• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800

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Differences

Sony A7 advantages over Fujifilm X-T20

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.97 vs 3.93 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.71x vs 0.62x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

Fujifilm X-T20 advantages over Sony A7

  • Less expensive
    $899 vs $1198
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~1.40 vs 2.1 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More telephoto lens reach
    84 mm vs 70 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Newer
    7 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.15 vs 0.23 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.2 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    8.1 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Incredibly small body for a fully-featured, full-frame camera; Very high resolution; Hybrid autofocus is reasonably fast and confident; Significantly better burst-shooting performance than A7R; Excellent image quality even at very high sensitivities; Faster x-sync than A7R; Accepts existing Alpha-mount and E-mount lenses, and can optionally crop to APS-C image circle.

  • Grass-is-greener syndrome when compared to its higher-res sibling; Moderate performance; Loud shutter (but electronic first-curtain helps); Mediocre battery life when using electronic viewfinder; Weak low-light autofocus considering its price; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7R

Sony A7
Sony A7R
  • $998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1898
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More pixels
Fujifilm X-T20
Sony A7R
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1898
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A7 II

Sony A7
Sony A7 II
  • $998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $1598
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Fujifilm X-T20
Sony A7 II
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1598
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony A7R II

Sony A7
Sony A7R II
  • $998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
Fujifilm X-T20
Sony A7R II
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony A6300

Sony A7
Sony A6300
  • $998
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $828
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
Fujifilm X-T20
Sony A6300
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Newer
  • $828
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Canon EOS M6

Sony A7
Canon EOS M6
  • $998
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $729
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Fujifilm X-T20
Canon EOS M6
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $729
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Built-in Bluetooth
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