Sony Alpha a7R IV Review (2020)


The Sony Alpha a7R IV is the new camera that creates a whole new world in photography with its incomparable image quality and processing speed. This camera is now updated from the 7R series with more resolution than any other camera. Along with its high performance. Notably, the huge development and improvement had made with the powerful autofocus system. And some user interface systems play a big role in the a7R IV than its old version. A new level of image quality that surpasses the expectation for conventional full-frame cameras. Especially in the low- to the mid sensitivity range.

Sony Alpha a7R IV Specifications

The Sony Alpha a7R IV is the fourth generation camera. The camera is incorporated with in-body stabilization for both still and video shooting. Moreover, it consists of a top-notch autofocus system. Apart from that camera body is sealed against dust and moisture. It consists of the ultra-high-resolution electronic viewfinder. With a tilting touchscreen display.

Body Design

The new body design with developed grip makes it easy and comfortable while holding the α7R IV. The Magnesium alloy chassis helps with rigidity, durability, and stability while remaining lightweight. The buttons are improved. And also the AF joystick is made large and well-textured for better handling. As there is some slight difference noticeable. In overall look in the α7R IV than its old version.

Sony Alpha a7R IV 360 degree View

  • Body type – SLR-style mirrorless
  • Camera Format – Full-Frame
  • Body material – Magnesium alloy
  • Weight of the body only – Approx. 678 g
  • Dimensions – Width 128.9 mm x Height 96.4 mm x Diagonal 77.5 mm
  • Operating Environment – 32 – 104 degrees F / 0 – 40 degrees C
  • Lens Mount – E Mount
  • Shutter Type – Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
  • Slower shutter speed – 30 sec
  • Fastest shutter speed – 1/8000 sec for Mechanical Shutter and 1/32000 sec for Electronic Shutter
  • Shutter life – 5,00,000 Shots
  • Mirror Lock-Up – No
  • Memory Card Slots – 2 SD Card/SDHC/SDXC
  • Battery description – NP-FZ100, Rechargeable.
  • Battery Life – Approx. 530 shots (Viewfinder)/approx. 670 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard) for stills, Approx. 90 min (Viewfinder)/Approx. 105 min (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard) for Video
  • Charging AC adapter – BC-QZ1 charging AC adapter

Sensor and Processor

The Sony a7R IV is developed with a 35mm full-frame back-illuminated 61 megapixel CMOS sensor. To attain the expressive prowess once expected only in conventional medium-format cameras. However, to match the excellence of the new image sensor, the high-speed BIONZ X image processing engine is also further enhanced. To maximize the details and also to reduce noise. This helps for making low light image capturing at high ISO. Furthermore, an ingenious algorithm enables efficient processing for high-speed continuous shooting of up to 10 fps with AF/AE tracking through a mechanical shutter. It is also possible to shoot continuously at up to 8 fps in Live-View mode. With minimal display time lag for capturing fast-moving subjects.

  • Sensor type – CMOS
  • Total Pixels – 62.5 megapixels
  • Effective Pixels – 61.0 megapixels
  • Sensor size – Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm)
  • Max resolution – 9504 x 6336
  • Other resolutions – 3:2 – 35 mm full-frame L: 9504 x 6336 (60 M), M: 6240 x 4160 (26 M), S: 4752 x 3168 (15 M) APS-C L: 6240 x 4160 (26 M), M: 4752 x 3168 (15 M), S: 3120 x 2080 (6.5 M), 4:3 – 35 mm full-frame L: 8448 x 6336 (54 M), M: 5552 x 4160 (23 M), S: 4224 x 3168 (13 M). Additionally, APS-C L: 5552 x 4160 (23 M), M: 4224 x 3168 (13 M), S: 2768 x 2080 (5.8 M), 16:9 – 35 mm full-frame L: 9504 x 5344 (51 M), M: 6240 x 3512 (22 M), S: 4752 x 2672 (13 M) APS-C L: 6240 x 3512 (22 M), M: 4752 x 2672 (13 M), S: 3120 x 1752 (5.5 M), 1:1 – 35 mm full-frame L: 6336 x 6336 (40 M), M: 4160 x 4160 (17 M), S: 3168 x 3168 (10 M) APS-C L: 4160 x 4160 (17 M), M: 3168 x 3168 (10 M), S: 2080 x 2080 (4.3 M)
  • Processor – BIONZ X
  • Bit Depth – 14bit RAW
  • Camera Stabilization – 5-axis image sensor shift
  • Aspect Ratio – 3:2
  • Colour space – sRGB, Adobe RGB compatible with TRILUMINOS Colour
  • Colour filter array – Primary colour filter
  • Continuous shooting speed – Continuous shooting: Hi+: max. 10 fps, Hi: max. 8 fps, Mid: max. 6fps, Lo: max. 3fps


The advanced technology of the sensor with perfect TRILUMINOUS color profile and the processor allows the user to boost the ISO and it reduces the noise to some great extent. This camera is equipped with lots of effects that can be used to make creative pictures. The sensors back-illuminated design makes the sensor to produce clear and detailed images with more sharpness. Nevertheless, a different dimension of resolution opens up with the a7R IV. And now it supports image compositing from 16 pixel-shifted images. In addition to the new Pixel Shift Multi Shooting.

  • Image ratio – 3:2
  • ISO Auto – 100-32000
  • Minimum ISO – 50
  • Maximum ISO – 102400
  • White Balance presets – 9
  • White Balance Bracketing – Provided
  • Image stabilization – Sensor-shift 5-Axis
  • File format – RAW, RAW + JPEG, JPEG with (Extra fine, Fine, Standard)
  • 14bit RAW – Yes
  • Picture Styles – Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia, Style Box (1–6) (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-5 to +5 steps))
  • Picture Effect – 7 types: Posterization (Colour), Posterization (B/W), Pop Colour, Retro Photo, Partial Colour (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera (Normal/Cool/Warm/Green/Magenta), Soft High-key

Optics & Focus

The fast hybrid AF system with a 567-point focal-plane phase-detection AF system provides wide-area coverage, fast response, and high-performance tracking with precision focusing. The advanced Eye Tracking functions enables to track humans and animal eye in real-time speed. A newly adopted Real-time Tracking algorithm in the α7R IV uses color, pattern (brightness), and subject distance (depth) data to process spatial information, while AI technology detects the subject’s face and eye in real-time. The increased AF points widened the coverage of AF sensors and improved AF algorithms have further enhanced subject-tracking performance for consistent shooting, even for complex or sudden movements subjects.

  • Focus Mode – AF-A (Automatic AF), AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C (Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus
  • Number of focus points – 35 mm full frame: 567 points (phase-detection AF), APS-C mode with full-frame lens: 325 points (phase-detection AF), with APS-C lens: 247 points (phase-detection AF)/425 points (contrast-detection AF)
  • Lens mount – E Mount
  • Focal length multiplier – 1×

Auto Focus

  • Autofocus system – Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)
  • Autofocus Sensitivity – -3 to +20 EV
  • Focus Area – Wide (567 points (phase-detection AF), 425 points (contrast-detection AF)) / Zone / Centre / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Expanded Flexible Spot / Tracking (Wide / Zone / Centre / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Expanded Flexible Spot)

Screen and Viewfinder

The new electronic viewfinder provides high-precision, high-brightness, and high-contrast visibility, reproducing fine detail with 1.6 times higher resolution than the α7R III makes it more comfortable for viewing in inclement weather and better concentration on shooting. The touch focus enables to simply touch the monitor screen to specify the desired subject near frame edges. The touchpad focus point control allows dragging the focus frame to any point with a fingertip while using the viewfinder. The new touch and drag focus makes it easier to focus on moving subjects.

  • Screen Type – TFT Type
  • The Screen size – 7.5 cm
  • Screen dots – 14,40,000 dots
  • Touch screen – Provided
  • Live view – Provided
  • Viewfinder type 1.3 cm (0.5-type) electronic viewfinder (colour), UXGA OLED
  • The Viewfinder coverage – 100%
  • Viewfinder Eye Point – 23 mm
  • Viewfinder Magnification – Approx. 0.78x
  • Diopter Adjustment – -4 to +3 m-1

Photography Features

The Sony a7R IV is built with the sensor-shift of 5-axis image stabilization equal to 5.5 steps which help to take a perfect shot in any conditions. The sensor and the processor performance make the photographer make great quality pictures with high resolution. The α7R IV supports compressed and uncompressed 14-bit RAW output for smoother, more natural gradations that contribute to higher overall image quality even when shooting in silent or continuous mode. The updated anti-flicker technology protects from fluorescent and another artificial lighting is automatically detected and shutter action is timed to minimize the effect of flicker on still images. In addition to the conventional aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9, the α7R IV newly supports 4:3 and 1:1. These new aspect ratio settings give various types of delivery data that support a wider span of media which is more useful for many users.

  • Exposure modes – AUTO (iAuto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Movie (Programmed AE (P)/Aperture priority (A)/Shutter-speed priority (S)/Manual (M)), Slow & Quick Motion (Programmed AE (P)/Aperture priority (A)/Shutter-speed priority (S)/Manual (M))Drive modes – Single Shooting, Continuous shooting (Hi/Mid/Lo selectable), Self-timer, Self-timer (Cont.), Bracket: Single, Bracket: Cont., White Balance bracket, DRO bracket
  • Silent Shooting – Yes (ON/OFF)
  • Electronic Front Curtain Shutter – Yes (ON/OFF)
  • Metering modes – Multi-segment, Centre-weighted, Spot, Spot Standard/Large, Entire Screen Avg., Highlight
  • Exposure compensation – ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
  • Metering Range – –3 to +20 EV
  • Built-in flash – Not provided
  • External flash connection– Hot Shoe
  • Flash Maximum sync speed – 1/250 s
  • Flash Compensation – ±3 EV (1/3 or 1/2 EV Steps)
  • External Flash Connection – Sony α System Flash compatible with Multi Interface Shoe, attach the shoe adaptor for flash compatibility with the Auto-lock accessory shoe
  • Flash Control – Pre-flash TTL
  • Flash Modes – Flash off, Auto-flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable), Wireless, Hi-speed sync.

Video or Movie Features

The Sony a7R IV is now capable of making an internal recording of 4K movies at 30 fps based on the 35mm area with effective 2.4 times more data. The entire sensor width is being utilized to deliver 4K recording with improved image quality when working at mid and high sensitivity. In addition to the high-resolution internal recording, and uncompressed HDMI output can be enabled by using an optional external recorder for clean 4K recording. In addition to S-Log3 and S-Log2 gamma curves, the a7R IV offers an HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) picture profile for an instant HDR workflow, supporting a wide range of HDR movie production needs. The a7R IV incorporates the XAVC S recording format for 4K and enables high-quality images at high bitrates of up to 100 Mbps. There are various picture profiles and styles available to make a creative video with more details and accurate colors.

  • Recording Format – XAVC S, AVCHD format Ver. 2.0
  • Video Compression – XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
  • Video Encoding – NTSC/PAL
  • Videography Format – XAVC S, AVCHD format Ver. 2.0
  • Frame Rate – NTSC – 3840 x 2160 (30p, 100M), 3840 x 2160 (24p, 100M), 3840 x 2160 (30p, 60M), 3840 x 2160 (24p, 60M), XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080 (120p, 100M), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60M), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (30p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (24p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 25M), 1920 x 1080 (30p, 16M), AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60i, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080 (60i, 17M, FH)
  • Slow Motion – NTSC mode: 1fps, 2fps, 4fps, 8fps, 15fps, 30fps, 60fps, 120fps, PAL mode: 1fps, 2fps, 3fps, 6fps, 12fps, 25fps, 50fps, 100fps,
  • Slow and Quick Motion (Frame Rate and Image Size) – NTSC mode: 1920×1080 (60p, 30p, 24p), PAL mode: 1920×1080 (50p, 25p)
  • HDMI Output – 3840 x 2160 (25p), 1920 x 1080 (50p), 1920 x 1080 (50i), 1920 x 1080 (24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1920 x 1080 (60i), 3840 x 2160 (30p), 3840 x 2160 (24p), YCbCr 4:2:2 8-bit/RGB 8-bit
  • Audio Recording – Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
  • Audio File Format – XAVC S: LPCM 2ch, AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
  • Moreover, Audio Output – Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)

Other Special Features of Sony Alpha a7R IV

Some people get irritated or get annoyed by the shutter sound on some occasions where silence should be maintained. There are nearly 113 functions that can be assignable to custom buttons. With independent function sets assigned for stills, movies, and playback with maximized efficiency. The a7R IV has a sync terminal. So non-dedicated flash units and cables with standard sync terminals can be connected for convenient synchronization with studio flash units, etc. Therefore, the enhanced resolution and its efficiency facilitate for taking high-quality images with more details.

  • Eye Tracking – Human/Animal Eye Tracking AF
  • Face Detection- Modes: Face Priority in AF (On/Off), Face Priority in Multi Metering (On/Off), Regist. Faces Priority (On/Off), Face registration, Max. number detectable: 8 faces
  • Pixel Shift Multi Shooting – Yes (4/16)
  • Digital Zoom – Smart zoom (Still images): 35 mm full-frame: M: approx 1.5x, S: approx. 2x APS-C: M: approx 1.3x, S: approx 2x, By the same token Digital zoom (Still images): 35 mm full-frame: L: approx 4x, M: approx 6.1x, S: approx. 8x APS-C: L: approx 4x, M: approx. 5.3x, S: approx 8x, Digital zoom (Movie): 35 mm full-frame: approx 4x APS-C: approx 4x
  • Anti-Dust System – Charge protection coating on optical filter and image sensor shift mechanism
  • Time-lapse recording – Provided
  • PC Interface – Mass-storage, MTP, PC remote
  • Wireless – Built-in
  • Wi-Fi – 2.4GHz / 5GHz band
  • Bluetooth – Version 4.1
  • Storage types – SLOT1: Slot for SD (UHS-I/II compliant) memory card, SLOT2: Slot for SD (UHS-I/II compliant) memory card
  • USB Connectivity – USB type C (USB3.1)
  • NFC – Yes (One-touch Remote, One-touch Sharing)
  • HD Output – HDMI micro connector (Type-D), BRAVIA® Sync (Control for HDMI), PhotoTV HD, 4K movie output/4K still image PB
  • Port Provided – Microphone, Headphone
  • Remote control – Yes (Wired, wireless, smartphone)
  • Self-timer – 2s, 5s, 10s, the 20s with delay shooting
  • Sync Terminal – Yes

Best Lenses for Sony Alpha a7R IV

In the field of digital photography, Sony always stands for sharpness, details, and image quality. This is possible only because of the good quality of lenses which are made especially for the high quality and exact color profile to make a reality. Furthermore, there is a wide variety of G lens, G Master, and also ZEISS lens series available for the F mounts for every occasion. For any kind of photography, there is various kind of lenses available which is capable of delivering crisp and clear image by using the performance of the camera. Hence, the build quality of lenses and the high-quality glasses makes the Sony to always stand unique for its image quality.   

List of Best Common Lenses for Sony a7R IV

Best All-in-one Lens

FE 24–240 mm F 3.5-6.3 OSS

Most Common Standard Zoom Lenses

  • FE 24 – 70 mm F2.8 GM
  • FE 24 – 105 mm F4 G OSS

Best Standard Prime Lenses

  • FE 35 mm F1.8
  • FE 50 mm F2.8 Macro
  • Lens FE 85mm F1.8
  • FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS

Best Macro Lenses

  • FE 50 mm F2.8 Macro
  • FE 90 mm F2.8 Macro G OSS

Top Standard Zoom Lenses

  • FE 24-70 mm F2.8 GM
  • FE 24–105 mm F4 G OSS
  • Lens FE PZ 28–135 mm F4 G OSS

Best Wide-angle Zoom Lenses

  • FE 12-24mm F4 G
  • FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM
  • Lens FE 24-70 mm F2.8 GM

Best Wide-angle Prime Lenses

  • FE 20 mm F1.8 G
  • FE 24mm F1.4 GM
  • Lens FE 35 mm F1.8

List of Best Specialized Lenses for Sony a7R IV

Best Indoor Sports Lenses

  • FE 70–200 mm F4 G OSS
  • FE 70-200 mm F2.8 GM OSS
  • Super Telephoto Zoom 100-400mm G Master Lens

Top Outdoor Sports and Wildlife Lenses

  • Sony FE 200–600 mm F5.6–6.3 G OSS
  • FE 400 mm F2.8 GM OSS
  • Sony FE 600-mm F4 GM OSS
  • 1.4x and 2x Teleconverter Lens

Best Portrait Lenses

  • FE 50mm F1.8
  • FE 85 mm F1.4 GM
  • Lens FE 135mm F1.8 GM

Best Travel and Street Lenses

  • FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM
  • FE 24-70 mm F2.8 GM
  • Lens FE 24–105 mm F4 G OSS Lens
  • FE 50mm F1.8
  • Lens FE 85 mm F1.4 GM

Sony Alpha a7R IV Rating

Thereupon, Sony Alpha a7R IV is another milestone with the new level of the photographic experience made by Sony. Indeed, every photographer can use this camera for any kind like wedding photography, fashion photography, product photography, architecture photography, etc. The maximum resolution which can be expected in medium-format cameras is now provided with α7R IV. With its huge 61-megapixel image sensor helping to choose different aspect ratios. It is so useful for using the picture for any kind of print size or using it in any medium. Hence, this is an ultimate package with high image quality with high performance. Further, this rating is given to Sony α7R IV as per the survey of creative huts.


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