• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 42.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony A7 advantages over Sony A7R II

  • Less expensive
    $998 vs $2398*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.97 vs 4.51 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    50 vs 23 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Sony A7R II advantages over Sony A7

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Fast startup
    ~1.50 vs 2.1 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,434 vs 2,248 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Newer
    2 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.78x vs 0.71x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    42.4 vs 24.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 51200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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

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.

  • Superb image quality; Very high resolution; Surprisingly good high ISO performance; Fast autofocus; Compact, comfortable body with lots of customization potential; Bright, roomy and clear viewfinder; Tilting LCD display; Five-axis stabilization; Intuitive Wi-Fi / NFC connectivity

  • Movie button is poorly located; No touch screen; Not as fast to start up or shoot photos as a similarly-priced SLR; Rather slow buffer clearing; No built-in flash; Single card slot; Not weather-sealed to the same degree as some rivals

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7R

Sony A7
Sony A7R
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1898
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More pixels
Sony A7R II
Sony A7R
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1898
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Samsung NX30

Sony A7
Samsung NX30
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sony A7R II
Samsung NX30
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Sony A7 II

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

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 A7R II
Sony A9
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Sony A7R III

Sony A7
Sony A7R III
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
Sony A7R II
Sony A7R III
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • High resolution composite
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