Sony’s a7R IV is a 61-megapixel, full-frame flagship

Sony’s newest camera is a beast in a compact body.

Sony A7R IV camera on black
The Sony a7R IV is the first 35mm full-frame camera to feature a 61 megapixel sensor. It was announced this morning in New York CityJeanette D. Moses

This morning in New York City during a livestream event Sony announced the a7R IV, the first 35mm full-frame camera to feature a 61 megapixel sensor. It's the first new sensor for the a7R series since 2015. The camera delivers an impressive 15-stops of dynamic range and burst shooting up to 10fps. Here is what else we know about it:

  • 61 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization
  • 10fps burst shooting with full AF/AE tracking
  • 567 phase-detection AF points, covering 74 percent of the frame
  • Real-time Eye AF for stills and video for both humans and animals, first time that it has been available for video shooters
  • Redesigneded multi-interface shoe to send a digital audio signal
  • Real-time tracking
  • 5.76 million dot UXGA OLED viewfinder
  • Dual UHS-II slots
  • Redesigned grip
  • Connectivity and operability has been upgraded
  • 4K movie recording, S-Log2/3, HDR capabilities
  • Dust and moisture resistant
  • E mount, compatible with 52 native Sony lenses
  • Available in September for $3500
Sony A7R IV camera demo
The camera delivers an impressive 15-stops of dynamic range and burst shooting up to 10fps.Jeanette D. Moses

Having the ability to shoot medium-format-quality images on a compact 35mm body for such a reasonable price point is very appealing to video and still shooters.

In addition to the new camera Sony has some interesting accessories on the way. First up is a newly designed vertical grip that has upgraded operability, is dust and moisture resistant and can hold two batteries. The grip will be available in September for $400.

Sony A7R IV camera
The E mount camera is compatible with 52 native Sony lenses.Sony

For video shooters Sony will also be offering two new mic setups. The first is a new shotgun microphone called the ECM-B1M. The mic works with the newly redesigned multi Interface Shoe on the top of the camera. The mic has a built in convertor to transfer a digital signal into the camera. The mic features eight mic capsules, advanced DSP and the ability to directionally control the mic. The compact mic has a vibration resistant design. It will be available in September for $350.

Sony A7R IV camera
The camera will be available in September for $3500Sony

Sony also will release an XLR mic adaptor kit to be used with the new multi interface shoe that transfers a digital signal. It has a vibration resistant design, features two XLR/TRS connectors and a 3.5mm stereo mini jack for mic and line inputs. The kit will be available in October for $600.

We’ll be spending some time with this new camera and its accessories later today and look forward to sharing sample images and our hands on experience with it. Stay tuned.

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