Sony a7R

36.4MP full-frame CMOS sensor | No optical low pass filter | BIONZ X Image Processor 

What we like:

  • Small, light full-frame camera
  • Excellent Raw image quality
  • Large, high-res EVF

What we don't:

  • Shutter shock at long focal lengths
  • Slow AF in low light
  • Lack of uncompressed Raw
  • No built-in flash

The Sony Alpha 7R is a full-frame E-mount mirrorless camera. It is very similar to the Sony a7 and a7S, except that it uses a 36 megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, while the a7 uses a 24.3MP sensor and the a7S a 12.2MP sensor. The “R” in this case stands for resolution. 

Other features include a 3-inch, tilting LCD, XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, Multi-interface (hot) shoe, Wi-Fi with NFC, and 1080/60p video recording. Shooters who like to take manual control over exposure parameters will appreciate no less than four dedicated dials that allow for direct access to shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation.

"Image quality from the a7R is excellent, and its lens mount is supremely adaptable..."

Image quality from the a7R is excellent, and its lens mount is supremely adaptable, allowing you to attach a huge variety of third-party and legacy lenses due to the short flange distance. One thing to watch out for though is that the movement of the camera’s shutter can introduce slight vibration-causing blur at some shutter speeds when using telephoto lenses - negating some of the benefits of the high-resolution sensor. Another negative point is the a7R’s AF system, which isn’t always capable of keeping up with the camera when it comes to shooting moving subjects and capturing images in low light conditions. 

That said, the size and weight of the a7R make it a compelling option for landscape and travel photographers, or anyone who wants the incredible image quality high performance full-frame sensors can offer in the smallest package possible. 

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