Rumors have been flying around the internet “buzz” sites for several months about Sony being in development on the A7R, a full frame interchangeable lens NEX size camera body.  The rumors, as is often the case, were wrong.  Sony was in development on two bodies, not just one.  While many anticipated a full frame sensor based Nex, nobody I read anticipated Sony cramming their 36MP D800E sensor technology inside what basically appears to me as a reworked RX1 body, with viewfinder included.

 

A Full Lineup Of New Lenses Is Also Planned

A Full Lineup Of New Lenses Is Also Planned

 

The A7 and A7R are close in terms of design, both inside and out, the basic differences being their sensors, model unique autofocus systems, and body construction materials. The A7 is constructed of a plastic, while the A7R is full magnesium construction for professional field use.  The A7 sports a full-frame 24 megapixel CMOS sensor, while the A7R has a whopping 36 megapixel CMOS sensor without a low-pass filter. The A7 uses an on-chip hybrid phase detection AF system right out of the larger full frame brother, the Sony SLT-A99.  Big megapixel A7R version has Sony’s traditional contrast detection system.

Both The Sony A7 & A7R Feature A Tilting Rear Screen

Both The Sony A7 & A7R Feature A Tilting Rear Screen

A whole new Sony Bionz X processor is featured in both the A7 and A7R cameras as are XGA (1024 x 768 pixel) E-Finders, Wi-Fi built right in, a tilting rear LCD, and as an extra nice touch for those of us who frequently find ourselves outdoors, weatherproof bodies.  That is a whole lot of goodness packed into both very small packages!

The Tilt Screen Works As A Waist Level Finder As Well, One Of My Favorite Ways Of Filming Video With A NEX

The Tilt Screen Works As A Waist Level Finder As Well, One Of My Favorite Ways Of Filming Video With A NEX

 

A7R Highlights

  • World’s lightest interchangeable lens full-frame camera

  • Full Frame 36.4MP resolution with 14-bit RAW recording

  • Fast Hybrid AF with phase-detection for DSLR-like speed

  • Fast Intelligent AF optimized for full-frame sensor

  • Direct access interface for fast, natural shooting control

  • Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi&erg; or NFC

  • Compatible with Sony E-mount and full frame lenses

I have not shot this camera yet (VERY few have!).  My friend and Professional Sony photographer Brian Smith is one of them.  Brian has posted his own first look at the new A7R, along with some of his always stunning imagery from a trip he recently took to Haiti.  See the A7R image samples, and hear what Brian has to say about using the new Sony A7R HERE:http://briansmith.com/sony-a7r-field-test/ 

 

Product Specifications

 

  • Advanced Features

    • Image Stabilization : Lens-based (where applicable)
    • Auto High Dynamic Range : Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
    • Sweep Panorama : Horizontal (Wide / Standard), Vertical (Wide / Standard)
    • Anti Motion Blur : Yes
    • Intelligent Auto : Yes
    • Face Detection : On, Off, Face Registration, Face Selection; maximum eight faces detected
    • Priority Setting (for Face Detection) : Yes (eight faces max)
    • Smile Shutter™ technology : Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
    • Superior Auto : Yes
    • Tracking Focus : Yes
  • Camera

    • Camera Type : Interchangeable Lens Digital SLR camera
    • Lens Compatibility : Sony E-mount Full Frame, operation with Minolta / Konica Minolta Maxxum A-mount lenses confirmed via optional LA-EA3/LA-EA4 adaptor9
    • Lens Mount Type : Sony E-mount Full Frame
    • Color : Black
  • Convenience Features

    • Media/Battery Indicator : Yes
    • Still Image Playback Options : Single (with or without shooting information, RGB histogram & highlight/shadow warning), 9/25-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (Maximum magnification L: 23.0x, M: 15.0x, S: 11.5x), Auto Review (10 / 5 / 2 sec, off), Image orientation (Auto / Manual / Off selectable), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (Still / Date / MP4 / AVCHD), Forward/Rewind (Movie), Delete, Protect
    • Video Playback Options : Forward / Rewind (Movie)
    • Self Timer : Yes
    • Power Save Mode : Yes
    • Red-Eye Reduction : Yes
    • Erase/Protect : Yes
    • Multiple Language Display : Yes
  • Drive System

    • Continuous Shooting Speed : Continuous shooting: Max. 1.5fps, Speed Priority Continuous shooting: Max. 4.0fps
    • Shutter Speeds : 1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb
    • Self-timer : 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay
    • Shutter Type : Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
    • Drive Mode : Single shooting, Continuous shooting, Speed Priority Continuous shooting, Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.) (10 sec. delay; 3/5 exposures selectable), Bracketing (Cont., Single, White Balance, DRO)
  • Exposure System

    • D-Range Optimizer : Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level (1-5)), Auto High Dynamic Range: Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1.0-6.0 EV, 1.0 EV step)
    • Auto Exposure Lock : Available with AE lock button. Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. Can be disabled from the Menu.
    • Exposure Compensation : +/-5.0 EV (in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps), with exposure compensation dial: +/-3.0 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    • Picture Effect(s) : 13 modes: Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R, G, B, Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration
    • Exposure Settings : AUTO (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Movie
    • Scene Mode(s) : Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
    • Metering Modes : Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
    • Metering Sensitivity : EV 0 to 20 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
    • Metering : Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
    • ISO : Still images: ISO 100-25600 (ISO numbers up from ISO 50 can be set as expanded ISO range), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit) Movies: ISO 200-25600 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 200-6400 equivalent)
    • Noise Reduction : Long exposure NR: On / Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec., High ISO NR: Normal / Low / Off selectable
    • Creative Style : Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia (Contrast -3 to +3 steps, Saturation -3 to +3 steps, Sharpness -3 to +3 steps)
    • Color Temperature : 2500 – 9900K with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7), Custom
    • White Balance Mode : Auto WB / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight) / Flash / Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & Color Filter (G7 to M7: 15 steps, A7 to B7: 15 steps) / Custom / Underwater
    • Exposure Bracketing : With 3 frames in 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1.0 EV, 2.0 EV or 3.0 EV increments. With 5 frames in 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV or 2/3 EV increments
  • Flash

    • Flash Bracketing : With optional external flash: 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, 3 EV steps, 3/5 frames (1.0/2.0/3.0 EV: only 3 frames) selectable
    • Flash Metering System : Pre-flash TTL
    • Flash Compensation : With optional external flash: ±3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
    • Flash Modes : With optional external flash: Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off selectable), Hi-speed sync, Wireless
    • Flash Coverage : 16 mm (focal length printed on lens body)
    • Flash Type : Optional external flash
  • Focus Control

    • Focus Features : Lock-on AF, Eye AF, Focus lock, Eye-start AF (only available with optional LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 attached), AF illuminator (built-in, LED type, range: Approx. 0.30-3m), AF micro adjustment, AF ON
    • Manual Focus Assist : 35mm full frame: 7.2x, 14.4x APS-C: 4.7x, 9.4x
    • AF Illuminator : Yes (with built-in LED type)
    • Focus Sensitivity : EV 0 to 20 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
    • Focus Area : Multi Point (25 points) / Center-weighted / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Zone
    • Focus Points : 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
    • AF Modes : Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus
    • Focus System : Contrast-detection AF
  • Imaging Sensor

    • Pixel Gross : 36.8 Megapixels (approx.)
    • Color Filter System : RGB primary color filters
    • Effective Picture Resolution : 36.4 Megapixels (approx.)
    • Anti Dust : Charge protection coating on optical filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism
    • Imaging Sensor : Exmor CMOS sensor (35.9 x 24.0mm)
    • Processor : BIONZ® X image processor
  • Interface

    • NFC : Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)
    • DC IN : Yes via optional AC-PW20AM (sold separately)
    • Memory Card Slot : Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
    • HD Output : HDMI® Type D micro connector
    • Accessory Shoe : Yes, via Multi Interface Shoe
    • A/V Remote Terminal : Yes, via Multi Terminal interface
    • PictBridge Compatible : Yes
    • Tripod Mount : Yes, 1/4″ (20 thread count)
    • Remote Commander : Yes, via optional RM-VPR1
    • PhotoTV HD : Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI® cable
    • USB Port(s) : USB 2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)
    • BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes, via HDMI® with compatible BRAVIA HDTV (link menu)
    • Multi Interface Shoe : Yes
    • Headphone Jack : Yes
    • Microphone Input : Yes
  • Interface

      • Wired : Yes, via optional RM-VPR1
  • LCD Display

    • Peaking : Yes (Level setting: High / Mid / Low / Off, Color: White / Red / Yellow)
    • Real-time image adjustment display : Yes (On / Off)
    • LCD Type : 3.0” (7.5cm) TFT LCD (921,600 dots) with tiltable design
    • Coverage : 100%
    • Histogram : Yes (On / Off)
    • Live View : Continuous Live View
    • Brightness Control : Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2), Sunny Weather mode
    • Grid Display : Graphic Display / Display All Info. / No Disp. Info. / Histogram / Digital Level Gauge / Shooting information for viewfinder mode
    • Customization : Grid, Histogram display, Digital Level Gauge, Grid Line, Magnified display for playback
  • Lens compensation

    • Lens compensation : Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion
  • Optics/Lens

    • Direct Manual Focus : Yes
    • Lens Type : Sony E-mount Full Frame
    • Digital Zoom : Yes, approx. 4x
    • Lens Mount Type : Sony E-mount Full Frame
    • EV Compensation : +/-5.0 EV (in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps), with exposure compensation dial: +/-3.0 EV (in 1/3 EV step)
    • Exterior Finish : Black
  • Power

    • Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® NP-FW50 (7.2V)
    • Power Requirements : One rechargeable battery pack (NP-FW50)
    • Number of Still Images : Approx. 340 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)
    • Battery Capacity : 1080 mAh
  • External Power

      • External power : Yes via optional AC-PW20AM (sold separately)
    • Compatible standards : Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting
  • Recording

    • Panorama Still Image Size : Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M) Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M) Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M) Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M)
    • Video Resolution : AVCHD™: PS – 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps FX – 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps FH – 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps FX – 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps FH – 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps MP4: HD – 1440 x 1080/30p@12Mbps VGA – 640 x 480/30p@3Mbps
    • Audio Format : Dolby Di ital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
    • Video Mode : AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4
    • Color Space : Still: sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINOS™ Color Movie: xvYCC standard (x.v.Color™ when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS™ color
    • Still Image Size 16:9 : 35mm full frame: L: 7360 x 4144 (30M), M: 4800 x 2704 (13M), S: 3680 x 2072 (7.6M) APS-C: L: 4800 x 3200 (15M), M: 3680 x 2456 (9.0M), S: 2400 x 1600 (3.8M)
    • Still Image Size 3:2 : 35mm full frame: L: 7360 x 4912 (36M), M: 4800 x 3200 (15M), S: 3680 x 2456 (9.0M) APS-C: L: 4800 x 3200 (15M), M: 3680 x 2456 (9.0M), S: 2400 x 1600 (3.8M)
    • Still Image Mode : RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Extra fine, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
    • Media Type : Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
    • Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 36.4 Megapixels
    • Video Signal : NTSC color, EIA standards
    • Microphone/Speaker : Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-CG50 / XLR-K1M (sold separately) / Built-in monaural speaker; volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7
    • Still Image File Format : JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
    • 14bit RAW : Yes
  • Service and Warranty Information

    • Limited Warranty Term : 1 Year Parts & Labor
  • Viewfinder

    • Display : Disp. Basic Info, Histogram
    • Brightness Control : Auto / Manual (3 steps between -1 and +1)
    • Type : 1/2-inch (1.30 cm) XGA OLED color electronic viewfinder
    • Field of View : 100%
    • Magnification : Approx. 0.71x with 50 mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 (diopter)
    • Diopter Adjustment : -4.0 m-1 ~ +3.0m-1 (diopter)
  • Wi-Fi

    • PlayMemories Camera Apps : Yes
    • View on TV : Yes
    • Send to Computer : Yes
    • View on Smartphone : Yes

 

  • $ 2,299.99  MSRP

 

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