• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 42.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 33.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Sony A7R III advantages over Sony A7 IV

  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • More pixels
    42.4 vs 33.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Sony A7 IV advantages over Sony A7R III

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Newer
    5 months vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    3680k vs 1440k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    828 vs 82 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 102400 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 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
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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

  • 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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Buy the Sony A7R III

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
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • High resolution composite
  • $2898
  • 35mm
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony A7 IV
Sony A7R II
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $2898
  • 35mm
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Thinner

Compared to Sony A7R IV

Sony A7R III
Sony A7R IV
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $3387
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Newer
Sony A7 IV
Sony A7R IV
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $3387
  • 35mm
  • High resolution composite
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Nikon Z5

Sony A7R III
Nikon Z5
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • High resolution composite
  • NFC
  • $1297
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7 IV
Nikon Z5
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1297
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon Z7 II

Sony A7R III
Nikon Z7 II
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • High resolution composite
  • $2930
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • Newer
Sony A7 IV
Nikon Z7 II
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2930
  • 35mm
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Top deck display

Compared to Nikon Z6 II

Sony A7R III
Nikon Z6 II
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • High resolution composite
  • NFC
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Top deck display
Sony A7 IV
Nikon Z6 II
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • On-sensor phase detect
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