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Sony Alpha A7R Digital Camera

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MILC 36.3MP Dec 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Release Date
Twenty-four industry awards
Image quality jpeg
Compact et lger
284 Reviews + 16 Awards
Camera Labs Highly Recommended DP Review Gold PhotographyBlog.com Essential Ephotozine Highly Recommended
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Twenty-Four Industry Awards

Amongst digital cameras of a comparable age and spec, this digital camera is one of the most awarded.

The experts at six expert review sites all concluded that they would recommend this Sony camera. This camera received a "Recommended" award from Trusted Reviews, Altomdata.dk, Itc.ua, Hardwarezone.com.ph, Tek.no and Fotovideo.nu.

This Sony digital camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from review sites Ephotozine, Camera Labs, Lydogbilde.no, Ljudochbild.se and Lydogbillede.dk all of whom thought that this high megapixel digital camera was great.

This camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from websites PC Mag, Digitaltrends.com, CNET.com.au, Photoreview.com.au and Reviewed.com all of whom concluded that this Sony camera was brilliant.

This Sony camera was given a "Gold" award by both websites What Digital Camera and DP Review, both of which wrote that this camera was superb.

The author at websites Hardwarezone.com.sg wrote that this digital camera was carefully designed and gave it their "Design Award".

Good Expert Reviews

This camera has an average expert rating of 88% based on sixty-four expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, DP Review and CNET.com. This puts this high megapixel digital camera in the top 11% of all the digital cameras of a similar spec and age when ranked by average expert review score.

User Reviews Are Good

On average, people who bought this digital camera rated it as 85%. 329 reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 82% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

We checked 23,045 expert and user reviews (including 7,132 verified purchases) for Sony digital cameras and found that on average Sony has good ratings. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically for its high megapixel cameras. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Design

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One hundred and fourty-three people mentioned in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A7R was good quality. Stuff.tv wrote “Superb image quality” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars. Trusted Reviews gave the product a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and wrote “Great build quality” in their review of this digital camera. Digital Versus said “Exceptionally good picture quality”.

Good Looking

Fourty-seven people concluded that the Sony Alpha A7R was good looking. Two years ago Bhphotovideo.com said “Works With Vintage Lenses” in their review of this digital camera. Bhphotovideo.com also mentioned “Beautiful video” in their review. Expert review site Luminous-Landscape.com said “As prototypes appeared in selected hands (such as Michael Reichmann's), “first-impression” style reviews quickly fo” in their review of this digital camera.

Fifteen customers said in their reviews that it was well designed. Digitaltrends.com mentioned “Excellente qualit d'image en photo comme en vido, compacit pour ce niveau de quali 233, design et ergonomie” and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Dp Review mentioned “Wietny design”. Cnet.com said on CNET.com “Sony Alpha ILCE 7R delivers some of the best image quality we've seen for under 3 000 in a great shooting design and feature set”.

Fifteen owners who reviewed it mentioned that it was ergonomic. Nola Pete >-Iii-( mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “One small ergonomic gripe - the function wheel is now almost impossible to turn with one hand due to the addition of a lock down button”. In April last year Robert wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “This is my second Sony A7RII and completely satisfied with the ergonomics, build and performance”. Robert Scott mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “Ergonomically excellent- get used to the double click as you press release! Thought I was taking doubles at first” and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Eight people thought it was smooth. Photodan scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned four years ago “Smooth and and natural rendering of detail color”. Lacroix wrote “Loses it's luster the minute you slap on a ND filter and begin shooting long exposure to get smooth water in lakes/rivers, etc” but even so they gave it a score of 2 stars out of 5. Wireguy said in their review of this digital camera on Bestbuy.com “Backlit keyboard is awesome and I enjoy using it (Typing is smooth) Windows 10 is great On/off is very fast Bluetooth is sweet No problems with the Touchpad”.

Two owners who purchased the product agreed that it was rough. Traveling Man said three years ago “These buttons I felt were a little rough around the edges”. Inksplotter mentioned “This is a rough "beta" product”.

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Robust Build

Sixty-two people said in their reviews that this digital camera was well made. Stuff.tv said “Rocksolid build” in their review of this digital camera. Macworld.co.uk mentioned in their review of the Sony Alpha A7R “Full frame sensor in smaller body than your average DSLR proper, feels solid in the palm” and scored it 4 stars out of 5. Gadgetguy.com.au said in April this year “Brilliant photos, solid construction, fast” .

Nine people said in their reviews that the product was strong and durable. Dp Review wrote on DP Review three years ago “Rugged weather sealed body” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago Expert Reviews said in their review of this digital camera “Kompakt robust”. Three years ago Pvc wrote “This is a very durable camera” and gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars.

Six owners considered that it was reliable. Jon M. mentioned in his review of this digital camera “Money can be spent on a way more reliable camera”. Two years ago Tata17 wrote in their review of this digital camera “Fast and reliable computer for the price”. Txshot007 wrote in the same month “The DDR drive is fast and reliable equipment is lightweight” in their review of this digital camera.

Two owners who purchased the product said that it was sealed.

Two people who reviewed it mentioned that it was easy to damage or scratch. Bestbuy.com mentioned “I've been watching this camera for quite some time and I finally broke down and bough” and gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars. Thundergod mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The support page tells you to remove battery for 24 hours and then "try again"? This happened in the middle of a Shoot -- Killed our project, destroyed the Location Shoot” although they only gave the product a rating of 20 out of 100.

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Great Control Layout

Sixty-nine owners who reviewed the product concluded that it was easy to use. Digital Versus gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote “Plenty of controls, good layout, practical handling” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of this digital camera on PC Mag “Great control layout”. Photographyblog.com mentioned on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “A pleasure to use and delivers outstanding image quality” in their review of this digital camera.

Twenty-six owners wrote that the product was easy to use the menus. Dp Review said “Solidny korpus wykonany ze stopu magnezu, wygodny, dobrze wyprofilowany uchwyt, optymalna liczba elementw sterujcych (w tym kilku konfigurowalnych), dobrze zorganizowane menu, dobrej jakoci uchylny wy”. Digitaltrends.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Solidny i uszczelniony korpus wykonany ze stopu magnezu, wygodny, dobrze wyprofilowany uchwyt, optymalna liczba elementw sterujcych (w tym wikszoci konfigurowalnych), dobrze zorganizowane menu, dobrej” and rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Digitaltrends.com also wrote “Bogate menu zawierajce mnstwo ustawi 324” in their review.

Eleven people wrote in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Digital Versus gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned four years ago “Big, comfortable, goodquality viewfinder”. Digitalversus.com scored it 4 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Digital Versus “A more comfortable viewfinder and a hybrid shutter”. Petec wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “I've played around with the a7rii while reading over the manual and getting comfortable with it” in their review of this digital camera.

Nine people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to handle. Digitalversus.com mentioned “The camera body has got a little bulkier—but that's no bad thing for handling, as it actually helps improve grip”. Abcd199 mentioned on Johnlewis.com “Great camera, love the handling and picture quality”. Lucky89 mentioned “Really handles more smoothly than the Fuji, though the Fuji does have the non-electric viewfinder that I sometimes like”.

Two owners wrote that the product was easy to setup. Tromo gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bestbuy.com “The computer was very easy to set up and install the Webroot”. Rich9cinti mentioned on Bestbuy.com “She had no problems setting up and she is digging Windows 10 which was pre-installed”.

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Easy to Damage or Scratch

Two people who reviewed it mentioned that it was easy to damage or scratch. Bestbuy.com mentioned “I've been watching this camera for quite some time and I finally broke down and bough” and gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars.

Thundergod mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The support page tells you to remove battery for 24 hours and then "try again"? This happened in the middle of a Shoot -- Killed our project, destroyed the Location Shoot” although they only gave the product a rating of 20 out of 100.

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Weight & Dimensions

Compact Et Lger

Sixty-nine owners reckoned that the Sony Alpha A7R was compact. Stuff.tv mentioned two years ago “Compact given its specs”. Three years ago Dp Review wrote on DP Review “Format compact de l'appareil”. Dp Review also wrote “Very compact for a full frame” in their review.

Thirty-one owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was heavy and bulky. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Not too heavy” and rated it 4 stars out of 5. Three years ago expert website Stuff.tv wrote “The dials, buttons and chunky grip are as solid as you'll find on a consumer camer”. Photoaddict mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “The a7r 11 is way heavier than the a7r.”.

Twenty-four customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was a good body shape. Digitaltrends.com wrote two years ago “Refined body design with improved handling characteristics” . Camera Labs mentioned “Weatherproof body” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5. Camera Labs also mentioned “Small body with good ergonomics” in their review.

Twenty-three owners who bought it agreed that it was lightweight. Expert review site Stuff.tv mentioned “It's compact and lightweight”. Stuff.tv also mentioned “The A7R may be small and (relatively) lightweight.” in their review. Four years ago Digitalversus.com mentioned on expert review site Digital Versus “The controls and lightweight build ensure first-rate handling” and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100.

Eight people who reviewed the product mentioned that it was easy to carry around. X3man said “And yet, this incredible IQ comes in a body so easy to carry around that it makes the Sony A7r almost the perfect camera” although they scored it 60 out of 100. Tutti wrote last year “It is easy to carry and pack and still produces outstanding image quality”. Tweety wrote in their review of this digital camera “It is light and easy to carry along”.

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Heavy and Bulky

Thirty-one owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was heavy and bulky. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Not too heavy” and rated it 4 stars out of 5.

Three years ago expert website Stuff.tv wrote “The dials, buttons and chunky grip are as solid as you'll find on a consumer camer”. Photoaddict mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “The a7r 11 is way heavier than the a7r.”.

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Good Exposure Control

Three customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had good exposure controls. White Fang mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “As to exposure, I like the area exposure setting with the lock exposure lever (on back of camera) pulled down (only need to do it once”. Steve mentioned “Exposure compensation easily assigned to one of two accessible dials, front or back” .

4K Movies

Fifty-eight customers wrote in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A7R was good for video recording. Dp Review wrote on DP Review “Thit k tuyt vi Kh nng quay video n tng Cht lng hnh nh tt”. Dp Review also mentioned “Hnh nh v video tuyt vi” in their review. Trusted Reviews wrote “Impressive video capabilities” in their review of this digital camera.

Tilting 3in Screen With Live Histogram Leveling Gauge

Twenty-nine owners wrote in their reviews that the product had a good screen. Camera Labs mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Tilting 3in screen with live histogram leveling gauge”. None said in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “The LCD screen is very useful when doing commercial stills.” and rated the Sony Alpha A7R 80 out of 100. Stickman mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Unless one knows that the small area in the top of the viewer has to be kept clean, your rear screen will go blank”.

Twenty-eight owners mentioned in their reviews that it was mirrorless. What Digital Camera said in their review of this digital camera “Small mirrorless body makes using the 7R a breeze”. Expert website Videomaker.com said “A really fantastic mirrorless 36-megapixel full-frame camera”. Cameralabs.com wrote on Camera Labs “Sony A7r review The Sony Alpha A7r is a mirrorless system camera with a full-frame sensor” in their review of this digital camera.

Twenty-four people agreed that this digital camera had a good viewfinder. Cnet.com.au said in their review of this digital camera “Great OLED viewfinder”. Camera Labs wrote in their review of this digital camera “Excellent large and detailed electronic viewfinder”. Dp Review mentioned on DP Review “Small size, incredible low ISO fullframe image quality, excellent viewfinder quality, tiltangle LCD, button customisation” in their review of this digital camera.

Sixteen people who bought it considered that it had an electronic viewfinder. Dp Review wrote on DP Review “Mn hnh knh ngm in t OLED EVF tuyt vi”. Digitaltrends.com rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned “30 bps, wifi en nfc, hoofdtelefoonen microfoonaansluiting, kantelbaar 3 inch tftscherm, hoge resolutie evf” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag said on PC Mag four years ago “Excellent OLED EVF”.

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Image Quality Jpeg

Two hundred and sixty-two people mentioned in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A7R was able to produce good images. Digital Versus mentioned “Excellent image quality and sound” in their review of this digital camera. Digital Versus also mentioned “Image et son excellents” in their review. Dpexpert.com.au said in their review of this digital camera “Image quality jpeg” .

Eighty-one customers who purchased it thought it had a good picture resolution. Digitaltrends.com wrote “Capteur 24 36 mm de 42 4 millions de pixels” and rated the product a maximum of 5 stars. Techradar wrote “High resolution sensor” . Three years ago Dp Review wrote in their review of this digital camera on DP Review “FE lenses are of superb quality, equal to the sensor's high resolution”.

Fourty-three customers who reviewed the product considered that it had a good image sensor. Stuff.tv said three years ago “Huge fullframe sensor” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars. Also three years ago T3.com said “Prograde sensor” and gave this digital camera a rating of a maximum of 5 stars. Camera Labs rated it 4 stars out of 5 and wrote four years ago “Full-frame sensor means no crop with any lenses” in their review of this digital camera.

Thirty-one owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was good in low light. Stuff.tv mentioned in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Excellent low light capabilities”. Bhphotovideo.com scored this digital camera 4 stars out of 5 and said “Superb Lowlight Imaging”. Bhphotovideo.com also said “Low light performance” in their review.

Thirty owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good ISO range. Dp Review wrote in their review of this digital camera “Ch s mc cm ng nh sng ISOs cao”. Dp Review also said “Gute bis sehr gute Bildqualitt bei ISO 3.200 und ISO 6.400” in their review. Digitaltrends.com rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned two years ago “Sensibilit maximale de 102 400 ISO”.

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Focus Peaking

Ninety-seven customers who purchased the product thought it had a good autofocus. Stuff.tv wrote in their review of this digital camera “Lightning autofocus speed”. Digitaltrends.com mentioned “Autofocus ractif”. Digitaltrends.com also mentioned “Autofocus veloz y efectivo” in their review.

Fourty-six people said in their reviews that it had a good lens. Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Third Party Lens Support” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5. Bhphotovideo.com also said “Lens compatibility” in their review. Digitaltrends.com said two years ago “Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 ($1098)If you enjoy macro photography, this high-end lens delivers outstanding quality”.

Twenty-four people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image stabiliser. Digitaltrends.com mentioned two years ago “Stabilisation sur 5 axes” . Digitaltrends.com also mentioned “Superb 5-axis image stabilisation to correct for camera shake” in their review. Digitaltrends.com also said “Fiveaxis image stabilization” in their review.

Eight people concluded that this digital camera had a good zoom. Video Nut gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said on Bhphotovideo.com “The high quality lcd screen allows you to zoom into great detail in the field to be sure the focus is what you want”. Teamdeez mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “For macro photography the focus zoom feature is great when you have a tripod or handheld”. 1blacksheep2 mentioned “It has a very useful zoom range and great clarity”.

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Khng C N Flash

Five people who bought the product concluded that it did not have a good flash. Dp Review said on DP Review “Khng c n flash” in their review of the Sony Alpha A7R. Digital Versus said “Pas de flash intgr”. Two years ago Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Limited Off-camera Flash” in their review of this digital camera.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to sync. Three years ago None wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The menus fairly intuitive, except the syncing of the wi-fi to a smart phone which I still have not been able to accomplish”.


Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The Sony Alpha A7R has an external flash connector, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Sony Alpha A7R supports Near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Picture Quality

7360 X 4912 Pixels Image Resolution

The Alpha A7R has a 7360 x 4912 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. Most cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution.

A 7360 x 4912 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the best image resolution amongst all comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera.

Amongst similar types of camera the worst image resolution is 4608 x 3456 pixels.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Features

NFC and Downloadable Apps to Add Features

Fourty-two owners who bought it wrote that it had good features. Camera Labs wrote “NFC and downloadable apps to add features” in their review of this digital camera and rated the product 4 stars out of 5. Two years ago Digitaltrends.com scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “High, end video features including in, camera 4K recording” in their Sony Alpha A7R review. In the same month Pdnonline.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Not so with the Sony 7R II, which is chock full of features, technolo”.


Support

Focus Peaking Makes Manual Focus Easy

Thirty customers considered that the Sony Alpha A7R had good technical guidance. Camera Labs said four years ago “1080p video w manual exposures, headphone mic jacks” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago Dp Review wrote in their review of this digital camera “Focus peaking makes manual focus easy”. Dp Review also mentioned “Focus peaking for accurate manual focus adjust” in their review.


Audio

Snaps Silently

Twenty-one people concluded that the product was noisy. Three years ago Piercy wrote “Noise using high ISO is not that good”. Tonyk said two years ago “This is not ISO noise because it happens just as easily at 100 as 2,000” in their review of the Sony Alpha A7R nonetheless they scored this digital camera 2 stars out of 5. Chriscamera mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Johnlewis.com “The camera shutters are very noisy”.

Twenty customers mentioned that this digital camera was quiet. Tbreak.ae said in April this year “Silent shooting (Electronic shutter”. Yugatech.com mentioned “Snaps silently” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this digital camera “Absolutely silent”.

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Power

Extra Battery

Fifty-five people who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good battery life. In April last year Camerastuffreviewcom wrote “Extra battery” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Hardwarezone.com.sg mentioned in their Sony Alpha A7R review “In a single long sentence; image quality is mind-blowingly good, handling is way better than expected, battery life is okay, camera” and gave the product a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ mentioned four years ago “It feels as if there are a few kinks that need to be ironed out, most importantly improved battery life.” in their review of this digital camera and rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.


Price

A Lightweight, Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera That Produces Image Quality That Matches Big, Bulky and More Expensive Studio Cameras

Twenty-two customers reckoned that the product was expensive. Three years ago Dp Review wrote on DP Review “A lightweight, compact interchangeable lens camera that produces image quality that matches big, bulky and more expensive studio cameras”.

Stuff.tv said “The A7R II is eye-wateringly expensive – about £1,000 more than the” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Expert website Theverge.com mentioned “The A7s are the most advanced and expensive mirrorless cameras Sony has ever produced”.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This digital camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon ilce7rm2bcec, sony ilce7rm2bcec, offers ilce7rm2b, offers ilce7rbce, sony ilce7rbce, offers a7rii, brand a7rii, sony a7rii
Barcodes 00027242874787, 00027242893832, 00635131600616, 04548736017719, 04905524958485

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