Sony alpha 7R V: specs for the upcoming full-frame camera allegedly leak out in full
Sony's links to an updated α7R line camera have just become even stronger thanks to a new and allegedly full specs-dump on the part of a well-known photography tech blog. This upcoming device is now expected to uphold its predecessor's naming scheme to the letter by launching as the α7R V or ILCE-7RM5, as the α7R IV before it debuted as the ILCE-7RM4.
PhotoRumors' new bullet-point list of specs lines up closely with the last such leak on this subject (759-point PDAF, new 10-bit HEIF format for recording and an ultra-high res 9.44MP EVF included), yet contains some potential gems that just might, if valid, seal a purchase decision on the purported camera's release.
Not only is the α7R V now touted to launch with a BIONZ XR processor of an "innovative new architecture" and a "redeveloped" 61MP image sensor, it is now tipped to use these internals to support up to 8K/30fps video recording with 9.6K oversampling in full-frame mode "without pixel addition".
Sony might also improve on its marquee Eye Autofocus (Eye AF, which applies to birds, animals and humans) with an option to choose between the right or left eye where possible in the α7R V. The camera is also now tipped to bring "seamless" full-frame/APS-C and slow-/quick-shooting switching modes, as well as a function that might have been inspired by flagship smartphones rather than the other way around for once.
It consists of an option to shoot 16 concurrent shots of the same scene, to the "unique" advantages of an increased pixel count or R/G/B accuracy. However, and possibly most importantly, the α7R V's "full magnesium-alloy" (also apparently capable of expelling dust on its own) contains a re-design that allegedly confers the potential for up to 5 times the heat-dissipation of the 7R IV.
Therefore, its successor might be touted as capable of shooting for longer while avoiding a shut-down due to excessive temperatures. PhotoRumors' new leak does not cover the battery that might also benefit from this reported upgrade, although it may be equipped with "high-speed" Power Delivery charging over a 10Gb/s USB type-C cable.
Finally, although the 7R V may not get away from a micro-HDMI port, it may support Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, dual CFexpress Type A slots and FTP transfers, with no word on NFC as yet. Then again, hints as to pricing and availability for the new Super 35mm-capable unit remain absent at this time. For reference, a 7R IV still goes for ~US$3,500 new on Amazon today.