• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Sony A7R advantages over Sony A5000

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,746 vs 1,089 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • 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-res screen
    307k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • More pixels
    36.4 vs 20.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    15 vs 9 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    4.0 fps vs 2.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony A5000 advantages over Sony A7R

  • Less expensive
    $448 vs $1898*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Longer battery life
    More info 420 vs 340 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    35 mm vs 48 mm
    Thinner
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review 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
    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
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • 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; 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 Sony A7

Sony A7R
Sony A7
  • $1887
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More pixels
  • $1191
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A5000
Sony A7
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer battery life
  • $1191
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Sony A7R
Samsung NX3000
  • $1887
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $355
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
Sony A5000
Samsung NX3000
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $355
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Sony A5100

Sony A7R
Sony A5100
  • $1887
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Sony A5000
Sony A5100
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)

Sony A7R
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
  • $1887
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $7450
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Newer
Sony A5000
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $7450
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A7R II

Sony A7R
Sony A7R II
  • $1887
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
  • $3169
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A5000
Sony A7R II
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer battery life
  • $3169
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
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