• 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 45.7 megapixels
  • ISO 64 - 25,600
  • 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • ISO 80 - 102,400

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Differences

Nikon Z7 advantages over Sony A7S III

  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • 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
  • More pixels
    45.7 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Sony A7S III advantages over Nikon Z7

  • 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
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.40 vs 4.35 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
  • Newer
    20 months vs 4 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
  • Higher extended ISO
    409600 vs 102400 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 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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
  • $2024
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7S III
Sony A7 III
  • $4497
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $2024
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Nikon Z6

Nikon Z7
Nikon Z6
  • $2497
  • 35mm
  • More pixels
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
  • $1597
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7S III
Nikon Z6
  • $4497
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $1597
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Canon EOS R

Nikon Z7
Canon EOS R
  • $2497
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup
  • $1599
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7S III
Canon EOS R
  • $4497
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1599
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Sony A9 II

Nikon Z7
Sony A9 II
  • $2497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Top deck display
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • NFC
Sony A7S III
Sony A9 II
  • $4497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon R6

Nikon Z7
Canon R6
  • $2497
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • Thinner
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7S III
Canon R6
  • $4497
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect
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