How Far Has Image Quality Come in the Last Decade?

When it first came out in 2013, the Sony a7R was one of the most powerful and impressive mirrorless cameras ever made, particularly at a time when the technology was still fledgling and finding its footing. Now in its fifth generation, the a7R V is widely regarded as one of the most advanced mirrorless cameras on the market. How far has image quality really come, though? This great video takes a look. 

Coming to you from Manny Ortiz, this interesting video compares the original Sony a7R to the new a7R V to see just how far image quality has come in the last decade. I think it is a really interesting comparison, as it really underscores that even cameras that are several generations old can produce high-quality images. While, no doubt, camera sensors have improved quite a bit in recent years, a lot of what you pay for in the latest models has nothing to do with image quality. Rather, you are paying for things like improved autofocus, faster burst rates, and the like. If you are someone like a landscape or portrait photographer who does not need those features and mostly focuses on image quality, you can save a lot of money by not spending a ton on the latest and greatest. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Ortiz. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Nice advertorial for Sony,,,

Could be for any company (except Canon) because they all use the same Sony sensors in one form or another.