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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 October 2021 at 13:15
The Sony A7IV has now been added to the Sony Lens Compatibility site. It looks like the same LA-EA support as the A1: screw-drive supported with the LA-EA5 and no AF with the LA-EA2 and LA-EA4. The A7RIV remains the only camera body that fully supports all the LA-EA adapters and A-mount Lens Compensation.
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Saw the specs. Imo not groundbreaking like the a7iii was. Would have liked to have seen faster readout speed 1/15 of a second. A used a9 to me is a better value than this camera.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 October 2021 at 19:48
Well, the A9 is a four year old camera that was sold for $4500, this is $2000 cheaper. The A9 has faster read-out, faster fps and faster shutterspeed (1/32000). The A7iv has the latest colourspace, faster memory cards and 33mp - plus better video.
The A7iv is an all-round camera, the A9 (II) is a specialist tool.

For some a (used) A9 (II) is the best, for others the A7 IV. I am happy with my A7r IV.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kilkry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 October 2021 at 06:20
What's nice is that while the A9(ii) and A7riv(a) are still super expensive new they're available used at a significant discount. So regardless whether you feel that you need 61MP or blackout free continuous for example there are options. (And the A9(ii) is slightly more fun to buy used since its mechanical shutter has likely seen little use :) )
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Stuart1701 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 October 2021 at 12:57
There are a lot of options about.

This seems to have a focus upgrade compared to the A9 and A7R4, not that the A9 is bad, so that would be good. However, I am unsure how much better it is. The bird eye af is a nice addition. From what I understand the A7R4 has the same issue as the A6600 and wont allow focus tracking with animal eye-af. The A74 seems to have fixed this. Good.

The buffer, although headlines at 830 raw + jpeg, actually doesn't do that unless you use the cfexpress-a card on its own. If you use an SD or Cfexpress and SD then it is closer to 50, not bad but hardly exciting.

There are a lot of upgrades for video, but since that is not my thing I don't feel qualified to comment.

Personally I would prefer a camera more stills orientated, but given a falling camera market I can see why this needs the video capability as it can appeal to both stills and video users.

Not sure I like the flip screen. I can see the advantages in some circumstances, but it is slower to deploy, at least for stills. For video it is a different story. Similarly I would have prefered to retain the dedicated ev compensation wheel with the markings. Not sure how having a programable one with no markings is better as I use the ev compensation wheel a lot.

It will be interesting to see what comes next.
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Someone will make a sticker for the exposure compensation marking.

I like that movie and S&Q are on a separate control. Those never made any sense. I haven't ever used the number settings on the mode dial. Still way too much clutter for a control for me. A simple A-S switch is all I want.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 October 2021 at 00:03
Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:

Someone will make a sticker for the exposure compensation marking.

I like that movie and S&Q are on a separate control. Those never made any sense. I haven't ever used the number settings on the mode dial. Still way too much clutter for a control for me. A simple A-S switch is all I want.


For what it is worth, I do like the number settings. It's easier to flip between your stills-photography settings and video-settings. Especially because if you change some settings for your video, they're preserved when you flip back to stills.

I can be taking pics, then want to record some video clips. All I have to do is select the preset number button. All the settings, picture-profiles etc get loaded in one go. And everything foes back to how I was shooting when I switch back.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 October 2021 at 06:51
Or, when you're taking a landscape and a rare breed of bird shows up, you simply move from your landscape number to your wildlife number.
And I used it with weddings to switch between flash and non-flash photography.
Very useful. And the placement makes sense, if you do it elsewhere your control and setting are out of sync.

Anyway, seeing more videos I noticed that there are a lot of small improvements, a lot for video, but also a lot for photography.

For those who want a more photography oriented camera, the A9 II and A7rIV are photocentric, this is a hybrid camera. Also, what do you need? What are you missing for photography?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 October 2021 at 15:29
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:




For those who want a more photography oriented camera, the A9 II and A7rIV are photocentric, this is a hybrid camera. Also, what do you need? What are you missing for photography?

It has a lot that I like. The button and dial laden right top plate with a barren left is interesting. I would like to hold the camera because that thumb rest looks cramped.
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Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

It has a lot that I like. The button and dial laden right top plate with a barren left is interesting. I would like to hold the camera because that thumb rest looks cramped.
Yesterday I had a chance to hold this new camera (and even to take couple photos with it, albeit currently I am struggling to view those since I foolishly forgot to check the file formats, which was RAW+HEIF ) at Finnish Nature Photograph of the Year event at Finlandia Hall and I have a picture to confirm this:



Of course here I'm holding the lens (Sony FE 2.8/70-200 GM OSS II, btw ) since I'm operating my own camera with the right hand, but I can report the grip felt pretty similar to other α7 series (and α1).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote travelshots Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 October 2021 at 17:53
The following video explains 50 differences between A7III and A7IV:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYaRmHmsvRM
In the text below the video, there is a list of those 50 topics. I quote:

Chapters
00:00 Hello!
00:13 #1 Cohesive Design
00:30 #2 Look & Feel
00:54 #3 Buttons
01:17 #4 Different Dials
01:50 #5 Better Port Doors
02:11 #6 Shutter Can Close!
02:24 #7 Strap Rings
02:38 #8 Memory Slots
03:12 #9 Better Heat Dissipation
03:31 #10 Increased EVF & LCD Resolution
03:56 #11 Flip Out Screen
04:08 #12 Touch Display
04:24 #13 New Menu
04:37 #14 Separate Photo Video Settings
05:20 #15 Save / Load Settings
05:31 #16 Screen Reader?!
06:01 #17 Better Video File Names
06:34 #18 More Ways to Find Photos?
07:09 #19 Divider Frame
07:33 #20 Scene Marker!
08:01 #21 Bulk Wireless Transfer
08:22 #22 No More NFC
08:38 #23 MORE AF POINTS!
08:50 #24 Real Time Tracking AF
09:28 #25 Animal & Bird Eye AF in VIDEO MODE?!
09:34 #26 Focus Options Limiter!
10:11 #27 Soft Skin Effect
10:19 #28 Overall Colors
10:30 #29 More Creative Looks Control
10:45 #30 Cinetone Profile
11:02 #31 SLOG3 Expandable ISO
11:18 #32 Megapixel Upgrade
11:32 #33 New File Types
12:06 #34 Shutter Type
12:19 #35 Increased Buffer
12:45 #36 4K Quality
13:07 #37 4K 60P
13:33 #38 Video Codecs & Bit Rate
14:25 #39 S&Q is it better?
14:47 #40 Proxy Recording
15:03 #41 Stabilization
15:14 #42 Flexible Exposure
15:38 #43 Focus Breathing Comp
16:07 #44 External Monitor Usage
16:43 #45 AF Speed & Sensitvity
16:54 #46 Focus Mapping
17:25 #47 No Recording Limit
17:40 #48 Gyro Metadata
17:59 #49 4CH Audio Recording + New MI Hotshoe
18:19 #50 Built-in Webcam Capability

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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 October 2021 at 01:58
Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:

Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

It has a lot that I like. The button and dial laden right top plate with a barren left is interesting. I would like to hold the camera because that thumb rest looks cramped.
Yesterday I had a chance to hold this new camera, but I can report the grip felt pretty similar to other α7 series (and α1).

I'm sorry to hear that. I never liked the A7. The most comfortable camera I've ever held is the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II. The least comfortable camera I've ever held is the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk II. The rear of the A7IV looks a lot like the E-M5II with all the controls jammed into the right of the EVF.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 October 2021 at 06:11
Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

I'm sorry to hear that. I never liked the A7.
Which one? There is a huge difference between the different versions. This seems comparable to the A7r4/A1/A7s3.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 October 2021 at 00:00
A7, A7II, A7RII; no joy.
The A9II and A1 look very nice on line. Way out of my price range and not stocked at my local camera store. Not surprising really. There are no Ferrari dealerships around here either.
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