• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400

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Differences

Sony A7R advantages over Sony A7S II

  • Less expensive
    $1898 vs $2415
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~2.00 vs 2.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Lighter weight
    465g vs 627g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    36.4 vs 12.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Sony A7S II advantages over Sony A7R

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.40 vs 4.88 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    2 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.19 vs 0.36 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.78x vs 0.71x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.0 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    63 vs 15 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    5.0 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    28 vs 15 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    409600 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
  • 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
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • 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; 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.

  • Comfortable and surprisingly compact camera body; Improved low light performance; Built-in image stabilization; Wide range of usable ISOs; More sophisticated autofocus performance; Excellent video capabilities.

  • Relatively low resolution; Mediocre continuous shooting performance; No built-in flash; No losslessly compressed RAW option.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7

Sony A7R
Sony A7
  • $1898
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More pixels
  • $998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7S II
Sony A7
  • $2604
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels
  • $998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A7S

Sony A7R
Sony A7S
  • $1898
  • 35mm
  • More pixels
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
  • $2081
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony A7S II
Sony A7S
  • $2604
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $2081
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A7R II

Sony A7R
Sony A7R II
  • $1898
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
  • $2806
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
Sony A7S II
Sony A7R II
  • $2604
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $2806
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Better color depth

Compared to Leica M (Typ 262)

Sony A7R
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $1898
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $5555
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Newer
Sony A7S II
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $2604
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $5555
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • More pixels

Compared to Sony A9

Sony A7R
Sony A9
  • $1898
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7S II
Sony A9
  • $2604
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
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