Sony Press Release Synopsis - A7R IV

July 16, 2019

Today, Sony is releasing an update on their strategy for Interchangable Lens cameras.  For those who can't watch the presentation, here is a quick rundown:

 

Five fundamentals:

Lens

Image Quality

Speed 

Battery Live

Compact & Lightweight

 

a9 Transformed the experience of professional sports & news photography.  

 

Today will expand the world of Alpha, through innovation, establishing another milestone:

 

61.0 MP full-frame sensor

15-stop dynamic range

10 FPS

A7R IV

 

Medium Format level image quality

5-axis internal image stabilization

52 native lenses

1 mount - stills, cinema, Full-Frame, APS-C .... all using the same mount (E Mount)

 

Mark Weir - Senior Technology Manager 

Another milestone in mirrorless:

New standards of image quality

New creative opportunities

61 "effective" MP

15 stops of dynamic range

new generation of image sensor, backside illuminated sensor, even lower noise.

"Resolution to spare"

They showed several examples of images with extreme crop

Pixel Shift multi-shooting mode can create images up to 240 MP - another level of performance in an easy-to-handle camera

APS-C Crop mode: 26 MP

567 phase detection points covering 74% of the Frame in Full Frame

325 phase detection points covering virtually the entire frame in APS-C mode

World's first 61 MP - ExmorR CMOS Sensor

Speed: 61MP x 10FPS continuously - up to 68 images with continuous AF and AE tracking

Real-time Eye AF/tracking as in the a9 (first time in an R) (human & animal)

Movie capture: full width S-Log 2 & 3 for 14-stop dynamic range, HLG Hybrid Log Gamma, Touch Track

Revolution in video autofocus: real time Eye AF for video

Audio - Digital audio interface between the microphone and the camera - the microphone has its own A/D converter built in.  

New digital microphone, rather than an analog microphone, so it's digital info straight into the camera

 

Dual UHS-II slots

Refined focus control boosts productivity

5.76 dot UXGA OLED view finder

improved grip

enhanced dust/moisture sealing

2.4 and 5 Gb WiFi

USB C connector

Studio sync connector

 

September: $3,500 US  ($4,500 Canadian)

 

New vertical grip VG-C4EM ($400/$530) 

Microphone: ECM-B1M - 8 mic capsules in a microphone 4" long - comprehensive controls, 3 different patterns user selected ($350/$470) - can be switched to analog mode for other cameras

Adapter: XLR-K3M - adapts other microphones with a A/D converter October ($600/$800)

 

 

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