• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • $2071 Average Retail $2300 MSRP
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • $1098 Average Retail $1100 MSRP

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Advantages

Sony A7R over Panasonic GX7

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • 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
    36.4 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 13 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic GX7 over Sony A7R

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Fast startup
    0.90 vs 2.00 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
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/320 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Less shutter lag
    0.192 vs 0.359 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Longer shutter
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster RAW shooting
    2.1 fps vs 1.3 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    2.1 fps vs 1.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)

Review Excerpt

  • 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.

  • Sharp retro design and solid build; High resolution, tiltable electronic viewfinder and LCD touchscreen monitor; Competitive still image quality; Very good video quality, recording Full HD at frame rates up to 60p; Fast autofocusing and all-around performance; Robust Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities, including remote shooting when paired with a smart device

  • Weak built-in flash; No external mic or headphone jack for video recording; Some poor results when shooting in Creative Panorama mode

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic G5

Sony A7R
Panasonic G5
  • $2071
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $498
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Panasonic GX7
Panasonic G5
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Fast startup
  • $498
  • 4/3

Compared to Nikon V2

Sony A7R
Nikon V2
  • $2071
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $804
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Higher max flash sync
Panasonic GX7
Nikon V2
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $804
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Panasonic G6

Sony A7R
Panasonic G6
  • $2071
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Headphone jack
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic GX7
Panasonic G6
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • External Mic

Compared to Samsung Galaxy NX

Sony A7R
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $2071
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1344
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • GPS
Panasonic GX7
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $1344
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • GPS

Compared to Olympus E-M10

Sony A7R
Olympus E-M10
  • $2071
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • External Mic
  • $784
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Panasonic GX7
Olympus E-M10
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • 24p
  • $784
  • 4/3
  • Bigger RAW buffer
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