Sony A7R IV mirrorless camera is packed with a 61-megapixel sensor

Sony A7RIV- 567 point focal plane phase-detection AF

Sony A7RIV- 567 point focal plane phase-detection AF

Its 567 focal plane phase-detect autofocus points cover 74 percent of the imaging area.

You'd think Sony would get a touch complacent, as far out in front of the pack as it has been for the last several years with its high-end camera gear.

The camera features 15-stops of dynamic range with a 5-axis in-body image stabilisation.

The camera features a newly developed back-illuminated CMOS sensor, which the company said delivers extremely low-noise and high-sensitivity performance to ensure "absolute maximum image quality".

The A7R IV also debuts real-time Eye AF when shooting movies and also supports Eye AF for humans and animals.

The latest arrival in their acclaimed A7 mirrorless camera series, the A7R IV's follows its predecessor, the 42.4-megapixel A7R III that was released in 2017.

Depending on the mode you select, you'll find shots capable of up to 10 frames per second for seven seconds in the full 60 megapixels, while the buffer on the A7R IV can go for closer to three times that if you drop the resolution to 26 megapixels. Sony said it has refined its AF system for improved speed and stability when shooting video. And it's easy to swap between these formats with the tap of a single button.

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As you'd expect from a camera like this, the A7R IV is capable of recording 4K video.

As is usual for Sony, video looks to be another strong point of the camera, with 4K offered at both full-width and a Super35 (APS-C) crop mode, with the latter offering full pixel readout for improved sharpness. (Image capture at up to 120p is available in HD mode.) S-Log 2 and S-Log 3 encoding are available, and HLG support enables Sony's Instant HDR workflow.

Battery life is upgraded to a CIPA-rated 670 still images per charge using the rear screen, or 530 using the EVF.

Sony has also beefed up the handgrip, making for a more secure hold.

To help you shift the great, teetering piles of data you'll be creating, Sony has furnished this axe with high-speed Wi-Fi, a "SuperSpeed" USB-C port, two UHS-II SD card slots and the capability to do background uploads straight from the camera to an FTP service while you're still shooting - something sports and news photographers will enjoy. You can then composite all the images in Sony's Imaging Edge software, for an effective 240.8-megapixel resolution image. It's also being released with a new VG-C4EM Vertical Grip, which holds two extra batteries, and is created to work effectively with Sony's latest round of recently released accessories, including the MRW-S3 card reader and new TOUGH SF-M SD cards.

A new model has been entered into the Alpha camera range by Sony, as the company announces the next in its A7R range, the A7R IV.

The VG-C4EM Vertical Grip will be shipping in September, priced at £400 / €450 / $400, and the ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone will ship in the same month, priced £340 / €380 / $350.

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