Sony Alpha A7R review

Superb image quality from this revolutionary CSC

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The "standard" lens to use with the A7R is a 35mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss lens. While it isn't cheap, it produces some wonderfully sharp images, while the out of focus areas are rendered beautifully. The black and white has been created in camera here.

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The A7R's large sensor is capable of capturing stunning detail.

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As of now, there is only one proprietary lens recommended for use with the A7R, but more are on the way. I got the chance to use a production sample 55mm f/1.8 Zeiss lens that should be available to buy in the new year. Check out the beautiful bokeh in the background of the shot.

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Shooting at high sensitivities, such as ISO 3200, reveals some image smoothing and loss of detail, but overall it's a very impressive performer.

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The 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens isn't available as part of the kit for the 7R, but you can use the lens as a carry around lens to get you started.

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The large sensor on the A7R makes shallow depth of field effects easy to achieve. This was shot with a 55mm f/1.8 lens, which is not available to buy just yet.

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The A7R, and the A7, is a good camera for street photography work.

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You can adjust colours in camera, but still retain a "clean" version of the image for use later. This the monochrome setting.

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Use the DRO Optimiser to produce more balanced exposures in areas of high contrast.

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Colours are represented well by the A7R.

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Generally, the metering system on the A7R does a good job to produce balanced exposures.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution36.4 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
HDMIYes
PictBridgeNo
Product Familyalpha
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XG-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Memory Stick Duo
Image StabilizationNo
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameSony
DurabilityDust Resistant, Moisture Resistant
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Face Detection, Orientation Sensor, External Flash Shoe, Near Field Communication (NFC), Noise Reduction
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MPEG-4 AVC, H.264, MP4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)407 g
Image Sensor Size35.90 mm x 24 mm
Maximum Image Resolution7360 x 4912
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height94.4 mm
Width126.9 mm
Depth48.2 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product Model7R
Product Nameα7R Full-Frame ILC Body Only (No Lens Included)
Product Linealpha
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberILCE7RB.CE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing InformationFull-frame power. Small camera body.

With the world's smallest and lightest 35mm full-frame interchangeable-lens camera*, anything's possible. Switch lenses. Shoot absolute resolution with 36.4MP and no optical low pass filter. Realise your full-frame vision anywhere, anytime, with remarkably realistic detail.

Package Contents
  • α7R Full-Frame ILC Body Only (No Lens Included)
  • Battery
Limited Warranty1 Year