Sony has registered a new camera body – could be the Sony A7 IV

Apr 26, 2021

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Sony has registered a new camera body – could be the Sony A7 IV

Apr 26, 2021

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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According to a tweet from Nokishita, Sony has registered a new camera body, labelled WW734234 with an overseas certification body.  It’s equipped with 5Ghz/2.4Ghz WiFi and Bluetooth. It’s the second currently unreleased-but-registered body we know of, alongside WW356015 (which also has 2.4Ghz WiFi and Bluetooth).

They also confirmed that these aren’t the recently announced A7R IIIa and A7R IVa (which are basically the old A7R III and A7R IV but with a higher resolution LCD). The A7R IVa is WW447485/WW778752 and the A7R IIIa is WW186333. It’s been suggested that the new code could be the Sony A7 IV.

https://twitter.com/nokishita_c/status/1386520507059560456

The inclusion of 5Ghz WiFi (as opposed to just 2.4Ghz) suggests that this is an interchangeable lens body for a more demanding user. Lower end users just don’t really need the speed of 5Ghz over 2.4Ghz (which typically handles remote control and basic live view functionality just fine). So it could be that this new registration, as many responses on Twitter seem to believe, is the expected Sony A7 IV.

It would make sense for Sony to refresh the popular A7 III, having been announced just over three years ago in February 2018. It’s still a formidable camera, although today’s users have increased needs. And with the new and improved features – specifically the menu system, 10-bit video, RAW over HDMI, and dual-format card slots – in Sony’s recent releases like the Sony A1, A7S III and FX3, Sony will be keen to implement some of those in the more popular camera models in their lineup.

As to how soon we might be able to expect an announcement? Well, right now nobody seems to know. But with a camera now registered and what would normally be “show season” upon us, it may come soon.

Which new Sony features would you want to see built into the A7 IV?

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8 responses to “Sony has registered a new camera body – could be the Sony A7 IV”

  1. Kevin Lane Avatar
    Kevin Lane

    4K 60 at least. 10 bit video would be great. I don’t need much more resolution. I grip extension that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg would be nice as well.

  2. Adam Spurgin Avatar
    Adam Spurgin

    ICLE-7RM3A

    It sounds a lot more likely that it’s the a7 iii-a to me, with the upgraded screen.

    1. Brad Wiggins Avatar
      Brad Wiggins

      Article says:
      WW734234 – unregistered 2Ghz,5Ghz,BT
      WW356015 – unregistered 2Ghz,BT
      WW186333 – ILCE 7RM3A
      WW447485/WW778752 – ILCE 7RM4A

      New code is a higher end 5Ghz body, likely an Interchangable lens camera. 7RM3A is already covered.

      1. thatsok Avatar
        thatsok

        it doesn’t refute his comment, i think you misread

        1. Brad Wiggins Avatar
          Brad Wiggins

          It certainly COULD be an a7iiia, but I don’t believe there is a line between points a and b that can be made using that post which says the text “icle” 7rm3a sounds like it is an a7iiia.

          Maybe it was fun to put the 7Rm3a in there as a red herring, but the misspelling of it makes me want to infer that the poster jumped the gun and read what they wanted to see. Understandable given that this is an english post, and those images are in japanese and hard to decipher.

  3. swek Avatar
    swek

    the market is shrinking; so much more can be done with a 34mp phone, particularly since most any image will be seen on an iphone

    and, more importantly, these things don’t wear

    1. yourenotaphotographer Avatar
      yourenotaphotographer

      please show me some wildlife photography taken on a smartphone during dim light

    2. phone is best Avatar
      phone is best

      pls show me phone with 135mm 1.2 f