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Sony A7R IV vs Sony A7R III

Sony A7R IV vs Sony A7R III, the Sony A7R IV camera features major upgrade in the core specification of the camera. Let’s have a detailed look how Sony A7R IV camera is improved from inside to out.

1. Sony A7R IV vs Sony A7R III Sensor

Lens Mount Sony E Sony E
Camera Format Full-Frame (1x Crop Factor) Full-Frame (1x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 62.5 Megapixel
Effective: 61 Megapixel
Actual: 43.6 Megapixel
Effective: 42.4 Megapixel
Maximum Resolution 9504 x 6336 7952 x 5304
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 3:2, 16:9
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Size 35.7 x 23.8 mm 35.9 x 24 mm
Image File Format JPEG, RAW JPEG, RAW
Bit Depth 14-Bit 14-Bit
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis

2. 1.5X More Resolution

Sony A7R IV camera us using a brand new sensor, the sensor resolution is approx 1.5X more than of Sony A7R III. With 61 MP BSI CMOS sensor Sony A7R IV camera will show more details when compared to Sony A7R III.

3. 1.5X Faster Image Processor

Not only sensor the image processor of the camera is now 1.5X more faster compared to the image processer used in Sony A7R III. And due to that we will sure see some noticeable improvement in the image quality of the new camera.

4. ISO Range 50-102400

Sony engineers did a remarkable job to maintain the low-light performance of the camera. Despite of increase in the resolution (We all know as the resolution increases the photodiodes sizes gradually decreases resulting poor low light performance ) Sony A7R IV camera is able to deliver same ISO range as we have in the Sony A7R III.

5. Jpeg Image Quality Comparison

As you can clearly see the image of Sony A7R IV camera (left) have more details compared to Sony A7R III (in right).

6. Sony A7R IV vs Sony A7R III – Exposure

ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 to 32000 (Extended: 50 to 102400) Auto, 100 to 32000 (Extended: 50 to 102400)
Shutter Speed Mechanical Shutter
1/8000 to 30 Second
Bulb Mode
1/8000 to 1/4 Second in Movie Mode
  1/8000 to 30 Seconds
1/8000 to 1/4 Second in Movie Mode
Bulb Mode
Metering Method Center-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Multiple, Spot Center-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot, Highlight Weighted
Exposure Modes Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation -5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps) -5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range -3 to 20 EV -3 to 20 EV
White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps at 61 MP for up to 68 Exposures (JPEG) Up to 10 fps at 42.4 MP for up to 76 Exposures (Raw)
Interval Recording Yes 2/5/10-Second Delay
Self Timer 2/5/10-Second Delay

7. Buffer is also increased

Buffer  of the camera is also improved upto 1.5X according to the Sony. Now despite of larger file size,  the new bigger buffer can store upto 68 consecutive shots in a single burst.

 

8. Sony A7R IV vs Sony A7R III – Video

Recording Modes XAVC S
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p [60 to 100 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/24p/59.94p/100p/120p [16 to 100 Mb/s]
AVCHD
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50i/ 59.94i [17 to 24 Mb/s]
  XAVC S
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p [60 to 100 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/ 59.94p/ 100p/120p [100 Mb/s]
HD (1280 x 720) at 100p/120p [50 Mb/s]
AVCHD
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50p/ 59.94p [28 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/50i/59.94i [17 to 24 Mb/s]
External Recording Modes 4:2:2 8-Bit
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/ .97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/50i/50p/59.94i/ 59.94p
  4:2:2 8-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24.00p/50i/50p/59.94i/59.94p
Recordig Limit Up to 29 Minutes Up to 29 Minutes
Video Encoding NTSC/PAL NTSC/PAL
ISO Sensitivity Auto: 100 to 12800
Manual: 100 to 32000
Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
External Microphone Input
Audio Recording Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
External Microphone Input (Stereo)
AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)

We do have slight improvement in the external video recording mode of the Sony A7R IV camera, now you can record DCI 4K video in Sony A7R IV camera which was limited to UHD 4K in Sony A7R III.

The Sony a7R IV can capture full-frame 4K oversampled from 6K, that clearly means no pixel binning and you are getting maximum image quality possible. However, Sony A7R III also uses the same process to create 4K video.

So, we don’t have any major difference in the Video quality of both the camera despite of enjoying a major specs upgrade in the still part of A7R IV.

9. Sony A7R IV vs Sony A7R III – AutoFocus

Focus Type Auto and Manual Focus Auto and Manual Focus
Focus Mode Automatic (A), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S) Automatic (A), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 567
Contrast Detection: 425
Phase Detection: 399
Contrast Detection: 425
Autofocus Sensitivity -3 to +20 EV -2 to +20 EV

The Autofocus sensitivity of the camera increased upto 1 stop and at the same time the Focus point are also increased upto 567, which enables more better AF coverage than Sony A7R III. The AF points of the camera cover up more than 75% of the viewable area of the screen.

10. Sony A7R IV vs Sony A7R III – Viewfinder and Monitor

Viewfinder Type Electronic (OLED) Electronic
Viewfinder Size 0.5″ 0.5″
Viewfinder Resolution 5,760,000 Dot 3,686,400 Dot
Viewfinder Eye Point 23 mm 23 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.78x Approx. 0.78x
Diopter Adjustment -4.0 to +3.0 -4.0 to +3.0
Monitor Size 3″ 3″
Monitor Resolution 1,440,000 Dot 1,440,000 Dot
Monitor Type Tilting Touchscreen LCD Tilting Touchscreen LCD

Viewfinder resolution of the screen is dramatically improved, the Sony A7R IV camera now features class leading viewfinder.

11. Pixel shift (240 vs 168 MP)

The Sony A7R IV camera now features 240MP high resolution mode, the Sony A7R III was limited to 168 Megapixels only. With Sony A7R IV you will get super high resolution images and enormous amount of details compared to A7R III.

12. DSLR like Hand-grip

The handgrip of the Sony A7R IV camera is drastically improved handgrip compared to Sony A7R III, if you are  DSLR user you will find Sony A7R IV camera more friendly to your hands compared to Sony A7R III.

13. physical size

Battery 1 x NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 2280 mAh (Approx. 530 Shots)   1 x NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 2280 mAh (Approx. 530 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.07 x 3.8 x 3.05″ / 128.9 x 96.4 x 77.5 mm 5 x 3.8 x 2.9″ / 126.9 x 95.6 x 73.7 mm
Weight 1.46 lb / 665 g 1.45 lb / 657 g

 Conclusion

Sony A7R III camera arrived with major specs upgrade in still shooting part, you are getting better sensor, more AF point more improved image processor and bigger buffer compared to Sony A7R III. The video part of the camera more or less remains same. So, if you are looking for an upgrade from Sony A7R III, you should go for it if you are a still shooter.

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Sony A7R IV Sample Images

So, finally we have the sample images of the Sony A7R IV camera. The camera exhibit amazing amount of details even when viewed at 100%. you can check the Sony A7R IV announcement page here.

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Sony A7R IV Announced Press Release, Specification and Pre-order Details

Sony A7R IV finally announced by Sony, the camera features 61MP FF CMOS sensor and 15 Stops of Dynamic range. Despite of having such a high-resolution sensor in ultra compact body the camera also features 5-axis IBIS (Built-in sensor shift image stabilization). With Sony A7R IV you can capture 10 frames per second @60MP and you will be getting fulltime AF (Auto Focus) and AE (Auto Exposure) Support.

Sony A7R IV Major Features

  • 61MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • UHD 4K30p Video with HLG & S-Log3 Gammas
  • 567-Point Phase-Detection AF System
  • 5.76m-Dot Tru-Finder OLED EVF
  • 3.0″ 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Up to 10 fps Shooting, ISO 100-32000
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 240MP Pixel Shift Multi Shooting
  • Bluetooth & Wi-Fi, Dual UHS-II SD Slots

The Sony A7RIV Camera uses 567 Phase detect AF points which covers up the 74% of the viewable area of the screen. The Camera is also capable to do Real Time Eye AF for still / Movie / Human / Animal with Real Time Tracking.

Sony A7R IV records 4K Movie, S-Log2/3 and HDR modes.

Sony A7R IV features class leading 5.76 MP UXGA OLED Viewfinder. With upgraded connectivity option and enhanced operability.

The camera is upgraded with dust and Moist resistance shield .

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Sony A7R IV Camera to be Announced Soon, Uses 61MP FF Sensor

Rumors suggest Sony A7R IV camera is coming with a brand new 61MP sensor. Take a look what Japanese sources said about Sony announcement

Sony’s α7R IV is said to have a 61 million pixel sensor. At this time, the model number of “ILCE-7RM4”, “VG-C4EM”, and “XLR-K3M” has been confirmed.

Sensor used in Sony A7R IV

The IMX 455 is a Hybrid Sensor can carries phase detect AF points inside it, so for sure this sensor will be used in Nikon upcoming Mirrorless camera [possibly Nikon Z8]. Now a altered version of the same sensor [without phase detect AF pixels inside it] can be used in Nikon D850 successor, the upcoming Nikon D860 / D900 DSLR.

Sony 60 MP Sensor specification

  • IMX455 (Low-Spec of IMX551 Prototype):
  • Effective pixels: 9600×6400
  • Recommend recording pixels: 60MP
  • 11/12/14/16Bit ADC
  • Full Pixel 9fps/14Bit ADC
  • SLVS-EC 8Lane
  • Single ADC in Video Mode
  • 12-ADC in Still Picture Mode
  • Native ISO 64/400

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Sony Official Announcement on July 16, 2019

On July 16, Sony will do a Major Alpha camera related announcement. Exact date and time of announcement is  July 16 at 10am Eastern time!  Surprisingly Veteran rumor mills are not able to dig up even the name of cameras or lenses to be announced on July 16 and even Japanese sources are super silent.

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Sony Registered One More Camera, Major Announcement on July 17, 2019

Sony Registered one more camera today, the Model code is WW642826. We have a Major Sony announcement on July 17, 2019. However, announcement details are not available yet.

Take a look at the list of already registered camera.

WW716189
(1DR026)
Wi-Fi (802.11a / b / g / n / ac) with Bluetooth 4.1
WW246025 Equipped with Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz) and Bluetooth
WW594724 Equipped with Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz) and Bluetooth
WW642826 Equipped with Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz) and Bluetooth

So we now have a total of 4 camera in announcement pipeline. At the same time Sony has geared up for July 17, 2019 announcement. But we do not have a list of to be announced camera this time. So, stay tuned we are working and we will update you soon as we get any new information.

Sony Camera Models Due for an Update

We have published a post a week ago and told you list of Sony camera due for an update.

Sony A6700 / A7000, Sony A7S III and Sony RX100 VII

Sony A9II, Tele-Photo Lenses and Cybershot [RX1 series update]

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