• 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 24.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Sony A7 III advantages over Nikon D780

  • Less expensive
    $1998 vs $2797
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.78x vs 0.70x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder

Nikon D780 advantages over Sony A7 III

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 2260 vs 710 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    120 mm vs 70 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Newer
    Brand new vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    786k vs 307k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Longer exposure
    900 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.0 fps vs 9.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    12.0 fps vs 9.7 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

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
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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

  • New 24MP sensor offers excellent image quality; Outstanding high ISO performance and dynamic range; Improved JPEG colors; Improved build quality; Fast autofocus; Excellent 4K video; Very good battery life.

  • Buffer clearing can be slow even with fast UHS-II cards; UHS-II support only on one card slot; No losslessly compressed RAW option; Dedicated battery charger not included; Menus are still confusing; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Sony A7 III
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Nikon D780
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • NFC
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Sony A9

Sony A7 III
Sony A9
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More dynamic range
  • $3498
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Nikon D780
Sony A9
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $3498
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • NFC

Compared to Pentax K-1 II

Sony A7 III
Pentax K-1 II
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1726
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • High resolution composite
Nikon D780
Pentax K-1 II
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1726
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon Z6

Sony A7 III
Nikon Z6
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • Newer
Nikon D780
Nikon Z6
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon EOS R

Sony A7 III
Canon EOS R
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1799
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon D780
Canon EOS R
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Dual card slots
  • $1799
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More viewfinder magnification
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