“R” stands for decision, and the brand new Sony a7R IV pushes that spec additional than ever earlier than for the Alpha sequence, with its 61-megapixel back-illuminated sensor. That’s huge decision for a full-frame digicam, however there’s extra. For nonetheless topics like structure and even landscapes in calm climate, the a7R IV affords a Pixel Shift Multi Capturing mode that takes as much as 16 full-resolution photographs—transferring the sensor in one- or one-half-pixel increments between exposures—that may then be composited into an incredibly-detailed 240-megapixel remaining picture utilizing Sony’s Imaging Edge desktop software program. The digicam’s EVF additionally boasts a lift in decision. The 5.76 million-dot UXGA OLED Tru-finder EVF is Sony’s highest decision EVF but, and whereas this spec is probably much less tangible than sensor decision or different top-line options, it’s an essential one in terms of your precise taking pictures expertise.

Dynamic vary is improved within the a7R IV, with as much as 15-stops of vary when taking pictures at “decrease sensitivities”—Sony doesn’t formally state the higher ISO limits of this functionality.

The a7R IV can seize these 61-megapixel photographs at as much as 10 fps, with full autofocus and autoexposure monitoring, and might accomplish that for steady bursts as much as about 7 seconds. The digicam additionally affords an APS-C crop mode which creates 26.2-megapixel recordsdata (nonetheless fairly sizable), and on this mode, the digicam can buffer as much as about 21 seconds of steady taking pictures at 10 fps.

The focusing system within the a7R IV is a hybrid system with 567 focal-plane phase-detection AF factors and 425 contrast-detection AF factors. The intelligence behind the AF system can also be upgraded within the a7R IV, with superior Actual-time Monitoring plus Actual-time Eye AF for nonetheless picture recording and—for the primary time in a Sony digicam—Actual-time Eye AF for film recording.

The a7R IV might be accessible in September with a listing worth of $3,500. For extra info, see the press launch beneath.


Sony Electronics Introduces Excessive-resolution Alpha 7R IV Digital camera with World’s First 61.zero MP Again-illuminated, Full-frame Picture Sensor

Unprecedented Highest Decision and Widest Dynamic Vary for α- Alpha System, Mixed with Excessive-speed Efficiency and a Light-weight, Compact Physique  

  • World’s first[i] 35mm full-frame 61.zero MP[ii] back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS picture sensor with latest-generation BIONZ X™ picture processor
  • 15-stop[iii] dynamic vary at low sensitivities, leading to easy, pure gradations starting from deep shadows to highlights
  • Excessive-speed steady taking pictures at as much as 10 fps[iv] with full AF / AE monitoring for about seven seconds[v] in full-frame mode with an elevated buffer reminiscence, and roughly thrice as lengthy in APS-C mode
  • 567 focal-plane phase-detection AF factors protecting 74% of picture space and 425 distinction AF factors
  • Debut of Actual-time Eye AF for film recording[vi] and superior Actual-time Monitoring[vii] plus Actual-time Eye AF for nonetheless picture recording
  • Options an APS-C crop mode delivering beautiful excessive decision photographs of 26.2MPii
  • 76 million dot UXGA (Extremely-XGA) OLED Tru-Finder™ digital viewfinder with excellent element, brightness and distinction
  • Upgraded connectivity and operability together with high-speed Wi-Fi assist, wi-fi PC distant connectivity[viii], FTP wi-fi switch, sooner information switch through USB and extra
  • Skilled 4K film recording performance together with full pixel readout with no pixel binning in Tremendous 35mm mode[ix], S-Log3, HDR workflow assist
  • Multi Interface Shoe™ with digital audio interface delivers the high-quality sound recording with Sony’s new microphone and XLR microphone adaptor
  • Extra enhancements to the physique design embody an improved grip and button format for improved management with compact, light-weight physique

NEW YORK —July 16, 2019 —Sony Electronics Inc. at present introduced the newest addition to its acclaimed Alpha 7R sequence full-frame mirrorless digicam line-up: the extraordinarily versatile, highly effective Alpha 7R IV (mannequin ILCE-7RM4). 

Sony’s highest decision full-frame digicam ever, the brand new Alpha 7R IV delivers beautiful picture high quality with excessive decision and broad dynamic vary whereas sustaining excellent focusing efficiency, high-speed steady taking pictures and far, far more.

“We’re persevering with to drive innovation, break boundaries and redefine the expectations of digital digicam efficiency,” stated Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Product and Options Americas at Sony Electronics. “The brand new Alpha 7R IV combines medium format-level picture high quality with high-speed taking pictures, extraordinarily quick focusing and an intensive checklist of upgrades to design, connectivity and value. This can enable skilled photographers, videographers and all different kinds of creators to seize content material in ways in which had been merely not attainable earlier than.”

A New Degree of Picture High quality

The brand new Alpha 7R IV contains a newly developed 35mm full-frame, back-illuminated CMOS picture sensor with a decision of 61.zero MP [ii], the world’s first of its type. The brand new sensor’s back-illuminated construction and efficient noise discount methods mix to ship extraordinarily low-noise and high-sensitivity efficiency, making certain absolutely the most picture high quality. The digicam additionally boasts a powerful 15-stopiiidynamic vary at low sensitivities, leading to easy pure gradations starting from deep shadows to highlights, and makes use of algorithms from most of the newest Alpha cameras to take care of excellent colour replica. 

This new full-frame mannequin is provided with an revolutionary 5-axis, optical in-body picture stabilization system that has been fine-tuned to assist its high-resolution taking pictures capability, leading to a shutter pace benefit of 5.5-steps[x]. Moreover, the shutter unit meeting has been rigorously redesigned to scale back even the slightest motion which will trigger blur.  

The Alpha 7R IV additionally contains Sony’s highest decision viewfinder ever, a 5.76 million dot UXGA OLED Tru-finder EVF. About 1.6x the decision of the EVF within the Alpha 7R III, this new viewfinder gives an especially correct, true-to-life depiction of the scene being framed.  The show high quality will be set to ‘Normal’ or ‘Excessive’ mode, and to both 60 fps or 120 fps refresh charge to greatest match the topic and taking pictures situations. 

Moreover, the brand new digicam options an developed Pixel Shift Multi Capturing[xi]mode that composites as much as 16 full-resolution photographs. On this mode, the digicam exactly shifts the sensor in a single pixel or half-pixel increments to seize 16 separate pixel-shifted photographs containing a complete of 963.2 million pixels of knowledge, that are then composited right into a 240.eight million pixel (19008 x 12672 pixels) picture utilizing Sony’s “Imaging Edge™” desktopapplication[xii]. Ultimate for photographing structure, artwork or another nonetheless life topic, this enhanced mode produces pictures with a stage of element and colour accuracy that’s merely beautiful. 

Capturing and Focusing Velocity

The revolutionary new Alpha 7R IV full-frame mirrorless digicam can shoot full decision photographs at as much as 10 fps with steady, correct AF/AE monitoring for as much as roughly seven seconds in full-frame, full-resolution mode (JPEG / RAW), and approx. thrice as lengthy in APS-C crop mode delivering 26.2MP mages. These high-speed choices be sure that fast-paced topics will be captured with excessive accuracy and unbelievable picture element. 

The upgraded focusing system of the Alpha 7R IV is comprised of 567 focal-plane phase-detection AF factors that cowl roughly 74 % of the picture space. There are additionally 425 distinction AF factors that add further precision and reliability for low gentle and different conditions which might be greatest served in contrast AF. The upper AF sensor density and refined monitoring algorithms of the brand new digicam produce a notable enchancment in monitoring efficiency, permitting complicated topic movement and sudden topic actions to be reliably tracked with higher precision than ever. 

The Alpha 7R IV additionally helps Actual-time Eye AF, which employs synthetic intelligence to detect and course of eye location information in real-time, locking and sustaining give attention to the topic’s eye with excessive precision. That is accessible for each animal and human topics, with both animal or human Eye AF mode selectable relying on the taking pictures state of affairs.  Actual-time Trackingviiis accessible as nicely, which makes use of a newly developed topic recognition algorithm to make sure the last word topic monitoring and persistence of the focusing system. There may be additionally an anti-flicker taking pictures mode, which routinely detects the presence of fluorescent or synthetic lighting in a taking pictures atmosphere to attenuate any affect on the ultimate picture. 

Enhanced Connectivity for Skilled Workflow

Sony’s new Alpha 7R IVfull-frame digicam is provided with quite a lot of superior connectivity options designed to boost skilled workflow. The brand new mannequin contains wi-fi LAN performance to assist the traditional 2.Four GHz band, in addition to a high-speed 5 GHz band for sooner, extra steady information switch. Wi-fi PC distant connectivity(wi-fi tethering taking pictures) can also be accessible on the newAlpha 7R IV, a primary for Sony cameras. Requested by many working professionals, this enables for far more freedom in studio and site shoots, letting the photographer transfer round freely and with out restriction.

Along with high-speed Wi-Fi®and wi-fi PC connectivity, the brand new full-frame digicam is provided with a SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.2 Gen 1) USB Sort-C™ connector that helps extraordinarily quick wired information transmission, with nearly doubled information switch pace achieved together with Sony’s Imaging Edge software program (in comparison with the Alpha 7R III). It additionally helps FTP information switch with background switch functionality, permitting photographers to ship photographs to a specified FTP distant server whereas they’re nonetheless taking pictures or reviewing photographs. 

To assist an environment friendly, high-speed, related skilled workflow, Sony has introduced model 2.zero of its “Imaging Edge” desktop functions (‘Distant’/’Viewer’/’Edit’). The ’Distant’ utility permits customers to manage cameras and monitor reside taking pictures on their PC display; the ‘Viewer‘ utility is used to rapidly preview, charge and choose pictures from giant libraries; and the ’Edit‘ utility can develop RAW information into high-quality pictures for supply.

To maximise comfort in picture switch, when using the newest model of Sony’s Imaging Edge Cell™ utility, the digicam can now switch photographs to a related smartphone even when the digicam’s energy is about to OFF. 

Excessive-resolution 4K and Skilled Filmmaking Options

Along with its spectacular nonetheless picture capabilities, the brand new Alpha 7R IVperforms exceptionally nicely as a critical filmmaking device, providing 4K (3840×2160 pixels) video recording throughout the total width of the picture sensor, and full pixel readout with out pixel binning in Tremendous 35mm modeix. This ensures high-quality 4K footage with distinctive element and depth. S-Log 2 and S-Log Three are additionally accessible to maximise colour grading flexibility, with S-Log Three providing a complete of 14-stops of dynamic vary.  Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) can also be accessible on the Alpha 7R IV to assist an Instantaneous HDR workflow.

For video autofocus, the versatile new full-frame digicam makes use of a refined Quick Hybrid AF system that achieves sooner, smoother, extra steady autofocus throughout video taking pictures – even when an object briefly strikes in entrance of the meant topic. The digicam additionally contains Contact Monitoring performance throughout film taking pictures, permitting the person to easily contact the display on their meant topic for immediate acquisition.

The brand new Alpha 7R IVdebuts Actual-time  Eye AF for film taking pictures, a primary in any of Sony’s cameras. When activated, the attention of a topic is routinely tracked with excessive precision and reliability, permitting the shooter to give attention to the content material itself as opposed to what’s in focus or not. The aforementioned Contact Monitoring performance may also routinely provoke Eye AF when a human topic is chosen. 

 One other notable video function is the addition of a digital audio interface to the digicam’s Multi Interface Shoe™ (MI Shoe), permitting a direct, digital connection from the brand new ECM-B1MShotgun Microphone or XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Equipment for clear, low-noise and high-quality audio recording. Interval taking pictures for creating time-lapse movies is obtainable, in addition to full HD recording at as much as 120 fps, Gradual and Fast Movement features and far more. 

Enhanced Construct, Design and Customizability

The brand new Alpha 7R IVhas a number of upgrades to its design and value, with many changes being applied instantly from the voice of Sony’s skilled group. 

To maximise sturdiness, the brand new Alpha 7R IV options upgraded mud and moisture resistance, with extra sealing supplied in any respect physique seams, battery compartment cowl and media slots. The digicam is constructed with an especially light-weight and sturdy magnesium alloy and in addition has an upgraded six screw, extra-firm lens mount.

Extra enhancements to the physique design embody an improved grip for higher consolation and a extra certain maintain throughout the hand; a rise within the diameter and suggestions for the ‘AF-ON’ button; a brand new multi-selector joystick design for improvised management; an publicity compensation dial lock button; and a redesigned form and new place for the rear dial. A robust request from {many professional} customers, the brand new digicam additionally contains two UHS-II suitable media slots, permitting for increased total capability and sooner learn/write speeds.

For added comfort, digicam setting registration is expanded. Now, nearly all digicam settings will be saved to, and browse from, an inserted reminiscence card. As much as 10 mixtures will be saved to any particular person cardand loaded into any digicam physique of the identical mannequin. 

Regardless of its elevated pixel rely in comparison with the Alpha 7R III, the battery life has been improved with a CIPA measurement of as much as 670 nonetheless photographs per change utilizing LCD monitor, or 530 photographs with EVF.  For much more uninterrupted working time, the brand new non-compulsory VG-C4EM Vertical Grip holds two NP-FZ100 batteries, and the non-compulsory Multi Battery Adaptor (NPA-MQZ1K) can maintain as much as 4 Z batteries. The physique can be powered through the USB connector.

New Equipment

Sony has additionally launched quite a lot of new equipment to go with the brand new Alpha 7R IVcamera, together with:

  • VG-C4EM Vertical GripGives similar operation, dealing with and design because the Alpha 7R IVcamera, together with upgraded mud and moisture resistancexx; doubles battery life and permits USB battery-charging through the digicam physique
  • ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone–Eight high-performance mic capsules and superior digital sign processing present three selectable directivity patternsin one compact microphone of roughly 99.3mm (Four inches) in size with Tremendous-directional choose up; when related to the Alpha 7R IVvia its Multi Interface Shoe with digital audio interface assist, audio is instantly transferred to the digicam in digital type in order that the best attainable high quality is achieved with out noise or degradation
  • XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Equipment–Two XLR/TRS combo connectors and one 3.5mm stereo mini jack for microphone and line enter, with in depth management that helps facilitate the put up processing workflow; related to the Alpha 7R IVvia its Multi Interface Shoe with digital audio interface assist, audio is instantly transferred to the digicam in digital type in order that the best attainable audio high quality is achieved with out noise or degradation; equipped extension cable for Audio gives further flexibility for digicam attachment with rig, cage or bracket
  • SF-M sequence TOUGH – Extremely-Powerful UHS-II SD card with ultra-fast pace as much as 277MB/s (learn) is good for taking pictures beneath extreme circumstances, and streamlines the post-shooting workflow; equipped with file restoration software program (helps each mac OS and Home windows)
  • MRW-S3 – Quick USB for PC hub with UHS-II SD/microSD reader, supporting USB 3.1 Gen 2 and 100W USB Energy Supply (USB PD), contributes to environment friendly workflow by ultra-fast, steady backup to PC or SSD

 Pricing and Availability

The brand new Alpha 7R IV Full-frame Interchangeable Lens Digital camera will ship in September 2019 for about $3,500 US and $4,500 CA. It is going to be offered at quite a lot of Sony’s approved sellers all through North America.

The brand new VG-C4EM Vertical Grip will ship in September 2019 for about $400 US and $530 CA.   

The brand new ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone will ship in September 2019 for about $350 US and $470 CA.

The brand new XLR-K3M XLR Adapter Equipment will ship in October 2019 for about $600 US and $800 CA.   

[i]As of July 2019, primarily based on Sony survey of digital cameras with a full-frame picture sensor

[ii]Roughly, efficient

[iii]Nonetheless photographs. Sony take a look at situations

[iv]As much as 10 fps in steady “Hello+” mode, and as much as eight fps in steady “Hello” mode  Most fps will rely on digicam settings

[v]In JPEG (Further advantageous / High-quality) or compressed RAW mode

[vi]This operate doesn’t monitor animal eyes

[vii]“Monitoring” within the menu. This operate doesn’t monitor animal eyes

[viii]Picture Edge desktop utility Ver. 2.zero or later is required

[ix]Tremendous 35mm 4K recording ends in a barely narrower angle of view

[x]CIPA requirements. Pitch/yaw shake solely.  Planar T* FE 50mm F1.Four ZA lens. Lengthy publicity NR off

[xi]The Imaging Edge (Distant/Viewer/Edit) desktop utility Ver. 2.zero or later is required for compositing.  Picture compositing might not be profitable if digicam or topic motion causes blur.  Some restrictions apply to flash and different machine

[xii]‘Distant’/’Viewer’/’Edit’ model.2.zero might be launched in August 2019

[xiii]Solely 100 Hz and 120 Hz flicker is detected. Steady taking pictures pace could lower.  Flicker-free taking pictures isn’t accessible throughout silent taking pictures, BULB publicity, or film recording.

[xiv]Fashions offered in some international locations/areas assist IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.Four GHz) wi-fi LAN solely. 5 GHz communication could also be restricted in some international locations and areas

[xv]Imaging Edge Cell model.7.2 might be launched in July 2019

[xvi]Imaging Edge Cell Ver. 7.2 or later is required.  “Cnct. throughout energy off” setting in digicam should be turned ON and the digicam and smartphone should be paired utilizing Bluetooth® expertise through the Imaging Edge Cell utility

[xvii]Join this product to an HDR (HLG) suitable Sony TV through a USB cable when displaying HDR (HLG) motion pictures

[xviii]Sound not recorded. Class 10 or increased SDHC/SDXC card required

[xix]Not assured to be 100% mud and moisture proof

[xx]A battery should be put in within the physique when energy is being equipped through the USB connector

[xxi]Discuss with the Sony assist web page for particulars and digicam compatibility info https://www.sony.internet/dics/b1m/

[xxii]Discuss with the Sony assist web page for particulars and digicam compatibility info



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