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Sony a7 IV Introduced – Allrounder with 10-Bit 4:2:2 Video and New 33MP Sensor

Sony a7 IV Announced - Allrounder with 10-Bit 4:2:2 Video and New 33MP Sensor

Simply introduced: the Sony a7 IV contains a newly developed 33MP full-frame sensor with 5-axis IBIS, 10-bit 4:2:2 video, as much as 4K30 in full-frame mode, and as much as 4K60 in crop mode with Lengthy GOP, or All-Intra H.264 and H.265 codecs, and S-Cinetone image profile. There are new AF options reminiscent of Eye AF for animals and birds in video mode, and Focus Map. The digicam is offered for pre-order now for €2799. We had the digicam in our workplace for a really quick check, so be certain that to test our a7 IV first-look assessment as nicely.

I feel the Sony Alpha full-frame digicam line is at present the preferred mirrorless product line amongst filmmakers. Final 12 months Sony launched the last word mirrorless low-light filmmaking software with the a7S III (test our Evaluation and Lab Check in case you missed it). After that in January 2021 Sony shocked everybody by saying the Alpha 1 – the brand new flagship with a 50MP sensor and 8K video recording (once more, you’ll be able to test our Evaluation and Lab Check in case you missed it). These cameras, nonetheless, sport a hefty price ticket (particularly the a1). The “reasonably priced” all-rounder digicam from Sony, the a7 III, was introduced in February 2018, so over three and a half years in the past. Sony customers have lengthy been calling for a brand new era of the a7 “entry-line”. Effectively, the wait is over – say hi there to the brand new Sony a7 IV digicam! Let’s check out its key specs and options.

Sony a7 IV – new 33MP sensor

The digicam makes use of a newly developed 33MP full-frame back-illuminated sensor together with the Sony BIONZ XR picture processor (similar because the a7S III and a1). Because of the quick processor, the digicam can obtain steady taking pictures at as much as 10fps with AF/AE monitoring for greater than 800 RAW + JPEG photographs. The ISO is now accessible between 100 and 51,200 (expandable to 50-204,800 for stills and 100-102,400 for video). The upper decision is, in fact, higher for photographers, however Sony claims that the low gentle efficiency additionally didn’t get compromised by the smaller pixels.

Sony a7 IV Digicam. Supply: Sony

The sensor contains a 5-axis optical in-body picture stabilization (IBIS) for as much as a 5.5-step shutter pace benefit. Sony additionally included the Energetic mode for stabilization increase (for the value of a barely tighter crop). Sony claims the sensor is able to as much as 15+ stops of dynamic vary. In the event you guys wish to see us measure the true DR of the brand new sensor within the a7 IV in our Lab Check, tell us within the feedback part beneath.


The autofocus system of Sony’s newest cameras is already actually good, however there are just a few new enhancements with the a7 IV. The actual-time eye AF has three modes – for people, animals, or particularly for birds. For the primary time with an alpha digicam, all three eye AF modes can be found additionally for video taking pictures.

The autofocus is very customizable identical to with the current alpha cameras such because the a7S III and a1. What I discover actually attention-grabbing is the brand new Focus Map characteristic that visualizes the depth of area. The areas behind the DoF are blue, the areas in entrance of the DoF are pink, and areas which might be sharp do not need any colour. This may be very useful for guide focusing when you get used to it.

The Contact Monitoring and Contact Focus options will be managed additionally from the Imaging Edge cell app. The AF Monitoring ought to now additionally work as much as f/22 which was once problematic earlier than, based on Sony. The digicam additionally options respiratory compensation for constant angle when focusing.

Video recording – 4K60 solely cropped

Not like the a7 III, the successor a7 IV now has inside 10-bit 4:2:2 recording choices. Sadly, the UHD 4K 60/50fps video is just accessible in Super35 crop mode, however with full pixel readout with out binning. The 4K video as much as 30fps is offered in full-frame mode (oversampled from the entire 7K sensor). FHD is offered in as much as 120fps for sluggish movement.

XAVC S-I Codec is offered. Credit score: CineD

Along with the XAVC-S Lengthy GOP codec (recognized from the a7 III), the brand new a7 IV moreover presents the XAVC-I H.264 All-Intra codec and XAVC-HS H.265 codec choices. The utmost bitrate is 600Mbps. On prime of the S-Log3 flat profile, the digicam additionally contains the S-Cinetone image profile for pleasing colours out-of-the-box.

Digicam physique, monitoring, connectivity

Similar to the a7S III, the a7 IV contains a side-opening vari-angle rear monitor with a 3″ 1.03 million-dot touchscreen panel. That is accompanied by a 3.69 million-dot OLED QVGA viewfinder.

The physique of the digicam will not be rather a lot totally different from different Sony Alpha cameras. The grip of the brand new Sony a7 IV is now deeper (in comparison with the a7 III), so the digicam ought to sit higher in the suitable hand. There may be additionally a brand new Nonetheless/Film/S&Q dial to shortly change between modes.

Sony a7 IV. Credit score: CineD

By way of connectivity, there may be an HDMI Sort-A (full measurement) video output, two 3.5mm jacks (output for headphones and enter for a microphone), and a USB-C connector with SuperSpeed 10Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen2) specification that may present direct connectivity to 1000BASE-T Ethernet for quick FTP knowledge transfers. The USB-C can be used for direct reside streaming.

Relating to media, Sony integrated two card slots. One is conserving the great idea of accepting each SD and CFexpress Sort A reminiscence playing cards. The opposite card slot solely accepts SD playing cards. The MI-shoe (Multi-Interface) on prime can work with Sony microphones and the XLR unit.

Value and availability

The Sony a7 IV is now accessible for pre-order. The value has been set to $2,498 (round €2,370 plus VAT in Europe) for the physique solely and round €2999 for the package with the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens.

What do you consider the brand new Sony a7 IV digicam? Are you going to improve from the a7 III or every other digicam? Do you miss any options with the brand new digicam? Tell us within the feedback part beneath the article.

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