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Sony’s a7R IV 61MP Mirrorless Camera Arrives

Sony Introduces 61 Megapixel α7R IV

Today Sony announced the latest addition to the Alpha Universe, the Sony α7R IV mirrorless camera.

  • Sony a7R IV is the world’s first 35mm full-frame mirrorless camera with 61MP image sensor

  • Advanced Real-time Eye AF for movie recording and advanced Real-time Tracking plus Real-time Eye AF for still image recording

  • Professional 4K movie recording functionality including full pixel readout with no pixel binning in Super 35mm mode, S-Log3, HDR workflow support

  • The a7R IV will ship in September 2019 for approximately $3,500 US and $4,500 CA

The Latest Alpha 7R Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

Sony’s highest resolution full-frame camera ever is here. The new Alpha 7R IV features the world’s first back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with a resolution of 61.0 MP. It also allows for high-speed continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with full AF / AE tracking for approximately seven seconds in full-frame mode with an increased buffer memory, and approximately three times as long in APS-C mode.

“We are continuing to drive innovation, break boundaries and redefine the expectations of digital camera performance,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Product and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics. “The new Alpha 7R IV combines medium format-level image quality with high-speed shooting, extremely fast focusing and an extensive list of upgrades to design, connectivity and usability. This will allow professional photographers, videographers and all other types of creators to capture content in ways that were simply not possible before.”

Photo: Sony Alpha Universe

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Photo: Sony Alpha Universe

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Photo: Sony Alpha Universe

Professional Filmmaking Features

Sony’s α7R IV is built to perform as a pro filmmaking camera. The camera can capture 4K (3840×2160 pixels) video recording across the full width of the image sensor, and full pixel readout without pixel binning in Super 35mm mode.

S-Log 2 and S-Log 3 are also available to maximize color grading flexibility, with S-Log 3 offering a total of 14-stops of dynamic range. Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) is also available on the Alpha 7R IV to support an Instant HDR workflow.

Real-time Eye AF

The new Alpha 7R IV debuts Real-time Eye AF for movie shooting, a first in any of Sony’s cameras. When activated, the eye of a subject is automatically tracked with high precision and reliability, allowing the shooter to focus on the content itself as opposed to what is in focus or not. The Touch Tracking functionality, a functionality that allows the user to simply touch the screen on their intended subject for instant acquisition, will also automatically initiate Eye AF when a human subject is selected.

sony α7R IV video capabilities

Photo: Sony Alpha Universe

Pricing and Availability

The new Sony Alpha 7R IV Full-frame Interchangeable Lens Camera will ship in September 2019 for approximately $3,500 US and $4,500 CA. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.

Pre-order from Adorama starting July 18, 2019. View sample images on DPReview.

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