Sony A7R V evaluation: Superior photographs, improved video, unbeatable autofocus

Sony’s full-frame A7R IV was the most effective mirrorless cameras I’ve ever reviewed, so there was a variety of strain on its successor. The corporate’s reply is the 61-megapixel A7R V, designed to ship the utmost quantity of element for portrait and panorama pictures.

Although it makes use of the identical sensor because the A7R IV, the brand new mannequin has been improved in practically each different means. The processors have been up to date to the identical ones discovered on the 50-megapixel A1, permitting for quicker autofocus and AI monitoring and higher video specs. Sony has additionally improved the stabilization, the rear show, EVF and extra – all for a similar $3,900 price as its chief rival, the Canon EOS R5.


  • Very good AI autofocus
  • Superior picture high quality
  • Highly effective in-body stabilization
  • A lot improved video as much as 8K
  • Intelligent rear show


  • Vital rolling shutter
  • Full-frame 4K video may very well be sharper

Sony’s superior expertise has all the time been its superpower, however rival fashions from Canon, Panasonic and others have began to catch up. To search out out if the A7R V is price shopping for over different cameras, and even the final mannequin, I took it out for some detailed testing. Spoiler alert – it’s one spectacular digital camera.

Physique and dealing with

Sony made some modifications to the design of its full-frame mirrorless cameras beginning with the A7S III, and the A7R V continues in that vein. On high of a barely greater grip, it has plenty of enhancements over the A7R IV, similar to a brand new devoted selector for video, photographs and the sluggish movement (S&Q) mode.

By taking that operate off the mode dial, it’s comparatively simple to change between photographs and video, then change modes in every. It’s additionally attainable to share some, all or not one of the settings like shutter velocity and ISO between picture and video modes utilizing the customization menu. Sony additionally moved the file button from the again to a greater place on high.

Gallery: Sony A7R V digital camera evaluation | 20 Photographs

As with different Sony cameras, it’s intuitive and straightforward to make use of. Some folks could discover it uncomfortable to carry all day, although, significantly these with bigger fingers. That’s as a result of the grip has some onerous edges and a fabric that’s much less soft than Canon’s R5, for instance.

A giant new innovation on the A7R V is the rear show. Slightly than a easy tilt-only display screen like earlier than, Sony has give you an entire new system. It not solely flips out, but additionally tilts – not simply upwards like Panasonic’s comparable system on the GH6, but additionally down and out as effectively.

On high of being higher for vlogging and selfies, it additionally enables you to transfer the display screen away from any microphone or monitor cables. It’s additionally higher for picture shooters. Some folks favor a tilting show (for capturing at excessive and low angles), so the A7R V has the perfect of each worlds.

The A7R IV already had an excellent 5.76-million dot EVF, however Sony made it even higher. Decision on the OLED panel is as much as 9.44 million dots, although it drops if you focus or improve the refresh charge to the utmost 120Hz. Nonetheless, it’s now near matching what you’d see in an optical viewfinder.

Sony A7R V camera review

Steve Dent/Engadget

Just like the A1 and A7S III, it has a pair of dual-format card slots. Each accepts both UHS-II SD or quicker, however far dearer CFexpress Type A playing cards. The latter are required for 8K video and allow you to shoot picture bursts longer earlier than the buffer fills.

For the reason that A7R V is now a significantly better video digital camera, Sony has seen match to swap out the tiny and fragile micro HDMI jack for a full-sized one. Although nonetheless lower than professional requirements, it affords a comparatively safe connection and permits for extra strong cables, as micro HDMI fashions are vulnerable to breaking.

It has the identical battery because the A1 and delivers precisely the identical variety of most photographs on a cost, 530. That’s beneath lab circumstances, although, and I received about double that in the true world. The USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port is PD appropriate, so you’ll be able to cost the battery and energy the digital camera on the similar time. It additionally comes with microphone and headphone ports as you’d anticipate, plus a wired LAN port and the flexibility to do zoom calls or livestream over USB-C by way of the UBC webcam normal.


Sony A7R V mirrorless full-frame camera review

Steve Dent/Engadget

The A7R V has roughly the identical burst speeds as its predecessor, 10fps in each mechanical and digital modes, capturing C-RAW and JPEG photographs. That drops to 7 fps when capturing uncompressed RAW information. Whereas not tremendous fast in comparison with Sony’s A1 or the Canon EOS R5 (each have stacked sensors), it’s not dangerous in any respect for a 61-megapixel digital camera. You possibly can shoot about 104 C-RAW + JPEG information earlier than the buffer fills, although that takes lower than two seconds.

Sony is thought for its sensible autofocus, and the A7R V could also be its greatest digital camera on this space thus far. WIth 693 part detect focus factors (up from 567 on the A7R IV) the common (non topic monitoring) AF is uncannily correct in all 5 space modes, delivering a big majority of sharp frames even with fast-paced topics.

Issues get even higher if you kick within the AI. On high of the wonderful face, head and eye monitoring, Sony has launched a brand new physique monitoring mode. It really works very similar to 3D movement monitoring software program used for animation, predicting the place of your head and eyes primarily based in your skeletal construction. If it fails to trace the topic’s face, it could actually additionally swap to their physique and nonetheless seize sharp photographs.

On high of people, it could actually additionally monitor folks, birds, animals, bugs, automobiles, trains and airplanes. Nevertheless, you must choose these manually – it could be good to have an auto mode that lets the AI select the topic like Canon’s EOS R6 II. It additionally has a touch-to-track mode that locks onto topics extra precisely than rival fashions.

Sony A7R V mirrorless full-frame camera review

Steve Dent/Engadget

In most of those monitoring modes, the digital camera did a great job at specializing in the topic’s eyes. Failing that, it precisely tracked the pinnacle or physique and nonetheless delivered sharp photographs. The outcomes had been significantly spectacular contemplating the excessive decision that reveals focus flaws in minute element.

It generally did not lock onto birds’ and different animals’ eyes, although that’s one thing Sony may probably enhance with firmware updates. By and huge, although, it nailed focus practically each time, beating rivals by a stable margin.

The A7R V additionally has a brand new in-body stabilization system, boosting it from 6 to eight stops with supported lenses, the identical as what Canon’s EOS R5 affords. It was superb for pictures, letting me take sharp photographs right down to 1 / 4 of a second. Which means you’ll be able to shoot handheld and seize the streak of a automotive’s lights, for example, whereas freezing the background. That being mentioned. it falls a bit quick for video as you’ll see quickly.

Picture high quality

Gallery: Sony A7R V evaluation picture gallery | 45 Photographs

Because it has the identical 61-megapixel sensor, the A7R V delivers close to similar picture high quality to the A7R IV. That’s not a nasty factor, because the latter can produce stellar photographs. With the very excessive decision and the shortage of an anti-aliasing filter, solely Hasselblad and Fuji’s 100-megapixel medium format cameras supply better element. If that’s not sufficient, you should use Sony’s Pixel Shift Multi-Shot and quadruple it to 240.8 megapixels.

With no low-pass filter, watch out for antialiasing or moire that may crop up in detailed or repeating elements of a picture. The excessive decision implies that the element must be very high-quality, nevertheless.

JPEGs are able to share proper out of the digital camera, with properly tuned ranges of sharpening and noise discount. Colours are extra correct however maybe much less flattering to pores and skin tones than Canon’s newest fashions. The system is especially effectively tuned to sunny, blue-sky scenes, so the A7R V is a good possibility for panorama capturing.

Trending Merchandise

Add to compare
Corsair 5000D Airflow Tempered Glass Mid-Tower ATX PC Case – Black

Corsair 5000D Airflow Tempered Glass Mid-Tower ATX PC Case – Black

Add to compare
CORSAIR 7000D AIRFLOW Full-Tower ATX PC Case, Black

CORSAIR 7000D AIRFLOW Full-Tower ATX PC Case, Black

Add to compare
Corsair iCUE 4000X RGB Mid-Tower ATX PC Case – White (CC-9011205-WW)

Corsair iCUE 4000X RGB Mid-Tower ATX PC Case – White (CC-9011205-WW)


We will be happy to hear your thoughts

Leave a reply

The House Of Slizwaq
Register New Account
Compare items
  • Total (0)
Shopping cart