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Sony Alpha A7R

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Overall 10
9.7

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Digitalcamera HQ
6 June 2014
  • Summary: Sony's full frame mirrorless models have caused quite a stir. Can the a7R perform up to its price tag? And which is the better option, the a7 or the a7R?
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One small step for Sony, one giant leap for mirrorless cameras

cameras.reviewed.com
4 March 2014
  • Conclusion: Qualms with its speed and focus abilities aside, the A7R is a fantastic camera worthy of all the praise it has been receiving. Though it has a significant Achilles heel in the form of action shooting, the extensive feature set, massive resolution, and excellent image quality has us very excited for more. The key will be for Sony to continue to develop the lineup of FE full-frame E-mount lenses.
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Overall 8
8.0

Camera Review – the Sony A7R

Digital Photography School
19 February 2014
  • Excerpt: I started writing this Sony A7R review with the sentence ”I hate the Sony A7R”, such was my vitriol over this infuriating yet impressive piece of tech. And that’s what the A7R is, it’s a technological marvel crammed into a tiny, sharp edged box. If you’re like me, converting from Canon or Nikon, you’ll find the learning curve painful as you discard much of the logic you’ve grown so used to.
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Overall 8
8.0

Sony A7R: Looking sharp

CNET
22 January 2014
  • Summary: As long as you don't need fast autofocus or great burst shooting, the Sony Alpha ILCE-7R is great, compact alternative to entry-level full-frame cameras from Nikon and Canon.
  • Pros: 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.
  • Cons: Disappointing autofocus speed and battery life mar an otherwise lovely camera.
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Overall 8
8.0

Sony Alpha 7R Review

thinkdigit.com
6 January 2014
  • Summary: The Sony A7R is the very definition of "big things come in small packages" with a mammoth 36 megapixel full frame sensor being packed into a very compact mirrorless body. It has excellent image quality, with the ability to capture incredibly detailed images, but does require post processing if you shoot RAW. The slow 4fps burst mode is a disappointment though.
  • Pros: Large megapixel count, Rugged weather sealed body, Very compact for a full frame, Second cheapest full frame camera
  • Cons: Slow burst rate of just 4fps, Uses only contrast AF, making it slower than the competition
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Overall 8
8.2

Expert Review

DP Review
2 January 2014
  • Summary: When it comes to getting high image quality from a small, full-frame camera, the Sony a7R has it wrapped up. It's worth the higher price and pairs well with Sony's impressive FE lenses.
  • Pros: Small, light, full-frame camera, Excellent image quality when shooting Raw, Solid build quality, FE lenses are of superb quality, equal to the sensor's high resolution, Compatible with a huge range of legacy 35mm camera lenses with no field-of-view crop, Large, high-resolution electronic viewfinder, Tilting LCD offers good detail and outdoor visibility, Useful tools, such as focus peaking and zebra pattern (work well with native lenses), Very good video quality, Stron...
  • Cons: Autofocus can be slow in low light, Auto ISO tends to keep shutter speed at 1/FL sec, often resulting in soft images, High-res sensor requires dedicated approach to shooting, JPEG quality not as good as we'd like to see (less relevant for this camera's market though), Limited selection of FE lenses, Tools for shooting with third party lenses need improvement, Long viewfinder blackout time, Longer-than-average startup times, Camera 'locks up' while buffer is clearing a...
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Overall 9
9.0

Sony Alpha 7R

PC Magazine
24 December 2013
  • Conclusion: The Sony Alpha 7R is a full-frame mirrorless camera with an amazing 36-megapixel image sensor. It's not quite as fast to shoot as its twin sibling, the Alpha 7, but its image quality earns it our Editors' Choice award.
  • Pros: Full-frame image sensor omits OLPF. 4fps burst shooting. Amazing high ISO performance for a high-resolution camera. Sharp, tilting rear LCD. Focus peaking. Excellent OLED EVF. Great control layout. Compact, dust and moisture-resistant body. Vertical shooting grip available. Compatible with third-party lenses via adapters. Wi-Fi.
  • Cons: Expensive. Loud shutter. Focus and burst shooting are slower than Alpha 7. Some color-shift issues with third-party wide-angle rangefinder lenses. No PC sync socket. No built-in flash. External battery charger not included. Native lens library is in its infancy.
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Overall 10
10

Sony A7R

imaging-resource.com
18 December 2013
  • Conclusion: Five years ago, the mirrorless camera as we know it made its debut as Olympus and Panasonic launched their brand-new Micro Four Thirds standard, promising smaller, lighter, and quieter gear. Sony was quick to see the merits of mirrorless, and its Alpha NEX-branded mirrorless cameras have since become some of the most popular -- and powerful -- in the segment. For the last half decade, though, something has been missing from the mirrorless world: a full-frame sensor.
  • Pros: Smallest full-frame, fully-featured interchangeable-lens camera by a country mile, Can fit in a coat pocket with lens, Superbly detailed out-of-camera images, rivaling medium-format cameras for resolution, Some of the best JPEG processing we've seen yet at low to moderate ISOs, Excellent sharpness with few sharpening artifacts, Extremely high resolution, Excellent dynamic range, Very good high ISO performance, Decent performance, bearing in mind its extremely high res...
  • Cons: Smallest full-frame, fully-featured interchangeable-lens camera by a country mile, Can fit in a coat pocket with lens, Superbly detailed out-of-camera images, rivaling medium-format cameras for resolution, Some of the best JPEG processing we've seen yet at low to moderate ISOs, Excellent sharpness with few sharpening artifacts, Extremely high resolution, Excellent dynamic range, Very good high ISO performance, Decent performance, bearing in mind its extremely high res...
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Camera Test: Sony a7R Full-Frame, Interchangeable-Lens Camera

Pop Photo
2 December 2013
  • Summary: For the highest-quality images possible from an ILC today, the Alpha 7R is your best option by far. On DxOMark, which rates the RAW output of cameras (we rate TIFFs made from RAW files using the software that comes with the camera), it scored a 95—dead even with the Nikon D800. And our testing essentially backs this up.
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Overall 9
8.9

Sony Alpha A7r

Camera Labs
1 November 2013
  • Summary: I've long been a believer in mirrorless cameras, and personally find the benefits of electronic composition (such as a wealth of previews, live guides and focusing assistance) outweigh the pros of an optical viewfinder on a traditional DSLR. But while arguments about the pros and cons of optical versus electronic viewfinders will go on for many years to come, most high-end photographers I speak to cite the absence of full-frame models with AF as what's holding them back...
  • Pros: Best image quality outside of medium format., Full-frame sensor means no crop with any lenses., Small body with good ergonomics and controls., Weatherproof body., Excellent large and detailed electronic viewfinder., Tilting 3in screen with live histogram & leveling gauge., 1080p video w manual exposures, headphone & mic jacks., Wifi, NFC and downloadable apps to add features., Focus peaking., Panorama mode., Handy recharging over USB. Works in-car or via laptops., HDM...
  • Cons: Leisurely AF in all conditions. AF lacks confidence in low light., No built-in stabilisation. Needs optically stabilized lenses., Limited selection of native lenses at launch., Continuous bursts limited to 4fps and 15-25 frames., Screen not touch-sensitive and doesn't fully articulate., Fairly basic bracketing and no timelapse built-in., Unforgiving resolution demands very careful handling., Relatively clunky shutter sound and no silent option., Video can suffer from ...
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