UPDATE 12/11: We're beginning to hear more about the highly-anticipated Sony A7 IV, which has been the subject of rumors since the very beginning of 2020. New leaks from Sony Alpha Rumors give a little more detail on the A7 IV – and bolsters some of the old rumors that we've already heard.
Apparently, the Sony A7 IV won't be recycling the old 24MP sensor, but will be using a new one with faster readout and at least 30MP (although it could be as much as 32MP). Meanwhile, the A7 IV will definitely be capable of 4K 60p video, which will be great for videographers and vloggers.
We've also heard that the electronic viewfinder will have 3.69 million dots and the LCD screen will apparently be on the cheap side – presumably to save costs and keep the purchase price down as low as possible. Speaking of pricing, the Sony A7 IV is rumored to cost around $2,499, which is the same price we've been hearing for a few months now.
A set of leaked specifications has surfaced for the Sony A7 IV – and the new mid-range model looks set to feature a brand new 30MP sensor, dual SD and CFexpress Type A memory card slots, Sony's new menu system and 4K video up to 60p with no overheating issues.
The Sony A7 IV is the highly anticipated successor to the all-purpose Sony A7 III, which was released in 2018 but remains a popular and capable camera. However, where the A7 III was previously the junior member of the full-frame Alpha family, that role has been taken by the new Sony A7C (which is basically an A7III in a Sony A6600 body, with a flippy screen and better autofocus but worse stabilization).
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This gives the A7 IV more wiggle room to stretch its wings – along with its specs and its physical size – and be a little bolder in the features it offers. According to the purported leak, it receives a healthy resolution boost over the A7 III and A7C, and could be the first camera following the Sony A7S III to feature the manufacturer's clever SD / CFexpress Type A two-in-one card slots.
And, in music to the ears of everyone who has wrestled with Sony's anachronistic menu system, the A7 IV is also set to feature the A7S III's improved layout and touch input (something disappointingly absent from the A7C).
Crucially, unlike the Canon EOS R5, Canon EOS R6 and Fujifilm X-T4, it is also capable of recording 4K video up to 60 frames per second with no overheating issues – an increasingly important party trick for hybrid shooters and the burgeoning content creation crowd.
The full leaked Sony A7 IV specifications, as revealed by Photo Rumors, are as follows:
• Slightly bigger and more comfortable body than A7 III
• 3.68M dot EVF
• 1.44M dot LCD
• Newly developed 30MP sensor
• 4K 60p with no overheating
• Dual SD and CFexpress Type A card slots
• New menu system from A7S III
• 5-axis in-body stabilization with Steady Shot active mode
• Price $2,499
If those specs are indeed accurate, and the A7 IV does materialize in Q3 2021 for $2,499, then the next 12 months are going to be very interesting indeed…