• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • $2095 Average Retail $2000 MSRP
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • $2211 Average Retail $2300 MSRP

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Advantages

Sony A7 over Sony A7R

  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Less shutter lag
    0.227 vs 0.359 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)

Sony A7R over Sony A7

  • More pixels
    36.4 vs 24.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lighter weight
    465g vs 769g
    Lighter weight

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.

  • Incredibly small body for a fully-featured, full-frame camera; Resolution that rivals a medium-format camera; Excellent image quality even at very high sensitivities; Decent performance bearing in mind its extremely high resolution; Accepts existing Alpha-mount and E-mount lenses, and can optionally crop to APS-C image circle.

  • Extreme resolution makes focus and lens quality critical; Modest performance; Loud shutter; Lacks hybrid autofocus of the A7; Mediocre battery life when using electronic viewfinder; Slow X-sync; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm X-E1

Sony A7
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $2095
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $824
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
Sony A7R
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $2211
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $824
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash

Compared to Samsung Galaxy NX

Sony A7
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $2095
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1250
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • GPS
Sony A7R
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $2211
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1250
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • GPS

Compared to Sony A3000

Sony A7
Sony A3000
  • $2095
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $411
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
Sony A7R
Sony A3000
  • $2211
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $411
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash

Compared to Fujifilm X-T1

Sony A7
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $2095
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Headphone jack
  • $1643
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Less shutter lag
Sony A7R
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $2211
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Headphone jack
  • $1643
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Sony A6000

Sony A7
Sony A6000
  • $2095
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • External Mic
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
  • Less shutter lag
Sony A7R
Sony A6000
  • $2211
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • External Mic
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Less shutter lag
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