• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • ISO 80 - 102,400

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Differences

Sony A7 II advantages over Sony A7S III

  • Less expensive
    $998 vs $3498*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Sony A7S III advantages over Sony A7 II

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.40 vs 5.97 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    No vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Newer
    Brand new vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    480k vs 307k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.90x vs 0.71x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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 Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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 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

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization; Sensor-shift IS brings stabilization to nearly any lens; Much-improved ergonomics and top-deck control layout; 'Mark II' maintains same impressive image quality, dynamic range and high ISO performance; XAVC S 50Mbps video format; Faster start-up time; Hybrid AF performs well with good continuous AF.

  • (Similar to A7): Loud shutter (but electronic first-curtain helps); Battery life could be better; Low-light AF still not as good as most DSLRs; High ISO JPEGs look over-processed; Slow buffer clearing; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses (but it's getting better).

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7

Sony A7 II
Sony A7
  • $898
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $748
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
Sony A7S III
Sony A7
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $748
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Leica SL (Typ 601)

Sony A7 II
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $898
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $3896
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Sony A7S III
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $3896
  • 35mm
  • Built-in GPS
  • Top deck display

Compared to Sony A7 III

Sony A7 II
Sony A7 III
  • $898
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Sony A7S III
Sony A7 III
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Sony A9 II

Sony A7 II
Sony A9 II
  • $898
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
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

Sony A7 II
Canon R6
  • $898
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
Sony A7S III
Canon R6
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect
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