Sony A7IV Release Date, Specs, and Comparison

Sony has released the full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera a7 IV, which was released on December 23, 2021, to be precise, with renewed still image and video shooting performance, operability, sharing, and distribution functions.

The Sony a7III has a high degree of perfection and is still selling well, so there are high expectations that it will become its successor. From the results, the Sony a7IV is finished as a successor to the Sony a7III overall.

Sony A7IV Release Date
Sony A7IV Release Date: December 23, 2021

The SONY a7 IV is a condensed state-of-the-art camera technology such as autofocus that uses AI to capture the subject.

In addition, in response to the need of sharing photos and videos on Social Media, it has a function that allows live streaming in 4K15p and full HD simply by connecting the captured content to a PC / smartphone with USB.

Sony A7iv Review and Features

Both photos and videos have been powered up, and it also supports 4K / 60p shooting. However, in the case of 4K/60p, it is a pity that it will be cropped to APS-C. Now let’s get down to the details!

1. Equipped with image processing engine BIONZ XR

image processing engine bionz xr
image processing engine bionz xr

The image processing engine BIONZ XR is used in the flagship model α1 and the high-end model α7S III is also used in the basic model SONY αIV.

In the previous model SONY αIII, the high-performance image processing engine BIONZ X and the front-end LSI” were separately processed, but by consolidating them into the BIONZ XR, the processing speed is faster.

High-speed processing, which is about eight times faster than before, has been achieved.

Improving the image processing engine means that the overall performance of the camera, such as image quality, continuous shooting, and autofocus, will improve, so we can expect a lot of overall performance from the SONY α7IV!

2. Equipped with a 33-megapixel full-frame sensor

33 megapixel full size sensor
33-megapixel full-framesensor

It was rumored before it was released, but this time it has become 33 million pixels, which is over 30 million pixels.

Although the number of pixels has increased significantly, thanks to the new image processing engine BIONZ XR and the back-illuminated sensor Exmor R, it has high sensitivity performance and a wide dynamic range.

When the Sony a7IV was announced, there were reports that the high sensitivity performance and dynamic range were degraded, but recent performance evaluations show excellent results even with the increased number of pixels.

The amount of data will increase, but you don’t have to worry about the disadvantages of increasing the number of pixels!

3. AF that also supports real-time eye AF (birds)

real time eye AF
real-time eye AF

SONY’s a7IV adopts hybrid AF with phase difference AF (759 points) and contrast AF (425 points). There are more points of phase difference AF than before, and the density is higher.

Equipped with the AI-based AF function of real-time tracking, the ability to follow the subject has been greatly improved.

And the biggest topic is that it supports “real-time eye AF (bird)”, which is also used in the flagship model of the Sony 1.

I think there are many people who would like to see bird AF supported, so even if you’re not using a professional or high-end amateur camera such as the a1 or a9II, you can easily enjoy bird photography.

4. Video function that enables 4K/60p shooting

Video function
Video function

There is a crop, but it also supports 4K / 60p shooting. The image quality is 4K video from an all-pixel readout with 7K oversampling, so you can shoot very high-definition video.

As far as I can see from the official examples, the rolling shutter phenomenon does not seem to bother me. Is it the benefit of adopting the image processing engine BIONZ XR?

The rolling shutter phenomenon is quite worrisome, probably because the processing speed cannot keep up with Sony’s cameras up to the 100,000 range. The screen shakes and feels uncomfortable.

As expected, I would like to expect that it will not happen with the Sony a7IV!

5. Uses a Vari-angle Monitor

Vari-angle Monitor
Vari-angle Monitor

Following the a7III and a7C, this is Sony’s third full-frame mirrorless camera with a vari-angle monitor. 

In the past, vari-angle monitors were treated as evil due to reasons such as durability and the misalignment of the lens and monitor, but Canon actively adopted vari-angle monitors for full-frame SLRs.

Recently, more and more high-end and middle-class cameras are adopting vari-angle monitors, and the Sony a7 has finally been adopted. After all, a vari-angle monitor is convenient!

It’s easy to shoot at high and low angles, and with a tilt monitor it’s difficult to shoot in vertical composition, but with a vari-angle it’s easy to shoot at low angles even in vertical composition.

In addition, it is also advantageous for video shooting, and the monitor can be turned to the front, so you can easily take selfies.

Specification Comparison Between Sony a7IV vs a7III

Camera FeatureSony a7III SpecsSony a7IV Specs
Release DateSony a7III release date 3, 23, 2018December 17, 2021
TypeMirrorlessMirrorless
Lens MountSONY E-mountSONY E-mount
Sensor Resolution24.2 million32.7 million
Sensor TypeBSI CMOSBSI CMOS
Sensor Size35.6 × 23.8 mm35.6 × 23.8 mm
Low-Pass FilterYesNo
Image Size6000 × 40007008 × 4672
Image ProcessorBIONZ XBIONZ XR
ViewfinderElectronic / EVFElectronic / EVF
Viewfinder Type / ResolutionXGA OLED / 2,359,296 dotsQuad-VGA OLED / 3,686,400 dots
Viewfinder Coverage100%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.78×0.78×
Built-in FlashNoNo
Flash Sync Speed1/2501/250
Storage MediaTwo SD (one UHS-II, one USH-I)One SD (UHS-II), one CF Express Type A / SD (UHS-II)
Lossless Compressed RawNoYes
Continuous Shooting Speed10 FPS (uncompressed or compressed raw)10 FPS (lossy compressed raw); 6 FPS (uncompressed or lossless compressed raw)
Buffer at Highest FPS30 frames (raw + JPEG); 34 frames (uncompressed raw); 89 frames (compressed raw)828 frames (raw + JPEG); unlimited at all other settings
Shutter Speed Range1/8000 to 30 sec, Bulb1/8000 to 30 sec, Bulb
Electronic Front-Curtain ShutterYesYes
Shutter Closes When Changing LensesNoYes
In-Body Image StabilizationYes, 5 stopsYes, 5.5 stops
Exposure Metering Sensor1200 Zone1200 Zone
Meter Detection Range (f/2 Lens Attached)-3 EV to 20 EV-3 EV to 20 EV
Focusing Range (f/2, ISO 100 Standardized)-3 EV to 20 EV-4 EV to 20 EV
Base ISOISO 100ISO 100
Native ISO SensitivityISO 100-51,200ISO 100-51,200
Boosted ISO SensitivityISO 50-204,800ISO 50-204,800
Autofocus SystemHybrid AF (phase-detection AF / contrast-dection AF)Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF / contrast-dection AF)
Focus Points693 points (phase-detection AF); 425 points (contrast-detection AF)759 points (phase-detection AF); 425 points (contrast-detection AF)
Max Video Quality4:2:0 sampling and 8-bit (internal); 4:2:2 sampling and 8-bit (over HDMI)4:2:2 sampling and 10-bit (both internal and over HDMI)
Video Maximum Resolution3840 × 2160 (4K) up to 30p; 1920 × 1080 up to 120p3840 × 2160 (4K) up to 30p at full-frame at 60p at aps-c crop; 1920 × 1080 up to 120p
Articulating LCDYes, tiltingYes, fully articulating
LCD Size3.0″ diagonal LCD3.0″ diagonal LCD
TouchscreenYesYes
LCD Resolution921,600 dots1,036,800 dots
Built-in GPSNoNo
Wi-Fi FunctionalityYesYes
Sony’s New MenuNoYes
BatteryNP-FZ100 Rechargeable BatteryNP-FZ100 Rechargeable Battery
Battery Life610 shots (viewfinder); 710 shots (rear LCD)520 shots (viewfinder); 580 shots (rear LCD)
Weather Sealed BodyYes, dust and moisture resistantYes, dust and moisture resistant
USB Version3.03.2
Weight (with Battery and Memory Card)650 g (1.43 pounds)658 g (1.45 pounds)
Dimensions (Includes Protruding Eyepiece)127 × 96 × 74 mm (5.0 × 3.8 × 2.9″)131 × 96 × 80 (5.2 × 3.8 × 3.1″)
Price at Introduction$1,998 (check current price)Sony a7iv price (check current price)

Summary

sony alpha 7 iv

The SONY α7IV has been powered up in every field. Especially the performance improvement of autofocus and video is amazing! As a successor to SONY α7III, which became a big hit, it has a perfect finish.

Unfortunately, the price. The SONY α7III appeared at $1,998, but the SONY α7IV is priced at $2,498! In fact, the price has gone up by nearly $500.

It may be that the Sony α7 has given up its position so far to the α7C and is aiming for a slightly higher balance machine, but it is still expensive at over $1,798.

Since the SONY α7III was a camera with high-cost performance, the SONY α7 IV is a good camera, but I have the impression that the cost performance is poor.

Well, there are many things you can’t know until you touch the actual machine, so I’m looking forward to hearing reviews and word of mouth from people who have purchased it when it goes on sale!

Bryan Silveira

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