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

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Differences

Sony A7 III advantages over Nikon Z5

  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer video battery life
    115 vs 85 minutes
    Capture more video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 102400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon Z5 advantages over Sony A7 III

  • Less expensive
    $1697 vs $2198
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Newer
    4 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features

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
  • 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

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
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

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 Nikon Z6

Sony A7 III
Nikon Z6
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • NFC
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $1597
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • More dots on screen
Nikon Z5
Nikon Z6
  • $1397
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
  • $1597
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Sony A9 II

Sony A7 III
Sony A9 II
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Nikon Z5
Sony A9 II
  • $1397
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • NFC
  • Longer video battery life

Compared to Canon R6

Sony A7 III
Canon R6
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon Z5
Canon R6
  • $1397
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Nikon Z6 II

Sony A7 III
Nikon Z6 II
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
  • $2030
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • Newer
Nikon Z5
Nikon Z6 II
  • $1397
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $2030
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Leica SL2-S

Sony A7 III
Leica SL2-S
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Tiltable Screen
  • NFC
  • $4895
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • High resolution composite
Nikon Z5
Leica SL2-S
  • $1397
  • 35mm
  • Tiltable Screen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $4895
  • 35mm
  • High resolution composite
  • Top deck display
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