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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]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50i/ 59.94i [17 to 24 Mb/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]
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


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 III have Better Dynamic Range Than Panasonic S1R

Latest test report coming from Photons to Photos suggest that Sony A7R III camera have better dynamic range than of Panasonic S1R. While comparing the images of the two, reviewers found that Sony A7R III has an average of 1/2 stop advantage across the range compared to Panasonic S1R.

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Panasonic S1R vs. Nikon Z7 vs. Sony A7R III

Dpreview team a in-depth comparison of all the three camera, the entire video if of 14min length so if ur in hurry. Just read the short conclusion first.

If you have less time read this

Best Image Quality – Sony A7R III
Best Overall Camera – Sony A7R III
Panasonic S1 /S1R – Best For Studiographers and Landscape Shooters AF is not good as Sony A7R III or Nikon Z7
If you are a Nikon Users with F Lenses, go with Nikon Z7. A excellent option with perfect balance of still and videography.

Price Drop Alert: $400 off on Sony A7R III

$400 off on Sony A7R III MSRP price, the Sony A7R III camera is now available at $2,798. check out the Deals link below.

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Sony A7 III High ISO Test

Finally, the first still High ISO test report of the Sony A7 III camera published by dpreview. Take a look at the high ISO test between Sony A7 III, Sony A7R III, Nikon D750 and Canon 5D Mark IV.

Sony A7 III vs Nikon D850 vs Sony A7R III vs Canon 5D Mark IV

Sony A7 II camera noise


As you can see the Sony A7R III is still a best choice for still work since you get a lot of details with high resolution sensor. Despite of having a weak filter inside the Sony A7 III camera the level of details isn’t similar to A7R III due to less resolution.

Nikon D850 is showing unusual color noise on BW image which is unacceptable. However the details are visible and moire is also very well controlled.

And finally we have the Canon 5D Mark IV camera. As we know that Canon cameras do have built-in OLPF and so we are not able to get the 100% details of a subject when compared to Camera without low-pass filter.

Sony A7 III Color noise test

color noise test image

As you can in this test I have kept ISO at 102400, practically I never use ISO above the 12800 in any FF DSLR / Mirrorless camera but to see the difference in test in first look results we have to set the ISO at a higher level.

As you can see clearly Sony A7R III and Nikon D850 color noise levels are well controlled compared to Sony A7 III . Despite of being a canon user for a long time, I have no hesitation is saying that Canon 5D Mk IV is suffering from a lot of color noise and loss of details.

Sony A7III is definitely one of the best  camera ever announced by Sony. I do have some issue but despite if that you are getting a lot features in $2k camera.

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Big Shock: Sony A7 III is Even Better than Sony A7R III and GH5

Sony in general put whatever the best tech they have in upcoming camera. Same with the Sony A7 III, they have used the newly developed 24 MP BSI CMOS sensor and their Bionz X image processor.

Pro vlogger Max Yuryev tested out all Sony A7 III, Sony A7R III, Sony A6500 and Panasonic GH5. And the result was amazing.

Sony A7 III First High ISO Test

We have recovered shadow details 25% to make easy for you to detect noise in the first look.

You can see the level of noise at ISO 12800 while all the three Sony cameras including the Sony A6500 showing excellent noise control and perfect color output.

Panasonic GH5 is not able to push ISO limit upto 25600, now one more surprise here. The Sony A7 III and Sony A6500 controlling noise better than the A7R3 camera.

WOW, Sony A7III at ISO 51200

Even at ISO 51200 the Sony A7III camera showing excellent output compared to the Sony A7R III which is limited to ISO 25600.

Pls watch this Video in a bigger monitor with a resolution higher than HD to notice the difference.

also see – What’s Next – Sony A7S III or Sony A6700 ?

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Update – Keep in mind it’s a Video Test – Still image test may vary from the above results

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Sony A7R III Dynamic Range Increases in Pixel-Shift Mode

Pixel Shift mode Sony A7R III

The most interesting thing related to Sony A7 R III  (Amazon  B&H) camera is its dynamic range increases over 1 stop when the camera captures images in pixels shift mode.

In the graph (created by Photons to photos) you can clearly see that the dynamic range of the camera increases over 1 Stop. Which is really a surprise gift for A7R III Landscape shooters.

So, if we put one more stop of dynamic range at A7R III test scores then Nikon D850 fails miserably. If I have to choose between these two camera I will sure pic the A7R III, since this mighty camera features better low-light ISO score and do provide us a option to increase the dynamic range of the camera to 1-stop when it requires. A excellent tool for Landscape shooters.

Also see –Sony A7R III (Pixel Shift) Vs Nikon D850 and Others