• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • $2115 Average Retail $2300 MSRP
  • APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • $498 Average Retail $600 MSRP

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Advantages

Sony A7R over Sony A5000

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs rear LCD only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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 20.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • High-res screen
    922k vs 461k dots
    Better screen fidelity makes you a better photographer
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • 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 over Sony A7R

  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

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 Samsung NX1000

Sony A7R
Samsung NX1000
  • $2115
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $450
  • APS-C
Sony A5000
Samsung NX1000
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • High-res screen
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Canon EOS M

Sony A7R
Canon EOS M
  • $2115
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $479
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
Sony A5000
Canon EOS M
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $479
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Sony NEX-3N

Sony A7R
Sony NEX-3N
  • $2115
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $373
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash
Sony A5000
Sony NEX-3N
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Wi-Fi
  • More pixels
  • $373
  • APS-C

Compared to Samsung NX1100

Sony A7R
Samsung NX1100
  • $2115
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $432
  • APS-C
Sony A5000
Samsung NX1100
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $432
  • APS-C
  • High-res screen
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Sony A7R
Sony NEX-5T
  • $2115
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $492
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
Sony A5000
Sony NEX-5T
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • $492
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
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