Sony A7R V review

Will the Sony A7R V's 61 megapixels, 8K video, 10fps shooting and revolutionary AI AF leave other Sony models quaking?

Sony A7R V
(Image: © Rod Lawton)

Digital Camera World Verdict

More power! More speed! More everything! The Sony A7R V is like an episode of laddish TV show Top Gear. But while Sony pitches this camera as the resolution specialist, it blurs all the video and sports boundaries too and makes it harder than ever to choose the ‘right’ Sony camera. The A7R V is an amazing technological achievement, but is it heading in the right direction – or indeed any particular direction at all?


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    8K video, though cropped

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    Massively increased buffer depth

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    Revolutionary AI focusing

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    Vari-angle rear screen

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    Improved IBIS


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    Stays at 61MP

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    Heavy reliance on custom buttons

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    Video limitations

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The Sony A7R V is Sony’s ‘resolution’ specialist, though its 8K video capability, vastly improved burst capacity and new AI autofocus are bound to drive a big wedge into the sports/action and perhaps video markets too. 

This won’t make the Sony range any less confusing. The Sony A1 remains the ultimate powerhouse of the Sony range, though the A7R V beats it for resolution, and the Sony A9 II lumbers on as the sports specialist, despite being beaten for speed by the A1 and beaten by the A7R V for autofocus technologies. The Sony A7S III is still the low-light video specialist, though its 12MP sensor effectively rules it out for stills photography, while the Sony A7 IV is cheaper than the A7R V and at perhaps better for hybrid stills/video work.

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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

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