Sony a7R IV Fails at a Key Moment

When it comes to camera tech these days, one thing that we need to be sure of is reliability. When Gavin Hardcastle (Fototripper) was at an iconic location in Ireland, the worst that could possibly happen happened, and worst of all, he didn't realize it until he was back at home and had no chance of retaking the shot.

In this video, Gavin shows exactly what the problem was with his Sony a7R IV, the resulting soft image, and some key tricks to get it working again. Should you be a Sony user, then knowing that this issue exists and having a way to fix it will come in handy. Failing that, you get to witness some incredible footage of a stunning location.

So, check your Sony and see if you have the same issue. I really hope you don't, as it wouldn't be a nice thing to happen to anyon. However, it might explain why some of your shots were out of focus.

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Darren J. Spoonley, is an Ireland-based outdoor photographer, Podcaster, Videographer & Educator with a passion for capturing the beauty of our world.

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How about an article, rather than a hey dad, look at this YouTube video.

Given the choice, I prefer to read. Clickbait for a video is of little interest to me.

Upper left, in the Latest drop-down menu, you can click on FStoppers Originals.

Interesting option. Thank you.

Presented here as an issue with Sony reliability - despite Gavin having made clear in his blog that he had dropped the camera several times. Given that most of his work seems to involve standing on rocks by the coast/waterfalls/mountain precipices I’m guessing that camera has been crash tested once too often!

The image blurring looked like the IBIS being active when the camera was on a tripod. I found that this was often a problem if stabilisation was left on with ye olde DSLRs, but not since moving to Sony mirrorless. He found a workaround, so nothing too disastrous, although it’s going to need a repair.

There is a useful lesson here though, because I suspect most of us don’t always zoom right in to review image sharpness unless focus-stacking or intentionally wanting only a limited zone in focus. I know I’m inclined to assume all is well if I’m balanced on rocks in a gale. Note to self to check now and then, especially if it’s a location I may not see again. Also, don’t drop cameras…

Since digital days there's something like a display on the back of each camera so you can check sharpness etc. And most pros have a 2nd body especially if it's important. So the problem doesn't seem to be the cam...

Articles like this generate reactions. We just had a similar article about an R5. My take is that cameras today are very reliable. It's mechanical and can have problems, but it is uncommon. If I were prone to buying a Sony camera, this article wouldn't sway me one way or the other. Sony doesn't make junk.

how about a different title? "Idiot drops camera, blames everyone but himself for failure"

After your post, I just had to watch some of it. Agreed, 100%.