It has been a long time since I bought a new camera. Something like 3 years. I had circled early 2022 as the time to make the move as I am committed to Sony (as it is a family tradition by default)* and their mirrorless system (because it is the best camera system on the market) and the new Sony A7IV was due to come out then.
I ordered it and then waited. I got a tracking number from B&H Photo and saw that it was being shipped by FedEx, the worst of the worst when it comes to shipping companies. I now knew it was like a 50-50 chance I would ever see my camera. Yes, I’m still fuming over the fact that they delivered my bed to the people who live across the street and then east last year. It is not an easy task hauling a bed from all the way down there to my house.
I had the A7IV shipped to the computer mine because based on when it was due to arrive, that is where I would be and if FedEx was delivering to a business instead of a house, maybe there would be a greater chance they wouldn’t mess things up.
On Wednesday, I was mining away. Pick axe in one hand. A warning canary in the other. Then I felt a presence behind me. Kind of an overall aura of greatness. I turned around. Standing behind me was a beautiful woman presenting me with my beautiful new camera. It was the things dreams are made of. The new new had arrived! It was a great day!
Here are some pictures of the Sony A7IV:
Here are some of the specs for the Sony A7IV:
Lens Mount Sony E
Sensor Resolution Actual: 34.1 Megapixel
Effective: 33 Megapixel
Sensor Type 35.9 x 23.9 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Shutter Type Mechanical Focal Plane Shutter, Electronic Shutter
Shutter Speed 1/8000 to 30 Seconds
Bulb/Time Mode Bulb Mode
ISO Sensitivity Photo
100 to 51,200 (Extended: 50 to 204,800)
100 to 51,200 (Extended: 100 to 102,400)
Metering Method Center-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Multiple, Spot
Exposure Modes Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation -5 to +5 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Metering Range -3 to 20 EV
White Balance Presets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps at 33 MP for up to 828 Frames (Raw) / Unlimited Frames (JPEG)
Interval Recording Yes
Self-Timer 2/5/10-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes 3:2 Raw
7008 x 4672
7008 x 4672
4608 x 3072
3504 x 2336
4672 x 4672
3072 x 3072
2336 x 2336
6224 x 4672
4096 x 3072
3120 x 2336
7008 x 3944
4608 x 2592
3504 x 1968
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image File Format JPEG, Raw, HEIF
Bit Depth 14-Bit
Media/Memory Card Slot Slot 1: CFexpress Type A / SD (UHS-II)
Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O 1 x HDMI Output
Audio I/O 1 x 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
1 x 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Other I/O 1 x Sony Multi/USB Micro-B Input/Output (Shared with Remote Input)
1 x USB Type-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 2) Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
Power I/O 1 x USB Type-C Input/Output
Wireless Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
Resolution 1,036,800 Dot
Display Type Free-Angle Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Type Built-In Electronic (OLED)
Resolution 3,680,000 Dot
Eye Point 23 mm
Magnification Approx. 0.78x
Diopter Adjustment -4 to +3
Focus Type Auto and Manual Focus
Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 759
Contrast Detection: 425
Autofocus Sensitivity -4 to +20 EV
Here are some of the first pictures I took with the new new:
THE first picture.
I look forward to the many adventures I will have with the Sony A7IV. But first I need to master all of its settings!
This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is GOVERNMENT.
I’ve already had some great images sent to me from people on vacation in Arizona and Louisiana. And an image sent to me from an employee of Iowa State University.
If you haven’t taken your GOVERNMENT image, here is a refresher on what a GOVERNMENT image might look like…
But what exactly is a GOVERNMENT image? A GOVERNMENT image is anything that involves a GOVERNMENT. There are all types of GOVERNMENT. There is the federal GOVERNMENT. A state GOVERNMENT. A county GOVERNMENT. A local GOVERNMENT. Churches have GOVERNMENT bodies. Every business has some kind of GOVERNMENT. A GOVERNMENT image could be anything that deals with a GOVERNMENT. A public park. GOVERNMENT. The road you drove on to get to that public park. GOVERNMENT. Public school. GOVERNMENT. If you work for the GOVERNMENT, you are the GOVERNMENT. The military, the police, fire department. All GOVERNMENT. Public library. GOVERNMENT. There are so many possibilities!
Happy photo harvesting!
* Technically a Minolta family tradition, but when Sony bought out Minolta they got the Bennetts too!