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Sony ILCE7RB Digital Camera

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MILC 36.3MP CMOS Jan 2014
Camera Type Megapixel 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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Expert Reviews Are Good

This Sony digital camera received a rating of 80% from expert review website CNET.com.

Owner Reviews Are Good

Based on 16 owner reviews the average owner rating of this digital camera is 83%.

Good Product Quality

Several customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was good quality. Akm47 mentioned three years ago “I went through 3 copies to find one without some problems connected to the poor quality control”. Davipix said “Everything looks well made, quality in every detail”. Davipix also mentioned “* 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”.

Robust

Some Sony ILCE-7R owners wrote in their reviews that it was reliable. Justice Peace wrote two years ago “Even my Leica M9 was 100% reliable” but in spite of that they only gave this digital camera a rating of 60 out of 100. Re.peter wrote in their review of this digital camera three years ago “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”.

Some people wrote in their reviews that it was well made. Davipix wrote on Amazon “All on its place and well built, as you could expect at this high level.” in their review of this digital camera.

One Sony ILCE-7R reviewer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was strong and durable. Re.peter wrote “Closing very frequently, I can assure you!) doesn't look or feel particularly sturdy + Providing you optimise the camera's settings” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

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Good Quality Lens

A number of Sony ILCE-7R owners wrote in their reviews that the product had a good lens. Michael J. Davies wrote “Brilliant landscape photography camera with a good lens.” in his Sony ILCE-7R review. Phillip a J Jesson said on Amazon “That was probably down to the superb SEL70200G lens”.

Several customers who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Justice Peace mentioned 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 Sony ILCE-7R review but they only scored this digital camera 3 stars. Rut wrote in their review of this digital camera “A nice feature is the focusing” and rated it as excellent.

A few Sony ILCE-7R reviewers who reviewed it considered that it had a good zoom. Honest Hari said “Where is the zoom up to 120mm? I think Sony needs to get its act together for its loyal customers” in their review. Three years ago P D Wardle wrote “It is not too heavy with a standard zoom fitted nor unduly bulky” in their review of the Sony ILCE-7R.

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Good Quality Pictures

Some Sony ILCE-7R owners who reviewed it agreed that it was able to produce good images. Earwicker mentioned on Amazon “The camera puts a state of the art full frame image sensor in an incredibly small, light unit”. Earwicker also wrote “And the image quality is simply spectacular, helped by the new Zeiss FE lenses, which offer giddying sharpness”. Also three years ago J. Gale scored the product 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of the Sony ILCE-7R on Amazon “The lens with the adapter they give me acceptable photos for exhibition prints, even at the moment”.

Some people who bought it reckoned that it had a good image sensor. Earwicker mentioned “The Fuji has an APS-C sensor and a fixed pancake lens.” . Earwicker also mentioned “It defaults to 1/focal length, which is too slow for these modern lens/sensor combinations”. Two years ago Justice Peace wrote “I think this is all down to the software because the Fuji has a much smaller sensor” but despite that they only rated it 60 out of 100.

A number of Sony ILCE-7R reviewers who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Three years ago Honest Hari wrote in their review of the Sony ILCE-7R “For fast shooting and any long video work in any kind of heat don't purchase the A7r” yet they only gave it a score of 60 out of 100. Justice Peace wrote in their Sony ILCE-7R review on Amazon “Given enough time to focus by zooming in via the C1 button it is possible to achieve excellent resolution and sharpness” nonetheless they only gave the product a rating of 60 out of 100.

One Sony ILCE-7R owner said in their reviews that the Sony ILCE-7R had a good ISO range. Davipix said “I love the Auto ISO as well.” in their review of the Sony ILCE-7R.

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Easy to Use

Three people who purchased it reckoned that it was easy to use. A few Sony ILCE-7R reviewers who reviewed the Sony ILCE-7R thought it was easy to use the menus. Two years ago Davipix mentioned in their review “* Excellent responsiveness of the dials, good menu (a small step for mankind”.

One person said that the Sony ILCE-7R was easy to handle.

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A Best Selling Product

According to Amazon sales data, the ILCE-7R is a popular choice amongst people who purchased cameras in the last 3 months.

Nice Design

A few Sony ILCE-7R reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it was good looking. Two years ago Am wrote on Amazon “Proud to own such a beautiful camera” in their review. Earwicker said on Amazon three years ago “It handles beautifully” and gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars. Also three years ago Honest Hari wrote on Amazon “I jumped out to take shots of this particularly nice looking one” in their review of this digital camera.

One Sony ILCE-7R owner considered that it was a good design. Akm47 said “Nice design, great idea.” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Size

A number of people thought this digital camera was heavy and bulky. Davipix said “Good size, not bulky at all, good weight, not too heavy, not too light” in their Sony ILCE-7R review. Rut wrote “It's not the case of lugging a heavy SLR around with you” and scored this digital camera 5 stars.

One person who reviewed the product reckoned that it was a good body shape. D. M. wrote “Great camera body” in their review. One Sony ILCE-7R owner said in their reviews that the product was a good weight.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Sony ILCE-7R owner who purchased the product wrote that it was mirrorless. Davipix said “Some later the DSC-RX1R, both full frame, mirrorless and sporting a 35mm fixed lens” in their review of the Sony ILCE-7R but even so they only rated the Sony ILCE-7R 3 stars.

One customer who bought it considered that it had a good viewfinder. Two years ago Davipix mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “A big leap for Sony), enough customizable buttons, very good viewfinder (could be better with a bit more of magnification even though)”.

One person considered that it had a good screen. Rut said in their Sony ILCE-7R review in January last year “This is useful when it is too bright for the screen viewing” .

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Acceptable Noise Level

One customer wrote that this digital camera was noisy. Justice Peace mentioned in their Sony ILCE-7R review on Amazon two years ago “The results are not good - very noisy images”. One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was quiet. Phillip a J Jesson said “The shutter is loud when in quiet environments”.

Good Video Capture

Several people mentioned in their reviews that the product was good for video recording. Justice Peace said “This is a fantastic video camera” in their review of the Sony ILCE-7R. Phillip a J Jesson wrote on Amazon “The wedding couple were impressed and preferred the the video over the professional wedding photographer's lol”.

Good Battery Life

Several people reckoned that it had a good battery life. Justice Peace wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “I was using a genuine Sony battery with 90% charge”. Last year Rut said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The battery life is fine”.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

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

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Good Support

One Sony ILCE-7R reviewer who bought this digital camera reckoned that it had good technical guidance. P D Wardle wrote on Amazon “Can be supplemented by additional manual fine focus” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Flash

One Sony ILCE-7R owner who reviewed the product thought it had a good flash. Michael J. Davies mentioned in his Sony ILCE-7R review 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”.

Very High Megapixel

When compared to other digital cameras of this age and spec that we have checked, the megapixel of the ILCE-7R of 36.3 megapixels is one of the highest. The lowest megapixel of cameras of a similar spec and age to the ILCE-7R is 2.3MP and the highest is 46MP.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The ILCE-7R supports Full HD video. Most of the other MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the ILCE-7R also support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony Alpha A7 II[plb_2584731_price].

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

SD compatible memory cards

This camera supports an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many MILC cameras that are a comparable age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared all the other cameras that support an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this digital camera and we think the Alpha A7 II[pl_2584731_price], and the Alpha A7 II[pl_2584731_price] both from Sony which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to consider the Sony ILCE-7[plb_2044892_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and cheaper); or the Leica T[plb_2550905_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the ILCE-7R is more than most MILC cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. The most commonly found HDMI connector type is Mini, but this HDMI connector type is not found on this digital camera. The HDMI connector types Micro are also found on this Sony camera.

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Electrical Viewfinder Type

This digital camera has an Electrical viewfinder type, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years. Most compact cameras do not have enough space to accommodate an optical viewfinder and use the display screen on the back as an electrical viewfinder.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Quite Large Viewfinder Screen Size

The smallest viewfinder screen size of MILC cameras that are a similar age to the ILCE-7R is 0.46", the largest is 0.5", and the average viewfinder screen size is 0.49". At 0.5 inches, the ILCE-7R has a fairly large viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the ILCE-7R.

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Very Many Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of 36.8 megapixels, the Sony ILCE-7R has one of the most total megapixelss amongst MILC cameras of this age. Digital cameras that are a comparable age to the ILCE-7R have total megapixelss of between 12MP and 48MP.

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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 the 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. The image resolution of all digital cameras that came out more than two years ago ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Has Nine White Balances

The ILCE-7R has a greater number of white balance modes than most MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the ILCE-7R. The white balances "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent", "Shade" and "Underwater" are also found on this Sony digital camera.

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Has Four Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the ILCE-7R is more than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Sony digital camera has a Vivid photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the ILCE-7R. The photo effectss "Black&White", "Neutral" and "Sepia" are also found on this camera.

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Supports Twenty-Five ISO Sensitivitys

The ILCE-7R has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This digital camera supports a 200 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras of this age and type. The ISO sensitivitys "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 Resolutions

This digital camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. 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 Focusing (AF) Modess

The ILCE-7R has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most cameras of this spec and age. This camera features a Continuous Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on cameras that are a comparable age to the ILCE-7R. The auto focusing (AF) modes "Single Auto Focus" is also featured on this Sony camera.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The ILCE-7R has a greater number of power sources than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the ILCE-7R.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Sony ILCE-7R does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the ILCE-7R do 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 Leica T[plb_2550905_price] or the Sony ILCE-7[plb_2044892_price] are also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Sony ILCE-7R does not support wi-Fi, although this is within the context that most of the other MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Sony Alpha A7 II[plb_2584731_price], or the Leica T[plb_2550905_price] or the Sony ILCE-7[plb_2044892_price].

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Does Not Support Video Capability

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

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Not 3D

The ILCE-7R is not 3D, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the ILCE-7R are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The ILCE-7R does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as the ILCE-7R also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Sony ILCE-7R is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The ILCE-7R does not have an image stabilizer, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras that have been around for a similar time to the ILCE-7R also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Heavy

With a weight of 407 grams, the Sony ILCE-7R is one of the heavier cameras of a similar age and spec to the ILCE-7R amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The weights of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the ILCE-7R range from 70g to 680g, and the average weight is 330g.

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony ILCE-7[plb_2044892_price] (416g and cheaper).

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

The ILCE-7R has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Pre-flash" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Sony camera.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony ILCE-7R

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Display Diagonal

The ILCE-7R has a relatively typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that are a similar age to the ILCE-7R.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 3" screen cameras currently available including the Sony ILCE-7[plb_2044892_price] which is cheaper.

If this camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Leica T[plb_2550905_price] (3.7") which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

Alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might want to look at include a cheaper camera such as the Sony ILCE-7[plb_2044892_price] or you might consider a better rated camera such as the Leica T[plb_2550905_price], or the Sony Alpha A7 II[plb_2584731_price].

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Specification

Picture Quality
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Megapixel
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Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Pre-Flash
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Magnification
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Headphone Outputs
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Voltage
System Requirements
Networking
Near Field Communication (NFC)

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What Digital Camera Gold

Expert Reviews

(4)
8 December 2014

This roundup contains the majority of current full-frame camera offerings available. Full-frame cameras have image sensors as large as a frame of 35mm film...

Small and lightweight
Tiltable LCD screen
Sharp OLED EVF
Wireless remote viewing and picture transfer
Incredibly small body for a fullyfeatured, fullframe camera
Have to purchase addons such as internal timelapse
No external charger for battery
Poor battery life
Grassisgreener syndrome when compared to its higherres sibling
Moderate performance
26 November 2013

The A7 is not without its faults - even with the on-chip phase-detect AF, focusing performance for moving subjects is restrictive, burst shooting is also slow, there's the odd handling quirk,...

What Digital Camera

Great quality rivals DSLRs of similar resolution
Full-frame sensor means no crop with any lenses
Small body with good ergonomics and controls
Weatherproof body
Excellent large and detailed electronic viewfinder
AF falls behind DSLR viewfinder or best mirrorless
No built-in stabilisation
Needs optically stabilized lenses
Limited selection of native lenses at launch
Screen not touch-sensitive and doesn't fully articulate
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
18 January 2016

Die Sony a7 (Alpha 7) überzeugt uns bei der Bildqualität - kein Wunder, nutzt sie doch einen besonders großen Vollformat-Sensor. Sowohl Verarbeitung als auch Ausstattung liegen auf hohem...

Excellent picture quality, compact for a fullframe camera, fiveaxis image stabilisation works well
Bildschrfe und Rauschen
Flssiger Sucher
Scharfes KlappDisplay
PreisLeistungsVerhltnis
Autofocus a little slow in low light, shutter sound is pretty loud
AObjektive nur per Adapter
Autofokus bei Schwachlicht
Blitz im Body fehlt

User Reviews

(16)
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 ilce7rb, sony ilce7rbc, sony ilce7rbce
Barcodes 00027242874787, 04905524958485

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