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Sony A7R V to have 102MP sensor? Sony and Canon in 100MP arms race (report)

Sony A7R V to have 102MP sensor? Sony and Canon in 100MP arms race (report)

The Sony A7R V could be arriving in 2022 with a record-setting 102MP image sensor, according to the latest reports that suggest Sony is locked in an arms race with Canon to deliver the world's first full-frame image sensor in excess of 100MP.

It was already a safe bet that the Sony A7R V would pack a sensor with greater resolution than the 61MP boasted by its predecessor, the Sony A7R IV – particularly since the newly announced Sigma fp L also features a 61MP sensor. 

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However, with rumors that the Canon EOS R5S will be a 100MP camera, it appears that Sony and Canon are racing to be the first to bring a 100MP 35mm body to the mainstream market. 

And, after the Sony A1 was pipped to the post in the 8K race by the Canon EOS R5, you can be that it want its high-resolution product line, the A7R series, to secure pole position this time. 

As pointed out by Sony Alpha Rumors, Sony already has a 102MP full-frame image sensor, the 6K-capable IMX555CQR, which could easily be iterated to become the heart of the Sony A7R V. 

Of course, you can expect that Sony will incorporate its usual pixel shift technology to quadruple the resolution when used for still life setups (thanks to its in-body image stabilization system) – a trick that Canon has yet to show it has learned. 

This promises to be a thrilling race to watch. Although obviously, you can already get a 102MP camera right now, in the form of the medium format Fujifilm GFX 100S – which is only a little bit bigger than a regular mirrorless camera (and is actually cheaper than the A1). 

Read more: 

Sony A7R IV review
Sony A1 review
Canon EOS R5 review
Hands on: Sigma fp L review
Hands on: Fujifilm GFX 100S review

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.