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

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Differences

Sony A7 advantages over Sony A7 II

  • Less expensive
    $998 vs $1498
    Save money for lenses or accessories

Sony A7 II advantages over Sony A7

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds

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
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • 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
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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.

  • Excellent 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization; Sensor-shift IS brings stabilization to nearly any lens; Much-improved ergonomics and top-deck control layout; 'Mark II' maintains same impressive image quality, dynamic range and high ISO performance; XAVC S 50Mbps video format; Faster start-up time; Hybrid AF performs well with good continuous AF.

  • (Similar to A7): Loud shutter (but electronic first-curtain helps); Battery life could be better; Low-light AF still not as good as most DSLRs; High ISO JPEGs look over-processed; Slow buffer clearing; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses (but it's getting better).

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7R

Sony A7
Sony A7R
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1898
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More pixels
Sony A7 II
Sony A7R
  • $1298
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1898
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More pixels

Compared to Leica M Monochrom

Sony A7
Leica M Monochrom
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $4295
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
Sony A7 II
Leica M Monochrom
  • $1298
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $4295
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner

Compared to Sony A7R II

Sony A7
Sony A7R II
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
Sony A7 II
Sony A7R II
  • $1298
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Leica SL (Typ 601)

Sony A7
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Sony A7 II
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $1298
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Sony A9

Sony A7
Sony A9
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
Sony A7 II
Sony A9
  • $1298
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
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