• 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 50.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

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Differences

Sony A7 III advantages over Sony A1

  • Less expensive
    $2198 vs $6498*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.93 vs 4.16 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 710 vs 530 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 102400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony A1 advantages over Sony A7 III

  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Longer video battery life
    150 vs 115 minutes
    Capture more video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/400 vs 1/250 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 0.78x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    50.1 vs 24.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    30.0 fps vs 9.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    20.0 fps vs 9.7 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    155 vs 33 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
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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
  • 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
Sony A1
Nikon Z6
  • $6498
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • NFC
  • $1597
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon R5

Sony A7 III
Canon R5
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $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

Sony A7 III
Nikon Z7 II
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • Newer
Sony A1
Nikon Z7 II
  • $6498
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • NFC
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Top deck display

Compared to Nikon Z6 II

Sony A7 III
Nikon Z6 II
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
  • $2030
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • Newer
Sony A1
Nikon Z6 II
  • $6498
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • NFC
  • $2030
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Leica SL2-S

Sony A7 III
Leica SL2-S
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Tiltable Screen
  • NFC
  • $4895
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • High resolution composite
Sony A1
Leica SL2-S
  • $6498
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $4895
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • High resolution composite
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