First Glimpse at High Resolution Raw Files From the 61MP Sony a7R IV

There have been numerous first glimpses of images taken with the new 61MP Sony a7R IV, but photographer and YouTuber Jared Polin is now sharing full-res RAW files. He has also made the images available for download, so you can have a go at editing for yourself.

Polin, of Fro Knows Photo, is providing viewers with a close look at the raw images. Raw files from this latest Sony gear are not yet supported by Adobe or any other editing suite, so Polin used a raw converter in order to turn the files into DNGs that could then be played with in Lightroom and Camera RAW.

Taken during the Sony press event in New York City, the images have now been released, with Polin taking to his channel to share his thoughts on the capabilities of the new camera, and how it holds up against it’s rivals. Hit play on the 8-minute video to hear what his thoughts are.

The images include various close-up and full body shots, with different lighting set-ups.

On top of his review, Polin is also making the full-resolution DNG files available for photographers to download and experiment with themselves. If you wish to experiment with the photos yourself, you can download them here.

Images Jared Polin, and used with permission.

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Rob Mitchell's picture

Can someone send that fella some other T-shirts?

Rob Mitchell's picture

Yeah ,we got. that message umpteen years ago when he started. :)

Alex Herbert's picture

But did you know that "Fro knows pho-toooooh .com"

michaeljin's picture

It's going to require some pretty big leaps for MF cameras to come down to that price. Also, you do realize that cameras back then were actually quite expensive if adjusted for inflation, right? :)

michaeljin's picture

Why do they have no choice? And why on earth do you think that Sony would dictate how Fuji chooses to price their cameras? Seems like you're making a lot of ridiculous claims with absolutely nothing to back it up (zero facts and zero logic).

Even in the film days when medium format ACTUALLY made a difference, 35mm was still the dominant format by far. The different formats had different uses, but the existence of medium format (much easier to make back then as there was no sensor to account for) didn't reduce the price of 35mm. As an example, the Nikon F5 was actually $3,200 at release...

So no, I would not expect prices of any format camera to deviate very much from where they are today. They will likely go up to match inflation, but they sure as hell will not go down—particularly in the midst of a shrinking market where manufacturers will be forced to profit more from each sale.

michaeljin's picture

LOL! You're either an idiot or a conspiracy theory nut. Whatever the case, believe whatever deluded nonsense you want to believe.

Medium format is and will continue to be an expensive niche within the industry. There's zero evidence that support any of your claims, but please feel free to go on and keep spouting your nonsense because you're doing a great job making yourself look like a joke.

Medium format and full frame inhabit two completely different areas of the market and I don't see medium format cameras suddenly appearing in the hands of photojournalists, sports photographers, street photographers, or event photographers. At best, it will return to the way it was before where most studios and wedding photographers will have medium format cameras, but that would probably require a big reduction in cost (not only in devices, but also lenses) as well as sensors that significantly differentiate themselves (like 6x6 to 6x9) in terms of size to give a meaningful quality boost.

Let's assume that your insane vision is true that that there is some huge breakthrough in sensor manufacturing technology that allows medium format cameras to go down to $3000. Are you also thinking that the lenses are going to come down to current full frame prices along with the cameras? Does Sony dictate lens prices, too?

michaeljin's picture

Yeah? Why don't you tell me how much your PhaseOne kit with all of those long lenses cost you and how convenient they are to carry around. You can go ahead and stop spouting your bullshit. I know that you're probably feeling the need to validate the stupid amounts of money you spent on your kit, but unless you're making MASSIVE fine art prints, nobody other than you is realistically going to see the difference.

The more likely outcomes?

Possibility #1: Your photo gets displayed as an 8-bit sRGB JPEG on a website on a potential consumer's uncalibrated monitor.

Possibility #2: Your photo gets printed in a magazine using a 4-color large scale printing process that doesn't print anything close to the quality that your camera puts out.

Possibility #3: Your photo gets printed on a billboard at something like 15 DPI where your resolution made no difference anyway and using a printing process with a limited color gamut that doesn't recreate your camera's colors.

So yeah... I'm sure you feel real great when you use your kit and it probably even looks beautiful when you work with the files on your calibrated 10-bit display, but you probably wasted a lot of money. For that price, I hope that the camera gear at least tucks you in and kisses you goodnight every night. Oh yeah, and there's no such thing as a "medium format look" so don't even go there.

BTW, you're incredibly dramatic...
"now you are in deep and going deeper. Idiotic assumptions will seal the deepness of your status."
Who the hell speaks or writes like that? That's the type of line straight out of a cheesy 70's comic book.

Anyway, go take your medication, crazy guy. Reality is calling.

Serious question, though. How's the AF tracking on the GFX?

michaeljin's picture

/facepalm

michaeljin's picture

No.. I was facepalming at your nonsense. Do yourself a favor and get off the drugs (or if you're just insane, get on some drugs).

michaeljin's picture

You're an idiot.

michaeljin's picture

That makes two of us, then.

Eric Robinson's picture

And how about the A7R4?

michaeljin's picture

What about it? Watch the video and download the RAW files from his website.

Eric Robinson's picture

In my opinion most of what has been posted on this thread is pretty pointless biased opinion, a style of hot air debating better suited to politics. Again in my opinion, and to repeat a much said phrase, photography is all about the photographer and the images they produce. My interest here is I happen to have bought into Sony, A7R2 and 3. Do I think these cameras make me a better photographer from when I shot with Cannon?......I think not, will the A7R4’s extra pixels give me a creative edge? Again no. When I look at images created by other photographers that I admire the last thing I want to know is about the gear they used, the questions I always ask is......what was in your mind when you took this. However like many photographers I too am seduced by the prospect of new gear and the possibilities it may present,.....but of course it’s all an illusion. Becoming a better photographer is all about spending more time thinking about what you do rather than spending more cash.
But having said that I would still love to have a shiny new A7R4 with all its lovely 61MP goodness.

michaeljin's picture

If you have an A7RII and you don't have a professional or creative need for 61 megapixels, there's nothing to look at here except for better ergonomics. You're probably better off getting yourself an A7RIII and saving a bunch of money if you are looking for an upgrade since there's arguably a bigger difference from II to III than there is from III to IV.

michaeljin's picture

You're an idiot.

Now, now. You're both idiots! LOL

michaeljin's picture

+1 for accuracy.

Eric Robinson's picture

You obviously didn’t read or understand my post. I have an A7R3!.......and no a phone won’t do what I need from a camera like an A7R3. Phones as cameras are fine for some images, but not for the images I take. As regards the photographic lust for 61 MP, that’s all it is is lust nothing else.

michaeljin's picture

Did I suggest you replace your camera with a phone?

Eric Robinson's picture

No.....if you think phone cameras will do what a specialised camera does then you don’t understand photography.

Eric Robinson's picture

You obviously don’t know much about photography!
Wildlife with a phone!
Stacked macro with a phone!
Astro with a phone!
Sports photography with a phone!
Even portraiture with a phone!
Long exposures with a phone!

Phones are ok for snaps, and the results can be pretty good, but if you wish to do any of the specialised areas mentioned above, then the correct tools are required. As for your views on MF I don’t agree.
Before posting on a photography forum it might help if you knew something about the subject you’re commenting on.

Eric Robinson's picture

Better pictures...MF....you really talk total bollocks....
Excellent images can be taken with cameras with sensors of 16MP. A good photograph is not determined by the sensor size of the camera. If you think it is then you know little about photography. For example look at any of the great nature photographers.......what do you think their camera of choice is? Is their choice determined by pixel count? Or do you think there are a host of other factors they take into account?

Agreed, with the exception of loving to have a ... well, anything by Sony.

Eric Robinson's picture

That’s just a silly comment. People like you who reject a product due to the name on the badge are in my opinion mindless idiots.

Yes, it was silly. I AM silly! ;-)

Eric Robinson's picture

Oh well, be happy living in your MF dreamworld.

FStoppers has become a community where photographers bash photographers. A community where you're smarter than everyone else. A community where no article is good enough because you don't agree with it.

michaeljin's picture

Well, whenever you have a group of people there are bound to be some disagreements. When you have two people with clearly abrasive personalities involved in a disagreement, things tend to devolve rather quickly. :/

That's because we're all autistic ... um, I mean artistic. lol