Sony ensured that its camera fans had enough to cheer in the New Year by introducing the latest model of the 35 mm full-frame mirrorless Camera Sony A7 IV in the last month of 2021. You can make out from the nomenclature that it’s the fourth generation camera in the A7 range and, of course, the most advanced among them all. The expensive camera has all that it needs to become an all-rounder that gives sound reason to enjoy using the camera for satisfying your creativity in capturing the most vivid images that look almost real. The camera is a nice blend of photographic and video power that enhances its versatility. It is also the best example of the utmost convenience that a hybrid camera ensures by virtue of mirrorless technology.
Going by the Sony A7 IV release date, it becomes evident that Sony took three long years to incorporate lots of improvement in the camera. Powered by the latest BIONZ XR processor, the camera has a 33 MP EXMOR R back-illuminated full-frame sensor and an optical low pass filter. Another high point of the camera is the dynamic range of 15+ stops at low-sensitivity settings.
Sony A7 IV – Design and Handling
Whenever Sony introduced a new camera in the A7 range, we saw substantial body changes, and it is no different from the new Sony camera. The camera has a moisture-resistant magnesium-alloy body that is easy to hold due to the excellent big grip that makes you confident of moving around with the camera in hand confidently. At 699 grams, the camera is heavier than its predecessor AIII and even thicker by 7 mm. The controls layout is similar to AIII except for the record button, which is currently on the top and easier to access. The joystick is easier to grip and use, and the dials and buttons give a better feeling.
The menu system is as organized as the earlier models, but some controls can be tricky. But you can personalize the settings to your liking.
Here are some of the key Sony A7 IV specs.
The camera has a 33MP BSI CMOS full-frame sensor and built-in image stabilization equivalent to 5.5 shutter speed stops. The camera has a hybrid autofocus system and an ISO range of 50-204,800. 4K UHD video recording up to 60 fps is available and stored in the memory card or third party recorders over HDMI cable. You can record full 1080 HD up to 120 fps that supports HLG, S-Cinetone, S Log-2, and S Log-3 profiles.
The new Sony camera assists real-time tracking AF and AF for human, animal, and bird’s eye for both stills and movies, making it the first Sony camera to offer comprehensive AF support for both shooting modes. The other feature is the 10fps burst shooting with full AE/AF tracking. The LCD screen has improved touch functionalities.
The camera has Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity and 5 GHz WI-Fi, dual CFexpress type A UHS-II-SD card slots, USB-C charging, and 610 shot battery life.
As the sensor is backside illuminated and not stacked, the camera has slow read-out speeds with shooting speeds of 10 fps in either electronic or mechanical shutter modes for compressed RAW photos. If you use uncompressed RAW or lossless, the speed drops to 6 fps. However, it does not matter much because of the increased resolution, up by 50%. You can capture 1000 uncompressed RAW photos at a time, and by using CFexpress type-A cards, you can keep shooting without filling the buffer. If you want to shoot silently in electronic mode, you must hold the camera steady, or the subject should move slowly due to the slow sensor read-out speeds. Subject tracking makes it easy to highlight the subject by ensuring that the autofocus points to the subject and half-press the shutter button so that the camera can lock on the actual subject and not to that area of the frame.
Although the autofocus is not the most advanced, the ease of using the camera is excellent, making Sony A7 IV a highly reliable camera.