The Sony a7 IV is now official, matching up to every feature that we learnt about from the public tags of its teaser video posted days before. The camera improves upon the definition of an ‘essential’ full frame mirrorless camera, serving as an increasingly impressive entry point into the Sony flagship camera experience. Part of the advantages of the Sony a7 IV come from an all new sensor, combined with other features to make it a rather interesting camera — both for photos and videos.
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Sony a7 IV: price and availability
The Sony a7 IV has been given a body-only price of $2,500 (approx. Rs 1,86,800), while the solitary kit configuration with a 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens is priced at $2,700 (approx. Rs 2,01,700). Both will become available internationally from around December this year. The India launch price and availability dates are yet to be revealed.
At the heart of the Sony A7 IV is an all-new 33MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor. The improved sensor claims improved ISO performance, with native range extending from ISO 50 to ISO 204800. Sony claims 15-stop dynamic range with the new sensor, quoting improved native colour grading from the sensor. It also suggests that finer details will offer better fidelity, with better noise reduction performance as well.
The Sony a7 IV also uses the latest generation Bionz XR image processor that it has used in its latest cameras, which is combined with a real-time eye AF autofocus tracking with animal recognition as well. The camera features 759 on-sensor phase detection autofocus points, which is an improvement from before. On the videos front, the a7 IV can shoot 10-bit, 4:2:2 videos at 4K 60fps video resolution. It also has a 5.5-stop in-body image stabilisation, and a new ‘breathing compensation’ mode to correct aberrations of focus breathing. The camera can also shoot 10fps continuous shots, and carries over the fantastic, 3.69 million-dot electronic viewfinder that we’ve loved in other Sony cameras.
There’s also a 1.03 million-dot LCD vari-angle articulating display to make shooting convenient, and the body features recycled plastic material. Other videography features also include the Sony S-Cinetone colour profiles, and 7K oversampling in full-frame videography mode. It also uses both UHS-II SD card and CFexpress-A storage media, and 5GHz Wi-Fi for faster and more stable wireless connectivity.