• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 42.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 45.7 megapixels
  • ISO 64 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony A7R II advantages over Nikon Z7

  • Less expensive
    $1798* vs $3997
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones

Nikon Z7 advantages over Sony A7R II

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Newer
    4 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    2100k vs 1229k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.0 fps vs 5.0 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
  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • 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
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Superb image quality; Very high resolution; Surprisingly good high ISO performance; Fast autofocus; Compact, comfortable body with lots of customization potential; Bright, roomy and clear viewfinder; Tilting LCD display; Five-axis stabilization; Intuitive Wi-Fi / NFC connectivity

  • Movie button is poorly located; No touch screen; Not as fast to start up or shoot photos as a similarly-priced SLR; Rather slow buffer clearing; No built-in flash; Single card slot; Not weather-sealed to the same degree as some rivals

  • Familiar design in a compact form; Rugged build quality; Gorgeous EVF; Excellent image quality; Good autofocus; In-body image stabilization; Good 4K video recording.

  • Single card slot; Not as good at subject tracking as some Nikon DSLR cameras; Limited native lens selection (although adapter works well); Limited buffer depths.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7R

Sony A7R II
Sony A7R
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1799
  • 35mm
  • Lighter weight
Nikon Z7
Sony A7R
  • $3397
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1799
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony A9

Sony A7R II
Sony A9
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $3998
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Touchscreen
Nikon Z7
Sony A9
  • $3397
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • Newer
  • $3998
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • NFC

Compared to Sony A7R III

Sony A7R II
Sony A7R III
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • High resolution composite
Nikon Z7
Sony A7R III
  • $3397
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • More dots on screen
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • High resolution composite
  • NFC

Compared to Nikon Z6

Sony A7R II
Nikon Z6
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Touchscreen
Nikon Z7
Nikon Z6
  • $3397
  • 35mm
  • More pixels
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon EOS R

Sony A7R II
Canon EOS R
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2299
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon Z7
Canon EOS R
  • $3397
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup
  • $2299
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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