get their hands on this one. Click here to read more, or to preorder now.
The body itself
Presenting: the Sony α7R IV.
Sample image gallery
Click through for full-resolution sample images from the Sony α7R IV.
Sample video output
4K XAVCS 60Mbps video, shot on the Sony α7R IV.