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Sony Alpha a7R

alaTest has collected and analyzed 437 reviews of Sony Alpha a7R. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviews about the size and portability are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. Comments about the energy efficiency and image stabilizer are mixed. Some have doubts about the memory and contrast.

performance, usability, image quality, portability, size

battery, flash, contrast, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Alpha a7R is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Alpha a7R


alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of Sony Alpha a7R from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on People are impressed by the durability and sensor. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the contrast and battery. There are mixed comments on the focus and reliability.

performance, portability, image quality, sensor, durability

usability, screen, shutter, battery, contrast

96% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony A7R Full Frame Camera Body - Black (36.4MP, CMOS Sensor)Sony A7R Full Frame Camera Body - Black (36.4MP, CMOS Sensor)

Sep, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Alpha a7R


alaTest has collected and analyzed 116 user reviews of Sony Alpha a7R from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on People are impressed by the size and image quality. The portability and usability also get good feedback. Reviews about the image stabilizer and color are different.

performance, usability, portability, image quality, size

94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony a7R Full-Frame Interchangeable Digital Lens Camera - Body OnlySony a7R Full-Frame Interchangeable Digital Lens Camera - Body Only

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : DPReview Staff (

Sony Alpha 7R Review


If there's one thing you can say about Sony's digital camera business, it's that they've experimented with many different concepts. From SLRs with dual autofocus systems and Translucent Mirror Technology to its NEX mirrorless line-up, Sony has gone...

Small, light, full-frame camera Excellent image quality when shooting Raw Solid build quality FE lenses are of superb quality, equal to the sensor's high resolution Compatible with a huge range of legacy 35mm camera lenses with no field-of-view crop...

Autofocus can be slow in low light Auto ISO tends to keep shutter speed at 1/FL sec, often resulting in soft images High-res sensor requires dedicated approach to shooting JPEG quality not as good as we'd like to see (less relevant for this camera's...

Sony's a7 and a7R made quite a splash, marking the first time mass-market mirrorless cameras took on full-frame SLRs. As the smallest and lightest 36.3MP camera on the market, the Sony a7R joins a pretty exclusive club, one that heretofore had only the...

Feb, 2014

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Sony Alpha A7R body only


The A7 incorporates the lower-resolution sensor in order to use Sony's hybrid autofocus system; Sony says that it couldn't put the phase-detection pixels on the 36-megapixel sensor for the A7R. If you need both resolving power and autofocus speed,...

Sony Alpha ILCE-7R delivers some of the best image quality we've seen for under $3,000 in a great shooting design and feature set.

Disappointing autofocus speed and battery life mar an otherwise lovely camera.

As long as you don't need fast autofocus or great burst shooting, the Sony Alpha ILCE-7R is great, compact alternative to entry-level full-frame cameras from Nikon and Canon.

Jan, 2014

Expert review by : Dan Seifert (

Sony Alpha A7 and A7R review


Every once in a while, a product comes along that changes the dynamic of an entire industry. The iPhone did it in 2007, the Mustang did it in 1964, and Converse did it with the All Star sneaker way back in 1917. Now, Sony is poised to upend the camera...

Great image quality ; Compact size ; Solid build ; Lots of controls and buttons

Limited lens choices ; Loud shutter ; Poor battery life ; Slow autofocus

Sony does the supposedly impossible

Dec, 2013

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (

Sony Alpha 7R


The Sony Alpha 7R is a full-frame mirrorless camera with an amazing 36-megapixel image sensor. It's not quite as fast to shoot as its twin sibling, the Alpha 7, but its image quality earns it our Editors' Choice award.

Full-frame image sensor omits OLPF. 4fps burst shooting. Amazing high ISO performance for a high-resolution camera. Sharp, tilting rear LCD. Focus peaking. Excellent OLED EVF. Great control layout. Compact, dust and moisture-resistant body. Vertical...

Expensive. Loud shutter. Focus and burst shooting are slower than Alpha 7. Some color-shift issues with third-party wide-angle rangefinder lenses. No PC sync socket. No built-in flash. External battery charger not included. Native lens library is in...

The EVF is an OLED panel with a 2,359k-dot resolution, similar to the one found in the NEX-7 and other APS-C Sony mirrorless cameras. It's one of the best you'll find in a digital camera, although we give slight preference to the LCD EVF in the Olympus...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by : Josh Fate (

Sony α7 and α7R


This review includes an analysis of both the Sony A7R and the A7.

Plethora of exposure options, including an accurate iAuto shooting mode ; Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record ; Fast and accurate AF ; Amazing image quality ; Outstanding low-light performance ; High Res 3.0-inch LCD tilts for...

No built-in flash unit ; No Phase-Detection AF (a7R only) ; Single Memory card slot, instead of a dual card slot, important with 36-Megapixel images ; Battery life did not live up to expectations, due to the large amount of useful extra features ; High...

Sony has gone above and beyond with both the a7 and a7R, bringing Professional image quality and performance to a much more compact ILC. If the price does not scare you away, you will be thrilled with the performance and image quality from these...

Apr, 2014


Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (

Sony A7R Review


The Sony A7R is the world's first 35mm full-frame compact system camera (along with the A7 that was launched at the same time) and is also officially the world's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera with a full-frame sensor. The Sony A7R has...

The Sony A7R is the most revolutionary camera of 2013, bringing 35mm full-frame, interchangeable lens shooting to the masses both in terms of cost and size. Importantly the A7R is also well-built, a pleasure to use and delivers outstanding image...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by : Dave Etchells (

Sony A7R Review


The news you've been waiting for has arrived! The age of the fully-featured, full-frame mirrorless camera is finally here -- and boy, what a duo of cameras kickstart the revolution. The Sony A7R promises absolutely amazing image quality in a compact...

Incredibly small body for a fully-featured, full-frame camera; Resolution that rivals a medium-format camera; Excellent image quality even at very high sensitivities; Decent performance bearing in mind its extremely high resolution; Accepts existing...

Extreme resolution makes focus and lens quality critical; Modest performance; Loud shutter; Lacks hybrid autofocus of the A7; Mediocre battery life when using electronic viewfinder; Slow X-sync; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses

Five years ago, the mirrorless camera as we know it made its debut as Olympus and Panasonic launched their brand-new Micro Four Thirds standard, promising smaller, lighter, and quieter gear. Sony was quick to see the merits of mirrorless, and its Alpha...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by : Dan Havlik (

Camera Review: Sony's Full-Frame Alpha A7R


Sony's high-resolution, full-frame camera is powerful enough to rival many high-end studio cameras.

A lightweight, compact interchangeable lens camera that produces image quality that matches big, bulky and more expensive studio cameras

Slow performance and svelte camera build may fail to impress

Jun, 2014

Expert review by : Digitalcamera HQ (



Sony's full frame mirrorless models have caused quite a stir. Can the a7R perform up to its price tag? And which is the better option, the a7 or the a7R?

Jun, 2014

Expert review by : TJ Donegan (

Sony Alpha A7R


One small step for Sony, one giant leap for mirrorless cameras

Qualms with its speed and focus abilities aside, the A7R is a fantastic camera worthy of all the praise it has been receiving. Though it has a significant Achilles heel in the form of action shooting, the extensive feature set, massive resolution, and...

Mar, 2014

Product Specifications


Audio system:Mono / Stereo
Built-in Microphone: Yes


Battery Capacity:1080
Battery life (CIPA standard):340
Battery performance:1080
Battery Technology:Lithium
Battery Type:NP-FW50
Battery voltage:7.2
Power source type:Battery


Dioptre correction: Yes
GPS (satellite):N
Histogram: Yes
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid / Vivid, Neutral, Sepia
Playback mode:Slideshow
Playback Modes:Slideshow
Scene modes:Close-up (macro), Landscape, Night, Night portrait, Portrait, Sports, Sunset / Landscape, Night landscape, Night portrait, Portrait, Sports, Sunset / Landscape, Night, Night portrait, Portrait, Sports, Sunset
Self-timer:10 / 2, 10 / 2,10
Self-timer delay:10 / 2,10
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Underwater / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Underwater


Color of product:Black
Energy Star certified:N


Display:LCD / TFT
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):921600
Field of view:100


Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash exposure correction:±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) / ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Flash modes:Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Pre-flash, Red-eye reduction / Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Pre-flash, Slow synchronization / Auto, Flash off, Hi-speed sync, Pre-flash, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Pre-flash: Yes


Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points:117 / 25
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Lens System

Digital Zoom:4
Filter size:1.93 / 2.64 / 2.83
Fixed focal length:2.17
Focal length range (f-f):0.945 - 2.76
Lens mount interface:E mount / Sony E
Lens structure:12/10 / 12/8 / 7/5
Lens structure (elements/groups):12/10 / 12/8 / 7/5
Lens Type:Standard / Standard zoom / Wide-angle
Maximum aperture number:16 / 22
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):2.07 / 3.25 / 4.13
Minimum aperture number:1.4 / 1.8 / 2.2 / 2.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.42 / 2.07 / 3.25
Mounting type:Bayonet
Number of diaphragm blades:7 / 9

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 6400, 25600
ISO sensitivity (max):25600
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure correction:±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot


Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo, MS XC-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC


Bluetooth: No
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:HDMI
Carrying case: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:MILC / MILC Body
Image formats supported:JPG, RAW
Image sensor size (W x H):1.41 x 0.941 / 1.41 x 0.945 / 1.53 x 0.945
Image Stabilizer: No
Image stabilizer location:Lens
Maximum image resolution:6000 x 4000 / 7360 x 4912
Megapixel:24.3 / 36.3 / 36.4
Scan technology:CMOS
Sensor Format:Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):6000 x 4000\n3936 x 2624\n3008 x 2000\n3936 x 2624\n3008 x 2000\n1968 x 1312 \n6000 x 3376\n3936 x 2216\n3008 x 1688 \n3936 x 2216 \n3008 x 1688\n1968 x 1112\n12416 x 1856\n5536 x 2160\n8192 x 1856\n3872 x 2160 / 7360 x 4144\n4800 x 2704\n3680 x 2072 \n4800 x 3200\n3680 x 2456\n2400 x 1600 / 7360 x 4912\n4800 × 3200\n3680 x 2456\n7360 x 4144\n4800 x 2704\n3680 x 2072 / 7360 x 4912\n800 x 3200\n3680 x 2456\n4800 x 3200\n3680 x 2456\n2400 x 1600\n7360 x 4144\n4800 x 2704 \n3680 x 2072\n4800 x 2704\n3680 x 2072\n2400 x 1352\n12416 x 1856\n5536 x 2160\n8192 x 1856\n3872 x 2160
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 16:9
Total megapixels:24.7 / 36.8

Ports & interfaces

HDMI connector type:Micro
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
USB connector:Micro-USB B
USB connector type:Micro-USB B
USB version:2.0


Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/8000
Slowest camera shutter speed:30

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Technical Details

Image processor:BIONZ X
Self-timer: Yes


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Resolution at capture speed:640x480@25fps, 640x480@30fps, 1440x1080@25fps
Video compression format:AVC, AVCHD, H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / AVCHD, MP4 / AVCHD, MP4, MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVC,AVCHD,H.264,MP4,MPEG4 / AVCHD,MP4 / AVCHD,MP4,MPEG4
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480, 1440 x 1080, 1920 x 1080 / 640 x 480,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080 / 640 x 480,1920 x 1080


Camera viewfinder:Electrical / Electronic
Viewfinder screen size:0.5
Viewfinder type:Electrical / Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Lens diameter:2.42 / 2.54 / 2.87 / 3.09
Lens length:1.44 / 2.78 / 3.72 / 4.41
Lens weight:22.2 / 4.23 / 9.91
Weight:14.4 / 14.7
Weight (including battery):16.4 / 16.7