• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 42.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony A7 advantages over Sony A99 II

  • Less expensive
    $998 vs $3198*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.97 vs 4.51 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    48 mm vs 76 mm
    Thinner
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos

Sony A99 II advantages over Sony A7

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Fast startup
    ~1.20 vs 2.1 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 490 vs 340 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Newer
    2 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.11 vs 0.23 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.78x vs 0.71x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    42.4 vs 24.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.5 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.1 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 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 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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

  • Incredibly small body for a fully-featured, full-frame camera; Very high resolution; Hybrid autofocus is reasonably fast and confident; Significantly better burst-shooting performance than A7R; Excellent image quality even at very high sensitivities; Faster x-sync than A7R; Accepts existing Alpha-mount and E-mount lenses, and can optionally crop to APS-C image circle.

  • Grass-is-greener syndrome when compared to its higher-res sibling; Moderate performance; Loud shutter (but electronic first-curtain helps); Mediocre battery life when using electronic viewfinder; Weak low-light autofocus considering its price; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses.

  • Superb image quality at low, moderate ISOs; Improved high ISO performance; Fast continuous shooting speeds; Very impressive hybrid autofocus; High-quality 4K UHD video; Rugged camera body.

  • Multi-selector joystick can be awkward to use; No EVF live view at fastest burst rate; Buffer clearing is slow with no UHS-II support; 4K UHD video isn't as full-featured as E-mount counterparts.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7R

Sony A7
Sony A7R
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1898
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More pixels
Sony A99 II
Sony A7R
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1898
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Sony A7 II

Sony A7
Sony A7 II
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • $898
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A99 II
Sony A7 II
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $898
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon 5DS

Sony A7
Canon 5DS
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Sony A99 II
Canon 5DS
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A7R II

Sony A7
Sony A7R II
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1598
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
Sony A99 II
Sony A7R II
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $1598
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Nikon D850

Sony A7
Nikon D850
  • $798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Shoot 4K video
Sony A99 II
Nikon D850
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
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