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Rumor | Sony will update the Alpha 7R camera series with a newer processor and more

The Alpha 7R IV. (Source: Sony)
The Alpha 7R IV. (Source: Sony)
Sony is now said to have an upgrade for the Alpha 7R IV in the works. This alleged fifth-gen model will still have a 61MP sensor and a 26MP APS-C crop; however, it is also projected to come with the BIONZ XR processor, improved PDAF and a potentially enhanced ISO range. Nevertheless, it is rumored to start at the same price as its predecessor.

The Sony Alpha 7R IV has been around since 2019; however, with its 61MP Exmor R CMOS image sensor, 26MP APS-C mode and 5-axis in-body stabilization with 5.5 stops, it was a significant upgrade for its series. Its rumored successor, appropriately tipped to debut as the 7R V, is now said to retain all of these features.

Then again, it is also said to have an ISO range of 40-81920 (or 80-32000 natively), as well as a new 759-point phase-detection auto-focus spec (as opposed to 567 points in the 7R IV). It will also still feature Eye Auto-Focus (Eye AF) for subjects such as birds or animals, not to mention 10fps continuous shooting.

The 2019 Alpha 7R launched with an electronic view-finder (EVF) with a 5.76-million-dot resolution that was groundbreaking for its line at the time. However, the latest leak purporting to outline specs for the "7R V" suggests that this will increase to 9.44 million on the new unit's launch.

The tip also hints that the 7R V can capture 2, 4, 8 or 16 consecutive shots in its new "shake mode", and may even be able to shoot at 16-bit RAW in the same mode, although this has yet to be confirmed. The alleged upcoming Sony full-frame camera is also now predicted to come with a flip-down (rather than a more modern flip-out) LCD screen that will display a re-designed menu.

Then again, despite all these potential enhancements, the Alpha 7R V may still end up shipping without a full-sized HDMI port. It is slated to start at around US$3,500, as its predecessor did - then again, this unit has been discounted to $2,899 since.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-05- 6 (Update: 2021-05- 9)