Sony’s new A7R V comes with a completely new AF system and 8 stops of 5-axis stabilisation

Oct 26, 2022

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Sony’s new A7R V comes with a completely new AF system and 8 stops of 5-axis stabilisation

Oct 26, 2022

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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As expected, Sony has today announced their new high-resolution mirrorless camera, the Sony A7R V. If you were hoping for another big resolution jump, though, don’t get too excited. Unlike the A7R IV, which bumped up the A7R III’s 42-megapixel sensor up to a 61-megapixel sensor, the new A7R V keeps the 61-megapixel resolution of its predecessor. It does come with a lot of new features and hardware, though.

For a start, it has an entirely new autofocus system with AI deep learning capabilities. The autofocus system takes the A7R IV’s 567 AF phase detection points and brings it up to an impressive 693 points. It shoots 8K 24fps video (cropped) and full sensor readout 4K video at up to 60 frames per second. It also features the heat sink design of the Sony A7S III, allowing it to record 8K video for up to 30 minutes without overheating.

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The EVF of the A7R V also sees an upgrade over that of the A7R IV, going to the 9.44m-dot EVF found in the Sony A7S III and Sony A1 – something much needed in a camera of this resolution. As well as shooting up to 8K video internally, it also offers 4K 16-bit RAW video output over HDMI. And naturally, you’ll get S-Log3/S-Cinetone profiles. Files are saved out to a pair of the now-standard (for Sony, anyway) dual format CFexpress Type A and UHS-II SD card slots.

MountSony E
FormatFull-Frame
SensorCMOS
Resolution61-megapixels (9504 x 6336 pixels)
ISO Range199-32,000 (50-102,400 extended)
Bit-depth16-Bit
Shutter speed1/8000 to 30 sec
1/800 to 1/4 sec in Movie Mode
Continuous shooting10fps (mechanical shutter) for up to 583 frames (raw) / 1000 frames (jpg)
Focus typeAuto & manual focus
Focus modesContinuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
AF points693 phase detection,
AF sensitivity-4 to +20 EV
Stabilisation5-axis sensor-shift (8 stops)
Viewfinder9.44m-dot 0.64″ 0.9x OLED EVF
LCD3″ 2.1m-dot articulating (flippy out) touchscreen LCD
Internal video8K UHD @ 24/25fps / 4K UHD @ 24-60fps / 1080p @ up to 120fps
External video4K 16-Bit 4K RAW over HDMI
Memory card slots2x dual-format UHS-II SD/CFexpress Type A card slots
ConnectivityWi-Fi, Bluetooth
DimensionsUnspecified
WeightUnspecified

The autofocus system found in the Sony A7R V, Sony says, is brand new. It’s AI-based with real-time tracking and 693 phase detection autofocus points. It will be interesting to see how this compares to the focus systems found in the A7S III and A1 once it starts getting into people’s hands – and no doubt those comparisons will start popping up on YouTube pretty soon.

The A7R V features a new Pixelshift function with movement correction and the in-boxy image stabilisation offers up to 8 stops of 5-axis stabilisation. 8 stops. That means that a shot which might normally require 1/200th of a second in decent light is theoretically hand-holdable down to 1.3 seconds.

The Sony A7R V is available to pre-order now for $3,900 and begins shipping in December.

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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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