α7 IV

Beyond basic.
For a new generation of imagemakers.

With groundbreaking performance in both still and movie recording, the α7 IV is the ideal hybrid, providing breathtaking imagery along with on-the-spot delivery and distribution. The α7 IV is a camera designed to bring to life the artistic visions of today’s creators.

INTERCHANGEABLE LENS CAMERAS

α7 IV full-frame hybrid camera

ILCE-7M4 / ILCE-7M4K
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Body Only

ILCE-7M4-B

$3,199.99

Body + 28-70mm Zoom Lens

ILCE-7M4K

Price unavailable

Basic has never been this good

Prepare to be inspired. The α7 IV’s true-to-life resolution and remarkable AI-powered autofocus complement a range of world-class features at the cutting edge of imaging technology. 

Sample photos (clockwise from top left): a person’s face, a landscape shot, a person standing and a bird
α7 IV Photo Gallery
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A brand-new imaging experience 
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Still photography without compromise
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Reliable autofocus, impressive speed
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Movie imagery, moving ever forward
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A new era of image communication
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Easy, reliable operation 
A brand-new imaging experience
Flagship-quality still and movie imaging 
Share the moment as it happens
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Newly developed 33‑MP full-frame back-illuminated CMOS image sensor 

Delivering outstanding performance and excellent image quality in both stills and movies, the α7 IV’s new 33.0 megapixel Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor provides high-speed readout, high sensitivity, low noise and highly accurate colour reproduction. 

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Flagship-level image processing with BIONZ XR™

The α7 IV uses the latest image processor to offer greatly enhanced performance, with improved image quality and colour reproduction. Fast processing speeds facilitate comfortable continuous shooting as well as responsive operation while performing data transfers.

Still photography without compromise
Four images showing four different colour tones, each made using the Creative Look feature
Quickly set the visual mood with ten Creative Look presets 

A selection of ten Creative Look presets and eight parameters can quickly craft a mood for your still images, movies and live streams. And since no post-editing is needed, you can share your vision immediately after shooting.

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10-bit HEIF still-image format for smooth gradations 

Along with conventional RAW and JPEG, you can choose the HEIF (High Efficiency Image File) format for still-image capture. Smooth 10-bit colour depth provides realistic reproduction of skies and portrait subjects where subtle, natural gradation is essential. 

5-axis optical image stabilization

Up to 5.5-step shutter-speed compensation from the in-body stabilization unit

The α7 IV’s high-precision stabilization unit and gyro sensors work together with image-stabilization algorithms to achieve up to 5.5 steps of shutter-speed compensation, to maximize the high-resolution performance of the camera’s 33.0‑MP image sensor.

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A sample photo shot with a flash unit where the main subject’s face has an appropriate exposure level
Sony’s flash units coordinate with the camera’s face-detection system

Sony’s latest flash units communicate fully with the α7 IV, leveraging its powerful face detection capabilities to adjust exposure to produce natural-looking skin tones. Precise white-balance synchronization and P-TTL metering, at up to the “Hi” level of continuous-burst speeds, reliably expose even fast-moving subjects with quick lighting changes, for unmatched dependability and creative possibilities.

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External control of flash units 

For greater convenience during shoots, compatible flash and radio wireless commander units connected to the α7 IV can now be controlled directly from the camera interface. 

Reliable autofocus, impressive speed
A photo of a person engaging in a fast-moving sport, superimposed with AF points covering almost the entire image area
Fast Hybrid AF, evolved

The Fast Hybrid AF system, combining phase-detection AF and contrast-detection AF, has evolved even further to achieve greater speed, accuracy and tracking performance. With Sony’s 4D FOCUS, a wide, dense AF area covers roughly 94% of the image area for both stills and movies with 759 phase-detection AF points.

Ten continuous-shot images of a person engaging in a fast-moving sports activity
10-frames-per-second continuous shooting with fast buffer release 

Both the mechanical and electronic shutters allow you to shoot more than 800 frames at up to 10 fps with AF/AE tracking, thanks to the α7 IV’s high-capacity buffer memory, speedy BIONZ XR processor and improved memory card writing speed.

A photo illustrating the use of Real-time Tracking, with an AF frame showing focus on a fast-moving subject
Sony’s smart AI-based Real-time Tracking 

Sony’s unique subject recognition algorithm uses colour, pattern (brightness) and subject distance (depth) data to rapidly process spatial information in real time. AI is used to detect and track the eyes and face of the subject (human, animal or bird) with extremely high precision. Just select the subject to track, then leave it to the camera. 

Improved Real-time Eye AF 

Keeping the targeted eye in focus so you can concentrate on composition 

The high speed of the latest image-processing engine provides a significant boost to Real-time Eye AF performance, even when the subject is looking up, down or sideways. It is also possible to use Touch Tracking to initiate Real-time Tracking of any subject in the frame, simultaneously initiating Real-time Eye AF if an eye is detected, simply by touching the screen. 

A photo illustrating the use of Real-time Eye AF, with an AF frame showing focus on the subject’s eye
A photo illustrating the use of Real-time Eye AF for animals, with focus on the subject dog’s eye
Pet photos made easy 

Fast, accurate focus for difficult animal shots

By setting the camera’s subject detection type to “Animal” in advance, you can automatically detect and track an animal’s eyes, for greater success in both wildlife shots and photos and movies of your pets at home. Animal-eye detection has been improved, with reliable tracking and accurate focus even when the animal’s face is upside down.

Real-time Eye AF for birds 

Bird-eye detection supported for both still shots and movies

For the first time in the α series, bird-eye detection is available in movies as well as still shots—simply preset the subject to “bird”. The camera’s astonishing speed and precision allow automatic tracking of a specific bird, whether it’s perched somewhere or in flight, keeping the eye in steady focus despite any fast and unpredictable movements.

Movie imagery, moving ever forward
A portrait of a woman shot in high resolution at 4K 60p
4K 60p movies with smooth, natural-looking capture

It is now possible to record movies at up to 4K 60p with full pixel readout and without binning, taking advantage of the α7 IV’s brand-new image sensor and wide dynamic range for smooth images of fast-moving subjects.

An illustration showing how 7K oversampling is used to generate 4K movies
7K oversampling for beautifully expressive, richly detailed images 

When recording 4K movies at up to 30p, full-frame 7K oversampling is possible, resulting in high-resolution, highly detailed 4K. Select the mode that best suits your purpose, and let the camera deliver.

A portrait of a woman showing the beautiful colour reproduction of 10-bit 4:2:2 recording
Next-level image quality with 10-bit 4:2:2 recording 

Make in-camera recordings with the amazing richness of 10-bit depth and 4:2:2 colour sampling, with either Long GOP or All-Intra frame encoding, for far greater flexibility in image grading, post-processing and compositing.

Left: an Illustration of HEVC/H.265, dividing complex part of the clip into finer segments to process data; Right: an Illustration of AVC/H.264, equally dividing the entire video imagery to process data
All-Intra encoding supported in addition to Long GOP

All-Intra recording encodes every frame independently, at bitrates of up to 600 Mbps, capturing complex motion more accurately and allowing more efficient editing workflows.  

[1] All-Intra (All-I) [2] Long GOP [3] Group of Pictures

Left: an Illustration of HEVC/H.265, dividing complex part of the clip into finer segments to process data; Right: an Illustration of AVC/H.264, equally dividing the entire video imagery to process data
Superior quality and smaller file sizes with XAVC HS

The XAVC HS recording format uses HEVC/H.265 encoding to achieve twice the compression efficiency of AVC/H.264 encoding, for superior image quality and smaller, space-saving file sizes.

Choose your look, for more expressive movies

Support for S-Cinetone™, Creative Look and S-Log3

The S-Cinetone colour matrix, based on technology acquired through development of CineAlta cameras such as the VENICE, produces an impressive look with beautiful skin tones without post-editing. The Creative Look presets create other interesting visual moods in-camera, or you can use S-Log3 gamma to access the camera’s full dynamic range (15+ stops) for smoother post-production workflows.

New Breathing Compensation

The α7 IV leverages our parallel lens and camera development to provide innovative Focus Breathing Compensation, exclusively for Sony’s E-mount lenses. By minimizing the field-of-view shift that can occur, during movie shooting, when you rack focus with some lenses, you can achieve impressive results—for new creative possibilities from a diverse range of Sony’s E-mount lenses.

Focus Map to visualize depth of field

Answering a request from professional creators, the brand-new Focus Map feature lets you easily visualize depth of field when you’re shooting. In use, focus (depth map) information is overlaid on a display of the live view in real time, so you can easily see which areas are in or out of focus.

Photo of a movie creator using the AF Assist feature
AF Assist supports focus transitions when using AF

Inherited from the Cinema Line FX6, the AF Assist function smoothly switches between auto and manual focus. Rack focusing is possible by rotating the focus ring to switch into MF and shift focus to a different subject, with AF resumed when ring rotation stops. 

A photo where auto focus is used to accurately focus on the main subject
Focus fine-tuning for true creative freedom 

Fine-tuned focus features, also used in higher-end models like the α1 and the α7S III, enable creative movie options like rack focus, quick switches of AF target, and highly customizable subject tracking sensitivity.

High-performance ‘Active Mode’ image stabilization 

Reliable support for handheld movie shooting

Active Mode stabilization for movie shooting is built on the camera’s highly accurate stabilization unit, gyro sensors and sophisticated algorithms. It precisely detects the required amount of compensation and applies stabilization, providing stable 4K movie shooting without compromising the α7 IV’s compact size and mobility. 

An illustration showing how movie files shot with the camera are loaded into Catalyst Browser or Catalyst Prepare
Beautiful imagery with better image stabilization

Because the α7 IV records gyro and lens data as metadata, you can use Catalyst Browse/Prepare software to further smooth camera shake and make adjustments to image stabilization, even after shooting. 

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Digital audio interface for excellent sound quality

The Multi Interface (MI) Shoe enables cable-less connection, directly transferring the digital audio signal for high-quality sound without degradation, while also supplying power and eliminating concerns about mic batteries. 

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Integrated microphone wind noise reduction

Using newly developed signal-processing technology, when wind-noise reduction is set to “Auto” and wind noise is detected, the noise will be greatly reduced without affecting other sounds. 

A new era of image communication
Instantly turn your α7 IV into a web camera

All it takes is a USB connection to turn the full-frame α7 IV into a high-performance webcam. There’s no need for complicated advance setup, just connect the camera to a computer or smartphone via USB, select “Live Stream (USB Streaming),” and you’re set.

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4K / Full HD Live

The α7 IV supports UVC (USB Video Class) / UAC (USB Audio Class) standards that are usually included in USB cameras, so there’s no need to prepare dedicated software in advance. Just connect via USB and get ready to go live at up to 4K resolution

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Quick and easy setup for live streaming

The α7 IV makes live streaming easy. When you connect to a computer via USB, the USB function selection menu will pop up on the camera display. Simply select “Live Stream (USB Streaming)” and you’ll switch to that mode immediately, without needing any advance setup.

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Changeable lenses expand your expressive options during live streaming 

With more than 60 Sony original E-mount lenses, from wide to telephoto focal lengths, plus premium and specialist creative lenses, there are near-limitless expressive choices for your streaming or sharing.

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Soft Skin Effect 

The α7 IV’s built-in Soft Skin Effect makes skin look bright and beautiful, softening wrinkles, blemishes and dull-looking areas while adding emphasis to the eyes and mouth. This feature is available for still shots, movies and live streaming.

Share your still images and movies immediately

The α7 IV is designed to make sharing easy, so you can share your fresh images and your vision, with the world immediately.

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Additional features available with Imaging Edge Mobile™

Sharing and connectivity with Sony’s Imaging Edge Mobile app is now even easier and more powerful. Quickly configure camera Wi-Fi settings using the low-power Bluetooth® connection and enjoy greater control over automatic image transfers. 

The menu display for selecting between 5‑GHz and 2.4‑GHz settings
5‑GHz Wi-Fi

Wireless LAN functionality is available, with a 5‑GHz band in addition to the conventional 2.4‑GHz band (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards are supported). The benefits of 5‑GHz communication include faster data transfer.

The menu display for FTP transfer settings
Background FTP file transfer

This feature lets you transfer still-image and movie files to a specified remote FTP server via wireless LAN, high-speed wired LAN (via a compatible USB-Ethernet adapter cable to the camera’s USB Type C® port) or a USB-tethered smartphone. 

Improvements in selection and editing workflow 

The α7 IV incorporates a number of individual improvements to image selection and editing, adding up to smoother overall workflow that allows large amounts of data to be efficiently managed.

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Create Divider Frames for faster access and selection

Still-image Divider Frames can be inserted between images in order to quickly locate desired scenes; a black background with a grey arrow indicates a new scene or section.

The display showing playback of a movie clip that uses essence marks
Adding movie markers (essence marks)

Two types of shot marks, used as “essence marks” or flags, can be easily added to recorded movie footage to mark favourite takes or scenes and the main dial can be used to quickly navigate from one mark to the next during playback.

The menu display for selection of images to be transferred
Numerous choices in selecting files to be transferred

Files can be selected to be transferred according to criteria such as rating, shot marks, protection status or file format. Single files can be transferred manually with a custom button. 

Easy, reliable operation 
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Dedicated Still/Movie/S&Q dial

Switch the Still/Movie/S&Q dial and the camera will instantly change menus, button assignments and settings like aperture and shutter speed to correspond to your chosen mode, making it easy to take advantage of the hybrid nature of the camera. 

The menu display
Improved menu structure 

Responding to feedback from professional photographers and videographers, we have adopted a menu structure similar to that used in the α7S III and α1 in order to allow better visibility with a single glance.

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High-resolution 3.68‑million-dot Quad-VGA OLED viewfinder

The camera’s Quad-VGA OLED viewfinder has roughly 1.6x the resolution of the α7 III viewfinder, with a 37.3 ° FOV and a 23‑mm high eyepoint. 

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Side-opening vari-angle rear monitor for flexible shooting 

Broad positioning and framing freedom for both still and movie shoots is provided by the 3.0-type 1.03-million-dot LCD touch-panel monitor, with convenient side opening and 3:2 aspect ratio. 

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Intuitive touch operations

Touch operation is now possible for AF operations such as Touch Tracking during shooting. Along with pinch-to-zoom during playback, this translates into more intuitive operation. 

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Customizable “Rear dial R” for convenient access to features

The α7 IV incorporates a freely customizable rear dial in place of the previous exposure compensation dial, giving you quick access to features such as ISO control, Creative Look or other settings.

Consideration for the environment
The “Road to Zero” logo
Aiming to achieve a zero environmental footprint 

Inspired by the beauty of the world, Sony is doing its part to help preserve the Earth, while still allowing creators to produce even more beautiful and creative imagery. With the goal of achieving zero environmental footprint across the entire Sony Group by the year 2050, we are accelerating numerous initiatives for the environment. 

Applying our plan to the α7 IV 

The α7 IV is no exception as we work to help preserve the environment

As with other new Sony products, the entire environmental lifecycle of the α7 IV has been considered, through development, production, packaging and logistics. High-performance recycled—and recyclable—plastic is used for various camera body components, alongside more recyclable packaging. Our production sites also leverage renewable, large-scale solar generation to reduce production energy impacts.

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Imaging Edge Desktop™ for Remote, Viewer and Edit functions

Elevate your photography with Imaging Edge desktop applications. Use “Remote” to control and monitor shooting live on your PC screen; “Viewer” to quickly preview, rate and select photos from large image libraries; and “Edit” to develop RAW data into high-quality photos for delivery.

Specifications and Features

The latest sensor, processing engine and AI-based autofocus work in tandem with cutting-edge still-photography and movie-making technology to create a fresh, dynamic imaging experience. The α7 IV is the ideal hybrid, providing breathtaking still and movie imagery, along with flexible connectivity for on-the-spot transmission of your images.
  • Newly developed 33.0‑MP full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor

  • Advanced BIONZ XR image processing engine with up to 8x the processing performance

  • Reliable AF capabilities including Real-time Eye AF for humans, animals and birds

  • Movie-making with 4K 60p, 10-bit 4:2:2 recording capability

  • Advanced functions for movies including Active Mode, Breathing Compensation and AF Assist

Sensor Type
35 mm full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm), Exmor R CMOS sensor
Number Of Pixels (Effective)
Approx. 33.0 megapixels
ISO Sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
Still images: ISO 100-51200 (ISO numbers from 50 to 204800 can be set as expanded ISO), AUTO (ISO 100-12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Movies: ISO 100-51200 equivalent (ISO numbers up to 102400 can be set as expanded ISO), AUTO (ISO 100-12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
Viewfinder Type
1.3 cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (Quad-VGA OLED)
Monitor Type
7.5 cm (3.0-type) type TFT
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