a7R Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

a7R Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

a7R Full Frame Mirrorless Camera
Never has something so small been so big. No other full frame, interchangeable-lens camera is this light or this portable. 36MP of rich detail. A true-to-life 2.4M OLED viewfinder. Wi-Fi sharing. It’s all the full-frame performance you ever wanted—in a compact size that will change your perspective entirely. a7R Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

Features

A New Frame of Mind

A New Frame of Mind

No other full frame, interchangeable-lens camera is this light or this portable. 36.4MP of rich detail. A true-to-life 2.4 million dot OLED viewfinder. Wi-Fi® sharing and an expandable shoe system. It's all the full-frame performance you ever wanted in a compact size that will change your perspective entirely

World's Smallest and Lightest

Meet the world's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens full-frame camera*. Sony's Exmor® image sensor takes full advantage of the Full-frame format, but in a camera body less than half the size and weight of a full-frame DSLR. *Among interchangeable-lens cameras with a full frame sensor as of October 2013
World's Smallest and Lightest
Ultimate Full Frame Resolution

Ultimate Full Frame Resolution

Capture unbelievably high resolution in combination with high sensitivity and extremely low noise thanks to a newly developed 36.4MP 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor. Removing the optical low-pass filter brings out the full potential of the sensor and lens, enhancing the sense of clarity with supremely realistic details to the very edges of your photos. An AR coating also reduces flare and ghosting.

Gapless On-chip Lens Design

Every gapless on-chip lens (OCL) is designed and positioned to cover every pixel and eliminate the spaces between the micro-lenses to collect significantly more light. Moreover, each on-chip lens is optimally positioned depending on its location to accommodate the sharper angle of light entering the periphery, which is caused by larger sensor dimensions being teamed with the E-mount's short flange-back distance.
Gapless On-chip Lens Design
New BIONZ X Image Processing Engine

New BIONZ X Image Processing Engine

Sony proudly introduces the new BIONZ® X image processing engine, which faithfully reproduces textures and details in real time, as seen by the naked eye, via extra high-speed processing capabilities. Together with front-end LSI (large scale integration) that accelerates processing in the earliest stages, it enables more natural details, more realistic images, richer tonal gradations and lower noise whether you shoot still images or movies.

Lightning Quick Autofocus

Get ultra high-speed AF despite the use of a full-frame sensor via an advanced image processing engine and improved algorithms that combine and optimize image sensor read-out speed.
Lightning Quick Autofocus
Eye Catching AF

Eye Catching AF

Capture subjects partially turned away from the camera in a shallow depth of field with no problem thanks to Eye AF. Simply focus on a face, and a green frame appears over the prioritized eye to confirm the proper subject is locked. Its extremely accurate eye detection can even prioritize a single pupil. Eye AF can be used when the function is assigned to a customizable button, allowing users to instantly activate it depending on the scene.

Optimal Optics

To take advantage of the lightweight on-the-go body, the a7R is fully compatible with Sony's E-mount lens system as well as compact and lightweight E-mount full-frame lenses from Carl Zeiss® and Sony's premier G-Series.
Optimal Optics
Fast and Intuitive Shooting Control

Fast and Intuitive Shooting Control

Respond swiftly with just the right settings without searching through dedicated menus thanks to Quick Navi Pro. Easily view all major shooting options on the LCD screen so you can rapidly confirm settings and make adjustments on the fly when fleeting shooting opportunities arise.

High Contrast OLED Viewfinder

View every scene in rich detail with the 2.4M dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder, which features OLED improvements and the same 3-lens optical system used in the flagship a99. Since the viewfinder faithfully displays what will appear in your recording, including the effects of your camera settings, you can accurately monitor your scene and the settings results. You'll enjoy rich tonal gradations and 3 times the contrast of the a99, along with high-end features like 100% frame coverage and a wide viewing angle.
High Contrast OLED Viewfinder
Cover Every Shooting Angle

Cover Every Shooting Angle

Snap shots high over crowds or down low to capture a pet's eye view with the tiltable 3.0" (1,229k dots) Xtra Fine LCD that boasts a range of movement between approximately 84°up and 45° down. Easily scroll through menus and preview life thanks to WhiteMagic technology that dramatically increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.

Full HD Output

Capture Full 1920 x 1080 HD uncompressed clean-screen video files with external recording devices via an HDMI® connection in 60p and 60i frame rates. Selectable in-camera AVCHDcodec frame rates include super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, while MP4 codec is also available for smaller files for easier upload to the web.
Full HD Output
Simply Connect with Smartphones and Tablets

Simply Connect with Smartphones and Tablets

Wirelessly share your photos and videos through simplified Wi-Fi/NFC control. Use Wi-Fi or NFC (near field communication) for convenient cordless image transfer to Android smartphones and tablets. Simply touch devices to establish an NFC connection; no complex set-up is required. Even better, the smart Remote Control feature lets you control the shutter through your smartphone after you pair it to the camera.

PlayMemories Camera Apps

The exciting new application download service, PlayMemoriesCamera Apps, lets you add new functions to your camera's existing feature-set to heighten photographic expression according to your own creative needs. Two applications are currently available for a7R as of October 16, 2013: Direct Upload uploads photos directly to networking services and Smart Remote Control allows a smartphone to control the camera. Many more apps will become available later, including Multiple Exposure, Lens Compensation, Photo Retouch and Picture Effect+.
PlayMemories Camera Apps
Get a Grip

Get a Grip

Enjoy long hours of comfortable operation in the vertical orientation with the optional sure vertical grip (VG-C1EM), which can hold two batteries for longer shooting and features dust and moisture protection.

Expand Your Creativity

In addition to E-mount lenses, you can add an optional 35mm full-frame compatible adapter (LA-EA3 or LA-EA4) to mount any A-mount lens to the a7R. The LA-EA4 features a built-in AF motor, aperture-drive mechanism and Translucent Mirror Technology to enable continuous phase-detection AF. Both adapters feature a tripod hole that allows mounting of a tripod to support large A-mount lenses.
Expand Your Creativity
View 4K stills on your 4K TV

View 4K stills on your 4K TV

Enjoy Ultra High Definition slide shows directly from the camera to a compatible 4K television. The α7R converts images for optimized 4K image size playback (8MP). Enjoy expressive rich colors and amazing detail like never before. Images can be viewed via an optional HDMI connection4 or via WiFi.

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Specifications

Camera
Lens Compatibility Sony E-mount Full Frame, operation with Minolta / Konica Minolta Maxxum A-mount lenses confirmed via optional LA-EA3/LA-EA4 adaptor9
Camera Type Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera
Lens Mount Type Sony E-mount Full Frame
Imaging Sensor
Imaging Sensor Exmor CMOS sensor (35.9 x 24.0mm)
Processor BIONZ® X image processor
Anti Dust Charge protection coating on optical filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism
Pixel Gross 36.8 Megapixels (approx.)
Effective Picture Resolution 36.3 Megapixels (approx.)
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Recording
Media Type Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
Color Space Still:
sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINOS Color
Movie:
xvYCC standard (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS color
Still Image Mode RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Extra fine, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
Still Image Max Effective Resolution 36.4 Megapixels
Still Image Size 16:9 35mm full frame:
L: 7360 x 4144 (30M), M: 4800 x 2704 (13M), S: 3680 x 2072 (7.6M)
APS-C:
L: 4800 x 3200 (15M), M: 3680 x 2456 (9.0M), S: 2400 x 1600 (3.8M)
Still Image Size 3:2 35mm full frame:
L: 7360 x 4912 (36M), M: 4800 x 3200 (15M), S: 3680 x 2456 (9.0M)
APS-C:
L: 4800 x 3200 (15M), M: 3680 x 2456 (9.0M), S: 2400 x 1600 (3.8M)
Panorama Still Image Size Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M)
Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M)
Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M)
Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M)
Video Mode AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4
Video Resolution AVCHD:
PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps
MP4:
HD - 1440 x 1080/30p@12Mbps
VGA - 640 x 480/30p@3Mbps
Video Signal NTSC color, EIA standards
Audio Format Dolby Di ital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Microphone/Speaker Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-CG50 / XLR-K1M (sold separately) / Built-in monaural speaker; volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7
Still Image File Format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Optics/Lens
Lens Type Sony E-mount Full Frame
Lens Mount Type Sony E-mount Full Frame
Digital Zoom Yes, approx. 4x
Direct Manual Focus Yes
Exterior Finish Black
EV Compensation +/-5.0 EV (in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps), with exposure compensation dial: +/-3.0 EV (in 1/3 EV step)
Viewfinder
Type 1/2-inch (1.30 cm) XGA OLED color electronic viewfinder
Diopter Adjustment -4.0 m-1 ~ +3.0m-1 (diopter)
Field of View 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.71x with 50 mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 (diopter)
LCD Display
LCD Type 3.0” (7.5cm) TFT LCD (921,600 dots) with tiltable design
Brightness Control Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2), Sunny Weather mode
Coverage 100%
Live View Continuous Live View
Real-time image adjustment display Yes (On / Off)
Histogram Yes (On / Off)
Peaking Yes (Level setting: High / Mid / Low / Off, Color: White / Red / Yellow)
Grid Display Graphic Display / Display All Info. / No Disp. Info. / Histogram / Digital Level Gauge / Shooting information for viewfinder mode
Customization Grid, Histogram display, Digital Level Gauge, Grid Line, Magnified display for playback
Focus Control
Focus System Contrast-detection AF
Focus Points 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
AF Modes Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus
Focus Area Multi Point (25 points) / Center-weighted / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Zone
Focus Sensitivity EV 0 to 20 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
Manual Focus Assist 35mm full frame: 7.2x, 14.4x
APS-C: 4.7x, 9.4x
Focus Features Lock-on AF, Eye AF, Focus lock, Eye-start AF (only available with optional LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 attached), AF illuminator (built-in, LED type, range: Approx. 0.30-3m), AF micro adjustment, AF ON
AF Illuminator Yes (with built-in LED type)
Exposure System
Picture Effect(s) 13 modes: Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R, G, B, Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration
Auto Exposure Lock Available with AE lock button. Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. Can be disabled from the Menu.
Color Temperature 2500 – 9900K with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7), Custom
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia (Contrast -3 to +3 steps, Saturation -3 to +3 steps, Sharpness -3 to +3 steps)
D-Range Optimizer Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level (1-5)), Auto High Dynamic Range: Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1.0-6.0 EV, 1.0 EV step)
Exposure Bracketing With 3 frames in 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1.0 EV, 2.0 EV or 3.0 EV increments.
With 5 frames in 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV or 2/3 EV increments
Exposure Compensation +/-5.0 EV (in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps), with exposure compensation dial: +/-3.0 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Settings AUTO (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Movie
ISO Still images: ISO 100-25600 (ISO numbers up from ISO 50 can be set as expanded ISO range),
AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
Movies: ISO 200-25600 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 200-6400 equivalent)
Metering Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity EV 0 to 20 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
Noise Reduction Long exposure NR: On / Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec., High ISO NR: Normal / Low / Off selectable
Scene Mode(s) Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
White Balance Mode Auto WB / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight) / Flash / Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & Color Filter (G7 to M7: 15 steps, A7 to B7: 15 steps) / Custom / Underwater
Drive System
Continuous Shooting Speed Continuous shooting: Max. 1.5fps, Speed Priority Continuous shooting: Max. 4.0fps
Drive Mode Single shooting, Continuous shooting, Speed Priority Continuous shooting, Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.) (10 sec. delay; 3/5 exposures selectable), Bracketing (Cont., Single, White Balance, DRO)
Self-timer 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay
Shutter Speeds 1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Flash
Flash Bracketing With optional external flash:
1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, 3 EV steps, 3/5 frames (1.0/2.0/3.0 EV: only 3 frames) selectable
Flash Compensation With optional external flash:
±3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Flash Coverage With optional external flash: 16 mm (focal length printed on lens body)
Flash Metering System With optional external flash: Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes With optional external flash:
Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off selectable),
Hi-speed sync, Wireless
Flash Type Optional external flash
Convenience Features
Self Timer Yes
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
Erase/Protect Yes
Media/Battery Indicator Yes
Power Save Mode Yes
Still Image Playback Options Single (with or without shooting information, RGB histogram & highlight/shadow warning), 9/25-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (Maximum magnification L: 23.0x, M: 15.0x, S: 11.5x), Auto Review (10 / 5 / 2 sec, off), Image orientation (Auto / Manual / Off selectable), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (Still / Date / MP4 / AVCHD), Forward/Rewind (Movie), Delete, Protect
Video Playback Options Forward / Rewind (Movie)
Multiple Language Display Yes
Advanced Features
Face Detection On, Off, Face Registration, Face Selection; maximum eight faces detected
Smile Shutter technology Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
Image Stabilization Lens-based (where applicable)
Intelligent Auto Yes
Superior Auto Yes
Tracking Focus Yes
Anti Motion Blur Yes
Auto High Dynamic Range Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
Priority Setting (for Face Detection) Yes (eight faces max)
Sweep Panorama Horizontal (Wide / Standard), Vertical (Wide / Standard)
Interface
Headphone Jack Yes
Microphone Input Yes
Remote Commander Yes, via optional RM-VPR1
Accessory Shoe Yes, via Multi Interface Shoe
PictBridge Compatible Yes
A/V Remote Terminal Yes, via Multi Terminal interface
BRAVIA® Sync Yes, via HDMI® with compatible BRAVIA HDTV (link menu)
DC IN Yes via optional AC-PW20AM (sold separately)
HD Output HDMI® Type D micro connector
Memory Card Slot Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
NFC Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)
PhotoTV HD Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI® cable
Tripod Mount Yes, 1/4" (20 thread count)
USB Port(s) USB 2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.) Approx. 5 × 3-3/4 × 1-15/16” (126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2 mm) (W/H/D) excluding protrusions
Weight (Approx.) With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo Approx. 1 lb. 0.4 oz. (465 g)
Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) Approx. 14.4 oz. (407 g)
Power
Battery Type InfoLITHIUM® NP-FW50 (7.2V)
Battery Capacity 1080 mAh
Number of Still Images Approx. 340 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)
Power Requirements One rechargeable battery pack (NP-FW50)
Software
Supplied Software Supplied Software: PlayMemories Home, Image Data Converter Version 4
Operating System Compatibility Image Data Converter 4.0:
Microsoft Windows® Vista® SP2, Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® 8 (Pentium 4 or faster)
Mac OS X (10.6-10.8) (Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster)
PlayMemories Home:
Microsoft Windows® Vista® SP2, Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® 8 (Pentium III 800 MHz or faster; for playing/editing HD movies: Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster/Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or faster, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz or faster (AVC HD (FX/FH))
Mac OS X (10.6-10.8) (Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster)
Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty Term 1 Year Parts & Labor
Interface
Multi Interface Shoe Yes
Interface
Wired Yes, via optional RM-VPR1
Lens compensation
Lens compensation Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion
Power
External power Yes via optional AC-PW20AM (sold separately)
Print
Compatible standards Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting
Recording system (still image)
14bit RAW Yes
Viewfinder
Display Disp. Basic Info
Histogram
Viewfinder
Brightness Control Auto / Manual (3 steps between -1 and +1)
Wi-Fi
PlayMemories Camera Apps Yes
Send to Computer Yes
View on Smartphone Yes
View on TV Yes

What's in the Box

  • Lens cap
  • Rechargeable battery (NP-FW50)
  • AC adaptor (AC-UB10)
  • Shoulder strap
  • Body cap
  • Micro USB cable

CNET Editors' Rating
4 out of 5 stars.

The good

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.

The bad

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

The bottom line

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.

The overall rating is 8.2 out of 10.
  • Design rating is 9.0 out of 10.
  • Features rating is 9.0 out of 10.
  • Performance rating is 7.0 out of 10.
  • Image quality rating is 9.0 out of 10.