• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • $1834 Average Retail $2000 MSRP
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • $784 Average Retail $800 MSRP

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Advantages

Sony A7 over Olympus E-M10

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • 24p
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Olympus E-M10 over Sony A7

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Fast startup
    1.30 vs 2.10 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Lighter weight
    515g vs 769g
    Lighter weight
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Longer shutter
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
    3.0x vs 2.5x
    Zooming is easier than walking

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.

  • Great image quality especially from RAW files; Excellent dynamic range for a Four Thirds sensor; Very good high ISO performance; Realistic colors and excellent hue accuracy; Built-in Wi-Fi with remote control and sharing features; Improved HD video; Lightweight and very portable; Built-in pop-up flash; Minimal EVF lag time.

  • Contrast-Detect AF struggles with small and low-contrast subjects; Mediocre battery life; No external microphone or headphone jack; Mediocre burst speed with continuous AF; No weather sealing; Heavy-handed high ISO noise reduction.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic G6

Sony A7
Panasonic G6
  • $1834
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $748
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
Olympus E-M10
Panasonic G6
  • $784
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $748
  • 4/3
  • External Mic
  • 24p

Compared to Samsung Galaxy NX

Sony A7
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $1834
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1344
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • GPS
Olympus E-M10
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $784
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $1344
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • GPS

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Sony A7
Panasonic GX7
  • $1834
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Olympus E-M10
Panasonic GX7
  • $784
  • 4/3
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • 24p

Compared to Fujifilm X-T1

Sony A7
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $1834
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Headphone jack
  • $1649
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Less shutter lag
Olympus E-M10
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $784
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $1649
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Sony A6000

Sony A7
Sony A6000
  • $1834
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • External Mic
  • $782
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
  • Less shutter lag
Olympus E-M10
Sony A6000
  • $784
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $782
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • On-sensor phase detect
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