Should you upgrade to the Sony A7R IV? If you have to ask the question, probably not

Oct 7, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Should you upgrade to the Sony A7R IV? If you have to ask the question, probably not

Oct 7, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Sony’s recent Sony A7R IV announcement was pretty surprising, especially when most people have been expecting an A7S III announcement for far too long already. But the announcement came nonetheless. The 42.4-megapixels of the 2-year-old A7R III had been upgraded to 61-megapixels, improved autofocus, bigger buffer, dual UHS-II slots, and a bunch more. But is it really worth upgrading?

This 20-minute video from photographer Dustin Abbott provides a detailed overview comparing the Sony A7R IV with its predecessor, the A7R III. He takes a look at what’s changed, what’s stayed the same, and provides a lot of valuable insight for those considering upgrading or purchasing either of these bodies.

While the A7R IV does offer a couple of notable advantages over the A7R III, like the higher resolution sensor, faster second card slot, higher resolution electronic viewfinder, and better weather sealing (although we still don’t know how good it is), it feels more like just an incremental upgrade in many ways.

The Sony A7R III is only a two-year-old camera and is just as good today as it was when it was released. But are the A7R IV’s differences worth paying the extra for? At the moment, it’s a $1,000 price difference, with the A7R IV pre-order at around $3,500 and the A7R III for $2,500. That’s a pretty substantial price increase for an extra ~40% more pixels and faster backups.

With the A7R III being as capable as it is, the A7R IV might be a tough sell for many new customers who don’t own either body, unless those customers know for sure they absolutely need specific features the A7R IV offers over the A7R III. If you already own the Sony A7R III, you’re probably best holding onto it.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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