The buyer’s guide to…Sony A7R V vs A7R IV – Camera Jabber | Episode Movies

The Sony A7R full-frame mirrorless cameras are the highest-resolution cameras in the Sony range. It started with the Sony A7R in October 2013 with a 36.4 million pixel sensor, followed by the 42.4MP Sony A7R II in June 2015 and the A7R III in October 2017. In July 2019, the Sony A7R IV experienced the jump in resolution up to 61MP and even the flagship Sony A1 (50MP) it doesn’t beat for the number of pixels.

On October 26th this year, the latest model in the A7R range was announced, and you can read our Sony A7R V review, written ahead of its global launch, after you’ve shot with it. The A7R V has the same pixel count as its predecessor, but there are some significant upgrades that have many photographers very excited. In this post, we compare the Sony A7R V to the A7V IV to explore their key differences and consider whether it’s worth upgrading from the A7R IV to the A7R V.

The Sony A7R V


Sony A7R V: 35mm full frame (35.7 x 23.8mm), 61MP BSI Exmor R CMOS
Sony A7R IV: 35mm full frame (35.7 x 23.8mm
), 61MP BSI Exmor R CMOS

Although it’s widely believed that they share the same sensor, there is a slight difference between the Sony A7R V’s sensor and the A7R IV’s. That means the A7R V’s sensor has more phase-detection pixels. These cover around 79% of the imaging area of ​​the A7R V’s sensor, while Sony says the phase-detection pixels on the A7R IV’s sensor cover 99.7% of the height and 74.0% of the width. That means the A7R V has better coverage.


Sony A7R V: Bionz XR
Sony A7R IV: Bionz XR

The processor names are a bit misleading here, as Sony uses the same name for multiple iterations of the Bionz XR processor engine. The A7R V features a newly upgraded processing engine that Sony claims is eight times faster than the A7R IV’s processor. There’s also a second processor dedicated specifically to AI object detection.

autofocus system

Sony A7R V: hybrid with 693 phase detection points
Sony A7R IV: Hybrid with 567 phase-detection + 425 contrast-detection AF points

Sony didn’t say how many total contrast detection points the A7R V has, but if I were a bettor I’d put it at 425. But it’s the phase detection points that are the most interesting, as they tend to be the most interesting for getting the job done faster, and the A7R V has more than the A7R IV.

Sony has also streamlined (or renamed) the AF point selection options a bit on the A7R V to include Wide/Zone/Center Fix/Spot/Expand Spot/Tracking, while the A7R IV has Wide/Zone/Center/Flexible Spot ( S /M/L) /Extended Flexible Spot/ Tracking (Wide / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L)/Extended Flexible Spot).

Scene Recognition

Sony A7R V: Stills & Video: Human (select right/left eye) / Animal (select right/left eye) / Bird / Insect / Car / Train / Airplane
Sony A7R IV: Photos: Human (select right/left eye) / Animal, Film: Human (select right/left eye)

As you can see, the A7R V is capable of recognizing and tracking a wider range of subjects. For animals or birds, the A7R V can also be set to target just their eyes, head and eyes, or their body, head and eyes, making it easier to ensure you’re getting the shots you want.

While we’ve already seen car, train and plane detection, the Sony A7R V is the first camera capable of detecting insects.

continuous fire

Sony A7R V: Hi+: 10 fps, Hi: 8 fps, Mid: 6 fps, Lo: 3 fps
Sony A7R IV: Hi+: 10 fps, Hi: 8 fps, Mid: 6 fps, Lo: 3 fps

While the A7R V makes no changes to the capture speed, it can capture many more images in a single burst, making it a much more attractive camera for sports and action photography than the Mark IV. The burst depths of the images can be summarized as follows:

Sony A7R V:
JPEG Extra Fine L: over 1000
JPEG Fine L: over 1000
JPEG standard L: over 1000
RAW: 583
RAW & JPEG: 184
RAW (lossless compressed): 547
RAW (lossless compressed) & JPEG: 159
RAW (uncompressed):
RAW (uncompressed) & JPEG: 88

Sony A7R IV:
JPEG Extra Fine L: 68
JPEG Fine L: 68
JPEG or RAW: 68
RAW & JPG: 68
RAW (uncompressed): 30
RAW (uncompressed) & JPG: 30


Sony A7R V: 8K at 24p/25p (cropped), 4K at up to 60p (cropped) or 4K at up to 30p with no crop, or 4K downsampled from 6.2K
Sony A7R IV: 4K at up to 30p

The A7R V makes some notable improvements over the A7R IV in terms of video recording with the ability to capture 8K video at 24/25p and 4K video at up to 60p, both with a slight 1.2x crop. There is also the option to record 4K video downsampled from 6.2K or regular 4K video at up to 30p using the full sensor width.

Additionally, there’s the option to record in 10-bit 4:2:2 (A7R IV is limited to 8-bit 4:2:0), S-Log3, S-Cinetone and HLG, giving the A7R V a more rounded video camera than its predecessor.


Sony A7R V: 5-axis with up to 8EV shutter speed compensation with a compatible lens
Sony A7R IV: 5-axis with up to 5.5 EV shutter speed compensation

In-body image stabilization (IBIS) is a given with every new camera, and the degree of shutter speed compensation has increased as Canon and Olympus have really pushed the boundaries. With the A7R V, Sony has taken a significant step forward with a new IBIS unit that can work with some of the company’s stabilized lenses to deliver a shutter speed compensation value of up to 8EV. Stabilization works in still and video modes.

The IBIS also plays a role in the cameras’ pixel shift multi-shooting mode. When the pixel shift multi-shooting mode is activated, the camera takes up to 16 pictures in quick succession. These images can then be stitched together into a much larger image (241MP) using Sony’s free Imagining Edge desktop software.

While still a tripod-only mode, the A7R V allows the software to detect movement between frames, e.g. B. when a gust of wind blows some leaves, and only those pictures are composed where the composition is the same.


Sony A7R V: 0.64-inch OLED with 9,437,184 dots
Sony A7R IV: 0.5-type OLED with 5,760,000 dots

Sony has given the A7R V the same viewfinder as in the Sony A7S III, meaning it’s larger and higher resolution than the viewfinder in the A7R IV. Like the viewfinder in the A7R IV, it has a maximum refresh rate of 120fps at a Default setting of 60 fps. The larger, more detailed video in the A7R V’s viewfinder results in a clearer and more natural image.

Sony A7R V review


Sony A7R V: 3.2-inch, 4-axis, 2,095,104-dot touchscreen
Sony A7R IV: 3-inch, 1,440,000-dot tilting touchscreen

Like the viewfinder, the A7R V’s rear screen is larger and has a higher resolution than the A7R IV’s screen. And while both are touchscreens, there’s very little touch control available on the A7R IV. However, the A7R V’s screen allows for a lot more touch control, allowing you to navigate the menu and make adjustments with a tap.

Another key difference between the screens is that the A7R IV’s screen can only be tilted up or down, so it’s only really helpful if you’re shooting in landscape mode. Sony has combined a tilt mechanism with a vari-angle hinge on the A7R V, which means the screen can not only be tilted up or down, but can also be flipped sideways and rotated forward. It’s a much more versatile approach than the A7R V and encourages creative photography.

The A7R V also has a revamped menu that includes a new main menu page with a tabular layout.

Sony A7R V review


Sony A7R V: 2x CFexpress Type-A / SDXC UHS-II

While the A7R V can accept SD memory cards, it can also accept CFexpress Type-A cards, which are faster. These cards facilitate internal 8K video recording. CFexpress Type-A cards are still uncommon, but since most photographers have a few SD cards, SD card compatibility helps overcome initial storage problems.

height and weight

Sony A7R V: 131.3 x 96.9 x 82.4mm, 723g with battery and memory card
Sony A7R IV: 128.9 x 96.4 x 77.5mm, 665g with battery and memory card

Put the A7R V alongside the A7R IV and you’ll see little difference in body size or shape. However, the A7R V is slightly larger and heavier. This is believed to be largely due to the change in screen mount. It feels just like the A7 IV in your hand.

On the new camera, some buttons have swapped positions, and the video capture button, which is on the back of the A7R V, is on the top of the A7R V – near the shutter button. It’s a better location.

Additionally, the A7 R IV’s exposure compensation dial isn’t marked, so while it can be used to adjust exposure compensation, it can also be used to adjust other settings.

Sony A7R IV
Sony A7R IV

Should I sell my Sony A7R IV?

Since the Sony A7R V has the same resolution sensor as the A7R IV and the chip structure has not undergone a major overhaul, the new camera is unlikely to produce much more detailed images. However, the improved AF system, aided by the revamped scene recognition system, and the better in-body image stabilization system should mean the A7R V captures sharper images compared to the A7R IV.

The A7R V also benefits from a more flexible rear window that encourages creative photography by making it easy to shoot in both directions from different angles.

And let’s not forget the new video capabilities of the A7R V. It’s primarily a stills camera, but it’s also a very capable video camera.

When you consider all of these points, many Sony A7R IV owners will probably be tempted to sell their camera to upgrade to the Sony A7R V.

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