If the Sony A7 III floored you with its impressive specifications and marvellous features, here’s some good news for you! Sony has an exciting line-up of potential product releases this year, and one of the products we are most excited for is the Sony A7 IV! Its predecessor managed to become an instant hit among photographers across the world. Now, the entire photography community is waiting with bated breath for the release of the all-new Sony A7 IV!
If you believe the rumours, this full-frame mirrorless camera has splendid features and an updated version of the previous model. Sony has put in all the effort to ensure that this brand-new camera outshines its predecessor and its competitors in the same price range.
Just like you, we too, are all excited to know everything about this camera – its features, specifications and more importantly, what makes it better than the Sony A7 III. A little research (and some information from rumour sites) and we could compile everything you need to know about this upcoming model from Sony. Read to find out more and remember that these are our best-educated guesses.
Upgraded Image Sensor For Optimal Performance
Whenever we head to purchase a camera, the image sensor is one of the foremost aspects. After all, it is one of the critical elements of photography and videography. The Sony A7 III has an excellent image sensor of 24MP; however, the A7 IV is likely to take this a notch higher. The image sensor in this camera should range from 30 to 32MP. It will give you a meaningful boost over the Sony A7 III model.
The interesting point to note here is that Sony is not likely to replicate the Sony A7R series and develop high-ranged sensors. Instead, for the A7 IV, they will opt for the middle ground to manage customer expectations on price and performance. And this feature is something to look forward to, as it will guarantee some additional pixels while maintaining the high-ISO noise performance. You can also expect an expanded ISO sensitivity ranging from ISO 50 to ISO 204,800.
Sensors in Sony’s cameras have never been a sore point – they have always surpassed expectations. We’re sure that the Sony A7 IV will carry forward this powerful image sensors’ legacy.
Top-notch Image Processor
The Sony A7 III features the BIONZ X image processor, which contributes to the camera’s high-speed performance. In the new A7 IV model, the processor should upgrade to a BIONZ XR. As compared to its predecessor, the new model will be faster, more precise and accurate. It will confidently handle autofocus and tracking calculations simultaneously.
Same Continuous Shooting Rate
The combination of the excellent image sensor and powerful image processor worked well for the Sony A7 III. A similar performance is expected from the Sony A7 IV too. The combination avails fast continuous shooting at up to 10 fps at full resolution, for up to 177 frames, when working with the mechanical or electronic shutter. When shooting in live view mode, expect a continuous shooting speed of up to 8fps.
Higher Resolution LCD Screen
Sources say that the LCD screen of the Sony A7 IV will appear cheap, but will still have a much higher resolution than its predecessor. While the LCD screen’s expected resolution will be somewhere around 1.44m-dot, we’ll wait and watch what unfolds. Compared with the Sony A7 III, which features a 3″ 922k-dot resolution touchscreen LCD, a 1.44m-dot is indeed much better.
Updated Electronic Viewfinder
Let’s be honest here – the electronic viewfinder in the Sony A7 III wasn’t industry-leading. It was one of those areas where competitor cameras won points over Sony’s model. Because of the simple 2.36m-dot viewfinder, the Sony A7 III lagged behind its counterparts – some of which went ahead to offer resolutions ranging from 3.6m-dot and higher.
Now all eyes are pinned on the Sony A7 IV, hoping that it features a powerful electronic viewfinder. If you believe the sources, the new model will feature a 3.69m-dot electronic viewfinder. We agree this may not be as much as what the competitor cameras offer, but it is way better than the electronic viewfinder of Sony A7 III. With the 3.69m-dot resolution, the A7 IV will enter the camera’s professional range, making it a pleasurable experience to shoot with.
Same Image Stabilisation Mechanism
The Sony A7 III model has an impeccable image stabilisation system – it features a robust 5-stop effective 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilisation. It compensates for five different camera shake types, typically encountered during handheld shooting or when shooting with slower shutter speeds.
The same feature should be replicated in the Sony A7 IV, and we couldn’t be happier. After all, the 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilisation is the best system for stabilisation required for different genres of photography. Shooting videos becomes a lot easier, with the presence of this excellent image stabilisation system.
Upgraded Video Recording in Different Formats
The predecessor model offers an internal recording of UHD 4K movies in multiple frame rates up to 30fps. While this is great, higher speed is always welcome to meet visual creatives’ demands. When it comes to the Sony A7 IV video recording, let’s hope Sony listened intently to those demands. Instead of 30fps, the new model needs to deliver 4K up to 60fps. Likewise, for the 1080p format, you can expect the speed of up to 240fps for gorgeous slow-motion footage.
Cameras get hot during 4K video recording. Sources say Sony has worked tirelessly on this issue as the demand for more extended continuous recording grows strong. Irrespective of which format you choose to record videos in, the camera will not get hot. So yes, with the new Sony A7 IV model, overheating is no longer a problem.
Similar to the Sony A7 III, the new model will feature high-resolution internal recording. The uncompressed HDMI output also enables an optional external recorder for clean 4K recording with 4:2:2 sampling.
Impeccable Autofocus System
Like the Sony A7 III, the brand new model will feature an excellent autofocusing system. According to rumours, the 4D FOCUS system employs a combination of 693 phase-detection points, which cover 93% of the entire frame. You also have 425 contrast-detection points, which contribute to reliable, accurate and quick autofocus performance.
The fast autofocusing system of the A7 III will feature in the A7 IV as it is one of the best autofocusing mechanisms in all Sony cameras. The powerful focus system delivers refined accuracy and gives you a steady focus, irrespective of which genre you are shooting.
Overall Design and Construction
Both cameras’ design is similar – with the presence of a 3-inch LCD and 0.5-inch OLED viewfinder. When it comes to sturdiness, Sony is known to deliver robust products. With magnesium-alloy chassis, Sony’s cameras are rigid and durable and extremely lightweight and compact. So just like its predecessor, the new Sony is expected to be weather-sealed, with a dust and moisture resistant structure.
While Sony A7 III is a star performer in its range, the new model will be better than its predecessor. Right from the updated image sensor to the improved video recording feature, the camera is perfect in all aspects. More importantly, Sony has addressed the drawbacks in the previous model.
We expect Sony to release the A7 Iv in mid-2021. If you are looking to invest in a quality camera, we suggest you wait for this release. It will be one of the best Sony cameras to date, making it worth the wait! It is tough deciding to get the current generation or wait for the next. The latter option is better – because you will get an updated version of the Sony A7 III camera in a similar price range.
We will also keep you updated when we receive information about this product! For more updates about this upcoming model, keep an eye on this space! To watch Andrew’s hands-on time with the Sony A7 III, check out our video here.