• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • ISO 80 - 102,400

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Differences

Nikon Z50 advantages over Sony A7S III

  • Less expensive
    $897 vs $3498*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • More pixels
    20.9 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Sony A7S III advantages over Nikon Z50

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.40 vs 4.22 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Higher-res screen
    480k vs 346k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.90x vs 0.68x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    409600 vs 204800 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
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

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The Competition

Compared to Canon EOS M50

Nikon Z50
Canon EOS M50
  • $857
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sony A7S III
Canon EOS M50
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Sony A6400

Nikon Z50
Sony A6400
  • $857
  • APS-C
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • NFC
Sony A7S III
Sony A6400
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Sony A6100

Nikon Z50
Sony A6100
  • $857
  • APS-C
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • NFC
Sony A7S III
Sony A6100
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Sony A9 II

Nikon Z50
Sony A9 II
  • $857
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A7S III
Sony A9 II
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon R6

Nikon Z50
Canon R6
  • $857
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sony A7S III
Canon R6
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect
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