Sony Alpha A7R IV 60MP camera could be in the works - 8K shooting incoming?

Details have surfaced about two possible new Sony full frame 16-bit sensors, with one packing a massive 60MP. 

Given 4K shooting is pretty much the standard on cameras right now, it makes sense that camera manufacturers such as Sony are looking to the future and poised to offer sensors that pack in a huge amount of detail that could be used on an 8K camera

According to Sony Alpha Rumors, the first sensor will be 36MP and will shoot 16 bit at 10 and 26fps. 

The second sensor, and the most intriguing, is a reported 60MP in size, with the ability to capture 8K at 30p and 60p. The full CMOS sensor is also said to have 16 channels. 

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Sony Alpha A7R IV to get 8K?

If this is the case, the the sensor will be able to shoot video with 7680 × 4320 resolution. Yikes. 

These sensors are not guaranteed for future Sony devices and could well make their way into third-party cameras, but if these specs are correct then Sony is looking to future proof itself with its latest sensor. And there was you thinking, the 42.2MP sensor in the Sony Alpha A7R III was impressive.

If it were to land in an upcoming Sony camera, then our money would be on the Sony Alpha A7R IV. But news that these sensors could be going to other manufacturers may mean we see the sensor in an upcoming Panasonic 

8K shooting may not be a particular requirement for many at the moment - although the first Samsung 8K TV is now on sale - but the ability to shoot in this format and downscale to 4K will be welcomed by many.

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Marc Chacksfield

A technology journalist who has been in the industry for 17 years, Marc is the former editor-in-chief of TechRadar and has also steered the ship for technology brands including T3, Tom's Hardware and Tom's Guide, and is currently the director of Shortlist Media and co-owner of 

An expert in the field of camera phones and mobile tech, Marc has been a long-time specialist when it comes to phone reviews, hands-on coverage, reviews and rumors. As a frequent visitor to big trade shows like CES, he has also had boots on the ground for the latest camera announcements and breaking developments in fields such as 8K video.