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The live press event released on youtube indicated that the A7r uses a different metal chassis for the top plate and greater structural rigidity at the lens mount reinforcement vs. the A7 which has none.
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The differnce in structure is in the front plate-- A7 has a composite plastic material and the A7r has a metal front plate.front plate.
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Yep, I confirmed this when interviewing one of the top Sony guys from Japan. I've included it in my video preview.
PS - Note I've now created a dedicated sticky thread to discuss the Alpha A7 and A7r - sorry it wasn't there when you posted!
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