How Does The Sony a7R IV Stack Up Against The Rest?

Mirrorless Flagship Camera Comparison
Credit: Nick Friend
With more and more cameras coming to market, it's hard to know which one is right for you.

That's why we here at No Film School wanted to do a by-the-numbers comparison of the top-featured mirrorless cameras that are either on sale now or will soon be available to purchase. 

We looked at all the available specs for the newly announced Sony a7R IV, the Panasonic S1H, the Nikon Z7, the Canon EOS R, and Fuji's GFX100

There are too many specs to compare to do a full deep-dive on everything, so we narrowed it down to 16 key factors:

The Categories

  • Sensor size
  • Effective resolution
  • Dynamic range
  • Card slots
  • Bit rate
  • Internal recording
  • External recording
  • Slow motion
  • Stabilization
  • Record limit
  • AF Function
  • EVF
  • Weight
  • Audio features
  • Connectivity
  • Price (body only)

A quick note before you check out the comparison: there are several features that are speculated but not confirmed. The winners in each category had to have the spec confirmed to win the category. In the event of a tie, every camera that has the feature gets a point.

Sony a7riv vs Fuji gfx100 vs Panasonic S1H vs Nikon Z7 vs Canon EOS R

As you can see, if you go by numbers alone, the Sony a7R IV does beat out the competition. Though, there is a glaring caveat that the Panasonic S1H has many unconfirmed details and I do expect it to be more heavily featured than the a7R IV when it is released. 

Keep in mind, too, that the "winners" and "losers" of this comparison are not necessarily better or worse options for your filmmaking style or your project. Cameras should be chosen based on your specific needs and not on which one is the newest, most popular, or most expensive. 

Which flagship camera would you choose? Let us know in the comments.     

Your Comment


Biased comparison, since audio features of S1H are identical to A7R IV, if using XLR Microphone Adapter DMW-XLR1.

July 18, 2019 at 6:39AM


The problem is that it still is primarily a photography camera.

The 15 stops would be impressive if it is confirmed that it can be used in video, which on the press release it has mentioned "Still images. Sony test conditions." Which means none of it could transition to video, and that even if it did there would have to be certain circumstances to make it happen.

The press release completely skips over chroma sampling...

And the lack of 6K or DCI 4K sucks as it will be harder to stabilize footage or stylize it in post production. The owner could pay to have the footage to be up-scaled using the best tech to avoid too many artifacts... but it would be nice to have the extra breathing room on difficult shots.

Still good in the sense it is going to be theoretically 7% more dynamic... but that is about it when it comes to video.

If you are talking about Photography, its not bad, certainly more attractive than the A9 in some aspects and specific uses.

July 18, 2019 at 9:28AM

Kyle Dockum
Videographer and Editor

Yes, it is primarily a photography camera. I think what you want is an a7Siii. Maybe they'll give us DCI and a global shutter in that.

July 18, 2019 at 9:18PM

Dave Palmer
Retired Electrical Engineer

Amazing... A new camera with old specs of 8bit 4:2:0 still gets attention for video in 2019?! Only Sony can pull this off... Like the claims of 15+ stops. For stills maybe. But for video in 8bits?! Seriously, guys, does anybody still believe this crap. The only mirrorless cameras worth mentioning for video are Fuji X-T3, Nikon Z6 and Panasonic S1, given that S1H is still covered in mist.

July 21, 2019 at 3:18AM


I, for one, am REALLY looking forward to the S1H. This was just a by-the-numbers comparison of confirmed details. If we re-visit this after the S1H comes out, I have no doubt that the Panasonic will top the list.

July 21, 2019 at 10:28AM

Nick Friend
Freelance Technical Editor