The Sony A7IV has been long anticipated, and recent rumors have emerged about what the camera specs could be. While there are some speculative articles and videos, and a lot of ‘wish list’ rumors, we’re restricting ourselves to looking at what leaks from reliable sources seem to be saying about this camera.
Let’s dive into it without further ado.
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Update: Sony Product Announcement Video and Info From Video tags
Sony’s product announcement video is set to air at the times we confirmed earlier 15:00 BST on October 21, 2021.
Hidden in the video tags, we got a hint at possible features that the camera would have.
Unfortunate for Sony that they leaked their own news before the much-awaited reveal… Fortunate for us. :D
Here are the specs as listed in the video tags – Looks like the rumors were right after all!:
- 10-bit 4:2:2 HLG
- Eye AF, Animal Eye AF, AF, Eye AF movies
- Eye AF birds
- field camera, pro camera
- silent shutter
- BIONZ XR
- All-I XAVC S-I
- S&Q dial
- vari-angle LCD
- 5GHz Wi-Fi
- USB 10Gbps live-streaming
- Creative Look
- 15+ stops dynamic range
Update: Confirmed Launch Date & Some Specs.
The Sony A7IV will be launched on October 21, 2021 at 10:00 EDT / 15:00 BST / 22:00 SGT. We also some updated spec, this time stating that 4k60p will indeed be an included feature and that there will be a dynamic range of 15 stops. Stay tuned for more information as and when it happens.
Rumored Sony A7IV Specs, Launch Date
Sony Alpha Rumors recently listed a minimal set of possible updated specs for the ‘rumored’ camera. The updates suggested a 33-megapixel sensor with 5.5 stop IBIS (compared to 5-stops with the A7III). They also hinted at other, more tenuous rumors that they will post soon.
Additional specifications available elsewhere indicate the likely availability of 4K 60p video as well as improved autofocus and the new and improved menu system that is in the A7SIII and A1 Cameras.
- Newly developed 33 MP sensor
- 15 stops of Dynamic Range
- 4K 60p video
- 4k 30p Oversampled video from 7K
- 5.5 stops of IBIS
- 5-axis in-body stabilization
- Same body as the A7S III
- Same heatsink as the A7S III
- New Menu system from Sony A7SIII
- 3.69M dot EVF
- 1.44M dot LCD
- Dual UHS-II SD and CF Xpress Type A card slots
- Expected Price $2,499
4K Video Update
Earlier rumors of the camera supporting 4K/60p video seem unlikely (though we keep our fingers crossed). Most sources currently suggest that the camera would only be able to shoot video in 4K/30p which will be oversampled from 7K.
Viewfinder & Body Updates
Being the entry-level camera to Sony’s A7 lineup, the A7IV is unlikely to get the EVF and screen that the Sony A1 or the A7RIV have. We’re more likely to see a 3.69 million dot EVF and a 1.4 million dot rear LCD screen.
Further rumors have emerged that the camera is likely to use the same Sony A7SIII body design, so I guess we will at least be sure that it won’t overheat, and that the camera will likely have an articulating flip-out screen. The weight is stated to be around 1 lb 7.3 oz (approx. 658 g) with battery and memory card.
Delayed Launch & Chip Shortages
Earlier, Sony Alpha Rumors had reported that the camera was set for a delayed launch in late October 2021 due to the ongoing global chip shortages.
We still do not have any official word from the company about the launch of this camera and the worldwide chip shortages have affected many camera production lines.
All indications point to a $2,500 price point which is a step up from the $2,000 that the A7III debuted at. The Sony A7III is currently available at around $1,700. This also places it at the same price point as its competitor, the Canon R6.
Sony A7 Lineup
Sony A7 lineup was last refreshed in February 2018 with the Sony A7III, which was a huge hit.
The A7III has been a huge seller for Sony. The 24-megapixel multi-purpose camera has seen many photographers and filmmakers use it as an entry point into the Sony Mirrorless Camera ecosystem and has allowed Sony to capitalize on the lens lineup advantage that it had over the Canon Full-frame Mirrorless system.
However, the situation isn’t the same as in 2018, and Sony will need to deliver more than just a slightly better A7III for photographers to be convinced to upgrade.
Competition For The Sony A7IV
Sony’s 24-megapixel sensors have recently felt the strain as other camera manufacturers have upgraded to higher megapixel counts. The A7III’s autofocus system, though speedy, still lags behind new cameras such as the Canon R6 and R5 that have remarkable eye autofocus for humans as well as animals.
Sony has lagged behind Canon on this front and the improved autofocus system from the Sony flagship systems will be a welcome addition but is still likely to lag behind in terms of innovation with the rumored automotive autofocus tracking in the upcoming Canon R3. Sony may end up playing catch-up for quite a while yet on this front.
Canon’s mirrorless lens range is starting to grow quite considerably, and I would say that they currently have some imaginative implementations in their new lenses.
This means that Sony will be forced to try and impress photographers with its new camera, and will have to unveil a camera that is more than a faster and slightly better A7III.
The 33megapixel sensor probably is an indication of Sony trying to gain an advantage over the 20 Megapixels that the Canon R6 brings to the table at the same price point, but time will tell if these rumors are true.
Stay Tuned For Updates
We will update this page as more news comes in about this camera, so stay tuned.
Update #1: Added information about the body and 4K video.
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Published: September 6, 2021 | Last Updated: October 13, 2022