• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony A7 advantages over Sony A6000

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.97 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,248 vs 1,347 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony A6000 advantages over Sony A7

  • Less expensive
    $698 vs $1398
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Less shutter lag
    0.15 vs 0.23 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Lighter weight
    468g vs 769g
    Lighter weight
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24.0 mm vs 28.0 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.1 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • More kit lens zoom
    3.1x vs 2.5x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • 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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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.

  • Amazing image quality for the price; Blazing-fast hybrid autofocus; Swift burst shooting with generous buffer depths; Good battery life with LCD monitor; More compact than a DSLR; In-camera Wi-Fi wireless networking

  • Continuous autofocus can't match its burst rate; High-ISO JPEGs can look overprocessed; Sluggish startup; No touch-screen display; Wi-Fi can be a bit frustrating to use

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7R

Sony A7
Sony A7R
  • $1092
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1888
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More pixels
Sony A6000
Sony A7R
  • $544
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $1888
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Leica M-E

Sony A7
Leica M-E
  • $1092
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $4790
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
Sony A6000
Leica M-E
  • $544
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $4790
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A5100

Sony A7
Sony A5100
  • $1092
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Sony A6000
Sony A5100
  • $544
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Less shutter lag
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Sony A7 II

Sony A7
Sony A7 II
  • $1092
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $1686
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Newer
Sony A6000
Sony A7 II
  • $544
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Less shutter lag
  • $1686
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Samsung NX500

Sony A7
Samsung NX500
  • $1092
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $793
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Sony A6000
Samsung NX500
  • $544
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $793
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Touchscreen
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