As well as the Sony A7c II (buy here), Sony has also announced the new Sony A7cr (buy here) mirrorless camera. This is a higher resolution camera, offering a feature set similar to the Sony A7R V (buy here) in the smaller form factor.
Not so much a successor to the A7c but expanding out the range of cameras that utilise this form factor, the A7cr is designed for users that want high resolution. There is some bad news, though. It doesn’t feature the A7R V’s 8K video features.
The Sony A7cr is a formidable-looking camera with a price tag much lower than many might expect. Of course, its feature set is a little lower than some might have expected, too. Somewhat based on the Sony A7R V, the Sony A7cr doesn’t quite offer the same level of capability.
There’s no 8K video for a start, which is one of the reasons why it’s $1,000 less than the A7R V while the A7c II is only $300 less than the Sony A7 IV (buy here). The difference in capability between the two models is much greater.
That being said, the Sony A7cr looks like an extremely capable camera. Most users of this form factor of camera aren’t likely to need 8K video. They’re vloggers, shooting 4K video that may occasionally want higher resolutions for regular photography.
Given the number of vloggers and content creators out there who are actually making content about photography, this camera seems squarely targeted towards that very specific market. You don’t have to be a photography YouTuber to benefit from this one, though.
High resolution 61-megapixel images, regardless of video capability, in a camera with such a small form factor makes it ideal for travel, landscape and street photography. At least in theory. Whether or not the A7cr truly is a valid A7R V alternative for photography use remains to be seen, but I expect the side-by-side comparisons won’t take too long to appear online.
Sony A7cr Specs
|Sony A7c II||Sony A7cr||Sony A7c|
|Mount||Sony E||Sony E||Sony E|
|Sensor||33MP CMOS||61MP CMOS||24MP CMOS|
|Resolution||7008 x 4672||9504 x 6336||6000 x 4000 pixels|
|ISO Range||100-51,200 (50-204,800 extended)||100-32,000 (50-102,400 extended)||100-51,200 (50-204,800 extended)|
|Shutter speed||1/8000 to 30 sec||1/8000 to 30 sec||1/8000 to 30 sec|
|Continuous shooting||Up to 10 fps at 33 MP for up to 1000 Frames||Up to 10 fps at 61 MP for up to 583 Frames (Raw) / 1000 Frames (JPEG)||Up to 10fps|
|Focus type||Auto & manual focus||Auto & manual focus||Auto & manual focus|
|Focus modes||Continuous-Servo AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF||Continuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF||Continuous-servo AF (C), direct manual focus (DMF), manual focus (M), single-servo AF (S)|
|AF points||759 phase detection / 425 contrast detection||693 phase detection||693 phase detection / 425 contrast detection|
|AF sensitivity||-4 to +20 EV||-4 to +20 EV||-4 to +20 EV|
|Stabilisation||7-stop 5-axis sensor-shift||7-stop 5-axis sensor-shift||5-axis sensor-shift|
|Viewfinder||2.36m-dot 0.39″ 0.7x OLED EVF||3.68m-dot 0.5″ 0.78x OLED EVF||2.36m-dot 0.65″ 0.9x OLED EVF|
|LCD||3″ 1.03m-dot articulating (flippy out) touchscreen LCD||3″ 1.03m-dot articulating (flippy out) touchscreen LCD||3″ 921k-dot articulating (flippy out) touchscreen LCD|
|Internal video||4K 60p & FHD 120p 10-Bit 4:2:2 Video||4K 60p & FHD 120p 10-Bit 4:2:2 Video||4K 30fps (8-bit 4:2:0), 1080p 120fps|
|External video||Unspecified||Unspecified||4K 8-Bit 4:2:2|
|Memory card slots||1x UHS-II SD card slot||1x UHS-II SD card slot||1x UHS-II SD card slot|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Dimensions||124 x 71.1 x 63.4 mm||123.95 x 70.87 x 63.5 mm||124 x 71.1 x 59.7mm|
|Weight||515g (body only)||513g (body only)||509g with battery & memory card|
Sony A7R VI probably not coming soon
Unlike the Sony A7c II release, which suggests we might see an A7 V coming in the next year or so, I doubt we’ll see an A7R VI for a while yet. The Sony A7R V is a much newer camera than the A7 IV, announced in October 2022. That’s less than a year ago.
This is probably why the A7cr doesn’t quite meet the same specifications as the A7R V, particularly 8K video. Sony still needs to give customers reasons to buy the A7R V now that the A7cr has been announced.
For those shooting stills, it boils down to personal preference whether to go with the A7R V or the A7cr. Which feels more comfortable to hold in your hands and shoot with? And does the A7cr really match the A7R V image quality? For most video shooters, however, the form factor is largely irrelevant. It’ll be in a cage with a handle and a bunch of stuff bolted onto it.
It’s all about the feature set. So, I think this is probably why Sony held back 8K on the Sony A7cr (to keep selling the A7R V) and why I don’t think we’ll be seeing an A7R VI for a while yet.
The Sony A7cr essentially fits an entirely new slot in Sony’s lineup. It will be interesting to see how sales (and reviews) of this one fare against both the A7c II and the A7R V.
Price and Availability
The Sony A7cr is available to pre-order now for $2,999 and is expected to begin shipping in October 2023.