Sony a7 IV Review : Gets Gold Award at DPReview (89% Overall Score)

Here is the latest Sony a7 IV review. DPReview completed their full in-depth Sony A7 IV review: The Sony a7 IV mirrorless camera gets an impressive 89% overall score and Gold Award from the experts at DPReview.

Sony a7 IV: $2,498 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Sony a7 IV with 28-70mm Lens: $2,698 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Key Specifications

  • 33MP BSI CMOS full-frame sensor
  • Up to 10 fps shooting in lossy Raw with extensive buffer
  • In-body stabilization rated up to 5.5EV
  • Full-width oversampled 4K from 7K, up to 30p
  • 4K/60p (from 4.6K capture) in Super35 / APS-C mode
  • 10-bit video or HEIF stills capture
  • H.265 video, S-Cinetone color mode
  • 3.69M dot OLED viewfinder
  • Twin card slots (1x CFe A/UHS-II, 1x UHS-II SD)
  • Full-time Bluetooth LE connection

You can read DRP’s full Sony A7 IV review below:

Sony a7 IV Review

Conclusion from DPReview:

The Sony a7 IV is the most expensive model in its series so far, but it’s also the most capable.

The a7 IV’s image quality is extremely good, with excellent levels of detail, extensive dynamic range and attractive JPEG color. However, it’s not significantly improved over its predecessor or its rivals: you’ll get more detail in low ISO situations but this small gain seems to come with slight decreases in dynamic range and high ISO noise performance. The margins are tiny but it’s hard to see a net benefit to the new chip.

Autofocus is powerful and can be very simple to use. For a majority of subjects, you can just point an AF point at your subject (or let the camera choose one), and be confident that the camera will track it and put focus in the right place. We get the sense that it’s not quite as pinpoint accurate as the previous generation of models when it comes to focusing on eyes, but it’s much quicker and easier to use.

Things we like Things we don’t
  • Good image quality in both stills and video
  • Simple, powerful AF system
  • Decent dynamic range gives flexible Raw files
  • 10-bit video delivers useful processing flexibility
  • Improved ergonomics
  • Extensive customization
  • USB-PD support for charging or operation
  • Eye detection seems less accurate than previous cameras
  • Rear screen is fairly low resolution
  • Video stabilization struggles with intentional camera movement
  • Burst rate drops from 10fps to 6fps if you want full-DR Raw
  • Some options and settings are needlessly complex

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