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Gear Rumors

Sony A7r Mk II To Feature New 50MP Sensor, Will Be Announced Soon?

By Anthony Thurston on January 26th 2015

It has seemed likely for a while now that an updated A7r is likely around the corner. Sony announced the A7 II just a short while ago, and a lot of the new features made current A7r owners a little jealous.


Well, A7r fans, you may not have to wait long for your turn to be upgraded. According to the latest report out of the Sony rumor mill, the a7R II will be announced ‘soon’ and will likely feature a new high megapixel sensor, possibly around 50MP.

That sensor resolution alone would be reason enough to upgrade to the A7r over the A7, and assuming the body is updated in a similar fashion to the A7 II and the body also includes IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization), the a7R II could be a very formidable camera.

Personally, I feel like 50MP is pretty much overkill for even studio shooters who love the A7r. I know it’s more megapixels that I will ever need. That said, it is still nice to see Sony making moves and pushing technology in this industry forward. I am very interested to see how the A7r is updated here in the near future.

What are your thoughts on this a7R II rumor? Would you like to shoot with a 50MP sensor? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via Mirrorless Rumors]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Sedric Beasley

    Since Sony provides Nikon with sensors, will Nikon get something that high eventually. They might feel the need since Canon threw them a bone with there new higher MP camera.

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  2. Shaun Higgins

    Having used both optical and electronic viewfinders I have found the EVF has grown on me. It hated the early clip on ones in MFT cameras and always preferred my DSLR. When I got a Fuji XT1 the viewfinder was so good it was hard to tell it was an EVF. The A7S brought me back to full frame and I found one enormous advantage in an EVF…focus peaking. I use an A7S with leica M lenses and the yellow (I prefer it to red) peaking lets me glide the focus to the exact desired position with ease, without worrying about focus points. It also has a live display mode which lets you see exactly how the image is exposed on the sensor (remember the EVF reads from the sensor).
    It is also super compact when you use a tiny leica M lense (even a 50 summilux is much smaller than an AF lense) on the already small A7 line form factor.
    Not a must have as I’m sure many prefer AF lenses and optical finders; just an alternative and particularly useful for those who want to experience a new form of MF focus. It is great to have so many options.

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  3. Phil Bautista

    If rumors are to be believed, more of the same. Rumors of Sony and Canon collaboration on 50 mp sensor. Sony to come out with new a7r while Canon with a new 5D. Maybe 3 new 5Ds.

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  4. Karl Beath

    @Phil. Thanks for your insights, electronics are bigger than expected.

    Doubt canon would listen, they have not really up to now. However will see what the have on offer in the next few weeks…hopefully!

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  5. Karl Beath

    @Phil I understand the concept of mirrorless.

    However what has created the need for mirrorless? I would hasten a guess that it is a reaction to the gigantisism of the current SLR cameras that started to arrive in the late 90’s. Who wants to carry 35mm systems around that are the size of medium format cameras, believe me, I have done both.

    I wish I could add an image to the post that i took of the x300, A7 an my 5dii side by side to make the point. The 70’s and 80’s SLR’s were way smaller than the current stock of SLR’s that we use today. I believe, that had they not morphed into super giant’s, perhaps the mirrorless camera would not be around.

    Not that it is a bad thing, cameras needed to shed a few pounds. There are definite advantages to be able to see all the data in the evf, however, the image just looks so digital. Sigh I wish it didn’t!

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    • Phil Bautista

      You were asking why Sony couldn’t put an optical VF in the a7 line. An optical VF needs a mirror to reflect the light from the lens into the VF. The mirrorless cameras are able to reduce their size because they take out the mirror assembly. Light goes directly to the sensor and is electronically revealed in the rear LCD/LED/OLED screen and the EVF. If you’re wondering about whether they can make smaller DSLRs, there are many out there now but they have smaller sensors (APS-C) (but I’m sure you know that). It’s probably too expensive to re-engineer a lens system to suit a smaller body while maintaining a big sensor and much cheaper to just market the “bigger is better” mantra to keep selling their stuff. It took the smaller players (Panasonic/Olympus) to organize a paradigm shift so they could regain market share but a necessary “evil” of that shift is using electronic viewfinders. The old wind up SLRs were smaller because they mere all manual or mostly manual. Once they started getting electronics for automatic functions, they started getting bigger. I’m not talking about the rangefinders or consumer SLRs. The pro SLRs back then, the ones with the auto-everything and motor drives are as big as the pro DSLRs of today. Another reason for the size is also the build quality. Comparing your 5D2 to your a7 is a joke. You could smash your a7 with your 5D2 and brush off the shards and continue shooting with the DSLR thanks to its magnesium housing. Not saying the Sony is flimsy but it definitely is in a different weight class. Compare the a7 with Canon’s entry level offers and you won’t be too far size wise so if an OVF in a small package is what’s best for you, maybe you should petition Canon to start offering better features in a smaller body?

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  6. Karl Beath

    With regards these sony a7 bodies. I have an old Minolta X300 body amongst my collection of past used bodies. It is almost the same size as the sony, but still manages to fit an optical viewfinder and mirror box in the small body.

    Now i have tried the a7 camera for about a day against my 5dii, and really don’t like the evf, call me old fashioned, it just lacks the dr of an optical vf.

    Why can’t sony still put in an optical vf and mirror box into the A7 range of cameras. Surely the electronics don’t take up that much room, or do they?

    I like everything else about the A7, just not the evf.

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    • Phil Bautista

      An optical view finder necessitates a mirror assembly. If it has a mirror, then it would no longer be a mirrorless camera. And another thing – mirrors require space, which is why DSLRs are usually larger than mirrorless cameras

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  7. Stephen Velasquez

    Love it and I want one but I will still keep my DSLR because of versatility.

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  8. Ben Perrin

    I love what sony is doing to shake up the industry. I almost pulled the trigger on an a7r. I felt it still needed improvement in a couple of areas like battery life and the adapters were getting mixed reviews. There were also people talking problems with shake. If this camera comes with enough features I’ll certainly consider it. I hope sony continues to innovate and steal business from Canon and Nikon.

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  9. Hannu Siika-aho

    Not only that 50MP is not needed for the hobbyist and most of the pros but also it requires high quality lenses that can outsolve the resolution to the max. Also, IS has to be great (hopefully it will have the new 5-axis IS) since this kind of sensor will show minor shaking that 16MP sensor won’t.

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    • Adrian Jones

      Wow if this camera has IBIS (5 axis) I will jump on it. Combined with the killer E-mount Zeiss 55 1.8. I’m pretty sure that lens will be able to resolve 50 mp

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  10. aaron febbo

    50MP yowsers !! thats medium format range !

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  11. Basit Zargar


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