While there’s little change with the 61MP BSI sensor in the Sony A7R V, the processing engine is the very latest incarnation of the Sony Bionz XR and it, plus the dedicated AI Processing unit, is behind some exciting updates that the A7R V makes on the A7R IV.
Most significantly, there’s a new autofocus (AF) system with 693 phase detection points that cover 79% of the sensor. This backed by the subject-recognition system which, according to Sony, delivers a 60% improvement in human eye recognition and a 40% improvement in animal recognition. The range of detectable (and selectable) subjects has been extended to include humans, animals, birds, insects, planes and trains. It’s also possible to set the A7R V to detect animals and birds or either by themselves.
Thanks to the AI-enhanced Real Time Tracking, the Sony A7R V can follow people via their pose or body shape. And the Eye AF can even predict where the eyes are behind sunglasses so the eye is in focus rather than the glasses.
When animals are selected for detection, the camera can be set to look for their eyes, their body and head or their body, head and eyes in hierarchal order.
This sophisticated AF system is backed by the ability to shoot at up to 10fps (in Hi+ drive mode) with full-AF but blackout or 8fps (in H drive mode) without blackout. Also, when the new compressed raw file format is selected, the A7R V can record up to 583 images in one continuous sequence.
Sony has uprated the A7R V’s in-body image stabilisation in comparison with the A7 IV and when paired with a fully-compatible lens there’s up to 8EV shutter speed compensation in stills and video mode.
The Sony A7R V also has an improved Multi Shot Pixel Shift system. As before this can be set to capture 16 images that are composted into one larger image using Sony’s Imaging Edge Desktop software. Paired with the latest version of the software (V3.5), any movement is detected and the frame removed to ensure greater sharpness throughout the final 240.9MP image.
Sony has extended the range of files sizes and formats that the A7R V can capture to include uncompressed raw, lossless compressed raw (in large, medium or small sizes), compressed raw and Jpeg, with Jpeg light joining the usual array of compressions (extra fine, fine and standard).
Sony A7R V video features
The headline figures for the Sony A7R V on the video front are that it can shoot 8K video at 24/25p with a 1.2x crop or 4K video at up to 60/50p also with a 1.2x crop and 4K video at up to 30p with no crop. There’s also the option to shoot 4K video downsampled from 6.2K with no pixel binning.
The MPEG-H HEVC/H.265 codec is on hand along with all intra recording and 10-bit 4:2:2 colour.
Sony’s updated subject recognition system and real-time tracking are also available in video mode and there’s breathing compensation feature that we saw introduced with the Sony A7 IV.
As I mentioned earlier, the IBIS works during video mode but there’s also a (digital) in-body Active mode for the image stabilisation.
The Sony A7R IV also features:
- Focus bracketing in which it will shoot up to 299 images automatically, shooting the focus across a user-defined range, for post-capture combining.
- Full-time DMF that switches the camera to manual focus whenever the lens’s focus ring is rotated in AF-C or AF-S autofocus mode.
- Built-in Wi-Fi and 2×2 MIMO support for fast and stable image transfer.
- A graphite heat dissipation structure to move heat away from the sensor, image processor and AI processing unit. This construction has a sigma shape and is built into the image stabilisation unit.
- Two CFexpress Type A slots that can be used with SDXC/SDHC UHS-II or UHS-I cards.
- USB PD (Power Delivery) which means a USB charger or mobile battery that supports USB PD can be connected to the A7R V’s USB Type-C port to supply power or charge the battery.