• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 42.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony A7R III advantages over Panasonic G9

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.51 vs 3.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer video battery life
    100 vs 55 minutes
    Capture more video
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 650 vs 400 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More pixels
    42.4 vs 20.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    82 vs 50 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic G9 advantages over Sony A7R III

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $1898 vs $2798
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Slower slow-motion
    180 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Fast startup
    ~0.90 vs 1.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Less shutter lag
    0.12 vs 0.25 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.0 fps vs 9.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    60.0 fps vs 9.2 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    50 vs 30 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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

User reviews

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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.

  • Great build quality; Very good image quality; Effective IBIS; Excellent performance; Fast shooting speeds; 4K/60p video.

  • No phase-detection autofocus; 10-minute limit for 4k60p video clips; No V-Log or 10-bit video.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7R II

Sony A7R III
Sony A7R II
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • High resolution composite
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Panasonic G9
Sony A7R II
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Olympus E-M1 II

Sony A7R III
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Panasonic G9
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Top deck display
  • $1699
  • 4/3
  • Longer video battery life
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Panasonic GH5

Sony A7R III
Panasonic GH5
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Panasonic G9
Panasonic GH5
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Top deck display
  • $1498
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Sony A9

Sony A7R III
Sony A9
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • High resolution composite
  • $3998
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
Panasonic G9
Sony A9
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $3998
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon Z7

Sony A7R III
Nikon Z7
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • High resolution composite
  • $3397
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • More dots on screen
Panasonic G9
Nikon Z7
  • $1198
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $3397
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
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