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Sony Electronics’ New Alpha 7R V Camera Delivers a New High-Resolution Imaging Experience with AI-Based Autofocus

New Artificial Intelligence (AI) Processing Unit with 61 MP High Resolution Image Sensor and BIONZ XR™ Processing Engine Combine to Deliver Best-Ever Image Quality for an Alpha Body

SAN DIEGO, CA – October 26, 2022 – Sony Electronics Inc. announced the Alpha 7R V (model ILCE-7RM5) as the newest R series camera in its acclaimed line of Alpha mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The Alpha 7R V combines Sony’s highest resolution image sensor in an Alpha camera with a new AI (artificial intelligence) processing unit dedicated to AI-based image recognition – a first in any Alpha camera – as well as the powerful BIONZ XR™ image processing engine – a first in the “R” full-frame lineup. The combination of the high-resolution sensor and these processors enables new breakthroughs in subject recognition and capture for both still photography and video.

The new Alpha 7R V offers 61.0MP still images plus the most effective 8-step[i] image stabilization system ever offered in any of Sony’s Alpha cameras, as well as refined 8K[ii] movie recording, a new 4-axis multi-angle LCD monitor, high-speed communication functions, high-level operability and smooth workflow integration. Sony’s newest camera is ideal for professionals who need a first-class high-resolution imaging tool.

“The newest addition to our Alpha 7R lineup is the perfect example of our relentless drive to develop industry-leading imaging technology,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “We are thrilled to introduce the all-new Alpha 7R V with high-resolution and extremely advanced AI integrations that deliver next-generation autofocus performance. We are excited to see what our community creates with the new Alpha 7R V.”

Improved AF Accuracy Based on Newly Developed AI Processing Unit

The Alpha 7R V features next-generation AF Real-time Recognition AF, with advanced accuracy and broader subject recognition thanks to a new AI (artificial intelligence) processing unit with deep learning. The state-of-the-art AI processing uses detailed information about human form and pose estimation to dramatically improve recognition accuracy beyond systems which only detect face and eye and make full use of its potential[iii]. Real-time Recognition AF, using AI subject recognition, has been developed to include several subject types, including animals, vehicles and insects[iv]. The Alpha 7R V also includes continuous shooting at up to 10 fps[v] with AF/AE tracking.

In addition to the advanced AI technology, the Alpha 7R V includes improvement to many beloved features from other cameras in Sony’s Alpha series that are now included for the first time in Sony’s 7R series:

  • Tenacious Real-time Tracking[vi]
  • Faster and more precise wide-area, high-density AF system
  • Silent, vibration-free shooting[vii] at up to 7 fps[viii]
  • Continuously shoot up to 583 compressed RAW images at high speed[ix]

The Alpha 7R V also includes focus features that support high resolution including full-time DMF[x] (direct manual focus), and focus bracketing[xi], a highly-requested capability that allows for focus stacked images.

Extraordinary Resolution Known to Sony’s Alpha 7R Series

The Alpha 7R V was designed to deliver overwhelming detail thanks to the latest BIONZ XR™ image processing engine and a 35mm full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor with approximately 61.0 effective megapixels. The latest BIONZ XR image processing engine ensures that the resolution potential of the camera’s sensor is fully utilized to deliver the highest resolution at low sensitivity in the Alpha series thus far. This enables sensitivity settings from ISO 100 to ISO 32000[xii] for both stills and movies and wide dynamic range with 15 stops[xiii] for stills.

The Alpha 7R V’s entire image stabilization system has been updated with a high-precision image stabilization unit, advanced gyro sensors, and optimized image stabilization algorithms for stills and video. In addition to up to the 8-step compensation effect for stills, the new stabilization algorithm provides precise detection and control right down to the single-pixel level, taking full advantage of the sensor’s 61.0-megapixel resolution potential to bring out the finest subject details. Sony’s newest camera also offers upgraded Pixel Shift Multi Shooting, which takes advantage of the precision in-body image stabilization system control, capturing multiple pixel-shifted images that are later composited using a computer to achieve overwhelming resolution in a single image. Using the latest version of Imaging Edge Desktop™ Ver.3.5 computer application, small pixel-level movements, such as a shift in the subject’s position or leaves on a tree, are automatically detected and corrected for optimized compositing can be achieved[xiv]. 16-image composites with approximately 240.8 million pixels (19,008 x 12,672 pixels)[xv] can be produced from data that is equivalent to approximately 963.2 million pixels. The Alpha 7R V also supports precise and versatile external flash control for additional creative flexibility. Additionally, when in challenging lighting conditions the Alpha 7R V effectively suppresses flickering from artificial lights[xvi] for stills and video.

Additional features that offer flexibility for still photography includes:

  • Addition of Lossless RAW image compression and selectable RAW image sizes and quality
  • Greatly expanded focus and exposure bracketing
  • Creative Look settings for stills and videos in camera
  • High-quality HEIF images with high compression efficiency
  • Wide brightness range for large screen viewing.

Cinematic Video Capabilities

In addition to incredible still photography capabilities, the Alpha 7R V offers advanced video capabilities. Sony’s newest camera delivers 8Ki 24/25p video, 4K video oversampled from 6.2K without binning[xvii], a high-efficiency MPEG-H HEVC/H.265 codec, all intra recording, 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. In addition to in-body Active mode[xviii] image stabilization for smoother on-the-go recording, the Alpha 7R V is compatible with select lenses[xix] that include built-in image stabilization for even more stable framing and smooth footage

Operability and Reliability

The Alpha 7R V pairs outstanding reliability for professional needs in both stills and videos with a compact, lightweight form factor. The Alpha 7R V includes a new 4-axis multi-angle LCD monitor[xx] that combines the utility of a conventional tilting monitor with side-opening vari-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 (802.11ac) 2x2 MIMO[xxi] or a wired SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps connection via a USB-C® port. In addition to allowing efficient remote shooting as well as still and movie file transfers, new USB streaming features support UVC/UAC, allowing direct streaming from the camera even in 4K (QFHD) resolution with audio as well.

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

The Alpha 7R V is also compatible with the new PCK-LG3 Screen Protect Glass Sheet, which maintains touch sensitivity while protecting the LCD monitor against stains and fingerprints.

Designed for Professionals with Sustainability in Mind

Measures have been taken to reduce the environmental footprint of this product at various stages of its life cycle: from product development through supply chain, production, and packaging. Sony aims to inspire through efficient use of energy and resources. Recycled plastic including SORPLAS™[xxiv] were partially used for the camera body. In addition, manufacturing takes place at a facility using renewable energy.

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

Pricing and Availability

The new Alpha 7R V will begin shipping in December and is available for approximately $3,900 USD and $5,300 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.

New content will also be posted directly at the Sony Photo Gallery. For detailed product information, please visit:

(US) – Alpha 7R V
(CA) – Alpha 7R V

Exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new Alpha 7R V and Sony's other imaging products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, a site created to educate and inspire all fans and customers of Sony α - Alpha brand.


[i] CIPA standards. Pitch/yaw shake only. FE 50mm F1.2 GM. Long exposure NR off.
[ii] Slow & Quick Motion is not available when recording XAVC HS 8K movies. [APS-C/S35 Shooting] is fixed at [Off]. Angle of view is approx. 1.2x.
[iii] Camera may not accurately recognize all specified subjects in all conditions. Subject types other than the type specified may be erroneously recognized in some cases.
[iv] Camera may not accurately recognize all specified subjects in all conditions. Available subject settings are: Human, Animal/Bird, Animal, Bird, Insect, Car/Train, and Airplane. Subject types other than the type specified may be erroneously recognized in some cases.
[v] Up to 8 fps with AF/AE tracking when shooting with live view. Maximum continuous shooting speed will depend on camera settings.
[vi] [Tracking] in the menu. Based on advanced artificial intelligence, including machine learning.
[vii] Some image distortion may occur when shooting fast-moving subjects or when panning or otherwise moving the camera rapidly.
[viii] Up to 7 fps in continuous “Hi+” mode. Maximum continuous shooting speed will depend on camera settings.
[ix] Sony CEA-G160T CFexpress Type A memory card used. Continuous Hi+ mode. Actual number of images may vary according to shooting conditions.
[x] Not applicable to the E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS and E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS LE lenses or any A-mount lens. Full-time DMF is not available when shooting continuously in AF-C or AF-A mode (not including Lo), or when using the SEL70200GM lens in AF-C mode.
[xi] A-mount lenses not supported.
[xii] Expandable to ISO 50-80 and 40000-102400 for stills.
[xiii] Sony test conditions. Still images
[xiv] As of the October 2022 product announcement. Applicable models: Alpha 1 and Alpha 7R V

[xv] Image size after compositing is approx. 60.2 million (9 504×6 336) pixels for 4-image shots, and approx. 240.8 million pixels (19 008 x 12 672) for 16-image shots.
[xvi] Only 100 Hz and 120 Hz flicker is detected. Continuous shooting speed may decrease. Phase-detection AF coverage is reduced. Flicker-free shooting is not available during silent shooting, BULB exposure, or movie recording.
[xvii] When shooting Super 35mm at 30p or 24/25p.
[xviii] Slight image crop in Active Mode. Active mode not available when recording XAVC HS 8K or using a frame rate of at 120 (100) fps.
[xix] See Sony’s support web page for information on compatible lenses: https://www.sony.net/dics/7rm5-s/ A software update may be required for some lenses. Compensation effectiveness may vary according to the lens used.
[xx] Monitor movement may be limited when cables are connected to the camera’s connectors.
[xxi] Wi-Fi® communication is enabled on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. 5 GHz communication may be restricted in some countries and regions.
[xxii] Sony internal tests with [Auto Power OFF Temp.] set to [High].
[xxiii] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.
[xxiv] Depending on the time of production, SORPLAS™ may not be used for some parts
[xxv] Not including materials used in coatings and adhesives.
[xxvi] Not including materials used in coatings and adhesives. Natural non-woven fabric may not be available during some production periods.

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The a7R V is Sony's latest high resolution mirrorless camera, and while it shares the 60 megapixel sensor of the a7R IV, nearly everything else has been given an overhaul. If you demand detail, is this the camera to get? Check out our initial impressions.

  • 0:00 - Intro
  • 2:00 - Body and handling
  • 3:17 - Burst shooting
  • 4:20 - Shutter
  • 5:21 - Stabilization
  • 6:32 - Multishot modes
  • 7:40 - Autofocus
  • 9:58 - Video performance
  • 13:33 - Who is it for?


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I've been shooting with the new Sony A7r V for the last week - this is a very interesting camera with one of the most advanced autofocus systems of any mirrorless to date. Cameras like the Canon R5 and Nikon Z9 have had expanded subject detection for a while, but Sony has now incorporated a dedicated processor. This processor acts as a neural engine for autofocus and subject recognition using AI.

  • 00:00 61 MP Sensor, BIONZ XR Processor and Neural Engine
  • 00:31 Body and Handling
  • 00:53 New Rear Screen
  • 01:15 Video Features
  • 01:59 Improvements over the Sony A7r IV
  • 02:53 AI Autofocus Explained
  • 03:15 Human Pose Estimation
  • 04:15 Sensitivity and ISO Performance
  • 04:58 Automatic White Balance Improvements
  • 05:18 Image Quality
  • 05:59 Is it worth upgrading from the A7r IV?
  • 07:05 EVF performance
  • 07:33 In Body Image Stabilization IBIS
  • 09:08 Complaint - Feature Creep in the Menu Design
  • 10:12 Complaint the new "Main Menu"
  • 11:06 Complaint - Feature Inconsistency Between Cameras
  • 12:25 Is the A7r V worth it? Final Thoughts


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Announcing the new Sony a7RV, an extremely well-rounded, high-performance camera! The 61MP Exmor R sensor paired with the BIONZ XR processor maximizes image quality, improves the in-body stabilization and adds more to the camera's video functionality. In fact, the a7r V can shoot ultra-high resolution 8K video. Additional features include improved real-time recognition af, revamped 4-axis multi-angle LCD screen and more! What do you think of this latest Sony camera?

  • 0:00 Key Specs
  • 1:31 In Studio & Real-Time Recognition AF
  • 4:19 a7R V vs. a7R IV
  • 6:58 Video
  • 8:05 IBIS
  • 8:43 Bionz XR & Burst Shooting
  • 9:31 Raw Flavors & Codec Options
  • 11:00 Miscellaneous Specs


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A few things I like about the Sony A7R V. Is it 9 things? Maybe it's 12.

  • 0:00 Autofocus Upgrades
  • 0:34 Improved Image Quality
  • 0:46 Two Wheels in the Back
  • 2:04 APC-C Crop Mode is 26 Megapixels
  • 2:26 Medium Raw Option
  • 2:59 Active Stabilization 
  • 3:48 Great Quality Articulating and Tilting Screen 
  • 5:07 S-Cinetone
  • 5:18 Auto White Balance and Exposure Improvements
  • 6:05 Final Point


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  • 00:00 - Introduction
  • 00:56 - Sony A7R V design and controls
  • 01:49 - Sony A7R V viewfinder, screen and main menu
  • 04:52 - Sony A7R V ports, connectivity, battery and cards
  • 06:44 - Sony A7R V sensor, JPEG, RAW, 61 Megapixel quality
  • 08:46 - Sony A7R V Pixel Shift and Motion Compensation
  • 13:48 - Sony A7R V noise and high ISO
  • 15:02 - Sony A7R V IBIS and stabilization
  • 16:58 - Sony A7R V autofocus, AI, subject detection
  • 23:10 - Sony A7R V burst shooting, action
  • 25:08 - Sony A7R V electronic rolling shutter skewing
  • 25:55 - Sony A7R V focus bracketing and stacking macro
  • 27:07 - Sony A7R V Bulb Timer and long exposures
  • 27:51 - Sony A7R V 1080p vs 4k vs 8k resolution
  • 28:33 - Sony A7R V verdict and sample images


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Correction: The a7R V does offer the ability to engage autofocus tracking in video mode with the EVF in use. When customizing custom buttons for video shooting, set one to 'Tracking on' to allow it to initial tracking. 

  • 0:00 - Intro
  • 1:26 - Image quality
  • 3:38 - Autofocus
  • 5:19 - Compared to
  • 6:05 - Video quality
  • 7:58 - Video autofocus
  • 9:13 - The wrap


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I was WRONG! Here's the correct review of the NEW Sony A7RV along with recommended settings for photographing Birds that made a BIG DIFFERENCE! Plus the camera finally has Focus Bracketing, a Flip / Tilt Screen AND Artifiical Intelligence! ... But would I buy it?

  • 00:00 - I made a Mistake!
  • 02:10 - Flip / Tilt Screen
  • 02:31 - Touch Screen
  • 02:40 - New Menu 
  • 02:45 - Video and Stills Settings
  • 04:03 - Focus Bracketing
  • 04:39 - Improved Focus with A.I.
  • 06:21 - Photographing a Bird of Prey
  • 06:48 - Recommended Settings for Bird Photography
  • 08:27 - Crop Mode
  • 09:37 - Would I buy it?
  • 10:04 - Wrap Up


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With the Sony A7 RV in hand I try to answer some questions as to where it sits in the market with it peers, what is its evolution, and what future competitors may follow ? 

  • 00:00 Intro Sony A7 R
  • 00:40 Thank you to Bruce - who is Bruce
  • 01:00 Price of A7 RV
  • 01:25 Canon R5 and Sony A7 RV are similar, will the Z8
  • 01:46 What’s in the A7 R5 box?
  • 02:14 A7 R5 in the flesh
  • 02:40 Is the Sony trigger in a different position
  • 02:54 How good is this screen?
  • 03:20 A closer look at the amazing screen
  • 04:00 Compared to the original A7 R
  • 05:00 Compared to the A7 R III
  • 05:37 Small mirrorless has become larger
  • 06:20 Compared to the Nikon D850
  • 07:04 How has the grip change over time on the Sony’s?
  • 07:20 A7 R5 compared Nikon Z7
  • 07:49 Comparing change in shutter position height
  • 08:52 Space between hand grip and some lenses
  • 11:52 Video to stills switch - how is that working?
  • 12:30 Why did I never buy a Canon DSLR?
  • 13:25 Is the A7 R5 a comfortable grip?
  • 13:50 Compared to the FUJI X-H2s
  • 14:49 Why does a camera almost half the price have a top screen?
  • 15:25 Front side function buttons … Where are they?
  • 16:10 Front side function buttons found on the Z 7 etc …
  • 16:27 Fuji also have front panel function buttons
  • 16:45 Godfather of function buttons Z 9
  • 17:30 Fingers don’t fit well between A7 R5 and lens
  • 17:47 Fingers fit well with the Z 7
  • 18:23 Ports on the A7 R5
  • 18:49 Lets talk card slots on the Sony A7 RV
  • 20:16 More vids coming with the A7 R5 - diffraction etc
  • 21:00 Z 8 even more rumours, and how it fits with the A7 R5
  • 21:30 Showing what size the ‘Z8’ might be …
  • 22:35 Will the ‘Z 8’ be a Sony A7 R5 competitor, what can we tell from the sizes?
  • 22:40 Does the ‘Z8’ being larger than A7 R5 make more capable and better ergonomics
  • 25:00 More rumours about R5 firmware and R5 II coming soon, what does it mean?
  • 25:40 Summary
  • 26:00 Your turn to comment 🙂
  • 26:53 Can we see what the A7 R6 might be?
  • 27:50 Your turn to comment
  • 28:10 Outro


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