The First 61MP Full-Frame Camera is Here and It’s a SONY – Meet the a7R IV


Sony launched a huge salvo in the full-frame camera wars with the debut of the first-ever a7R IV, a 61MP beast that is making all those rumors about something similar coming from Nikon make total sense.

a7R IV from Sony.

The camera debuted during a live presentation by the company in New York City today where the company boasted about the camera’s 15 stop dynamic range using a BSI CMOS image sensor with burst speeds of up to 10fps as well as its ability to create up to 240MP (or a total of 963.2 million pixels according to PetaPixel) image files using 16 pixel shifted images. The autofocus system has a whopping 567 phase-detection AF points alongside Real-Time Tracking AF, Animal Eye-AF, and Real-Time Eye AF.

Most impressive is the camera’s ability to shoot 10fps with continuous AF/AE tracking topping off at 68 full-res images. Speaking of Real-Time Eye AF, it’ll be available in the video mode for the a7R IV which is new for Sony with the camera capturing 4K video.

The camera also has digital audio recording with a ECM-B1M shotgun microphone and built-in analog to digital converter. In terms of user conveniences, the a7R IV will have fast Wifi with support for wireless tethering and two UHS-II SD card slots as well as a slew of other conveniences and user interface tweaks.

The body will also have the de rigueur weather sealing and an optimized body design for use in the field. Probably some of the best news of all is that you won’t have to wait long to get your hands on the new Sony a7R IV – it’s coming out this September for the low, low price of $USD 3,500 (not including accessories). It’s also available for preorder on some online stores right now.

Here’s a brief summary of the specs from Sony:

61.0 MP1 35 mm full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processing engine

Standard ISO 100–32000 range3

Fast Hybrid AF with 567-point focal-plane phase-detection AF and 425-point contrast-detection AF

High-speed continuous shooting of up to 10fps25 with AF/AE tracking

Reliability and operational comfort supporting professional workflow

You can watch Sony’s presentation on the camera by clicking here and heading over to YouTube.

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