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Sony Alpha 7R review

December 19, 2013

Overall Rating:

5

Sony Alpha 7R


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Price as Reviewed:

£1,699.00

A full-frame CSC with a 36.3-million-pixel sensor – the Sony Alpha 7R promises much but does it deliver? Read the Sony Alpha 7R review to find out...

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Sony Alpha 7R review – Autofocus

Image: The Alpha 7R is great for travel and street photography, although the shutter is loud

Unlike the Alpha 7, which has on-sensor phase-detection autofocus, the Alpha 7R uses contrast-detection AF. As with the recent entry-level Alpha 3000, contrast-detection AF is very fast and snappy, particularly when using the fixed lenses. In low light the AF is a little slower, but still usable. There are a total of 25 contrast-detection AF points in automatic selection modes, and it is also possible to manually choose any area of the screen to focus on, with three different sizes of AF point.

Those wanting to use their existing Alpha-mount lenses via the LA-EA4 adapter will be pleased to know that focusing is almost as quick as when using a Sony Alpha 99. I used the 85mm f/1.4 lens, which focused fast enough for documentary and portrait images, although it lacked the snap of the 70-200mm f/2.8, which has an SSM lens.

The Sony Alpha 7R is good enough for most situations, except sports or wildlife. If you are planning to take any sports or wildlife shots, you really need the LA-EA4 adapter and an SSM lens. The Alpha 7R is not really designed for these types of subjects, but it is nice to know you have the option if you already own existing lenses.

  • Dioptre Adjustment: -4 to +3 dioptre
  • White Balance: Auto, 10 presets, Kelvin, plus custom
  • External mic: Yes
  • Video: AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 pixels (at 50fps or 25fps PAL); MP4: 1440 x 1080 pixels (25fps pal); VGA: 640 x 480 pixels (at 25fps)
  • Built-in Flash: No
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC or Memory Stick Pro Duo
  • Viewfinder Type: 2.359-million-dot XGA OLED EVF
  • Output Size: 7360 x 4912 pixels
  • Field of View: Approx 100%
  • LCD: 3in LCD with 921,600 dots, tilted and articulated
  • White Balance Bracket: Yes, 3 images over 15 steps
  • AF Points: Contrast detection, multi-point (25 points), centre spot or manual selectable spot covering entire frame
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/160sec
  • Sensor: Full-frame, 36.4-million-effective-pixel, CMOS sensor
  • Focal Length Mag: 1x
  • Exposure Modes: Auto, PASM, 10 scene modes, sweep panorama
  • Weight: 407g body only
  • File Format: Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion NP-FP-W50 battery
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/8000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus bulb
  • Drive Mode: 1.5fps continuous, 4fps speed priority, single, timer, remote, bracketing
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Dimensions: 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2mm
  • Connectivity / Interface: Micro USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, NFC, HDMI, separate 3.5mm headphone and microphone jack
  • Metering System: 1,200-zone evaluative metering, centreweighted and fixed centre spot
  • Compression: 3-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±5EV (±3EV using exposure compensation dial) in 1⁄3EV or 1/2EV steps
  • RRP: £1,699 body only
  • Focusing Modes: Single-shot AF, continuous AF, direct manual focus, manual focus, face detection, focus peaking
  • ISO: 100-25,600 (extended to ISO 50)
  • Lens Mount: Sony E mount
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Tested as: Advanced CSC

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