The Sony A7r II Seems to Boast a 59 Megapixel Sensor

May 3, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

The Sony A7r II Seems to Boast a 59 Megapixel Sensor

May 3, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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A7r_IIA few days ago we shared a photo that seems to have been taken with the Sony A7r II and uploaded to the Zeiss Lenses’s Flickr account.

The photo’s resolution indicated it was captured using a 56MP sensor, but the irregular image ratio suggested that the sensor is most likely even larger and that the photo was cropped by Zeiss.

A new image, with EXIF-data intact, reveals the latest sensor packs a whopping 59 megapixels.

Keep in mind this information has not been confirmed, though there are several good reasons to believe it is true.

The resolution of the previously reported photo was 8910 x 6300 (56.1MP), but the EXIF data of what appears to be an uncropped image that showed up on the EOSHD forums has the sensor at 9440 pixels. The wider image, which is also in the ‘correct’ 3:2 ratio, tells we’re looking at a 59.4MP sensor. That’s almost 10MP more than Canon’s record breaking 50.6MP sensor.

Other than the fact that the second image mentions the camera model as “ILCE-7R II”, I don’t think anybody would be surprised if Zeiss got a pre-production camera or two to get a head start on advertising, testing their products, etc.

As previously mentioned, it also seems very unlikely that Zeiss would upscale a photo intended to display the very best image quality.

EOSHD rightfully states that there was no reason to delete the EXIF data of the first image had it been taken with a commonly available model.

Sony is expected to announce a few new cameras later on this month, so hopefully one of them will be the A7r replacement and we won’t have to wait too long to get the megapixel count of the new sensor confirmed.

[via EOSHD]

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7 responses to “The Sony A7r II Seems to Boast a 59 Megapixel Sensor”

  1. gypsydonut Avatar
    gypsydonut

    Except that’s not how Sony refers to their mark 2 cameras. The Sony A7II is ILCE‑7M2. The exit posted has a space, no M and II. I suspect that’s faked.

    1. mike Avatar
      mike

      Yeah, that “seems” is quite glaring in the headline. Lets not reduce ourselves to the level of the Xrumors.com sites.

      Also I am much more interested in an a7SII :)

      1. gypsydonut Avatar
        gypsydonut

        Also, the very next image in the Flickr gallery, obviously from the same photographer (since they had the same subject) has a different “original” file size.

      2. mike Avatar
        mike

        Also, don’t click the link in my post. I did not intend for it to be a link and I have no idea where it goes to. I was trying to lump those “rumors sites together like canonrumors.com and sonyalpharumors.com

  2. Bach Yao Avatar
    Bach Yao

    My birthday is coming up, you thinking of buying me one? If not, the Apple watch is affordable. :)

  3. Andrew Sible Avatar
    Andrew Sible

    Hey if it does the job and *hopefully* offers down-sizeable resolution (counting several pixels as one and outputting a lower-rez file, sounds like a great camera! Has that been done? (and no I don’t mean cropping the image to reduce resolution).

    I’m curious how a denser sensor would affects light absorption, or if dividing the sensor’s pixels to play as teams in a single larger pixel could improve light sensitivity…

    1. mike Avatar
      mike

      I do monocrhome CCD astrophotography where the process you describe is called “binning”, treating a group of 4 (2×2) or 9 (3×3) pixels as one of higher sensitivity. However because of the Bayer Filter that color cameras use, you really can’t do this. Each pixel is a different color, so you cant just lump adjacent pixels together to form a bigger one.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayer_filter

      Effectively, the a7S accomplishes this by simply using a lower number of bigger pixels. You are correct that having smaller pixels does affect light absorption, as less photons are striking each pixel of the sensor in low light situations. From sites I have seen the a7 and the a7R are pretty much the same in low light, the extra resolution does not help at all