A7RIV vs A7IV suitability for general purpose, lowlight, and street photography?

Started Dec 4, 2022 | Discussions thread
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Re: A7RIV vs A7IV suitability for general purpose, lowlight, and street photography?

Jaw3000 wrote:

I’ve seen statements like “Getting sharp 60mp images is much more difficult than getting sharp 24/30mp images” and “technique is more important” thrown around regarding the R - I’m curious about this, especially as a handheld street camera and in real-world usage. If you have a fast enough shutter, then I don’t really understand why the 60mp sensor should be any real difference? Other than if the IV/V sensor has issues with being slow (I’m not talking bursts). If you have to always shoot fast shutter to avoid sharpness issues, then you have to raise the ISO in less than perfect light (especially in low light), which is already has a lower range and is noisier on the R. Obviously, being able to pixel-peep farther at 60mp could expose inconsistencies and softness that might not be as visible at 24/30mp, but that doesn’t mean they are not present. Is this an issue with the R IV/V? What am I missing? I'm trying to determine if these are real issues with the R IV?

A number of users of the A7RIV reported soft images, but most of them were applying the same techniques (and shutter speeds) that they'd been using with far lower MP cameras. AF settings also appeared to play a part in the issue. Most were shaken on close examination.

I didn't have any issues going from A7R2 to A7R4.

I think the AF on the A7R4 is excellent; but my A7R2 is the only frame of reference I have, and AF on the A7R2 was sub-par.

I wouldn't hesitate to use the A7R4 for street and general purpose photography. I believe the A7IV's AF is better, but I haven't used it (or any of the more recent cameras), so I don't have any comparison to offer with those.

Between Halong Bay and Hanoi; Vietnam. Taken from a slow moving vehicle.

Between Halong Bay and Hanoi. Taken from a fast moving vehicle.

Between Halong Bay and Hanoi. Taken from a fast moving vehicle.

Hope you like the pics!

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