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Alpha Spotlight: A Camera That's Making History With High Image Quality

The Sony Alpha 7R V brought a variety of new features paired with the latest Sony processor technology – creating a camera with the highest image quality in Alpha history. That’s right…the highest image quality in ALPHA HISTORY. It comes as no surprise that the camera won Best High-End Camera in the DPReview Awards for 2022, and the popularity of the newest R-series camera in the Alpha line continues to grow. Many photographers, filmmakers and vloggers have had their hands on the Sony Alpha 7R V and below we take a look at some of what they’ve created with the camera as well as their thoughts on its performance.

The Sony Alpha 7R V brought a variety of new features paired with the latest Sony processor technology – creating a camera with the highest image quality in Alpha history. 

Travel, landscape and astro-photographer Autumn Schrock took the camera to Hanksville, Utah, where the Alpha Collective member captured a number of eye-catching blue hour images. “The massively improved in-body image stabilization definitely helped me to be able to capture sharp and crisp images during this low-light shoot,” explains Schrock. “I set the camera's subject recognition to human and was very easily able to lock onto my subject's face, even though he was small in the frame and quite dark. He moved around a bit standing in different positions, including facing away from me, and the camera never failed to track him in any position.” Read more in Behind The Shot: Desert Southwest Blue Hour With The New Sony Alpha 7R V.

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Photo by Autumn Schrock. Sony Alpha 7R V. Sony 20mm f/1.8 G. 1/250-sec., f/1.8, ISO 1000

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Photo by Autumn Schrock. Sony Alpha 7R V.

Sony Artisan Kesha Lambert used the Sony Alpha 7R V to capture this image, saying the functionality felt familiar. “I set the camera to mechanical shutter,” she says, “and since I was going to shoot through my subject doing a fluid movement of looking up into the umbrella, the camera was set to prioritize my subject’s face and the focus area was set to Zone Tracking. I also took advantage of the new LCD screen to take different perspectives of this shot.” Read more in Behind The Shot: Creating A Dramatic Low-Light Portrait.

Photo by Kesha Lambert. Sony Alpha 7R V. Sony 50mm f/1.2 G Master. 1/200-sec., f/4.5, ISO 200

Photo by Kesha Lambert. Sony Alpha 7R V. Sony 50mm f/1.2 G Master. 1/200-sec., f/4.5, ISO 200

Photographer and Alpha Collective member Mike Meyers used the Sony Alpha 7R V paired with the Sony 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master and Sony 2X Teleconverter for this incredible timelapse and images of the moon and Statue of Liberty. “This lens and this camera combined, I was blown away,” he says. “It's ridiculous how perfectly crisp and clear everything looks through that thing. A lot of times people will ask me, 'Do you really need that much resolution?' Maybe not for every shot, but for a shot like this, absolutely. Because the image where it's the full frame of the Statue of Liberty with the entire thing in there, that's a really cool shot. But then I can crop into a much tighter section of that and it still looks great. Without those megapixels you don't get that crop, it’s going to fall apart or become pixelated if you're shooting with less resolution.” Read more in Luck Favors The Prepared Photographing The Moon And Statue Of Liberty.

Photo by Mike Meyers. Sony Alpha 7R V. Sony 400mm f/2.8 G Master + 1.4XTC. 1/25-sec., f/4, ISO 1250

Photo by Mike Meyers. Sony Alpha 7R V. Sony 400mm f/2.8 G Master + 1.4XTC. 1/25-sec., f/4, ISO 1250

Alpha Collective member Nate Luebbe took the camera to an International Dark Sky Park to shoot astrophotography. “The level of detail that's captured by a sensor with this resolution is astounding,” he says. “I got to use this camera in some extremely difficult lighting situations and I was completely blown away by the clarity of the image and the cleanliness of the data. The improved processing power is very apparent and really comes through in the final imagery.” Read more in Looking Up At An International Dark Sky Park.

Photo by Nate Luebbe. Sony Alpha 7R V.

Photo by Nate Luebbe. Sony Alpha 7R V.

Photo by Nate Luebbe. Sony Alpha 7R V.

Photo by Nate Luebbe. Sony Alpha 7R V.

Travel content creator and Alpha Collective member Jason Frankle took the Sony Alpha 7R V around the streets of Florence to capture the city’s iconic landmarks. “I used the Alpha 7R V’s new four-axis LCD monitor to angle the screen so that I could frame the shot with the camera directly next to the plants. This monitor is great for framing compositions from unique perspectives.” Read more in Exploring The Streets Of Florence With Xperia & Alpha.

Photo by Jason Frankle. Sony Alpha 7R V. Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master. 1/640-sec., f/2.8, ISO 250

Photo by Jason Frankle. Sony Alpha 7R V. Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master. 1/640-sec., f/2.8, ISO 250

Sony Artisan and YouTuber Miguel Quiles likes to use the Sony Alpha 7R V for portraits, and in the video below he shares exactly how he sets up the camera step-by-step for portrait photography. Read more in The Complete Sony Alpha 7R V Setup Guide For Portrait Photography.

Quiles also likes to use the camera for vlogging to shoot in 4K, 24 frames-per-second. He uses the Sony Xperia 1 IV as an external monitor with the camera to frame his videos. Learn more about how he uses the camera and his complete vlogging gear in See How This Key Addition Gives You A Perfect Vlogging Setup.

Sony Artisan Caroline Jensen took the camera into a butterfly house and the accuracy of the Insect Eye AF took her by surprise. “I had to kind of regroup and it took me a little finessing to realize how crazy accurate it was,” she says. “I had to compositionally decide whether I wanted the eyes in focus or not. If I wanted the wings I could use spot focus, and if I wanted the eyes I could use the Insect Eye AF. When a butterfly’s wings are parallel to the sensor, it becomes very important to have those eyes in focus since it’s more of a portrait stance. This camera shined so much in that regard. I’ve never seen butterfly eyes in that much detail ever in my life. It was such a unique experience. The eyes are all very different among the different butterflies. Some are more smooth and kind of marbled, whereas others look very textured and have variations of color. The insect eye autofocus was just incredible and crazy and very hard to wrap my brain around.” Read more in Taking The New Sony Alpha 7R V Inside A Butterfly House.

Photo by Caroline Jensen. Sony Alpha 7R V. Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro G. 1/640-sec., f/5.6, ISO 3200

Photo by Caroline Jensen. Sony Alpha 7R V. Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro G. 1/640-sec., f/5.6, ISO 3200

Photo by Caroline Jensen. Sony Alpha 7R V. Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro G. 1/320-sec., f/5.6, ISO 1600

Photo by Caroline Jensen. Sony Alpha 7R V. Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro G. 1/250-sec., f/5.6, ISO 640

Photographer, filmmaker and Alpha Collective member Sal D'Alia used it for this fall and Halloween-inspired shoot, and he says the camera’s AI capabilities and next-generation Real-time Recognition AF really came into play. “For example, I was shooting a fake Skull for the Halloween shoot,” he explains, “and the Eye-AF was automatically tracking the orbital bone of the fake skull!” Read more in Scary Good Resolution With The New Alpha 7R V.

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Photo by Sal D’Alia. Sony Alpha 7R V. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master II. 1/200-sec., f/2.8, ISO 400

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Photo by Sal D’Alia. Sony Alpha 7R V. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master II. 1/500-sec., f/2.8, ISO 160

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