ALPHA 7 IV FULL-FRAME HYBRID CAMERA

Full Specifications & Features

ILCE-7M4

$3,988.00

(AUD inc. GST)

Lens

Lens Mount
E-mount

Image Sensor

Aspect Ratio
3:2
Number Of Pixels (Effective)
Approx. 33.0 megapixels
Number of Pixels (total)
Approx. 34.1 megapixels
Sensor Type
35 mm full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm), Exmor R CMOS sensor
Anti-Dust System
Yes (Charge protection coating on optical filter and image sensor shift mechanism)

Recording (still images)

Recording Format
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.32, MPF Baseline compliant), HEIF (MPEG-A MIAF compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 4.0 format compliant)
Image Quality Modes
RAW (Compressed / Lossless Compressed / Uncompressed), JPEG (Extra fine / Fine / Standard / Light), HEIF (4:2:0 / 4:2:2) (Extra fine / Fine / Standard / Light), RAW & JPEG, RAW & HEIF
Picture Effect
-
Creative Style
-
Picture Profile
Yes (Off / PP1-PP11) Parameters: Black level, Gamma (Movie, Still, S-Cinetone, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2, S-Log3, HLG, HLG1-3), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Saturation, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset
CREATIVE LOOK
ST, PT, NT, VV, VV2, FL, IN, SH, BW, SE, Custom Look (1-6)
SOFT SKIN EFFECT
Yes
Dynamic Range Functions
Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer
Colour Space
sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut), Adobe RGB standard and Rec. ITU-R BT.2100 standard (BT.2020 gamut).
14bit RAW
Yes

Recording (movie)

Recording Format
XAVC S, XAVC HS
Video Compression
XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC HS: MPEG-H HEVC/H.265
Audio Recording Format
LPCM 2 ch (48 kHz 16 bit), LPCM 2 ch (48 kHz 24 bit), LPCM 4 ch (48 kHz 24 bit), MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2 ch
Colour Space
Rec. ITU-R BT.2100 standard compatible (BT.2020 gamut)
Picture Effect
-
Creative Style
-
SOFT SKIN EFFECT
Yes
Picture Profile
Yes (Off / PP1-PP11) Parameters: Black level, Gamma (Movie, Still, S-Cinetone, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2, S-Log3, HLG, HLG1-3), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Saturation, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset
CREATIVE LOOK
ST, PT, NT, VV, VV2, FL, IN, SH, BW, SE, Custom Look (1-6)
MOVIE RECORDING SYSTEM (XAVC HS 4K)
3840 x 2160 (4:2:0, 10bit, NTSC) (Approx.): 60p (150 Mbps / 75 Mbps / 45 Mbps), 24p (100 Mbps / 50 Mbps / 30 Mbps), 3840 x 2160 (4:2:0, 10bit, PAL) (Approx.): 50p (150 Mbps / 75 Mbps / 45 Mbps), 3840 x 2160 (4:2:2, 10bit, NTSC) (Approx.): 60p (200 Mbps / 100 Mbps), 24p (100 Mbps / 50 Mbps), 3840 x 2160 (4:2:2, 10bit, PAL) (Approx.): 50p (200 Mbps / 100 Mbps)
MOVIE RECORDING SYSTEM (XAVC S 4K)
3840 x 2160 (4:2:0, 8bit, NTSC) (Approx.): 60p (150 Mbps), 30p (100 Mbps / 60 Mbps), 24p (100 Mbps / 60 Mbps), 3840 x 2160 (4:2:0, 8bit, PAL) (Approx.): 50p (150 Mbps), 25p (100 Mbps / 60 Mbps), 3840 x 2160 (4:2:2, 10bit, NTSC) (Approx.): 60p (200 Mbps), 30p (140 Mbps), 24p (100 Mbps), 3840 x 2160 (4:2:2, 10bit, PAL) (Approx.): 50p (200 Mbps), 25p (140 Mbps)
MOVIE RECORDING SYSTEM (XAVC S HD)
1920 x 1080 (4:2:0, 8bit, NTSC) (Approx.): 120p (100 Mbps / 60 Mbps), 60p (50 Mbps / 25 Mbps), 30p (50 Mbps / 16 Mbps), 24p (50 Mbps), 1920 x 1080 (4:2:0, 8bit, PAL) (Approx.): 100p (100 Mbps / 60 Mbps), 50p (50 Mbps / 25 Mbps), 25p (50 Mbps / 16 Mbps), 1920 x 1080 (4:2:2, 10bit, NTSC) (Approx.): 60p (50 Mbps), 30p (50 Mbps), 24p (50 Mbps), 1920 x 1080 (4:2:2, 10bit, PAL) (Approx.): 50p (50 Mbps), 25p (50 Mbps)
MOVIE RECORDING SYSTEM (XAVC S-I 4K)
3840 x 2160 (4:2:2, 10bit, NTSC) (Approx.): 60p (600 Mbps), 30p (300 Mbps), 24p (240 Mbps), 3840 x 2160 (4:2:2, 10bit, PAL) (Approx.): 50p (500 Mbps), 25p (250 Mbps)
MOVIE RECORDING SYSTEM (XAVC S-I HD)
1920 x 1080 (4:2:2, 10bit, NTSC) (Approx.): 60p (222 Mbps), 30p (111 Mbps), 24p (89 Mbps), 1920 x 1080 (4:2:2, 10bit, PAL) (Approx.): 50p (185 Mbps), 25p (93 Mbps)
SLOW & QUICK MOTION (SHOOTING FRAME RATE) 
NTSC mode: 1 fps, 2 fps, 4 fps, 8 fps, 15 fps, 30 fps, 60 fps, 120 fps, PAL mode: 1 fps, 2fps, 3fps, 6fps, 12fps, 25fps, 50fps, 100fps
Movie Functions
Audio Level Display, Audio Rec Level, PAL/NTSC Selector, Proxy Recording (1280 x 720 (Approx. 6 Mbps), 1920 x 1080 (Approx. 9 Mbps), 1920 x 1080 (Approx. 16 Mbps)), TC/UB, Auto Slow Shutter, Gamma Disp. Assist

USB Streaming

VIDEO DATA FORMAT
MJPEG, YUV420
VIDEO RESOLUTION
3840 x 2160 (15p / 12.5p) / 1920 x 1080 (60p / 50p / 30p / 25p) / 1280 x 720 (30p / 25p)
AUDIO DATA FORMAT
LPCM 2 ch (16 bit 48 kHz)
SIMULTANEOUS INTERNAL RECORDING
Yes

Recording System

Location information Link from smartphone
Yes
Media
SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I/II compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I/II compliant), CFexpress Type A memory card
Memory Card Slot
SLOT1: Multi slot for SD (UHS-I/II compliant) memory card / CFexpress Type A card, SLOT2: Slot for SD (UHS-I/II compliant) memory card
Recording mode on 2 memory cards
Simult. Rec, Sort, Auto Switch Media, Copy

Noise Reduction

Noise Reduction
Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 s, High ISO NR: Normal / Low / Off

White balance

White Balance Modes
Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent / Flash / Underwater / Color Temperature (2500 to 9900 K) & color filter / Custom
SHUTTER AWB LOCK 
Yes (Shut. Halfway Down / Cont. Shooting / Off)

Focus

Focus Type
Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF / contrast-detection AF)
Focus Sensor
Exmor R CMOS sensor
Focus Point
35 mm full frame: 759 points (phase-detection AF), APS-C mode with FF lens: 713 points (phase-detection AF), with APS-C lens: 575 points (phase-detection AF) / 425 points (contrast-detection AF)
Focus Sensitivity Range
EV-4 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Focus Mode
AF-A (Automatic AF), AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C (Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus
Focus Area
Wide / Zone / Center Fix / Spot / Expand Spot / Tracking
EYE AF
[Still images] Human (Right/Left Eye Select) / Animal (Right/Left Eye Select) / Bird, [Movie] Human (Right/Left Eye Select) / Animal (Right/Left Eye Select) / Bird
Other Features
Predictive control, Focus lock, AF Track Sens. (Still), AF Subj. Shift Sensitivity (Movie), AF Transition Speed (Movie), Switch V/H AF Area, AF Area Regist., Circ. of Focus Point, Focus Map (Movie), AF Assist (Movie)
AF Illuminator
Yes (with Built-in LED type)
AF Illuminator range
Approx. 0.3 m - approx. 3.0 m (with FE 28-70 mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)
Focus type with LA-EA3 (Sold separately)
Phase-detection

Exposure

Metering Type
1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Sensor
Exmor R CMOS sensor
Metering Sensitivity
EV-3 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Metering Mode
Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot (Standard / Large), Entire Screen Avg., Highlight
Exposure Compensation
+/- 5.0 EV (1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps selectable)
Exposure Bracketing
Bracket: Cont., Bracket: Single, 3/5/9 frames selectable. (Ambient light, Flash light)
AE Lock
Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. Available with AE lock button. (On/Off/Auto)
Exposure Modes
[Still images] Intelligent Auto (Auto) / Program Auto (P) / Aperture Priority (A) / Shutter Priority (S) / Manual Exposure (M), [Movie] Intelligent Auto (Auto) / Program Auto (P) / Aperture Priority (A) / Shutter Priority (S) / Manual Exposure (M) / Flexible Exp. Mode, [Slow & Quick Motion] Intelligent Auto (Auto) / Program Auto (P) / Aperture Priority (A) / Shutter Priority (S) / Manual Exposure (M) / Flexible Exp. Mode
ISO Sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
Still images: ISO 100-51200 (ISO numbers from 50 to 204800 can be set as expanded ISO), AUTO (ISO 100-12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Movies: ISO 100-51200 equivalent (ISO numbers up to 102400 can be set as expanded ISO), AUTO (ISO 100-12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
Anti-flicker Shoot.
Yes
Scene Selection
-

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
1.3 cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (Quad-VGA OLED)
Number of Dots
3 686 400 dots
Field Coverage
100%
Magnification
Approx. 0.78x (with 50 mm lens at infinity, -1m-1)
Dioptre Adjustment
-4.0 to +3.0 m-1
Eye Point
Approx. 23 mm from the eyepiece lens, 18.5 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m-1 (CIPA standard)
DISPLAY FUNCTION
Histogram, Real-time image-adjustment display, Digital level gauge, Grid line, Focus check, Peaking MF, Zebra, Movie marker, Emphasized display during REC
Finder Frame Rate Selection
STD 60 fps / HI 120 fps

LCD Screen

Monitor Type
7.5 cm (3.0-type) type TFT
Number of Dots
1 036 800 dots
Touch Panel
Yes
Brightness Control
Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode
Adjustable Angle
Opening Angle: Approx. 176 °., Rotation Angle: Approx. 270 °.
Focus Magnifier
Yes, Focus Magnifier (35 mm full frame: 5.5x / 11.0x, APS-C: 3.7x / 7.3x)

Other Features

PlayMemories Camera Apps™
-
Clear Image Zoom
Still images: Approx. 2x, Movies: Approx. 1.5x (4K), Approx. 2x (HD)
Face Detection
Modes: Face/Eye Priority in AF, Face Priority in Multi Metering, Regist. Faces Priority
Self-Portrait Self-timer
-
Others
-

Shutter

Type
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter Type
Mechanical shutter / Electronic shutter
Shutter Speed
Still images: 1/8000 to 30 s, Bulb, Movies (NTSC mode): 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps), up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode), Movies (PAL mode): 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps), up to 1/50 in AUTO mode (up to 1/25 in Auto slow shutter mode)
Flash Sync. Speed
1/250 s (35 mm full frame), 1/320 s (APS-C)
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
Yes (ON/OFF)
Silent Shooting
Yes (ON/OFF)

Image Stabilization

Type
Image Sensor-Shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation (Compensation depends on lens specifications)
Compensation Effect
5.5 stops (based on CIPA standard. Pitch/yaw shake only. With Planar T* FE 50 mm F1.4 ZA lens mounted. Long exposure NR off.)

Flash Control

Control
Pre-flash TTL
Flash Compensation
+/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Flash Modes
Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable), Wireless, Hi-speed sync.
Recycling Time
-
External Flash Compatibility
Sony α System Flash compatible with Multi Interface Shoe, attach the shoe adaptor for flash compatible with Auto-lock accessory shoe
FE Level Lock
Yes
Wireless Control
Yes (Light signal: Available with Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Hi-speed sync. / Radio signal: Available with Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Hi-speed sync.)

Drive

Drive Modes
Single Shooting, Continuous shooting (Hi+/Hi/Mid/Lo selectable), Self-timer, Self-timer (Cont.), Bracket: Single,Bracket: Cont., White Balance bracket, DRO bracket
Continuous Drive Speed (approx. max.)
Continuous shooting: Hi+: 10 fps, Hi: 8 fps, Mid: 6 fps, Lo: 3 fps
No. of recordable frames (approx.)
JPEG Extra fine L: over 1000 frames, JPEG Fine L: over 1000 frames, JPEG Standard L: over 1000 frames, RAW: over 1000 frames, RAW & JPEG: over 1000 frames, RAW (Lossless Compressed): over 1000 frames, RAW (Lossless Compressed) & JPEG: over 1000 frames, RAW (Uncompressed): over 1000 frames, RAW (Uncompressed) & JPEG: 828 frames
Self-Timer
10 s delay / 5 s delay / 2 s delay / Continuous self-time / Bracketing self-timer
Pixel Shift Multi Shooting
-

Playback

Photo Capture
Yes

Interface

PC Interface
Mass-storage / MTP
Multi / Micro USB Terminal
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes (Bluetooth Standard Ver. 4.1 (2.4 GHz band))
Multi Interface Shoe
Yes (with Digital Audio Interface)
Mic Terminal
Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
Sync Terminal
-
Headphone Terminal
Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
Vertical Grip Connector
Yes
LAN Terminal
-
FUNCTIONS
FTP Transfer Func. (Wired LAN(USB-LAN), USB Tethering, Wi-Fi), View on Smartphone, Remote control via Smartphone, PC Remote, BRAVIA Sync (Control for HDMI), PhotoTV HD

Audio

Microphone
Built-in, stereo
Speaker
Built-in, monaural

Print

Compatible Standards
Exif Print, Print Image Matching III

Custom function

Type
Custom key settings, My Menu, My Dial Settings, Reg Cust Shoot Set, Programmable Setting (Body 9 sets / memory card 12 sets)

Lens Compensation

Setting
Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion, Breathing (Movie)

Power

Supplied Battery
One rechargeable battery pack NP-FZ100
Internal Battery Charge
Yes (Available with USB Type-C Terminal. USB Power Delivery compatible)
USB Power supply
Yes (Available with USB Type-C Terminal. USB Power Delivery compatible)

Others

Operating Temperature
0 - 40 ℃ / 32 - 104 °F

Size & Weight

Weight (with battery and memory card included)
Approx. 658 g (approx. 1 lb 7.3 oz)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 131.3 mm x 96.4 mm x 79.8 mm, approx. 131.3 mm x 96.4 mm x 69.7 mm (From grip to monitor) (approx. 5 1/4 x 3 7/8 x 3 1/4 inches, approx. 5 1/4 x 3 7/8 x 2 3/4 inches (From grip to monitor))

What's In The Box

  • Rechargeable Battery NP-FZ100, AC adaptor,Power cord, Shoulder strap, Body cap, Accessory shoe cap, Eyepiece cup, USB-A to USB-C cable (USB 3.2)
Placeholder

Features

A photo of the Exmor R CMOS image sensor

Newly developed 33.0MP back-illuminated CMOS image sensor

The full-frame Exmor R™ CMOS sensor delivers outstanding speed and superb image quality. The use of copper wiring contributes to higher transmission speeds and faster AD conversion, while fast sensor readout enables 10-bit 4:2:2 4K recording at up to 60p. The sensor also provides improved colour reproducibility, low-noise performance at all sensitivities, 15-stop dynamic range on stills, and increased AF precision and focal stability. 

The BIONZ XR image processing engine

BIONZ XR™ image processor for up to 8x processing speed

The BIONZ XR engine, also used in the flagship α1 and α7S III models, provides up to an 8x increase in processing speed. The engine concentrates real-time processing of AF, image recognition and image quality adjustment to minimise processing latency, for greatly increased movie and still processing power. User interface, network, and file management processing is distributed in order to deliver fast response regardless of real-time processing load. 

A sample image illustrating low noise in a dimly lit setting

Beautiful image rendering with low noise

Visible benefits of the powerful new 33.0MP sensor and engine go beyond mere numbers. They include soft, natural-looking human skin textures, a stunning level of detail in landscapes and scenery, and better colour reproduction, with higher subjective resolution resulting from improved algorithms. The standard sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200 is expandable to ISO 50-204800 for stills and ISO 100-102400 for movies, with low-noise performance throughout.

A photo with beautiful 10-bit colour depth

Smoother gradation rendering with 10-bit HEIF recording

The α7 IV offers HEIF (High Efficiency Image File) still-image encoding, in addition to conventional RAW and JPEG. Smooth 10-bit gradations provide more realistic reproduction of skies and portrait subjects, and the use of 10-bit depth minimises degradation of image quality when editing. HEIF still images recorded in HLG mode can be played back on a compatible BRAVIA 4K TV, via an HDMI connection, to display images with an extraordinarily wide dynamic range. 

A portrait of a woman showing the beautiful colour reproduction of 10-bit 4:2:2 recording

4K 60p recording, 4:2:2 10-bit recording 

The α7 IV gives you an impressive range of video recording options. Full pixel readout without binning allows 4K 60p recording, and when recording 4K movies at 30p, full-frame 7K oversampling produces high-resolution, highly detailed 4K. 10-bit 4:2:2 video can be recorded internally, allowing fuller, more natural gradations and greater editing freedom. The XAVC HS™ file format provides roughly twice the coding efficiency of MPEG-4 AVC/H.264. 

Four images showing four different colour tones, each made using the Creative Look feature

Set the mood, in-camera, with Creative Look

Broaden your creative palette with a selection of ten Creative Look presets. You can easily impart a particular mood in your still images, movies and live streaming, and all preset selections are available in-camera without post-editing, so you can share your vision immediately after shooting. 

A still image from a video that was shot with S-Cinetone

Beautiful colour expression made simple, with S-Cinetone™ 

The α7 IV supports S-Cinetone, based on expertise gained through development of the VENICE CineAlta camera. This look is responsible for the beautiful skin tones for which Cinema Line cameras like the FX9, FX6 and FX3 are widely acclaimed. It delivers natural mid-tones for healthy-looking skin colour, plus soft colours and gorgeous highlights. Because it's in-camera, it's easy to create a more expressive look for your movie imagery without post-editing.

A beautifully expressive photo illustrating the wide dynamic range available with S-Log3

S-Log for colour matching with professional video equipment

The α7 IV provides S-Log2 and S-Log3 gamma curves, with the latter allowing capture of 15+ stops of dynamic range. The S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3.Cine colour gamut settings make it easy to match α7 IV footage with footage from VENICE digital cinema cameras or Cinema Line cameras like the FX6 and FX3. The native sensitivity when shooting S-Log is ISO 800, and it can be lowered by as much as two stops (ISO 200-640) below the standard range to achieve extra low noise.

A still image from a video that was shot with Soft Skin Effect, 'Mid' setting

Soft Skin Effect for bright and beautiful skin appearance

The built-in Soft Skin Effect makes skin look more beautiful, softening wrinkles, blemishes and dull patches while preserving liveliness in eye and mouth areas. Complementing the capabilities of the full-frame sensor, this feature can add appeal to live-streamed sessions as well as enhancing still shots and movies. Four level settings are available, so you can adjust the degree of the effect as you wish. 

An illustration showing 5-axis image stabilisation

Optical 5-axis in-body image stabilisation for 5.5-step compensation 

The α7 IV's high-precision stabilisation unit and gyro sensors work with stabilisation algorithms to achieve up to 5.5 steps of shutter-speed compensation, to maximise the performance of the camera's 33.0MP sensor. This in-body stabilisation allows effective use with a wide range of lenses. The live monitor view shows the stabilised still image while the shutter button is half-pressed, an especially helpful feature when using a telephoto or macro lens, and it can be used in conjunction with the MF Assist and Focus Magnifier features.

A photo of a video creator shooting with in-camera Active Mode image stabilisation, with no equipment other than the camera

Hand-held movie shooting with Active Mode

Active Mode uses the camera's stabilisation unit, gyro sensors and sophisticated algorithms for highly effective in-camera optical image stabilisation during movie shoots. The powerful processing engine precisely detects the required amount of compensation for smooth stabilisation in all formats, including 4K, without compromising the α7 IV's compact size and mobility. And, because the gyro data is also recorded alongside the video, even more effective post-production stabilisation can be applied for ultra smooth shots using Catalyst Browse/Prepare software

Ten continuous-shot photos of a person engaging in a fast-moving sports activity

Buffer memory supports continuous shooting and recording

Both the mechanical and electronic shutters allow continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with AF/AE tracking. The latest powerful processing engine and increased buffer memory allow faster writing to memory cards, so you can shoot more than 800 uncompressed RAW+JPEG frames (more than 1600 altogether), or more than 1000 compressed RAW+JPEG frames (more than 2000 altogether, up to a full memory card). Increased processing power also allows you to change menu settings even while data is being written to the memory card. 

A photo of person engaging in a fast-moving sport, superimposed with AF points covering almost the entire image area

Fast Hybrid AF with improved speed, precision and tracking 

Using a combination of phase-detection AF and contrast-detection AF, Fast Hybrid AF focuses precisely even on small subjects or on people posed in front of a nighttime background. A wide, dense AF area covers roughly 94% of the image area for both still and movie shooting with 759 phase-detection points, while the contrast-detection AF system uses 425 points. This vast collection of data is analysed in real time by the latest powerful processing engine to achieve the AF system's impressive results. 

A photo illustrating the use of Real-time Eye AF, with an AF frame showing focus on the subject's eye

AI-based Real-time Eye AF and Real-time Tracking

The superior processing power of the BIONZ XR engine has led to improvements in both Real-time Eye AF and Real-time Tracking features. Improved face detection translates into 30% better eye-detection accuracy, while faster image processing yields higher accuracy when the subject is looking up, down, or sideways. Real-time Tracking allows you to select your subject and then leave tracking to the camera, relying on the latest subject recognition algorithm and high-speed analysis of spatial data by the processing engine.

A photo illustrating the use of Real-time Eye AF for birds, with focus on the subject bird's eye

Bird mode for Real-time Eye AF, now available in movies

The Real-time Eye AF function is now capable of detecting the eyes of birds and tracking them in real time, for both still shots and movies. The BIONZ XR engine runs optimised AF and tracking algorithms to ensure uninterrupted tracking even for birds in flight, whose movement is hard to predict. Once you've selected a bird, the camera will automatically detect and precisely track that bird's eye, whether the bird is perched or in flight.

Photo of a person holding the camera and using its buttons

AF control through touch operation

Touch Tracking lets you select a subject to track simply by touching the LCD screen, even while using the viewfinder, for more intuitive AF control for both still shots and movies. Easier focus operation is particularly helpful when you're shooting movies alone or using a gimbal, allowing you to concentrate on composing your shots. 

A photo of a movie creator comfortably using the autofocus feature

AF Assist for seamless transitions to manual focus

The AF Assist function, inherited from the Cinema Line FX6, lets you seamlessly switch to and from manual focus during movie shoots. When this feature has been turned on, rotating the focus ring temporarily switches operation from autofocus to manual focus to allow you to deliberately shift your focus to a different subject.

An illustration of the Focus Map feature, showing out-of-focus areas as warm or cool colours

Visualise depth of field during movie shoots with Focus Map

The new Focus Map overlays focus information onto a live real-time display to show which areas are in or out of focus. Being able to clearly visualise depth of field in this way makes it easier to quickly set up your ideal focus point and depth of field during rehearsal. As a result you can use the camera's excellent video definition and fast lenses to create impressive shots with shallow depth of field. 

Picture of Alpha 7 IV full-frame hybrid camera

Breathing Compensation for consistent angle of view when focusing 

For the first time in the α series, the α7 IV provides compensation for focus breathing. Focus breathing is any change in a lens's angle of view that corresponds to changes in focus. Sony's original Clear Image Zoom technology is used to automatically maintain a consistent angle of view, for more movie-like focus transitions. This feature can be used in conjunction with Active Mode image stabilisation to shoot stable, consistent imagery.

Photos of the Still/Movie/S&Q dial on top of the camera

Still/Movie/S&Q dial for quick access to hybrid capabilities

Befitting the α7 IV's status as a true hybrid camera, it comes equipped with a dedicated Still/Movie/S&Q dial to instantly switch between movies and stills. The dial switches the menus, functions, and custom settings of various controls between still and movie mode, and settings such as aperture and shutter speed are also maintained separately for stills and movies. S&Q mode can also be selected, for fast access to slow-motion or quick-motion shooting. 

Left: The menu display for still photos; right: the Rear dial R

The latest mode-specific menus and customisable Rear dial R

The α7 IV's menus are specific to either stills or movies, and for easier navigation menus are configured to show three levels of hierarchy at once. Separate functions for stills and for movies can be assigned to various buttons and dials, including the new, freely customisable Rear dial R. With controls tailored to whichever shooting mode you are currently using, the flexible access provided by the Rear dial R contributes to greatly enhanced still and movie shooting efficiency. 

A photo of the vari-angle LCD

Vari-angle LCD monitor for greater freedom when shooting

The large, side-opening 3.0-type 1.03-megadot touch-panel LCD monitor offers ample brightness for clear viewing in outdoor settings, and its 3:2 aspect ratio makes efficient use of the display area. The vari-angle mechanism allows flexible positioning and framing for handheld shots, gimbal-mounted or documentary-style self-shooting, or very low ground-level shots. 

Close-up photo of the camera's viewfinder

3.68 megadot high-definition Quad-VGA OLED viewfinder

The α7 IV's Quad-VGA OLED viewfinder provides roughly 1.6 times the resolution of the α7 III viewfinder, with a 37.3° FOV and a 23mm high eyepoint. With high resolution, improved electronic viewfinder image quality, and fogging and dust resistance (including significantly improved internal fogging resistance relative to the α7 III), it is designed for clear and comfortable viewing in a wide range of shooting environments. 

A photo of a person holding the Alpha 7 IV and a smartphone in order to share still photos or movies immediately after shooting

Communication features for easy sharing and distribution 

The α7 IV is equipped with robust wired and wireless communication features for more comfortable sharing and distribution. In-body wireless LAN uses a 5GHz band in addition to the 2.4GHz band, for fast data transfer. Background FTP transfer of files can be set to occur automatically while shooting continues, and a USB Type-C® connector supports fast SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 2) data transfer.

A photo of a person live-streaming with the Alpha 7 IV

Instant real-time live streaming via USB connection 

Live streaming is as easy as connecting to a computer through a USB connection, and you can choose from four different output formats, including high-resolution 4K video. You can select whichever configuration is best for current network conditions and the devices used, and simultaneous internal recording is also available, giving you broad flexibility to cover a wide variety of needs. 

A photo of USB Power Delivery in operation

High-capacity Z batteries and USB Power Delivery 

The α7 IV relies on a high-capacity Z battery (NP-FZ100), along with external power options that include USB power supplies and AC adaptors. Battery drain can be minimised by adding a high-capacity mobile battery for outdoor shooting. A USB charger or mobile battery that supports USB PD can be connected to the camera's USB Type-C® port, for extended recording. 

An illustration of the sigma-shaped heat dissipation unit, showing the path of heat dissipation

Heat management

To allow extended continuous recording, efficient heat dissipation is provided by Sony's proprietary Σ (sigma)-shaped thermal mounting. The mounting, which is also used on flagship models, is constructed from a graphite material with excellent thermal conduction properties. This structure allows the image sensor, a major source of heat inside the camera body, to move freely during image stabilisation while heat is efficiently dissipated.

Photos of dual card slots and sample memory cards

Dual media slots, with CFexpress Type A support

Dual media slots allow you to continue shooting even if one memory card fills up. One of the slots supports high-performance CFexpress Type A cards, and both slots support UHS-I and UHS-II SDXC/SDHC cards. With their fast write speeds, CFexpress Type A cards are particularly suited to high-speed continuous still shooting as well as high-resolution, high-bitrate 4K movie recording.

Wire illustration of dust- and moisture- proof structure

Reliable, robust engineering

We have improved the dust and moisture resistance of the α7 IV to provide outstanding reliability even in challenging outdoor shooting environments. Design refinements include more   sealing at body seams and the battery compartment cover (compared to the α7 III), a redesigned lens lock button, and extra cushioning around the mount. A lightweight, high-rigidity magnesium alloy used for the camera's top cover, front cover, and internal frame provides excellent durability.  

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Consideration for the environment and resource conservation 

Sony's "Road to Zero" environmental plan was launched in 2010 with the ultimate goal of achieving a zero environmental footprint. Currently nearly all  plastic packaging materials for the α7 IV are  recycled. Recyclable materials are also used for camera bodies whenever possible, reducing environmental burden without compromising functionality. While retaining state-of-the-art performance, we aim to further reduce energy and resource consumption to reduce the burden on the environment.  

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Imaging Edge Desktop™ / Imaging Edge Mobile™

Expand your creative horizons with Imaging Edge Desktop and Imaging Edge Mobile. The Imaging Edge Desktop PC application lets you control and monitor shoots directly from your PC screen, preview photos, and develop RAW/HEIF data into high-quality photos for delivery. Imaging Edge Mobile applications use the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® functionality of the α7 IV to provide a wide variety of convenient shooting and sharing functions. 

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