• 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800

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Differences

Sony A7S advantages over Fujifilm X-A5

  • Slower slow-motion
    120 fps vs 100 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.40 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~2.00 vs 3.1 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Less shutter lag
    0.18 vs 0.33 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    62 vs 22 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    39 vs 6 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    409600 vs 51200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Fujifilm X-A5 advantages over Sony A7S

  • Less expensive
    $499 vs $1998*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Newer
    10 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 12.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.8 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    5.7 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility

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Review Excerpt

  • Outstanding high ISO performance; excellent dynamic range; 4K video recording (via uncompressed HDMI); XAVC S option for HD video; Slightly improved battery life over A7/A7R; Built-in Wi-Fi & NFC connectivity.

  • 4K video requires expensive external recorder; Sluggish startup time; Loud shutter; Silent Shooting mode hurts image quality; Lacks a built-in, pop-up flash; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses.

  • Impressive overall image quality; Excellent high ISO performance; Very good dynamic range from RAW files; Full HD video at 60 fps; Good battery life.

  • Slower-than-average AF speed; 4K video capped at 15fps; Very slow startup to first shot time with new power-zoom kit lens; Sluggish single-shot cycle times.

The Competition

Compared to Leica M-E (Typ 220)

Sony A7S
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $4784
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • More pixels
Fujifilm X-A5
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $4784
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony A7S II

Sony A7S
Sony A7S II
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2198
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
Fujifilm X-A5
Sony A7S II
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $2198
  • 35mm
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Leica M (Typ 262)

Sony A7S
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $4462
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • More pixels
Fujifilm X-A5
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $4462
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Fujifilm X-A3

Sony A7S
Fujifilm X-A3
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $366
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Fujifilm X-A5
Fujifilm X-A3
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $366
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon EOS M6

Sony A7S
Canon EOS M6
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $479
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Fujifilm X-A5
Canon EOS M6
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $479
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • NFC
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