Sony has announced the the release date of the a7R 4, its latest and most advanced full-frame mirrorless camera yet. Sony says it delivers “medium-format image quality” with the help of a new 61-megapixel full frame sensor. This camera’s predecessor, the a7R III, features a 42.4-megapixel full frame sensor, so you can see that Sony has made some strides in how far it can push resolution. The new full frame sensor enables an extraordinary level of detail even when you zoom far into your images. The Sony a7R 4 from Beachcamera.com has a release date set for September at a price of around $3,500.
Do most people need 61 megapixels worth of image data? No. Definitely not. But the pro users who crave more and more resolution to work with will be drawn to Sony’s new a7R 4 camera. Going any higher basically requires buying into a medium-format system. The Sony a7R 4 has 15 stops of dynamic range, five-axis image stabilization, and burst shooting at 10 fps (with continuous AF/AE for every shot). Even when you drop it into an APS-C crop mode, it will capture 26 megapixels, on par in pixel density with something like the Fujifilm X-T3.
The autofocus system utilizes 567 phase-detect points and Sony’s signature eye tracking for both humans and animals. For the first time ever in one of its cameras, Sony is applying that real-time eye AF to video recording. The Sony a7R 4 from Beachcamera.com is capable of 4K movie recording with S-Log 2/3 for professional editing. Sony is also upgrading the audio recording capabilities in the a7R 4 with a new system that captures a digital audio signal. The company is introducing accessories that take advantage of the new system, including the Sony Dual-Channel Digital XLR Audio Adapter Kit with Shotgun Microphone.
Other improvements include a 5.76-million-dot electronic viewfinder, redesigned grip, enhanced resistance against dust and moisture, dual UHS-II SD card slots, and wireless tethering. Sony’s latest camera comes as more and more consumers shift away from DSLR-style cameras to mirrorless bodies, which are often more compact and efficient. With the a7R 4, Sony is trying to demonstrate that its existing lead in full frame sensor mirrorless cameras might be insurmountable. Pre-order yours today.