Sony announces A7R IV full-frame mirrorless camera with 61MP sensor for $3500

16 July 2019
Features 15-stops of dynamic range, 10fps burst mode, 567-point AF and real time eye AF for video.

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  • kmcmurtrie

I have the previous model and the images are amazing. First, the usable dynamic range is insane. Adjust the shadows and highlights all you want and there's still no need for noise reduction or sharpening unless you're shooting handheld at night. Second, everything from the sensor stabilization to the shutter button has been designed for maximum resolution. Sony and Nikon are currently the best when it comes to full frame sensors.

RAW files are compatible with many editors, on Mac, Windows, Linux, and even Android. Yes, you can edit a few RAWs in Photo Mate R3 on a phone while you're on vacation. This compares nicely with competing Nikon and Canon cameras where you're stuck with Adobe editors until the camera is several years old.

The body is the only thing that's quirky. It's hard to hold with heavy lenses and it's too easy to destroy some shots after bumping controls. The shutter button is pure unpleasant mush because buttons that click produce blur on high megapixel cameras. Until your feature shortcuts are perfect, navigating the enormous menus takes long enough to miss a sunset.

Anonymous, 17 Jul 2019Are you buying it?No. I'm not a photographer nor is photography my hobby.

  • Anonymous

njsilva84, 18 Jul 2019Again you showed me ZERO facts, you just talked bs and you showe... moreYou keep bringing up sports and runway photographers. What's next? Paparazzo, news agency photographers, and wedding photographers are also professional photographers? All these people are just employees that they are doing their jobs and offering a service to someone.

The true photographers I'm talking about are those who do photography because it's their passion and they do it by their own free will. They think about composition, experimental angles and techniques, they capture feelings and emotions, and they are totally connected to their work.

Those you talk about are just following orders and guidelines. They get allocated seats/spots from where they just need to follow the action and snap photos like it's a low framerate video. That's it! Their work is standardised, and they need to follow instructions.

Sails Chong is a good example of a truly professional photographer. Compare his creative work to a random wedding photographer's general snaphots of an event.

If there's no real creativity involved, there's no real photography being made. If aesthetics and art are missing, the results are just something that anyone with a camera can produce.


Peace

  • Anonymous

njsilva84, 18 Jul 2019Again you showed me ZERO facts, you just talked bs and you showe... moreDon't bother bro, that dude's been going on and on about TRUE photographers lmao. He don't know jack. Another Sony hater hating on Sony because it's Sony.

Anonymous, 18 Jul 2019What does market share have to do with image quality and gear qu... moreAgain you showed me ZERO facts, you just talked bs and you showed me again that you know nothing about photography. Show me numbers, show me those true photographers that you're talking about (Hasselblad doesn't count because they're the best medium format brand, by far) and stop saying this and that without names or facts.
I showed you photos of photographers in the last football World Cup which is the most viewed single-sport event in the world. Here you have some more photos from the 2008 and 2016 Olympics, both in Brazil and in China. These are some of the best photographers in the world: (tip: the white lenses are Canon's L-series, just in case you don't know)
http://bit.ly/2SrLZw2
http://bit.ly/2Skfek4
http://bit.ly/2Sp79KZ
Now tell me that the biggest sporting event ever does not have the best action photographers in the business...
Then you said that "they don't care for autofocus speed" - tell that to a fashion or sports photographer...
Also, show me an example where Nikon has that advantage in image quality, I don't want trash talk, I want facts. I work in the business since 2005, when the digital era began for real in the professional photography, I've worked with award-winning european photographers and I now I work with international photographers and Canon wins by far. I'm not saying it is much better, I am just astonished by how you twist things to Nikon, saying that only true photographers only use Nikon and that's not true, at all. I follow the work of some of the best photographers worldwide and I know which equipment they use. Do you want names? Just give me yours and I'll tell you which photographers I'm talking about...
Ps: if you want to discuss with facts, go on, but if you'll be trash-talking again with no evidences, I'll stop this discussion here...

  • Anonymous

njsilva84, 17 Jul 2019The more I see your arguing, the more I am convinced that you do... moreWhat does market share have to do with image quality and gear quality? If anything, market share just shows that more amateurs and semi-professionals use brands that offer "more bang for buck" instead of the best possible image quality.

As I said, TRUE professionals use Nikon and Hasselblad. Other "photographers" who are not dedicated to taking real unforgettable pictures, just get whatever gives them 'most options and unneeded features' for an 'advantageous' price.
Whereas the true masters of photography only care about the best image quality possible and don't even care for autofocus speed and other nonsense like that. They all use their cameras in full manual mode and leave nothing to the camera to decide. That's how a real TRUE professional works.

Supreme!

Anonymous, 17 Jul 2019Leica? As in the one that takes Panasonic's cameras, puts the re... moreThat's hilarious, to say the least.
1st. Putting Nikon and Hasselblad in the same basket, really? Why?
2nd. Saying that ALL truly professionals use those brands.
3rd. Putting Canon and Fuji in the same basket, really? Canon sells 20x more cameras than Fuji.
4th. Less wealthy "professionals" buy Canon or Fuji? Are you aware of Fuji's cameras prices and especially lenses? They're cheap, right?

Let me just tell you that either you're the biggest Canon hater or you don't know anything about photography. I work in the business since 2006, I have American, European and Australian clients that use mostly Canon.
But since you're talking about "true professionals", I dare you to take a look at the photographers in sporting events, for example, and see which is the most popular brand, by far. Tip: you can see the camera's brand by the color of the lenses.
Go check that and then tell me something.
Ps: just in case you're still not convinced, I can tell you dozens of worldwide famous, award-wining photographers that use Canon...

njsilva84, 17 Jul 2019Rofl, do you know anything about photography? Do you even know ... moreThe more I see your arguing, the more I am convinced that you don't know what you're talking about. Starting with putting Fuji and Canon in the same basket, wtf... Fuji sells no cameras compared to Canon and not even Nikon can compete.
If you want fact, here they come:
See this picture from 2014 WC in Brazil: (the biggest sporting even in the world)
http://bit.ly/2SlCyOt
http://bit.ly/2SiboIk
How many Nikons can you spot there? How many more examples do you want?
Here you have the market share from both Nikon, Canon and Sony from last year: http://bit.ly/2LqwmEd
Any arguing left? I gave you facts, do the same if you have them...

  • Anonymous

njsilva84, 17 Jul 2019Rofl, do you know anything about photography? Do you even know ... moreHomie I fully agree with ya just one thing, I think you're replying to the wrong comments lol

  • Anonymous

Archa3us, 17 Jul 2019Obviously not meant for you now is it? Are you buying it?

Anonymous, 17 Jul 2019You sure tried to sound like you know what you're talking about lmao.Rofl, do you know anything about photography?
Do you even know that Sony makes most of Nikon's sensors?
Not compared to a mid-range Nikon? How fanboy are you?
You clearly never used and edited both camera's files, otherwise, you wouldn't be talking about image quality. How many award-winning photographers do you know that use Nikon vs Canon? Nikon and Leica "calibrating image sensors close to perfection"? Really? Are you talking about yellowish skin tones by Nikon?
Which Leica camera are you talking about? No one uses Leica anymore, we're in the digital era, you know? There is Hasselblad, Phase One (...). Also, Canon has, by far, the most variety of professional lenses that are some of the best also, especially regarding bang for the buck. In sporting events or fashion events, how many L-series lenses do you see vs all the other brands combined? Do you want me to show you that? It's not even comparable...
You can just go to any website that compares camera quality and check out Sony vs Nikon vs Canon and tell me, if you have the guts, that Nikon is that much better. Those charts don't lie and Nikon might have some slight advantage in image noise but then the focusing is far behind, especially when compared to the latest Sony cameras.
There's no perfect camera, and for sure Nikon isn't perfect either, don't forget that there are guys out there with lots of experience in the business that can easily show you the facts...

  • Anonymous

njsilva84, 17 Jul 2019That's hilarious, to say the least. 1st. Putting Nikon and Hass... moreYou're talking dozens of professionals who might use canon or fuji or some other mid-tier brand camera and lenses. Whereas Nikon professionals are in the thousands, and even more.

Alright, alright, it's not ALL true professionals, but 99.9999% of them use Nikon & Hasselblad. There. Happy?

  • Lol

Anonymous, 17 Jul 2019Yes, that exact Leica. They just do magic to their sensor calibr... moreiPhone displays are not better than Samsung's don't kid yourself. Samsung displays are more accurate than the ones on the xs.

Anonymous, 17 Jul 2019Leica? As in the one that takes Panasonic's cameras, puts the re... moreThat's hilarious, to say the least.
1st. Putting Nikon and Hasselblad in the same basket, really? Why?
2nd. Saying that ALL truly professionals use those brands.
3rd. Putting Canon and Fuji in the same basket, really? Canon sells 20x more cameras than Fuji.
4th. Less wealthy "professionals" buy Canon or Fuji? Are you aware of Fuji's cameras prices and especially lenses? They're cheap, right?

Let me just tell you that either you're the biggest Canon hater or you don't know anything about photography. I work in the business since 2006, I have American, European and Australian clients that use mostly Canon.
But since you're talking about "true professionals", I dare you to take a look at the photographers in sporting events, for example, and see which is the most popular brand, by far. Tip: you can see the camera's brand by the color of the lenses.
Go check that and then tell me something.
Ps: just in case you're still not convinced, I can tell you dozens of worldwide famous, award-wining photographers that use Canon...

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 17 Jul 2019Magic? Ah boy I'm ending it here LMFAOOYou just sound like an intense sony fan, or a Nikon/Leica hater.
Most probably you own a camera (if you even own one) that offers most bang for your buck.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 17 Jul 2019Yes, that exact Leica. They just do magic to their sensor calibr... moreMagic? Ah boy I'm ending it here LMFAOO

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 17 Jul 2019Leica? As in the one that takes Panasonic's cameras, puts the re... moreYes, that exact Leica. They just do magic to their sensor calibration and have superior signal processing compared to Panasonic. Their colour output and tonality is always amazing.
Same as iPhones use Samsung displays but they calibrate them and make them look better and more accurate than Samsung does on their phones.

You can cook the same food from the same quality ingredients, but the food cooked by an expert, high-end, private chef will be 10x better than that cooked by a food chain "chef" - even if they use the same ingredients.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 17 Jul 2019Sony camera... meh... It's nothing compared to even a mid-range ... moreLeica? As in the one that takes Panasonic's cameras, puts the red Leica logo on them, and sells them for double the price as if they're theirs? Lmao. Japan is the undisputed king of cameras.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 17 Jul 2019You sure tried to sound like you know what you're talking about lmao.You are just a sony fan who can't take the truth. And the truth doesn't come from just me, but from ALL truly professional photographers out there. They either use Nikon or Hasselblad. And artists on the move use Leica.

Other than that, less wealthy "professionals" use Canon and Fuji.
Vloggers and instagram "influencers" go for Sony and Olympus cameras, maybe sometimes Canon.