• 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 33.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Sony A7 IV advantages over Nikon Z 30

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.12 vs 4.22 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
  • More dots on screen
    3680k vs 1037k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    33.0 vs 20.9 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon Z 30 advantages over Sony A7 IV

  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    59 mm vs 79 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    390g vs 658g
    Lighter weight
  • 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
    11.0 fps vs 10.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • 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
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

User reviews

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon Z5

Sony A7 IV
Nikon Z5
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1297
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon Z 30
Nikon Z5
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Newer
  • $1297
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon Z7 II

Sony A7 IV
Nikon Z7 II
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Top deck display
Nikon Z 30
Nikon Z7 II
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Newer
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon Z6 II

Sony A7 IV
Nikon Z6 II
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • On-sensor phase detect
Nikon Z 30
Nikon Z6 II
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Newer
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon EOS M50 II

Sony A7 IV
Canon EOS M50 II
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect
Nikon Z 30
Canon EOS M50 II
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Newer
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • NFC

Compared to Fujifilm X-T30 II

Sony A7 IV
Fujifilm X-T30 II
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Internal flash
Nikon Z 30
Fujifilm X-T30 II
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
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