Sony a7 IV Gets 89% Overall Score and Gold Award at DPReview

DPReview has completed their Sony a7 IV review and test results: The Sony a7 IV mirrorless camera achieves an amazing 89% overall score and Gold Award from the experts at DPReview.

Sony a7 IV 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

Things we like

  • 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

Things we don’t

  • 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

Conclusion from DPReview:

The a7 IV is an all-round capable camera, supporting the photographer in almost any situation. Its video capabilities live up to a similar standard, making it a hugely flexible imaging tool. Its extreme levels of customization can be daunting but its powerful autofocus system means it can be a very simple camera to use.

Good for

Most photographic or video pursuits

Not so good for

Sports photography

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

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

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