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In my search for a lighter travel camera I spent a few weeks with the Sony a7R. My video review is below along with some sample images.

I found the a7R to produce gorgeous 36MP images with excellent dynamic range.

Sony a7R Pros:

  • Beautiful 36MP files – Medium format like quality in something that isn’t even DSLR sized.
  • No Low pass filter for sharp detail
  • Wonderful Dynamic range- detail in highlights and shadows that can be pulled out is impressive
  • Small and light (A7R weight 1.03 lbs | 5D Mark III weight over 2lbs)
  • Vibrant and tilting screen – rarely felt like I needed to put my eye to viewfinder.
  • Good manual controls with decent customizability
  • Useful focus peaking for manual focus
  • Auto exposure dial works in manual mode when auto ISO is enabled
  • 1080p at 60fps.
  • Fun sony features like sweep panorama (with 36MP images you can make stunning panoramas!)
  • USB Charging – Ability to charge battery in camera or from a USB battery (also a drawback, no charger included)
  • Good Wifi connectivity for sharing and remote control.
  • Ability to add apps in camera – Star trail app for example

Sony a7R Cons:

  • Slow
    • to start up,
    • when new SD card is inserted – needs to create a recovery DB
    • focus
    • to clear buffer – camera locks up when clearing buffer
  • Battery life is short 300-400 shots and without an included charger forced to charge in camera (buy 3rd Party charger & additional batteries)
  • Crashes – I saw this camera crash way more than any other and at times would revet back to settings 15 minutes earlier – some I believe were a result of using the metabones adapter but other times it would just hang. UPDATE: I have heard from a few other A7R users and they don’t experience crashes. I might have had a buggy copy.
  • Lens selection – Native lens selection is small and f/4 fastest with a few exceptions that are coming soon.  Most of the weight savings are offset by these lenses – but the quality is awesome and multiple adapters exist to use with Canon, Nikon or other lenses.
  • Loud shutter – with some rumors that causes blurred images at the slower shutter speeds. I didn’t see that but for such a small body and mirror less camera it is loud.
  • Video quality is good (why is this a con then? I was hoping it would be noticeably better than my 5D Mark III and I could use this camera for travel photos and video for my channel, but it is only as good as 5D Mark III or a tiny bit better – not the difference you see in photos between the two)

 

Watch my video review on the Sony A7R

Sony a7R Sample Images

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks Toby. Been intrigued by this puppy for some time already. Be interested in your thoughts on it for landscapes vs even the new D810?

    • Really nothing else out there gives you this level of detail and range in such a portable package. When you start to bring up the shadows in Lightroom the images have an almost HDR feel to them – it is awesome.

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