Sony A7 IV vs A7R IV: which of these full-framers is best choice for you?

Sony A7 IV vs A7R IV
(Image credit: Digital Camera World/Sony)

Sony’s model naming can get pretty confusing. Yet despite the one-letter difference in their model designation, the Sony A7 IV and Sony A7R IV are two very different cameras.

Actually, we say the Sony A7R IV, but in fact this has been replaced by the Sony A7R IVA. There are very few differences, but perhaps the most important is a new rear screen. The Sony A7R IVA has effectively replaced the older version and this is the model we quote in this comparison.

Why you can trust Digital Camera World Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out how we test.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at