Sony Alpha A7R Review

Overall Score

87

Main Features

  • 36 MP Full frame CMOS Sensor
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 2359k dot Electronic viewfinder
  • 4 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 127 x 94 x 48 mm, 465g.
  • Price Category:
  • Replaced by: Alpha A7R II

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Sony Alpha A7R Overview


First introduced in February, 2014, Sony Alpha A7R is a 36 MP Mirrorless with a Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Sony replaced Alpha A7R with Sony A7R II. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Sony A7R with Sony A7R II

Sony A7R Series History
Model Year $ Sensor ISO Weight Dimensions
Sony Alpha A7R IV Sony A7R IV 2019 61MP 100 - 32000 665g 129 x 96 x 78mm
Sony Alpha A7 III Sony A7 III 2018 24MP 100 - 51200 650g 127 x 96 x 74mm
Sony Alpha A7R III Sony A7R III 2017 42MP 100 - 32000 657g 127 x 96 x 74mm
Sony Alpha A7S II Sony A7S II 2015 12MP 100 - 102400 627g 127 x 96 x 60mm
Sony Alpha A7R II Sony A7R II 2015 42MP 100 - 25600 625g 127 x 96 x 60mm

Proc and Cons of Sony A7R


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Sony Alpha A7R with competitors in pro mirrorless cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Tilting Screen
AF Face Detection
36MP High Resolution Sensor
1230k dots Screen Resolution
1/8000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
Microphone Port
Environmental Sealing
25 Focus Points
Flash Sync Port
Focus Bracketing
NFC Connectivity
External Flash
RAW Support
25600 Max Native ISO
4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
465g Light Body
Headphone Port
2359k dot Viewfinder Resolution
5 AE Bracketing Range
250000 cycles Shutter Life Expectancy
Remote Control with a Smartphone
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
Slow Continuous Shooting: 1230 fps
No Articulating Screen
No Image Stabilization
Low Battery Life: 340 shots
Type Scores

Sony Alpha A7R has an Overall Score of 87/100 and ranked #17 out of 195 in Mirrorless cameras, and ranked #18 out of 1201 in all cameras.

Sony A7R Scores
Imaging score
86
Features score
75
Value for money score
91
Portability score
86
Overall score
87
Average Scores in Pro Mirrorless
Imaging Score
69
Features Score
74
Value For Money Score
80
Portability Score
74
Overall score
76

Physical Dimensions of Sony A7R


Sony Alpha A7R weighs 465g and has external dimensions of 127 x 94 x 48mm (5.0 x 3.7 x 1.89"). Considering that the average weight of Pro Mirrorless cameras is 675g, Sony A7R is 210 grams less than the average weight of cameras in this category. Sony A7R is less by 10mm more than the average length in Pro Mirrorless.

Weight Comparison
Pro Mirrorless Cameras


Sony A7R
465g
Average weight
675g
Min weight
465g
Max weight
1320g

Thickness Comparison
Pro Mirrorless Cameras


Sony A7R
48mm
Average Thickness
64mm
Min Thickness
37mm
Max Thickness
97mm

Here is the front and top view image of Sony Alpha A7R with the dimensions:

Sony Alpha A7R

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight Alpha A7R Dimensions Alpha A7R
Sony Alpha A7 II Sony A7 II 599 g 465 g 127 x 96 x 60 mm 127 x 94 x 48 mm
Sony Alpha A7R II Sony A7R II 625 g 465 g 127 x 96 x 60 mm 127 x 94 x 48 mm
Sony Alpha A7 Sony A7 474 g 465 g 127 x 94 x 48 mm 127 x 94 x 48 mm
Nikon D750 Nikon D750 840 g 465 g 141 x 113 x 78 mm 127 x 94 x 48 mm
Sony Alpha A7S Sony A7S 489 g 465 g 127 x 94 x 48 mm 127 x 94 x 48 mm
Sony Alpha a6000 Sony A6000 344 g 465 g 120 x 67 x 45 mm 127 x 94 x 48 mm
Sony Alpha a6300 Sony A6300 404 g 465 g 120 x 67 x 49 mm 127 x 94 x 48 mm
Sony Alpha a6500 Sony A6500 453 g 465 g 120 x 67 x 53 mm 127 x 94 x 48 mm

Specifications of Sony Alpha A7R


General
Brand Sony
Model Alpha A7R
Announced February, 2014
Body Type SLR-style mirrorless
Lens
Lens Mount Sony E
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 1
Number of Lenses 116
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Resolution 1230k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution 2359
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.71
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 25
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/30 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec
Continuous Shooting 4.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range no built-in flash
Flash Modes no built-in flash
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions - mm
Sensor Area 0.0 mm²
Sensor Resolution 36 MP
Max Image Resolution 7360 x 4912
Max Native ISO 25600
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 340 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model NP-FW50
Physical
Weight 465 g
Physical Dimensions 127 x 94 x 48 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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