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Sony Introduces 61-Megapixel a7R IV Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

During a presentation in New York City this morning, Sony announced the most recent addition to its lineup of full-frame mirrorless cameras: The brand new Sony a7R IV comes with a 61-megapixel Sony sensor and will probably be out there this September for $3,500. It’s going to also embrace Sony’s E-mount, making it suitable with 52 present Sony lenses. Sony also claims the brand new Alpha may have 15 stops of “enhanced dynamic range,” which is among the reasons Mark Weir from Sony stated through the presentation that this a7R IV is “another milestone” in each picture quality and operability.

Sony’s new 61-megapixel a7R IV full-frame mirrorless digital camera.

Sony additionally noted through the announcement that it’s not nearly a rise in resolution. The digital camera, along with being the first 35mm full-frame 61-megapaixel digital camera, comes with numerous further spectacular options:

  • Burst modes of 10 frames-per-second, including autofocus and autoexposure tracking.
  • 567 phase-detection F factors.
  • Actual-time Eye AF for each nonetheless pictures and video.
  • 4K-video recording.
  • A 5.76 million do UXCGA OLED Tru-finder.
  • Multi-Interface Shoe with Digital Audio Interface.
  • 5-axis in-body pictures stabilization (IBIS).
  • Dual UHS-II card slots.

Sony additionally introduced a number of equipment as nicely, including a brand new shotgun microphone, the ECM-B1M, $350, which is another first for Sony: It’s the primary mic that may transfer audio to the new a7R IV by way of a purely digital sign.

For more info, see the press launch under.

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Sony Electronics Introduces High-resolution Alpha 7R IV Camera with World’s First 61.0 MP Again-illuminated, Full frame Picture Sensor

  • Unprecedented Highest Decision and Widest Dynamic Vary for α – Alpha System, Mixed with High-speed Efficiency and a Lightweight, Compact Body
  • World’s first[i]35mm full-frame 61.zero MP[ii] back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor with latest-generation BIONZ X™ image processor
  • 15-stop[iii]dynamic range at low sensitivities, resulting in clean, natural gradations ranging from deep shadows to highlights
  • Excessive-speed continuous capturing at up to 10 fps[iv]with full AF / AE monitoring for about seven seconds [v] in full-frame mode with an elevated buffer reminiscence, and approximately 3 times as lengthy in APS-C mode
  • 567 focal-plane phase-detection AF points masking 74% of image space and 425 contrast AF factors
  • Debut of Real-time Eye AF for film recording[vi]and superior Actual-time Monitoring[vii] plus Real-time Eye AF for still image recording
  • Options an APS-C crop mode delivering beautiful excessive resolution photographs of 26.2MPii
  • 76 million dot UXGA (Ultra-XGA) OLED Tru-Finder™ electronic viewfinder with excellent element, brightness and contrast
  • Upgraded connectivity and operability together with high-speed Wi-Fi help, wi-fi PC remote connectivity[viii], FTP wi-fi switch, quicker knowledge transfer by way of USB and extra
  • Professional 4K film recording performance including full pixel readout with no pixel binning in Super 35mm mode[ix], S-Log3, HDR workflow help
  • Multi Interface Shoe™ with digital audio interface delivers the high-quality sound recording with Sony’s new microphone and XLR microphone adaptor
  • Further enhancements to the physique design embrace an improved grip and button format for improved management with compact, light-weight physique

NEW YORK — July 16, 2019 — Sony Electronics Inc. at this time introduced the newest addition to its acclaimed Alpha 7R collection full-frame mirrorless digital camera line-up: the extremely versatile, highly effective Alpha 7R IV (model ILCE-7RM4).

Sony’s highest resolution full-frame digital camera ever, the new Alpha 7R IV delivers beautiful picture quality with high resolution and broad dynamic vary while maintaining outstanding focusing performance, high-speed continuous capturing and far, far more.

“We are continuing to drive innovation, break boundaries and redefine the expectations of digital camera performance,” stated Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Product and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics. “The new Alpha 7R IV combines medium format-level image quality with high-speed shooting, extremely fast focusing and an extensive list of upgrades to design, connectivity and usability. This will allow professional photographers, videographers and all other types of creators to capture content in ways that were simply not possible before.”

A New Degree of Picture High quality

The new Alpha 7R IV contains a newly developed 35mm full-frame, back-illuminated CMOS picture sensor with a decision of 61.zero MPii, the world’s firsti of its sort. The new sensor’s back-illuminated structure and effective noise reduction methods mix to deliver extraordinarily low-noise and high-sensitivity performance, making certain absolutely the maximum image high quality. The digital camera also boasts a powerful 15-stopiii dynamic vary at low sensitivities, resulting in clean pure gradations ranging from deep shadows to highlights, and utilizes algorithms from most of the newest Alpha cameras to take care of excellent colour copy.

This new full-frame model is provided with an revolutionary 5-axis, optical in-body picture stabilization system that has been fine-tuned to help its high-resolution capturing capability, resulting in a shutter velocity benefit of 5.5-steps[x]. Additionally, the shutter unit assembly has been rigorously redesigned to scale back even the slightest movement which will cause blur.

The Alpha 7R IV also consists of Sony’s highest decision viewfinder ever, a 5.76 million dot UXGA OLED Tru-finder EVF. About 1.6x the resolution of the EVF within the Alpha 7R III, this new viewfinder supplies a particularly correct, true-to-life depiction of the scene being framed.  The display quality might be set to ‘Standard’ or ‘High’ mode, and to either 60 fps or 120 fps refresh fee to greatest match the topic and capturing circumstances.

Additionally, the brand new digital camera features an advanced Pixel Shift Multi Capturing[xi] mode that composites up to 16 full-resolution photographs. On this mode, the digital camera precisely shifts the sensor in a single pixel or half-pixel increments to seize 16 separate pixel-shifted photographs containing a complete of 963.2 million pixels of knowledge, that are then composited right into a 240.eight million pixel (19008 x 12672 pixels) picture utilizing Sony’s “Imaging Edge™” desktopapplication[xii]. Ultimate for photographing structure, artwork or another nonetheless life topic, this enhanced mode produces pictures with a degree of element and shade accuracy that is simply beautiful.

Capturing and Focusing Velocity

The progressive new Alpha 7R IV full-frame mirrorless digital camera can shoot full decision pictures at as much as 10 fpsivwith steady, accurate AF/AE tracking for as much as roughly seven secondsv in full-frame, full-resolution mode (JPEG / RAW), and approx. 3 times as long in APS-C crop mode delivering 26.2MPii pictures. These high-speed options make sure that fast paced topics might be captured with extreme accuracy and unimaginable picture detail.

The upgraded focusing system of the Alpha 7R IV is comprised of 567 focal-plane phase-detection AF factors that cowl roughly 74 % of the picture area. There are also 425 contrast AF factors that add additional precision and reliability for low mild and different situations which are greatest served against this AF. The upper AF sensor density and refined tracking algorithms of the brand new digital camera produce a notable enchancment in monitoring performance, permitting complicated subject motion and sudden topic actions to be reliably tracked with larger precision than ever.

The Alpha 7R IV additionally supports Real-time Eye AF, which employs synthetic intelligence to detect and process eye location knowledge in real-time, locking and sustaining give attention to the topic’s eye with excessive precision. That is obtainable for both animal and human topics, with both animal or human Eye AF mode selectable relying on the capturing state of affairs.  Real-time Trackingvii is obtainable as nicely, which utilizes a newly developed subject recognition algorithm to make sure the last word topic monitoring and persistence of the focusing system.  There’s also an anti-flicker capturing[xiii] mode, which mechanically detects the presence of fluorescent or artificial lighting in a capturing surroundings to attenuate any influence on the ultimate picture.

Enhanced Connectivity for Skilled Workflow

Sony’s new Alpha 7R IV full-frame digital camera is provided with quite a lot of advanced connectivity options designed to reinforce professional workflow. The new mannequin consists of wireless LAN performance to help the traditional 2.4 GHz band, in addition to a high-speed 5 GHz[xiv] band for quicker, more secure knowledge switch. Wi-fi PC distant connectivity (wi-fi tethering capturing)viii can also be out there on the new Alpha 7R IV, a primary for Sony cameras. Requested by many working professionals, this enables for rather more freedom in studio and site shoots, letting the photographer transfer round freely and without restriction.

In addition to high-speed Wi-Fi® and wireless PC connectivityviii, the new full-frame digital camera is provided with a SuperSpeed USB (USB three.2 Gen 1) USB Sort-C™ connector that helps extraordinarily quick wired knowledge transmission, with virtually doubled knowledge transfer velocity achieved in combination with Sony’s Imaging Edge software program (compared to the Alpha 7R III). It additionally supports FTP knowledge switch with background transfer functionality, allowing photographers to ship pictures to a specified FTP remote server while they are nonetheless capturing or reviewing pictures.

To help an environment friendly, high-speed, related professional workflow, Sony has introduced version 2.0 of its “Imaging Edge” desktop purposes (‘Remote’/’Viewer’/’Edit’)xiii. The ’Distant’ software permits users to regulate cameras and monitor stay capturing on their PC display; the ‘Viewer‘ application is used to quickly preview, rate and select photos from large libraries; and the ’Edit‘ software can develop RAW knowledge into high-quality pictures for supply.

To maximise convenience in picture switch, when using the newest model of Sony’s Imaging Edge Cellular™ software[xv], the digital camera can now transfer pictures to a related smartphone even if the digital camera’s energy is about to OFF[xvi].

Excessive-resolution 4K and Professional Filmmaking Options

Along with its spectacular nonetheless image capabilities, the new Alpha 7R IV performs exceptionally nicely as a critical filmmaking software, providing 4K (3840×2160 pixels) video recording throughout the complete width of the image sensor, and full pixel readout without pixel binning in Tremendous 35mm modeix. This ensures high-quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth. S-Log 2 and S-Log three are additionally obtainable to maximize shade grading flexibility, with S-Log three offering a total of 14-stops of dynamic vary.  Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG)[xvii] can also be out there on the Alpha 7R IV to help an Immediate HDR workflow.

For video autofocus, the versatile new full-frame digital camera makes use of a refined Fast Hybrid AF system that achieves quicker, smoother, extra secure autofocus throughout video capturing – even if an object briefly strikes in entrance of the meant topic. The digital camera additionally consists of Touch Monitoring functionality during movie capturing, allowing the consumer to easily touch the display on their meant topic for fast acquisition.

The new Alpha 7R IV debuts Actual-time  Eye AF for film capturing, a primary in any of Sony’s cameras. When activated, the eye of a subject is mechanically tracked with excessive precision and reliability, permitting the shooter to concentrate on the content itself as opposed to what’s in focus or not. The aforementioned Contact Monitoring functionality may even mechanically initiate Eye AF when a human topic is selected.

Another notable video function is the addition of a digital audio interface to the digital camera’s Multi Interface Shoe™ (MI Shoe), permitting a direct, digital connection from the new ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone or XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Package for clear, low-noise and high-quality audio recording. Interval capturing for creating time-lapse movies is out there, in addition to full HD recording at as much as 120 fps, Sluggish and Quick Movement[xviii] features and rather more.

Enhanced Construct, Design and Customizability

The new Alpha 7R IV has a number of upgrades to its design and usefulness, with many adjustments being carried out instantly from the voice of Sony’s skilled group.

To maximise durability, the new Alpha 7R IV features upgraded mud and moisture resistance[xix], with further sealing offered in any respect body seams, battery compartment cowl and media slots. The digital camera is constructed with a particularly lightweight and sturdy magnesium alloy and in addition has an upgraded six screw, extra-firm lens mount.

Further enhancements to the body design embrace an improved grip for higher comfort and a more positive maintain inside the hand; a rise within the diameter and suggestions for the ‘AF-ON’ button; a brand new multi-selector joystick design for improvised control; an publicity compensation dial lock button; and a redesigned form and new place for the rear dial. A robust request from many professional users, the new digital camera also consists of two UHS-II suitable media slots, permitting for larger general capability and quicker learn/write speeds.

For added convenience, digital camera setting registration is expanded. Now, virtually all digital camera settings may be saved to, and skim from, an inserted memory card. As much as 10 mixtures could be saved to any particular person cardand loaded into any digital camera physique of the identical mannequin.

Despite its increased pixel rely compared to the Alpha 7R III, the battery life has been improved with a CIPA measurement of up to 670 still photographs per change using LCD monitor, or 530 photographs with EVF.  For even more uninterrupted working time, the new non-compulsory VG-C4EM Vertical Grip holds two NP-FZ100 batteries, and the elective Multi Battery Adaptor (NPA-MQZ1K) can hold up to four Z batteries. The physique can be powered by way of the USB connector[xx].

New Accessories

Sony has also released quite a lot of new equipment to go with the brand new Alpha 7R IV digital camera, including:

  • VG-C4EM Vertical Grip– Supplies similar operation, handling and design because the Alpha 7R IV digital camera, including upgraded mud and moisture resistancexx; doubles battery life and permits USB battery-charging by way of the digital camera body
  • ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone[xxi] –Eight high-performance mic capsules and advanced digital sign processing present three selectable directivity patterns in one compact microphone of roughly 99.3mm (four inches) in length with Tremendous-directional decide up; when related to the Alpha 7R IV by way of its Multi Interface Shoe with digital audio interface help, audio is instantly transferred to the digital camera in digital type in order that the very best attainable high quality is achieved with out noise or degradation
  • XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Package[xxii] – Two XLR/TRS combo connectors and one three.5mm stereo mini jack for microphone and line input, with in depth management that helps facilitate the publish processing workflow; related to the Alpha 7R IV by way of its Multi Interface Shoe with digital audio interface help, audio is instantly transferred to the digital camera in digital type in order that the very best attainable audio quality is achieved without noise or degradation; provided extension cable for Audio offers additional flexibility for digital camera attachment with rig, cage or bracket
  • SF-M collection TOUGH – Extremely-Robust UHS-II SD card with ultra-fast velocity up to 277MB/s (read) is right for capturing underneath extreme circumstances, and streamlines the post-shooting workflow; provided with file restoration software (helps each mac OS and Home windows)
  • MRW-S3 – Quick USB for PC hub with UHS-II SD/microSD reader, supporting USB 3.1 Gen 2 and 100W USB Power Delivery (USB PD), contributes to environment friendly workflow by ultra-fast, secure backup to PC or SSD

Pricing and Availability

The new Alpha 7R IV Full-frame Interchangeable Lens Camera will ship in September 2019 for about $3,500 US and $4,500 CA. It is going to be bought at quite a lot of Sony’s approved dealers all through North America.

The new VG-C4EM Vertical Grip will ship in September 2019 for about $400 US and $530 CA.

The new ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone will ship in September 2019 for about $350 US and $470 CA.

The new XLR-K3M XLR Adapter Package will ship in October 2019 for about $600 US and $800 CA.

Unique tales and exciting new content material shot with the new digital camera and Sony’s different imaging merchandise could be found at www.alphauniverse.com, a website created to teach and inspire all fans and clients of Sony α – Alpha.

The new content may also be posted immediately on the Sony Photograph Gallery.