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Sony a7R specifications

Price
MSRP$2299.99 / £1699 (body only)
Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution7360 x 4912
Other resolutions7360 x 4144, 4800 x 3200, 4800 x 2704, 3680 x 2072, 2400 x 1600
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels36 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors37 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor size notesNo optical low-pass filter
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorBionz X
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISO100-25600
White balance presets10
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsExtra fine, fine, standard
File format
  • JPEG (DCF 2.0, EXIF 2.3)
  • RAW (ARW 2.3)
Image parameters
  • Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4)
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points25
Lens mountSony E (NEX)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots1,230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeXtra Fine LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.71×
Viewfinder resolution2,359,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via Multi Interface shoe)
Drive modes
  • Single, continuous, speed priority continuous, self-timer, bracketing (AE, white balance, DRO)
Continuous drive4.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
Videography notesheadphone and microphone ports, XLR support via adapter
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI port with 4K still, uncompressed video output)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless noteswith NFC and wireless control via PlayMemories Mobile app
Remote controlYes (wired)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)340
Weight (inc. batteries)465 g (1.03 lb / 16.40 oz)
Dimensions127 x 94 x 48 mm (5 x 3.7 x 1.89)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone
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Comments

Total comments: 805
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Zerg2905
By Zerg2905 (7 months ago)

Only Gold? This camera deserves a rare element not yet found on Earth. This is The First and (probably not) The Last, The Alpha and Omega of all cameras. Ever. And ever. A-men! Hallelujah! Cheers, and cheers again! :) :) :)

19 upvotes
kadardr
By kadardr (7 months ago)

UNOBTAINIUM

17 upvotes
Zerg2905
By Zerg2905 (7 months ago)

Right. Cheers! :D :D :D

0 upvotes
PaulDavis
By PaulDavis (7 months ago)

Bionztaniumx make? Which name made sense to some chemist.

2 upvotes
itsmeavi
By itsmeavi (7 months ago)

Kryptonite :P

0 upvotes
bobbarber
By bobbarber (7 months ago)

OK. I'm convinced. Time to save up.

8 upvotes
petemod
By petemod (7 months ago)

Only Gold? This camera deserves Platinum!

33 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (7 months ago)

A list of cons as long as the pros and not all of them are minor, it got a fair result. Now combine an A7r with say a good AF system like in a m4/3 camera, triple the battery life and improve several other annoyances and then it might warrant a 90%. At the moment it's a superb sensor wrapped in an ok body. If only Olympus could fit this sensor to an E-M1.

14 upvotes
Juck
By Juck (7 months ago)

m43 lol

16 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (7 months ago)

Sorry what's the point of your comment ???

1 upvote
Jabba23
By Jabba23 (7 months ago)

@thx1138 with all of the things you want it to be, it becomes a dslr again. The compromises are there because not all of the technology is available yet or it is but it would put it out of the price range of far too many people to make it viable.

0 upvotes
Stu 5
By Stu 5 (7 months ago)

Or being held back for the replacement camera or because the camera was rushed to market.

0 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (7 months ago)

@jabba23

That's a ridiculously long bow to draw and completely incorrect. Yes tripling battery life would be tough, but they have to do better, getting 200 shots if you are conservative is just not good enough. Other than that there's no excuse for the AF given how good Olympus and Fuji are on that front, there's no excuse for the lack of electronic first curtain shutter, given the A7 has it and there's no excuse for the cumbersome menu system. None of these require the camera to magically grow in dimensions.

1 upvote
Yxa
By Yxa (7 months ago)

thx1138
You mean the Nikon D800?

0 upvotes
fabio riccardi
By fabio riccardi (7 months ago)

I have a question about lenses for full frame mirrorless cameras.
I notice that pretty much all the Sony lenses for these cameras have relatively small maximum aperture. The 55mm normal lens is 1.8, vs the 1.4 we are accustomed to for normal full frames. Similarly for the rest of the line. I guess that bright lenses also mean heavier, larger, lenses, which don't quite make sense on smaller camera bodies.
This kind of defeats the purpose of a full frame sensor, where you can benefit from the shallow depth of field it allows.
On APS sized sensors, brighter lenses can still be fairly compact. Fuji, Panasonic, and Olympus lenses are all much brighter than the new FF mirrorless Sony.
Brighter lenses on APS sensors deliver equivalent DOF and look than the dimmer lenses on FF. At the end what is gained with the full frame is lost with the smaller maximum practical aperture.
What do you guys think?
- Fabio

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
1 upvote
joao 43
By joao 43 (7 months ago)

I think you should consider the A-mount lenses, like Zeiss 1.4's and Sigma's 1.4. If that is not enough you still have Voigtlander 35mm 1.2, 50mm 1.1 and 1.5, 75mm 1.8 and Leica's 0.9, 1.4. Do you have any lens on Fuji or Olympus that gives you the same DOF and same light gathering? I don't think so....
I don't think Fuji or Olympus offered anything better on the first year.

Regards.

Comment edited 34 seconds after posting
5 upvotes
Max Savin
By Max Savin (7 months ago)

All sorts of fast lenses can be used on this camera and are available now. Various adapters allow me to use my Nikon, Canon, and Leica lenses. I would get a Sony adapter if I owned any Sony Alpha lenses. This camera is a dream come true.

3 upvotes
fabio riccardi
By fabio riccardi (7 months ago)

My point is that large aperture lenses are impractical on these bodies.
Sony is making small aperture lenses because they fit better the size of the A7.
On smaller sensors, large aperture lenses are still small enough to fit the size of the body.
I guess that my question then is: if small body/lens size is an important factor, does FF still make sense?
- Fabio

2 upvotes
HFLM
By HFLM (7 months ago)

However most need adaptors and use manual focus. This is not for everybody. A landscape shooter may however be o.k. with it.
A-mount lenses are larger together with adaptor, as would be fast lenses. Even 2.8 zooms would be very large and heavy.
For me the A7s make sense only with smaller primes.

2 upvotes
Dennis
By Dennis (7 months ago)

I think there are already FF cameras with faster lenses available. If you make bigger lenses, then what's the selling point versus those cameras ? Personally, when I had f/1.4 lenses on APS-C, I shot them at f/1.8 or f/2 for shallow DOF - f/1.4 on FF is too shallow for my tastes. Anyway, when you why people would choose this camera over a FF DSLR, I don't think the omission of f/1.4 primes is significant.

0 upvotes
Erik Magnuson
By Erik Magnuson (7 months ago)

To be fair, the Zeiss is also T-1.8 while the other brands 1.4's are often darker than spec at T-1.6 or T-1.7. The real difference is much less than the f-numbers imply.

0 upvotes
TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (7 months ago)

Actual measured transmission values of the 55mm lens are similar to those of most f/1.4 lenses.

Also, the theory that FF offers no benefit when apertures are smaller, is limited to situations where the shutterspeed is the limiting factor. Which isn't always the case. Reminds me of the Sony R1, when people were making a similar argument about its smaller apertures compared to its smaller sensor predecessors.
Until the output made them realize that the R1 still showed clear benefits in many situations.

2 upvotes
ihv
By ihv (7 months ago)

While sometimes it might feel like gambling, Sony has to be congratulated for pushing new ideas.

23 upvotes
joao 43
By joao 43 (7 months ago)

It's such a shame a site like this one with so many mistakes.
I'll clear one, the kit lens is sold apart. Please Dpreview correct because your wrong.

"although because it's a kit lens only available for the a7 - and not currently available separately"

It's sold by Amazon and several stores. The current price is 549€ on Amazon.de.
You guys should really get the story right, specially after the A7 flop review.

http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00HSHFPD0/ref=s9_psimh_gw_p23_d0_i2?pf_rd_m=A3JWKAKR8XB7XF&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1Z67CK07AP7NMBT3ZK0D&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=455353807&pf_rd_i=301128

Regards

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
4 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (7 months ago)

It's not so much a case of being wrong, it's a case of not knowing enough about other markets - it's not sold separately in the US and Sony US don't necessarily know what Sony Europe is doing.

I'll clarify the text.

16 upvotes
joao 43
By joao 43 (7 months ago)

It was a mistake. Error. Like many things in A7's review.... you should take advantage of A7's users here on Dpreview that might know more a thing or two... A simple quick search would do trick on this matter, since you took the trouble to write on the conclusion. It's been available quiet some time now, even US customers can buy things abroad. The US are not the world when you write to all other countries.

Regards

3 upvotes
Juck
By Juck (7 months ago)

You need a hobby mate

17 upvotes
RFC1925
By RFC1925 (7 months ago)

I hear cameras and photography are good.

5 upvotes
ric63
By ric63 (7 months ago)

Yes.
I have heard the same thing.
Mr Fox Talbot would be amused.

1 upvote
joao 43
By joao 43 (7 months ago)

Juck. :D I'm not the one reviewing cameras for a living, I use them for a living. The remark "not currently available separately" has been widely used before, and does consumers no good. It's available and a quick search over google shows it. Best wishes.

1 upvote
Ben O Connor
By Ben O Connor (7 months ago)

Conculution page; Mic jack-headphone jack/port written twice... Or are these two different thing ?

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (7 months ago)

Depriving people of their opportunity to complain about "only silver". How can you!

21 upvotes
MustangJoe
By MustangJoe (7 months ago)

Don't worry. They'll find something to complain about.

3 upvotes
Ryan_Valiente
By Ryan_Valiente (7 months ago)

only gold?

what the hell DPR!

1 upvote
Kwick1
By Kwick1 (7 months ago)

Interesting that, in the summary, there's no mention of high ISO capabilities - good, bad or otherwise.

0 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (7 months ago)

Same as D800(E), so pretty good especially when downsampled.

0 upvotes
BobYIL
By BobYIL (7 months ago)

A well deserved Gold rating..

14 upvotes
Bervilat
By Bervilat (7 months ago)

Look at the tiny text on the studio image. Veeery nice IQ.

1 upvote
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