• 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 45.7 megapixels
  • ISO 64 - 25,600
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 50.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

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Differences

Nikon Z7 advantages over Sony A1

  • Less expensive
    $3097 vs $6498*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More dots on screen
    2100k vs 1440k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen

Sony A1 advantages over Nikon Z7

  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer video battery life
    150 vs 85 minutes
    Capture more video
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 530 vs 400 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/400 vs 1/200 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    4 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.90x vs 0.80x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    30.0 fps vs 9.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    165 vs 26 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    20.0 fps vs 9.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    155 vs 23 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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 Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • 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
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Familiar design in a compact form; Rugged build quality; Gorgeous EVF; Excellent image quality; Good autofocus; In-body image stabilization; Good 4K video recording.

  • Single card slot; Not as good at subject tracking as some Nikon DSLR cameras; Limited native lens selection (although adapter works well); Limited buffer depths.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7 III

Nikon Z7
Sony A7 III
  • $2497
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • More dots on screen
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A1
Sony A7 III
  • $6498
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Longer video battery life
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon Z6

Nikon Z7
Nikon Z6
  • $2497
  • 35mm
  • More pixels
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
  • $1597
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A1
Nikon Z6
  • $6498
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • NFC
  • $1597
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon EOS R

Nikon Z7
Canon EOS R
  • $2497
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup
  • $1799
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A1
Canon EOS R
  • $6498
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1799
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon R5

Nikon Z7
Canon R5
  • $2497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $3899
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
Sony A1
Canon R5
  • $6498
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • NFC
  • $3899
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Nikon Z7 II

Nikon Z7
Nikon Z7 II
  • $2497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • Dual card slots
Sony A1
Nikon Z7 II
  • $6498
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • NFC
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Top deck display
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