• 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 42.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

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Differences

Sony A7S II advantages over Sony A7R III

  • Less expensive
    $2398 vs $2998
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.40 vs 4.51 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    409600 vs 102400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony A7R III advantages over Sony A7S II

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Fast startup
    ~1.70 vs 2.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Better color depth
    26.0 vs 23.6 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,523 vs 2,993 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.7 vs 13.3 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 650 vs 370 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    7 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    42.4 vs 12.2 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
    9.9 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.2 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
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen 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
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Comfortable and surprisingly compact camera body; Improved low light performance; Built-in image stabilization; Wide range of usable ISOs; More sophisticated autofocus performance; Excellent video capabilities.

  • Relatively low resolution; Mediocre continuous shooting performance; No built-in flash; No losslessly compressed RAW option.

  • 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 A7S

Sony A7S II
Sony A7S
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Sony A7R III
Sony A7S
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A7R II

Sony A7S II
Sony A7R II
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Sony A7R III
Sony A7R II
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • High resolution composite
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Leica M (Typ 262)

Sony A7S II
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $4863
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • More pixels
Sony A7R III
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $4863
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner

Compared to Hasselblad X1D

Sony A7S II
Hasselblad X1D
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $6495
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen
Sony A7R III
Hasselblad X1D
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $6495
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A9

Sony A7S II
Sony A9
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3998
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
Sony A7R III
Sony A9
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • High resolution composite
  • $3998
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
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