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A Review of the Sony a7R V Mirrorless Camera

The Sony a7R line of mirrorless cameras has long been popular for offering some of the highest levels of resolution available in a full frame camera in tandem with a wide range of features that make it suitable for many different genres and applications. We have now reached the line's fifth generation, and the a7R V brings with it some of the company's latest advancements and capabilities. This excellent video review takes a look at the camera and the sort of image quality and performance you can expect from it in usage. 

Coming to you from Benj Haisch, this great video review takes a look at the Sony a7R V mirrorless camera and how it compares to the a7R IV. Though they share the same 61-megapixel sensor, the a7R V has an appreciable gamut of new features and upgrades, including: 

  • Faster and more accurate autofocus system
  • Improved subject recognition
  • New and menu system with improved navigation
  • More powerful image stabilization
  • Higher-quality viewfinder
  • Pixel Shift mode for 240-megapixel images, with built-in motion compensation
  • 26- and 15-megapixel reduced resolutions image options downsampled from 61 megapixels for better quality and noise performance, reduced storage demands, and easier post-processing

Altogether, the a7R V looks like quite a capable camera. Check out the video above for the full rundown.

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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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Sony has been killing it. If I still focused on stills this is the camera I'd buy but since I mostly shoot video it's overkill for me.

I am first a hobbyist and second a stills photographer. I went A7rii in '17 having also my '14 A7s. Resolution is more or less in prints and unless you look at a photo with a magnifying glass then you may see a difference . As a tool for images I will never sell my A7rii, why you may ask? A little unknown is the on camera playmemories apps and the main one is the "Digital Filter". When I got the A7s I discovered Milky Way images in '15 and I never went to a dark dark place but just coastal beaches with very dark skies but lit brightly for cities. What the digital app does is it captures a sky and foreground separately with any setting you can think of like WB along with about 10+ other settings. It performs in camera and gives a raw or jpeg output that can be adjusted before sending to the SD card. As far as MW's you can capture over a lit city where everyone will think you PS'ed it. This is a main reason to forever keep a M1 or M2 model Sony. A A7rii is very sharp and great. A friend sold me his A7RIV when he upgraded to the A7RV it was also great but when I saw all the unsaid thing I sold it and got the A7RV. One was the focus stacking still needed PS to merge all. Another I found out after getting was noise of a A7S, A7Siii and the A7RV were the same at 200%. To me the A7RV is like a lazy photographer's camera with the AF stuff, but a one and done camera for whatever you can think about to capture. Video is a generational thing so be happy you get that too. The only to add is the "Digital Filter" app so you do not have to carry a lot of filters and holders around. One thing about this review is the ISO test, Sony cameras from M2 and up have ISO Invariance meaning you can shoot say at 640 and in post increase exposure and get less noise meaning also no flash needed at the party, heh it is a lit room is it not! I have never needed a flash from the beginning '14. And if you ever have used the two level auto mode you would not have to also well there is is a flash mode for night portraits where you can use a flash! There is a 900 page book about all you can do with the A7RV even with video. Study before that first shot, like formating you now can do a complete format just by pressing the trash can before on your cameras was a fast format leading to confliction of some images, so why has not Sony done a update to all cameras? It is the little things that make a great camera and great photographer.