My 5 favorite features of Sony alpha 7R V

By Kashif Rashid

I love capturing the breathtaking views of Pakistan and I love creating beautiful portraits as well. I try my best to give justice to the heavenly places in front of me. It doesn’t matter how many pictures I click; it should define what real art is because I believe in quality over quantity and your skills grow eventually with every passing minute if you’re giving your best to attain some skill. And it's better if the equipment that you use also grows with you and they listen to what the market needs and deliver.

Sony Alpha has launched the latest camera the Sony Alpha 7R V. The series is a line of Alpha mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. Sony contacted me and they wanted me to use it. As I already told you about my interest in photography and cameras. I got super excited to get this opportunity. As a brand ambassador, to get these opportunities to test these cameras before they hit the market is amazing. I thought this camera would be “just another camera” in the lineup but was I blown away? It was a beast.

I will be defining its features that impressed me the most.

1. Powerful Image Processing Engine:

The new Alpha 7R V is the first one to have the highest resolution image sensor as it has the AI (Artificial Intelligence) based image recognition system. And it has a powerful image processing engine, BIONZ X. These two features help in taking still video and photos. I used its autofocus function and I’m amazed that this camera focuses even on difficult environments when the subject is moving constantly or there’s smoke in the air as a resistance to capture fine images. The AI in it works amazingly as if its eye detection doesn’t find anything related to it as eyes. So, it focuses on the back of the head.

2. Extraordinary Resolution:

The Alpha 7R V has a powerful image processing engine, BIONZ XR, and has an image sensor with 61.0 megapixels resolution. So, it provides the best results and overwhelming details. It's hard at low sensitivity to provide high resolution in Alpha series this far but this new camera has the BIONZ XR image processing engine that ensures it provides high resolution.

The Alpha 7R V’s entire image stabilization system has been updated with a high-precision image stabilization unit, and optimized image stabilization algorithms for stills and video. This new stabilization algorithm provides precise detection and full control to single pixel level and takes full advantage of the 61.0 megapixels resolution to bring out the best and finest subject details. The Alpha 7R V also supports precise and versatile external flash control for additional creative flexibility.

3. Cinematic Video Proficiency:

Alpha 7RV has amazing still photography capabilities and offers highly advanced video capturing capabilities. Sony’s camera Alpha R7V delivers 8ki 24/25p video, 4K video oversampled from 6.2K without binning, a high-efficiency MPEG-H HEVC/H.265 codec, 10-bit 4:2:2 recording, and more for high image quality and flexible editing. It also includes evolved subject recognition for unprecedented real-time tracking reliability, breathing compensation and the ability to use camera metadata for post-processing and advanced in-body image stabilization.

4. Designed for Professionals with Feasibility in Mind:

Measures have been taken to reduce the environmental footprint of this product at different stages of its life cycle: from product development through supply chain, production, and packaging.

Sony is working towards the use of plastic free packaging materials that provide ample protection against shock and impact. Plant-based non-woven fabrics are used for product bags. All these considerations help to minimize environmental impact.

5. Operability and Reliability:

The Alpha 7R V pairs outstanding reliability for professional needs in both still videos and videos with a compact, form factor. The Alpha 7R V includes a new 4-axis multi-angle LCD monitor that combines the utility of a conventional tilting monitor with side-opening angle flexibility, and an electronic viewfinder with 9.44 million dots. The Alpha 7R V also includes two CFexpress Type A/SDXC compatible media slots and a brand-new menu system with touch control and a wide range of customizable functions.

The Alpha 7R V also allows professionals to optimize their workflow with updated connectivity for improved support. Data can be transferred at high speed over Wi-Fi 2×2 MIMO or a wired SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps connection via a USB port. In addition to allowing efficient remote shooting as well as still and movie file transfers, new USB streaming features support, allowing direct streaming from the camera even in 4K resolution with audio as well.

Based on feedback from professionals, the Alpha 7R V includes improved heat dissipation for extended recording times, an upgraded dust and moisture resistant design, a durable magnesium, and other refinements for maximum reliability and operability in challenging working environments.

I took the camera for a test drive and will be sharing the shots I got with it. It will give you an idea on how sharp it is and the focus works in complex situations as well.

About Kashif Rashid

Always been passionate about photography and is a self-taught photographer. He got his first photography project doing fashion photography for a local designer back in 2007 and has never looked back.

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