Sony A7R IV

Sony Alpha A7R IV front
  • 61MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Raise to 102800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 665g - 129 x 96 x 78mm
  • Introduced July 2019
  • Replaced the Sony A7R III
  • Refreshed by Sony A7R V
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Sony A7R IV summary

Sony A7R IV is Sony's Pro Mirrorless camera initially launched on July of 2019. It has got a 61 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS Full frame size sensor with a full resolution of 9504 x 6336.

Sony launched this camera to replace the older Sony A7R III (Read Full Comparison) & then brought out the updated Sony A7R V (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to update this model.

The A7R IV is ranked #10 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & over-all #10 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please try our Smart camera finder to get camera listings based on your customized requirements.

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Below is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.

Sony A7R IV family

The Sony A7R IV is part of a family of cameras. You can read the detailed list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Sony-Alpha-A7R-V front thumbnailSony A7R V
A7R IV vs A7R V
61MPFull frame10.0 fps2022
Sony-Alpha-A7-IV front thumbnailSony A7 IV
A7R IV vs A7 IV
33MPFull frame10.0 fps2021
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Sony-Alpha-a1 front thumbnailSony a1
A7R IV vs a1
50MPFull frame30.0 fps2021
Sony-Alpha-A7S-III front thumbnailSony A7S III
12MPFull frame10.0 fps2020
Sony-Alpha-A9-Mark-II front thumbnailSony A9 II
A7R IV vs A9 II
24MPFull frame20.0 fps2019
Sony-Alpha-A7R-IV front thumbnailSony A7R IV61MPFull frame10.0 fps2019
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Sony-Alpha-A7-III front thumbnailSony A7 III
A7R IV vs A7 III
24MPFull frame10.0 fps2018
Sony-Alpha-A7R-III front thumbnailSony A7R III
42MPFull frame10.0 fps2017
Sony-Alpha-A9 front thumbnailSony A9
A7R IV vs A9
24MPFull frame20.0 fps2017
Sony-Alpha-A7S-II front thumbnailSony A7S II
A7R IV vs A7S II
12MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
Sony-Alpha-A7R-II front thumbnailSony A7R II
A7R IV vs A7R II
42MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
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Sony-Alpha-A7-II front thumbnailSony A7 II
A7R IV vs A7 II
24MPFull frame5.0 fps2014
Sony-Alpha-A7S front thumbnailSony A7S
A7R IV vs A7S
12MPFull frame5.0 fps2014
Sony-Alpha-A7R front thumbnailSony A7R
A7R IV vs A7R
36MPFull frame4.0 fps2014
Sony-Alpha-A7 front thumbnailSony A7
A7R IV vs A7
24MPFull frame5.0 fps2014

Sony A7R IV Pros and Cons

Here is a list of advantages and disadvantages of the Sony A7R IV based on things which are generally regarded as useful in a camera.

better than average battery life (670 per charge)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with phase detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
does have HDMI support
does have headphone jack
does have microphone jack
does not have anti aliasing filter
fantastic megapixels (61 megapixels)
good high ISO (32,000)
good minimum ISO (100)
has dual storage slots
high resolution screen (1,440 thousand dot)
manual focus
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
NFC support
offers face detect autofocus
offers tracking focus
provides touch to focus
screen is touchscreen
screen size is good (3")
screen tilts up and down
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports bluetooth
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
weather sealing
does not have selfie friendly display
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Sony A7R IV Sensor features

The Sony A7R IV is powered by the Bionz X processor chip. The sensor dimension on the Sony A7R IV is 35.8mm x 23.8mm (Full frame). The 852 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 9504 x 6336 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter might produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 61 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 100 to 32000. The ISO can be extended digitally to 50 to 102800. RAW photos are saved so you have more margin for error.

Sony made the decision to omit the anti aliasing filter inside the Sony A7R IV. This can result in more detailed pictures but may cause moire in some circumstances.

The graphic underneath illustrates the A7R IV's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The A7R IV sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is shown in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony A7R IV dimensions

Sony A7R IV weighs around 1.47 pounds (665 gr / 23.46 oz) & the size of the camera is 129mm x 96mm x 78mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.1"). The weight of average Pro Mirrorless camera is 722 gr and the Sony A7R IV is similar compared to various rivals.

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Underneath is a picture of the Sony A7R IV besides a soda to help you get a feel for its size.

Sony Alpha A7R IV dimensions scale

The top view under will highlight the button arrangement on the A7R IV.

Sony Alpha A7R IV topview buttons dials

Sony A7R IV Lens features

The A7R IV works with the Sony E mount and has 170 lenses that you can purchase. Here is some of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the A7R IV.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Zeiss-Batis-25mm-F2-Sony-FE lensZeiss Batis 25mm F225mmf/2.0 335g
Sony-FE-50mm-F2.8-Macro lensSony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro50mmf/2.8236g
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Sigma-19mm-F2.8-DN-Sony-E-NEX lensSigma 19mm F2.8 DN19mmf/2.8 140g
Sigma-85mm-F1.4-DG-DN-Art-Sony-FE lensSigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN Art85mmf/1.4630g
Sigma-24-70-F2.8-DG-DN-Art-Sony-FE lensSigma 24-70 F2.8 DG DN Art24-70mmf/2.8835g
Sony-E-18-55mm-F3.5-5.6-OSS lensSony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS18-55mmf/3.5-5.6 214g
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Samyang-20mm-F1.8-ED-AS-UMC-Sony-E lensSamyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC20mmf/1.8497g
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Sony A7R IV Connectivity

The A7R IV has the following connectivity:

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

Digital cameras with NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can copy photos and oftentimes adjust settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Some apps also allow a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external monitor. A lot of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Sony A7R IV Video features

The highest possible video resolution on the Sony A7R IV is 3840 x 2160 and you can save in MPEG-4, XAVC S and H.264 format. 2160p delivers a outstanding resolution for video recording. You are able to downsample to 1080p to get cleaner results. Beware of the substantial file sizes and make sure you own decent SD cards with good write speed. The camera does have both headphone and microphone jack making it really useful while capturing audio.

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Sony A7R IV Weather Sealing

Sony A7R IV has weather proofing making it a very good candidate for use during rough environments. This can be particularly helpful when you are not sure about the elements you might face during outdoor photography.

Sony A7R IV Display and Viewfinder

The Sony A7R IV has got a 3 inch tilting display screen with a resolution of 1,440 thousand dots.

Additionally the display screen is touch friendly so you are able to set focus points as well as adjust settings using your finger.

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The View Finder specifications for Sony A7R IV are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 5,760 thousand dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.78x

For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders will be particularly helpful.

Sony A7R IV Shutter features

Sony A7R IV continuous shooting rate is 10.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds.

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Sony A7R IV Flash and Hot shoe features

Sony A7R IV comes with external flash support but does not have built-in flash. The max flash sync is 1/250 seconds.

Sony A7R IV Autofocus features

Sony A7R IV comes with both Phase Detect Autofocus plus Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker & accurate compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has got Face detect which can be helpful for portraits.

The AF system has got 567 focus points to choose from. Sony A7R IV has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers to shift focus points. It also has Tracking Autofocus for objects that move. Sony A7R IV comes with manual focus when required during low light occasions or you want to have more accurate control on focus.

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Sony A7R IV Battery life

The battery life (NP-FZ100) in the Sony A7R IV is fashioned to last for 670 photos with respect to the CIPA specifications which is higher than average for its class. The average Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X has the best (870) battery life within this class of cameras.

Below is a collection of Pro Mirrorless cameras having the strongest battery life:

Sony A7R IV for different categories of photography

The following bar chart gives a outline of the Sony A7R IV for different categories of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section underneath.

Sony A7R IV Portrait photography highlights

The Sony A7R IV gets a rating of 88 which is terrific, meaning that it is a wonderful choice to use for portraits. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files plus the option to utilize off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
excellent MP (61MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
includes face detect focus
exports RAW formats

Sony A7R IV Street photography highlights

Getting a superb score of 79, the Sony A7R IV is a wonderful choice to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW files
includes touch focus
weather sealing
great high ISO (32,000)

Sony A7R IV Sports photography highlights

A impressive sports photography points total of 90 means the Sony A7R IV is a brilliant pick for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have fantastic focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
amazing MP (61MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
provides tracking focus
environment proofing
better than average battery life (670 shots)
sensor has phase detect autofocus

Sony A7R IV as a Travel photography camera

Portability is super crucial when selecting a camera for travel. Overall, the Sony A7R IV gets a nice 74 as a travelling camera which is a respectable pick to purchase for your holidays.

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good battery pack (670 shots)
environment sealing
connects via bluetooth
has focus by touch
megapixel count excellent (61MP)
screen is not selfie friendly

Sony A7R IV Landscape photography advice

For anyone who is planning to pick a camera for landscape photos, the most critical aspect will be image quality. The Sony A7R IV and it's superb grade of 88 as a landscape camera is a fantastic fit among its rivals.

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focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
amazing MP (61MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
does not have low pass filter
above average ISO range (32,000)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
better than average battery (670 CIPA)
two card slots

Vlogging with Sony A7R IV

A camera for vlogging preferably should posses a moving screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Considering all things, the Sony A7R IV is simply not very good for vlogging as it delivers a lousy rating of 37.

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touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detection focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has external mic support
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen

Sony A7R IV Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the A7R IV, below is a collection of the highest rated cameras which fall within the family of Pro Mirrorless.

The diagram followed below offers you an overview of the A7R IV vs it's top scored competitors shown above.

Following are several cameras you might look into as alternatives. To read a comprehensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Sony Alpha A7R IV
Pro Mirrorless
Body design
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Bionz X
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor measurements
35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
61 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
9504 x 6336
RAW format
Max native ISO
Max enhanced ISO
Min native ISO
Min enhanced ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Sony E
Available lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Display diagonal
Resolution of display
1,440 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
5,760 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Minimum shutter speed
30 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash options
Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync.
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync
1/250 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 3.1 Gen 1(5 GBit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
665 grams (1.47 pounds)
129 x 96 x 78mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.1")
Battery life
670 photos
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible)
Storage slots
Pricing at release