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Sony ILCE7RB Digital Camera

MILC 36.3MP CMOS Jan 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Count Sensor Type Full HD Video Release Date
36.4 MP 35mm Full Frame Sensor Sony, one of the world's leading makers of image sensors, combined its top new technologies to achieve the highest resolution and image quality in history. This... More
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32 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

Expert review site CNET.com scored this camera 80 out of 100.

Good User Reviews

Based on 16 user reviews this camera has an average user rating of 83 out of 100.

Good Quality Lens

Some people who reviewed the Sony ILCE-7R concluded that it had a good lens. Phillip a J Jesson wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “That was probably down to the superb SEL70200G lens”.

Some people who reviewed it wrote that it had a good autofocus. Justice Peace wrote on Amazon “Under good studio lighting and given enough time to focus by zooming in via the C1 button it is possible to achieve excellent resolution” in their review of this digital camera. In December this year Rut said in their review “A nice feature is the focusing”.

Some Sony ILCE-7R reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good zoom. Honest Hari wrote “Where is the zoom up to 120mm? I think Sony needs to get its act together for its loyal customers”. P D Wardle mentioned in their Sony ILCE-7R review on Amazon two years ago “It is not too heavy with a standard zoom fitted nor unduly bulky”.

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Good Quality Pictures

A number of Sony ILCE-7R owners who purchased it wrote that it was able to produce good images. Earwicker wrote “The camera puts a state of the art full frame image sensor in an incredibly small, light unit” . J. Gale said in their review on Amazon “The lens with the adapter they give me acceptable photos for exhibition prints, even at the moment”. Michael J. Davies mentioned on Amazon “Brilliant landscape photography camera with a good lens.”.

Some Sony ILCE-7R owners who bought the Sony ILCE-7R considered that it had a good image sensor. Two years ago Earwicker wrote “The Fuji has an APS-C sensor and a fixed pancake lens.” in their review. Earwicker also mentioned “It defaults to 1/focal length, which is too slow for these modern lens/sensor combinations”. In December last year Justice Peace said “I think this is all down to the software because the Fuji has a much smaller sensor” in their Sony ILCE-7R review but despite that they gave the product a score of 3 stars.

Two Sony ILCE-7R owners mentioned in their reviews that the Sony ILCE-7R had a good picture resolution. Honest Hari mentioned on Amazon “For fast shooting and any long video work in any kind of heat don't purchase the A7r”. In December last year Justice Peace wrote in their review of the Sony ILCE-7R on Amazon “Given enough time to focus by zooming in via the C1 button it is possible to achieve excellent resolution and sharpness”.

One Sony ILCE-7R reviewer wrote in their reviews that the product had a good ISO range. Davipix mentioned in their review in December last year “I love the Auto ISO as well.” although they gave the product a score of 60 out of 100.

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Robust

Four people who bought it concluded that it was reliable. Justice Peace said in their review of the Sony ILCE-7R “Even my Leica M9 was 100% reliable” but they only gave it a score of 60 out of 100. Re.peter wrote “Detailed whole-frame prints up to 24" x 16" (A2) without resorting to the lottery of interpolation/resampling) + Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras usually boast reliably high levels of exposure” in their Sony ILCE-7R review.

A few Sony ILCE-7R owners said in their reviews that the product was well made. Davipix mentioned last year “All on its place and well built, as you could expect at this high level.” .

One Sony ILCE-7R owner thought it was strong and durable. Re.peter gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned on Amazon “Closing very frequently, I can assure you!) doesn't look or feel particularly sturdy + Providing you optimise the camera's settings”.

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Good Product Quality

Some people who purchased the Sony ILCE-7R concluded that it was good quality. Davipix said on Amazon “Everything looks well made, quality in every detail” however they only rated the product 60 out of 100. Davipix also wrote “* The IQ (Image Quality) is brilliant in most of cases, although Sony keeps limiting the RAW files under 14bits (it's said they give just 11bits) God knows why”. Earwicker wrote on Amazon “And the image quality is simply spectacular, helped by the new Zeiss FE lenses, which offer giddying sharpness” in their Sony ILCE-7R review.

Easy to Use

A few customers wrote in their reviews that the Sony ILCE-7R was easy to use. Akm47 mentioned “I went through 3 copies to find one without some problems connected to the poor quality control” but in spite of that they only gave it a rating of 60 out of 100. Justice Peace mentioned “The cheap optional remote control is very useful”.

Several people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Davipix said in their review of the Sony ILCE-7R last year “* Excellent responsiveness of the dials, good menu (a small step for mankind”.

One Sony ILCE-7R reviewer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to handle. Earwicker mentioned on Amazon two years ago “It handles beautifully” and rated it as excellent.

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Nice Design

Some Sony ILCE-7R owners wrote that it was good looking. Am gave the product an excellent rating and wrote “Proud to own such a beautiful camera”. Honest Hari said “I jumped out to take shots of this particularly nice looking one” although they only gave it a rating of 3 stars.

One Sony ILCE-7R reviewer thought the Sony ILCE-7R was a good design. Akm47 wrote “Nice design, great idea.” in their review but in spite of that they only scored the Sony ILCE-7R 3 stars.

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Good Size

A few Sony ILCE-7R reviewers considered that it was heavy and bulky. Davipix said on Amazon “Good size, not bulky at all, good weight, not too heavy, not too light” in their review of the Sony ILCE-7R. In December this year Rut mentioned “It's not the case of lugging a heavy SLR around with you” in their Sony ILCE-7R review and rated it 5 stars.

One customer who reviewed it concluded that it was a good body shape. D. M. mentioned in their review of the Sony ILCE-7R “Great camera body” and gave it a score of 5 stars. One customer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was a good weight.

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Sony Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Sony has good average ratings for its MILC digital cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other brands.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One person concluded that this digital camera was mirrorless. Davipix wrote “Some later the DSC-RX1R, both full frame, mirrorless and sporting a 35mm fixed lens” in their Sony ILCE-7R review.

One Sony ILCE-7R reviewer who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good viewfinder. Davipix wrote last year “A big leap for Sony), enough customizable buttons, very good viewfinder (could be better with a bit more of magnification even though)” in their review however despite that they only scored the product 3 stars.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera said that it had a good screen. This month Rut mentioned in their review of the Sony ILCE-7R on Amazon “This is useful when it is too bright for the screen viewing” and gave the product an excellent review score.

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Acceptable Noise Level

One Sony ILCE-7R owner who purchased it considered that it was noisy. Justice Peace said on Amazon “The results are not good - very noisy images”. One person who purchased the product considered that it was quiet. In December last year Phillip a J Jesson said in his review of the Sony ILCE-7R on Amazon “The shutter is loud when in quiet environments”.

Good Video Capture

Two people who reviewed the product thought it was good for video recording. Justice Peace wrote “This is a fantastic video camera” however they only rated the Sony ILCE-7R 60 out of 100. Phillip a J Jesson said “The wedding couple were impressed and preferred the the video over the professional wedding photographer's lol” in his Sony ILCE-7R review.

Good Battery Life

Several Sony ILCE-7R owners said that it had a good battery life. Justice Peace wrote on Amazon “I was using a genuine Sony battery with 90% charge”. Rut rated the Sony ILCE-7R 5 stars and mentioned in their review this month “The battery life is fine”. Rut also mentioned “A spare non-Sony battery is very cheap to buy anyway”.

Good Support

One customer concluded that this digital camera had good technical guidance. P D Wardle wrote “Can be supplemented by additional manual fine focus” and rated the Sony ILCE-7R as excellent.

Good Flash

One customer who bought the product reckoned that it had a good flash. Last year Michael J. Davies mentioned on Amazon “Terrible battery life, awkward position of the Menu and Magnify buttons, no flash, poor position of shutter release (fixed in A7 II), few lenses available” in his Sony ILCE-7R review however despite that he gave it a score of 40 out of 100.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on cameras of this type and age.

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Very High Megapixel Count

When compared to other MILC digital cameras that were released around the same time as the ILCE-7R that we have checked, the Sony ILCE-7R's megapixel count of 36.3 megapixels is one of the highest. The megapixel counts of similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 2.3MP to 46MP.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the ILCE-7R, the ILCE-7R supports Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might want to look at including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5[plb_2547546_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This camera supports an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on cameras of this age and type. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you are looking for a camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5[plb_2547546_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most commonly found camera shutter on cameras of this age and type.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Sony ILCE-7R is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Sony camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the ILCE-7R.

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Fairly Large Viewfinder Screen Size

The smallest viewfinder screen size of digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the ILCE-7R is 0.46", the largest is 0.5", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.49". With a viewfinder screen size of 0.5 inches, the ILCE-7R has a quite large viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the ILCE-7R.

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Very Many Total Megapixel Count

The total megapixel count of the Sony ILCE-7R of 36.8 megapixels is one of the most amongst MILC digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the ILCE-7R. The average total megapixel count of cameras of this spec and age is 19MP.

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7360 X 4912 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The ILCE-7R has a 7360 x 4912 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. Most cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution. The image resolution of all digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the ILCE-7R ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Has Nine White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the ILCE-7R is more than most cameras of this age and type. This Sony digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent", "Shade" and "Underwater" are also found on this camera.

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Supports Twenty-Five ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Sony ILCE-7R is more than most MILC digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This Sony camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by MILC digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The ISO speeds "100", "125", "160", "250", "320", "400", "500", "640", "800", "1000", "1250", "1600", "2000", "2250", "2500", "3200", "4000", "5000", "6400", "8000", "10000", "12800", "16000" and "25600" are also supported by this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras that came out more than two years ago. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Features Two Auto Focus

The Sony ILCE-7R has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on MILC digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The auto focus "Single Auto Focus" is also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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Supports One Power Source

The ILCE-7R has a greater number of power sources than most cameras of this age and spec. This Sony digital camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most commonly supported power source supported by MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the ILCE-7R.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most commonly found focus on comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Sony ILCE-7R does not have a built-in flash, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age which have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other cameras which also have a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5[plb_2547546_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most digital cameras of this type and age do not support WiFi connectivity. The ILCE-7R is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

Other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might want to consider include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5[plb_2547546_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The ILCE-7R does not support video recording. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also do not support video recording.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other cameras of this spec and age, the ILCE-7R is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the ILCE-7R do not have a GPS. The ILCE-7R is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

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Not Waterproof

The ILCE-7R is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the ILCE-7R are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most cameras of this spec and age do not have an image stabiliser. The ILCE-7R is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabiliser.

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Heavy

With a weight of 407 grams, the Sony ILCE-7R is one of the heavier digital cameras that were released around the same time as the ILCE-7R amongst MILC digital cameras of this age. The lightest digital camera of a similar spec and age to the ILCE-7R is 70g , the heaviest is 680g, and the average weight is 310g.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the ILCE-7R is more than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Sony digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of this age and spec. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Pre-flash" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Sony camera.

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Only Has Four Photo Effects

The ILCE-7R has a greater number of photo effects than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This digital camera has a Vivid photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on cameras of a similar age and spec to the ILCE-7R. The photo effects "Black&White", "Neutral" and "Sepia" are also found on this camera.

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Thick

The ILCE-7R is one of the thicker digital cameras of a similar type and age to the ILCE-7R (48.2 millimeters) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The depths of digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the ILCE-7R range from 22mm to 95mm, and the average depth is 44mm.

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Very Tall

With a height of 94.4 millimeters, the ILCE-7R is quite tall compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the ILCE-7R. MILC digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have heights of between 36mm and 110mm.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony ILCE-7R

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this Sony digital camera was released.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Sony ILCE-7R has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of other 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5[plb_2547546_price].

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Focusing
Auto Focus
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Pre-Flash
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Microphone in Socket
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Headphone Out Port
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
System Requirements
Networking
Near Field Communication

Expert Reviews

(1)
5 February 2014

Sony Alpha ILCE-7 (A7) is a great alternative to similarly priced entry-level full-frame dSLRs, as long as you don't need speedy continuous shooting...

Sony's Alpha ILCE 7, aka the 7, delivers excellent photo and video quality in a well-designed camera that's enjoyable to shoot with
The long startup time and short battery life disappoint

User Reviews

(15)
Reviewed 2 August 2016 by Rut
(Verified Purchase)

I have been using this camera with the Sony 35mm 2,8 and Batis 18mm lenses. The sharpness of the photos is superb, and the colours are true to life. The panorama function is truly amazing. You... Read more…

Reviewed 1 August 2015 by Kensom
(Verified Purchase)

5 stars says I love it, and I do. Amazing sensor but takes a little while to get to grips with it's little foibles - persevere and you will be delighted,...

Reviewed 12 March 2015 by Phillip A J Jesson
(Verified Purchase)

Superb picture quality when coupled with the SEL70200G lens. The shutter is loud when in quiet environments. I was recently at a wedding and opted to video rather than take stills during the... Read more…

Reviewed 12 February 2015 by AM
(Verified Purchase)

Proud to own such a beautiful camera.

(Verified Purchase)

The A7R shares all the niggles and annoyances of the A7. While each person will have their own set, mine are pretty much the same as most other users:- Terrible battery life, awkward position of... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony ilce7, sony ilce7r, sony alpha7, sony alpha7r, sony ilce7rb, sony ilce7rbi, sony ilce7rbiv, sony alphailce7, sony alphailce7r, sony alphailce7rb
Barcodes 00027242874787, 00616348088817, 00845251096903, 04905524958454, 04905524958492

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