This review is devoted to Alpha A7R that Sony has first introduced to the public in Feb 13, 2014. This model is a Pro Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 36.0 MP and a Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
Initially, Sony developed this model to replace their older product A7 II and, after some time, Sony has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one A7 II.
In Pro Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #9 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 60/100 and it takes a rank of #17 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Alpha A7R review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony Alpha A7R. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Pro Mirrorless cameras.
Sony Alpha A7R has the following external dimensions 127 x 127 x 48 mm (50 x 37.01 x 18.9″) with the weight of 465 g.
The typical weight for average Pro Mirrorless type cameras is 672g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Sony Alpha A7R, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony Alpha A7R is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 48mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Alpha A7R with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony Alpha A7R is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony Alpha A7R compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Sony Alpha A7R comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Sony Alpha A7R comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Sony Alpha A7R comes with Bionz X processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 36.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Sony Alpha A7R has the following ISO range 100 - 25600 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
In a huge database of models that we have collected, Sony Alpha A7R features a 36.0 MP sensor. In the Pro Mirrorless class, there is a high-resolution camera.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Sony Alpha A7R, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 95 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Sony Alpha A7R’s sensor.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Sony Alpha A7R with other standard sensor sizes.
Sony Alpha A7R is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,230k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.
The Sony Alpha A7R’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,359k dots.
100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.
Some of the other highlights of Sony Alpha A7R are its 4.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Besides, Alpha A7R comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/8000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, Alpha A7R unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.
In addition, Alpha A7R has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Sony Alpha A7R, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony Alpha A7R allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.
Sony Alpha A7R provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
In addition, Sony Alpha A7R is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Sony Alpha A7R a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.
One more advantage of Sony Alpha A7R is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, Alpha A7R is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Alpha A7R with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony Alpha A7R provides a shooting life of 340, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 432 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Sony Alpha A7R is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Alpha A7R’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony Alpha A7R’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Alpha A7R to the average MirrorLess camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha A7R performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 97. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha A7R can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha A7R performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 87. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha A7R can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha A7R performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 93. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha A7R can be called a 93 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha A7R performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 68. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha A7R can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha A7R performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha A7R can be called a 99 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
No Significant Disadvantages
|Announced||Feb 13, 2014|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Lens Mount||Sony E|
|Number of Lenses||83|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Resolution||1,230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,359k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||no built-in flash|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||95|
|DxO Color Depth||25.6|
|DxO Dynamic Range||14.1|
|DxO Low Light ISO||2746|
|Sensor Size||Full frame|
|Sensor Dimensions||35.9 x 24 mm|
|Sensor Area||861.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||36.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||7360 x 4912|
|Max Native ISO||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||25|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|Physical Dimensions||127 x 94 x 48 mm|
|Battery Life||340 shots|
|Battery Type||340 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo|