Sony Alpha a7R

Sony Alpha a7R is mirrorless digital cameras with full-frame sensor. This camera was launched in October 2013 with his brother Sony Alpha a7. Both cameras are claimed by Sony as a full-frame mirrorless camera is the smallest and lightest in the world. The a7R has a full-frame sensor with 36.4 megapixel resolution and without the use of a low-pass filter that has the potential to produce sharper images while a7 has a full-frame sensor with 24.3 megapixel resolution. Sony Alpha a7R also equipped with features such as a new gapless lens design on the sensor chip, the BIONZ X Image processor, 3.0-inch Tiltable TFT LCD, OLED electronic viewfinder, and the ability to record Full HD 1080/60p. The camera also has built-in WiFi connectivity and NFC, Multi-Interface Shoe, including compatible with E-mount lenses. Sony Alpha a7R will be available in December 2013 with a price range of $2,298.00.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Our Review

Features & Design

Viewed from the front, the Sony Alpha a7R has a smooth surface with a shallow and wide grip. There is a control knob on the front right side up and at the top of the camera control buttons are being leveled for enthusiastic photographers. The control buttons consist of the mode dial, shutter button, custom buttons, and exposure button. There is also an electronic viewfinder on the left upper camera with Multi Interface Shoe on the top. All the controls are very intuitive making it very easy to use whenever needed.

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In the back of the camera, you can use the 3.0-inch TFT LCD Monitor with a resolution 1.229k-point for view the image results with sharp and clear. The LCD screen has the ability to be tilted. While the electronic viewfinder has a high resolution up to 2.4M-dot with a proximity sensor that automatically switch the display to the main screen or the viewfinder when your eye toward or away from the viewfinder.

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Additionally, the rear control is also quite easy to use. The Menu Button and Costum 2 located on the top of LCD screen, while on the side of the screen there is a Focus mode button, AEL button, Function button, including a button to set the Drive mode, Display mode, or White Balance mode. Not only that, two other buttons are located on the back is the Playback button and the Delete button.

Performance & Image Quality

The Sony Alpha a7R has 36.4MP Full Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor and eliminate Optical Low-Pass Filter to optimize the high-resolution images with rich detail. While the new Gapless On-Chip Lens Design ensures a light sensor angle-to-angle increased. In addition, the range of ISO100-25600 provides a rich saturation and bright light on the situation while in a dark situation can produce clear images without noise up to ISO2746 (according to DxOMark).

Sony Alpha a7R example photo: 1/640, f1.8, ISO 100, 55mm (credit: Cameralabs)

Sony Alpha a7R example photo: 1/640, f1.8, ISO 100, 55mm (credit: Cameralabs)

While the image processor owned by a7R offer high speed for capturing and processing images includes providing speeds of autofocus and shooting up to 4fps. Equipped with Front-end LSI (large-scale integration), this camera is able to improve the image processing from start to finish to produce images with details that are more natural and rich tones.

You can record Full HD video in 1080 with frame rates of 24p/60i/60p in AVCHD and MP4 file format. With HDMI connectivity, you can play video on your TV by connecting the camera via HDMI cable. Video recording is also supported by the built-in microphone and an external stereo to record video with crystal clear sound. While the built-in WiFi and NFC allows you to easily transfer your photos and videos to compatible devices. Its feature also allows you to control Sony Alpha a7R using your smartphone or tablet.

Should I buy the camera?

Overall, design and capabilities of the Sony Alpha a7R very impressive. Control buttons and viewfinder also includes features that are attractive and intuitive. The camera feels nice and solid in the hand. Looking at the specifications and features that are owned, we recommend this camera for those of you who want a full-frame camera with a classy small size and light weight to get an amazing picture quality. Two cameras are a competitor to the Sony Alpha Sony Alpha a7R is a7 and Nikon D800 which you can buy at a price that is more affordable.

Rating: ★★★★½

Specifications

Sensor

Lens Mount Sony E-Mount

Camera Format Full-Frame

Pixels Actual: 36.8 Megapixel, Effective: 36.4 Megapixel

Max Resolution 7360 x 4912 @ 3:2

Other Resolutions
+ 4800 x 3200 @ 3:2
+ 3680 x 2456 @ 3:2
+ 2400 x 1600 @ 3:2
+ 7360 x 4144 @ 16:9
+ 4800 x 2704 @ 16:9
+ 3680 x 2072 @ 16:9
+ 2400 x 1350 @ 16:9

Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 35.9 x 24 mm

File Formats
+ Still Images: JPEG, RAW
+ Movies: MPEG-4 AVCHD
+ Audio: AAC LC, AC3

Bit Depth 14-bit

Dust Reduction System Yes

Memory Card Type
SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo, Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo

Image Stabilization None

Recording

Video Recording Yes, NTSC

Resolution
+ 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 24 fps
+ 1440 x 1080: 30 fps
+ 640 x 480: 30 fps

Aspect Ratio 16:9

Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes

Audio Recording
+ Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo,
+ Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo,

Focus System

Focus Type Auto & Manual

Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)

Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 25

Viewfinder / LCD Display

Viewfinder Type Electronic

Viewfinder Size 1/2″

Viewfinder Pixel Count 2,400,000

Viewfinder Coverage 100%

Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.71x

Diopter Adjustment – 4 to +3 m

Display Screen 3″ Rear Screen Tilting Live Preview LCD (1,229,000)

Screen Coverage 100%

Live View Yes

Exposure System

ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600 (Extended Mode: 50-)

Shutter
+ Type: Electronic
+ Speed: 30 – 1/8000 seconds

Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering

Exposure Modes
+ Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Bulb, Manual, Movie, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Sweep Panorama
+ Metering Range: EV 0.0 – EV 20.0
+ Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)

White Balance Modes
Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Underwater

Burst Rate Up to 4 fps at 36.4 MP

Flash

Flash Modes
+ Modes: Auto, Fill-in, Hi-Speed Sync, Off, Rear Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Wireless
+ Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)

Built-in Flash No

Dedicated Flash System TTL

External Flash Connection Hot Shoe

Performance

Continuous Shooting Up to 4.0 fps

Self Timer 2 sec, 10 sec

Interval Recording No

Connectivity AV / USB Multi, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0

Wi-Fi Capable Yes

Software Requirements
+ Windows: Vista (SP2), 7, 8
+ Mac: OS X 10.6 or later

Battery

Type: 1x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 1080mAh

AC Power Adapter AC-UB10 (Included)

Weight & Measure

Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.0 x 3.7 x 1.9″ / 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2 mm

Weight 14.36 oz / 407 g main unit only

Video Reviews

Review Video By Gordon Laing

Review Video By TheCameraStoreTV

Review Video By Sony Australia

Review Video By DigitalRev TV

Review Video By Steve Huff

Sample Photos

Sony Alpha a7R Sample Photos

- Sony Alpha a7R Sample Photos @ Whatdigitalcamera

- Sony Alpha a7R Sample Photos @ Cameralabs

User Manual

Sony Alpha a7R User Manual (PDF)

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Download Sony Alpha a7R User Manual

Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Sony Alpha a7R.

Sony Alpha A7 Reviews

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Sony Alpha a7 is the brother of the Sony Alpha a7R well as its main competitor, but this camera has a full-frame sensor with a smaller resolution and a more affordable price. This camera has a sensor 24.3 Megapixel full-frame, BIONZ X Image processor, with a faster shooting speed of a7R. Features of the Sony Alpha a7 include 3.0-inch TFT LCD that can be tilted, OLED electronic viewfinder 2.4M-Dot, Full HD 1080/60p video recording, a Fast Hybrid Autofocus, 5fps Burst Rate, built-in WiFi and NFC, including Multi Interface Shoe. The camera is sold at a more affordable price only $1,698.00.

Nikon D800 Reviews

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Nikon D800 DSLR camera which is the second competitor to the Sony Alpha a7R. This camera has a CMOS sensor with 36.3 megapixel resolution, EXPEED 3 image processor, 3.2-inch LCD Monitor, Optical low-pass filter, pentaprism viewfinder, Full HD 1080p at 60/50p or 720p at 30/25/24p video recording. In addition, the D800 also comes with a built-in Flash + i-TTL Flash Control. The camera is sold at a price range of $2,796.95.


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