Sony a7R Mirrorless Camera, Body Only

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82% Gold Award
The Sony a7R's image quality, created by a combination of its high-resolution sensor and premium quality optics, make it an impressive image-maker.”

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Key Features

  • 36.4 MP full frame CMOS sensor without an anti-aliasing/OLP filter
  • Up to 4 FPS in Speed Priority Continuous shooting
  • ISO 100-25600(AUTO ISO 100-6400)
  • 1080/60p/24p HD video (AVCHD/MP4)
  • 3" tiltable LCD with 921,600 dots
  • 1/2-inch XGA OLED color electronic viewfinder with 2.4M dots
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • Multi-interface shoe (optional external flash sold separately)
  • Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo card slot
  • Compatible lenses: Sony E-mount Full Frame, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta Maxxum A-mount lenses confirmed via optional LA-EA3/LA-EA4 adapter

Product Description

The Sony Alpha 7R is a full-frame E-mount mirrorless camera. The A7R is very similar to its less-expensive sibling (the A7), except that it uses a 36 megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter. The A7 twins are the smallest and lightest full-frame cameras on the market.

While the cameras can use any E-mount lens, there will be a crop factor involved (unless you don't mind vignetting). Sony is producing a new line of FE-series lenses that take advantage of the larger sensor.

The A7's use the new Sony Bionz X processor, which produces images with better detail, less noise, and reduced diffraction. 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.

Specs

Body type
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution 7360 x 4912
Other resolutions 7360 x 4144, 4800 x 3200, 4800 x 2704, 3680 x 2072, 2400 x 1600
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 36 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 37 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Bionz X
Image
ISO 100-25600
White balance presets 10
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Extra fine, fine, standard
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4)
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 25
Lens mount Sony E (NEX)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,230,000
Touch screen No
Screen type Xtra Fine LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.71×
Viewfinder resolution 2,359,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via Multi Interface shoe)
Continuous drive 4 fps
Self-timer Yes (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 Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Videography notes headphone and microphone ports, XLR support via adapter
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI port with 4K still, uncompressed video output)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port Yes
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes with NFC and wireless control via PlayMemories Mobile app
Remote control Yes (wired)
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 340
Weight (inc. batteries) 465 g (1.03 lb / 16.40 oz)
Dimensions 127 x 94 x 48 mm (5 x 3.7 x 1.89)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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Ergonomics & handling
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Image quality (raw)
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Low light / high ISO performance
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Performance
Movie / video mode
Connectivity
Value
Gold Award
Gold Award
82 %
Overall Score

When it comes to getting high image quality from a small, full-frame camera, the Sony a7R has it wrapped up. It's worth the higher price and pairs well with Sony's impressive FE lenses.

Good For

Those who have no trouble processing Raw images, and will take the time to learn how best to apply the a7R's keenly sharp sensor.

Not So Good For

Snapshooters who would be drawn to the camera because of the high resolution and price tag.

User Reviews

4.70169 out of 5 stars
  • BerndCS, Jan 4, 2014 GMT:
    A7r I like It: but things to consider

    The Sony A7r is a great camera and I love it. And there are a lot of reasons why I think it is such a good camera. I own it now for about a mount. But there are a few critical points I want to mention especially if you think about buying the camera. One should think about: Until now there are only limited numbers of lenses (full-frame FE) available it is just a limitation compared to other brands. And there are no lenses form Sigma or Tamron specifically for the E-mount. I use the Metabones ...

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  • Martin Muehlemann, Jan 4, 2014 GMT:
    One month with the A7r

    Hi I would like to share my one month of experience with the A7r. The goods and the bads. I like the camera overall. I sold my A99 today and decided to keep the Canon 5D3. The camera does really fit my needs. Since plenty of time, during my times of Olympus, I was looking for the size of an E-620 but with a better ISO performance and the ability to play with DOF. Unfortunately, so far no vendor has matched my needs in all aspects. I need a small lightweight camera, fullframe, weather sealed, ...

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  • SpenceJack, Jan 15, 2014 GMT:
    Amazing picture taking experience

    I just bought this camera a week ago and I just cannot stop taking pictures.  Don't get me wrong, the quality of the camera, the build, the tech specs, the shear number of megapixels on a full frame sensor and an incredibly sharp Zeiss 35 mm lens, all of that is spectacular.  But what is really amazing is how much fun it is to use. This camera just begs to fall into manual mode.  I turned it on and within five minutes was using manual focus and aperture priority mode just like I used to on my ...

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  • ProfHankD, Jan 15, 2014 GMT:
    It's all about the lenses

    People get upset that Sony has not made too many lenses for FF E-mount yet. However, this is a top notch FF camera that can take more lenses than any other FF camera ever made. That includes not only nearly every manual lens ever made , but also more autofocus lenses than any other FF camera -- you can autofocus native Sony E/FE, Canon EF/EF-S, Contax G, and most importantly Minolta AF/Sony A. The A-mount lenses even autofocus with DSLR-like speed... because the LA-EA4 adapter is basically ...

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Videos

Introduction to a7 and a7R Mirrorless Cameras by Sony

Questions & Answers

QUESTION

A7r Noise and shutter count.

Hi--Just opened a new (??) Sony A7r from B&H. I noticed that the first image taken (by me anyway) is labeled DSC-6789.ARW  Does this indicate that this camera has been used?  I can find no way to get a shutter count but my expectation was that the first image would be about 0001. Also, I own a Nikon D-800 and I did a quick noise comparison at 1600 ISO. The Sony seems very noisy at this setting and the Nikon was virtually  noise free. Previous reviews have made no notice of this. Can anyone think of any settings that might be contributing to this unexpected noise?  (Shooting RAW using a Sony adaptor for an Alpha 28-75MM lens. Any comments appreciated.

Pete Kunasz asked
7 months ago

ANSWERS

Pete, you really need to try Exiftool. You are making incorrect assumptions about the where the file number comes from. When you put the very first SD card in your fresh camera, the camera uses the last recorded image number as its new starting point. Even if you later format a card, it will not reset that number UNLESS you change the camera numbering scheme to reset. From the factory, the Sony comes with File Number set to "Series" (Menu, Toolbox, #5[Format], File Number) which means don't reset the number, start with the last image number from the card. Nikons apparently come preset to "Reset", and Canon's come with "Series" so they behave the same way as what you saw the Sony. Exiftool will extract the real shutter count (as "Image Count") from the private data Sony places within EXIF. For Canon cameras, Eosinfo is a utility to do the same since they don't record the shutter count anywhere. Here's an example (I did the same thing you did, I did not format or use a fresh SD card). ... Continue Reading

JeffGo answered
6 months ago

The A7R is definitely not "noise free" at ISO 1600, at least looking at raw files at the pixel level.  I would say the camera is very usable to ISO 800 even for fairly critical work especially if you are printing at less than 16x24" sizes.  And it is usable to ISO 3200 for non-critical work.  Above ISO 3200 image quality declines fairly significantly.  In my opinion you can use about 4X the ISO with the A7R that you might have found acceptable on an NEX-7. Continue Reading

PaulR answered
6 months ago

The low light ISO scores for the A7r and Nex 7 from DXOMark are 2746 and 1016, respectively.  That is:- log(2746/1016)/log(2)=1.434 stops. Continue Reading

digilt answered
6 months ago

QUESTION

Sony A7 & A7R aggressive noise reduction and focusing

Hi all, Have been wanting to get my hands on either of these cameras for quite some time. Heard excellent reviews about image quality and detail regarding both. Being a Canon SLR 5D3 user with various  lenses…the weight of carrying all this gear is doing my shoulder and back in after an all day shoot. Ideally the A7's were a great lighter alternative. Decided to go into the city camera store and take a few test shots and must say I was a little let down in what I saw later on my computer. The image quality and exposure at first look on standard size computer view was admittedly quite impressive and stunning…beautiful colours and gorgeous DOF, nice exposure. Focusing was also much quicker than I anticipated given the reviews you hear about this. However when blown up to 100% and over, I found the detail started to look a little smeary and blotchy. I have read a few reviews that Sony are using quite strong in camera noise reduction to smooth out the grain and loss of detail is ...

montygm asked
3 months ago

ANSWERS

245 pages of a7(r) images. I use my a7r with adapted lenses; manual focus only, raw only. Without a doubt, my favorite camera in the last 45 years. Graham Continue Reading

Graham Best answered
3 months ago

Please post a few images you are not happy with. Leave the EXIF in tact. It's the best way to get a quality response. Continue Reading

Tuloom answered
3 months ago

Hi, Grace... There's an undefinable knack for getting good high ISO images from the A7 series. If the light weight, any-lens capability and spectacular EVF don't attract you enough to learn them, I'd strongly suggest you stick with what you have and know. The shots below were right after I got my A7, with the kit lens, ISO 6400 in deep shadow. Same shoot, but with an old Tokina 17mm at f5.6, ISO 1000 I've never used a 5DIII, just rented 5DIIs twice for video, and after two shoots, I was sold on the D7000, bought two, and found them much less problematic. I'm still getting used to the A7. But I can see how just picking it up at a camera store and taking a few shots with it could lead to unsatisfactory results, especially with high ISO. Continue Reading

Mel Snyder answered
3 months ago

QUESTION

Sample image with A7 or A7R with 10-18mm lens

Here is a request for a happy new owner of A7 or A7R who owns a 10-18mm lens, too. Could you take a couple of test shots at 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18mm or anywhere in between, and post them here? Your help would be highly appreciated. Thank you very much, Miki

Miki Nemeth asked
8 months ago

ANSWERS

Here you go Miki: A7R Test with 10-18 F4 E lens Continue Reading

Brian_Smith answered
8 months ago

Brian, how dare you bring this thread back on topic with your ruthless use of direct answering of the OPs request?! Good job ;-) Looks like the SEL1018 will continue to earn its place in my camera bag for a good while longer! Continue Reading

Rob Sims answered
8 months ago

Actually, from 13-16 this SEL 10-18 E covers full frame pretty well (especially from 13-16) and is by far the best coverage of any APS-C lens I've tested. It's not a bad stop-gap solution until an FE option comes along... Continue Reading

Brian_Smith answered
8 months ago

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

  • Sony a7r camera body
  • Body cap
  • Rechargeable battery (NP-FW50)
  • AC adapter (AC-UB10)
  • Shoulder strap
  • Micro USB cable
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