Sony A7IV First Impressions

Three years in the past Sony launched the groundbreaking Sony A7III. I nonetheless keep in mind that time very effectively. This digital camera units the usual for mirrorless. It improved the earlier Sony cameras in so many vital methods: nice dynamic vary, nice low gentle efficiency, a lot of video performance and it additionally launched the brand new battery which mounted the ‘dangerous’ battery lifetime of the sooner Sony A7 generations. Now three years later its successor is lastly launched.

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As a Sony ambassador I solely acquired to play with the digital camera a few days however I nonetheless wish to provide you with my first impressions on this article. This text shall be up to date within the coming months with extra actual world footage.

Now, you realize me for my actual world evaluations and that is precisely what you are going to get on this (relatively brief) article. I am positive upon releasing this text you could find numerous of comparisons and tech checks all over the place on-line however that is not what I’m right here for. I merely take photographs with the gear and let you know what I like (and do not like) about it.

Upon holding the digital camera for the very first time you may instantly see and really feel that the physique is just like that of the A7SIII. I feel it is somewhat bit greater than the unique A7III. It feels sturdier and extra stable. The grip can also be greater and it feels higher holding with (my) large arms. One factor I instantly needed to get used to was the report button on prime as an alternative of the c1 button. I usually use c1 to vary white stability however now each time I press it the digital camera begins recording video. However I may resolve that simply by altering it into the customized button menu. One other attention-grabbing change is the highest proper dial which doesn’t have the + and – publicity markings anymore.

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The Sony AIV paired with the Sony 24mm GM lens

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Comparability : Left – Sony A7III, Proper – Sony AIV

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Then there’s the display screen which is now totally articulating. One other factor I needed to get used to. It is really nice, however for somebody like me who is just used to utilizing the flip display screen (for years) whereas typically having the digital camera low to the bottom, it positively took a while to get used to flipping out the display screen to the aspect and utilizing it that means. What I appreciated is that if I wished to take some fast video of myself, I may now lastly simply flip the display screen and see myself simply.

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Another good capabilities are the brand new 3.69m dot EVF which appears to be like nice, the two card slots the place one slot can take CF Xpress playing cards (in comparison with solely SD within the unique A7III) and the brand new menu system (just like that of the A7SIII). It appears to be like like physique smart, this new physique is the physique we’re going to see in all new future Sony Alpha cameras.

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So how does it carry out within the subject? Merely mentioned: Such as you would anticipate from a brand new Sony Alpha digital camera. I shortly set it up by way of the menu (which now has the brand new menu) like all my different cameras and it was instantly good to go.

It was the start of autumn with lovely misty mornings within the Netherlands: some nice mornings to take the digital camera out for a spin. The factor I seen first was how briskly the A7IV was. And by quick I don’t solely imply the burst velocity. The dealing with of the digital camera is tremendous quick. Viewing photographs immediately after taking pictures or zooming in on them goes immediately (takes for much longer with my A7RIV) and dealing with on the whole is a a lot sooner expertise than with my A7RIV.

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Sony A7IV – Sony 24-105G – 82mm – f/14 – 3.2s – ISO 100

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Sony A7IV – Sony 12-24GM – 24mm – f/11 – 0.5s – ISO 200

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Sony A7IV – Sony 12-24GM – 22mm – f/11 – 1s – ISO 200

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Sony A7IV – Sony 24-105G – 24mm – f/8 – 2.5s – ISO 200

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Sony A7IV – Sony 12-24GM – 24mm – f/14 – 2.5s – ISO 200

The brand new sensor has 33 Megapixels, that is 40% greater than the unique A7III. I’d say the Dynamic vary appears fairly just like that of the A7III (which was superb). The identical goes for the excessive ISO efficiency, which I’m very interested by. I could not take a look at these 2 elements to the fullest as a result of I could not get the utmost out of the RAW recordsdata but just because there was no RAW converter. I used to be in a position to open the pictures with Sony’s Imaging Edge software program after which export it to TIF so I may edit them in customary enhancing software program, however the TIF exports did not have the complete RAW dynamic vary information.

If the DR and excessive ISO efficiency are just like that of the A7III (or higher) mixed with 33 Megapixel and all the good capabilities of the A7IV I’ll positively have this digital camera within the bag sooner or later. My main digital camera for landscapes and cityscapes remains to be the A7RIV due to the superb element and excessive megapixel depend, however I at all times maintain one other digital camera in my bag. 33 Megapixel is a superb decision for the second physique and it additionally shoots nice (4k60) video.

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Sony A7IV – Sony 24-105G – 38mm – f/14 – 1/3s – ISO 100

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Sony A7IV – Sony 12-24GM – 12mm – f/11 – 1/4s – ISO 100

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Sony A7IV – Sony 12-24GM – 23mm – f/14 – 1s – ISO 200

In the event you’re how I course of my photographs, I’ve a full enhancing course out there explaining my full workflow. We even have a non-public group with many individuals serving to one another and giving suggestions πŸ™‚

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When the A7III got here out I used to be recommending it to everybody as the perfect all rounder digital camera available on the market. With the proper value, the A7IV now took over and is (for my part) the perfect all-rounder digital camera available on the market on this value class. It is tremendous full, has all the most recent (Sony) capabilities, has tremendous quick AF and even Animal AF and a lot extra. Must you improve when you’ve got an older Sony Alpha digital camera? Sure. If in case you have a Sony A7, A7II, A7III, A7R, A7RII (or something older) and if you happen to’re seeking to improve, it is best to 100% improve to the A7IV. Even the A7RIII if you happen to can settle for the lack of 9 megapixels (from 42 to 33) is a pleasant improve with the brand new physique, autofocus and all the brand new capabilities.

Sony launched one other nice digital camera and I am positive a lot of individuals are going to be enthusiastic about this one. I do know I’m. The A7RIV which is my principal digital camera is now already 2 years outdated. I do not even want extra megapixels. If Sony can put this digital camera within the A7IV physique together with all of the capabilities with prime Dynamic Vary and ISO efficiency, I shall be a really joyful photographer. Which digital camera shall be subsequent?

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Sony A7IV – Sony 24-105G – 88mm – f/8 – 1/60s – ISO 400

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Sony A7IV – Sony 24-105G – 31mm – f/13 – 0.4s – ISO 100

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Sony A7IV – Sony 100-400GM – 358mm – f/5.6 – 1/320s – ISO 200

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Sony A7IV – Sony 100-400GM – 100mm – f/8 – 1/2000s – ISO 200

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Sony A7IV – Sony 100-400GM – 221mm – f/8 – 1/320s – ISO 320

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Sony A7IV – Sony 100-400GM – 229mm – f/5.6 – 1/500s – ISO 200

Keep tuned for extra updates on this article about Dynamic Vary and ISO efficiency.

Thanks for studying!


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Gear used on this article:

Sony A7IV

Sony 24-105G

Sony 12-24GM

Sony 100-400GM

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