This Is IT! Sketch of Sony A7r Full-Frame NEX Camera


Courtesy of SonyAlphaRumors, here is a verified sketch of the upcoming A7 & A7r cameras. These will feature full-frame sensors, weather sealing, and Sony’s E-mount. They will not have in-body image stabilization (like Olympus does) or the NEX-7 tri-navi control system. The A7 is rumored to have phase-detection sensors on the image sensor (like the NEX-6 and OMD-M1) whereas the 36MP A7r does not. However, the autofocus of the A7r is said to be “different” so perhaps we’ll see the return of Sony’s funky holographic-laser AF.

The official announcement is October 16, 2013.

6 thoughts on “This Is IT! Sketch of Sony A7r Full-Frame NEX Camera”

  1. Exciting times. I feel like it’s going to be great and if the video capabilities are good, i’ll probably be getting the A7 late this year or early next. Look forward to read about it Wednesday! Can’t believe they are really going forward with a mirrorless/compact full frame camera. It’s been my holy grail for several years now!

  2. Despite some reservations and disappointments about the final design I’m excited to see the final product. I’ll hopefully get to see and handle the camera at Photoplus on the 26th after it is announced.

    1. I liking the direction of the final design but it’s hard to say till we see it in detail on Wednesday. I think the hump design is led more by technical merits than design merits which is a good thing bet we will see. The pricing looks excellent. I’m willing to make some compromises in looks if the functionality and size delivers. I’m sure there will be things I don’t like but if they get the major things right, I’ll be buying either late this year or early next. I’m crossing my fingers on video quality which rumor has that it’s improved over their current range.

  3. Personally I’d prefer a NEX-7 layout even if it made the camera a bit bigger. Permanent humps are awkward but you are right about the price being attractive enough to overlook some shortcomings. I don’t think the video image quality will be worlds better than the A99 or D800 but I’m confident the compression will improve and I’m optimistic that it will shoot 8-bit 4K. So overall I think it will improve but not to the point of rivaling the quality of raw video of a ML hacked 5D3.

    If you have any questions or concerns after the announcements feel free to post them here and I will look into them at Photoplus.

    1. As long as the video is as good or better than the nex 7 I’m pretty happy. The Nex 7 also overheats under 10 minutes and I’ve managed to work around that. Great that you are headed to photoplus – I’ll send you questions after I read about the announcement.

  4. I’m pretty excited about the A7 & A7r and am planning to get them. The question I have and haven’t been able to find anywhere on the internet: Which one is better for video? Focus speed doesn’t matter because I shoot my videos with manual focus. I’m only interested in video quality. If you go to the show, try to find this out. I’ve preordered the A7r because I’ve heard that it is crisper in video but I’m uncertain about the advice. I’m particular concerned about Moire issues.

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