α7CR 61.0 MP compact full-frame

α7CR 61.0 MP compact full-frame

The α7CR offers superb image quality with a 61.0-megapixel1 full-frame sensor for stunning resolution and color reproduction, in a compact, easily carried body. An AI processing unit with boosted recognition performance, fast and accurate AF plus 7.0-step image stabilization2 mean you can be sure of catching that decisive moment.
α7CR 61.0 MP compact full-frame

Stunning image quality from a compact, lightweight body

The latest BIONZ XR image processing engine and class-leading3 full-frame image sensor deliver fine subject detail in a compact, lightweight body. With a 61.0 effective megapixel, back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor-adapted from our acclaimed α7R V-it delivers extraordinary resolution into new spaces.

Exmor RTM image sensor

The back-illuminated sensor's noise reduction, gapless on-chip lenses, anti-reflection optical coating, elimination of the optical low-pass filter that is usually positioned in front of the sensor and other original technologies deliver high resolution, high sensitivity, low noise, and wide dynamic range.

BIONZ XR image processing engine

With up to eight times4 more processing power than previous types, the latest BIONZ XR image processing engine minimizes processing latency while markedly boosting movie and still image processing power. The BIONZ XR image processing engine helps to deliver natural gradations, realistic color, low noise, and generally superior image quality while fast, stress-free menu response is maintained regardless of the real-time processing load.

High sensitivity and high dynamic range with low noise

In addition to delivering stunning 61.0-megapixel1 resolution, advanced sensor technologies from Sony allow sensitivity settings from ISO 100 to ISO 320005 for both stills and movies. Dynamic range at lower sensitivities is an impressively wide 15 stops6 so that smooth, realistic gradations are achieved from deep shadows to highlights.

Consistently accurate exposure and colour

The latest processing engine and AE algorithm are capable of detecting the skin area in faces and controlling exposure accordingly when shooting stills and movies. Auto exposure is accurate even in backlit situations when the subject's face is dark, when the subject's face is over-illuminated in direct sunlight, or when the subject is not directly facing the camera.

Advanced in-body optical 5-axis 7.0-step image stabilization

A high-precision image stabilization unit, advanced gyro sensors, and optimized image stabilization algorithms effectively detect and correct camera shake. 7.0-step in-body optical image stabilization2 is a huge advantage for handheld shooting. The new stabilization algorithm provides precise detection and control right down to the single-pixel level, taking full advantage of the sensor's 61.0-megapixel resolution to bring out the finest subject details.  [1] Yaw [2] Roll [3] Pitch.

Pixel Shift Multi Shooting7 responds to changing conditions

Pixel Shift Multi Shooting uses the precision in-body image stabilization system to capture multiple pixel-shifted images that are later composited on a PC to achieve overwhelming resolution in a single image. 16-image composites with approximately 240.8 million pixels (19008 x 12672 pixels)8 can be produced from data that is equivalent to approximately 963.2 million pixels.

Creative Look supports varied expression

The Creative Look feature provides 10 presets that can be used unmodified or edited to create a variety of "looks" to help creators fine-tune the mood of their stills or movies in-camera.

Artificial lighting flicker suppression9

When shooting stills with the mechanical shutter, flicker from artificial light sources is automatically detected, and the timing of image capture is adjusted to minimize its effects. When shooting stills or movies under LED lighting using the silent electronic shutter, the Var. Shutter function reduces high-frequency flicker problems by allowing the shutter speed to be finely controlled.

Selectable RAW image sizes and quality

Lossless RAW image compression provides efficiency with no loss in image quality, allowing more images to be shot in continuous bursts. Three image sizes (L/M/S) can be selected to suit the application. M and S sizes have the same numbers of pixels (26 M/15 M) in full-frame and APS-C modes, allowing seamless switching while maintaining the same image resolution. A new "Light" image quality selection, with smaller file sizes for easy sharing, is provided for JPEG and HEIF images.

AI processing unit for advanced subject recognition

The α7CR is equipped with an AI processing unit specifically designed for more accurate recognition of subjects and recognition of a wider range of subject types10.

Human recognition using pose tracking

Equipped with an AI processing unit, the α7CR uses skeletal information and pose estimation technology to recognize subject configuration and movement with high accuracy, allowing it to recognize the positions of not only the eyes but also the human body and head with even greater precision. This makes it possible to lock onto and track a subject facing away from the camera or with their face partly obscured by a helmet or sunglasses, for example.

Reliable recognition of a wider range of subjects

The AI processing unit supports recognition of many subject types10. Animal recognition now recognizes the eyes of some grazing and small animals as well as eyes, heads and bodies of dogs, cats and similar animals. Bird recognition now more easily pinpoints the eyes of various birds as well as heads and bodies. A new Animal/Bird setting eliminates the need to switch. The whole or the end of Car/Train and Airplane subjects and the heads of Insect subjects, are recognized when those subjects are selected.

Tenacious Real-time Tracking11

The camera is equipped with AI-based Real-time Tracking that can be activated by specifying the subject and half-pressing the shutter button. The camera will then automatically track the subject, leaving the user free to concentrate on framing and composition. Subject recognition performance has been greatly improved, offering higher tracking reliability from the moment the function is initiated and making it more useful in a wider range of shooting situations.

Wide, high-density AF reliably captures subjects

The immense processing speed and power of the BIONZ XR engine and updated algorithms achieve notably improved AF performance. Up to 693 phase detection points12 cover approximately 79% of the image area in a high-density array, accurately acquiring focus even when the subject only occupies a small part of the frame. The α7CR includes both phase detection and contrast AF systems, with phase detection emphasized to ensure fast, stable focus acquisition even in single AF (AF-S) mode.

Continuous shooting at up to 8fps with AF/AE tracking13

Continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking is possible at up to 8fps with the mechanical shutter13 or 7fps during silent shooting14, capturing even momentary movements or expression changes in exquisite detail. The power of the BIONZ XR engine allows continuous shooting of approx. 320 JPEG images15, letting you capture every vital moment. Even when shooting or cropping closer to APS-C, 26M resolution and high image quality are maintained, allowing continuous shooting of birds in flight with AF/AE tracking, for example.

Full-frame 4K 60/50p16, 17 recording

The latest BIONZ XR processing engine and updated algorithms achieve notably improved movie image quality. The powerful processor enables 60/50p frame rates, to capture motion fluidly and precisely, and increase post-production flexibility. In addition to focus support, the camera's advanced AI processing unit is also used to achieve accurate white balance, even in tricky situations where the subject is in shade.

6.2k oversampled video, for stunning 4K imagery

Full-frame and Super 35 mm formats can be selected for 4K movie recording. Full pixel readout in the Super 35 mm mode without pixel binning makes it possible to condense approximately 2.6 times the amount of data required for 4K movies (QFHD: 3840 x 2160) into high-resolution, high-detail 4K18 with minimal moiré and jaggies.

S-Cinetone makes it easy to create a cinematic look

Sony's S-Cinetone picture profile provides the same color science that delivers more faithful color reproduction and skin tones throughout the highly regarded Cinema Line. S-Cinetone delivers natural mid-tones that are essential to healthy-looking skin, plus soft colors and gorgeous highlights. This lets creators concentrate on shooting while achieving a cinematic look without the need for color grading.

Log recording and LUT

The α7CR features an S-Log3 gamma curve to maximize its 14+ stops of latitude19. S-Gamut3 and S-Gamut3.Cine color gamut settings are also provided for further post processing control, and user-selected LUTs (Look Up Table) can be applied to preview how processed footage will look.

Focus breathing compensation for consistent angle of view20

Breathing compensation suppresses focus breathing (change in a lens's angle of view with changes in focus) when shooting movies. Sony's Clear Image Zoom technology is used to automatically maintain a consistent angle of view through focus changes with compatible lenses, for more stable images. Breathing metadata can also be used with the advanced breathing compensation capabilities of the latest Catalyst Browse/Prepare software application during post production.

Outstanding image quality plus broad visual expression

16-bit RAW video can be output to an external recorder21 via an HDMI cable22 while recording XAVC HS 4K, XAVC S 4K, or XAVC S-I 4K to internal card media. Proxy recording is also available. 10-bit 4:2:2 video can be recorded internally using Long GOP or Intra compression, for more natural gradations and greater editing freedom. An HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) picture profile preset supports the BT.2020 color space with 10-bit depth for smooth, natural gradations.

Active Mode image stabilization supports handheld movie shooting23

Active Mode23 provides a precision stabilization unit, advanced gyro sensors, and a state-of-the-art optimized stabilization algorithm for movie shooting. Camera shake is precisely detected, and the algorithm controls the optical stabilization system for exceedingly smooth, stable movie footage. In addition, compatible lenses that include built-in image stabilization24 sync with the body to provide highly effective control, stable framing and smooth handheld footage.

Real-time Tracking also supports focus during movie shooting

AI-based Real-time Tracking provides a dramatic improvement in Real-time Tracking performance, automatically recognizing, tracking, and focusing on the eyes of a specified subject.25 A custom button assigned to [Tracking-On] or [Tracking-On Hold] can be used to temporarily track a selected subject regardless of the subject's position in the frame and the focus area setting.

Supplied grip extension

A supplied grip extension provides an even better hold for maximum comfort and minimum fatigue through long shooting sessions, even with heavy large-aperture or telephoto lenses. The grip extension does not interfere with battery replacement or tripod mounting. The grip extension can be left off for normal shooting, and then attached for improved handling when a large lens is to be used for an extended period of time.

Approx. 2.36 million-dot XGA OLED viewfinder

A 2.36 million-dot (approx.) XGA OLED electronic viewfinder with 0.70x magnification delivers high resolution and contrast. Viewfinder brightness is approximately the same as the α7R V for bright, clear, easy viewing. When shooting stills, the [Finder Frame Rate] can be set to [Standard (60fps)] or [Fast (120fps)] for a smooth viewfinder image with minimal motion blur.

Vari-angle and touch menu for greater shooting freedom

The vari-angle LCD monitor allows for framing in any position or angle, regardless of whether you are shooting stills or movies. The menu and function menus can be operated by touch. Either long-pressing menu items or pressing the Delete key allows frequently used functions and settings to be registered in My Menu, letting you efficiently call up those functions and settings that you use most often.

Durable magnesium alloy chassis

A lightweight, high-rigidity magnesium alloy is used for the top cover, front cover and rear cover, ensuring that the camera operates reliably in hard-working professional environments.

Easy, stable transfers to smartphone

Connection stability when transferring images from the camera to the Creators' App mobile application26 on a smartphone has been greatly improved. Once started, transfers continue in the background even if the smartphone display sleeps or another application is launched27. Workflow from shooting to sharing has been notably improved overall.

Easy, high-quality live streaming

Connected to a PC or smartphone28 via USB, the α7CR can function as a 4K (2160p) webcam. Large-aperture lenses, narrow depth of field, and bokeh can be used to create unique imagery. Advanced AF functions such as Eye AF can also be used to great advantage for online meetings and live streaming events.

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General
CAMERA TYPE Interchangeable lens digital camera
Lens Mount E-mount
Camera Section
SENSOR TYPE 35 mm full frame (35.7 x 23.8 mm), Exmor R CMOS sensor
NUMBER OF PIXELS (Total) Approx. 62.5 megapixels
NUMBER OF PIXELS (EFFECTIVE) Still images: Approx. 61.0 megapixels max.29, Movies: Approx. 50.8 megapixels max.29
COLOR TEMPERATURE RANGE 2,500 K–9,900 K
Image Sensor
Anti-Dust System Yes
Recording (still images)
RECORDING FORMAT JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.32, MPF Baseline compliant), HEIF (MPEG-A MIAF compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 4.0 format compliant)
IMAGE SIZE (PIXELS) [3:2] 35 mm full frame L: 9504 x 6336 (60 M), M: 6240 x 4160 (26 M), S: 4752 x 3168 (15 M)
IMAGE QUALITY MODES RAW, JPEG, HEIF (4:2:0/4:2:2), RAW+JPEG, RAW+HEIF
14bit RAW Yes
Recording (movie)
VIDEO COMPRESSION XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC HS: MPEG-H HEVC/H.265
AUDIO RECORDING FORMAT LPCM 2ch (48 kHz 16 bit), LPCM 2ch (48 kHz 24 bit)30, LPCM 4ch (48 kHz 24 bit)30
Recording System (movie)
MOVIE RECORDING FORMAT (XAVC HS 4K) 3840 x 2160 (4:2:0, 10 bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (150 Mbps/75 Mbps/45 Mbps), 50p (150 Mbps/75 Mbps/45 Mbps), 23.98p (100 Mbps/50 Mbps/30 Mbps), 3840 x 2160 (4:2:2, 10 bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (200 Mbps/100 Mbps), 50p (200 Mbps/100 Mbps), 23.98p (100 Mbps/50 Mbps)
MOVIE RECORDING FORMAT (XAVC S 4K) 3840 x 2160 (4:2:0, 8 bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (150 Mbps), 50p (150 Mbps), 29.97p (100 Mbps/60 Mbps), 25p (100 Mbps/60 Mbps), 23.98p (100 Mbps/60 Mbps), 3840 x 2160 (4:2:2, 10 bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (200 Mbps), 50p (200 Mbps), 29.97p (140 Mbps), 25p (140 Mbps), 23.98p (100 Mbps)
MOVIE RECORDING FORMAT (XAVC S HD) 1920 x 1080 (4:2:0, 8 bit) (Approx.): 119.88p (100 Mbps/60 Mbps), 100p (100 Mbps/60 Mbps), 59.94p (50 Mbps/25 Mbps), 50p (50 Mbps/25 Mbps), 29.97p (50 Mbps/16 Mbps), 25p (50 Mbps/16 Mbps), 23.98p (50 Mbps), 1920 x 1080 (4:2:2, 10 bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (50 Mbps), 50p (50 Mbps), 29.97p (50 Mbps), 25p (50 Mbps), 23.98p (50 Mbps)
MOVIE RECORDING FORMAT (XAVC S-I 4K) 3840 x 2160 (4:2:2, 10 bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (600 Mbps), 50p (500 Mbps), 29.97p (300 Mbps), 25p (250 Mbps), 23.98p (240 Mbps)
MOVIE RECORDING FORMAT (XAVC S-I HD) 1920 x 1080 (4:2:2, 10 bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (222 Mbps), 50p (185 Mbps), 29.97p (111 Mbps), 25p (93 Mbps), 23.98p (89 Mbps)
Movie Functions
SLOW & QUICK MOTION (SHOOTING FRAME RATE) Yes
PROXY RECORDING Yes
TC/UB Yes
RAW OUTPUT Yes (HDMI)
Recording System
Memory Card Slot Slot for SD (UHS-I/II compliant) memory card
Focus System
FOCUS TYPE Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF / contrast-detection AF)
FOCUS POINT Still images: Max. 693 points (phase-detection AF), Movies: Max. 693 points (phase-detection AF)
FOCUS SENSITIVITY RANGE EV-4 to EV20 (ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
RECOGNITION TARGET (STILL IMAGES) Human, Animal, Bird, Insect, Car, Train, Airplane
RECOGNITION TARGET (MOVIES) Human, Animal, Bird, Insect, Car, Train, Airplane
OTHER FEATURES AF Track Sens. (Still), AF Subj. Shift Sensitivity (Movie), AF Transition Speed (Movie), Switch V/H AF Area, AF Area Regist., Circ. of Focus Point, Focus Map (Movie), AF Assist (Movie)
AF ILLUMINATOR Yes (with built-in LED type)
Exposure Control
METERING TYPE 1200-zone evaluative metering
METERING SENSITIVITY EV-3 to EV 20 (ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
EXPOSURE COMPENSATION +/- 5.0 EV (1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps selectable)
ISO SENSITIVITY Still images: ISO 100–32000 (expandable to ISO 50–102400), AUTO (ISO 100–12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Movies: ISO 100–32000 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 100–12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
ANTI-FLICKER SHOOT. Yes31
Viewfinder
TYPE 0.39-inch (1.0 cm) type electronic viewfinder (XGA OLED)
Number of Dots 2,359,296 dots
Magnification Approx. 0.70x (with 50 mm lens at infinity, –1 m–1)
DIOPTRE –4.0 to +3.0 m-1
Eye Point Approx. 22 mm from the eyepiece lens, 19.6 mm from the eyepiece frame at –1 m–1 (CIPA standard)
Finder Frame Rate Selection NTSC mode: STD 60fps / HI 120fps, PAL mode: STD 50fps / HI 100fps
LCD Screen
Monitor Type 2.95 inch (3.0-type) wide type TFT
TOUCH PANEL Yes
Number of Dots 1 036 800 dots
Adjustable Angle Opening Angle: Approx. 176 °, Rotation Angle: Approx. 270 °
Other Features
OTHER FEATURES Soft Skin Effect, Creative Look, Custom function, Picture Profile, Time-lapse, Auto Framing, My Image Style
CLEAR IMAGE ZOOM (STILL IMAGES) Approx. 2x
CLEAR IMAGE ZOOM (MOVIES) Approx. 1.5x (4K), Approx. 2x (HD)
Shutter
Shutter Type Mechanical shutter/Electronic shutter
Shutter Speed Still images (Mechanical shutter): 1/4000 to 30 s, Bulb, Still images (Electronic shutter): 1/8000 to 30 s, Movies: 1/8000 to 1 s
Flash Sync. Speed 1/160 s (35 mm full frame), 1/200 s (APS-C)32
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter Yes
Image Stabilization
TYPE Image sensor-shift mechanism with five-axis compensation (compensation depends on lens specifications)
Compensation Effect 7.0 stops (based on CIPA standard. Pitch/yaw shake only. With FE 50 mm F1.2 GM lens mounted. Long exposure NR off.)
MODE Still images: On/Off, Movie: Active/Standard/Off
Flash
TYPE -
GUIDE NO. -
CONTROL Pre-flash TTL
FLASH COMPENSATION +/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
EXTERNAL FLASH COMPATIBILITY Sony α System Flash compatible with Multi Interface Shoe, attach the shoe adapter for flash compatible with Auto-lock accessory shoe
Drive
Continuous Drive Speed (approx. max.) Hi+: 8.0fps33
NO. OF FRAME RECORDABLE (APPROX.) JPEG Extra fine L: 48 frames33, JPEG Fine L: 320 frames33, JPEG Standard L: over 1,000 frames33, RAW: 36 frames33, RAW & JPG: 32 frames33, RAW (Lossless Compressed): 16 frames33, RAW (Lossless Compressed) & JPEG: 15 frames33, RAW (Uncompressed): 14 frames33, RAW (Uncompressed) & JPEG: 13 frames33
Pixel Shift Multi Shooting Yes (4 shots/16 shots)34, 35
Playback
MODES Enlarged display mode, Protect, Rating, Shot Mark (Movie), Divider Frame, Crop, Photo Capture
Accessibility
FUNCTIONS Screen Reader, Focus Magnifier, Focus Map (Movie), Peaking Display, Subject Recognition in AF, Touch Focus, Touch Tracking, Touch Shutter, Touch AE, Vari-angle LCD screen, Custom function, Enlarge Menu Screen
Interface
PC INTERFACE Mass-storage / MTP
MULTI/MICRO USB TERMINAL -
USB TYPE-C TERMINAL Yes (SuperSpeed USB 5 Gbps [USB 3.2] compatible)
NFC -
Sync terminal -
WIRELESS LAN (BUILT-IN) Yes (Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz band/5 GHz band))36, 37
Bluetooth® Yes (Bluetooth Standard Ver. 4.2 [2.4 GHz band])
HDMI OUTPUT HDMI micro connector (Type-D), 3840 x 2160 (59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/23.98p)/1920 x 1080 (59.94p/50p/23.98p)/1920 x 1080 (59.94i/50i), YCbCr 4:2:2 10 bit/RGB 8 bit
Multi Interface Shoe Yes (with Digital Audio Interface)38
Mic Terminal Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
Headphone Terminal Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
REMOTE CONTROL (WIRELESS) Yes (Bluetooth remote control)
DC INPUT -
FUNCTIONS FTP Transfer Func.(Wired LAN(USB-LAN), USB Tethering, Wi-Fi), Send to smartphone, Remote control via smartphone, PC Remote
USB Streaming
VIDEO DATA FORMAT MJPEG, YUV42039
VIDEO RESOLUTION 3840 x 2160 (15p/30p), 3840 x 2160 (12.5p/25p), 1920 x 1080 (30p/60p), 1920 x 1080 (25p/50p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 1280 x 720 (25p)
AUDIO DATA FORMAT LPCM 2ch (16 bit 48 kHz)
Audio
Microphone Built-in, stereo
Speaker Built-in, monaural
Lens Compensation
SETTING Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion, Breathing (Movie)
Power
SUPPLIED BATTERY One rechargeable battery pack NP-FZ100
Battery Life (Still Images) Approx. 490 shots (Viewfinder) / Approx. 530 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)40
Battery Life (Movie, actual recording) Approx. 95 min (Viewfinder)/Approx. 100 min (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)41
Battery Life (Movie, continuous recording) Approx. 155 min (Viewfinder) / Approx. 155 min (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)
Internal Battery Charge Yes (Available with USB Type-C Terminal. USB Power Delivery-compatible)
USB POWER SUPPLY Yes (Available with USB Type-C Terminal. USB Power Delivery-compatible)
Power consumption with Viewfinder Still images: Approx. 4.0 W (with FE 28–60 mm F4-5.6 lens attached), Movies: Approx. 6.3 W (with FE 28–60 mm F4-5.6 lens attached)
Power consumption with LCD screen Still images: Approx. 3.7 W (with FE 28–60 mm F4-5.6 lens attached), Movies: Approx. 6.3 W (with FE 28–60 mm F4-5.6 lens attached)
Size & Weight
WEIGHT (WITH BATTERY AND MEMORY CARD INCLUDED) Approx. 1 lb 2.2 oz (515 g)
BODY ONLY Approx. 0 lb 15.2 oz (430 g)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 4.88 x 2.80 x 2.50", Approx. 4.88 x 2.80 x 2.31" (from grip to monitor) (124.0 x 71.1 x 63.4 mm, Approx. 124.0 x 71.1 x 58.6 mm (from grip to monitor))
Operating temperature
OPERATING TEMPERATURE 0–40 °C/32–104 °F
Supplied Accessory
WHAT'S IN THE BOX Rechargeable Battery NP-FZ100, Shoulder strap, Body cap, Accessory shoe cap, Grip extension