These are the top 10 new features you might’ve missed on the new Sony A7R IV

Jul 31, 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.

These are the top 10 new features you might’ve missed on the new Sony A7R IV

Jul 31, 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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The whole 61-megapixel thing kinda stole the limelight when it came to the announcement of the new Sony A7R IV mirrorless camera. The camera still doesn’t ship for about six weeks, but YouTuber Jason Vong has managed to get his hands on one. In this video, he talks about his favourite 10 new features to come with the camera.

  • Redesigned body – It’s slightly larger than the A7R III, making it a little easier to hold in your hand. But it also comes with some fixed and redesigned buttons, dials and whatnot, too.
  • Dual UHS-II card slots – This one is a biggy if you shoot to dual cards. Previously, Sony mirrorless cameras that had dual card slots only had a single UHS-II card slot. So, if you shot to both, you were held back by the speed of the slower card.
  • Focus Frame Colour – This is a handy feature that allows you to switch the focus point between red and white to allow it to more easily stand out against the shot when needed.
  • Sharpness goes to +5 – This probably won’t be of much use if you’re only shooting raw stills, but for video or jpg shooting, the sharpness setting now goes to +5 instead of +3.
  • Easier access to My Menu – This makes your custom menu appear first when you hit the menu button.
  • Separate Quick Function menu – Video functions are now broken out into their own dedicated menu, so you don’t need to sift through irrelevant stills options.
  • Custom filenames – Now you can set a custom filename prefix for your images in order to let you easily, and the counter continues between different cards and different card slots.
  • Real-time Eye AF in Video – Ok, so maybe this one didn’t skip through the initial announcement, but this is a big one for the A7R IV.
  • Face detect works with external monitors – This was a big problem in the past. Monitors would blackout when recording 4K video using face detect. Now, they don’t.
  • Load/Save custom User Settings – This is something I’ve wished that all cameras had for a long time. It allows you to quickly and easily sync up multiple cameras to get them to match each other, whether it’s simply your backup or the camera of another person when working in a team. Or, you can just use it as a backup in case you need to replace your camera in the future and don’t want to have to go through all the settings individually.

While none of these features is revolutionary, with the possible exception of Real-time Eye AF when shooting video, they are very handy features indeed. Whether or not it would make me go out and spend almost $3,500 on a new camera, though, is another matter entirely. For that one, you’re on your own.

What other new A7R IV features are you excited for?

The Sony A7R IV is available to pre-order now for $3,498 and ships mid-September.

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John Aldred

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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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One response to “These are the top 10 new features you might’ve missed on the new Sony A7R IV”

  1. Simon Bolz Avatar
    Simon Bolz

    Maybe not revolutionary. But very practical indeed. I believe I never owned a camera that was any better. And it was hard for Sony to come up with a revolution when the previous models were amazing already.