Sony a7R IV Image Quality, Dynamic Range, Banding (vs a7R III)

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  • With the Sony A7R3 I have notice as an issue that they provide very poor knob options. It would be really useful to deactivate sound volume on image review. I go crazy to open this useless option on review all the time I use the wheel to review. Another I interesting option for a next firmware should be to cancel the review mode more faster for a better availability after review. Concerning menu you already notice that it's the worse to use but some improvement could simply add as option to change contextual for review who reset the position on shooting. Also when we work on key option, not to restart to the option 1 and to remain in sequence when one option is set. And in the end, what about global shutting? Any chance to get it one day?

    Bernard RosenbergBernard Rosenbergวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Hi, Can you please compare between Sony a7 III and Sony a7RIV. Thanks.

    Harish ChilamkurthiHarish Chilamkurthi3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I think a downsampled uncompressed raw function would be amazing. For example you are at a event and you're okay with "only 30mp" the raw files get downsampled, so you do not need so much space on your card i think it would be great. Even though i love working with big files they are not always needed but switching to jpg is a option i do not like

    The BommelThe Bommel3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Brilliant camera

    Arsalan's Photography & FilmsArsalan's Photography & Films4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Hmmm I’m swapping from canon at the moment would you buy an a7r3 that comes with a 16-35mm f4 or a a7r4 body only they both retail for $5500 in Australia, I primarily shoot landscapes and will also shoot the life of our daughter

    Chasing FlowChasing Flow5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I am fond of your way of talking about new cameras and your couple is really nice! Thank you so much for your expertise. Kindly yours, Dahmane from Paris

    mireille mmireille m7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • A7r 4 Do you need a mac pc to use it as it takes 61mp

    Richard SteeplesRichard Steeples10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • If you switch to APC 26 MP mode does the effective f stop decrease? Ex: 300 f/4 to 450. F/4 or f/5.6?

    Gary MyersGary Myers11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'm not sure you can conclude that dynamic range is better if it appears the added detail is at the expense of color rendition. I'll wait for further tests and reviews for this one.

    John Snow knows meJohn Snow knows me15 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • So large files take up more space??? Whoa!!! Thanks.

    James MonroeJames Monroe17 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This is night and day @ 4:09. Better look the global clarity. The global effect is exactly the same as the gap between an average lens and a top level Leica one. Hope some see that.

    WhichLensWhichLens17 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The Mark 4 looked worse noise/artifacts in dynamic range. Why'd he say 3 looked worse? Much more colored noise and off-color in Mark 4. The blacks of the 3 looked more black. The white looked more natural. I would say the Mark 4 simply has its noise spread out more evenly. Whereas the Mark 3 has not more clumps -- but its more clean around its fewer clumps, so it maybe can be individually more noticeable. I think he meant to say maybe that he finds the Mark 4's noise to be "more pleasing?" But how is it cleaner? Time @06:33 -- looks terrible!

    FirebrandFirebrand18 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • With months and months going into the shot would you not be using something other than a 35mm mirrorless?

    Guide504Guide50420 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • My 7 year old d800 has too much resolution for almost everything, so I really can't imagine what this could be used for, aside from a few really specific applications.

    Jason AndrewsJason Andrews21 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Tom Herriman dang Tom, why you gotta be so aggressively defending my choice of camera 😅? Cropping significantly and printing really large are things most photographers do very occasionally, if ever. (sure there are some exceptions, but I'm talking about most users.) My point is that if the d800's resolution is usually overkill, imagine how much moreso that would apply to a 61MP sensor. But I'm hardly attacking anyone who wants one, it's definitely cool. So maybe dial back the passive aggressive 'TH-vision Guy' and enjoy the video ;).

      Jason AndrewsJason Andrews18 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Jason Andrews your original comment says that your 800 has too much resolution for almost anything and that you could not imagine why anyone would need that much resolution. I guess that was before you knew about prints and cropping?

      Tom HerrimanTom Herriman18 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Tom Herriman it doesn't have too much resolution, it has too much resolution for most applications. For any digital viewing, and anything less than a massive print, a 24MP camera would look just as good, take up less file space, and be quicker to edit. All that said, I love my d800 because I like to crop, (sue me,) and I like the ability to easily make large prints. But for 99% of my images, 16-24MP would be just as good!

      Jason AndrewsJason Andrews19 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Jason Andrews Please explain why you think your D800 has too much resolution.

      Tom HerrimanTom Herriman19 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Tom Herriman i sure hope no one's buying this camera exclusively for IG! Then again, who cares?..let them live their lives, at least people like that have fun and support the camera industry!

      Jason AndrewsJason Andrews19 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Nice Describe Sir

    Sagar CollegeSagar College21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • No Tony, you don't magically get better dynamic range out of your shots by shooting in compressed mode and throwing away data... You had it right the first time around and then you "corrected" yourself by saying the opposite. lol Also the Riii files looked significantly better to me when brought up by five stops, especially in terms of color noise. I have no idea if that's still true when shooting them at ISO 3200 vs bumping it up to that level in post, but it seems like something worth investigating.

    timothytimothy21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Watch Andy Astbury's test on dynamic range.

    Sheyetshot JSheyetshot J21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 300 dpi, Tony, 300 dpi... ;)

    Greg KarrisGreg Karris22 วันที่ผ่านมา

      Tony & Chelsea NorthrupTony & Chelsea Northrup21 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I didn't understand your comparison of 14-bits to 15-stops dynamic range🤔 Isn't the 14-bits the granularity of the data where as the 15-stops is the range of the data or the ratio of the lowest to highest value in the range. So, let's say that my camera has an 8-bit ADC, I still can represent 30-stops or let's say 1000-stops of data. But I'll only be able to tag 256 values from the lowest to the highest value. Right?

    Erkan Özgür YılmazErkan Özgür Yılmaz23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 60mp is a great achievement, but the best Sony lenses max out around 45 MP in sharpness, at best aperture, at center of the frame. And there are just a few primes that are even that good. I also wonder how useful the pixel shift is going to be in real life, where 1 pix of camera movement (~0.0037mm or 0.00015”) over 16 frames will spoil the shot. I don’t think I’m trading in my A7riii just yet.

    Mark LewusMark Lewus23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The lens can’t resolve 240mp or 960mp? What does pixel shift have to do with the lens? The file isn’t even created in camera.

    Eric StadlerEric Stadler23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Little tip, you may want to try some better corrected lenses to show difference of sharpness and resolving power in a more accurate way. Each lens has its own comfort zone, meaning it performs its best within certain range of pixel density, which can be related to its MTF performance under different line pairs. A lens looks nice on 12MP FF does not necessarily mean it will perform as good on a 42MP FF, vice versa. Well corrected lenses, like Otus, or Loxia 25 / 85, has very balanced resolution on cameras with either higher or lower density of pixels. From a test I made with a tiny Nikon 1 J5 (1 inch sensor with 20MP), these lenses remain cutting edge even under an approx. 200MP FF equivalent pixel density. These are manual focusing lenses aim optical performance only, and they will really extract the power of high resolution cameras. While GM lenses, especially zoom lenses, are designed for multi-usage, where as resolution for extra high pixel density is not the priority. It need to balance between optical and zoom design, focusing speed and electronic solutions, price and manufactures, too much compromises are incorporated. GM zooms, put aside the QC concern and the strong color fringing that stick around all the way to f/8, are very much capable for lower resolution like 24MP FF. Some GM primes can really "satisfy" the a7R iv, which I think including 24/1.4. 85/1.4 GM is more suitable for 36-42MP. Of course sharpness is not everything for a lens, being extra sharp can even damage the look of a portrait. GM 85 is quite good enough in its own way. Nevertheless, for resolution test of cameras, I would recommend Loxia 25 and Loxia 85. Only need to remember stop them down when testing, they have some field curvature and vignette, also some chromatic aberration at wide open. Otus will be even better and easier for cross brand comparison, while being less easy to handle.

    Hong SherlockHong Sherlock23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I don't like Sony gear, It "sounds" like a disharmonic orchestra when in use.

    Rodrigo CesarinoRodrigo Cesarino24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Great video!! Thanks for these technical details! Very valuable informations!

    FlospectivesFlospectives24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Tony, your tests obviously show significantly more noise on the A7R4 vs the A7R3, like twice as much not sure how youre seeing it differently.

    Mohamad Al YousufMohamad Al Yousuf24 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Really don't understand this video at all. The conclusions don't fit with the samples show at all and the R4 is clearly worse.

      The Boogie KnightThe Boogie Knight23 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thank You for the review. Waiting eagerly for new videos. Wished this camera Had a 4k 60 movie recording mode. Also would love to see sony equip this cameras with an electronic variable ND filter

    hzubovi1hzubovi125 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Quite surprised in hearing you saying that DR in mk IV is better... mkIII has neutral shadows, MkIV is very visibly all red, blotchy and more washed out. It's obviously worse.

    Luciano MorpurgoLuciano Morpurgo25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • over 2 million photos, on dozens of cameras. Ive never had a corrupt file. Maybe your card readers are fucky

    Forza 3 Drift VideosForza 3 Drift Videos25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • over 2 million photos, on dozens of cameras. Ive never had a corrupt file. Maybe your card readers are fucky

    Forza 3 Drift VideosForza 3 Drift Videos25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • TH-vision bubble effect “everyone videos themselves”. Well, no, I don’t.

    Paul BarnardPaul Barnard25 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • I know right 😂 what a silly thing to say. I don't know a single person who videos themselves.

      Njoi FontesNjoi Fontes24 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 12:04, is it also an issue on the Sony a9 sensor, probably the only CMOS sensor camera, having no rolling shutter on electronic shutter? - However: I wished sensor companies enhanced CCD technology, having no rolling shutter and banding by CCD technology itself. But no, all of them went “...the easy, tempting dark way...” of CMOS. - If you have a Leica M9, never sell it. Probably last CCD sensor Kodak made built in there. Above ISO 640, noise becomes horrible, but

    Roland Rick PhotographyRoland Rick Photography25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • My A7R2 still works perfect and stunning, but the IV I'm really excited!

    Fruitydc riFruitydc ri25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Holy crap i thought i was having a stroke because i closed one eye and all of a sudden everything was blurry, turns out it switched from 720p to what looks like 144p

    denvera1g1denvera1g125 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • its pink ! the white letters "barbershop".......................

    André JesusAndré Jesus25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'm going to wait for the a9 Mark II. I predict 30 to 36 megapixels and all of these other same functions, 1/32,000 of a sec shutter speed and 20 to 25 fps. Even if the fps stays the same, 20 fps is more than satisfactory.

    ACPACP25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Say what you want, Sony is kicking everybody's ass. Yeah,you want to critic the video quality, its better than most 99.5 % of the cameras made. There actually comparing the video to the wanted new release 7s3. Suck it up people, Sony has kick everyone's ass.

    Chris EnochChris Enoch25 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Heck no. At 5 grand i wouldnt bother to even look at reviews. I WAS saving up to get the gfx50 and go medium format but im looking at this now for 3500. At 5g's id still be saving up for the gfx.

    andrademezaandrademeza26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • which is good a9 or a7r iv ? not based on numbers on paper!

    bibin babybibin baby26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thank you, Tony, your videos about the quality of cameras are beyond the other photographers' biased works. In every video that you make what we receive is the only truth.

    Behnam AhmadzadehBehnam Ahmadzadeh26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • ok...still keeping my d850....nice video ..thank you

    LikandrosLikandros26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • So bottom line, it's not a medium format killer.

    קארטיובקארטיוב26 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • To be a medium format killer you have to at least meet it at the sensor size.

      FrankFrank20 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • That's not something we tested

      Tony & Chelsea NorthrupTony & Chelsea Northrup26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Question (mostly serious) when you get to your full review of the Sony a7riv ... "Is the a7rIV now the flagship cropped sensor camera from Sony?"

    rghurstrghurst26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Though 60MP is amazing, it is simply not necessary for 99% of photographers. But good marketing regardless, people seem to value quantifiable improvements (such as megapixel count) over experiential ones.

    Michael LiMichael Li26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Not much difference . I'd prefer an updated version of the a7R III censor instead of a 60mp that does nothing better .

    justice & swordjustice & sword26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The 4k60 is for the siii.

    lut rayanlut rayan26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 60MP is good and all, but the glass has to improve alongside it. Why doesn't Sony come out with a new line of glass to take advantage of the extra pixels, would they be too expensive to produce?

    bkatzybkatzy26 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Tony & Chelsea Northrup Ah good, thanks guys, great work as always!

      bkatzybkatzy25 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Their newest lenses have tested INCREDIBLY sharp

      Tony & Chelsea NorthrupTony & Chelsea Northrup26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Really disappointed that you have dismissed the Extremely awesome canon 5DSR. Love your stuff Tony , you haven’t seen the sick images I have taken with my 5DSR and recovered dynamic range. I shoot Real Estate and believe me twilight shots need shadow pull and the 5DSR does great. Sucks you only compare Nikon and Sony in this. Just my opinion. Taken properly as images should be the EOS Canon 5DSR still makes killer natural looking images.

    JAProPhoto - James Allen PhotographerJAProPhoto - James Allen Photographer26 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • We love the 5DSR. When we get a longer-term loaner it'll be one camera we compare this to. We didn't have it with us during the press event because we didn't know what to expect. FWIW I didn't compare the Nikon here.

      Tony & Chelsea NorthrupTony & Chelsea Northrup26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • great video capabilities?? Are you joking!!? This camera is a Fail...when it comes to upgrading video features from previous models.

    Checkered Flag FilmsCheckered Flag Films26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I've noticed what you're talking about in 7:38 on my A99ii. When you shoot high iso, it seems like almost a waste of space to even shoot 42.3 MP. Wish the camera churned out less megapixels as you up the ISO.

    Amit ZinmanAmit Zinman26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • ok, if i want superb (sony sensor) 4k60p uhd (ok, just 8-bit) ... with NO Sony live-view autofocus shenanigans ... I'm going for DJI OSMO Action ! It also has higher-rez 4k30p (3:2) 4000 x 3000, too + with Rectilinear UWA (DeWarp) ~FF FoV 7.09mm @ F2.8 brightness lens (145° diagonal AoV) ultra-deep DoF (why use FF 4k video, and shoot so shallow DoF ???!!! so thin DoF with so much soft blurriness of shallow DoF might as well shoot 1080p (1.92k24p)) !!! + affordable ! + 12mp RAW DNG + pocketable + dual screen for vlogging fun, too! + voice command + focus-free ! *whew!* for really higher-rez ... just bring camera in closer ! 😆

    Stefanie DaniellaStefanie Daniella26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • A 4K TV has 8 MP ......

    Johnny FrydaJohnny Fryda26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • My entire raw catalogue thus far fits into 550gb on my Adobe 1tb plan. This camera would ruin that lol. I’m still using the A7s 1, but I’m definitely interested in the real time eye AF. If you’re saying maybe 20mp at ISO 3200, compare the detail vs A7iii at these higher ISOs? Rather than 4k60, or rather in addition to it, I’d be excited for a USBC output direct to SSD, like the Sigma Fp is doing

    Daniel LeeDaniel Lee26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What’s interesting is that with super resolution algorithms (different to drizzle in DSS, and pixel shift but pixel shift source images would be ideal) you can resolve beyond lens and sensor resolution, including the typical different limit.

    Daniel LeeDaniel Lee26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Such heavy file sizes!!! Will the current versions LR & PS gonna handle it without any lags??

    Layth 786Layth 78626 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • William Bickers-Jones i’ll have to give it (capture one) a try...thanks for the suggestion. :)

      Layth 786Layth 78626 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • I gave up on LR for my A7rii and its 42MP uncompressed RAWs (83MB), as it was painfully slow. Capture One Pro is fine.

      William Bickers-JonesWilliam Bickers-Jones26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • No fully functional, articulating touch screen? No thanks.

  • ISO EXPANSION is not “fake”. I find that comment deceptive. The camera takes a longer exposure (usually by a stop) and that more light/data is pulled into the raw file BEFORE the Raw file comes up in a raw converter. This has tremendous benefits!!! Because nearly half of all data is in the brightest stop or 2 of linear light (at capture) it potentially DOUBLES the quality of the data (lowering “fake” information known as NOISE). Any serious print maker knows how awesomely helpful it is and the results are not fake. Also, you might laugh but for a fine art printmaker (yes the minority) this pixel shifting quality is very exciting!!!

    Mark Metternich Photography, LLCMark Metternich Photography, LLC26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • All this video and others confirms is we need to lobby Sony to release an A7RIIIa with the new grip, EVF and other ergonomic changes and just maybe a newer verison of the 42MP sensor with faster readout. Now more than ever I'm waiting for the A9II. I really find it bizarre Sony thought the A7RIII needed replacing inside two years when there are much higher priorities.

    Whayne PaddenWhayne Padden26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It's not too cheap. Tony if you worked out what the "manufacture" cost of the camera is, you'd be shocked. It's a sensor, some board/memory and a steadyshot mechanism. Manufacture time is way faster than a DSLR less calibration, less parts. What we're paying for is the advertising/marketing/freebies/trips etc ;-) No disrespect but these things cost not that much to make at all. They just don't sell that many - in comparison to years ago, margins are higher man

    Phil Jones65Phil Jones6526 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • All this hype about new camera releases is getting to be like a new cell release twice a year. Just get out and shoot. Work on your technique and not worry about the latest and not so greatest releases. Always seems to be added expenses to new cameras. Not sold.

    David CentauraDavid Centaura26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This is getting ridiculous, consumirisum, gluttony, desire, people with empty lives thinking a new camera every six months will fulfill their emptiness. Oh yeah I know this comment will be deleted.

    David NikonDavid Nikon26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Interesting initial review. Nothing about this camera is earth shaking and at least nothing that shows it "kills" Nikon and Canon (Jesus, I hate statements like that). If anything, this camera could bite into the sales of Hasselblad's and Fuji's medium format market share. Giving folks medium format-like images out of a fullframe sensor. For hybrid video shooters, this is a no go as it offers nothing above what current competitors offer. In fact, it offers less video features. I'm sure there's a niche market for this, but as far as an everyday use camera for enthusiasts to semi-professionals (and even most professionals), I just don't see it's use that puts it above the a9 or even the a7RIII.

    DeMarcus DavisDeMarcus Davis26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • We as photographers live in great times. The innovations of this past few yearsremind me so much of early 2000 when digital photography was just growing, camera makers were leapfrogging each other in tech.

    Ryan VillanuevaRyan Villanueva26 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Hey Tony, why do camera manufacturers not normalize on how fps are calculated. For example a7riv advertises 10fps but fails to mention that bit rate drops to 12bit. Nikon canon advertiser fps with 14 but raw files. I think it's a great way to get marketing material out but isn't exactly allowing for apple's to apple's.

    Tom OhleTom Ohle27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Does anyone know which camera Tony and Chelsea film these videos with? Thanks!

    S BS B27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 4:44 It's Mac and Windows (or IBM).. NOT Mac and PC.. BOTH are PCs! :P

    MadtographyMadtography27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Sony a&R IV: I have all the megapixels you'll ever need, pixel shift, amazing picture quality. Instagram while compressing your photo to ashes: Let me humble you real quick.

    Avo GuedekelianAvo Guedekelian27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Is the rolling shutter issue still present ? I do mostly sport pictures with the A7RIII, and the e-shutter is totally unusable in that case. The balls don't look round anymore and are totally deformed. Is the A9 the only one to solve that issue ? Thanks in advance

    Sébastien GSébastien G27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • “Other people shoot a little bit different than you” ie “You’re ignorant”. Haha Tony is so tactful

    Drew TiengDrew Tieng27 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'm Happy with my A7riii will use it for coming 10 years if it works fine i hope. Inshallah.

    Muhammad KhizarMuhammad Khizar27 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • I would sale it before the info spreads to much.

      WhichLensWhichLens17 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I doubt any of this is really accurate since Lightroom doesn’t even support the raw files for the a7riv yet. Comparing jpg’s isn’t really a good test. The ar7iv jpgs won’t be being converted correctly like they would be in Adobe once supported so noise will be being introduced vs looking at raw in photoshop. I’m waiting to see the true RAW file comparison once fully supported!

    richard coughlanrichard coughlan27 วันที่ผ่านมา
Sony a7R IV Image Quality, Dynamic Range, Banding (vs a7R III)