Sony launches the a7RIV; the new king of full-frame cameras

Sony has enjoyed huge success over the last few years thanks to its excellent range of mirrorless camera, but the brand’s new full-frame model is set to take Sony to a whole new level. The Sony a7RIV is a full-frame, 61-megapixel monster that packs a jaw-dropping specifications sheet and a big world’s first…

Meet Sony’s a7RIV…

Building on the success of Sony’a a7RIII, which was launched back in 2017 and offers 42-megapixels, the a7RIV sports the world’s-first 61-megapixels Exmor R back-illuminated full-frame sensor. Paired with Sony’s BIONZ X image processor, the a7RIV is good for a whopping 15-stops of dynamic range.

Sony’s a7RIV is the highest resolution full-frame camera on the market.

The new model offers a sophisticated autofocus system, made up of 567 phase-detection and 425 contrast-detection AF points and is incredibly speedy too, especially when you consider the huge file sizes. In fact, the a7RIV can shoot burst rates up to 10 Frames Per Second (FPS). Those wishing to shoot extended sequences can also choose the 26-megapixel APS-C mode option, which will extend the burst rate buffer.

Stills and 4K video can be recorded to dual SD cards.

Like other models, the a7RIV supports Sony’s Real-time Eye AF technology for humans and animals and also boasts a 5-axis, optical In Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS) system that’s good for 5.5-stops of compensation. Plus, if the 61-megapixels of resolution isn’t big enough for you, the a7RIV offers a Pixel Shift Multi Shooting mode that combines 16 separate pixel-shifted images to create a single 240.8-megapixel frame – that’s 19008 x 12672pixels, in case you were wondering.

Images can be composed using the tilting screen.

When it comes to video, the a7RIV can shoot 4K footage (full pixel readout without pixel binning) that’s oversample from 6K. Additionally, Sony’s S-Log 2 and S-Log 3 are also present to boost color grading flexibility and footage can be saved to dual UHS-II compatible media slots.

The camera is weather proof and boasts a decent battery life.

Built for everyday professional use, the a7RIV features what Sony is calling ‘upgraded dust and moisture resistance. with additional sealing provided at all body seams, battery compartment cover and media slots.’ What’s more, the camera returns an impressive battery life of up to 670 shots on a single charge.

The IBIS systems offers 5.5-stops of compensation.

Expected to ship in September, the Sony a7RIV will cost around $3,500/£3,500 and Sony shared a number of sample images taken with the camera…

Sony sample image, taken with the a7RIV.
Sony sample image, taken with the a7RIV.
Sony sample image, taken with the a7RIV.