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I used Sony A7R V. Powerful autofocus and the right direction of development of the new generation of cameras

At the outset, let’s be honest about the fact that I spent an hour with the Sony A7R V. At the time, I wasn’t even going to do anything that would allow me to comment on the quality of the photos, because there was no point. You will find this information in a more extensive material after a while. During my time with the camera, I mainly focused on two things. The new autofocus, which I tried to check on as many lenses as possible and widely understood user experience. That is, how the camera fits in the hand and how it is used in general.

This grip is great!

The powerful and very deep grip is definitely something that sets the Sony A7R V apart. I spend a lot of time with the A7 III. There are days when I’m even stuck with him. So the first contact with the new R was strange. It stuck strangely to it, although the button layout is typical Sony and can be used in the dark.

The problem went away quickly because after a few minutes it didn’t bother me at all. Well, I didn’t feel like I was holding a bigger camera in my hand at all. The grip is brilliant and very reliable.

Overall, the camera build makes a great impression. Here we have a magnesium alloy, so the body it is very light it feels much lighter than it actually is. The A is heavier than the A7 III (650 grams), A7R IV (665 grams) and weighs 723 grams. The surface of the case gives the impression that it is a little soft, almost empty inside, but this does not prevent you from literally feeling that dense feeling. Yes, everything is sealed.

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The buttons on the Sony A7R V work in such a way that the A7 III began to look strange

It can do crap, but using the buttons on the Sony A7R V is a lot of fun. They are so… different. They press more softly and give the impression that they are made of better materials. It’s hard to explain, but it’s so classic new and better. Even the knobs turn softly, with a warmer sound. In the end, when I got the A7 III, it was something like this … It’s a bit like going from an expensive BMW to a mid-range Nissan. It’s nice here, it’s comfortable, but it’s not the same level.

As for the buttons, a little has changed here. The mode dial is integrated into the mode dial (photos and movies), plus the other three remain. One classic Sony on the front of the grip and two on the top of the housing. The trained eye will notice the absence of the exposure knob, but this could be due to one of the ones on the top of the case.

In terms of construction, let’s add a very large and brilliantly working joystick and two slots for SDXC / SDHC memory cards with UHS-I and UHS-II class and CFexpress type A. How is this possible? The first cards are placed on one side, the second on the other. This allows two types of cards to use the same slot. Clever!

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Say what you want, but this screen is a game changer! There’s also a new menu and… another game changer

Sony representatives were probably a little disappointed that the first reviews devoted a lot of space to the new screen. Does this surprise anyone? Sony broke the bank with this move because it literally reconciled everyone. Some users have complained that the screens in the company’s cameras can tilt. Others complained that the tilting ones were replaced with rotating ones. Well, now you have – two in one!

The screen can tilt and rotate. As in A1 or A7c. But it can only tilt like in the popular A7 III. Say what you will, but this is a brilliant move! Literally everyone will find something for themselves, and such a mechanism facilitates shooting in literally any position. Who likes what.

The display is very good quality, it is the best Sony screen in cameras. There is also a new menu. Is it better and more intuitive? I don’t know that because I admit I haven’t focused on it much. But the changes are big, you can actually see them and I didn’t feel lost in it.

An important change, and a change in key categories, is the Sony A7R V’s ability to change the resolution of RAW files. We don’t always have to shoot at 61 Mpix. These files are terrible heavyand when we add a burst of photos to it, you’re literally burying yourself in gigabytes of footage. We can also choose between 26 and 15 Mpix.

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Monkeys can take photos with such autofocus as in the Sony A7R V. And stabilization…

The combination of the new autofocus tracking system and image stabilization means you’ll literally live like a monkey with this camera and take very nice and sharp photos with it. It just can’t be done sleep… they spoil.

We have by far the most advanced focus tracking system used in Sony cameras, but probably the best on the market. And it’s not about the ability to track planes or insects, although there is an option and it actually works very well. A lot has changed in tracking people. The camera now recognizes not only the eye, face or smile, but with the help of artificial intelligence algorithms it recognizes parts of the human body. He knows where the arm, the back and the head are. Therefore, when the camera loses the priority object, which is the eye, it will automatically switch focus to the head. If the subject has its back turned, the focus will be on it. And at the same time, the autofocus continuously follows the target very accurately. But if, for example, the person turns his back, the camera continues to search for his head. When standing diagonally, the autofocus will appear at eye level because the algorithms have already learned how high the person’s eye is. Even cover his face with a mask and put on glasses, a camera rememberwhere the eye will be.

others baer is a smooth change of autofocus between faces. We have several people ahead of us. We set the face tracking to one of them. But the camera sees several of them. With one movement of the joystick, we can quickly move with sharpness between the faces in the frame.

Magic literally happens here, but it really works. I had the opportunity to check the autofocus tracking on different lenses. 35mm F/1.8, 50mm F/1.4 and F/1.8, 90mm F/2.8 Macro, 135mm F/2.8, 85mm F/1.4, 70-200mm F/2.8, 200-600mm F/5.6 -6.3, 16-35mm F / 2.8 … The function worked consistently excellently in all of them.

For this we have very good image stabilization. I can’t remember a camera that surprised me so much freezing of the frame after pressing the shutter button.

The Sony A7R V has better frame coverage thanks to the presence of 693 autofocus areas. It’s still less than the Sony A1, but it’s one of the best on the market. Do we really need half a camera and will it allow us to see the difference? It’s not required, but it’s a great result, so it’s just bragging rights.

Adobe Lightroom doesn’t yet support A7R V photos, so what you see below are JPEG photos straight from the camera (some of them were cropped and straightened):

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The Sony A7R V is invariably a camera for a narrow but wider audience

How well I wouldn’t use the Sony A7R V, it’s not a camera I need to live with. The 61 Mpix resolution is mainly useful for specific audiences. In nature photography, where we practically never stand close enough to the photographed subject, or studio photography. It is difficult to make a billboard covering a 10-story block with a 12 Mpix matrix camera. The options for cropping and scaling the frame are huge here.

Although I wouldn’t be surprised if the Sony A7R V is reached by people who need such an advanced and wise autofocus system. Such as wedding photographers. The Sony A9 II or A1 will still be the number one choice for sports because of the faster burst shooting. It is in this field that the new R is not a strong man. So there will be people who, after checking out its capabilities, will eagerly await the implementation of the new autofocus in other Sony camera series. Not to mention the rotating screen.

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