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Sony a7R Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Announced

Sony has launched what it claims to be the world's smallest and lightest full frame mirrorless camera, the Sony a7R.

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Alpha 7R

Sony has announced the Sony a7R, which is currently claimed to be the world's smallest and lightest full frame interchangable lens camera. 

The Sony a7R features a newly developed full-frame CMOS sensor with 36.4 megapixels, and no optical low-pass filter. It also has a newly developed fast intelligent AF systerm, that is 35% quicker then conventional contrast-detection autofocus. It features a dust and moisture resistant magnesuim alloy body and extensive custom controls. 

Read our Sony Alpha 7R Hands-On Review with Sample Photos

Sony a7R Key Features

  • 36.4 megapixel full frame Exmor CMOS sensor
  • No optical low-pass filter
  • XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder
  • 3inch tilting screen
  • Full HD video, 60p, 25p
  • Clean HDMI output
  • Fast intelligent AF
  • Smart remote control, Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Tough magnesium weather sealed body
  • ISO 100-25600, expandable to ISO50 and ISO51200
The a7R will ba available for £1600 from mid-late November. 

From Sony: A game-changing blend of imaging power and portability, the α7R from Sony sets an exciting new benchmark in digital imaging. This mirrorless camera redefines the creative options of full-frame photography in a palm-sized interchangeable lens camera.

Sony Alpha A7R (2)

The α7R and new α7 provide  a limitless array of new artistic possibilities for serious photographers. Expanding the range of optics from Sony and Carl Zeiss, six new full-frame lenses complement the cameras’ superlative image quality – whether you’re shooting detail-packed stills or crisp, cinematic Full HD video.

Beautifully styled and easy to hold on lengthy assignments, the α7R is a no-compromise photographic tool that puts the needs of advanced users first. Front and back dials plus a control wheel and exposure compensation dial allow intuitive adjustments while framing shots through the high-contrast, high resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder or on the tiltable 3.0-type LCD screen.

The 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor incorporates light concentration and photo diode expansion technologies and also features a new ‘gapless’ on-chip lens design which eliminates gaps between adjacent pixels. These advances increase light collection efficiency, achieving outstanding resolution, sensitivity and low noise while circumventing the challenge of decreased pixel size due to the extremely high pixel count.

Together with the powerful new BIONZ X processor, the full-frame sensor also allows the α7R to shoot pro-quality Full HD video. You’ll enjoy rich, beautifully rendered movie footage with sumptuous colours and ultra-low noise, even in low light. Clear Image Zoom has been enhanced for video recording, delivering powerful close-ups without sacrificing pixel count. Pro-style movie features include an audio recording level control and display, plus a ‘clean’ HDMI output that allows video to be viewed on an external monitor or recorded on another device.

Sony Alpha A7R (1)

The α7R showcases a new Fast Intelligent AF that ensures speedy, accurate autofocus and is designed to be fully customisable to exactly suit your precise photographic demands, with nine customisable buttons and 46 assignable functions.

Pre-installed in the α7R, ‘Smart Remote Control’ controls exposure and shutter release from your smartphone. Great for tripod-mounted group shots and self-portraits, the app also sends photos automatically to your mobile device for on-the-spot sharing.

With a tough magnesium alloy body that is dust- and moisture-resistant, the α7R weighs in at just 407g (body only) as the world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera with a full-frame sensor.

Appealing equally to busy photo professionals and advanced amateurs, it also boasts the highest image quality of any α camera to date. The brand-new 36.4-effective megapixel (approx.) full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor delivers levels of detail unprecedented in any camera of its class. The high resolution sensor of the α7R has no optical low-pass filter, ensuring that its extraordinary resolving power is fully exploited. It’s complemented by a new BIONZ X processor – Sony’s latest-generation imaging engine that maximises detail and reduces image noise over a wide ISO 100-25600 sensitivity range (NB: expandable down to ISO 50 and up to ISO 51,200 with Multi-Frame Noise Reduction).

Sony Alpha A7R (3)

There’s a choice of five new full-frame E-mount lenses to realise the sheer imaging power of the α7R. The E-mount full-frame family includes two mid-range zooms by Sony and Carl Zeiss, two bright Sonnar T* primes and a premium-quality G lens telephoto zoom. There’s also a new-generation mount adaptor that gives photographers extra freedom to re-use their precious collection of full-frame A-mount optics with both cameras, including the newly-announced SAL70200G2 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM II telephoto zoom.

New accessories will also be available for the α7R. The VG-C1EM grip extends shooting stamina via two NP-FW50 batteries, as well as providing greater user comfort during vertical shooting. The BC-TRW Battery Charger gives visual LED confirmation of recharging status. The FA-CS1M off-camera shoe can be used as an off-camera cable by connecting with a Multi Flash Cable. The LCS-ELCA premium leather soft carrying case extends the premium quality experience of handling and using the α7R while protecting your camera from scuffs and marks whilst being carried.

The light, compact new α7R interchangeable lens full-frame digital camera from Sony is available for pre-order from the Sony UK website today and will go on general sale in the UK from mid-late November 2013.

Read our Sony Alpha 7R Hands-On Review with Sample Photos

Sony Alpha 7R Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels36.4Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)7360
Pixels (H)4912
Sensor TypeExmor CMOS
Sensor SizeFull-Frame
Sensor Size (width)35.9mm
Sensor Size (height)24mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution921k dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Underwater
Exposure Comp+/-3
Viewfinder Resolution2,359,296 dots
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting4fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 1440x1080
Video FPS60p, 25p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • Memory Stick (Sony)
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium-Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)270shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data

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Photographs taken using the Sony Alpha 7R

MoonriseWaiting for the SpringWinter SunsetPost Cards from the Edge (8) - The Boat & The ReefFrom the Top of the Nave and Through the Quire, Hereford Cathedral, EnglandShadows in Time - Hereford Cathedral, EnglandThe High Altar, Hereford Cathedral, EnglandThe Harbour at Porthgain, PembrokeshireThe Lighthouse on Strumble Head, Pembrokeshire, WalesThe Altar, St Mary Redcliffe Parish Church, BristolThrough the Quire to the Altar, Salisbury Cathedral, WiltshireThe Vaulted Ceiling and Window above the High Altar, Salisbury Cathedral, WiltshireThe Font, Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire,EnglandThe Good Book

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RJPhoto 7 16 1 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2013 10:38AM
Just when I thought I knew which camera I was going to get next, along come Sony with a potential mind-blower! Looking forward to reading your review!

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Niknut Plus
9 2.3k 78 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2013 12:01PM
Mirrorless, full-frame, & only 407gm ???........Wow !!!!

Bring on that review !!!!!!!!!.Grin
ShaunsPics 8 87 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2013 3:17PM
DAMM you SONY what am I going to tell the missis......ive seen a lovely looking camera I like....but ive already got TWO.
kodachrome 7 720
21 Oct 2013 4:30PM
No probs, just remind her of all the shoes she's bought over the last couple of years, I bet it adds up to more than the camera!!

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