Sony A7CR review

It looks identical to the A7C II, but is there enough difference on the inside to justify the A7C R's position in the Sony range?

Sony A7CR camera with a lens attached sat on a wooden log
(Image: © Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The A7CR is a great camera that has plenty of features, a powerful processor, amazing 61 megapixel resolution, and workable low-light performance. It’s snappy in all respects and will make a fantastic travel companion. The question comes down to whether you feel it’s $800/£850 better than the near-identical but lower-resolution A7C II. For most people, 33MP is more than enough. While both cameras are good in low light, the A7C II does have an advantage, meaning you’ll need to use weightier, brighter lenses on the A7CR.


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    High-resolution 60MP full-frame sensor

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    Excellent autofocus

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    Compact size


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    Ergonomics still not great with larger lenses

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    Only one SD card slot

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    More expensive than similar Sony A7C II

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Sony has long adopted a ‘cover-every-base’ approach to its marketing strategy. Its business model since its DSLR days has seen the brand flood the market with an array of outwardly similar models, the point being that whatever a prospective buyer may be looking for, in terms of both spec and budget, there will be something with an Alpha logo on it to suit.  Occasionally this involves simply leaving an older model on sale once a natural successor is released, essentially repurposing it as a lower-range option, at a newly reduced price. Every so often, however, two new products appear at the same time which both seem to be aimed at the same customer, which can complicate matters if you already thought you knew what you wanted from Sony. 

This is the case with the A7CR which, at first glance, seems identical to its Sony A7C II stablemate. Only when you look on the inside can you spot the difference and see what Sony had in mind when they mapped out their camera roadmap for the year. 

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As the Editor for  Digital Photographer magazine, Peter is a specialist in camera tutorials and creative projects to help you get the most out of your camera, lens, tripod, filters, gimbal, lighting and other imaging equipment.

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