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Sony A7 IV

 
Sony Alpha A7 IV front
 
  • 33MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Increase to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 699g - 129 x 97 x 81mm
  • Announced October 2021
  • Older Model is Sony A7 III
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
Portability
61
Imaging
83
Features
92
Overall
86

Sony A7 IV summary

Sony A7 IV is Sony's Pro Mirrorless camera originally revealed on October of 2021. The camera houses a 33MP, BSI-CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a max resolution of 7008 x 4672.

Sony launched this camera in an effort to update the earlier Sony A7 III (Read Full Comparison)

The A7 IV ranks at #7 out of 60 in Pro Mirrorless cameras and over all #7 out of 1436 for digital cameras in our database. You should test our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your personalized requirements.

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Sony A7 IV family

The Sony A7 IV comes with a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can look at all older and latest models along with important features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Sony-Alpha-A7-IV front thumbnailSony A7 IV33MPFull frame10.0 fps2021
Sony-Alpha-a1 front thumbnailSony a1
A7 IV vs a1
50MPFull frame30.0 fps2021
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Sony-Alpha-A7S-III front thumbnailSony A7S III
A7 IV vs A7S III
12MPFull frame10.0 fps2020
Sony-Alpha-A9-Mark-II front thumbnailSony A9 II
A7 IV vs A9 II
24MPFull frame20.0 fps2019
Sony-Alpha-A7R-IV front thumbnailSony A7R IV
A7 IV vs A7R IV
61MPFull frame10.0 fps2019
Sony-Alpha-A7-III front thumbnailSony A7 III
A7 IV vs A7 III
24MPFull frame10.0 fps2018
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Sony-Alpha-A7R-III front thumbnailSony A7R III
A7 IV vs A7R III
42MPFull frame10.0 fps2017
Sony-Alpha-A9 front thumbnailSony A9
A7 IV vs A9
24MPFull frame20.0 fps2017
Sony-Alpha-A7S-II front thumbnailSony A7S II
A7 IV vs A7S II
12MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
Sony-Alpha-A7R-II front thumbnailSony A7R II
A7 IV vs A7R II
42MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
Sony-Alpha-A7-II front thumbnailSony A7 II
A7 IV vs A7 II
24MPFull frame5.0 fps2014
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Sony-Alpha-A7S front thumbnailSony A7S
A7 IV vs A7S
12MPFull frame5.0 fps2014
Sony-Alpha-A7R front thumbnailSony A7R
A7 IV vs A7R
36MPFull frame4.0 fps2014
Sony-Alpha-A7 front thumbnailSony A7
A7 IV vs A7
24MPFull frame5.0 fps2014

Sony A7 IV Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of pros and cons of the Sony A7 IV based on factors that are oftentimes considered useful in a camera.

above average high ISO (51,200)
above average minimum ISO (100)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with HDMI socket
comes with headphone socket
comes with mic socket
great battery pack (600 shots)
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
large sensor size (Full frame)
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
MP count great (33 megapixels)
NFC connectivity
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
provides face detect focusing
provides tracking focus
selfie friendly screen
supports bluetooth
supports phase detect AF
supports RAW formats
supports touch focus
touchscreen capability
two card slots
very good screen resolution (1,440 thousand dots)
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
weather sealing
no liveview
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Sony A7 IV Sensor details

The size of the sensor in the Sony A7 IV is 35.8mm x 23.8mm (Full frame). The 852 mm² sensor can capture 7008 x 4672 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 33 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 100 - 51200. This ISO can also be extended electronically to 50 - 204800. RAW files are saved which means that you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture below displays the A7 IV's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The A7 IV sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is outlined in green.

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To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony A7 IV dimensions

Sony A7 IV is 1.54 lb (699g / 24.66 oz) and the volume of the camera is 129mm x 97mm x 81mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.2"). The weight of typical Pro Mirrorless camera is 722g so the Sony A7 IV is very much the same when compared to various rivals.

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The following is a visual of the Sony A7 IV with a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Sony Alpha A7 IV dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button arrangement on the A7 IV.

Sony Alpha A7 IV topview buttons dials

Sony A7 IV Lens specs

The A7 IV works with the Sony E mount and has 170 lenses that you can purchase. Below is some of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the A7 IV.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sony-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-E-24mm-F1.8-ZA lensSony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T E 24mm F1.8 ZA24mmf/1.8 225g
Tamron-70-300-F4.5-6.3-Di-RXD-III-E-Mount lensTamron 70-300 F4.5-6.3 Di RXD III70-300mmf/4.5-6.3545g
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Tokina-atx-m-56mm-F1.4-E-Mount lensTokina atx-m 56mm F1.4 E56mmf/1.4 315g
Samyang-AF-24mm-F1.8-FE lensSamyang AF 24mm F1.8 FE24mmf/1.8 230g
Samyang-21mm-F1.4-ED-AS-UMC-CS--Rokinon-21mm-F1.4-ED-AS-UMC-CS-Sony-E lensSamyang 21mm F1.4 ED AS UMC CS21mmf/1.4275g
Samyang-35mm-F1.4-AS-UMC-Sony-E-NEX lensSamyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC35mmf/1.4 660g
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Samyang-MF-14mm-F2.8-Mk2--Rokinon-MF-14mm-F2.8-II-Sony-FE lensSamyang MF 14mm F2.8 Mk214mmf/2.8649g
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Sony A7 IV Connectivity

The A7 IV has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to copy pictures and sometimes adjust settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

Several applications even provide a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external display. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Sony A7 IV Video specs

The max video quality in the Sony A7 IV is 3840 x 2160 and it can shoot in MPEG-4, XAVC S, XAVC HS, XAVC S-I, H.264 and H.265 format. 2160p delivers a fantastic quality for video. You can easily crop to 1080p in order to get clearer video. Beware of the substantial file sizes and make sure you have got high quality SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera does feature both headphone and mic socket making it extremely useful whilst capturing sound.

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Sony A7 IV Weather Sealing

Sony A7 IV has got weather proofing making it a good selection to use during challenging conditions. This is especially helpful any time you are not sure about the conditions you may face during outdoor photography.

Sony A7 IV Display and Viewfinder

The Sony A7 IV is equipped with a 3 inch fully articulated screen supporting a resolution of 1,440 thousand dots.

It possesses a selfie friendly display to shoot self portraits and even group photos when required. Moreover the screen is touch friendly which means that you can easily change focus point as well as adjust settings using your finger.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Sony A7 IV are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 3,690 thousand dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.78x

Viewfinders are quite handy during bright outdoor conditions which can make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Sony A7 IV Shutter specs

Sony A7 IV continuous shooting speed is 10.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/8000s.

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Sony A7 IV Flash and Hot shoe specs

Sony A7 IV includes external flash support but is without inbuilt flash. The highest flash sync speed is 1/200s.

Sony A7 IV Autofocus specs

Sony A7 IV includes both Phase Detect AF along with Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & exact in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera supports Face detect which can be valuable for people photography.

The Sensor supports 759 focus points to choose from. Sony A7 IV has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to adjust focus. It also includes Tracking AF for objects on the move. Sony A7 IV includes manual focusing if required during low light conditions or you need more precise control on focusing.

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Sony A7 IV Battery life

The battery pack (NP-FZ100) for the Sony A7 IV is fashioned to last for 600 shutters as per the CIPA requirements which is above standard for its category. The usual Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 457. Olympus E-M1X features the maximum (870) battery life within this kind of cameras.

Below is a listing of Pro Mirrorless cameras that come with the best battery life:

Sony A7 IV for specific styles of photography

The following illustration provides a rundown of the Sony A7 IV for specific styles of photography. To look at more, check out the specific section below.

Sony A7 IV as a Portrait photography camera

The Sony A7 IV has a score of 83 which is awesome, and means the camera is a outstanding pick for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW files along with the ability to utilize external flash.

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has manual focus
excellent sensor resolution (33MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
comes with face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
doesn't have liveview

Sony A7 IV Street photography information

Having a outstanding score of 79, the Sony A7 IV is a wonderful option to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
saves RAW files
offers touch focus
weather sealing
above average high ISO (51,200)

Sony A7 IV Sports photography details

A great sports photography points tally of 85 means the Sony A7 IV is a brilliant choice for shooting sports. A camera needs to have very good autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count fantastic (33 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
features tracking focus
weather sealing
better than average battery life (600 per charge)
has phase detect auto focus
does not have liveview

Travel photography with Sony A7 IV

Portability is pretty important when choosing a camera for travel. All round, the Sony A7 IV gets a terrific 81 as a travelling camera which is a outstanding option to take on your travels.

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good battery pack (600 CIPA)
weather proofing
supports bluetooth
has touch to focus
megapixel count excellent (33 megapixels)
display is selfie friendly

Landscape photography with Sony A7 IV

If you're planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the biggest factor is going to be image quality. The Sony A7 IV at it's excellent score of 85 for a landscape camera is a excellent pick amongst its rivals.

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has manual focus
change lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great MP (33 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
very good ISO range (51,200)
exports RAW files
weather proofing
great battery power (600 CIPA)
has double storage slots
does not have liveview

Sony A7 IV Vlogging information

A camera for vlogging preferably should come with a moving display, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Sony A7 IV is a excellent pick as a vlog camera as it comes to a very high rating of 81.

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selfie friendly display
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detect focus
good video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
has microphone jack

Sony A7 IV Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the A7 IV, here is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall under the category of Pro Mirrorless.

The graph underneath shows you an overview of the A7 IV compared to it's top scoring competitors mentioned previously.

Here are a few more cameras you may look at as alternative options. To see a full comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Sony
Model type
Sony Alpha A7 IV
Class
Pro Mirrorless
Announced
2021-10-21
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor area
852.0mm²
Sensor resolution
33 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
7008 x 4672
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
51200
Maximum enhanced ISO
204800
Lowest native ISO
100
Lowest enhanced ISO
50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points
759
Lens
Lens support
Sony E
Total lenses
172
Crop factor
1
Screen
Display type
Fully articulated
Display size
3 inches
Resolution of display
1,440 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
3,690 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Viewfinder magnification
0.78x
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
30 secs
Max shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash settings
no built-in flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize
1/200 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
3843840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 140 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 140 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 600 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 500 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 300 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 250 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 240 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 120p / 280 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 100p / 280 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p /
Maximum video resolution
3840x2160
Video data format
MPEG-4, XAVC S, XAVC HS, XAVC S-I, H.264, H.265
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
Yes (USB PD supported)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
699g (1.54 lb)
Dimensions
129 x 97 x 81mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.2")
Other
Battery life
600 photos
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
NP-FZ100
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Dual SD/CFexpress Type A slots
Card slots
2
Retail price
$2,500