The Sony A7R V talk has been hotting up a bit lately. It’s not surprising given that an announcement for Sony’s new high-resolution camera is expected to come in a little over two weeks on October 26th before an official Sony Creative Space event begins in New York on the 27th and 28th. Already, though, we might have our first glimpse at what the camera looks like. Maybe. I’m not convinced it’s legit.
It was sent to Photo Rumors by a reader and shows a top camera bearing the A7R V mark and shows a significantly different layout to pretty much every other Sony mirrorless camera. Most notably, the mode dial seems to have moved over to the left side of the camera. It marks a notable shift in direction for Sony, with the A7R series adding the record button of the A7 IV and A7S III while keeping both of the A7R IV’s custom function buttons on top.
When you see the image of the alleged A7R V against the same view of the Sony A7 IV, A7R IV and A7S III, the difference is quite noticeable. It’s a logical choice to make if Sony wants to keep both of the function buttons found on the A7R IV near the photographer’s trigger finger as well as add the video start/stop record button found on the A7 IV and A7S III. But is it real?
Until we see more images of the camera, it’s pretty much impossible to say but I’m leaning towards probably not. Looking at the mode dials of the three cameras that already exist in the images above, their mode dials all look slightly different to each other. They have different modes printed on them, they’re at different angles and they have different lighting, shown by subtlety different highlights.
The mode dial on the alleged A7R V leaked photo looks identical to that of the one in the official top-view photo for the A7S III – as does the exposure compensation dial on the right. The rear left side of the camera also looks identical to the A7R IV and not the more recent design of the A7 IV and A7S III.
I guess only time will tell!
[via Photo Rumors]