Is the Sony a7R IV One of the Best Stills Cameras Available?

The Sony a7R IV is the highest resolution full frame camera ever made, and it brings with it a range of advanced features from Sony's other camera lines, making it a versatile option for everything from portraiture to landscape photography and more. This great video review takes a long-term look at the a7R IVA and how it holds up for photo and video work in a range of scenarios. 

Coming to you from The Hybrid Shooter, this excellent video review discusses how the Sony a7R IVA holds up over the long run. Originally high-resolution variants on the popular a7 line, the a7R line has expanded the resolution to a whopping 61 megapixels and added a variety of other features, such as a very workable continuous burst rate of 10 fps, the same autofocus system as that in the a9, weather-sealing, and more. This makes the a7R IVA quite a powerful and versatile camera with a variety of applications beyond just things like portrait and landscape photography. For example, with the autofocus and burst rate, sports and wildlife photographers have a camera that also offers the kind of resolution to crop in significantly while still maintaining good image quality. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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Lukasz Szeflinski's picture

If only it has Bionz XR it would be the best. Otherwise I'll wait for a7rv :)

charles hoffman's picture

look at the results - not the way they got there

Andreas Nielsen's picture

Hi what is the reason why f.1,8 /f.2,8 is used on the type of "landscape images", I have always used f.8 / f.11 for the last 45 years

William Svrček's picture

F1.8 / F2.8 is just a part of the name of the lens. It is not an actual setting that was used for particular shot.

Stuart C's picture

No, because none of my X Mount lenses fit to it.

I’m sure it’s good for others though.

EDWIN GENAUX's picture

There is too much about high amount of pixels for greater resolution, when reality is it is the software that gets it sharp and clear. Will there be a time when the pixel is the same size as the grain on film, has anyone compared that. And how much light will the tiny pixel capture as compared to the grain on film. No matter the size of pixels on a sensor they all are close together so light connects close anyway. Is it the lens and glass that makes it sharpest or the sensor and it's pixels? The problem is every image is viewed on a screen like a film slide of old and on social (a small image anyway) everyone zooms 100% to 300% and no one enjoys the whole as in a print and viewed at a proper distance. Even a big screen TV has to be seen far away no matter like a movie is best seen from the very back of a theater for our vision is pin point in front but peripheral blur is so close also requiring a side to side scan while looking. Only us old remember framing with both hands out with thumbs together. The image will always be sharp side to side and never like the human vision of narrow focus.

Michael Novo's picture

There are folks coming into photography every day or those who are upgrading from SLR or other systems. Because the A7rIV has been out for so long, that's actually the question that most will be asking. (regardless of it not necessarily being the right question) So the reality is that, while the title does have click bait aspects, it's intended for a different photographer. Next outlet you'll be blocking? Man we got a lotta folks with first-world anger problems. I suggest a walk, meditation or going on a misogi.

Dave Williamson's picture

“...the highest resolution full frame camera ever made”. That, plus the Sigma fp L, which shares the same sensor.

charles hoffman's picture

for someone who wants the best possible "negative" or raw file to work with, nothing surpasses the 7AR iv. if you care about quality of individual files, it cranks out the best.
However, unless your primary concern is the technical quality of the individual frames, you'r better off putting your money in faster, better video, or faster-focus machines.

It's a rare fashion or travel photog who needs more than 10fps; and landscape photogs may take 20 min just to set up a shot which they'll shoot with a bit of bracketing.

so, as a specialized tool - great; but not for everyone

charles hoffman's picture

so incredibly designed for the single image that it can create a great image from a weak lens
shooting with an assumed crop rids a lot of vignetting and soft corners
the resultant image - the angle of a 65mm from a 50 - gives you sharpness from corner to corner.
while not a great practice on purpose, it does allow for much more flexible cropping.

and the dynamic range will more likely cover a scene that just can't be saved in post