Alongside the a7R IV, Sony has unveiled a new shotgun microphone that, when used with the new camera, offers built-in analog to digital conversion to in order to provide a digital audio signal directly to the camera.

The ECM-B1M shotgun microphone includes eight pickup capsules, with three user-selectable directionality patterns. The unit itself is about 10cm / 4in in length. It will be available in September for $350.

A new XLR mic adaptor kit is also introduced, with two XLR/TRS combo connectors and one 3.5mm stereo mini jack. Both the shotgun microphone and XLR kit offer analog-out modes for cross compatibility. The XLR kit will be offered for $600 in October.