• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 42.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000
  • Medium format 1,441.0mm2
  • 51.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony A7R III advantages over Hasselblad X1D II

  • Less expensive
    $2498 vs $5750*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs No
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.2 fps vs 2.7 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Hasselblad X1D II advantages over Sony A7R III

  • Larger sensor
    Medium format vs 35mm
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.29 vs 4.51 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    3 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    786k vs 360k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.87x vs 0.78x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    51.3 vs 42.4 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    4080 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

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
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting 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
  • 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

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Review Excerpt

  • Fantastic image quality; Improved dynamic range over its predecessor; Very good high ISO performance; Much improved real-world AF performance; Class-leading burst rates, even with RAW; Improved 5-axis in-body image stabilization; Better 4K video quality; 1080/120fps video; Dual card slots; Significantly better battery life.

  • Expensive; Menus still confusing; UHS-II support only on one card slot; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash; Buffer clearing still slow despite UHS-II support.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7R II

Sony A7R III
Sony A7R II
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • High resolution composite
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Hasselblad X1D II
Sony A7R II
  • $5750
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Hasselblad X1D

Sony A7R III
Hasselblad X1D
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $8995
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Hasselblad X1D II
Hasselblad X1D
  • $5750
  • Medium format
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS
  • $8995
  • Medium format
  • HDMI out
  • Shoots 1080p video

Compared to Sony A9

Sony A7R III
Sony A9
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • High resolution composite
  • $3498
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
Hasselblad X1D II
Sony A9
  • $5750
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in GPS
  • $3498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Fujifilm GFX 50R

Sony A7R III
Fujifilm GFX 50R
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $3999
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Hasselblad X1D II
Fujifilm GFX 50R
  • $5750
  • Medium format
  • Built-in GPS
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $3999
  • Medium format
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Sony A7R IV

Sony A7R III
Sony A7R IV
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3498
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Newer
Hasselblad X1D II
Sony A7R IV
  • $5750
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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